TREKKING AT MUNNAR
Trekking at Munnar is an absolute must on your list of things to do in Kerala! I spent two full-days in this mountainous region, exploring the famous Munnar tea estate and trekking to the summit of Phantom Mountain.
I have put together this complete guide to help you plan your Trekking in Munnar adventure!
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WHERE IS MUNNAR KERALA
Munnar is a town located 1500 meters above sea level in the Western Ghats mountain range in Kerala, India.
The drive from Kochi to Munnar is 129km and the journey takes around 3.5-hours
WHERE TO BOOK TREKKING AT MUNNAR
I personally organized my trekking at Munnar with Kalypso Adventures, a reputable tour company that offers many activities throughout Kerala.
Kalypso Adventures conveniently has a campsite located in the hills of Munnar, located right beneath Phantom Mountain.
If you decide to book your Munnar trek with Kalypso Adventures they organise everything including transport to and from Munnar, comfortable accommodation in tents, all meals and drinking water, amenities with hot water, a guided hike to the summit of Phantom Mountain and most importantly an unforgettable experience!
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WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE TREKKING IN MUNNAR
My friends and I arrived in Munnar at around 3pm and we checked-in to the Kalypso Camp. We were welcomed with tea, coffee and snacks which was much appreciated after the long journey to Munnar.
The campsite, as I mentioned earlier, is situated beneath Phantom Mountain and the views are incredible.
After shifting our luggage into the tents, the staff prepared a bonfire and buffet dinner for us, so we enjoyed a relaxed evening filling our stomachs and hanging out by the fiery blaze.
The campsite in Munnar – Trekking at Munnar
With the squad – Trekking at Munnar
TREKKING AT MUNNAR
The morning began at 4:30am as we had planned to start the Munnar trekking early in order to make it to the summit of Phantom Rock for sunrise.
Before the hike, we had a light breakfast that was available at the camp including fruits, tea and coffee.
You are not obliged to wake up this early to start the Phantom Mountain hike, it’s entirely up to you and your group.
It is possible to begin the hike at around 7:30am but I recommend the earlier you go the better as it can get very hot during the middle of the day.
We started the hike at 5am in the dark and I am sure glad we had a guide to lead the way.
If you have a head torch in your possession I would definitely recommend bringing it along with you as the trail is quite narrow and the aid of light is definitely needed. A phone light would do but in some steeper areas along Munnar trek, two hands are needed to grab on to trees to hoist you up.
The good news is that the trekking at Munnar only takes 45-minutes to 1-hour depending on your level of fitness.
We arrived at the summit of Phantom Mountain at 6am and it was still quite dark, though it was only a short 30-minute wait until sunrise.
Arriving earlier gave me a chance to scout the area to find where the best spots were to shoot the sunrise.
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Trekking at Munnar
Phantom Rock – Trekking in Munnar
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TREKKING AT MUNNAR
At around 6:30 am the sky began to turn orange as the sun peaked up over the horizon, filling the entire valley with a majestic golden glow.
I was running around the rocky ledges and the grassy areas like a kid runs around a candy shop, taking as many photos as I possibly could.
There are so many great photo opportunities to be had on top of Phantom Mountain, each offering panoramic views of the lakes, forests and tea plantations below.
My friends and I enjoyed a good couple of hours on top of Phantom Mountain before we started the return journey back to the campsite.
Instead of hiking back down the same trail that which we came up, our guide took us on the circuit trail that takes a little longer to get back to the camp but it zigzags through the Munnar tea plantations on the mountainside.
I was in complete awe as we hiked down through the rolling hills dotted with tea plantations in Munnar. The landscapes were incredibly green and serene, like something you would see on the front of a postcard!
Tea plantations while trekking at Munnar
AFTER TREKKING AT MUNNAR
Back at the campsite, there was a buffet breakfast and some cold refreshments conveniently waiting for us as the return journey was a sweaty occasion amongst the mid-morning heat.
A hot shower and a change of clothes were also very much welcome post-hike!
We packed our things and thanked all the crew from Kalypso Adventures for their great hospitality before heading off to our next destination in Kerala!
TREKKING AT MUNNAR MAP
MORE KERALA TRAVEL GUIDES
- Jadayu Para: Jadayu Para – World’s Largest Bird Statue
- Kerala Backwaters: Kerala Backwaters Tour
- Kochi: Best Things To Do In Kochi
- Munnar: Trekking In Munnar
- Periyar: Periyar National Park Safari
- Athirappilly: Athirappilly Falls
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MUNNAR
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF TREKKING AT MUNNAR
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