PARVAT BUDDIES: Camping Trek to KALSUBAI (via The North Face) on 3rd & 4th Dec 2016.
Some Info about the place:
Mt. KALSUBAI (1646m/5400ft) needs no introduction! We all have studied Geography in school and know that this is the highest peak in the state of Maharashtra. It surely takes some good endurance and a patient mind to scale the “Everest of Maharashtra”. Reaching the top of this ‘Everest’ would not only give you an unmatched feeling of joy and confidence, but you would also be rewarded with a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys, lakes and hill ranges. Popular peaks of Kirda, Alang, Madangad, Kulang, Pandhra, Mordhan, Avandh, Patta, Ratangad etc can be seen from this peak. Beautiful views of Bhandardara Lake cannot be missed too. A temple dedicated to the legendary Kalsu-Devi (the goddess of women’s liberation) is situated on top of this mountain. Hence, a trek to Kalsubai definitely finds place in every trekkers’ ‘must-visit’ list.
So what we are going to do differently is climb up the mountain through its challenging North Face, which is a thrilling offbeat route and descend through the popular ladder route so that you get the best trekking experience. During this trek, we will come across several villagers who are mainly farmers, shepherds and local devotees – it would be a nice experience to interact with them, hear their stories and know something about their way of life. In the winter season, this place is undoubtedly one of the most chilled places you’d ever witness in the state of Maharashtra. And we want you to experience exactly that! We believe that the best way to make the most out of this wonderful place is to spend a cold winter night inside cozy tents (provided by us) under the starry sky. To top it, there’s nothing like witnessing a soothing sunset and also enjoying the rising sun. Not only this, you’d also enjoy some delicious local food too.
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.
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 have been females, which proves that we are a gender friendly group. All your meals during this camping trek will be taken care of by us so you need not bother about cooking and packing anything from home. 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.
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.
Assembly: At Kasara Railway Station @ 7:45 AM sharp on Saturday, 3rd December 2016.
(Kasara is situated on the Central Line of the Mumbai local train network. We recommend Mumbai local train as the best mode of transport to reach Kasara. Detailed local train timings will be shared with registered participants separately)
0800 hrs: Start Journey by private vehicle.
0830 hrs: Halt for Breakfast & Tea. Introduction round.
0930 hrs: Journey resumes.
1030 hrs: Arrival in the base village. Trek Briefing – Do’s and Don’ts. Basic stretching & Warm up.
1100 hrs: Start Trekking. Packed Lunch will be provided on the way.
1500 hrs: Reach the top and set up our campsite. It will be fun learning to set up your own tent!
At the campsite you can choose to relax or play games, share stories of adventures with new friends or maybe just read your favourite book and enjoy your time on the mountain.
1700 hrs: Visit Kalsubai Temple on the summit. Enjoy the sunset. Click photographs.
1900 hrs: Dinner. Enjoy the delicious local food prepared by villager.
2000 hrs: Group bonding activities/fun time.
2200 hrs: Surrender to the peaceful lap of Mother Nature as she puts her children to sleep under the starry sky with her sweet songs.
0530 hrs: Wake up call. Exercise and morning chores.
0630 hrs: Proceed to the summit for a glimpse of the rising sun.
0730 hrs: Wrap up the campsite and leave no trace.
0800 hrs: Breakfast & Tea.
0830 hrs: Start descending. (We’d be crossing 3-4 ladders on the way. It’ll be absolute fun!)
1030 hrs: Midway halt for Lemonade.
1230 hrs: Reach the base village, relax and freshen up.
1430 hrs: Bid adieu to Kalsubai and resume journey for Kasara in private vehicle.
1600 hrs: Take the next local train for Mumbai.
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:
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. (It is going to be cold at the top. Add to it the blowing winds and you have a perfect winter chill) (Very Imp)
7] TORCH / HEADLAMP with extra batteries. (Very Imp)
8] SLEEPING BAG and Carry mat (Very Imp)
9] Cap / Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen. (Very Imp)
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)
= 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. 1900/- (non-refundable)
- 1 Veg. Breakfast on Saturday.
- 1 Veg. Packed Lunch (Thepla-Shrikhand or similar) on Saturday.
- 1 Veg. Dinner on Saturday.
- Tented Accommodation (on sharing basis).
- 1 Veg. Breakfast on Sunday.
- 1 Veg. Lunch on Sunday.
- Refreshments during the trek.
- Travel in private vehicle from Kasara to base village & vice versa.
- Basic First Aid Kit.
- Safety Equipments (if required).
- Route & Trek Guidance.
Packaged drinking water, 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: 30th Nov 2016 (Wednesday).
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. 6 and Max. 16 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 50 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.