Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rasalgad-Sumargad-Mahipatgad Dec 08

On 24th to 28th Dec, YHAIK group went to do a range at Koynanagar of three forts namely Rasalgad, Sumargad and Mahipatgad.
We, nine of us started our journey from Thane at 10pm and reached Khed at 5pm. Had breakfast at ST canteen and proceed our journey
towards Tale village by catching another ST going to Dahivali village.
From Tale we started our nature trail in fog. It was nice walk sometimes on tar road sometimes mud-path and rising sun was with us to welcome.
The entire route goes through different small villages i.e. wadi, like Bandarwadi, Gawalwadi, etc. At top we reached Nimni alias Ghera Rasalgad, which is the base of Rasalgad from Tale side. It takes an hour to reach the top of the fort from this wadi. We had small break and some snacks at this place and enjoyed watching cricket of local kids at around 1000ft.
While climbing Rasalgad at left hand side one can see Rasalwadi. The height of Rasalgad is of 1770ft and have very easy to approach as vehicle can reach upto Nimni village. We took five hours to reach from Tale village to the top of the fort. We stayed in Zolai Devi temple, which have Deepmal and tank of drinking water next to the temple.
We had our lunch and then relaxed till eve and then left for site seeing. There are lots of canons, small structures, and one storage room on the fort.
For dinner we enjoyed delicious Pulav made by Padmaja and then Masala-milk made by Vaishali.
Next day we left early morning for Sumargad & Mahipatgad with one guide from Rasalwadi. We took five hours to reach the base of Sumargad. The height of fort is 2000ft and is graded as difficult. To climb the fort one has to reach the back of the fort and then climb 30 ft rock-patch. Our guide took us to the top from easier route so we climbed the rock-patch without rope. Sumargad have very small cave and two water tanks. One can see entire range from the top. There is also one pillar water-storage at the top. While descending we put the rope for safety.
After Sumargad we proceed to Mahipatgad and reach the base of village, Wadi Beldar in three hours. Since it was 6pm we decided to had dinner and then to climb Mahipatgad. Our guide from Rasalgad was not sure to search temple in the night so he went back. At Wadi, we had tasty dinner made by Parvati Aji, we all were impressed by her hospitality, the kindness... a real village touch!
We started our night trek with the help of local guide from Wadi. The fort is of 3090ft and is easy to climb. Mahipatgad is totally surrounded by dense forest and also one can see wild animals.
We stayed in Pareshwar temple and could hear roaring sounds whole night. Next day morning, we covered most of the fort area, which includes four entrances of the fort.
By noon we descend to Wadi Beldar and had lunch again at Aji's place. By 4pm we left Wadi beldar and started our journey back to Dahivali village. From Wadi we crossed the two hills, one valley and from one Pass we came to the other side of the hill that were going down to Dahivali. Since it was getting dark we decided to halt at one villager's house, which was only shelter in that area on the way rather than going to Dahivali village. Our decision was right as there was some function in the village and also we would had to search for shelter and food.
Staying in the open, having Soup and Kanda-Bhaji, discussion about history and songs in the night...a perfect camping at the last night of our trek!
Early morning we descend to Dahivali village and caught the bus going to Khed and from Khed we immediately got the bus for Mumbai. The four days trek was entirely fun-filled with Vaishali, Padmaja, Tushar, Nitin, Amod and Paresh

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nali Route Climb Dec 2008

Harishchandragad through Nalichi Vat [Nali Route] 5-7th Dec 08

Last weekend, we YHAI-Kandivali Unit leaders did Harishchandragad through Nali route in Malshej ghat region.
The height of Harishchandragad is 4671 ft [from sea level] and of Kokankada is 1312 ft. Kokan Kada is a huge semi-circular rock wall and gives terrific sight.
We left on Friday noon from Kalyan and stayed at Walivare [Belpada], the base village of Nali.
Next morning 6am we started our trek and after an hour at giant steps we had our breakfast. The nali route is risky as it has loose rocks. There are three rock patches and one traverse. But we all, with the help of our senior and experienced trekkers like Anil, Sanju and Kishore did this trek quite easily.
We had royal snacks starting from Apple to cashew, which we enjoyed after every rock patch. For me the traverse and last rock patch was challenging. But again all my friends were there to teach me:)
At last at 3pm we were at Mighty Kokankada. It was a feeling of achievement after doing rigorous trek. Each one of us fully enjoyed the teamwork, the boosting, the royal snacks, the teasing and off course after so many days a campfire in chilling winter.
Next day while descending we took Khireshwar route, which is quite easier and we started our journey back through Malshej Ghat.
In organizing trek for others we miss the communication with our fellow trek leaders. But in this trek we all enjoyed every moment.
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