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PARVAT BUDDIES: The Heavenly Hills of BHIMASHANKAR (9th & 10th Sept, 2017)

Some Info about the place:
Out of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India, 2 of them are in the state of Maharashtra. While the holy town of Trimbakeshwar hosts one of them, the other one is at BHIMASHANKAR.

BHIMASHANKAR (1005m/3297ft) is a famous pilgrimage place situated on top of the Western Ghats. The Shiva temple is an ancient yet beautiful masterpiece of Hemadpanthi style of architecture. A huge metal bell and a 15ft ‘Deepmala’ are some of the noteworthy features of the temple. It is a divine feeling to witness the Evening Aarti here. Bhimashankar is surrounded by dense forests which are rich in flora and fauna. Interestingly, the state animal of Maharashtra viz. ‘Shekru’ or the Malabar Giant Squirrel can be found in these forests. The area around Bhimashankar has been declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the Government. It is from here that the River Bhima originates. Another fascinating spot here is the ‘Gupt Bhimashankar’ which is a Shivling hidden beneath a beautiful water stream. The topmost point of Bhimashankar is called ‘Nagfani’ and offers excellent views of Padargad and Tungi peaks. While there are buses connecting it to Mumbai and Pune, we trekking enthusiasts love the challenge of climbing up this mighty hill from the Konkan. We shall be ascending the thrilling ‘Shidi Ghat’ (Ladder Route) which is steep and exciting and we would be descending through the gentler and serene ‘Ganesh Ghat’. Not only this, we shall also be enjoying our stay at the top with some delicious local food.

Sounds exciting, isn’t it? Well it can’t get any better than this! So what are you waiting for?  Hurry, register ASAP.

Grade: Tough.
Endurance: High.
Approx Elevation Gain: ~800mts.

Why PARVAT BUDDIES?
Extensive painstaking preparations have been carried out by our team of experienced leaders in planning and organising this trek for you. Our leaders are well versed with the terrain and have a trekking experience of about a decade in the Sahyadri. Rest assured that they will take good care of you during the trek. Our USP is that we prefer to trek in small sized groups so as to have a better bonding and interaction among our participants. This makes our events much more enjoyable and memorable. We maintain a reasonable Leader to Participant ratio which is about 1:12 on an average. We also have a good number of female participants joining our events. On an average around 40% of our participants in the past have been females, which proves that we are a gender friendly group. We always carry a basic first aid kit with us. We are a responsible trekking group and try our best to leave a minimum possible impact on our ecology while conducting the treks. We respect the Mountains and follow a set of rules to ensure discipline in our outdoor activities.

Some Trek Rules: 
Climbing the Mountain is definitely an enjoyable adventure, provided we all follow some discipline. One must follow these basic rules strictly so that the outdoors can be enjoyed in a safe way: 

1] Mountains are a place of abundant natural beauty. Hence, it is our duty to keep them free of garbage. So please do not litter. One is expected to deposit all wrappers/empty water bottles etc in his/her own bag. In fact it would not be a bad idea to pick up any plastic bottle, packet or wrapper lying on the trekking path. A separate garbage-bag must be carried for this purpose. All accumulated garbage should be carried back to the city and dumped in to bins.

2] Trekking is a healthy activity. So any unhealthy habit like Smoking is strictly prohibited. Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and drugs is also banned. These habits could prove to be fatal for you or your trek buddies. Moreover, who would want to have such addictions when the beauty of nature is itself intoxicating!

3] Care should be taken so as not to harm the natural surroundings including trees, plants (esp. Flowers), insects, reptiles and animals in any manner whatsoever. Even they feel the pain just as we humans do. Value Life & Preserve Our Ecology!

4] Learn to detach yourself from the city life and be one with Nature. Don't disturb the peaceful environment of the hills by making unnecessary noises, shouting or playing loud music - the birds and animals might get scared/provoked. Instead, Listen to the call of the Mountain, the melodious birds, the flowing water, the whistling breeze & Discover Your True Self - Listen To Your HeartBeat  :)

5] Most of the hills and valleys are an integral part of our history. It is a treasure, which we are duty bound to preserve for our future generations. Therefore, defacing/damaging historical monuments/temples/caves and indulging in Graffiti is strongly discouraged.

6] Respect the local culture and villagers. They are kind and helpful. While on the trekking path, always make way for the villagers first. It is quite a humbling experience to know about hardships faced by the villagers living in different parts of the Sahyadri Mountains. Even then, most of the villagers will host you gracefully when you happen to visit their small homes.

7] Apart from the general fun and sense of adventure that Trekking provides, it is also aimed at increasing self-confidence, build unity among participants and create long lasting friendships. Hence, while trekking, it is very important to be a Team that stays united throughout.



Tentative Itinerary: 
(These are approximate timings)

Assembly: At Neral @ 0730hrs sharp on Saturday, 9th Sept, 2017.
(Exact local train timings will be communicated separately to registered participants) 

0730 hrs: Breakfast.
0800 hrs: Start journey by private vehicle.
0900 hrs: Reach Base village, Khandas. Briefing session.
0930 hrs: Start the ascend via Ladder Route.
1230 hrs: Lunch Break.
1300 hrs: Trek resumes.
1430 hrs: Reach Bhimashankar.
1330 hrs: Start hike to visit Gupt Bhimashankar (optional)
1900 hrs: Visit Temple.
2000 hrs: Dinner time.
2200 hrs: Time to relax for the day.

