Hampi - Heritage Trek

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About Hampi - Heritage Trek

History was carved in stone, and these archaeological ruins which were once the prosperous and grand capital of the Vijayanagara Empire can take their visitor back to the 14th century.

The heritage city of Hampi which is referred to as ‘The group of monuments at Hampi’ is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the east-central Karnataka, along with the shores of the Tungabhadra river.

It was one of the world’s second-largest medieval-era city, the first being Beijing, and one of India’s richest city during 1500 C.E., as traders from Persia and Portugal flocked to the happening capital of Vijayanagara.

After being conquered by Mughal Sultanates in 1565, the city was plunged to ruins, giving rise to the modern day Hampi.

It is considered as a “Fantasy world of rocks and ruins” by the Lonely Planet.

Partake in this beautiful trek, where the walls do hold stories of the past. And if the archaeology and architecture isn’t enough to raise goosebumps, we also take you across the river to the stunning Anjaneya hills, which is known for being an amazing viewpoint for sunsets and sunrise. Take note earnest photographers! This just might be your moment!

Package Details

The ancient town of Hampi makes a great place for trekkers to explore the natural and man-made beauty of the land. The ruins form a rocky terrain and have several large and small hills that are ideal for trekking.

Hampi is also known for its boulder- strewn hills, which make for an amazing backdrop for the trek.

Location and how to reach

  • The trip starts from Bangalore. Hampi is located in the Bellary district of Karnataka that is about 364 km away from Bangalore.

Best time to do the trek

  • The best time to do this trek would be from October to February, as the atmosphere is pleasant throughout the day. We would advise against visiting Hampi during the rainy season, as the boulders become quite slippery.
  • It is also advisable to not visit Hampi during the summer season, as it is scorching hot and dry, and you might not be able to enjoy the trek to its fullest.

Itinerary

Day 0 – The beginning

  • We will leave Bangalore at 10:00, to travel the 364 km to reach Hampi.

Day 1 – The trek

  • Once everyone has freshened up, we will begin our trek with bouldering, something Hampi is known for. This requires you to use your body weight to climb the rocks. If you are afraid of doing so, don’t be. We have experienced professionals who will help you navigate and climb these rocks with ease.
  • This activity usually takes around 2 hours and might be a tad bit tiring, but we have something that might help you with the next part of your journey.
  • If you are too tired to walk to the next location, you will be provided with mopeds at the site. We can enjoy and restore our energy by eating our lunch before we head on to Sanapur Lake. Sanapur lake is a reservoir of the river Tungabhadra and is known for cliff jumping. Plus there is no better way to relax than resting your legs in the cold soothing water while enjoying the beautiful scenery and talking with your group!
  • After a brief period of resting, we start on our trek to the Anjaneya hills. The Anjaneya hill, also known as the Hanuman hill, provides a beautiful view of the entire city, and is an excellent viewpoint for watching the setting sun!
  • We then head back to the campsite for dinner and enjoy a late night walk to the rocks. The view from these rocks are breathtaking, the stars and the soft glow from the campfires create a perfect harmony to make you fall in love with this place!

Day 2 – The heritage!

  • We will rise early, so as to not miss the amazing sunrise the Hemkuta hills have to offer.  The beautiful colours of the sky, blend together to provide you with an ever-lasting memory of peace and tranquillity, and is the perfect addition, to last night’s breathtaking view!
  • The Hemkuta hills have a lot of temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Today’s journey will take you through the heritage that Hampi has to offer to you. We will begin our journey with the Virupaksha temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is also known as Virupaksha, the consort of Goddess Pampa. This beautiful temple lies among the ruins, and still used as a place of worship.
  • We will then walk through the Mathanga hills to visit the Vitthala temple, which also houses the legendary Stone Chariot which is the symbol of Karnataka tourism.  
  • It might be a lot to take in the rich culture of this beautiful city, so we have a refreshing ride across the river in a coracle. A coracle is a boat made of leather, plastic and bitumen. The swaying motion across the river, while you are surrounded by the majestic city of Hampi is a surreal experience.
  • We will return to our campsite to make our way to Bangalore. The stories that these walls have to say may be lost in time, but we sure do hope that the memories you made during this trek, will not be lost in time.

Difficulty Level

The difficulty level of this trek is easy to moderate.

Weather

  • As the best time to do this trek is from October to February, the temperature starts to drop, but remains pleasant throughout this period. The mornings are nice and toasty at around 30◦, and at night, the temperature reaches as low as 15◦!

What will be the total expense of the trip?

  • This total expense of this trek will be around Rs 3000 to Rs 4000, per person for a 2 day trek.

Inclusion

  • Shared accommodation in tents (2 or 3 per tent)
  • Rented Mopeds with fuel (1.5 litre)
  • Bouldering professionals and equipment to help you through the activity
  • Coracle Ride
  • 2 Breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Transportation – to and fro till Bangalore, Non AC
  • An unforgettable experience and a memory for the rest of your life

Exclusions

  • Lunch on Day 1 and Day 2
  • Any type of Insurance
  • Auto fares to travel around Hampi, (Rs 150- Rs 200)
  • Repair charges of Mopeds that might be caused due to misuse/accidents/ negligence

ATM points and connectivity

  • Hampi has a lot of ATM points and moderate mobile connectivity, so it should not be an issue for trekkers and travellers.

Things to carry

Given below is the list of things that you will have to carry with you for this trek.

  • Rucksack or a bag, to carry your things easily
  • 2 one litre water bottles (We agree that this trip is to get along with your nature and past, but clean drinking water is a must. We are not savages!)
  • Torch/ Headlamp (This is a great equipment for the night time or to assist you in telling a great horror story. Whichever you think suits best… )
  • Portable Charger (Music sometimes becomes a must, but so does a fully charged mobile phone!)
  • Money or any kind of mobile app to make payments. Hampi does have ATM’s, but it’s better to carry some cash in hand nonetheless
  • Snacks that can be carried easily and in large quantities, like energy bars and protein bars.
  • Raincoat / Bag cover. The trek is not planned in the rainy season, but nature doesn’t follow a plan. Better to be covered!
  • Carry a first aid kit that includes all necessary, basic and required medicines. Please don’t forget medicines that are prescribed by your doctor in case you suffer from any illness.
  • Pack all the toiletries that will be required separately, like your dental kit, soap, moisturizer and sanitizers. (Hygiene is important everywhere!)
  • An extra set of clothes, proper shoes to trek, avoid flip flops for trekking, however, we won’t stop you from wearing them around the campsite.

Group Size:

  • 10-50 Members.
  • In most of our treks, we have an equal male to female ratio.
  • For the confirmation of the event, we require a minimum of 8 members.
  • In some case, if we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided.
  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
  • For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard earned money.

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

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