Harishchandragad trek

Harishchandragad trek was a two-day-journey. We took up this challenge thanks to my cousin , Parth & his wife Siddhi. Parth, Siddhi, their son Vivaan, my friend Arpit & I planned this Trek together. It was a first! Parth & his family, who had more experience, were very helpful to us throughout the Trek. We are VERY grateful to them for making this happen.

We started the Trek at Khireshwar Village. It took us about 4 hours to reach Harishchandragad. We camped the night at Harishchandragad, & next morning we trekked back to base. Phew! 17Kms! I can’t believe we did it!!! It was definitely very challenging, yet, what made the experience comforting was our guide Yogesh bhai’s super cool, helpful & friendly demeanor towards the Trekkers.

We were a group of about 10 to 12 people, ready to take the plunge. We drove down to the base. In fact, before reaching the base, we stopped at a food joint for breakfast. We had a very heavy breakfast. Tasting the speciality, the much talked about Street-Food of Pune, “Misal Pav” for the first time was an absolute delight! We filled our tummys well as the journey ahead was rather long.

After breakfast, we reached the base & Lo! Before we could process anything further, we had already started trekking! From the word “GoYogesh bhai was very encouraging, supportive & accommodating.
An hour into the climb, we had separated into small groups, each group moving at their pace. Yogesh bhai made sure we were all safe. He was well equipped with medical & other necessary supply. We moved in small batches.

On our way up, we took a break in thatched huts, refuelling/recharging ourselves with some fluids like lemonade & kokum juice. It was much needed & so refreshing. A bite of Amla & lemon candies from time to time kept us going. After 4 long hours, reaching the top was an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING feeling!!!

Felt SO GOOD about our achievement.

All thanks to the wonderful team of Trekkers & a BIG THANKS to our guide, Yogesh bhai, for making us believe in ourselves.

From the car journey, to the climb, to all the food we ate, to the bonfire, to the night-camping experience EVERYTHING was JUST SO SO SO WONDERFUL & VERY WELL ORGANIZED! Definitely once is not enough…🙂

Arpit Senapati

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