Range Trek from Ratangad to Harishchandragad
Sandhan Valley: Valley of shadow – 3000 feet above MSL (Approx)
“SANDHAN” …. is a beautiful place situated in the Western Ghats near Ratangad. Amidst the water carved valley of 50 to 500 feet deep and around two km long. We will be exploring the valley till it’s opening into Konkan.
Ratangad: Jewel Fort – 4250 feet above MSL (Approx)
The fort is origin for the river Pravara / Amrutvahini . The Bhandardara dam is built on this river. Ratangad has a natural rock peak with a cavity in it at the top which is called ‘Nedhe’ or ‘Eye of the Needle’; formed by natural erosion, it is big enough to accommodate a group of ten people and the view of the entire region from here is absolutely amazing. Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favorites. Ratangad, a jewel fort of Sahyadris has conventionally said to have 2 routes. One, from Ratanwadi village via Ganesh Darwaja and the other from Samrad village via Trimbak Darwaja. We will be climbing the fort from Trimbak Darwaja & will be descending via Ganesh Darwaja.
Katrabai: A Mountain Pass – 4300 feet above MSL (Approx)
The most important pass on Trans Sahyadri trek. This pass is known for passage between Ratangad and Harishchandragad. This pass gives an excellent 360° view of the area.
Kaladgad – 3200 feet above MSL (Approx)
This Hill fort is located between right angle of well spreaded Harishchandragad Hill in Dist Ahmednagar. This fort is located south of Pethechi Wadi village. Many call it Shiva Lingam and Nandi combo, as it looked like that.
Harishchandragad – 4500 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Harishchandragad: The fort is quite ancient, considered to be from the medieval period. The Great sage Changdev (one who wrote the epic Tatvasaar), used to meditate here in 14th century. The caves are also from the same period. Harishchandragad was captured by the Marathas in 1747 from the Moguls.
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Day 1: Saturday, 24th June 17
Meeting Point 07:40 am at Kasara Railway Station.
You are requested to board the second Kasara Local Slow Train from your respected stations. Train Timings are given in the Travel Help Section.
Reach Samrad village by Pvt Vehicle.
Breakfast & Explore Sandhan Valley
Ascend Ratangad via Trimbak Darwaja
Visit Nedhe & occupy cave on the fort.
Day 2 : Sunday, 25th June 17
Breakfast and start towards Katrabai pass
Cross Katrabai, and reach Kumshet for lunch
Trek again till pethe chi wadi
Visit Kaladgad Fort in the evening for the sunset view.
Dinner & Stay
Day 3:Monday, 26th June 17
Early morning start towards Pachnai, Breakfast at Pachnai
Ascend Harishchandragad from Pachnai, have lunch on the fort
Explore fort and descend towards khireshwar
Back journey till kalyan by ST bus.
Identity proof (must)
A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs),
Torch with extra batteries (compulsory)
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Sleeping Bag or Proper Bedding
Medicine those if u require usually
A good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried, so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Travelling from Kasara till Kalyan,
Food (5 Meals, 3 Breakfast)
Mineral Water; Beverages; Anything not mentioned in above inclusion list
You are requested to board the following local. Missing this local means missing the trek
Get into the second last compartment from your respective station.
It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking. While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.