Ulhas Valley via Kondana

Duration - One Day
Location - Karjat, Kondana Caves, Ulhas Valley
Category - Easy

Date: September 7th, 2019

Experiences

A gentle stroll in the rural countryside along the river, passing through small village hamlets, paddy and Kiwi farms converging onto rolling hills, during monsoon there are many waterfalls along the trek route, the trail has a good tree cover and also gets a little steeper towards the end. The trail terminates at an ancient Buddhist caves that has few waterfalls falling over it during monsoon. Enjoy simple rural meals at the base village.

Contribution per head:

Ex. Andheri / Mumbai - Rs.1170/-
(Travel Rs.650/- + Meals Rs.320 + Guide and Overheads Rs.200)

Ex. Karjat - Rs.820/-
(Travel Rs. 300/- + Meals Rs.320/- + Guide and Overhead Rs.200)

Ex. Kondivita Base Village (Rs.320/- + Guide and Overheads Rs.200/-) = Rs.520

Inclusions:
Travel (Travel by private transport as per pickup and drop points)
meals
Breakfast - Kanda Poha or Upma with Tea
Lunch - Veg or Non Veg Thali
Evening Tea Biscuits

Exclusions:
Village tolls or any kind of entry tolls if applicable
Any kind of insurance
Any custom ordered meals / bottled water etc
Tips
Anything that is not included is excluded

Note: Adventure sports should always be done under strict supervision of professionals who are experienced and have standard based equipment's to support the activities. We will be happy to help here if you give us an advance notice. 

One of the waterfalls on Ulhas Valley Trek during monsoon
Monsoon Trek

 

Visapur Fort


Exploring History and Heritage on trek to Ancient Fort dating back to almost 2000 years old. These forts may have been building during the Satavahana reign. These forts were ruled or controlled by different kings and dynasties over the period of centuries. The last to rule it was British…




Fort Name: Visapur Fort and Bhaja Caves
Altitude: 3567 feet above mean sea level.
Difficulty Grade: Moderate (2 hours and 30 minutes to climb and 2 hours 30 minutes to descend; around 2 hours to explore the fort).

Location:
It is located in Pune district, 9 to 10 km from Malavli Railway station out of which 5 km is steep road. It has an elevation of 1084 meters above sea level. It is built on the same plateau as Lohagad.
Nearest Railway Station/ Bus Stand: Malavli (You can reach here by local train from Pune or Lonavala).

Budget for the One Day Trek:
Get in touch with us for budget (Budget Treks; Deluxe Treks or VIP / Luxury Treks with Nature Knights).


Kohoj Saddle Trek

One Day Offbeat Trek to Kohoj Saddle with Nature Knights...

Kohoj Saddle is a moderate difficultly trek that takes you to the saddle on the way to Kohoj Fort. From the Saddle have view of both sides of the mountain. 

The treks takes around 90 minutes to 2 hours to climb uphill and slightly less than than while climbing down. The hike has all ingredients for a pleasant small eco-adventure landscapes reflecting in small lakes, hills, misty atmosphere, flora and fauna (wild and domestic), remote hamlets. This mysterious valley plays hide and seek in the monsoon clouds.








Altitude - 2500 feet (980 Meters) above mean sea level.

Category – Moderate 2 hours climb; less than 2 hours to descend
                                                                                                                              
Location – Manor Region, Waghote Village, Manor-Wada Road, Palghar District

At the bottom of the fort is a lake known as 'Pazhar'.

Coordinates ( 19.6700315°N 72.9875099°E )

Minimum age: 8 Years Old.





Standard Trekking Package: Rs.450/- per person (Minimum billing Rs.3500/- or which ever is higher)

Inclusions:
Guide (Minimum 1 Guide or Ratio of 1 guide for every 10 participants), Medical Kit will be available with Guide, Safety Equipment.
note: Meals cost for Mountain Guides during trek has to be borne by customer.


