Memorable Trek of Harishchandragad Fort

It is always good to meet nature now and then. This is also an occasion when we can meet ourselves too. And what can be more appropriate thing to do it than go for trekking. Trekking is something which helps us to meet nature and us both at the same time. At least this is why I go for the trekking. And Harishchandra fort trek was no exception to this. I had done this trek before but in the winter. But when I saw the dry streams filled with myriads of stones, I told myself that, “Man you must come here in the rain!” And so I did it this time, thanks to the Kayakars.
As usual it was a well-organized trek and so no complaints for it except I am missing non-veg food as I can’t eat it at home. My mother don’t allow it and I still can’t dare to go against her. J What I like most about the Kayakars guys, Mangesh, Amar and Sunil, is that they are down to earth human beings. It was my fourth trek with them and I have shared some crucial and testing moments with them so I can tell it with authority. They are always ready to help without a frown. And believe me it is not easy to do so while handling 40+ different people with different moods and attitudes. And it is not possible if you don’t loving what you are doing and you can see that love in their eyes while they trek. So kudos to you guys!
For me trekking is part of my rejuvenating process. As you know you can’t see the nature in it’s real beauty and aura not because it’s not present in the city, but because we are so busy in our mundane works that we can’t notice or feel it. That is why we need to say ‘time please’ and run to meet the nature and trekking is all about it. But it is not only seeing or meeting the nature only. It is about seeing inside us and meeting ourselves too. At least that is what trekking means for me and so I do it. It gives me chance to take a look into the past, put some time aside to visit ourselves and recharge our batteries once again.
Harishchandra fort trek is not a hard trek to do but it requires a lot of time to complete. It is a test of endurance power and at the end of the trek, ask your feet and it will tell you how hard the trek was! But probably they will not be in a condition to answer your question. J Such harsh trek is a nice way to know if you are mentally and physically fit or not. And at the end of the trek you get a sense of achievement which really makes you feel better. The pre-trek discomfort, self-doubts all vanishes and we say to ourselves that it was a right decision not to miss the trek. It is the chance to discover oneself and ponder a little about oneself forgetting all the worries for some time at least and take more strength to fight our problems with us. At the end of trek we take more confident ‘new we’. We also feel much closer to the nature and remember once again that we are part of the nature, that we own the glorious legacy of the history made by our fore-fathers. It makes us more proud about our history and more responsible also. At least that should we take home. So thank you again team Kayakars for giving us this opportunity and we expect more to come from you in the future also. All the best for that!

K2S- Full Moon Walk

It’s  too early on this blog for our K2S trek, because group of 100+ people yet to finish their trek exhausted sleep. After end of my fourth event with TheKayakers I feel  now I am become part of enthusiastic, extremely professional & crazy trekking family. I visited Sinhgad more than 20 times, but never thought of enjoyment and beauty of K2S way to visit sinhgad. After instructions from Mangesh, Started around 8.30 PM from top of old Katraj Tunnel towards Sinhgad. This trek includes 7-8 hills to climb and descend and around 12 KM walk through mountain. No one imagine at start anybody can walk 12 KM’s in daily routine in city, beauty of nature always provide you different energy to do this, In Month of May where every city observing temperature 40+ we experienced extreme shivering cold and crazy wind, at end of couple of hills we stopped for dinner by 11 PM. As everyone experienced and mentioned in their feedback with Kayakers is about Food, Really hats off to the Co coordinators who carrying Food items during every trek, When you are exhausted and you are at top of mountain and you are asking your friend do you have something to eat. At such place if you will get such good food, its gives you pleasant feeling. Important stuff about food is, you will get good food but it will never make you shaky for further trek.

We have started just after Moon rise and ended with Moon set at Sinhgad, Kayakers carry all precautionary stuffs during trek e.g first aid box. You will find coordinators always at place where never you observe hard patch of trek. Finally would like to thank Kayakers, THE TEAM Mangesh, Sunil, Amar, Mandar, Arpit, Lalit, Siddhu and many more, Trekking is my hobby, I like to visit Forts more than any city, but now I am relax, because now I need not to do any planning myself and need not convince people to join me. Now I have to just check updates on www.thekayakers.in “Events” link.

