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Night Camping and Rappelling at Ghattuppal Hills - Saturday 14th Jan 2012

Most of us have climbed Gattuppal and some of us have rappelled there from the third hill. A drop of around 60 feet… Fun!.. But you all asked for more.. so we’re giving it to you...


Ghattuppal hills are located near Ghattuppal , a small village can be reached from the NH9. Around 90km from Hyderabad and 30km from NH9 high way [near choutuppal] , there are huge rock formations locally called "uppala ghattu" means high place in uppal region. Also called Chita Rocks/Granite Rocks.

Tentative Itinerary :

The plan is to leave Hyderabad at 2 in the afternoon and start climbing the hill to get to the top by 5 pm.

This is a medium trek and its uphill all the way. Be sure that you wanna do this before you RSVP as you will be carrying alot of weight, especially water, tents and ropes for 2 days and your backpacks will be heavy.

As with most trips with me, you can expect a little biology, astronomy, knife and knot sessions and some wilderness cooking sessions as well. :)

The weight of the 4 tents, climbing ropes, equipment food, and tarps that are needed will need to be shared equally among the entire team, so please leave some space in your bags for them.

Day 1

1.30 pm - Assemble at Paradise take away centre - Masabtank Flyover Junction

2:00 pm - Start for Gatuppal

3:30 pm -  Start climbing

6:00 pm - Reach the top and set up camp

7:30 pm - relax and maybe a bonfire and then crash for the night

Day 2

5:00 am - Rise and Freshen up

6:30 am - Start Rappelling the east face

1:00 pm - Pack up and head down to the bus

Instructions :

We will be hiring a bus and a simple dinner will be packed from Hyderabad consisting of Roti / Parathas, tomato pickle and some vegetarian curry / dish with buttermilk to wash it all down.

We will also be carrying along a simple breakfast of Bread / Jam / Butter. You are all enouraged to carry some snacks to supplement your meal such as biscuits, chips and other dry items.

Fruits and Dry fruits are a great option for you to carry along as well as something you like to drink.

Damages: Rs 800 per head..  Costs include shared expense for the travel, light dinner, breakfast and a light lunch. Everything else is on your own cost. In-case the expense is more that this, it will be discussed and shared by everyone.

Payment Details:  Transfer the amount asap, to confirm your place. You can also meet me or Faisal near Hitech City / Masabtank or Abids and give us the money in person and we will move you to the yes list. Closing date for amount receipt and transfer is 12th Jan 2012, Thursday

Ac Name: Mel Irwin


Branch: HSBC Bank, Waltair Uplands, Visakhapatnam

ISFC Code: HSBC[masked] 

Send me a message / call me after the transfer is done. Contact details below

No Refund if you drop without replacement or within 48 hours of start of the event as we are booking a bus and paying for food in advance and this will put the expense burden on the rest of the team

What to Carry:

 1) Wear Light Colour Clothes, full sleeve T-shirt and track pants  (DO NOT WEAR TIGHT FITTING TROUSERS, SHORTS OR THREE QUARTERS  AS WE NEED THE MAXIMUM PROTECTION from rocks, thorns and creepy crawlies)

2)  Jacket / shawl and some extra clothes just incase the weather plays foul. its gonna get cold on top of the hill, so come prepared

3)  Water - 5 litres minimum per head 

4)  Sports / trekking shoes,  (No Sandals/Converse/Formals or other casual shoes)

5)  Sleeping bag or a good sheet if you dont have one

6)  Electral / ORS / glucose

7)  Torch /  Head lamps and atleast one set of extra batteries (No cell phone torches) 

8)  Snacks - chocolates/ energy bars/ biscuits

9) A big smile, and tons of energy :)

RSVP Rules

We have some members who just RSVP "Yes" for a meetup and never show up at the meetup. Such members who do not turn up are blocking a seat and are preventing and denying another member a good opportunity to participate

Please respect the organizers time and efforts and cooperate. Do not do 'Yes' RSVP if you are not sure about attending. If you have a valid reason for not attending please inform the organizer 12 hours before the commencement of the trek and remove your RSVP.

Organising Committee will take strict action against such members who do not show up after RSVPing 'Yes'



  • Mel Irwin -[masked] / [masked]
  • Faisal Ahmed -[masked] / [masked]

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  • Neethu

    It was amazing...thanks Mel a lot...of all for the night navigation 1st rapelling i thought would be my last had mixed reactions inside me...

    January 17, 2012

  • Sai K.

    A good trip! Enthusiastic team. Thanks to Mel for those star gazing techniques:) Next time, Would like to rappel off the 350 ft of pure glory:D

    January 17, 2012

  • Sai K.

    Thanks Nimesh! I believe there are a few more pics in your camera. Can you use your google Product( Picasa) to upload the pictures for easy download:D

    January 17, 2012

  • vikram

    Hi All, Nimish will be posting the pics tonight!!

    January 16, 2012

  • Prithvi R.

    whole experience was awesome, thanks to mel irwin, brother u rokk!!

    January 16, 2012

  • jamila k.

    amazing as always....

    January 16, 2012

  • sachindra p.

    U r welcome.. waiting for Nimish to post the rest.... ;)

    January 16, 2012

  • vikram

    Awesome trek. looking forward for more of these kind.. Great work Mel..

    January 16, 2012

  • Ruzman B.

    Thank you, Mel. I look forward to see you all.

    January 13, 2012

  • Satish

    @Mel... can you please confirm the payment and move me to going list?

    January 9, 2012

  • Siddhartha K.

    Any spots left ?

    January 8, 2012

  • Prithvi R.

    @me:im coming to your bouldering meetup on wednesday at durgam cheruvu. can i give you money over der?

    January 7, 2012

  • Prithvi R.

    @mel: i want to personally handover the money. where can i meet u?

    January 4, 2012

  • Satish

    @Mel.. made online payment

    January 4, 2012

  • Aditya B.

    Hello Mel,
    Amount Transferred!
    ICICI Bank Transaction Reference Number:[masked]

    January 3, 2012

  • Prithvi R.

    @mel: what wud b the size of the group?

    January 2, 2012

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