Treks and Trails for the first time conducted overnight trek to Kalawantin Durg. This trek has one famous story that we always share when Treks and Trails go trekking to Kalavantin. Overnight trek to Kalavantin was a going to be a different experience for sure. We decided to meet at Panvel ST depot at around 17:00 on a Saturday. However, 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 chooses to take us by TUMTUM our diesel auto rides till the base village Thakurwadi.
This 45 min ride was a class slow-paced yet scenic. An excuse to know each other beyond our names, and helped to set the right tone for this overnight trek to Kalawantin Durg. With this sizeable open window from our tumtum, we could see Irshalgad and Kalawantin thou approach to both possible from the same base village. The route from the base village is well sorted and has a gradual climb.
As we started the climb with the sunset behind our backs, we gain altitude. With the setting sun giving Kalavantin Durg Shikhar 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 excellent feeling. The night had just begun. Bang opposite his house is a small plateau which could comfortably accommodate 20 tents — a unique camping opportunity for large group sizes.
Dinner was superb yet straightforward. Trust me the Dinner served was at least three-course meal. The best part being it was unlimited, plus pickle with papad. After dinner, we all gathered on the plateau and did experience heaven: shared memories and created new memories. Stargazing 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. The best part was the watermelon that we had under the open sky with twilight.
Later we moved to the interiors where Nilesh had prepared for our stay. Again the organization was top class: mattress, pillow with individual bed sheets for each one of us. Making us feel trekking just got comfortable. We were 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 Treks and Trails India. As we have been trekking around Sahyadri Fort as a trekking group for some time navigating to the summit took just under 45 minutes. Those bare and exposed steps gave us a new high and goosebumps. Soon the selfie and video shooting started. After all, we had summit Kalavantin Durg yet again.
Sahyadri Trek most famous Kalavantin Durg is also mentioned on one of the blogs online as the 33 most beautiful abandoned places in the world. Descend was the real challenge seeing the path below was an experience you won't feel the same one more time.
The endurance required to complete both the treks in one day is high. Wildflowers will offer you a grade welcome during monsoon. The above information only used as a reference. Treks and Trails India suggest, please check with experts and locals before embarking on a trek/adventure activity. Join local trekking organizers they can maintain your safety during the trek and offer local information.