Trek to Rohida- Shardul S.

Beginning of this year, January 2017, I went for a photography exhibition with my parents – ‘Giripremi Himalayan Expedition’. The team had displayed beautiful and rare photos of Himalayan snow clad mountains. On display was also the climbing equipment. This was also the time, we had returned from our trip to Darjeeling and I had been to HMI - Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The visit to exhibition and museum got me interested in trekking and mountaineering.
We came to know about the ANU camp and I was excited to join the camp in June – 2017.
I enrolled for Avahaan in July-2017. My first trek was to Fort Rohida. It was a Sunday and my parents dropped me at Fergusson College. Initially, I was a bit nervous, as I didn’t have a single friend. Within a short while, I made friends with my bus mates. On the way, we had breakfast in the bus.
When we reached Fort Rohida it was raining heavily. We were put into small groups according to our grades and ages. Then we started climbing. On the way, kids slipped, got their hands filled with mud, yet everyone was having fun. I too was one of them who slipped!
On way, we saw fresh streams of water, greenery everywhere, monsoon mushrooms!!! We were told not to touch the mushrooms as they were poisonous. It was very windy and I was feeling cold due to the continuous pitter-patter of the raindrops.
We had our lunch in a temple. After lunch we explored the Fort and then began climbing down. During the day, I enjoyed spending time with nature, made new friends, and learnt how to use a rope.
On the way back to Pune, we had hot, tasty Vada-Pav. I had lots of JOY and FUN throughout the day. I am looking forward to my next trek.
THANK YOU GIRIPREMI!!!

Shardul Shrimali
10 years (Avhaan 2017)

GGIM’s Avhaan Adventure Camp & Basic Rock Climbing Course

Avhaan Adventure Camp for all school kids in age group of 10-16 is coming up during the Diwali vacations.
Batch dates:
1. 22-25 Oct 2017
2. 25-28 Oct 2017

Also for all those who are above 16 and wants to learn the sport of Rock Climbing, GGIM has launched 5 batches this year for Basic Rock Climbing Course.

Batch Dates:
1. 16-19 Nov 2017
2. 25-28 Dec 2017
3. 29 Dec 2017 – 1 Jan 2018
4. 4-7 Jan 2018
5. 25-28 Jan 2018

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Giripremi marks 6th 8000der- Mt. Manaslu

On 25th Sept 2017, Ashish Mane and Akshay Patke waved Giripremi flag and India flag on top of Mt. Manaslu. World`s 8th highest mountain and thus, Giripremi completed its 6th 8000der climb in its quest of Eight Thousenders.

The duo reached the summit at 3:30 AM. They were guided by Giripremi’s senior mountaineer and Shivchhatrapati awardee Mr. Umesh Zirpe.
Heartiest congratulations to team Manaslu!!

Team GGIM summits Mt. Kilimanjaro

GGIM this year launched two expeditions to Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro at a height 5895 m is the highest mountain of Africa continent and is one of the seven summits. Famously known as Everyone’s Everest due to its relatively easiness and lavish facilities during the trek.

A team of 7 trekkers, led by GGIM’s mountaineer Vivek Shivade, hiked via Machame route. Along with him, Swapnil Dinkar, Anand Palsodkar, Amol Palsodkar and Rohini Upasani made it to the top.

Mr.Sanjeev Shah and 4 other members attempted the peak via Marango route The team summitted the peak on 2nd Sept.

Heartiest congratulations to all the summitters!!

आंबोली ते आहुपे – आर्य अगस्ती

आंबोली ते आहुपे

२०१७ मधला माझा 'उडान' चा पहिला ट्रेक होता. या ट्रेकला जाण्याचे माझे पहिले कारण म्हणजे पाऊस. पावसामुळे आपल्याला त्या ठिकाणची सुंदर दृश्य पाहण्याचा अनुभव घेता येतो. जेव्हापासून मी 'गिरीप्रेमी' संस्थेत दाखल झालो, तेव्हापासूनचे सर्व पावसाळी ट्रेक मी केले आहेत.

२०१७ मधील उडानचा पहिला ट्रेक आंबोली ते आहुपे असा होता. हा ट्रेक मुक्कामी ट्रेक होता. या ट्रेकच्या तारखा १ व २ जुलै होत्या. १ जुलैला आम्हाला सकाळी ४ वाजता फर्ग्युसन कॉलेजच्या मेन गेटपाशी पोचायचे होते.   साधारणतः आम्ही तेथून ४.३० - ४.४५ च्या दरम्यान निघालो व सकाळी ९ वाजता आंबोली गावात पोचलो. आंबोली गावात पोहोचल्या पोहोचल्या ढग गडगडू लागले व जोराचा पाऊस सुरु झाला. आम्ही सर्व उडानचे आहोत, त्यामुळे दादांनी आम्हाला मॅप दिले आणि रस्ता शोधायला लावला. आम्ही एका गावकऱ्याला विचारले. त्याने रस्ता बरोबर सांगितला पण त्यांनी आम्हाला थोडा वेळ थांबायला लावलं, कारण तिकडच्या नदीला पूर आला होता. पण आमच्याकडे तेवढा  वेळ नव्हता. त्यामुळे आम्ही नदी व्यवस्थित पार केली आणि त्या गावकऱ्याचे रस्ता दाखवल्याबद्दल आभार मानले. नदी पार करण्याचा हा अनुभव उत्तम होता. नदी पार केल्यावर लगेचच आम्ही पायवाट शोधली व पायवाटेने पुढे पुढे जायला लागलो. पुढे जाता जाता आम्हाला अनेक नद्या पार कराव्या लागल्या. चार पाच तास चालल्यावर आम्ही ढाकेश्वरच्या मंदिरापाशी पोचलो. तिथे पोचल्यावर आम्हाला गरमागरम चहा पिण्याचे सुख  मिळाले. आणि तोसुद्धा गणेशदादाच्या हातचा. चहासोबत आम्ही ब्रेडसुद्धा खाल्ला, पोटभर नाश्ता केला व दुर्ग पाहायला निघालो.

