3rd June is a full moon night and Monsoons are round the corner! Soon, gigantic cumulonimbus clouds will start hovering over the western ghats and with fireworks of lightening and drum beats of thunderstorms, the monsoon showers will arrive. Welcome them out there in the wild on a weekend trekking trip.
Utteshwar stands amidst the majestic mountain range of Sahyadris or the Western Ghats. Breath-taking views of the ghats and Koyna river valley, dense forest full of variety of flora and fauna and untouched – serene nature makes it a perfect site for trekking enthusiasts and beginners. Trekking on a summer’s night is an enthralling experience by itself. Stroll by moonlit lake and then crossing the lake on a boat on a moonlit night provide one of its kind memorable experience apart from ever enjoying experience of campfire on top of a mountain. Enjoy water sports like Kayaking, Boating, Swimming, Free floating on the following day.
Difficulty level : Medium.
Age group : 14 to 60 (General fitness with no ailments and enthusiasm required)
Trek Duration : 2 and half hours (up) 2 hours (down)
Saturday, 2nd June 2012
01:30PM – Assemble at City Pride, Satara road, Pune.
01:45PM – Start for Tapola.
03:40PM – Quick stop at Wai for Chai/Cofi/Vada pav.
05:30PM – Quick Photo-stop on the way for sunset.
06:00PM – Reach base camp site. Unwind. Ice-breakers. Orientation.
06:30PM – Moonrise by the lakeside.
08:00PM – Dinner.
09:15PM – Set out for the trek.
09:30PM – Cross Koyna lake in a motor boat. (Imagine a boat ride on a full moon lit lake!)
10:00PM – Get off the boat on the other shore of the lake and begin the trek to Utteshwar. (17°46’58″N 73°41’19″E – About 4000ft. above sea level)
Sunday, 3rd June 2012
12:30AM – Reach the temple atop Utteshwar mountain and rest.
01:00AM – Pitch tents and set campfire. Night free for enjoying the moonlit nature and serene, mystical atmosphere or to sit by the fire and enjoy group games, stories, singing, music etc. or to cook and eat noodles or to sleep deep.
06:30AM – Wake up for a mesmerizing sunrise. (Strongly recommended but optional, the other option being continue to sleep)
08:00AM – Breakfast
08:30AM – Start descending.
10:30AM – Board a boat and cross the lake to reach the base camp site. Freshen up.
11:00AM – Go for Kayaking, Swimming, Free floating on the river.
01:00PM – Lunch.
02:00PM – Start return journey.
05:00PM – Stop for Tea/Coffee.
07:00PM – Reach triumphant at City Pride, Satara road, Pune with gigabytes of great memory.
End of a great a weekend.
Cost : Rs.2000/- per person inclusive of Pune to Pune transport in private non-ac Tavera or Mini bus, All authentic veg. meals. (choice of non-veg. food for dinner), Kayaking, water scooter ride, all taxes, treats, trek guide and expertise., accommodation in dome tents on multiple sharing basis.
Thrill, Adventure, Fun, Adrenaline rush, Joy, Memories, Experiences, Excitement, Shooting stars, A million pieces of full moon scattered over vast expanse of a lake, Achievement comes for free.
Things to carry :
Loose fitting clothes (Cargoes, T shirt)
Raincoat. Jacket. Umbrella.
Trekking/Sport shoes with firm grip.
Sleeping bag (Suggested)
Torch with good batteries (Must)
Pair of socks.
Toilet paper roll.
Water bottle (Must)
Personal medication if any.
Tang / Electral / Glucon-C or D packets.
Chocolates, Dry fruits.
BSNL SIM card (No other operator has service in the area) (Optional)
How to register and make payment :
Send an email expressing your interest to join this trek to :
Pay by an online transfer to :
Axis Bank A/c. No.909010032699994
IFSC : UTIB0000037
MICR : 411211002
or deposit cash/cheque/DD in the above Axis Bank A/c. (Confirm this over a text to 9923770077 once done)
Call or text 9923770077 for any further details/queries/booking help.
Alcohol, Tobacco, Smoking, Littering STRICTLY PROHIBITED on the trip.