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Harishchandragad via Nali-chi-vaat (Part 3)

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A recount of my thrilling trek to Harishchandragad via nali-chi-vaat, which is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in the Sahyadri Mountains (Western Ghats) of Maharashtra, India. This is a story about the most adrenaline-filled 48 hours of my life.

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Ghali (Gully)

The climb after lunch was intense and difficult. The channel had a number of large boulders, which we had to climb. The long lunch break made it especially difficult to get back into climbing again. Once again, I was happy being able to climb without luggage. Others were saying that we should take turns to climb without luggage. I took that as a joke!  Given my heavy bag, I wanted to conserve my energy for later.

Cliffs on the right side of Konkan Kada

Cliffs on the right side of Konkan Kada

We were getting closer to the Konkan Kada, but none of us really stopped to take pictures like we did before. It was getting late and we were climbing fast to make up for lost time. We also agreed to limit our rest breaks to a maximum of 5 minutes. The channel curved to the left as we got closer to the Konkan Kada. After a while, Konkan Kada was no longer directly in front of us, but on our right side.

Harishchandragad via Nali-chi-vaat (Part 2)

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SubscribeFiled Under: Export, India, Trekking,by Neeraj

A recount of my thrilling trek to Harishchandragad via nali-chi-vaat, which is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in the Sahyadri Mountains (Western Ghats) of Maharashtra, India. This is a story about the most adrenaline-filled 48 hours of my life.

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Good Morning, Sahyadri!

Thanks to the extra sleeping mat, which Krish had brought for me, I had a relatively comfortable sleep. I had learned the importance of a sleeping mat the hard way when I went on my first “jumbo trek” to Alang-Madan-Kulang back in 2006.  A sleeping mat can make an otherwise hard, rough and uneven surface “sleep-able”.

Harishchandragad via Nali-chi-vaat (Part 1)

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SubscribeFiled Under: Export, India, Trekking,by Neeraj

A recount of my thrilling trek to Harishchandragad via nali-chi-vaat, which is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in the Sahyadri Mountains (Western Ghats) of Maharashtra, India. This is a story about the most adrenaline-filled 48 hours of my life.

Click for: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

Harishchandragad via “nali-chi-vaat” was a trek that scared the living daylights out of me.  It was the first second time on a trek in the Sahyadri Mountains that I actually feared for my life. At the end of the trek, I made a promise to myself that I would never put myself in such a situation again.  No trek is worth the risks that we put ourselves in during this trek.  This memoir is a narration of that thrilling “do or die” two-day trek that I did back in November 2008. It was fun going over my notes while writing this article … it was as if I was transported back in time and re-living every single moment.  I briefly wrote about this trek in my Retrospection article.

Trekkers en route Harishchandragad

Trekkers en route Harishchandragad