Trek Ventures – Trek To Harishchandragad January 29th 2011

Heaven on Earth!!!

Situated amidst the beautiful Malshej Ghat, at 4671 feet, Harishchandragad is one of the mightiest hill forts of Maharshtra.

One of the most interesting places to visit on this tableland plateau is ‘Konkan Kada’, a huge semi circular rock wall with a sheer drop or almost 1300 feet. A light object thrown from the top, is blown upwards by the strong winds from the semi-circular basin. Standing atop this ‘Kada’, one can see a circular rainbow provided the weather conditions are perfect.

The Top Most point of this huge plateau is Taramati Peak, which at 4695 feet, gives excellent views of Kalsubai, Ajoba, Alang and Kulang. The temple of Lord Shiva at the top as well as the Brahmanical caves provide shelter for the night.

Other Places of interest on Harishchandragad:

Kedareshwar:
The cave of Kedareshwar has a big Shivlinga immersed in ice cold water, surrounded by four pillars (of which 3 are broken). Legend has it that when the fourth pillar breaks the world will come to an end.

Temple of Harishchandreshwar:
This temple is marvelous example of the fine art of carving sculptures out of stones that prevailed in ancient India. It is about 16 m high from its base. Around this temple there a few caves & ancient water tanks. The river Mangal Ganga is said to originate from one of the tanks located close to the temple.

Difficulty Level: Difficult – Previous Trekking Experience Reqd.

Max No. of Participants: 25 (First Come First Serve)

Travel plan:

29th Jan:
0630 – Meet at Dadar
0800 – Reach Kalyan via local train
1130 – Reach Base Village ‘Khireshwar’ via hired Jeep. Have breakfast
1200 – The trek begins. Route – via Tolar Khind
1700 – Reach the Top.
1800 – Visit Konkan Kada to see the sunset
1900 – Return to the caves to have local dinner
2100 – Retire for the night

30th Jan:
0600 – Visit Taramati Peak – the highest point to view the Sunrise
0900 – After breakfast begin the return
1300 – Reach base village – Khireshwar. Lunch
1700 – Reach Kalyan via hired Jeep
1900 – Reach Mumbai

The only thing you need to worry about is the four hour trek 🙂

The most beautiful of places are also the most difficult to reach. However, we don’t let remoteness be an excuse to NOT visit any place. Hence this time we’ve decided to hire private jeeps from Kalyan to make the journey to the base village (Khireshwar) that much easier. We not only don’t have to travel standing in the bus for three hours but more importantly save almost an hour by NOT walking the 4 Kms from highway drop point to Khireshwar. And ya, we supporting the local economy too 🙂

Since it will be a two day trek, another hindrance could come in the form of food. Here also, the villagers come to our aid by providing a simple but wholesome and delicious meal. So the only thing you need to carry is water, lunch for Day 1 & your sleeping bag.

Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch for Day 2 will be arranged for by us. Another boost for the local economy 🙂

Trek Cost: Rs. 900/- per person

TO CONFIRM PARTICIPATION ONE NEEDS TO CALL ON THE NOS. PROVIDED BELOW. RSVP TO THIS EVENT NEED NOT NECESSARILY CONFIRM PARTICIPATION

Rights to confirm participation are reserved with Trekventures

The above cost includes the following:-

1. Breakfast on both days
2. Dinner for Day 1
3. Lunch for Day 2
4. Refreshments at halts
5. Travel (from start point to end point)
6. Services of a guide (if reqd)

It does not include:-
1. Lunch for Day 1
2. Any personal expenses

For further details call us on the number mentioned below
Rahul – 9820018399
Deepam – 9821416498
Siddhesh – 9004071814

Things to carry:

1.Do note we would be sleeping in caves. A Sleeping Bag / Mattress is a must have.
2. Good sack to pack all your belongings.
3. Dress in trek pants and T-shirts along with comfortable sports shoes.
4. Lunch for day 1. For example: Sandwiches / Biscuits / Theplas etc. anything which is light in weight and dry.
5. Water bottles. (At least 4 ltrs).
6. Extra pair of clothes to change, Cap.
7. Personal Medication if any
8. Camera (Optional).
9. Weather suited gear; a sweater / shawl / jackets. (unlike the city winter nights, the hills can be very cold)
10. Mosquito / insect repellent

Team Trekventures!
Disclaimer!

The Sahyadris are relatively safe for trekking. Most of the accidents in these mountains have been due to the foolhardiness of humans. It is very easy to prevent any kind of unfortunate accidents by using plain simple common sense and avoiding unnecessary risks and bravado. Always respect Mother Nature.

Trekking is as much a team sport as it is an individual activity. While all team members do help out each other, at the same time it is also necessary not to be a burden on someone by taking unnecessary risks. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, Trekventures cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.

Avoid littering! Kindly ensure all city waste is carried back or disposed off appropriately

SMOKING, CONSUMPTION OF LIQUOR AND DRUGS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED DURING THE TREK.

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