PARVAT BUDDIES: Christmas Special Triple Treks to Koregad-Ghangad-TelBaila on 25-26th Dec 2015.
Here’s your chance to make the most of the Christmas holidays! We present you a two-day winter trek which will cover three Mountains in the Paun Maval region of the Sahyadris.
Some Info about the Mountains:
Koregad (929m/3049ft) also known as Korigad/Koraigad is a historical fort situated about 25kms from Lonavala. The fort is famous for its fort walls, bastions, entrances and canons. The top is a vast plateau and consists of two ponds; a temple of Korlai-Devi and a Shiva temple.
Sp Feature: It would be an enjoyable moment to witness the sunset from the top of this fort!
Ghangad (782m/2565ft) is a remotely situated fort in the Sahyadris. It offers breathtaking views of Sudhagad Fort and TelBaila. A temple dedicated to Garjai Devi is situated halfway up the hill. There are several water tanks, a couple of caves, a citadel and a small rock patch to look out for.
Sp Feature: Get to spend the cold night at its base. Watch the fort shine in the morning Sun. Enjoy some local food in the village.
TelBaila (1013m/3322ft) also called Tail-Baila is one of the several unique rock formations of the Sahyadri range. It is basically a steep rock face with twin walls. A temple and a water tank are situated just at the base of these walls. Summiting the wall involves use of climbing gear and requires rock climbing skills.
Sp Feature: We do a short hike up to the temple and enjoy the brilliant all-round views.
Lion’s Point: A popular tourist point near Lonavala. You get to visit this place as a bonus for completing the triple-trek.
Sp Feature: We have some hot snacks here just as we stop to enjoy a beautiful view of the sunset. Also in store: a classic view of Moradi pinnacle and River Amba.
Travel will be by local train / private vehicle.
All meals will be pure Veg.
No. Of Seats: Max 20 participants only (First cum First Serve Basis).
Last Date for registrations & payment: 23rd Dec 2015 (Wednesday).
Cost: Rs. 1350/- (non-refundable)
Dinner on Day 1
Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Snacks on Day 2
Travel from Khopoli-to-Khopoli in private non-AC vehicle.
Lunch on Day 1
Personal expenses like mineral water etc.
Any other cost not mentioned under “Inclusions”
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:
DAY-1: 25th December 2015 (FRIDAY)
Assembly: At Khopoli Railway Station @ 12:30 PM sharp.
We'd be boarding the front-most general compartment of the below train. You may get in at your respective stations. Please take Khopoli return tickets on your own.
(Showing select stations)
CST-KARJAT Fast local
Mumbai CST 9:37 am.
Dadar 9:50 am.
Ghatkopar 10:01 am.
Thane 10:17 am.
Kalyan 10:36 am.
Badlapur 10:53 am.
KARJAT 11:26 am.
Karjat 12:05 pm.
KHOPOLI 12:30 pm.
** We won’t be waiting for latecomers **
After reporting at Khopoli, we start the journey for Koregad Fort. In between, we shall have a 30 minute break for lunch.
1500 hrs: We start trek to Koregad Fort. Explore the Fort till Sunset and descend back to the base.
1900 hrs: Resume journey for Ghangad Fort base.
2000 hrs: Arrival at base village & Dinner.
2200 hrs: Goodnight.
DAY-2: 26th December 2015 (SATURDAY)
0600 hrs: Good Morning!
0700 hrs: Start trek after having breakfast. Explore the Fort and descend to base for lunch.
1200 hrs: Have Lunch and rest for a while.
1400 hrs: Resume Journey for TelBaila village and start trek for temple at TelBaila pinnacle base.
1700 hrs: Proceed to Lion’s Point for Sunset and evening snacks.
2000 hrs: Reach Khopoli and take the next local train for Mumbai.
** 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, cold and sunburn)
6) SLEEPING BAG & Carry Mat.
7) Dry Snacks, Fruits, Chocolates etc
7) CAP / HAT, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion.
8) TORCH / Headlamp with extra batteries.
9) Small plastic bag to dump wrappers etc.
10) Old newspaper.
· Extra pair of clothes/flip-flops to put on after the trek is over.
· Trekking pole.
· 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.
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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.