Under the cover of darkness and a lush green forest, we will be scaling a mountain not many go to. While the top offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges, (Naneghat-Dhakoba to the east, Ahupe ghat to the south and Siddhagad to the south-west) the trek itself is absolutely serene. Gorakhgad has been home to many ascetics and holy men over the centuries, where they'd go to meditate. The mountain gets its name from a saint by the name of Gorakhnath. We'll trek through the cool winter night and make it in time to the top to view the sunrise! So grab your backpacks, lace up those shoes and follow us #IntoTheWild!
About the trek:
Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate
Base village: Khapavali
Summit height: 2,130 ft
Time taken to climb/descend: 3-4 hrs climb / 1.5 hrs descent
The distance of trek (one way): 4 km
Duration: 1 day
Meeting point: Kalyan bus depot (Saturday 10:30 pm)
Departure point: Kalyan bus depot (Sunday 03:00 pm)
10:30 pm: Assemble at Kalyan Bus depot on Kalyan west outside the railway station.
11:00 pm: We will be boarding the 11:00 pm bus to Murbad. It will be chilly at night. Please carry jackets to keep yourselves warm.
01:30 am: On reaching Murbad, we will transfer to smaller vehicles, and head to the base village where we start the trek from.
02:00 am: After a round of introductions, and getting to know each other a little bit, we make our way towards Gorakhgad. Feel free to whip out your cameras to capture the majestic night sky.
06:00 am: We will make the final ascent just before sunrise so that we get to experience the 360-degree view in all its glory.
07:30 am: After spending a good amount of time at the top, we start our descent back to the base village.
09:30 am: We will have a well deserved and wholesome breakfast waiting for us after the descent.
10:30 am: One final activity before we start back to Mumbai is going to be a dip in a reservoir! Make sure you carry a change of clothes and a towel!
11:30 am: We start our journey back to Murbad and thereon to Kalyan Bus depot
02:00 pm: Adios! Back to the mundane city life. Until next time, Vagabonds!
-Transport from Kalyan and back in public transport (Bus and rickshaws)
-Trek guide charges
-Experienced Vagabond representatives
-First Aid assistance
Things to carry/wear:
-Drinking water (minimum 2 ltr)
-Extra pair of clothes and a towel
-Sturdy shoes with grip
-Trekking pole (optional but very useful)
-Sweets/Glucon D (optional)
-Meet the Vagabond trek leaders at Kalyan bus depot (right outside Kalyan station West) at 10:30 pm. Please DO NOT be late.
-Please eat dinner and join us at Kalyan. Once we start the journey, there will be no amenities for food.
-This is a trek and not a nature trail, we will be ascending and descending slopes through the course of the trek.
-Please wear sturdy closed footwear with a good grip and one that won't tear.
-Do not carry sling bags or any bag that dangles. Try keeping your hands free at all times.
-For those of you who haven't trekked before, don't worry, we at Vagabond encourage you to take your time and have a great experience climbing with us. A Vagabond trek isn't about speed, it's about the group experience. For those of you who have trekked before, we encourage you to encourage the beginners and help them through the way.
-Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will incur a 20% cancellation fee.
-Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
-Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will receive no refund.
(Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the website)
More about Vagabond:
A Vagabond Experience isn't just one where you pack your bags and go visit a place outdoors. It's more than that. At a Vaga' experience, you meet new like-minded people and create bonds in comfortable social spaces that would last you a lifetime. By facilitating our understanding and appreciation for community living, we help you take a trip not only outwards but inwards too.
We lead treks, camps, backpacking trips to Himachal & Karnataka, as well as musical experiences all year round.