Kothaligad is one of the easiest, and most beautiful treks in all of Maharashtra. The quick and easy climb for most of the trek makes it very accessible and frequented by first-time trekkers. The cave and the temple carvings date back to the 13th century. Kothaligad is in fact not actually a fort but a sort of watchtower from where the directions were given to know the advancements of the enemy. There are a couple of cannons at the base of the summit and a steep staircase that was carved within the mountain to reach the top. This staircase is the final leg of the summit and is a surreal experience to climb through. Who is excited to scale this Sahyadrian beauty?
About the trek:
Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate
Base village: Peth
Summit height: 1,368 m / 4,490 ft
Time taken to climb/descend: 3 hrs climb / 2.5 hrs descent
For further inquiries: Whatsapp/call: 740 005 4929 / 986 795 2811
05:30 am: Board the 5:20 am Karjat fast from CST. Feel free to board it from any other station (Timings mentioned below)
07:45 am: Meet the Vagabond team at Karjat ticket counter. From here we will board our privately booked cars to the base village.
08:45 am: We reach the village, and have a quick round of introductions and breakfast to fuel ourselves for the long day that awaits us.
10:00 am: Get on your hiking boots, and put on your rain gear. We now walk Into The Wild
12:00 pm: We take a quick break at Peth village before making our final ascent to the fort. You start getting a vantage point of the mountains surrounding Karjat. The entire stretch of the Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary starts becoming visible. The last 500 meters is a steep climb through a staircase that was carved within the mountain. A rare and beautiful experience to say the least.
01:00 pm: We spend some time at the summit. Soak in the beautiful 360º view that you've climbed up to. After a few photos, we start our descent back to the base. On the way, we have thali lunch at a local villager's house
05:00 pm: On reaching the end, we say our final goodbyes, and board our vehicles back to the station
06:00 pm: We reach Karjat station, and board a train back to Bombay. Until next time, Vagabonds
-Private transport from Karjat station and back
-Veg thali lunch
-Refreshments while trekking (nimbu paani, energy bar)
-Trek guide expertise
-First Aid assistance
-Vagabond experience leaders
Things to carry/wear:
-Sturdy shoes with good grip
-Drinking water (Min 2 ltrs)
-Trekking pole/stick (optional but very useful)
-Rainwear (during monsoons)
-Sweets/energy bars/Glucon D (optional)
-Slippers / floaters (optional)
-Please DO NOT miss the 5:20 am Karjat Fast from CST station. Feel free to board this train from any other station but if you miss this train, you will NOT be able to join us for the trek. Meet us at Karjat stn ticket counter by 7:45 am. Plan accordingly.
-A WhatsApp group with all the participants and organizers will be made a day or two before the trek for coordination purposes.
-People with vertigo or phobia of heights should reconsider joining this trek as there is a steep climb in the last stretch of the hike.
-This is a trek and not a nature trail, we will be ascending and descending slopes through the course of the trek.
-Please wear sturdy closed footwear that won't tear.
-Smoking or drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited on a Vagabond trek. Anyone found indulging in either will be asked to leave the group.
-Do not carry sling bags or any bag that dangles. Try keeping your hands free at all times.
-For those of you who haven't trekked before, don't worry, we at Vagabond encourage you to take your time and have a great experience climbing with us. A Vagabond trek isn't about speed, it's about the group experience. For those of you who have trekked before, we encourage you to encourage the beginners and help them through the way.
-Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
-Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 70% cancellation fee.
-Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will receive no refund.
More about us:
A Vagabond Experience isn't just one where you pack your bags and go visit a place outdoors. It's more than that. At a Vaga' experience, you meet new like-minded people and create bonds in comfortable social spaces that would last you a lifetime. By facilitating our understanding and appreciation for community living, we help you take a trip not only outwards but inwards too.
We lead treks, camps, backpacking trips to Himachal, musical experiences all year round.
For further inquiries: Whatsapp/call: 740 005 4929 / 981 976 5950
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