The honour of “High Mountain Range” is going to Ghanchakkar-Gavaldev/Muda-Katrabai hill range. This range starts from Bhairavgad Fort (Shirpunje) to Katrabai via Ghanchakkar, Gavaldev-Muda hills.
This high endurance range trek ends at Ratangad Fort.
Basically, Ghanchakkar is a long plateau of approx. 10+ km with Ghanchakkar and Gavaldev are the two highest points on this plateau and further this plateau descends towards Kumshet the base village to Ajoba (Aaja Parvat) and Katrabai mountains towards the Ratangad-Harishchandragad trek route.
There are many water cisterns on fort & carved caves. Some caves also have an arched entrance. On the upper side of caves, there are some Hero Stones having all four sides are carved. The worn-out idols of Lord Ganesha are kept near Hero Stones.
There is an equestrian idol of Lord Bhairoba in the cave. This idol is very good carved painted and is well maintained by the villagers.
22:00 – Reporting to the SG team.
22:30 – Travel to the base village from Pune.
04:00 – Reach base village. (Shirpunje village)
05:00 – Have a warm breakfast & tea.
05:45 – Group introduction & briefing about the trek.
06:00 – Commence trek to “Bhairavgad fort”.
07:15 – Reach top of the fort.
Explore the surroundings.
08:00 – Return at Bhairavgad – Ghanchakkar junction.
Resume the trek.
10:30 – Reach top of Ghanchakkar. 5th highest mountain in Maharashtra.
Descend down and walk towards Gavaldev hill.
12:00 – Reach the col between Ghanchakkar and Gavaldev.
Lunch break. (self-carried)
13:00 – Start climb Gavaldev peak and reach the top.
13:45 – Enjoy the 360° beautiful view. Photography.
Descend on a plateau.
15:00 – Climb Muda peak and descend at Kumshet.
17:30 – Reach Kumshet.
19:00 – Self-cooked dinner.
21:30 – Stay in tents. Day stumps.
Stay in tents.
05:00 – Freshen up; wrap up & clean the campsite.
06:30 – Have a warm breakfast & tea.
07:00 – Resume the trek. Climb Katrabai pass.
08:30 – Visit the idols of Katrabai and climb Katrabai top.
10:30 – Reach top of Katrabai. Photography.
11:30 – Descend and walk towards Ratangad fort
13:30 – Explore Ratangad fort.
15:00 – Descend at Samrad. Have a meal.
16:30 – Travel to Pune.
22:00 – Reach Pune with happy memories & non-biodegradable waste.
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