Deluxe Package: Rs.850/- per person (Minimum billing Rs.8500/- or whichever is higher)
Inclusions:

Guide (Minimum 2 Guides or 1- Ratio 1 guide for every 10 participants), Medical Kit will be available with Guide, Safety Equipment.


VIP Package: Rs.1200/- per person (Minimum billing Rs.12,000/- or which ever is higher)
Inclusions: (Minimum 2 Mountain Guides) (or ration of 1:10) whichever is higher.
Trek would be lead by Senior Mountain Guide with good communication skills; facilitators who can engage groups; has exposure of manage corporate offsite and foreign nationals; overall good knowledge travel and out doors etc.


Exclusions:
  1. Local Standard Rural Meals Package: (Village Breakfast / Village Veg Thali Lunch and Evening Tea/Biscuits - Rs.300/- pp). For non-veg thali add Rs.75/-
  2. Cost of Guide meals to be borne by customer.
  3. Any kind of custom menu that is not part of the package
  4. Bottled water/ beverages.
  5. Any kind of insurance
  6. Tips etc.
  7. Un-utilized resources will not be refunded.
  8. Anything that is not included is excluded.
  9. Travel budget (by private transport - ask for quote).

For Deluxe Packed meals or VIP Outdoor meal experiences kindly request for a separate quote.

Note: Adventure sports should always be done under strict supervision of professionals who are experienced and have standard based equipment's to support the activities. We will be happy to help here if you give us an advance notice. 

Contacts:
Asif - 9619182010

Jasmine - 9082189175
info@natureknights.net 


Booking and payments - click here

Tentative Planned Schedule:

6:00 am Andheri West, Merwans Bakery (S. V. Road)
6:15 am Andheri East, (near exit of Metro Station on Western Express Highway)
6:30 am Goregaon East, (Western Express Highway)
6:40 am Madal East and Kandivali East (Western Express Highway)
6:50 am Borivali East, Western Express Highway (near Luxury bus boarding point opposite to National Park Main Gate)
7:00 am After Dahisar Toll Naka
7:30 am Vasai / Virar on Western Express Highway (Mumbai - Ahmedabad Highway)
Breakfast on the way
9:30 am Start of the trek
12:30 pm/ 01:00 pm arrive at the summit (Kohoj Plateau)
explore the fort/ Plateau
02:00 pm Start return trek
05:00 pm start return journey
09:00 pm expected time to be back on Andheri subject to traffic conditions.

Kohoj is located about 104 km from Mumbai off the Mumbai - Ahmedabad Highway. Upon reaching Manor you have to take a right turn under a newly built flyover and take the Manor - Wada road. It is approximately around 10 km from the right turn. A few minutes drive on this road and one can see the Kohoj fort on your right. At the bottom of the fort is a lake known as 'Pazhar'.

Pazhar Lake


History

Very few of the historical evidences are coherent to this fort. Looking at its well-dug cisterns, the fort can be said to be belonging to Bhoj-period. But no such evidences are available.

The fort is said to be about 800 years old and finds a mention in the Purandar treaty along with 22 other forts which were surrendered by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to the Mughals on 11 June 1665.

In 16th century, Portuguese captured this fort from the King of Gujarat. They constructed fortifications and bastions on this fort. Later, in 18th century, Peshwas conquered this fort in their campaign of 1737. Afterwards the fort remained under the British rule.



More information about  the fort.

Kohoj has a moderately difficult gradient, the final destination of this trek is a main plateau about 3 hours hike from Vaghote village which is situated a the base of the fort. To reach the highest point it takes another 10–15 minutes. The height of the fort is about 3200 feet.

Upon reaching the main plateau one can find a small temple of God Shankar. A little towards the right are two small water cisterns. These cisterns have potable water. A few minutes walk towards the opposite side reveal several water cisterns.

At the edge of the main plateau there are many small water streams flowing downwards. But the winds up on this plateau are very heavy. With the already heavy winds blowing against the streams, the water from the streams rise back up and you end up having an experience of a lifetime.





