Hello Buddies, we are glad to invite you all for a challenging trek to Irshalgad on 21st Sept 2014.

Some Info about the Hill:
Irshalgad also known as Vishalgad lies in the Karjat region. An amazing thing about this peak is its twin-forked top. It also has a natural rock-hole between the two pinnacles. Its Batman-like appearance cannot be missed by travellers on the Panvel-Karjat road. A village called Vishalwadi is located on the upper plateau - the final climb starts from here. The route upto the needle-hole involves a ladder and some rock patches. The part above this hole requires technical climbing skills and is risky.

Travel will be by local train / private vehicle.
No. Of Seats: Max 20 participants.
Grade: Moderate-Difficult.
Cost Rs. 300/- (includes Trek charges, breakfast, refreshments, travel between Karjat and base village) 

Registrations strictly by phone call only!

Tentative Trek Plan:
We'd be boarding the front-most compartment of the below train. You may get in at your respective stations. Please take Karjat return tickets.

S-5 KARJAT Slow:

After breakfast at Karjat, we shall start journey for base village Nanivali by private vehicle.

9:30AM: Introductions & start trek. Reach rock-hole by lunchtime (approx 12:30pm). Have lunch, rest, explore and enjoy the views.
2PM: Start descending. Reach base by 5pm. Return Journey to Karjat and catch the next train back home.

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] 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 and indulging in Graffiti is strongly discouraged.

5] Respect the local people and villagers. They are kind and helpful.

6] 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) Sturdy shoes with rubber soles (must have good grip on slippery surfaces) Carry extra laces.
4) Water (at least 2-3 liters)
5) Wear Full length track-pants & full sleeves Shirt (as it'll be cold if it rains, if it doesn't, full sleeves will protect from insects, thorns and sunburn)
6) Lunch (fruits will be refreshing too)
7) Lightweight Windcheater, Cap.
8) Torch
9) Small plastic bag to dump wrappers etc.

Extra pair of clothes/flip-flops (recommended), Camera, Sunglasses, Medicines.

Avoid Jeans, belts, jholas or sling bags as it is important to walk freely while trekking.
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 getting wet in the 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!

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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