Certainly! Kumara Parvatha, also known as Pushpagiri, is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. As of my last update in 2021, here’s a rough breakdown of the potential costs involved in undertaking the Kumara Parvatha trek. Do note that the actual costs may vary based on your specific choices and recent developments.

Kumara Parvatha Trek Cost Breakdown

  1. Transportation:
    • If traveling from Bangalore: ₹800 – ₹2,500 (Depending on whether you take a bus, share a cab, or self-drive).
    • If traveling locally, within Karnataka: ₹500 – ₹1,500.
  2. Accommodation:
    • At the base (Kukke Subramanya): Guest houses or budget hotels can range from ₹600 – ₹2,000 per night.
  3. Food:
    • Per day costs for food can be approximately ₹200 – ₹600, depending on where you eat and what you consume.
  4. Entry and Trekking Fees:
    • Forest department entry and trekking fees: ₹200 – ₹400 per person.
    • Additional charges might apply for cameras or other equipment.
  5. Trekking Gear:
    • If you don’t already have trekking gear, costs can vary greatly based on brand and quality:
      • Shoes: ₹2,000 – ₹10,000.
      • Backpack: ₹1,000 – ₹7,000.
      • Trekking pole: ₹500 – ₹2,500.
      • Raincoat or poncho (if trekking during monsoon): ₹300 – ₹2,000.
  6. Guides and Porters:
    • While it’s possible to do the trek without a guide, hiring one can be beneficial, especially for first-timers: ₹1,000 – ₹2,500 per day.
    • If you’re carrying a lot of gear, hiring a porter might be useful: ₹500 – ₹1,500 per day.
  7. Miscellaneous:
    • Emergency funds, personal medications, snacks, bottled water, etc.: ₹500 – ₹1,500.

Total Estimated Cost: ₹6,300 – ₹30,100 (This is a broad range and your actual costs could fall anywhere within this range based on your choices and requirements.)

Remember to always check for recent reviews, updates, and guidelines before planning your trek. Prices may have changed, and there might be new rules or requirements in place. It’s also recommended to check the weather forecast and any other regional advisories before embarking on your treks.