Ratangad to Harishchandragad trek Via Katrabai and Kaladgad

Ratangad to Harishchandragad trek Via Katrabai and Kaladgad by Midas Advanture on 30 Sept – 2 Oct 2017
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Info:
Grade: Medium
Endurance Level: Medium
Max 12 experienced and fix trekkers only.
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About
Ratangad :4255 Ft

Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadri looks very much lost in time.
This fort offers fabulous views of majestic Sahyadri ranges. Right from Katrabai till Sandhan Valley. One of the most beautiful forts in Flowering September, Ratangad seems to shadowed by yellow Sonki Flowers.

Harishchandragad : 4665 ft
The fort is quite ancient, considered to be from the medieval period. The Great sage Changdev (one who wrote the epic Tatvasaar), used to meditate here in 14th century. The caves are also from the same period. Harishchandragad was captured by the Marathas in 1747 from the Moguls.
Taramati: This is the topmost point on the fort. It is the second highest peak in Maharashtra after kalsubai. Leopards are seen in the forests beyond this peak. From here we can have a glimpse of the whole range of Naneghat and the forts near Murbad (This will be visited only if time permits.)
Konkan Kada: The most interesting point on this fort is this cliff, which has always fascinated many people from many years. The cliff faces west and looks down upon the Konkan with a breathtaking view of the surrounding region and sunset. This cliff is not just vertical; it is an overhang, almost like a cobra’s hood.
Kedareshwar: The cave of Kedareshwar has a big Shivlinga, which is totally surrounded by water.

Katrabai Peak: 4300 ft
The most important pass on Trans Sahyadri trek. This pass is known for passage between Ratangad and Harishchandragad. This pass gives an excellent 360° view of the area i.e Gawaldev, Muda, Ghanchakkar, Ajoba, Ratangad, AMK range and Kalsubai.

Kaladgad : 3300 ft
The base village of this fort is Pethewadi which is 07 kms from Pachnai. The accessible route to the fort is about 05 kms from Pachnai. This can be easily identified due to a cement structure built by the forest department. One can reach till here by foot or by one’s private vehicle. The ridge of the fort hill runs North-South direction and from here one has to start the ascend. A 10 minute walk gets us to an open space where couple of stones can be seen painted with vermillion. Rock cut steps from here take us to the rock cut holds in about 30 minutes. This ascend is bit tiresome. These rock cut holds are very narrow and cut diagonally enough to accommodate only one foot. Extreme caution has to be excercised while ascending this rock patch. After this climb we come across Bhairoba’s cave which is carved in rock and sits below ground level. In this cave there is an idol of Bhairoba painted in vermilion. There are 2 sculptures of snakes outside.
After visiting this one has to proceed towards south on the narrow path by keeping the valley to the left and the fort hill to the right. A 5 minute walk leads to two water tanks carved in rock which are now filled with fallen rocks. Proceeding further there two large rocks round in shape and a small temple named as “Vetal cha Challa”. From here, head back to water tanks and another route from here leads to the fort summit in about 5 minutes. The fort summit is narrowing to the south and broad to the north. Harishchandragad can be seen to the east.

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Itinerary:

Meeting Point : Kasara Railway station Exit gate on 30 Sept 2017 at 01.20am sharp

Day 0: Friday. 29 Sept, 2017

Pune people please catch 06.35pm Indrayani / 06.50pm – Maysuru-Ajmer Express from Pune station and alight at Kalyan and catch below mentioned local from kalyan.

