Upcoming Event: Ghangad & Khadsamble Caves Trek – 22 September, 2018

One Day Trek to Ghangad & Khadsamble Caves on Saturday, 22nd September, 2018…

Trek Details and Itinerary…

Trek Grade: Medium
Trek Duration: 6:00 hours (Ghangad – 1:00 hour ascent & 45 mins descent; Khadsamble Caves – 4:15 hours descent)
Base Village: Ekole (Mulshi Taluka, Pune District)
Height: Ghangad – 3,000 feet above mean sea level (MSL)
Event Fee: Rs. 1,299 per person (pay 50% advance to confirm your seat)
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Google Maps Location:

Ghangad – click here
Khadsamble Caves – click here

Trek Highlights:
– Goddess Garjai Temple, Chilkhati Buruj (Bastion), Shiv linga on the way to fort
– There are two gates on the fort. The main entrance gate has the arch missing.
– The villagers have placed an iron ladder to climb to the Balekilla (small fort) of the fort.
– There is a rock cut water cistern on the way to the second gate.
– It takes about an hour to visit all places on the fort.
– There are remains of few dilapidated building on the Balekilla.
– The top of the Balekilla gives a scenic view of TelBaila, Korigad, Mulshi Dam and Sudhagad
– Khadsamble Caves are a group of 37 rock-cut structures, built approximately in the 2nd century BC, located next to trade route from the ancient port of Chaul (near Alibag). Freedom Fighter Vasudev Balwant Phadke had taken shelter in these caves.

Trek Rules:
1. Do Not Litter: Carry a disposable bag in which you can put your trash and dispose the bag off in a dustbin after the trek
2. No Smoking and Alcohol: Smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco or related products and consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited on the trek
3. Stay in a Group: Don’t stray, stick together
4. No Plastic: Avoid buying plastic water bottles; get water bottles filled from home instead
5. No scribbling on monuments
6. No risky poses
7. No harm to or teasing of animals
8. No swimming in drinking water
9. Do not wear perfumes or make loud noise, else you will attract bees
10. Always wear full safety gear – ankle high trekking shoes, full sleeve t-shirt, full track pant, shades, cap, towel, torch, whistle

Trek Itinerary:
5:00 AM – Bus starts from Magathane Depot on the Western Express Highway, Borivali
5:15 AM – Bus reaches Oberoi Mall on the Western Express Highway, Goregaon
5:25 PM – Bus reaches Bisleri Bus Stop on the Western Express Highway, Andheri
5:35 PM – Bus reaches Vakola Police Station Bus Stop on the Western Express Highway, Vakola
5:55 PM – Bus reaches Sion (below the Sion Flyover)
6:05 AM – Bus reaches Jijamata Bhosle Marg Junction on the Eastern Express Highway
6:30 AM – Bus reaches Vashi Junction on the Sion-Panvel Expressway, have packed breakfast in the bus
9:30 AM – Reach Ekole village
10:00 AM – Start the trek with a local guide (Bus will proceed towards our evening pick up point – Khadsamble village – 63 kms from Ekole)
10:30 AM – Reach top of Ghangad, explore
11:30 AM – Start the descent
12:15 PM – Reach Ekole village, have lunch at the local person’s house
1:00 PM – Proceed towards Khadsamble Caves via Naalichi Vaat
5:30 PM – Reach Khadsamble Caves, explore
6:00 PM – Proceed towards Khadsamble village
6:30 PM – Reach Khadsamble village, change clothes & board the Bus
7:00 PM – Leave for Mumbai
10:00 PM – Bus reaches Vashi
10:30 PM – Bus reaches Jijamata Bhosle Marg Junction
10:45 PM – Bus reaches Sion
11:10 PM – Bus reaches Vakola
11:25 PM – Bus reaches Andheri
11:40 PM – Bus reaches Goregaon
12:00 AM – Bus reaches Borivali

Google Maps Route:
Borivali to Ekole (141 kms – 4:14 hours) – click for route

Ekole to Khadsamble (63.2 kms – 2:00 hours) – click for route

Khadsamble to Borivali (152 kms – 4:30 hours) – click for route

Important things to carry:
– Copy of Identity Card
– Peanuts/Chana/Chikki for more stamina
– First Aid Kit (basic – dettol, nebasulf, cotton swabs, bandaids, small scissors, crocin, antibiotic for stomach ache, personal medications if any) – Note: the trek lead does carry a medical kit along
– 3 Bottles of water – this is a must, the more the better
– Electral (in a rare case of dehydration)
– Torch (to explore any dark areas like caves, etc.)
– Backpacks, preferably with rain cover (no sling bags or jholas)
– Ankle length Trekking Shoes (avoid shoes with plastic soles, you can keep spare floaters to wear after the Trek)
– T-shirt (preferably having full sleeves to protect against insect bites, sun burns, etc.)
– Track pants (preferably – again to protect against insect bites, sun burns, AVOID shorts, 3/4ths and denim pants)
– Cap or a bandana for covering your head
– Extra pair of clothes, socks & towel (packed in plastic bags for changing at the end of the trek)
– Plastic pouch to cover your mobile phone
– Swiss Knife (optional – may come handy)
– Paper tissues
– Avoid carrying gold or other valuable items (even expensive cameras)

Disclaimer:
Despite choosing safe trek destinations and taking all the necessary safety precautions, God forbid, if anything untoward happens (injury, loss or damage to person or property), Outdoors Redefined or its individual members will assume no responsibility for the same whatsoever.

Last Date to Register: 1 day prior to the Event i.e. till Friday, 21st September, 2018 or till the batch is full

Advance Payment: 50% i.e. Rs. 649/- per head (Non- Refundable) to register for this Event

Please deposit Advance Payment in the following bank account:
Account Name: Sagar Mahadeshwar
Bank Name: Saraswat Cooperative Bank
Bank Account No.: 055203100000679
Account Type: Savings
Bank Branch: Vikhroli West
IFSC Code: SRCB0000055
Transfer Description: Your Name – Ghangad Trek Advance – 22 Sep

Confirmation:
A confirmation phone call to the following contact person is necessary after you transfer the advance payment:
Sagar Mahadeshwar: 9892503550 / 8779885567 / 9892505557
In case, you can’t get through these numbers, please send SMS or Whatsapp message.
Email: outdoorsredefined[at]gmail[dot]com

Event Fee Inclusions:
1. To and Fro Transportation (Non-AC Bus) from Mumbai to Base Village
2. Breakfast (Veg), Lunch (Veg) and Evening Tea
3. Facilitation and Guide Charges

Event Fee Exclusions:
1. To and Fro Transportation from your home to the bus pick-up/drop point
2. Any other thing not mentioned in Inclusions

Cancellations:
1. The Event will be cancelled if it doesn’t get at least 6 participants
2. If an Event is cancelled due to inadequate participation or unavoidable circumstances (like transport failure, riots, etc.) or acts of God (like Natural calamities, etc.), the registrants can opt to either (i) transfer the refund amount to any other future Event of ours or (ii) get us to transfer it to their Bank accounts

Other Terms & Conditions apply.

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