Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Naneghat Trek

Now days I have got some interest in trekking so I was looking for some professional trek group. Finally I came to know about Pinnacle Trek Club. Naneghat Trek was my first trek with them and I was quite excited about it. But at the same time I was bit nervous as I had just talked with Mahesh (Trek Lead) on phone but I haven't met any member of the group. As per our plan we met at Kalyan ST depot around 6:15am. Mahesh being team lead introduced me to other group members(Prafulla, Hemant and bodake kaka). Around 6:30am we caught ST bus for Pune. During this journey we had Good discussion and I became comfortable with group.

We reached "Naneghat phata" around 8:30am. After having small breakfast session, we all looked at "Naneghat cha Anghata" (highest point where we had decided to reach) and started trek with full enegry and enthusiasm. Height of this mountain is around 2400 ft and its full of greenery all around.

Starting path was very clear and straight so we covered this distance very quickly. While walking we had very interesting discussions and at the same time everyone was busy in capturing this natural beauty in their Camera. (I have given link to all the pics of this trek at the end of this post). I was able to catch one very beautiful butterfly, I liked that pic a lot. Mahesh was our botany teacher on this trek, he knows so many things about different types of trees and flowers.

As we started moving ahead, mountain became more steep and slowly we started feeling heat. But nature has arranged everything for us. There were many small waterfalls to clean the face and become fresh. Also lemon toffees given by Prafulla at regular interval were very rejuvenating. As we started reaching top, road became very narrow and full of stone, one has to be very clear while moving ahead. Also Hemant mentioned that this is easy grade trek. (Oh..!!! How will be difficult grade trek..!!!) Slowly slowly we kept moving, it took us around 3 hrs to reach the top and finally we reached there around 11:30am. There Mahesh showed us old age toll tax collection center for traveling through this route. Oh..!!! So this was another interesting fact that people used to pay to use this route. Also I have read at place that, this is the reason why its called naneghat? Nane means coin and ghat is route between mountains hence Naneghat. Truly interesting..!!!

After reaching at top we had full fledged photo session under leadership of Prafulla. We had got some really marvelous pics over there. Sitting at the top of "naneghat cha Anghata" was a proud feeling. Look in any direction, It will be green and full of trees. We had lunch there and relaxed for some time.

Around 2 to 2:15pm, we started getting down, Initially I felt that getting down will be very easy but controlling your speed and tempo while getting down becomes bit challenging...!!! We were expecting some rain drizzles but it was bit sunny and hot :( Around 4:30pm we got down completely. Now when we look at that mountain, It was difficult to believe that just couple of hours before we were at the top point :)

Now after finishing trek everyone was expecting that we will be in Mumbai around 7 to 7:30pm. But thanks to our ST department for their pathetic service which made this journey bit painful but still interesting. ha ha ha ha .. Initially none of the ST driver was ready to stop ST at "Naneghat phata", so we started walking towards Tokavade (next village). While walking we were able to convince one truck driver and he gave us lift till Murbad. he he he he.. What a ride it was..!!! Everyone was bit afraid because of truck condition but we had no option :( After getting down at Murbad we had great chase with different ST's for moving towards Kalyan. Every ST had some or other issue or risk... ha ha ha.. Finally we caught one ST which started after waiting for one hour. but even here me, Hemant and Prafulla had great time with full on masti..!!! ha ha ha ha .... We had never imagined that journey back home will be so interesting..!!!



1 comment:

  1. awesome dude!!!
    keep it up..because of you we got the chance to enjoy such a nice nature pics..sahi yaar..