PARVAT BUDDIES: A Chilled Night Trek to Kohoj Fort on 21st-22nd Jan 2017.
Some Info about the place:
KOHOJ FORT (975m/3200ft) is an ancient fort situated to the north of Mumbai in the Thane district. It is one of the few forts in the Palghar region which still boasts of some historic remnants. Though, not much historic proof is available, the fort is supposedly built during the Satavahana era. Much of the fortifications and bastions which we find even today have been built by the Portuguese who captured this fort by defeating the King of Gujarat in the 16th century A.D. The fort was later ruled by the Peshwas and the Britishers.
The fort offers a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and Vaitarna River. Apart from the temple of Lord Shankar on the upper plateau, there is also a small temple of Lord Hanuman and Lord Krishna on this fort. There are several cisterns on this fort, but only a few contain potable water. One of the most amazing features of this mountain is the natural rock pinnacle at the top which resembles a human face. The icing on the cake is the manmade lake at the foothill of the fort which adds to the charm of the natural surroundings.
Our Plan: So what we are gonna do is climb up the fort in the night, experience the chilled winter weather of the Sahyadris, enjoy it’s dense forests, watch the sun rise from the top of the fort and later have a refreshing dip in the lake. All your meals during this trek will be taken care of by us so you need not bother about cooking and packing anything from home. We have also arranged a private bus from Mumbai so that you can travel comfortably.
Sounds exciting, isn’t it? It can’t get any better than this! So what are you waiting for?
Hurry, register yourself at the earliest.
Why PARVAT BUDDIES?
Extensive painstaking preparations have been carried out by our team of experienced leaders in planning and organising this trek for you. Our leaders are well versed with the terrain and have a trekking experience of about a decade in the Sahyadri. Rest assured that they will take good care of you during the trek. Our USP is that we prefer to trek in small sized groups so as to have a better bonding and interaction among our participants. This makes our events much more enjoyable and memorable. We maintain a reasonable Leader to Participant ratio which is about 1:12 on an average. We also have a good number of female participants joining our events. On an average around 40% of our participants in the past have been females, which proves that we are a gender friendly group. We always carry a basic first aid kit with us. We are a responsible trekking group and try our best to leave a minimum possible impact on our ecology while conducting the treks. We respect the Mountains and follow a set of rules to ensure discipline in our outdoor activities.
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 outdoors can be enjoyed in a safe way:
1] Mountains are a place of abundant natural beauty. Hence, it is our duty to keep them free of garbage. So please do not litter. One is expected to deposit all wrappers/empty water bottles etc in his/her own bag. In fact it would not be a bad idea to pick up any plastic bottle, packet or wrapper lying on the trekking path. A separate garbage-bag must be carried for this purpose. All accumulated garbage should be carried back to the city and dumped in to bins.
2] Trekking is a healthy activity. So any unhealthy habit like Smoking is strictly prohibited. Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and drugs is also banned. These habits could prove to be fatal for you or your trek buddies. Moreover, 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 (esp. Flowers), insects, reptiles and animals in any manner whatsoever. Even they feel the pain just as we humans do. Value Life & Preserve Our Ecology!
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, shouting or playing loud music - the birds and animals might get scared/provoked. Instead, Listen to the call of the Mountain, the melodious birds, the flowing water, the whistling breeze & Discover Your True Self - 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/caves and indulging in Graffiti is strongly discouraged.
6] Respect the local culture 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.
(These are approximate timings and subject to change)
Assembly: At Ghatkopar East Railway Station @ 9:45 PM sharp on Saturday, 21st January 2017.
2200 hrs: Start Journey by private non-AC bus.
(Pick-up points, if any, will be shared with registered participants separately)
22nd Jan 2017 (Sunday)
0100 hrs: Reach base village. Trek Briefing – Do’s and Don’ts. Basic stretching & Warm up.
0130 hrs: Start Night Trekking.
0500 hrs: Reach the plateau atop and rest till dawn.
0630 hrs: Explore the summit & enjoy the sunrise.
0730 hrs: Breakfast.
0800 hrs: Start descend trek.
1100 hrs: Enjoy a dip in the lake.
1200 hrs: Board the bus and start journey for Mumbai.
1300 hrs: Lunch on the way.
We’d tentatively reach Mumbai between 4-6pm*.
** Trek Ends **
Things you should carry (COMPULSORY):
In order to have an enjoyable time in the mountains, one needs to be well equipped with the following things:
1] Identity Proof.
2] Double shouldered bag.
3] TREKKING SHOES (must be in good condition) Carry extra socks and laces.
4] WATER (at least 4 litres) (Very Imp)
5] Wear Full length track-pants & full sleeves Shirt (preferably dry-fit) to protect oneself from insects, thorns, cold and sunburn.
6] Appropriate Winter clothing: SWEATER, GLOVES and other woolens. (Very Imp)
7] TORCH / HEADLAMP with extra batteries. (Very Imp)
8] Cap / Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen. (Very Imp)
9] SLEEPING BAG and Carry Mat. $$
10] Extra pair of clothes, a lightweight towel, and flip-flops to put on after the trek is over.
11] Toiletry Kit comprising of Toothbrush, toothpaste, Vaseline, Tissues/Napkins, Sanitizer etc.
12] Big plastic bag to store your used clothes & Shoes.
13] Small plastic bag to dump wrappers, tissues etc.
Trekking pole. (Strongly recommended)
Lightweight bedding + Warm blanket (in lieu of Sleeping Bag). $$
Personal Medicines for common ailments.
Small Knife, Whistle, Matchbox, Candle, Diary & pen.
Light snacks like biscuits, energy bars, candies, dry fruits & nuts, ORS, some juicy fruits as per your liking.
Rs. 1300/- (non-refundable)
1 Veg. Breakfast on Sunday.
1 Veg. Lunch on Sunday.
Travel in private non-AC Bus from Ghatkopar to base village & vice versa.
Basic First Aid Kit.
Safety Equipments (if required).
Route & Trek Guidance.
Exclusions: Packaged drinking water, cold-drinks, Saturday Dinner, any sort of personal expenses, any other thing not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
** Registrations are strictly by phone call & online payment only! **
Last Date for registrations & payment: 20th Jan 2016 (Friday).
Your seat will be booked only when we receive complete participant details along with the confirmation (transaction id/screenshot) of the online payment. Please call us on the below-mentioned number to know the Bank Details for Funds Transfer.
No. Of Seats: Min. 13 and Max. 20 participants. (First come First Serve on Payment Basis)
[Trek is subject to minimum participation]
Trekking is a demanding physical activity and should NOT be confused with picnic. Do not expect home like comforts in the hilly terrain.
It is important to be in good health and to have a basic level of physical fitness to ensure a happy time during the trek. Consult your doctor before joining the trek if you’re suffering from any ailment/injury.
It is important for all participants to abide by the instructions of the trek leader from time to time. The time schedule for the trek has to be followed strictly by every participant so as to have a timely and safe execution of the trek.
Avoid Jeans/Belts/Sling bags as it is important to walk freely while trekking. Shorts, 3/4ths and Sleeveless tops 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)
PARVAT BUDDIES is a Mumbai based group of adventurers and nature lovers established in the year 2014. We organise outdoor activities like trekking, camping, cycling, tree plantations, etc for beginners across various age groups. We have successfully conducted 54 enjoyable outdoor events and have catered to college students, youngsters, children, corporates and families alike.
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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, death or any other untoward incident. Decision of the trek leader shall be final and binding on all participants.