Hiking is an outdoor activity which consists of walking in natural environments, often in mountainous or other scenic terrain. People often hike on hiking trails. It is such a popular activity that there are numerous hiking organizations worldwide. The health benefits of different types of hiking have been confirmed in studies. Some of the health benefits of hiking include, but are not limited to, losing excess weight, decreasing hypertension, and improving mental health. It is also the best way to explore, experience and absorb the nature of our remaining wild places.
At Honey Valley we have mapped out 18 trails that begin with the easy ( a 45 minute hike to the top of a mountain called Manjemotte) and end with the 24 km round-trip to Mt.Tadiandamol (5,250 ft), the highest mountain in the region. Some of the trails lead you deep into the jungle, some to the top of a mountain, and some other to a swimming hole or a waterfall inside the forest. Depending on your physical fitness, and desire for adventure you can choose short, medium or long trails. We have a handy guide book with trails charted out clearly for your convenience. Except for the Mt.Tadiandamol hike, the guide book is the only assistance you will require on your hikes. For Mt.Tadianadamol hike, which traverses dense foliage, deep jungle, murmuring streams, coffee estates, and paddy fields, can prove to be quite daunting even for the experienced hikers, we recommend and provide (if requested) a local guide (non-English speaking). The guide costs Rs.400/-.
For those who wish to spend their entire day out in the jungle or mountains, we also provide a lunch pack which includes a boiled egg, half-a-loaf of bread, a slice of cheese, jam, a cucumber and a tomato, and a packet of biscuits. Occasionally (on request) rice items such as tamarind rice, tomato rice, or puliyogare is provided instead of the regular lunch pack. The lunch pack costs Rs.85/-.
Etiquette of hiking
Because hiking is a recreational experience, hikers expect it to be pleasant. Sometimes hikers can interfere with each other’s enjoyment, or that of other users of the land. Hiking etiquette has developed to minimize such interference. For example:
When two groups of hikers meet on a steep trail, there may be contention for use of the trail. To avoid conflict, a custom has developed in some areas whereby the group moving uphill has the right-of-way.
Being forced to hike much faster or slower than one’s natural pace can be annoying, and difficult to maintain consistently. More seriously, walking unnaturally fast dramatically increases fatigue and exhaustion, and may cause injury. If a group splits between fast and slow hikers, the slow hikers may be left behind or become lost. A common custom is to encourage the slowest hiker to hike in the lead and have everyone match that speed. Another custom is to have experienced hiker(s) sweep up the rear on a rota, to ensure that everyone in the group is safe and nobody straggles.
Hikers generally enjoy the peace of their natural surroundings. Loud sounds such as shouting or loud conversation, or the use of mobile phones, disrupt this enjoyment. However making noise is considered a necessary safety precaution in many areas home to large wild animals, especially predators such as bears.
To keep nature beautiful, it is important that no traces are left. Besides the obvious, such as bringing back all trash, leaving no traces also comprises taking care not to unnecessarily break plants or disturbing wildlife.
Three things to keep in mind if you plan to hike:
(1) Lunch packs must be ordered a day in advance.
(2) Guide (available only for Mt.Tadiandamol hike) should be booked a day in advance.
(3) The guide book has to be returned once you have done your hikes.