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Agasthyarkoodam Treking

The Enchanting Agasthyarkoodam Treking 2022

by Geetika Gautam

This is a hike on the rapidly expanding Agasthyarkoodam, a mountain range in Kerala, India. This trekking route is one of the most prominent and celebrated treks of Kerala’s fauna and flora. 

Trekking Season From January 18 to February 26

The annual Agasthyarkoodam trekking 2022 season will be held from January 18 to February 26 of the year. The number of online bookings per day has been restricted to 75 persons. A maximum of 25 offline bookings, including cancellations, if any, in online registration, will be allowed.

History of Agasthyarkoodam Treking

The history of Tharangani Trekking began as early as 675 BC with the journey by Pandyan King Karikala Ullamadeva to Mount Kailash in Tibet. Since then innumerable travelers from across the globe have been making this treasure their destination.

The trekking route is challenging because of the elevation gained, steep climbs, and the occasional sand dunes. Though the forest trek is a moderate one, the jungle trails can be tiring, like all other treks in Kerala. Therefore having a gear, that can take care of these sudden needs and not give you trouble during ascent is essential for this trek.

If you’re planning for Agasthyarkoodam Treking 2022, then preparation for this trek is quite tough. You must have reached par excellence physical condition as this is a very long hike. In this hike, you will have to climb from one hilltop to another.

It is highly recommended to visit a doctor before starting the trek.

The trekking route is challenging because of the elevation gained, steep climbs, and the occasional sand dunes. Though the forest trek is a moderate one, the jungle trails can be tiring, like all other treks in Kerala. 

Therefore having a gear, that can take care of these sudden needs and not give you trouble during ascent is essential for this trek.

Some Details of Agasthyarkoodam Treking 2022

The trek passes through thick forests, mainly covering highland rainforests, which is most fascinating. For most of the trek, you would encounter lush greenery with some waterfalls and streams adding to your zeal. But trekking in Kerala is not only about wild passes and thick forests. The estimated altitude gained during the course of the trek ranges from about 1000-1300 m. 

The course for this excursion is in the Agasthyarkoodam mountain range, which has an average elevation of around 2100 m or 6888 ft.  

This mountain range is famous for the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is within one of the forests. It falls in the Qazinag mountains. The northern part belongs to Udumbumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and the southern part belongs to Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve. The Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve is home to rare species of wild flora and fauna.

The ticket rate is ₹1,580 per head, out of which ₹250 will go towards the ecosystem management fund. Five people can be included in a single ticket. Life insurance or accident insurance coverage is mandatory for participants. But you need to submit details regarding such policies while registering.

The Bottom Line – 

So, if you’re someone who is looking to go for Agasthyarkoodam Treking 2022 will have to follow stringent COVID-19 norms. You will have to produce negative certificates of RT-PCR tests. The tests should be undertaken not more than 72 hours before the commencement of the journey. Also, you need to submit proof of both COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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