Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Thrilling trek harishchandragad via nalichi vaat 12-13 November 2016

It was all the struggle we were going through. It was absolutely uncertain whether we could do this trek or cancel it. Since evening of Friday I had been struggling to get rupees 500 cash exchanged. I tried going to the bank but after seeing the long ques, I returned. Then finally at 7 in evening I told participants to get at least Rs 500 in exchange. And I was also able to get rs 500 exchanged. Thanks to Chirag Doshi for giving some exchange last moment and helping me. I was going bad with headache since afternoon. 

My major concern was to manage local transport expense since the plan was to travel by State Transport bus till Tokavde. From tokavde to base village(Walivare) we were going to go by jeep. And for jeep and all other expense that was going to happen en route trek, it was pr-decided I will pay in old currency. 😄 

Everything got set and the trek got confirmed. As decided, all participants gathered at kalyan S T Depot by 11:30pm on 11th Friday night. All was set. We were waiting for the bus. I was ready with all the safety equipment that would be needed for this route. We left to Tokavde by 12:30am nagar bus. At around 1:40am we reached Tokavde village. So cold the NIGHT was! We alighted from bus and as the bus passed a shiver ran through everyone's body because of cold air that followed with speed.

I immediately dialed our jeep wale and he was already waiting at a 20 meter distance from us. He put headlights on so we could recognize his presence. We kept our rucksacks in and just intruded into a small hotel along the street to sip cup of hot tea. We were 6 people in total who were on trek. All were new except Irish. Chit chat was going on about past events. As usual stories from individuals. We had tea and started our journey to base village Walivare. We reached there at 2:15. Stopped near Kama's house for rest till morning. I was so happy, because even after so much inconvenience of notes, we are still managing this one successfully. All went in and settled. There was 1 group already there also came for nalichi vaat trek.
Morning at Walivare village

Day 1:
Morning wake-up call for all at 5:45 am.  All got up. Calm and peaceful cold weather. We had Poha and tea and got ready with our bags on. I had called Sabale mama from thidbi village to accompany me for this trek. We started before all other groups as we knew if we delay more then we will get stuck in-between the route. All participants have different pace and we didn't want our participants should face any inconvenience. Trekking Nalichi vaat is not difficult if you make it in time. In Nali you are exposed to direct sunlight after 10am. That means dehydration and intake of more water. Many participants have no idea of this. They drink and finish there water before they climb through the nali and end up into dehydration. Which in the end reduces the overall speed of an individual and in the end the speed of whole group. I had given instructions accordingly to our team. We already made up our minds. 

We started our trek at 7am. I asked everyone to drink about a liter of water before starting. That is how you will not feel dehydration for atleast 2-3 hours. 


 After about half an hour we entered into a water stream came from Nali. Walking through Nali we crossed the the other side and entered into the path which we thought might be better than walking on boulders. After following the trail we came into another trail supposed to be coming from Makad Nali of Rohidas. Again we had to do the traverse and came back in the perfect stream which would take us to Kokankada.





Our participant Shubham has brought big camera bag and all different lenses. It was 10am we took our first break. We realized it will be difficult for him to carry this much weight and climb further which would in-turn reduce our speed too. Irish had less weight and he agreed to carry a camera bag which shubham brought. This is want happens when participants do not communicate with leaders about carrying stuff and packing bags. 

 
Before 1st rock patch


Shubham climbing
Even after telling keep rucksacks as light as possible some participants bring heavy unnecessary load which creates inconvenience for other team members. I request all such participants to understand the team spirit and reduce the trouble by communicating before leaving for the trek. 

2nd rock patch
After climbing last rock patch in nali

Later on the speed was pretty consistent and we were climbing very safe. Rock climbing is a real fun if its done very safely. All enjoyed the thrilling part of the trek, climbed 2 rock patch successfully. it was 12:35 when we reached at the platue below kokankada. Our faces were in joy with accomplishment and we celebrated it with glass of Limbu Pani served by Vithal Badad. All of us were still fit since we had spent less time in nali and came up in time. This was our 4th time to climb through nali. But its the fastest of all previous climbs on this route.
Reaching Kokankada

We walked till Bhaskar's hotel at kokankad. Great feeling. After having a cup of tea under a shade near his tapri we went to sleep for some time. It was cool windy in that shadow. All of us relaxed. Irish suddenly felt he wants to go home anyhow and was ready to go alone. When we insisted to tell us the reason he ignored. At evening we went to Taramati side where we got good views of surrounding mountain range rohidas, sindola, hadsar, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Khireshwar, Kalu Waterfall, Taramati. It was silent. So calm, where u will feel the world just stopped moving. Gazing at the mountains, the horizon was filled with orange purple shades before sunset. You could see a shadow of rohidas fell over malshej. We clicked some pictures. 
 
Rohidas
Taramati Peak

 
Kombda

Worked on some of the future plans of treks. As it was getting darker we decided to move back to tents. While coming back we saw people gathered and there were about 5 boys sleeping on the ground striving in pain. We we went close we heard that they are attacked by honey bees at the last patch before kokankada. Some said one of them smoke a cigarette because of which this incident might have occurred. I request to all trekkers who smoke to not smoke during trek as by doing this you are putting your as well as yours team's life in danger. 

It already started to get cold, we wore our jackets. That evening we could see multiple groups may be there were about more than 50 people camping at kokankada under full moon that night. We had our dinner at 7pm. And went asleep in our sleeping bags.  




Day 2:
We couldn't sleep well enough as it was pretty cold that night. I this this cold night was the reason Irish wanted to go back home and sleep peacefully in his bedroom in a blanket. We just cracked a joke at him and he had no option but to laugh. 

Harishchandreshwar Temple
At around 5:45 am it was already light. We woke up and got fresh. Today was a easy day as we were trekking from Junnar darwaja (Rajmarg) to Khireshwar and it was about 3 hours hike. We all had breakfast. Gaining some energy we started moving visit Harishchandreshwar temple and Pushkarni. 

After all photo session and bunch of selfies we started moving further to Junnar darwaja route. We started from temple at 9am.
Kedareshwar
Rajmarg

The trail goes flat towards balekilla and from balekilla we descend down to take rajmarg. Here you keep taramati on your right and descend through narrow nali. Last year we had attempted taramati ghal which was not successful because of unavailability of bolts in the route. We saw the route from the top and analyzed it again. May be soon we are coming again with perfect plan. 

At desend




Carvings in Rajmarg
We reached Khireshwar at around 1:45pm. All have done well. Superb team. Well managed and completed perfect in time. We stopped in a hotel to have lunch. At 3:30pm we got bus to kalyan and moved back with happy memories of the trek. 
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At Rajmarg Descend


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