Bhairavgad to Ratangad – via Ghanchakkar, Gavaldev, Muda, Katrabai

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2 Days 2 Nights
Availability : 13-14 Feb 2021
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 15

highlights

features about the activity
  • Complete Offbeat & Raw Experience
  • 06 Mountains | 35+ Km | 02 Days
  • Trek through the Highest Mountains of Sahyadri
  • Visit Katrabai CliffLarge Cliff of Sahyadri
  • Explore the Bhairavgad (Shirpunje) & Ratangad Fort
  • Experience the High Mountains & Deep Valleys

key info

about trip
ahmednagar district

bhandardara

base villages

Kumshet & Ratanwadi

max. height (ft.)

5,026

walking

09 hrs. daily

gradechallenging

information

about place

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.

shirpunje village

bhairavgad fort

Lord Bhairoba on Bhairavgad Fort behind Shirpunje village is the deity of the people of nearby villages. So due to this, the way to Bhairavgad Fort is well-trodden.
The road has steep steps and railings in some places. There are many steps carved in this way. An hour, we reach the col between Bhairavgad Fort and the side hill.

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There are many water cisterns on the 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.

Harishchandragad and Pabargad forts are visible to the south from the top of the fort.

4987 ft.

ghanchakkar hill

Ghanchakkar is the 5th highest mountain in Maharashtra. Its height is about 4954 ft. from MSL. There is a wide plateau between Bhairavgad fort and Ghanchakkar peak. It is about 5 km west of Bhairavgad.

A special type of crystal is found on this plateau. Like Quartz and Mica.
There is no tree to rest for a while in this entire plateau.

5026 ft.

muda-gaveldev hill

Adjacent to Ghanchakkar, Muda-Gavaldev is the massive mountain, it is the third highest mountain of Maharashtra.
There is a gorge in the middle of Ghanchakkar-Gavaldev; descend in that valley and climb up Gavaldev from the south-west. The last stage is a bit slippery so we need to be careful while climbing.

Gavaldev top offered us mesmerizing views spanning 360 degrees. Views of Bhandardara Dam, Ratangad Fort, Alang-Madan-Kulang-Kalsubai range, Pabargad to the north and Harishchandragad range at the south.

deepest valley of sahyadri

katrabai cliff/pass

Having the highest rock exposure in Sahyadri, the Katrabai wall stands next to Ratangad fort in the Bhandardara region. Mount Katrabai, which is about 4200 feet high, has a beautiful view of the surroundings. High mountains, deep valleys, Bhandardara dam and many surrounding forts can be seen.

A narrow valley descends from the heights of Katrabai into the Konkan; this should be the deepest valley in the Sahyadri landing in Konkan. Its depth is about 1200 feet.

“jewel” of sahyadri

ratangad fort

As the name suggests, this is truly a ‘Jewel’ amidst the forests in the region. It is an interesting fortress, situated at the edge of Ghats with numerous water cisterns and caves. It also commands an excellent view of all surrounding areas, overlooking the Konkan plains, Bhandardara Lake, Katrabai cliff, Alang-Madan-Kulang and the huge wall of Ajoba.

The robustness of Sahyadri can be experienced only from a few forts and Ratangad is one of them. Standing in the “Eye of the Needle” is a major attraction.

itinerary

trip schedule

day 0Night Travelling

23:00 – Reporting to the SG team.
23:30 – Travel to the base village from Pune.

day 1Bhairavgad Fort – Ghanchakkar – Gavaldev – Muda

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.
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Accommodation
Stay in tents.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

day 2Katrabai – Katrabai Pass – Ratangad Fort

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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Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

travel

ex-pune to pune

departure

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 - 23:00 hrs.
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Shivajinagar > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Ale Phata > Rajur > Shirpunje (Base)

23:00 – Shivajinagar
23:30 – Aundh
23:59 – Nashik Phata

Please come 15 minutes before at your pickup point to avoid getting late.

return

Sun, 14 Feb 2021 - 22:00 hrs.
  • Shivajinagar, Pune - 05We may come before/after 1 hr. due to traffic situations.

inclusions

what's included
  • Private Transport – From/To PuneNon AC Bus - Toll, Parking, Transport Permit
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 DinnerVeg. Only
  • Safety Gears & Technical Supportwith UIAA Certified Equipment
  • Forest Entry PermitsKalsubai-Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tent Stay2 / 4 Person Sharing
  • First Aid KitWell-Stocked Medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

exclusions

what's not included
  • Day 1 - Lunch
  • Anything specifically not mentioned in the 'inclusions' list& Personal expenses.

trip essentials

things to carry list
  • Identity CardPhoto & Address Proof (e.g. Aadhar Card)
  • Backpack30-40 Ltr.
  • Trekking Shoes & Extra Socks PairShoes with good grip
  • Full Sleeves: T-Shirt & PantTo prevent from sunburn, pests, reptiles, etc.
  • Hat / Cap, Rain Jackets, WindcheaterCarry as per seasons
  • Extra Cloths, Slipper / SandalsTo use after the trek
  • Water 3 Ltr.Water Bottles or Hydration bag
  • Day 1 - Lunchsufficient for yourself
  • Dry Food ItemsNuts, Fresh Fruits, Energy Bars, Chocolates, etc.
  • Energy DrinksORS Powder, Limbu Sarbat, Etc.
  • Prescribed medicinesIf any
  • Torch / HeadlampExtra batteries
  • AccessoriesSunglasses, Trekking Pole, Camera etc.
  • Sleeping Bag / Carry Mat / ShawlTo sleep in tent
  • CutleryPlate, Bowl, Spoon & Glass, etc. (Mandatory)
  • Face-Mask, Hand-SanitizerTo protect your skin & maintain hygiene practice

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