Please read the trek plan carefully and carry all the necessary items mentioned below.
Hello Friends, we at OUR NEXT TREK invite you all to join us for an adventurous day trek to Songiri Fort on Sunday, 25th Jan 2015.
Some info about the Mountain:
For those travelling on Karjat-Khopoli rail line, it is impossible to miss this beautiful triangular peak. Earlier, a rarely visited hill with dense jungle and mysterious routes, it is now gaining popularity with trekkers due to the well-marked path and easy accessibility. The top offers excellent views of the surrounding Mountains and Ulhas River. Apart from a water tank, the fort also consists of ruined fort wall. It is an ideal day trek for beginners as well as regulars.
Travel will be by local train.
No. Of Seats: Max 30 participants.
Cost Rs. 350/- (includes Trek charges, Breakfast, evening tea)
Registrations strictly by phone call only!
(Merely Clicking on "Going" will not be considered at all.)
Tentative Trek Plan:
25th Jan 2015 (Sunday) We'd be boarding the frontmost men's compartment (Karjat side) of the below train. Please take "Palasdhari return" ticket on your own. You may get in at your respective station & we'll try to meet in the train itself:
(showing select stations):
CST 05:22 AM
Dadar 05:40 AM
Ghatkopar 05:56 AM
Thane 06:17 AM
Dombivli 06:39 AM
Kalyan 06:48 AM
Badlapur 07:06 AM
KARJAT 07:39 AM
We'll get down at Karjat to have some breakfast & tea.
We wont be waiting for latecomers as we have to take a connecting train from Karjat to Khopoli as below:
Karjat 08:15 AM
PALASDHARI 08:20 AM.
08:30AM: Start trek from Palasdhari Rly Stn. Reach top within 3hrs. Relax, enjoy the views, explore & have lunch together. Prepare to descend by 1pm and reach base by 4pm.
Take the next available train to Karjat. Have some tea and board any CST bound train.
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) TORCH / HEADLAMP with extra batteries.
3) WATER (at least 3 litres)
4) Double shouldered bag.
5) Sturdy trekking SHOES with rubber soles (must have good grip on slippery surfaces) Carry extra laces.
6) Old Newspaper.
7) Lunch (add some fruits - that will be refreshing)
8) Cap / Hat.
9) Wear Full length track-pants & full sleeves Shirt (as it'll will protect from insects, thorns, and sunburn)
10) 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. Please consult your doctor before joining this trek, if you're suffering from any ailment.
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 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 the amazing nature together. Be there to experience it yourself!
For any queries, feel free to Contact us:
Parin H Shah (9869173138)
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.