दुर्गाच्या शिखरावरून आपल्याला पूर्ण कोकण विभाग बघण्यास मिळतो. पण जेव्हा आम्ही वर पोचलो तेव्हा इतकं धुकं होतं की आम्हाला आम्हीसुद्धा दिसत नव्हतो. त्यामुळे आम्हाला कोकणातील नजारा बघण्यास लाभले नाही. त्यानंतर आम्ही दुर्ग  उतरायला लागलो व निवासासाठी गाव शोधायला लागलो. जवळ जवळ दोन ते तीन तासांनी आम्हाला एक गाव मिळाले. त्यावेळी सुसाट वारं आणि कडाडून पाऊस पडत होता. त्यामुळे आम्ही त्या गावातील शाळेत थांबलो व तिथे आम्ही पुन्हा चहा करून प्यायलो. तेव्हड्यात भूषण दादा व गणेशदादाने जवळच्या एका घरी विचारपूस करून आमची खाण्यापिण्याची सोय केली. रात्री आम्ही त्या शाळेच्या जवळच्या घरात आमटीभात खाल्ला. त्या काकूंनी तो भात इतका सुंदर बनवला होता की त्याची चव आजही माझ्या जिभेवर आहे. रात्री झोपण्यासाठी आम्हाला त्या शाळेचे कार्यालय देण्यात आले. बऱ्यापैकी ते स्वच्छ व चांगले होते. दुसऱ्या दिवशी आम्ही उठल्यावर आम्ही परत त्यांच्याकडे उरलेला भात फोडणीचा भात करून खाल्ला व चहासुद्धा प्यायलो. त्यांचे आभार मानून त्यांचा निरोप घेतला. व यानंतर पायी प्रवास खूप खडतर नव्हता. त्यामुळे आम्ही तो प्रवास पटकन पार केला व आहुपे गावात पोचलो.

साधारणतः हा ट्रेक ३५ ते ४० किमीचा होता. आहुपेवरून आम्ही १ वाजून ५ मिनिटांनी निघालो आणि पोटात उडणाऱ्या कावळ्यांना जरा गप्प बसवलं व मंचर या  गावात येऊन हॉटेलच्या जेवणावर ताव मारला. सुमारे ६. ४५ रस ७.०० च्या दरम्यान आम्ही पुण्याला पोचलो. हा ट्रेक अतिशय सुंदर होता. निसर्गाचे जेवढे  वर्णन करू तेवढे कमीच, एवढा सुंदर निसर्ग होता. हा ट्रेक काढल्याबद्दल GGIM च्या दादांना धन्यवाद.

आर्य अगस्ती

सी/ २३, गंधर्व नगरी,  १० वी गल्ली,

डहाणूकर कॉलनी, कोथरूड, पुणे - २९

फोन - ०२०- २५३९५३७५

 

Madhe to Upande -Durga Naniwadekar

When I boarded the bus for the first trek of Avhaan Advanced, I started seeing familiar faces. Many of my friends from the May High Altitude Manali camp boarded my bus too. I felt so happy and excited to meet them again, for I had missed them more than I missed my parents for any trek. Ira came and sat next to me and we started chit-chatting about how excited we were for this trek. Soon, the two of us went to sleep (both of us had woken up at 5 am and were very sleepy). I woke up an hour later, and we were already outside Pune. Our road was surrounded by the lush green mountains of the Western Ghats. It was drizzling slightly and there was the lovely scent of damp soil all around. I felt so wonderful and fresh after my sleep. This continued for a few hours. Soon, we started seeing villages and farms. After we reached the trek starting point, we were divided into groups.

As we began the trek, I was surprised to find that we were going downhill! Dada said that we will be going uphill later. As we descended, our path joined a stream. I had to really concentrate – one wrong step, and my entire foot would be drenched in water. I really enjoyed the ‘stream walking’. As we reached the bottom of the valley, the trees cleared up and we could see the cliffside. We saw the Keleshwar dhabdhaba, (waterfall named after lord Shiva) and the dry route of Lakshmi dhabdhaba. The nearby village was called Kele.

