You mustve seen the photos of this season’s treks organised by SPROUTS to Sudhagad, Avchitgad and also photos of earlier treks to Dhak Bhairi, Karnala, Peth (Kothaligad), Chanderi etc.
The next weekend (Sun July 25, 2010) we intend to climb to Prabalgad. Here’s a little intro of Prabalgad:
Prabalgad is a fortress located in between Matheran and Panvel, placed snug at 707m/2320ft. The rugged fortress, visible from the Mumbai Pune expressway, was earlier known as Muranjan, until it was taken over from the Mughals and renamed by Maratha forces, under Shivaji’s rule.
The fort can be reached easily by taking a detour from Poinje Phata about 6-7km from Panvel. It’s an easy and relaxed trek with dense forest in patches. There are several small waterfalls nearby and are enjoyed by locals over the weekends.
Prabalgad was initially decided by the British to be developed as a hillstation
but was later dropped and Matheran selected for the same, as it lacked a
permanent/annual source of water on the plateau. Prabalmachi (fort) gives us
lovely views of peaks in the vicinity, including its parallel cousin Irshalgad,
also called Shivaji’s Saddle. It is a very popular trek for beginners and those
wishing a relaxed and easy trek!
Meet @ Dadar on the Dadar-Panvel Bus Depot @ 6am and take the bus to Panvel. Those reaching directly at Panvel should meet at Panvel Bus Depot sharp at 6:45am. The group intends to return to Panvel by 5-6pm.
Trek Fees: Rs. 550 + Travel fare, please wear proper shoes/footwear, carry at least 2litres of water per head, besides any fruit (if necessary), rainwear/umbrella and a change pair of clothes in case you intend to get wet in the rain/streams. Light snacks & refreshments, literature and guidance about wildlife sighted will be provided by the organisers/experts.
Please confirm your attendance by paying full cash advance to Anand 98201-40254, Rupesh 98928-72296 or Nikhil 96646-29852 latest by July 21, 2010.