PARVAT BUDDIES: Jungle Trek to ANDHARBAN on 18th Sept 2016 (leaving Saturday night).
Some Info about the place:
Andharban literally means The Dark-Forest. This untouched beauty of Mother Nature located approx 640m above sea level is situated in the Mulshi district of Maharashtra. It is from here that River Kundalika (famous for rafting) originates. During the trek one comes across several beautiful streams, flowers and wonderful views of the valley apart from the fresh natural air. The trek lasts for approx 12kms which involves easy walking on an uneven terrain followed by a moderate descend till the base which lies in Raigad district. It takes a minimum of 6 hours to complete this trek at steady pace so one needs to be fit enough to undertake this trek. Prior trek experience would be helpful.
Travel will be by local train / private vehicle.
Grade: Moderate. Endurance: High
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 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. 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 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, 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.
Tentative Trek Plan:
Assembly: At CST Railway Station @ 9:45 PM sharp on Saturday, 17th September 2016.
We'd be boarding the below train on Saturday night. Please take return tickets on your own.
CST-Khopoli Fast (showing select stations):
Mumbai CST 10:04 pm.
Dadar 10:18 pm.
Ghatkopar 10:30 pm.
Thane 10:46 pm.
Kalyan 11:05 pm.
Karjat 11:56 pm.
KHOPOLI 12:21 AM.
From Khopoli Station, we shall start the journey (~3hrs) for the base village and rest in the base village till dawn.
Start the trek after warm-up, introductions & breakfast.
(Lunch break on the way)
4-5pm: Reach Base and start return journey to Khopoli.
Approx 8pm: Take the next local train from Khopoli to Mumbai.
** Trek Ends **
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 (preferably dry-fit) to protect oneself from insects, thorns, and sunburn.
6) LUNCH, Tissues/Napkins, Sanitizer.
7) Windcheater, Cap / Hat.
8) TORCH / Headlamp with extra batteries.
9) Extra pair of clothes/flip-flops to put on after the trek is over.
10) Big plastic bag to store your wet clothes & Shoes.
11) Small plastic bag to dump wrappers/tissues etc.
12) Old Newspaper.
• Trekking pole. (Strongly recommended)
• Umbrella, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion.
• Personal Medicines for common ailments.
Rs. 1200/- (non-refundable)
Inclusions: 1 Veg. Breakfast, Refreshments during the trek, Travel from Khopoli to base village & vice versa, Evening Tea, Basic First Aid Kit, Safety Equipments (if any), Route & Trek Guidance.
Exclusions: Lunch, packaged drinking water, any sort of personal expenses.
** Registrations are strictly by phone call & online payment only! **
Last Date for registrations & payment: 13th Sept 2016 (Tuesday).
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. 8 and Max. 30 participants. (First come First Serve on Payment Basis)
[Trek is subject to minimum participation. Also, we may book a private vehicle from Mumbai-to-Mumbai if we get 25 registrations before the last date. In such a case, revised schedule will be communicated to the registered participants.]
# 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.
# 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)
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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.