Andharban- A Trek, A Lesson

Nowadays, we are so much fond of adventures. No?  And in monsoons, the treks go popular. A recent trek I had was on 31st July. That was to Andharban with Kayakers. And my first trek where I did not knew fellow trekkers in advance.  We were 41 in the crew.

Initially, it began as any other trek I had been before. Getting up early, joining the group, catching the bus, and all.  But, you know? There’s a fascinating story to it.

‘Andharban’, if I simply break it, Andhar means dark/dense, Ban means Forest.  This dark dense forest renders a perfect blend for a nature enthusiast.  It takes you round the forest, valleys, waterfalls, and some highs and lows. Trust me! Mesmerizing all this, one will never realize the feet have descended 5 -6 hours. And then, you get lost in the spectacular Bhira hydro plant at the base. So, Andharban is like a ‘not-to-miss’ scenic hotspot in the Sahyadri hills. Thanks to Kayakers!

Ok. Now, back to the story. So, rather describing our walk from point A to B. I will tell something that took place that day. So at reaching the base village, with a quick round of introduction, we kicked off. Starting up with plains, we entered the forest, crossing water streams along the way. Again some lush green plains came up in between to rest our feet. Our leads kept a constant check on the crew to ensure no one’s left back or not lost in the fog.

Along the ropes, crossing the streams!

Meanwhile, the downpour was heavy and continuous; no one failed to click pictures. Wearing the jackets, holding umbrellas, drenching to the full, all captured themselves either in the selfies or pictures.

Joy is in the air!

Everything looked great until the last point (that’s where the story begins). We were descending down. The sun was about to set.

So, it was quite an easy one. No? I asked my fellow trekker.

Yes. And we are almost reached, she said sloping down.

We had moved down a bit, and damn could not move further. People had jammed the base. Curious to know, we walked down the slope. There was a small stream.

The torrential downpour had flooded the stream. Gush of water ran in pressure, generating muddy froth, relentlessly. Crossing it seemed difficult. And that raised a big rescue question among everyone standing at the bank. I think there were 3 more groups with 30-35 members in each, summing to around 100. Everyone looked a little scared.

While we were into the talks of releasing out of the nasty situation-

 KAYAKERS, our organizers shouted out.

We sloped down further. What they did was extraordinarily brave and smart.

They got down into the water.  Handholding each other tightly they chained themselves to be a bridge. Soon that happened, another set of people landed into the stream, and the second bridge was up. These live-bridges faced opposite, stood strong, as if they were made up of real concrete, making an aisle in between to get to other end.

KAYAKERS hurry up! They made a shout-out again.

I happened to be third in the queue.

Hold my hand, and walk, said the person at the extreme end of the bridge.

Handholding the person on either side, I put my left foot in the water. The pressure pulled it further down. I screamed out of fear. The moment I put in another foot, I was half drowned. And shrieked again. I grasped the bridge tightly and the water touched till the abdomen (oh yes! the water level had bothered me much).

Don’t shout! People are already panicked so much, said one among the bridge (I think that was Sunil)

Gaining some courage, I waded step-by-step. The live-bridges acted a savior.  And there I was at the other end. Safe and sound.

Apparently, by being selfless, Kayakers had helped other groups as well to come out of it.

An excerpt view while crossing

So, that was a clear evidence of unity and strength.  Not sure what would have been the outcome, if the bridges wouldn’t have been built up, if the Kayakers had just helped only their own crew members.  They did not lose their cool, instead handled it maturely, wisely.

I could relate that to the trekking accidents that hit the newspapers, every monsoon.  Don’t you think, they can be inhibited?  To a certain extent they can be (besides the natural calamities), if one ventures with a right group or experts. Some self-discipline and trekking with caution helps too. Monsoon treks are as beautiful as dangerous. From the story, I could opine that.  And that was my learning (in addition to the fun).

Beyond that, new friends have added to my network now. While I am writing this, I can recall the new faces (Priyanka, Vengatesh, Sunil, Amar, Pratik, Ashlesha, Manmeet…Yes I remember a few)

And one thing to take on a serious note- Never leave your snacks behind in the bus (especially when you have Theplas), that hurts like anything, trust me

And all the colorful jackets had made up the crew.


-Priya Dalvi