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Lohgad Valley Camping

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Sat, 26 Jan 6:30PM - Sun, 27 Jan 11:00AM
Lonavala (Outside Mumbai)
Rs 1350
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Height: 3400/3567 Feet above MSL(Approx)
Grade: Easy
District: Pune
Region: Lonavala
Base Village: Lohagadwadi


History: This is one of the most interesting forts to visit as it still has its fortification and doorways in pristine condition. The fort dates back to the Satvahan Era and was mainly used to keep a watch on the trade route passing through the Sahyadris. As one starts ascending the fort, 4 massive doors have to be crossed namely Ganesh Darwaza, Narayan Darwaza, Hanuman Darwaza, &MahaDarwaza. The top of the fort is expansive and has a huge lake built by Nana Phadnis. The most interesting feature of this fort is the VinchuKatta, which stretches for almost 2 kms and is slightly detached from the fort. The end of this katta has a bastion which was used for keeping a watch on the region.

As the name itself suggest, the VinchuKatta when viewed from the top of the fort resembles a Scorpions Sting.

How to reach:

1) You can directly come to campsite by your own transport. Once you are done with the payment we will be sharing a GPS location of the campsite.

2) If you are coming by local transport then:-

From Pune: you can catch Lonavla local and get down at Malavali station. There are private jeeps keep running from malavali station to Lohagadwadi which is base village. You need to get down at Viraj farms.

From Mumbai: You can come to Lonavala by any bus or train as there are many options. There are local trains to pune in every one hour. Please check the local time table online available. Catch the pune local from Lonavala and get down at Malavali station. There are private jeeps keep running from malavali station to Lohagadwadi which is base village. You need to get down at Viraj farms.

Itinerary:

Nearby places one can visit:

  • Bhaje caves
  • Pawana Dam
  • Lohgad fort trek
  • Visapur fort trek

Day 1: 

06:00 pm: Reach campsite by your own vehicle (Bike/Car).  There are steep slopes before reaching base of Lohagad, so choose your vehicle accordingly.
06:15 pm: Welcome tea and snacks
07:00 pm: Settled down in your tents
07:30 pm: BBQ time (DIY) 

09:00 pm: Dinner (Veg/Non-Veg) give your preference while booking
10:30 pm: Campfire, enjoy amazing night view of valley, have a nice sleep

Day 2:

07:00 am: Wakeup call
08:00 am: Morning tea & Breakfast
09:00 am: Trek to Lohagad (DIY)
11:30 am: Bye-bye with loads of memories and pictures

Costs:

INR 1350 + 5% GST

For kids

 

Below 5 - No charges

 

Inclusions:

 Dinner (Veg/Non-Veg) - Unlimited

 Campfire

 Breakfast & Tea

 Camping in dome Tents with bedding 

 Expertise, first aid kit

 Safe & secure campground with washroom facility

 

Exclusions:

Any other personal expenses other than above & GST

Guide for lohagd trek.

 

Cancellation and Refund applicable on the tour cost:

If cancellation done prior to 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded.

If done prior to 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded

After that no refund will be provided.

 

Things To Carry:

Torch with extra batteries.
Photo ID card.
Good trekking or sport shoes.
Some ready to eat food (plum cakes, biscuits)
Jackets (photo accheaate hey)
Electral/Tang powder/Glucose-D/salt
Cap, camera, mobiles phones, socks, extra pairs of cloths. (If required)
Any personal medicine

 

Rules&FAQ:

Rules

In mountains & jungles, smoking attracts honeybees and one has to face dangerous "honeybee attack" where survival of the person is difficult, hence smoking is strictly prohibited.
Drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Leader's decision will be final and binding.
Small Steps Adventures reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
Telephonic confirmation for booking is mandatory; if unable to contact us then send a text message and we will call you back.
Please do not carry handbags or Jholas or Sling bags on treks.
Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewelry, etc. If carried, then we do not take any liability for the same.

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Destination Info

Destination Info
Lonavala
Blessed with waterfalls, green cover, lakes and unmatchable scenic landscapes Lonavala should be your next weekend getaway destination if you are a lover of nature. Lonavala is a part of the Sahyadri range and it springs during monsoon. The name 'Lonavla' is derived from 'Len' and 'Avali' that roughly means the resting place of stones. While in Lonavala you take absorb in as much as of the breathtaking views and pristine environment. However apart from the natural bliss, Lonavala also has a lot more tourist spots which you must visit. ... Read More

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Lonavala ( Outside Mumbai )
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Really loved this trek.. while going in , the uphill task is a little daunting.

The woods are real thick at some places and ambiance is quite refreshing.

The climb is difficult at some places as there are not well constructed steps.

However, some parts up the fort are steep and takes a challenging climb.

The paths are streams of either bogs or mossy rocks -- each having their own fun hazards.

But that is what keeps the trek natural and exciting.

There are pretty white crabs in the stream-paths -- very interesting.

The trip to top was awesome.

The strong breeze blowing at the top quickly dries off the sweat from the climb too.

This was the week of onslaught of the monsoon, so it was amazing warm monsoon rain and as we got closer there was also mist and fog.

It was green and wet all over.

The view of the surrounding countryside from the top is simply breathtaking. Well worth the climb up.

The fort is in ruins and makes a beautiful place for pictures..

The greenery just added to the awesomeness. the view from top is gorgeous..

There is nothing much to see atop the fort except some water cisterns and the thumbs up point.

The shape of the hill-top is fascinating. It replicates your mood giving you a thumbs up when you finish a couple of tough climbs,

but also taking the opportunity of showing a ""up yours"" when you're struggling.

From the top you can really appreciate the control this fort would have given the incumbent in seasons like this.

Really loved the time spent on top.

There is nothing much to see at the top of the fort except the surroundings.

However, we were treated to a spectacular view from the top.

It indeed feels great once we have reached the top.

But the moment we reached the top, clouds began moving in and all of a sudden it just started pouring..

The sudden change was indeed welcome.

But due to the rains, the path down had become super slippery..

Coming down was difficult in the bad patches due to steepness of the rocky roads.

My research had dismissed the climb as an ""easy"" one: I can attest that in the monsoon rain and fog it is definitely close to the top rating on difficulty.

But this shouldn't daunt you since you're likely to be surrounded

by singing dancing dare-devil fellow trekkers in this season.

There is a small bird sanctuary just at the base.

We were treated to the sights of peacocks and a few little rabbits.

All is well that ends well. It was worth the while, and the victory of surmounting the difficult is always sweet.

Overall Experience was amazing...Simply wow... cannot get over with the great experience...totally spellbound by the beauty of the place...

never felt so close to nature especially after the concrete jungle that is Mumbai

The initial climb is a tough one, the middle is a ridge -- a reward with great views.

The climb is steep but on the bright side very short ( barely 3 kms).

However I feel that this trek does offer a great break from busy and polluted citylife.

In conclusion, trekking up Karnala is a fun and enriching experience.

Thanks to SSA for this beautiful memorable experience... Team leaders were very polite and helpful...The food was provided just like ghar ka khana... Fellow trekkers were so good and friendly... really enjoyed...Once again Thank you SSA....
- by PRERANA JAGANNATH BHATADE for One Day Trek to Karnala Fort organized by smallstepsadventures@gmail.com .
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