Difficulty

Easy-Moderate

Duration

2 Days

Highest Altitude

3,790 ft

Age

6 to 55 years

Duration

2 Days

Age

6 to 55 years

Difficulty

Easy-Moderate

Highest Altitude

3,790 ft

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Trek fee

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Family Treks at Southern Campus

Indiahikes Southern Campus, Channarayana Durga

We are thrilled to let you know that Indiahikes has opened a Southern Campus, just 100 km from Bangalore. 

“For a long time, we have wanted to open a Southern Campus, where parents in and around Bangalore can take their children trekking. We have seen the deep impact that our Himalayan treks have had on families. We wanted to facilitate meaningful experiences for families around Bangalore as well. I’m elated that we’re finally making it come true,” says Izzat Yaganagi, the head of Experiential Learning at Indiahikes.

To be honest, we fell in love with this location the moment we saw it.

Situated at the base of the Channarayanadurga hill, it is a sprawling land with tamarind trees, big boulders and a multitude of birds. The climb to the top of Channarayanadurga is hardly an hour from the campus. It makes for a perfect weekend trek out of Bangalore.

Who is it suitable for?

We have room for around 6 families in every group. Children should be at least 6 years old to join the program. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 can also join the program unaccompanied by their parents.

It’s suitable for anyone in Bengaluru, and surrounding cities, as our Southern Campus is about 100 km from there. 

Even if you don’t live around Bengaluru, you can opt to do this program. Any outdoor lover will love the campus and the program we have. 

What happens after you sign up?

Once you register for the program (you can do this by clicking on the date in the calendar and proceeding with the online process), our Experience Coordinator will get in touch with you over email. He/she will guide you on how to prepare for the trek and give you an idea of what to expect.

We will also create a WhatsApp group so that the team that’s going on the trek gets familiar with each other before going. Use this group to coordinate with each other in case you’d like to carpool as well.

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Indiahikes Southern Campus Videos

Watch these videos to prepare well for your trek

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Quick Itinerary

Day 1

Reach the Southern Campus by 11 am in your own vehicle

Start your day with a fresh lunch with the Indiahikes team. Start trekking by 2.30 pm. Trek up to Channarayanadurga fort and return by 7.30 pm. Spend the evening sharing stories over dinner and camp in tents for the night.

Day 2

Have breakfast and spend time at the campus. Leave by 11 am in your own vehicle.

Start the day at 6 am, with a walk around the campus. Have breakfast, participate in activities for the children. Leave the campus by 11 am in your own vehicles

IMPORTANT POINTS

This is an exclusive experiential learning program designed for families coming to our Southern Campus.

Since each group has several families, the trek is going to be filled with lots of conversations, fun, and activities. The children, across families, work together in teams. Parents get to spend time with other parents while the children are engaged with their responsibilities. Reflection sessions further enhance the entire experience.

Needless to say, children get to learn about the hills, rocks, seasonal changes, and their correlation with the flora and fauna. They get to see the immensity of space while gazing at the stars – triggering their enthusiasm to understand the concepts of time and space and much much more!

PRO-TIPS

1. This trek could either be very warm or cool and rainy, depending on the weather. Plan your gear according to the weather forecast. In case of sunny days, ensure you have a sun cap and wear full-sleeved tshirts. In case of rain, don't forget your rainwear.

2. Start your drive well in advance so that you reach the campus on time. Factor in any traffic jams you may face in and around Bangalore.

Day 1

Reach the Southern Campus by 11 am in your own vehicle

Start your day with a fresh lunch with the Indiahikes team. Start trekking by 2.30 pm. Trek up to Channarayanadurga fort and return by 7.30 pm. Spend the evening sharing stories over dinner and camp in tents for the night.

Day 2

Have breakfast and spend time at the campus. Leave by 11 am in your own vehicle.

Start the day at 6 am, with a walk around the campus. Have breakfast, participate in activities for the children. Leave the campus by 11 am in your own vehicles

IMPORTANT POINTS

This is an exclusive experiential learning program designed for families coming to our Southern Campus.

Since each group has several families, the trek is going to be filled with lots of conversations, fun, and activities. The children, across families, work together in teams. Parents get to spend time with other parents while the children are engaged with their responsibilities. Reflection sessions further enhance the entire experience.

Needless to say, children get to learn about the hills, rocks, seasonal changes, and their correlation with the flora and fauna. They get to see the immensity of space while gazing at the stars – triggering their enthusiasm to understand the concepts of time and space and much much more!

PRO-TIPS

1. This trek could either be very warm or cool and rainy, depending on the weather. Plan your gear according to the weather forecast. In case of sunny days, ensure you have a sun cap and wear full-sleeved tshirts. In case of rain, don't forget your rainwear.

2. Start your drive well in advance so that you reach the campus on time. Factor in any traffic jams you may face in and around Bangalore.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and create new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

New professions, new economies, and businesses have opened up in the mountains. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine. 

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Highlights from Channarayana Durga Trek

What are the highlights from Channarayana Durga Trek

1. Design and Levels of Fort 

The entire charm of the trek lies through the beautifully designed fort of Channarayana Durga. You have three distinct layers to go around and explore. The fort is a constant companion daunting at you right from the start until you finish the trek.

Watch out and explore the unique fortification of bastions, galleries, garrison, and storage units. The different structures of the fort take your mind to the ancient times when the fort was actually in use.

2. View from the top of Channarayana Durga

The top level of the fort is very unique compared to other hillocks surrounding Bangalore. The top is surrounded by fortification on all sides.

It almost feels like you are entering into a playing cauldron. Walk along the edges of the fort to get the entire view of the region. You get to spot the famous monolith of Madhugiri towards the North, Siddarabetta towards the South West, and other hillocks.

3. Exploring and the Thrill of Climbing the Granite Rock

The trek of Channarayana Durga is most suited for trekkers who are keen on exploring the different aspects of the fort, the physical features of the rock, and getting transported back to the ancient times when this fort was actually in use.

The false routes add to the excitement of getting lost from the main trail and still not having to worry about safety.

Channarayana Durga Fort at dusk, with a panoramic view in the background.

Picture by: Bharath Ramesh

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a surficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Indiahikes Southern Campus trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Don’t miss the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section at the end. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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