Moon light trekking to Skanda giri hills is a good experience, no second thought about that. Skandagiri hill offers its own uniqueness, especially for the hiking enthusiasts in and around Bangalore. The beautiful view of sunrise from the hill top is mesmerizing. For a change this time, our team decided to do the ‘Sun Light’ trekking on this hill for a different reason. This article is aimed at giving importance to the aspect of enjoying the nature while preserving it for future.
We planned for this trek just a week back and we were a team of twenty members in all to make it on early friday morning. Entire team was at office premises by 6:30 am and we started our journey towards Chikkaballapura in a bus. After stopping for a pretty long breakfast session at Chikkaballapura, we focused on our way to the foothill. We were well equipped with food, water and wireless handsets. Soon we reached the foothills where the ‘Papagni Mutt’ and ‘Omkara Jyothi Aashram’ are located. We distributed the fruits and snacks among ourselves, so that everyone carries a distributed backpack for the uphill task. It was decided much before that Narayan will be pushing the tail from back while I will be leading the pack from the front. We both had a Motorola (Walky – talky) wireless handset each to communicate in case we need better co-ordination.
Each one of us were full of enthusiasm and energy to start with. I am sure, it is not an easy job for most of the software engineers to face such kind of physical work. That too uphill climbing is very exhaustive when it comes to Skandagiri. Even before we could cover 1/5th of the distance, many got really tired and started to breath heavy. We had a couple of folks in the verge of calling it off. However, we managed to inspire them enough to continue climbing up instead of giving up. We kept on giving short breaks every few hundred meters and start again. We were following strict instructions on not to litter the hill with our food wrappers, we made use of our backpacks to store them separately.
The weather was very sunny. As we went up, the beautiful scenes around the hills kept us motivating to reach the peak. Towards the end of almost 3 hours, all 20 of us managed to reach the hilltop in spite of sun burns. The sense of satisfaction was very much evident in everyone’s face. The tiredness had gone. All smiles around and the ecstasy of making it to the peak was priceless. We roamed around various locations over there and finally settled down at a place where we had one of the best views. Enjoyed the cool breeze while enjoying the beauty of the nature. Though we missed the exotic view of clouds beneath, we surely had a great time. We had a great view of the adjoining Nandi hills, and the plain lands below. There were few nearby villagers who were collecting sticks for bonfire, looked like they were planning to sell them over the next two days of the weekend. After relaxing for more than an hour and having our lunch, we started our journey back.
We split ourselves into small teams and started to collect the garbage that many others had left. We found lot of disposed plastic water bottles, plastic tumblers (used for coffee/tea), plastic food wrapper covers, etc., As planned earlier, we had bought big garbage collector bags and started collecting all these plastic stuff on our way down to foot hills. This is where we made the difference. We not only enjoyed the nature but made it look more greener. We bought as much as plastic back to the base and handed that over to recycling shop on our way back to Bangalore.
This is our sincere & humble request to all who trek this skandagiri hill or any other:
* Please think twice before buying or carrying plastic.
* Leave not any plastic behind.
* Avoid campfire/bonfire, this may lead to forest fire.
* It would be a great gesture to nature if you help to preserve the premises for future.
* Be environmental friendly and join hands with us to clean up such great places.
You can see the photos clicked during this trek on flickr. With the hope that each one of you will remember all these points, I wish you all a happy trekking where ever you go. Live Green and let the the mother earth be greener than ever!