Hello Friends, we at OUR NEXT TREK invite you all to join us for a beautiful walk in the tranquil forests of Matheran on 5th April 2015 (Sunday).

Some Info about the Trek:
If you love photography esp. “train-spotting”, enjoy travelling and making new friends, love exploring nature but don't want to exert yourself much, then this relaxing event is a golden chance for you!! :)

We have decided to do this trek differently keeping in mind the hot weather. We will be visiting Matheran via Neral in the famous toy train (*subject to ticket availability). The idea is to explore the un-ventured forest paths on this vast plateau - acknowledge the natural beauty, the birds, the animals and the beautiful valleys. We also plan to play cricket and Mafia after having lunch. We shall descend to Dhodhani village via a brief trek late in the afternoon to add some adventure to the day (*optional for participants)! 

Registrations strictly by phone call only!

Travel will be by local transport / private vehicles.
No. Of Seats: Max 20 participants.
Grade: Easy-Moderate.
Cost: Rs. 400/- (includes Trek charges, Breakfast, evening tea/juice, travel from Neral to Matheran in toy train or Taxi, Matheran Entry Fee, bus travel from Dhodhani to Panvel)

Tentative Trek Plan:
Assembly: At Neral Rly Station at 7 am sharp.

After a small intro session, we will have some breakfast and start journey for Matheran by The Toy Train. (*if tickets are not available, then we will have to take the taxi)

Once at the top, we shall start the forest walk. Visit some points and settle for lunch.

After lunch, we intend to play Mafia with a twist ;) , a game of cricket or two.

Descend to Dhodhani by 6pm. Take next available bus for Panvel.

** Trek Ends **

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 outing can be enjoyed in a safe way:

1] Mountains are a place of abundant natural beauty. Hence, it is our duty to keep the place free of garbage. So do not litter. One is expected to dump all wrappers/chewing gums/etc in his/her own bag. In fact it would not be a bad idea to clear any plastic wrapper/bottle lying on the trekking path. A separate pouch/plastic bag must be carried for this purpose.

2] Trekking is a healthy habit. So Smoking has to be strictly prohibited. Consumption of alcohol/drugs is also banned. Avoid spitting Paan/Gutkha. 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 and animals in any manner whatsoever. Even they feel the pain just as we humans do. Value Life!

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 or playing loud music - the birds and animals might get scared/provoked. Instead Listen to the call of the Mountain - 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 and indulging in Graffiti is strongly discouraged.

6] Respect the local people 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.

Things you should carry (COMPULSORY):
1) Identity Proof.
2) Double shouldered bag.
3) Trekking shoes with rubber soles (must be in good condition) Carry extra laces.
4) Water (at least 2-3 litres)
5) Wear Full length track-pants & full sleeves Shirt (to protect from insects, thorns, cold and sunburn)
6) LUNCH (add some fruits - that will be refreshing)
7) Cap / Hat.
8) TORCH / Headlamp with extra batteries.
9) Small plastic bag to dump wrappers etc.

Extra pair of clothes/flip-flops to put on after the trek is over (recommended), CAMERA, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, personal Medicines.

It is important to have a basic level of physical fitness to ensure a happy time during the trek.
Avoid Jeans, belts, sling bags as it is important to walk freely while trekking.
Shorts and sleeveless 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)

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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 or any other untoward incident. Decision of the trek leader shall be final and binding on all participants.

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