My Experience of Kalavantin Durg  0

Trekking for me is synonymous to friends, fun, adventure and thrill. With these things in mind went for my first trek with this amazing group HIDDEN TREKKERS to Kalavantin Durg. Knew many friends from the group previously but these people transformed into professional trekkers as the trek started.
Train journey from CST was full of songs and enjoyment. Didn’t realize when we reached Panvel. Then was the epic night out at the Panvel bus station. Fun continued…..
Caught the morning bus and reached the base camp. From there the trek began. Made some new friends along the way. In midst of talking and having fun reached machi. Breakfast was amazing and required it a lot after 2 hrs of walking.
As the breakfast finished the journey to reach the pinnacle started. Walking in line and observing the rules, started our journey to the top. Group was lead by Tushar Phope and Vaibhav Gurav in a very professional way. After an half an hour reached the base of durg.
The climb was exciting as it had steep stairs to reach the top and a deep valley to compliment the view. With Tushar and Vaibhav’s expertise finally made it to the top(which I thought was the top). Then I realised the last 20 ft. was rock climbing, my first experience. But the group never made me felt the same. Their encouragement made me climb the rock and reach the ultimate pinnacle. The view was awesome. Photographs and selfie’s started with no end. Then the ultimate Shivastuti made me proud of been born in the land of the Great Shivaji Maharaj. It was a proper Goosebumps moment for me.
Then started the descent, which was equally thrilling as I could see the entire deep valley in front of me. Slowly and steadily made to the bottom. After all this the lunch arrangement by the group was amazing. Food never tasted better. After speaking with few new friends and old ones, it was time to go back home.
My first trek of the season and surely not the last was to be put in one word, “AMAZING”.
Thank you hidden trekkers for giving me one of the most amazing moment of my life. Waiting for many more of these moments.
Thank you all 😊


-Vijay Pednekar

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