Siddhagad




Event: One Day Trek to Siddhagad Hill Fort 


More than a trek (A complete Adventure)
Hill Climb; Rock Climb, Traverse, Archaeology; Tribal Village; Lots of Greenery; and fluffy October clouds and a big adventure climb.

Date: October 23, 2011.


Rating: Moderate to Tough (Involves few patches of climbing on steam slopes and few exposed traverses). Climb 3.5 to 4 hours  one way.


The Place: Siddhagad (Hill fort)

Altitude:     2750 feet (Base Village – Narivali)

Location:   Malshej Region (Between Bhimashankar and Gorakhgad).

Duration:   One Day trek




Camp Fee: Rs.950/- (Rs.150/- discount for members)




Schedule:
5:00am Start from Andheri West (SV Road, Near Merwans Bakery, Near Bus Depot)
5:25 am Santacruz (Western Express highway); Bandra (Bandra-Kalanagar Junction Bus Stop at end of Sky Walk Bridge
5:30 am (Outside Sion Station)
5:40 am Vikroli / Ghatkopar along East Express Highway
6:00 am (Thane/Mulund) Toll Naka along Eastern Express Highway
7:00 am Breakfast along with way at Kalyan
9:30 am Start of trek

Expected to reach the Summit 1:30 / 2:00 pm
Start back for base 2:30 pm from Summit
Tea and tribal delicacy at Village

Expected to be back at Mumbai 10:00 pm

Attire: 
Full Sleeves t-shirt; tights or track pants (no jeans please), Cap or Hat, (Optional) Sun Glasses; apply Sun Screen.


Replenishment Checklist:
Things to carry to keep your event cool and pleasant
1) 2 Water Bottles (Kept overnight in Deep Freezer). Wrap in thin towel and plastic before keeping it in bag
2) Carry Electrol / Glucose-D / Chocolates for replenishment of salts and sugar
3) Chocolates
4) Seasonal Fruits (2 or 3 of them).
5) Eggs, Sprouts or similar items with Bread / Thepla or Parathas 
6) Wear Hat or Cap with good shade to protect yourself from sun. 
7) Sun Screen
8) Thin Cotton Full Sleeves t-shirts are a good idea
9) Wear a wet handkerchief around neck that helps in cooling your body.
10) Wearing (Tights or Shorts or three fourth shorts) of material that has a little stretch helps. If you are wearing shorts make sure wear a socks that is long enough to cover most of your exposed skin below your knee on you legs.
11) Always keep a Pocket Knife, and Small Flash light handy.
More information about the trek / fort
Siddhagad is situated in between two know trekking destination Bhimashankar and Gorakhgad, Sidhhagad is known for its wonderful forest and a bit of thrilling patch towards the end. And if you are travelling in monsoon few river crossings and half a dozen waterfalls. So get ready for a all-round monsoon adventure and thrill
Kalyan is the nearest convenient railway station. S.T. buses from Kalyan to Murbad (about 30 Km.) are available every after 1/2 hour. From Murbad, catch S.T. bus to base village Narivali (about 15 Km.). 212 hours walk through dense forest will take you to Siddhagad Wadi (Village) and a temple. Further walk of 1 hour is through barren land. Be careful towards the end.
There isn't much to see on the fort except few remnants. However, the trek as such is very much enjoyable, especially in the months of October and November, when few waterfalls are still alive. Some 1/2 hr before the top, there is a nice cave made into a home place of "Sadhu Baba". View of the Gorakhgad and adjacent hills from the entrance of this cave is just wonderful (see the snap). Nice small courtyard in front of a cave could be a great place to sit and have a lunch.



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