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près de Chauk, Mahārāshtra (India)
When: September ‘17
Where: Irshalgad, Panvel
Nearest railway station: Karjat (Central Railway) & Panvel (Harbour & Trans Harbour Railway)
Base Villages: Nanivali, Irshalwadi
Duration: 10 hours
Total Distance: Approximately 20 km
Best Time: Mid November to January
Difficulty: Monsoon- Tough; Winter- Moderate for experienced trekkers
Risk Factor: High in monsoon, Medium in winters.
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Food and Water: Multiple water cisterns can be found on both forts but carrying adequate water (> 3 litres) is advisable.
Route: Karjat- Chowk bus stop- Chowk railway station- Nanivali- Irshalwadi- Irshalgad Nedhe- Irshalwadi- (Irshal-Prabal) ridge- Prabalgad Maal (plateau) - Prabalmachi hamlets- Thakurwadi/Vardoli.
How to reach:
Board a train to Karjat (Central railway) or Panvel (Harbour/Trans-Harbour railway) and then proceed to Chowk by State Transport (ST) bus or TumTum.
This is a gruelling 20 km trek where one starts from Chowk railway station, climbs up to the base of Irshalgad pinnacle. This is followed by a descent to Irshalwadi by the same path before proceeding north to Prabalgad by a 2 km long connecting ridge. A tricky traverse over the Prabal Maal (plateau) leads one to the Poinje Naal, from where one can ascend Prabalgad via the route known as Poinje South trail (aka Chincholi Vaat) or continue west to reach the southern Prabalmachi hamlet and then continue to Vardoli or to Thakurwadi (by northern Prabalmachi hamlet).
NOTE: Utmost caution is advised in monsoon as strong winds lash the peak. Do NOT attempt to climb the peak without proper training and most importantly, without proper equipment.
A. Ascend Prabalgad (fort) via Poinje (chincholi) trail that enters the fort midway between Ganesh Mandir and Kala buruj. Explore the fort and descend via the north gully (Bailshingechi vaat) to Northern prabalmachi. Note: In this case, a night halt at Prabalmachi will be necessary.
Note: The Poinje south trail had been wiped off by a mini landslide during our trek and another group who tried to climb Prabalgad via this route the very next day had to turn back due to the same reason. Video of their trek:
B. Instead of traversing north from the Southern Prabalmachi, you can directly descend to Vardoli/Thakurwadi by a slightly steeper, shorter trail.
C. One can also add the climb to Kalavantin durg from northern Prabalmachi if attempting the trek over two days.
1. Blog post describing my previous trek to Irshalgad Nedhe in August 2016- https://nomadosauras.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/irshalgad-trek-route-monsoon/
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