One of the best places to trek in India - Matheran
Matheran is a small hill station in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Located on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) above sea level. It is located around 90 km from Mumbai, and 120 km from Pune. It is one of the most ecologically sensitive hill stations in the country and no form of motoroised transport is allowed. The name Matheran means either "forest on top" or "mother forest". Read more here: http://files.meetup.com/1166925/Trekking%20in%20Matheran.pdf
Moving around in Matheran
The only modes of transport, on the red soiled roads, are on horseback or by man-pulled rickshaw or on foot. It is one of the few places in the world where all motorised vehicles are banned which makes the place unique. That calls for trekking all the way.
18° 55' N, 73° 15' E
At an elevation of about 800m (2,625 ft) above Mean Sea Level.
5000 acres or eight sq miles
Matheran has cool and moderate climate. During monsoon rainfall is heavy and it provides a different charm. The climate after the rains is very pleasant.
Level with sparse undulations. The topmost layer of rock is of soft porous iron-clay with abundant small black boulders. The surface is covered by red soil with less humus.
About our trek
We will stay in Hotel Girivihar (link attached). Only vegetarian food (maybe typical Gujarati food) will be arranged by the Hotel. http://giriviharhotel...
Difficulty Level: Difficult Grade (approx 45-50 kms in 3 days) Easy Grade (15-20 kms on Day 2). This will be decided once the group is finalized.
Age limit : 18 and above. Should be physically fit to trek for longer hours in rain.
Newcomers may find the trek difficult and are advised not to join the trek.
You will need to apply for one day leave on Friday for this trek.
Oct 24th 2013 (Thursday)
Leave by Train No 17032 Mumbai Express which will depart from Nampally / Begumpet station at 8.40 pm
Oct 25th2013 (Friday)
11 am: Reach Karjat
11:30 am: Local transport to Ambewadi village
12 noon: proceed to Matheran enroute Lunch.
6:30 pm: Reach Matheran and check into Girivihar hotel
8 pm: Dinner, Chat up and Sleep
4:30 am: Wake Up Call
5 am: Start Trek to Sunrise point (7 km uphill & 7 km downhill)
9 am: Get back to Girivihar, freshen up and have breakfast
10 am: Trek to Alexander Point, Chowk Point, Charlotte Lake. (Total trek 7-8 kms)
2 pm Back to Girivihar, Lunch and get some rest
4 pm: Trek to Echo Point then to Market, Shopping etc (Your will get the best of jams, fudges, chikkis in the market)
8 pm: Reach Girivihar, Dinner, Camp fire
10 pm: Sleep
Oct 27th (Sunday)
5 am: Wake Up Call
6 am: Break fast
7 am: Trek to Garbut Point
12:30 pm: Reach Bhivpuri station and catch local train to Karjat
1:30 pm Reach Karjat
4pm: konark express (11019) to Hyderabad
4:00 am / 5:00 - 5.30 am: Reach Lingampally / Begumpet / Nampally Station.
Amount payable: 3850 (Includes travel, accommodation and food. Be prepared to spend Rs 500 more.)
Join the waiting list, make payment and you will be moved to confirmed list.
Important Instructions: NO REFUND. If you drop out unless we find a replacement no refund would be given as pre-bookings would be made.
All GHAC rules apply ( http://meetup.ghac.in...)
1) No smoking and no alcohol
2) No littering, no pollution of water
3) Ladies and gents accommodation is separate
4) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers
5) If you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately.
Things to Bring
Will be updated a month before the trek.
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1) Read the Complete page before doing RSVP
2) Trek for Adults (Age 18+ years)
3) Difficulty Level: Medium to Difficult Grade (approx 45-50 kms in 3 days) Easy Grade (15-20 kms on Day 2). This will be decided once the group is finalized based on the groups fitness.
5) Your RSVP will not be considered if you do not provide answers to all the questions
6) This a monsoon Trek...You might get wet during the hike
You can go through previous Matheran Meetup pages here:
Matheran Trek 01-04 Oct 2010: http://meetup.ghac.in/events/14313478/
Matheran Trek 18-20 Feb 2011: http://meetup.ghac in/events/[masked]/
Matheran Trek 13-15 Aug 2011: http://meetup.ghac.in/events/17026250/
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Come along, let us trek to Matheran.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.
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