Whenever I used to pass the Karjat Highway I happen to see a peak with a hole kind of thing. I always wondered what peak is it and will I be able to go there. One day while passing from there I checked with my fellow traveler and he told me it is called Irshalgad.
Bas aur kya soch liya ki agla trek Irshalgad hi hoga
Few days went by and these lines of Jagjit Singh kept playing in my mind 'tere bare main jab socha nahi tha... main tanha tha magar, itna nahi tha..'
Luckily for me I saw this event by uth-sut for trek to Irshalgad and quickly joined them.
So Sunday we all met at Panvel Station.This time my daughter and my nephew also joined me.From Panvel station we all walked to the Panvel ST stand which is hardly 5 mins walk.Here we met other members of the trek and we had a small informal intro and chat.Rajesh our organiser (very simple and humble person) provided us with Vadapav and hot tea so that we all are well awake to do the trek.
We took 8.00 am bus to Chouk.The bus journey from Panvel ST stand to Chouk took around 35 minutes. It was here I was introduced to a very amicable member of trek Sarita Khare with whom I had a long and interesting talk about Himalayan trekking and in no time we reached Chouk.
|Crossing railway line at Chouk Station|
|Walking on the other side of railway line with Irshalgad looking very prominent background|
|Deciding our route of the trek|
|initial gentle climb|
|Climb was getting little steep and heat was torturing us to no end|
|Chachu Break !!!|
|View of Irshaalgad from Machi|
|To reach the Top one has to traverse from left|
|Karvanda Fruits which almost took us offtrack|
" Sab log karvande dhoondne aur khane me itne busy ho gaye ki raste ka kise ko dyan hi nahi ... so for few minutes we were struggling to find our way Rajesh,Pawan,and myself went ahead to check the route it was very thorny and the way was not clearly marked . We had to spend considerable time to find the way after spending 10-15 mins of climb we realised we are on a wrong trail. I can still vividly remember what a sight it was with Pramod perched at the top of one stone patch and Pawan perched on another stone patch and both thinking ki ab to is ke peech top per jane ko rashta hai...and what I was seeing standing at a distance was that there were further climb ahead. anyhow Rajesh managed to bring them down and we all descended and came to a clearing.We knew that a right turn has to be taken from the clearing to reach the pinnacle but bloody yeh right turn lena kahan se hai yeh samaj me hi nahi aa raha tha...
|Even after losing the way everybody is busy with the photo session !!|
|Guys fill up your water bottles here..last spot to fill up|
|Lovely View Morbe Back Water|
|All set for the Multi cuisine lunch|
|Free climb of the Pinnacle for me|
Thankfully I reached the top safely. Later we helped all the members to climb up with the help of rope.
|Rescue mission to bring Pawan down|
|Abbe isko koi neeche utaro!!|
|Ab uttar ja pyare!!|
|Thanks to all my team mates and special thanks to Ameya Mulye without whose lovely pics this blog would have been incomplete|