I can still remember very well .. It was my first trek to Karnala a year ago I overheard some one talking about this place called Gorakhgad and they had so many tales to narrate of this trek, its thrilling rock patch,ambience at the top and lovely Malshej Ghat range so since that day I always had this fascination that I too will go and do this trek but destiny has its way Jaana tha Gorakgad aur uske chakkar me pachhis doosre trek kar dale, a year passed by and I still wasn't able to go to this place.But yesterday as I was chatting when by chance I told Anusha that Iam planning to go to Gorakhgad, she replied she too is doing the same so we thought why not let us go together. This is how this trek atlast happened for me
Sunday morning had its usual bout of excitement and I got ready quickly and dashed out of my house very early because the meeting time at Kalyan ST stand was at 6.30am and Mai Bechare :-( stay in Andheri so I have to catch atleast 4.39 am train to go to Dadar and from there catch Badlapur Local of 5.13am so that I be in time for my 6.30 rendezvous.I kept hopping trains and in between kept co-ordinating with Mayur who was to join me in this local. At Kurla Station Mayur along with his friend Pratik joined me, as we were meeting after a long time so we had lots of stories to share and perhaps this was the reason that we never realised how the time went by and we were at Kalyan station.
|Our gang all assembled at Kalyan ST Stand|
By 7.30 everyone arrived and we took the bus to Murbad.Bus journey from Kalyan to Murbad took around 45 minutes thanks to some adventurous driving by the bus driver."Late hum hog hua per tension lagta hai driver ko thi humara sara time delay apni khatarnak driving se cover karne me laga tha" Each one of was swinging like clothes hung for drying on wire. It was here I got introduced to Ashu,Anjali,Chinmayee,(so thin creature that I was worried she will be blown away in all this swinging act)Gaurav,Shreyas,Rahul ,Yatin all fun loving fellows.Soon our Bus reached Murbad. Now actually we were suppose to move to Dehari from here hence we started to inquire for the ST bus or pvt jeep. we ultimately settled for the jeep. We spoke to few jeep drivers and inquired the rates for jeep but the price quoted were just too high Sab jeep walo ne pagal bana diya koi bolta hai 1500 Rs toh koi bolta hai 800 Rs lekin trekker bhi toh dedh sanne hote hai na...we took local jeep to Mahsae village.12 ppl went in one jeep and other 5 in other jeep.
|Arre yaaro head count toh le lo!!!|
|Photo session at Mahase Village|
|Ladies be ready for the bumpy ride with 17 ppl stuffed in one sumo Van....|
|Beta itna muskuro mat baki log aakar tumhare upar hi bathane wale hai...Sumo Dhaba pack hone wala hai !!!|
|First view of the Gorakhgad peak from our jeep|
|Village Shop from where you can buy dry snacks|
|Crazy Photo session|
|View of Village surrounded by lush green fields|
|Frequent photo breaks|
|Abbe pose marna band karo abhi bahut trek baki hai !!!|
|View of the top from Plateau|
|Tango with Mayur|
|Climbing with a smile|
Hey guys I love you for that !!!I saw a small cave painted in orange color entrance at the top which I assumed to be top
|And I thought Ki Top Aa Gaya Hai!!! LOLZ!!|
but upon reaching here I realised that this was not the Top but one has to go through this cave, climbing the rocky staircase inside and resume the climb further. By God yeh kya ho raha hai !!!
|Rocky ladder from the cave|
Climbing out of this cave we come to a plain section the view from here is to die for...Ek nazar aur dil wahi rook jata hai...Everyone was happy that finally the climb is over and we have reached the top but I was told "Sirji thodo aur aage aap ko chalna hai" so one more climb :-( ...I heard some one say Papaji ai khatam hi nahi hoonda(I hope you remember Maruti ad of Sardar Kid)
|Beautiful view of malshej valley|
|Cave at the top with water tanks on the right|
|just stand and enjoy the beauty|
|We traverse from here to reach behind the pinnacle for the final summit to the topmost point of Gorakhgad|
|Stone cut stairs|
|I was climbing very cautiously because a slip here and you are a lost dead body|
I finally managed to reach the final top I took a brief survey of the entire top plateau to ensure myself that no one drops another bomb and tell me sirjee abhi picture baki hai and one more climb. But thankfully this was indeed the final top.
|Show Time !!! Now take your pick of Spiderman,Superman or Batman|
|I must say this was one of the best trek I did and my co-trekkers were just awesome|
|You almost do not see anything under your feet but the Valley below !!! Scary!!!,Scary!!!|
|Helping friends to get down.|
We rested for a while and started the decend rumbling,tumbling we all reached the base temple at 3.30.
|Finally at the Base village|
|Maaja and masti in Minibus!!!|