Toughest trek in the Sahyadri range 20th – 21st – 22nd February 2015 (leaving 19 Feb Thursday night 2015).

 
Its the best time to visit the AMK forts is now. After the rains between October and February. Post which the water is less in the water tanks. As the path leading to these caves become difficult during the monsoon. Come join us - pack your bags.
 
Summary:
Duration:3 days and 3 Nights
Height: 4852 - 4841 - 4822 ft
Region: Igatpuri - Kalsubai
Grade: 10/10
Endurance: High
Contribution: Rs 2500.00 per person
 
About Alang fort
Alang Fort (also Alangad) is a fort in Nashik district, Maharashtra, India. It is one of the three forts, the others being Madangad and Kulang, in the Kalsubai range of the Western Ghats. They are the most difficult to reach forts in Nasik District. A dense forest cover make these treks difficult. These three forts are a little neglected due to very heavy rains in the area and a difficult confusing path to the fort.
 
About Kulang fort
Being in the same region of the three forts its said climb to Kulag is the most difficult. On the way up climbing we come across patches of roch cut steps. It take 6 hours to reach from Kulanwadi to the fort. On the fort to see around 5 water cisterns. Form here we could also see Mahuli with the 3 pinacles. One can also stay at the caves here.
 
About Madan fort
The climb preferred is usually between Madan and Alang. The time taken could around 3-4 hours toreach the step after leaving Kulung fort. over here rock climbing would be required as the wall of the steps was destroyed during the cannon fire. Use of a fixed rope is required. There is one large cave on this fort and 2 water cistern. The top of the fort is a huge plateau. On the fort, there are two caves, a small temple and 11 water cisterns. Remnants of buildings are spread over the fort. Kalasubai, Aundh Fort, Patta and Bitangad are to the east of the fort, Harihar, Trymbakgad and Anjaneri to its north and Harishchandragad, Aajobagad, Khutta (pinnacle), Ratangad and Katrabai to its south.
 

Overnight trek to Sandhan valley on 14 - 15 February 2015 with TreksandTrails

 
Summary
Trek:Sandhan Valley
Region:Igatpuri
Cost:Rs 1800.00
Meet:Kasara Railway Station 
Duration:2 Days and 2 Nights
Grade:Medium 
Endurance: High
 
About
Sandhan Valley also known as Valley of suspense or Valley of Shadow, is one of the greatest canyons in the splendid setting of Western ghats. The water carved valley is 200 ft deep and about 1.5 long. Sandhan valley is located on the western side of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The valley is surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan and Kulang (Known as AMK- rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri) Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai (5400 ft. highest peak in Maharashtra) mountain ranges. The brilliant and deep narrow rock floored ravine is located between the two high walls of mountain range. At some plaices its width is less than 3 ft and at some places sun rays unable to reach the ground. Which gives it the name: valley of shadow. To go at end of gorge you have cross 2 to 3 water pools, water level changes according to season. In winter water is up to waist and in summer it is up to knee high level. At the end of valley you get magnificent view of high cliffs and deep valleys. You have to rappel down 3-4 small patches (max height. 40ft) to reach base of Sandhan Valley. Very few people have taken up this phase as it is considered to be very tough. Not recomended for first time trekkers.
 

TOUR de Velas a cycle trail to Velas on this winter morning of 24th Jan 2015 Saturday with TreksandTrails

Why Velas?

Velas village, famous for the Olive Ridley turtle, a threatened species, nesting near Ratnagiri lies in the Arabian coastal region and is a good 5 hours drive from Mumbai by car. The beach is a remote and isolated where you don’t find the usual pani puri wala or the regular golawala seen on Mumbai beaches. Enjoy the solitude offered by this beach and let the waves wash your feet. Locals do not recommend venturing into the waters. Velas is the birth place of Nana Phadnis, one of the great prominent personalities in Maratha history. Due to the sea-shore Velas is an existing place and it is situated near Bankot Bay. There is an old temple of Shri Bhairi- Rameshwar and in this temple all twelve months water is made available taking the benefit of favourable geographical conditions. A statue of Nana Phadnis is present outside his house. In Velas Mahalakshmi temple and Nana Phadnis house are the places to visit. Gokulashtami Festival is one of the important festivals in Velas.

Tour de Velas Cycling Schedule for this first long weekend of 2015

Day 1 - Saturday 24 January 2015

We met at Gateway of India       05:45

Catch Jetty from Mandva            06:15

Reach Mandava                         07:30

Start cycling                              08:00

Reach Murud                             12:00 (Mandva to Murud - 72 km approx - 4 hours)

Lunch and Rest                          13:00

Reach Dighi                               14:00 (Murud to Dighi - By jetty  - 30 mins)

Travel to Harihareshwar             18:30 (Dighi to Hariheshwar - 49 km - 3 hrs)

Travel to Bankot                        19:00 (Harihareshwar to  Bankot - By Jetty 15 mins)

Cycle from Bankot to Velas         19:30 (Approximately 6 km)

Dinner                                       20:30

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