Ghargad Trek

Trek to Ghargad Fort(Gadagada)

Type : Hill forts

Fort Range : Nashik

Grade : Hard(Rope climbing, Rappelling  is required)

History : Not known

Base Village : Gadgadsangvi, Nashik

Maximum Height : 3,010 feet

Best Time : Winter

Ghargad-route-map

Ghargad-route-map

As a not so explored trek place, we choose Ghargad OR Gadagada fort for Winter trek. We were five in friends Jayesh’s Car, decided to reach the Base village, Gadgadsangvi Village is on Mumbai-Nashik National Highway.

We at Kalyan

We at Kalyan

And Jayesh Insanely drive was like Pedal-to-Medal 😛

Jayesh speed no limit

Jayesh speed no limit

We need to take a left turn on Wadiware village, is 16km short from Nashik Check post. As we started over-night Journey to reach early on base village, we reached Wadiware Naka at 4am while it was dark and freezing.

Wadiware about to come

Wadiware about to come

And the small board we found 😀

Wadiware board

Wadiware board

We tried to ask few, but nobody is aware of this Village, some how we manage to get find the perfect turn to Wadiware, and from here few kms, we can reach the base village. Population is 429, !!!

Gadgadsangvi

Gadgadsangvi

As it was freezing, we found one more group waiting for morning, we set up campfire.

Campfire

Campfire

We started when Sun was about to rise, route is clear, first check-point is to reach the Hanuman Temple.

Ghargad Hanuman Temple

Ghargad Hanuman Temple

There are stairs which leads to Mata temple, but we choose the old way which goes sideways please check route-map image. There are some God Idols in near this Hanuman Temple.

_DSC4793There is  Shivling and a Well here, moving ahead you’ll be exactly side of this mountain, some steps are built here.

Ghargad Old Steps

Ghargad Old Steps

On other side we can view a interesting pinnacle see extreme right of below image :

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Crossing the Mata Temple :

Crossing Mata temple

Crossing Mata temple

Moving on the route you’ll meet the Mata Temple steps, above Mata Temple is the place you’ll rappel down, climbing from here is difficult. Other roure is to keep moving ahead and go behind mountain and climb from there. There are 3-points where you will require to setup a rope.

Ghargad backside

Ghargad backside

Here is the 1st Patch could be climbed directly, here very less space is there to stand. Just above this patch is again a 2nd Patch, here ropes are required.

Ghargad Patch-1

Ghargad Patch-1

Climbing Path-2 again Patch-3 is there, here again rope is required.

Ghargad Patch 3

Ghargad Patch 3

Crossing this Patch, you are now at the top of Mountain and consist flat plateau. There is a water cistern but water is not consumable. Not much to explore fort.

Ghargad water cistern

Ghargad water cistern

Some remains of the fort.

Ghargad fort walls

Ghargad fort walls

Having lunch over here, we proceeded for descending, there are proper fortification seen at this point, some say Britishers damaged this walls as this was the entrance to the fort, but now it is vetical wall remain, we can only rappel down.

Rappelling point Ghargad

Rappelling point Ghargad

Rappelling is always fun, but we should be always careful 🙂

Hari chance to fame

Hari chance to fame

Once rappelling down, we all decided to descend from steps and do a Marathon to reach back base. All insanely runn’d like all it is end-of-the-world. We reached base and decided to go to a Gorge which Jayesh was know to it. I would not write-up any more info on this Gorge 😛

_DSC5099After relaxing here, we went for Mumbai again.

Below are some extra shots :

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Catch you another adventure 🙂

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