One of the famous moonlight trek near Pune during summer season & that is most amazing katraj to Sinhagad
commonly known as K2S
trek. Last Saturday night on 21st
May 2016 I did this trek with one of my favorite group Apex Adventure.
This is the second time I did this trek, previously I did it personally with four of my friends during the 2014 May. It’s simply awesome trek which checks the stamina & endurance level. So it’s already clear to me that this is one of the strong trek to test myself that can I sand when my body don’t want, when my mind says boss stop & all shit!!! But once decided then decided whatever it take will reach the destination with beautiful smile on face.
On Saturday night after having dinner I reached Katraj PMT Depot personally at 9:30 PM as decided by group leader Amol Kotkar. There all Apex participants gathered for the trek. We were all together 50 people there started our initial journey to old katraj tunnel from there by local transport. We all reached the trek start point by 10:20 PM. That local transport’s managed to drop us there in two trips 25 each time. As it was moonlight lots of groups were there for this trek, to me it’s looking like some carnival happing on K2S trek. There was more than 650 trekkers on that night. So rather than doing rush on Bangalore high way, I decided to take first 25 guys to first point of trek that is Vaghjai Temple on the above the old tunnel & wait there for next 25 guys. After 20 to 30 min next 25 guys also reached there, so our leader said take rest for few minutes & those who carried their food for dinner have it here only, because after this we will not take long breaks. So as ordered all had their own time some utilized in taking dinner some in photography some in night view of Pune city.
Then after our leader gave some instructions like,
1. Trek will be of 6 to 7 hours walk through 17 mountains & the 18th one will be by pass.
2. Everybody should be careful while seating because in grass snakes will be there.
3. Don’t get panic in any situation.
4. Take a sip of water continuously to avoid cramps & dehydration.
5. Female trekker while going for looo, take some known male escort along for security.
6. As so many groups are there try to be in our group only even if not at least be with group of person with whom you came for the trek.
7. Take all your torch out but be aware not to focus it on anybody’s eyes.
8. For any kind of help inform to coordinators (Rajannya Santra, Rahul Chandure, Ashwin Bagde, Vishwajit Dange, Vinay Deshmukh).
Then after sharp at 11:00 PM we started our trek me & Rajannya was leading the group, Vinay & Ashwin was in between the group & to push final guys Amol & Vishwajit was leading from back. As it was the moonlight we were able to see the normal trek route without torch as well. When we reached the two hills which you can see from most of the places of Pune that hills are exactly above the new katraj tunnel & the view of whole Pune city from there was simply stunning. That night wind was flowing like crazy & it was cool as well, initially it was feeling like after having heavy sunlight in day time we are in full natural Air Conditioner. After enjoying it for some time to take care of health most of us used their winter caps & stalls to cover up the ears.
At 12:00 AM midnight we reached the first descending point of the trek & after seeing the rush there I just said “Hinjewadi Traffic” will not leave our back hahahaha. On that instant I just want to suggest before coming to such treks please do some research on trek & its level of toughness, then decide to go or not. Don’t just go because someone is forcing you. Some guys behaving wearied there & some groups as well. If you want to rest then please take it on side by not on the way it self. That will be disturbance for others, we all trekkers should care about this point. There it took almost one and half hour to Apex guys to get down. After few minutes rest we again continued our trek with full of energy. After crossing few more hills ups & downs we took another rest there we had another photo session. Ashwin had external music player with him, we all had small dance there & resumed the trek again.
Later again crossed few more hills & had rest, there I heard few sentence from some guys like “why the hell I decided to come with you ?? rather than I should stay at home and play games or watch movies”. Also like this beauty of nature is just fantastic, this noise of wind is lovely, full moonlight making me crazy. Some guys were saying when it will complete, because whenever I think it’s done again new hill comes in front of me. hahahahahaI just said enjoy the journey rather than focusing on the destination.
When we reached the 17th
hill we decided to stop there & enjoy the beautiful sunrise, simultaneously moon was on right side of Sinhagad just unbelievable & that moment I answered to myself god has plan to show me this view & that’s why he intentionally made us late at the first descending point. Then we descended the final hill as well & from there by taking right turn we reached the Sinhagad Ghat Road at 6:30 AM in the morning. As it was too humid few of us decided to go down from there & few decided to go on fort by local vehicles. In this way one of the amazing trek completed successfully.
Photo Credit to Ashwin Bagde.
Thanks & Regards,