To the top of Saddle Peak, North Andamans2019-12-27
To The Top of Saddle Peak
Saddle Peak in North Andaman, is the highest point of the Andamans at 732 m.
At the entrance
We reached the entrance at 7 am, the official opening time although the officials at the gate told us we may be able to start earlier too. At this time of the year (December) it may be a good idea to start as eary as you can as it gets dark pretty early.
Seen from below, the peak was almost always enveloped in clouds
The Forest Path
The true attraction of the trek is not the peak, but the forest on the way. The peak is located in a reserve forest and its a picturesque level forest walk for the first 100 minutes.
The forest path never strayed far from the coast and you could hear the waves for most of the time. That and the numerous hermit crabs all along the path was quite unusual.
Lizards were abundant on the trail.
And there were some magnificient, giant trees
From shades of grey and green at the beginning, we started seeing orange and brownish lizards as we climbed higher.
The trail was well maintained in most places, and reminded me of trekking in Sikkim at places.
At the second of three viewpoints near the top. This plant appeared to be displaying spectacles for sale.
View from Near the Top
The third viewpoint has the best views of the bay. Lamia Bay where we started, the Kalipur beach and Craggy island were all well seen.
After the final viewpoint, the summit turned out to be frustratingly distant and, when reached, a little disappointing. No view because of the dense bushes all around. This small board was the only indication that we were at the top. It took us 5 hours to reach the top.
This stream on the way looked inviting on the way back. It would have been a good place for a dip after we had been walking for more than 8 hours. But at 4 pm, light was beginning to fail and we wanted to reach the entrance before it was dark.