Overnight camping at Kalawantin durg trek a Double Delight
TreksandTrails for the first time conducted overnight trek to Kalawantin durg. This trek has one famous story that we always share when TreksandTrails goes trekking to Kalawantin. Overnight trek to Kalawantin was a going to be a different experience for sure. We decided to meet to Panvel ST depot at around 17:00 on a Saturday. But fate had lots of adventure in store for us. After we missed our bus - and not wanting to wait for the next bus which was at 18:30 our trek leader choose to take us by TUMTUM - our diesel auto ride till the base village THAKURWADI.
This 45min ride was a beauty - slow paced yet scenic. An opportunity to know each other beyond our names, and helped to set the right tone for this overnight trek to Kalawantin durg. With this huge open window from our tumtum we could see Irshalgad and Kalawantin - thou approach to both can be done from the same base village. The route from the base village is well sorted and has a gradual climb. As we started climb with the sun set behind our backs we gain height. With the setting sun giving Kalawantin durg a golden tint was any trekker’s delight. It took around 2 hours to reach the base village. Nilesh our host ensure a grand welcome - lime water tea left us with an awesome feeling. The night had just began. Bang opposite his house is a small plateau which could easily accommodate 20 tents. An excellent camping opportunity for large group sizes. dinner was simple yet superb. Trust me the dinner served was at least 3 course meal. The best part being it was unlimited, plus pickle with papad. After dinner we all gather on the plateau and did experience heaven. Shared memories and created new memories. Star gazing using Google maps and knowing the constellations. As a Mumbaikar usually we need to visit these trekking places around Mumbai to get close to stars. Best part was the water melon that we had under the open sky with twilight.
Later we moved to the interiors where Nilesh had arranged for our stay. Again the arrangement was top class. Mattress, pillow with personal bed sheets for each one of us. Making us feel trekking just got comfortable. Not expecting such a royal treatment by a villager at such a height away from the city - both Panvel and Mumbai. Maybe the Gods were kind to us on this beautiful November night.
Starting early morning next day we left for the attempt to summit Kalawantin durg the entire group from TreksandTrails. As we have being trekking around Mumbai as a trekking group for sometime navigating to the summit took just under 45 minutes. Those bare and exposed steps gave us a new high and goose bumps. Soon the selfie and video shooting started. After all we had summit Kalawantin durg yet again. Kalawantin durg is also mention on one of blogs online as the 33 most beautiful abandoned places in the world. Descend was the actual challenge seeing the path below was an experience you want feel one more time.
Kalawantin durg trek photos
Kalawantin durg Information by TreksandTrails:
Closest railway station: Panvel
Closest airport: Mumbai airport
Kalawantin durg distance from Mumbai: 65kms approx 75 min drive
Kalawantin durg distance from Pune: 240km approx – a 3 hour drive
Kalawantin durg trekking Difficulty: 2300ft approx
Kalawantin durg trek grade: 6 on 10
TreksandTrails other useful Info for trek to Kalawantin durg:
Combined Trek option: Yes
Suggested option: Irshalgard - Kalawantin - Prablgad
Best time to Trek: July to January
Food availability: Water is available at Thakurwadi and at the base village only.
TreksandTrails disclaimer / Important Note for Kalawantin durg
Endurance required to complete both the treks in one day is high. Wild flowers will offer you a grade welcome during monsoon. The above information should only be used as a reference. TreksandTrails suggest please check with experts and locals before embarking on a trek/adventure activity.
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