PARVAT BUDDIES: Trek to “Refreshing Ratangad” on 8th & 9th Oct 2016.
Some Info about the place:
RATANGAD (1297m/4255ft) is a prominent hill fort situated near the Bhandardara region of Maharashtra. It was built about 2000 years ago. Most of us also know it as the ‘Jewel’ fort of the Sahyadris. Surrounded by dense forests at its base and situated at the edge of the ghat, this fort offers mesmerizing views all around, thus justifying its name. On a clear day one can view the entire Kalsubai range comprising of Mt. Kalsubai, Kirda, Alang, Madangad, Kulang to its north; walls of Ajoba, Kathrabai and Ghanchakkar to its south; and a beautiful view of Lake Arthur to its east. The western slopes drop down sharply to the plains of the Konkan. Ratangad is said to be the origin of River Pravara (a.k.a Amrutvahini) over which the famous Wilson dam has been built in 1910. River Pravara is one of the tributaries of River Godavari.
The route from base village Ratanwadi climbs up through beautiful grass plateaus decked with flowers of Sonki & Karvi, water streams and tranquil jungles to take us to the Ganesh Darwaza (one of the few entrances to the fort). We shall experience the fun of climbing several ladders on this route. There are several water cisterns and caves atop this fort. The fort is also well known for its ‘Needle Hole’ a natural rock formation called ‘Nedhe’ in Marathi. Apart from all this we will also explore the ancient temple of Amruteshwar renowned for its Hemadpanthi era carvings and of course the simple ambience of the village and the delicious local food.
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 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 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 Kasara Railway Station @ 4:45 PM sharp on Saturday, 8th October 2016.
1700 hrs: Start Journey for base village by private vehicle.
2000 hrs: Arrival in the village, Dinner, Group bonding game/activity.
2200 hrs: Retire for the day.
9th Oct 2016 (Sunday)
0500 hrs: Wake up call. Exercise and morning chores.
0600 hrs: Breakfast & Tea/Coffee.
0630 hrs: We embark on this 3-hour climb of moderate grade – making most of the early morning serenity and natural beauty.
0930 hrs: Reach Summit and explore the fort.
1100 hrs: Start descending.
1400 hrs: Reach base village and freshen up. Have Lunch.
1600 hrs: Return journey for Kasara.
** 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) Light snacks like biscuits, energy bars, candies, dry fruits & nuts, ORS, some juicy fruits.
7) A lightweight Windcheater, Cap / Hat.
8) Carry Mat
9) Sleeping Bag OR thin shawl.
10) TORCH / Headlamp with extra batteries.
11) Extra pair of clothes, a towel, and flip-flops to put on after the trek is over.
12) Toiletry Kit comprising of Toothbrush, paste, Tissues/Napkins, Sanitizer etc.
13) Big plastic bag to store your wet clothes & Shoes.
14) Small plastic bag to dump wrappers, tissues etc.
Trekking pole. (Strongly recommended)
Umbrella, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion.
Personal Medicines for common ailments.
Small Knife, Whistle, Diary & pen.
Rs. 1400/- (non-refundable)
1 Veg. Dinner, 1 Veg. Breakfast, 1 Veg. Lunch, Travel from Kasara to Ratanwadi & vice versa, Accommodation facility (if any), Basic First Aid Kit, Safety Equipments (if required), Route & Trek Guidance.
Exclusions: Packaged drinking water, any sort of personal expenses.
** Registrations are strictly by phone call & online payment only! **
Last Date for registrations & payment: 5th Oct 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. 8 and Max. 24 participants. (First come First Serve on Payment Basis)
[Trek is subject to minimum participation]
Golden Trek Discount:
Since this would be our 50th trek, we have decided to come up with a discount scheme as follows:
** Old participants are entitled to a 5% discount if they register & pay before the last date.
** New participants can avail a Group discount of Rs.50/- per head (minimum Group Size of 5), provided they all register & pay before the last date.
** Above discounts do not stack up, i.e. they cannot be clubbed together.
** Any requests to join after the last date will be subject to seat availability and won’t enjoy any discounts!
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.