On the path leading to the top of the fort there are three more cisterns and a stone idol of Lord Hanuman can be seen. Some evidence of fortification can be sighted as well.


Atop the fort is a stone structure which resembles a human figure. This human like figure can be seen from the main plateau as well as from the base of the fort. Towards the right of the human structure is a small temple of Lord Krishna. It also has an old mutilated stone deity which could not be identified.

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Check dam at  Pazhar Lake




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breakfast today there is a drive almost 200 km journey full of beautiful landscapes on the way when you reach at tsokar 115 km and ahead 85 km is Tsomori-ri Lake. Tsomoriri is full of natural Landscaped which includes beautiful small lakes on the way and Mountains after this drive you reach to the Rupshu valley.

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A Trans Himalayan Safari Road Trip by Nature Knights Asif



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D1 Arrive Chandigarh to Manali
D2 Manali to Serchu
D3  Sarchu  to  Tsomoriri
D4 Tsomoriri to  Leh 
D5 Leh Nubra
D6 Nubra to Leh
D7 Leh  to Pangong
D8 Pangong to Leh via Thiksey
D9 Leh to Alchi Lamayuru Kargil
D10 Kargil   Srinagar
D11 Srinagar drop





Day 01
Arrive Chandigarh and Transfer to Manali- Arrive Manali and Transfer to the Hotel night stay in Manali

Day 02
Manali Rohtang Pass Koksar Keylong Lahaul Spiti- Depart Manali early in the morning our first halt is Marhi A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto MARHI below ROHTANG with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce.Once we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing Khoksar is the first village and gate way to Lahaul
Enroute Darcha is situated at the junction of Yotche nullah and the Zangskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. The valley broadens out from Darcha. The altitude of Darcha is about 3500 m. which makes it an ideal base camp for acclimatisation. Darcha is the jumping off point for treks to Padum over the Shinkun la or Baralacha la and Phirtse la and for treks or mountaineering expeditions to Leh and peaks of Chandra Bhaga series. However no tourist bungalow or rest house facilities are available on either side of the nullahs. A police check post is also there. Darcha is the last village where one can see sparse growth of trees. Beyond Darcha not even a single tree can be seen on either side of the highway. Landscape starts looking desolate and absolutely barren. Glance at JISPA. This beautiful spot is 22 kms away from Keylong and 4 kms ahead of Ghemur. The village is situated at the junction of two nullahs with the main river Bhaga. Jispa has a very large dry river-bed, a rarity in Lahaul.Jispa is a new tourism centre coming up with the monasteries of Yarji and Photang where his Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the Kal Chakra sermon a few days back to the Buddhists all over the world. The mountaineering Institute of Manali has a sub centre here for adventure tourism. Sarchu is the last inhabited point in Himachal Pradesh on the Manali-Leh route- which is regarded as one of the highest highways in the world. Arrive in Sarchu and check into your Camp.  Overnight in Camp



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A Trans Himalayan Safari Road Trip by Nature Knights Asif

Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive up to MARHI below ROHTANG with similar high-altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spruce. Once we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing Khoksar is the first village and gate way to Lahaul...

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D3 Jispa to Sarchu
D4 Sarchu to Leh
D5 Leh shey thiksey hemis
D6 Leh Nubra
D7 Nubra to Leh
D8 Leh  to Pangong
D9 Pangong to Leh
D10 Leh to Alchi Lamayuru Kargil
D11 Kargil to   Srinagar
D12 Srinagar drop






Day 01

Arrive Chandigarh and Transfer to  Manali- Arrive Manali and Transfer to the Hotel night stay in Manali



Day 02
Manali Rohtang Pass Koksar Keylong Lahaul Spiti Jispa - Depart Manali early in the morning our first halt is Marhi A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto MARHI below ROHTANG with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce.Once we cross the Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing Khoksar is the first village and gate way to Lahaul Overnight stay in Jispa .


Above picture of Baralachla