Sunday, 10th Sept 2017

0530 hrs: Wake up call to complete morning chores.
0600 hrs: Basic stretching.
0630 hrs: Breakfast.
0730 hrs: Start hike to summit Nagfani peak (optional)
0930 hrs: Start descend via Ganesh Ghat.
1330 hrs: Arrival in the base village. Freshen up.
1400 hrs: Lunchtime.
1500 hrs: Bid adieu to Bhimashankar and resume journey for Karjat.
1600 hrs: Evening tea.

Take the next available local train for Mumbai. 


** Trek Ends **


Things you should carry (COMPULSORY):
In order to have an enjoyable time in the mountains, one needs to be well equipped with the following things:

1] Identity Proof.
2] Double shouldered bag.
3] TREKKING SHOES (must be in good condition) Carry extra socks and laces.
4] WATER (at least 3-4 litres)
5] Wear Full length track-pants & full sleeves Shirt (preferably dry-fit) to protect oneself from insects, thorns, cold and sunburn.
6] Toiletry Kit comprising of Toothbrush, toothpaste, Vaseline, Powder, Tissues/Napkins, Sanitizer etc.
7] lightweight bedding and Shawl (Or Sleeping Bag)
8] WINDCHEATER, Cap / Hat.
9] TORCH / HEADLAMP with extra batteries.
10] Extra pair of clothes, a lightweight towel, and flip-flops to put on after the trek is over.
11] Big plastic bag to store your wet clothes & Shoes.
12] Small garbage bag to dump wrappers/tissues etc.
13] LUNCH for Saturday.
14] Light snacks like biscuits, energy bars, candies, dry fruits & nuts, ORS, some juicy fruits as per your liking.


Optional (recommended):
Trekking pole. (Strongly recommended)
Small Knife, Whistle, Matchbox, Candle, Diary & pen.
Camera.
Umbrella, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion.
Personal Medicines.

 

 

Cost:

Rs. 1450/- (non-refundable)

Inclusions:

®  2 Veg. Breakfasts.

®  1 Veg. Dinner (Saturday).

®  1 Veg. Lunch (Sunday).

®  2 Evening Tea.

®  Refreshments during the trek.

®  Accommodation for night stay in village house with toilet facility.

®  Travel from Karjat to Karjat in private vehicle.

®  Basic First Aid Kit.

®  Safety Equipments (if any).

®  Route & Trek Guidance.

 

Exclusions: train tickets, Lunch for Saturday, Packaged drinking water, cold-drinks, any sort of personal expenses, any other thing not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’

 

(Lunch for Saturday can be arranged at an additional cost)


Registration Process:

No. Of Seats: Min 6 and Max 18 participants. (First come First Serve on Payment Basis)
(Trek is subject to minimum participation)

** Registrations are strictly by phone call & online payment only! **
Deadline for registrations & payment: 4pm, 6th Sept, 2017 (Wednesday).

 

Your seat will be booked only when we receive complete participant details along with the confirmation (transaction id/screenshot) of the online payment. Please call us on the below-mentioned number to know the Bank Details for Funds Transfer.

 


IMP:
Trekking is a demanding physical activity and should NOT be confused with picnic. Do not expect home like comforts in the hilly terrain.
It is important to be in good health and to have a basic level of physical fitness to ensure a happy time during the trek. Consult your doctor before joining the trek if you’re suffering from any ailment/injury.
 It is important for all participants to abide by the instructions of the trek leader from time to time. Any violation of Trek Rules or misbehaviour will be dealt with strictly and the participant will be expelled from the group immediately without any refund. The time schedule for the trek has to be followed strictly by every participant so as to have a timely and safe execution of the trek.
Avoid Jeans/Belts/Sling bags as it is important to walk freely while trekking. Shorts, 3/4ths and Sleeveless tops are strictly NOT allowed.
Avoid bringing costly gadgets/devices and valuables like jewellery etc. Carry only sufficient cash.
Try to keep the weight of your bag as less as possible.
Wrap your belongings in plastic to protect them from dust and/or rains.
Lastly, leave a brief note about your trekking plan at home.


We hope you don’t miss this amazing opportunity. So come, let’s enjoy nature together. Be there to experience it yourself!

 

For any queries, feel free to Contact us:

Parin H Shah (9869173138)
parvatbuddies@gmail.com


About Us:
PARVAT BUDDIES is a Mumbai based group of adventurers and nature lovers established in the year 2014. We organise outdoor activities like trekking, camping, cycling, tree planting, etc for beginners across various age groups. We have successfully conducted 67 enjoyable outdoor events and have catered to college students, youngsters, children, corporates and families.


Our Past Trek Events:
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Disclaimer: While utmost care will be taken by the organisers, all participants shall be responsible for their own safety and belongings. Organisers will not be responsible for any injury, casualty, death or any other untoward incident. Decision of the trek leader shall be final and binding on all participants.

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