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
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.
And Jayesh Insanely drive was like Pedal-to-Medal 😛
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.
And the small board we found 😀
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, !!!
As it was freezing, we found one more group waiting for morning, we set up campfire.
We started when Sun was about to rise, route is clear, first check-point is to reach the 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.
On other side we can view a interesting pinnacle see extreme right of below image :
Crossing the 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.
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.
Climbing Path-2 again Patch-3 is there, here again rope is required.
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.
Some remains of the fort.
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 is always fun, but we should be always careful 🙂
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 😛
Below are some extra shots :
Catch you another adventure 🙂