Last to last week, my practical exams were going on. I was bored as hell for studying for practicals. At this time my friend asked me about this trek. It was a hard decision, whether to go for the trek or to sit home and study. But as I said earlier that I was bored of the studies and also I had heard good things about this trek.. This was a moonlight trek, so it has to be done when there is full moon or almost full moon. This was going to be a completely new experience to me as I hadn’t done trekking at night. So I decided to go for the trek.( Right in the middle of my practical exams..!! :-D)
The Katraj To Sinhgad Trek K2S was organised by Yuvashakti. The actual trek doesn’t require any organization as such, but the transportation to the starting point and back from ending point was needed. Also we get a group when we go via some organization.
The gathering point was Swargate, and the time was 5.00 in the evening. We reached there on time (well almost 😉 ). And as it always happens when you go with Yuvashakti, we left Swargate by 6.00 i.e. 1 hr late. We were surprised to see that there were about 70 people total in our group.We reached the starting point by 7.05pm. The starting point wasn’t actually the Katraj Tunnel but 1.5km ahead of it. Our leader explained that this has saved our 2 hrs as we had skipped one hill.
Though the trek is called moonlight trek, moonlight isn’t of much use here. We could hardly see anything with it. The whole trek was done with in Torch Light..!! Also our leader had emphasized on using the torch and not keeping it in the bag to save the battery power..!!
Now even if we had skipped a hill there were still 14 left. The distance in kilometers was only 15-20 kms. But the terrains of the hills reduced the speed considerably. So without wasting much time we all started trekking
The view of Pune City was beautiful also the hills were looking great in the moonlight.
After climbing 6 – 7 hills we stopped for dinner at 11.30 pm. (Yes really..!!). I had brought Ghavan and Sambhar and Ankita had brought Veg Biriyani. But actually at that point we could have eaten anything. Some people finished up the dinner in 5 mins and literally slept on the ground. They had come with full preparation, had brought rugs and all.
So after an hour of rest we started walking again and stopped only when all the hills were over and only Sinhagad was left. We didn’t actually climb Sinhagad, because it wasn’t in the plan.
There were jeeps waiting for us, which were going to take us down to the bus stop.
I reached home at 7.00 am. After reaching home I slept for like 11 hrs. 😛
Trek At a Glance
|Trek Name||Katraj To Sinhgad Moonlight Trek
|Date||12 April 2014 – 13th April 2014|
|Time||5.00 pm to 7.00 am|
|Height above mean sea level||1185 meters|
|Suitable Transport Method||PMPML Bus|
|Time to reach the top||About 11 hours from the base.|
|Best season to visit||Any Time (But During Night)|
|Cost||Rs. 300 /-|
Photo Credits: Ankita