Trekking, for me, is all about being one with Mother nature, about feeling the wind, rediscovering myself, making new friends, and about enjoying freedom
So trek to Kalavantin was something that I couldn’t miss…
On reaching the base, one shout from our Guides….and all eyes looked up to catch the first glimpse of Kalavantin Durg – the beautiful sister fort of Prabalgad. They explained us the structure of the peak and told us about where we would break for lunch and some much needed rest.
All of us then were set to start the trek…
To reach the peak, was the ultimate goal for the day.
It started with a muddy path…then a rocky patch…finally, we reached a point on the mountain that had stone steps carved all the way to the top. Climbing these steps was more than a stamina test due to its unevenness and steep height..Soon enough, we noticed the stone steps coming to an end.
Now the last leg of the trek (and the most difficult one) was still pending. Rock climbing. The peak was nothing but giant rocks placed together, with no path to climb. There were a few cracks and dents on the stones that we thought we could use to climb up the peak. So while one of our guide trekkers climbed up to check how feasible it was, the rest of us looked on with bated breath. Once he reached the peak safe, slowly, one by one each one of us climbed up the rock with the help of our other guide trekkers, who took all the precautions to make us reach the peak safely.
Words cannot describe the feeling of elation on reaching the peak. The orange flag..the surrounding mountains..the blowing wind..all just too perfect to be true.
What followed was quick resurfacing of water bottles, cameras and a series of photographs! (Everybody wants to remember the wonderful time spent on the peak!)
While we sat there, enjoying the magnificent beauty from the peak, plenty of travel experiences were shared, jokes cracked, photos clicked and philosophy discussed. Then the ‘Shivstuti’ done on the peak was a moment of pride, and it took us back to the memories of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Later, even before we realised, it was time for us to start descending.
Soon, the trekkers disintegrated into small groups and started on their journey to Nilesh Dhaba on the machi for lunch was organised there..On reaching the dhaba in no time did we finish the lunch and finally started to descend from the dhaba, Descents are always quicker than the climb. They’re a wonderful opportunity for introspection, and give us some good time to spend with ourselves. We were familiar with the mountain by now, so climbing down wasn’t as difficult.
Kalavantin was a unique experience..it was one more beautiful mountain that we were fortunate enough to visit and it was a day well spent in Mother Nature’s lap.
Trekking is not so much about reaching the peak as it is about enjoying and feeling happy about every moment spent in freedom.
At Kalavantin, we crossed all barriers, pushed ourselves to the limit, hugged the wind, saluted the mountains, touched the clouds, experienced heaven, felt Mother Nature’s loving care.
A big thank-you to the team Tushar Phope Vaibhav Gurav Bhavesh Malgundkar Rohit RJ Gdp and Vaibhav Sandu for an awesome trek to this heavenly place. It would have not been possible without your expertise, guidance, safety precautions and the efforts that you guys took to keep a huge bunch like ours safe and sound.
Thank you, Hidden Trekkers