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Can You Feel The Heat?

The rains may have receded, but the trekker spirit is alive and he is hungry for some more exploration!

So, we at OUR NEXT TREK bring you yet another amazing opportunity to experience the beauty of nature! This time around we have planned a simple trek to Fort Kothaligad.

Some Info about the Trek:
Kothaligad is an interesting funnel shaped hill in the vicinity of Bhimashankar Mountain Range, though it is detached from the main mountain range. A village called Peth is situated on the plateau at its base, hence commonly we trekkers refer it to as Peth Fort also. There is a huge cave on the way up. An amazing feature about this fort is a rock staircase next to the cave. It is carved out through the inside of the hill and brings you out on its small top. So come on, let’s explore the unexplored.

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

Registrations strictly by phone call only!

Tentative Trek Plan:
We'd be boarding the last men's compartment (Mumbai CST side) of the below train. You may get in at your respective stations. Please take Neral return tickets.

S-5 Karjat Slow train timing: http://mumbailifeline.com/train_info.php?sel_route=central&train=S+5

After breakfast, we shall start journey for base village Ambivali by private vehicle.

9AM: Introductions & start trek. Reach cave by lunchtime (approx 12pm). Have lunch, rest, explore and enjoy the views.

1PM: Start descending. Reach base by 4pm. Return Journey to Neral 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. While on the trekking path, always make way for the villagers first.

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 3-4 liters)
5) Wear Full length track-pants & full sleeves Shirt (as it'll will protect from insects, thorns and sunburn)
6) Lunch (add some fruits - that will be refreshing)
7) Cap / Hat.
8) Torch.
9) Small plastic bag to dump wrappers etc.

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

IMP:
Avoid Jeans, belts, jholas or 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 jewelry 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)
www.trekparin.blogspot.in

OUR NEXT TREK (facebook group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/718017658265543

Trek Schedule: http://trekparin.blogspot.in/p/blog-page_26.html

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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