PARVAT BUDDIES: Two day trek to Harishchandragad on 11th & 12th Nov 2017.
Some Info about the place:
HARISHCHANDRAGAD (1424m/4670ft) is a mighty hill fort situated in one of the most remote areas of the Sahyadri. It is believed to have been built in the 6th century. The main citadel is known as ‘BaleKilla’ whereas the highest point is called ‘Taramati’
Harishchandragad is an ideal trek in the winters and offers one of the best views of the surroundings. We can enjoy spellbinding views of Malshej Ghat, Naneghat range, Ajoba, Ghanchakkar and Kalsubai range from this peak. Some of the fascinating spots on the fort that we would be visiting include Taramati peak, Harishcandreshwar Mandir, Kedareshwar Cave, Saptatirth Pushkarni, and of course Konkan kada which is a sheer drop on the western edge of the mountain.
There are several trek routes to this fort. We would be ascending the fort through Tolar Khind which is a long route of 7-8kms and involves an easy grade rock patch making the ascend thrilling. Enjoying delicious local food and sleeping under the stars would definitely give you lifetime memories you can’t afford to miss!
Approx Elevation Gain: ~800mts.
Approx Distance: 16kms.
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. Your safety is our prime goal so rest assured that we 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, proving that we are a gender friendly group. Wherever feasible, we try our best to arrange private transport from Mumbai for your comfort. All your meals during this hike will be taken care of by us so you need not bother about cooking and packing anything from home. 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 Trek Plan:
Assembly: At Mumbai @ 11 PM sharp on Friday, 10th November 2017.
(Exact pickup point will be communicated only to registered participants)
2315 hrs: Start Journey by private vehicle.
11th Nov 2017 (Saturday)
0400 hrs: Arrival in the base village. Rest.
0545 hrs: Wake up call.
0615 hrs: Warm-up exercises and basic stretching.
0630 hrs: Breakfast & Tea/Coffee.
0645 hrs: Briefing, Introductions.
0700 hrs: We embark on this 5-hour climb of moderate grade – making most of the early morning serenity and natural beauty.
1230 hrs: Lunch time. Nap time.
1430 hrs: Start hike to summit Taramati peak.
1700 hrs: Visit Konkan kada for sunset.
1930 hrs: Dinner time.
2200 hrs: Retire for the day.
12th Nov 2017 (Sunday)
0630 hrs: Wake up. Finish off morning chores.
0730 hrs: Breakfast.
0800 hrs: Explore the remainder of the fort.
0900 hrs: Start descending.
1100 hrs: Reach base village. Freshen up.
1200 hrs: Lunch Time.
1330 hrs: Start return journey for Mumbai.
2000 hrs: Reach 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] Rucksack (45-60L).
3] TREKKING SHOES (must be in good condition). Carry extra socks and laces.
4] WATER (at least 3-4 litres)
5] FULL LENGTH CLOTHING (2 pairs) (preferably dry-fit) to protect oneself from insects, thorns, cold and sunburn.
6] CAP / HAT.
7] SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN LOTION.
8] TORCH / HEADLAMP (with extra batteries.)
9] SLEEPING BAG and Carry-Mat (foam material)
11] Towel, Napkin, Toiletry Kit (Toothbrush, toothpaste, Vaseline, Powder, Tissues/Napkins, Sanitizer etc.)
12] Flip-flops/slippers to put on after the trek is over.
13] Light snacks like biscuits, energy bars, candies, dry fruits & nuts, ORS, some juicy fruits as per your liking.
14] Big plastic bag to store your used clothes & Shoes.
15] Small garbage bag to dump wrappers/tissues etc.
• Trekking pole. (Strongly recommended)
• Small Knife, Whistle, Matchbox, Candle, Diary & pen.
• Personal Medicines.
Rs. 2600/- (non-refundable)
1 Veg. Breakfast (Saturday)
1 Veg. Lunch (Saturday)
1 Veg. Dinner (Saturday)
1 Veg. Breakfast (Sunday)
1 Veg. Lunch (Sunday)
Refreshments during the climb.
Travel from Mumbai to Mumbai in private non-AC Vehicle.
Basic First Aid Kit.
Safety Equipments (if required).
Route & Trek Guidance.
Exclusions: Packaged drinking water, cold-drinks, any sort of personal expenses, any other thing not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
No. Of Seats: Min. 12 and Max. 15 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, 9th November 2017 (Thursday).
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.
v Trekking is a demanding physical activity and should NOT be confused with picnic. Do not expect home like comforts in the hilly terrain.
v 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.
v 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.
v Avoid Jeans/Belts/Sling bags as it is important to walk freely while trekking. Shorts, 3/4ths and Sleeveless tops are strictly NOT allowed.
v Avoid bringing costly gadgets/devices and valuables like jewellery etc. Carry only sufficient cash.
v Try to keep the weight of your bag as less as possible.
v Wrap your belongings in plastic to protect them from dust and/or rains.
v 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)
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 72 enjoyable outdoor events and have catered to college students, youngsters, children, corporates and families.
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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.