PARVAT BUDDIES: A Short Hike to Sondai Killa on 24th Jan 2016.


For someone who is looking to resume trekking after long or for someone who is a complete newcomer, this hike should be an ideal start, being an easy climb. In fact, this would be a good opportunity for parents to introduce their kids to the outdoors.


Some Info about the Mountain:

Sondai Fort (366m/1200ft) is a lesser known fort near Karjat. It is more like a watch-tower rather than a fort and derives its name on account of a small temple of Goddess Sondai located atop its tiny summit. It is a barren hill, with a few water tanks, a ladder and a minor rock patch. Famous peaks of Irshalgad, Prabalgad, Manikgad, Matheran and Morbe Dam can be viewed from here.


Travel will be by local train / private vehicles.

Grade: Easy.



Registration Process:

No. Of Seats: Max 20 participants only (First cum First Serve Basis).

Last Date for registrations & payment: 22nd Jan 2016 (Friday).

Cost: Rs. 325/- (non-refundable)


1 Veg. Breakfast, travel between Karjat and base village, Trek Guidance.

Exclusions: Lunch, mineral water.


Registrations strictly by phone call only!


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 on the below-mentioned number to know the Bank Details for Funds Transfer.


Merely clicking on ‘going’ will not be considered at all J



Tentative Trek Plan:

Assembly: At Karjat Railway Station @ 07:45 am sharp on Sunday, 24th Jan 2016.


We'd be boarding the front-most general compartment of the below train. You may get in at your respective stations. Please take return tickets on your own.

S-5 KARJAT Slow (showing select stations):

Mumbai CST   5:22 am.

Dadar           5:40 am.

Ghatkopar     5:56 am.

Thane           6:17 am.

Dombivali      6:39 am.

Kalyan          6:48 am.

Badlapur        7:06 am.

KARJAT          7:39 AM


** We won’t be waiting for latecomers **

After reporting at Karjat station, we will have some breakfast and start journey for base village by private vehicles.

0900 hrs: We start our trek (2hrs) after a round of introductions and warm-up.

Reach the top by approx 1100 hrs.


1130 hrs: Start descend and visit Morbe Dam.

1300 hrs: Have Lunch on the banks of the backwaters of the dam.

Post lunch, proceed to Karjat station and take the next local train back home.


** Trek Ends **



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) Double shouldered bag.

3) TREKKING SHOES (must be in good condition) Carry extra laces.

4) WATER (at least 3-4 litres)

5) Wear Full length track-pants & full sleeves Shirt (to protect oneself from insects, thorns, and sunburn)


7) CAP / HAT, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion.

8) TORCH / Headlamp with extra batteries.

9) Small plastic bag to dump wrappers etc.

10) Old newspaper.


Optional (recommended):

·                     Extra pair of clothes/flip-flops to put on after the trek is over.

·                     Trekking pole.

·                     Camera.

·                     Umbrella (to shield against the sun)

·                     Personal Medicines.




v  Trekking is a demanding physical activity and should NOT be confused with picnic.

v  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.

v  Avoid Jeans/Belts/Sling bags as it is important to walk freely while trekking. Shorts, 3/4ths and Sleeveless tops are strictly NOT allowed.

v  Avoid bringing costly gadgets/devices and valuables like jewellery etc. Carry only sufficient cash.

v  Try to keep the weight of your bag as less as possible.

v  Wrap your belongings in plastic to protect them from dust and/or rains.

v  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)


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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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