Mumbai people please Catch 10.50pm Kasara Local from CST and meet us at Kasara.
10.50 pm :CST
10:57 pm: Byculla
11:05 pm: Dadar
11:13 pm: Kurla
11:18 pm: Ghatkopar
11:34 pm: Thane
11:57 pm: Dombivali

Day 1 : Saturday. 30 Sept, 2017

00:07 am: Kalyan
00:20 am: Titwala
00.40 am: Asangaon
01.18 am: Kasara

01.30 am : Start Journey to ratanwadi.
04.30 am : Reach base village and rest.
06.00 am : Wake up call
07.00 am : Start trek after Breakfast and Tea.
09.30 am : Reach Top
Explore the Fort and Photography.
11.30 am : Early Lunch
12.30 pm : Start trek to Katrabai Pass.
02.30 pm : Reach Katrabai Pass
03.15 pm : Atop and Explore Katrabai
04.00 pm : Descend to Kumshet.
06.00 pm : Reach kumshet.
08.00 pm : Dinner and retire for the day

Day 2 : Sunday. 01 Oct, 2017

06.30 am : Wake up call
07.30 am : Start trek to Kaladgad after Breakfast and Tea.
Reach Top
Explore the Fort and Photography.
Lunch at Pacchnai.
Start trek to Harishchadragad.
Reach Kokankada for Sunset.
08.00 pm : Dinner and retire for the day

Day 3 : Monday. 02 Oct, 2017

06.00 am : Wake up call
06.30 am : Start trek to Taramati peak.
Descend Taramati.
Breakfast and Tea.
Explore the Fort and Photography.
Descend to Khireshwar.
Lunch
Travel to Kalyan by ST bus.
05.00pm : Reach Kalyan.

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Cost : Rs. 3100/- PP
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Includes :
Transport from Kasara to Kalyan
All Meals.
Entry fee.
Expertise Charges

Excludes:
Mineral water.
Any kind of insurance, Soft-drinks etc.
Anything other than above mentioned inclusions.
Train Tickets.

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Payment :

Account Name: Mahadeo J Gadade
Bank : Axis Bank
Account Type : Saving.
Account No : 913010025541263
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Please send payment details to midasadventure@gmail.com / Whatsup-9370080086
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Mahadeo – 9370080086 (WhatsUp) / 9404266855
http://www.midasadventure.com
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Things to Carry :
– 3 liters of water (Must)
– Torch with extra batteries (Must)
– Full sleeve T-shirts and full pant. For girls full neck t-shirt.(Must)
– Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks (Must)
– Warm cloths / shawl
– Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes (Must)
– Carry 3-4 extra carry-bags
– Packs things properly to protect from rain.

– Bedding / Shawl / bed-sheets / Sleeping Bag (for rest)
– Camera, Cap etc. (Optional)
– Electrolyte packets as energy drinks (optional)
– Carry eatable like fruits, dry fruits to munch on during trek and to avoid dehydration.
– A haversack to put in all the things.
– Good to have stick for support.

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RULES:
– No smoking.
– No plastic littering.
– Wear full sleeves, full track suite to avoid mosquito’s.
– No jeans/skin tight cloths.
– Proper footwear/shoes are essential for trek.
– Conserve and preserve our heritage.
– No deo / perfume. After trek it’s OK.
– We reserves all right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without any prior notice.
– No Extra adventure/out of itinerary behavior during trek.
– Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
– Photographs taken during the activity which can be used for publicity purpose.
– Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety, Jewellery, Cash and baggage.

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MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:
– It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking.
– While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done.
– If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia.
– Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.

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REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY:

– If cancellation done prior to 20/10/7 days of outing 70%/50%/30% will be refunded respectively for 3-4 days event/ Dudhsagar. No refund after that.
– If cancellation done prior to 6/3/2 days of outing 70%/50%/30% will be refunded respectively for 1-2 days event. No refund after that.
– No cancellation amount will be refunded on Advance Payment.
– All the activities & programs carry an amount of risk of injury and you are aware that outdoor activities have an inherent risk of personal injury.
– You are joining an outdoor activity where any incident(reasons beyond control (like Natural calamities, riots, political uncertainty, public transport failure etc.)/ Natural calamity can happen & you agree that organizer shall not be held responsible for the any accident, mishap (including death) caused by any circumstances. Refund shall be payable with respect to the given refund norms.
– Midas reserves all rights to modify/change the camp/ program and to pre-pone (advance)/postpone the event and Midas Group will not be liable to refund booking charges in such a case.
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