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Please read the trek plan thoroughly and carry all the necessary items mentioned below.

Some info about the Mountain:

The winters are here and I’m sure every trekker out there yearns to get close to the beautiful hills. So here we are, with an exciting camping trek high up in the mountains!

View Of Horizon from Rajmachi village 

Rajmachi (826m/2710ft) is a popular fort situated in the Karjat-Lonavala region. We shall be trekking up from the Karjat side late in the evening on Saturday 22nd Nov 2014. The 3hr climb is of a moderate grade and shall be an enjoyable experience for trekkers. Atop is a village called ‘Udhewadi’ where we shall be camping in the night. Next day, we’ll visit the twin citadels of ‘Manoranjan’ and ‘Shrivardhan’. Also worth visiting (if time permits) are the ancient temple and a pond nearby the village. While descending, we shall visit the famous Kondane caves (if time permits)

 View of Shrivardhan from Manoranjan fort

Ancient Structures

Hidden Entrances in the fort

Travel will be by local train / private vehicles.

No. Of Seats: Max 20 participants.

Grade: Moderate.

Cost: Rs. 900/- (includes Guide & Trek charges, Saturday Night Tea, Camping at dormitory, Breakfast & Lunch for Sunday, travel between Karjat and base village)

Last Date for registering: 18th Nov 2014

To register your name, you need to make an advance payment of Rs.500/- (non-refundable)

Registrations strictly by phone call only!

 

Tentative Trek Plan:

22nd Nov (Saturday): We'd be boarding the front-most men's compartment (Karjat side) of the below train. You may get in at your respective stations. Please take "Karjat return" tickets on your own.

Karjat Fast train timing: http://www.mumbailifeline.com/train_info.php?sel_route=central&train=S%2019

We won’t be waiting for latecomers!

3:15 pm: We shall start journey for base village Kondivde by private vehicles.

4 pm:  Start trek (3-4hrs) and reach Udhewadi by 7-8 pm. You need to carry your own food for Dinner. Night stay in the dormitory.

23rd Nov (Sunday) 6 am: Good Morning! We shall take a short early morning walk around the village and at 7 am, we shall have breakfast. After breakfast, we shall visit the twin forts of Rajmachi and return to the village by lunchtime. 

2 pm: Start descending to Kondivde village.

5 pm: 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! Anyone found violating these norms will be asked to leave the group immediately and no refund would be provided.

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! Also, don't disturb the peaceful environment of the hills by making unnecessary noises or playing loud music - the birds and animals might get scared. Instead Listen to the call of the Mountain - Listen To Your HeartBeat <3 :)

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/temples 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. 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.

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. TORCH / HEADLAMP with extra batteries.
  3. WATER (at least 4 liters)
  4. Double shouldered bag.
  5. Sturdy trekking shoes with rubber soles (must have good grip on slippery surfaces) Carry extra laces.
  6. Sleeping Bag / Carry Mat / lightweight Bedding + Old Newspaper.
  7. Light Snacks, DINNER for Saturday (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, cold night and sunburn)
  10. Small plastic bag to dump wrappers etc.

Optional:

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

 

IMP:

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, Three-Fourths and Sleeveless tops 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 Registrations and 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

Past Trek Events: http://trekparin.blogspot.in/p/previous-treks.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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