We soon reached the village at the bottom of the valley. We were so relieved!I removed my muddy shoes and we all sat for lunch in the courtyard of the family who accommodated us. After lunch, everyone ran out to feel the cool breeze, but I stayed inside and wore my poncho, because I predicted that it was going to rain. A few minutes later, it actually started raining heavily and we resumed the trek only after the rain stopped.  I removed my poncho, but after half an hour, it started to become cold and breezy and dark grey clouds covered the sky. But I was so proud of my earlier prediction that I forgot to predict this time, and very soon I was drenched from head to toe! But I didn’t try to wear my poncho this time, because, what’s the use of a monsoon trek if you don’t get drenched? I happily climbed up the cliff in the rain until the soles of my feet started becoming warm. They were tired and a tiny blister came up on my little toe.

But again, the rain came to my rescue and because of the heavy downpour, our trail turned into a ministream; and every time I took a step, cool water gushed in and soothed my souls (of my feet too). When we reached the top, we could see the Konkan side with all its farms and villages! It was so beautiful seeing it from above the clouds! After the watching the dazzling view, we observed that two little streams joined into a bigger one, and everyone jumped straight in! ‘Why not have a little more fun since we were already wet,’ I thought.

When at last we completed the trek, there were dry clothes and warm tea waiting for us. There was also a kind aaji in the village who allowed us to play with the fluffy chicks from her farm.  We all boarded the bus and had a sleepy and content journey back. I thoroughly enjoyed this trek and hope there will be many more like this.

A DAY AT FORT TIKONA – vaidehi Deshpande

 

Sunday, June 25 was pretty much the wettest day I’m sure anyone went through- at least while climbing a mountain! We all attended our first Avhaan trek to fort Tikona which literally means a‘triangle’ and is like-a two hour journey from Pune.

It was raining continuously while we were ascending and descending the hillside. Only after we finished trekking and reached the foot of the hill was when the rains stopped. Water was continuously flowing down the hillside and onto us. All of us were muddy and dripping but everyone was ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ at the view of our surroundings  near the base of the hill. A few of us were very eager to get to the top and raced up. But because of the altitude and rain , the atmosphere was full of mist which surrounded the fort like a fuzzy blanket. The fort was in a pretty good condition considering the harsh weather it has to bear most of the time. After a short rest we began our descent. Climbing down was a lot harder than climbing up because of the increased chances of falling. Children slipped quite a number of times on narrow paths and loose rocks. Luckily no one was hurt. It felt good to be sitting again after nearly two hours of

constant trudging in puddles. We had our lunch in the buses and as everybody was tired, we slept for a while. On the way we stopped for some yummy vadapav. We got a cap, a rope and a book for keeping track of our ‘adventures’. After a satisfying snack, we reached home. It was a really enjoyable day and I’m looking forward to more days like these in the year.

THANK   YOU   GIRIPREMI!

Vaidehi Deshpande

Madhe to Upande trek – Advait Jog

DESCEND:  MADHE GHAT

ASCEND:  UPANDHE GHAT

Pune District’s last village à Upande Village – Taluka Velhe

Why the name Madhe Ghat à Tanaji Malusare; Shivaji Maharaj’s “Mavala” won the fort “Kondhana (Sinhagad)” for him. But while fighting, Tanaji passed away. In Marathi, a dead body is called a “Madha”. Since this “Madha” was carried back to his village through this ghat, hence the name “Madhe Ghat” as given. Given below: Trek Madhe Ghat

We started slightly late at about 6:50 – 7:00 am. We met Umesh Zirpe Sir and the other instructors. After reaching at our 1st destination – village Kelad à we were divided in three ropes, 2 of 7 children and 1 of 6. The rope names were given as “Tikona”, “Singhagad” and “Harishchandragad”. I am in rope Harishchandragad and the rope’s instructor is Samiran Dada. We started with a ghoshana. The walking was on plain land for about half a kilometer. Then we started climbing down. For some time we walked near a waterfall “Keleshwar Waterfall”. For some time we walked under a tunnel made of trees. The walk felt as if we were walking on a bed. The sponge like humus gave this feel. When we reached the plain near village Upandhe, Umesh Sir showed us the “Keleshwar Waterfall” and the “Lakshmi Waterfall”. Then we had our lunch in a house in village Upandhe. Three girls sang songs.

Trek à Upandhe Ghat

At about 1:00 pm we started our return journey but the rain stopped us for about half an hour. Then we started back again through the muddy water accumulated due to rain. This was eeky but FUN!

Then we started climbing, this was Upandhe ghat. Looking at the lush green grass, we never realized when we reached on top of the plateau. Here Umesh Sir took us to a place for Singhagrjana*.

After the Singhagarjana we headed back to village Kelad. Everyone was soaked so we changed our clothes; boys in the bus and girls in a bungalow where we had tea. The after a group photo, we ate in the bus and started our return journey. We reached the Rajaram Pul stop at 7:00 pm. It was a wonderful Experience!!

* Singhagarjana à

In a Singhagarjana you shout as loudly as you can, opening your mouth in a wide AAAAAAAAAA…………….

This relaxes your cheek muscles. This info was given by Umesh Sir.

Advait Jog

Avhaan Advance

GGIM Pune

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