Kathin means difficult in Marathi; so the fort Kathingad may have been difficult to conquer. The patch we take is short but narrow and steep at times. Monsoon challenges with slippery rocks; gushing winds and occasional cover of cloud. The gifts of conquest are plenty; the stage is set for adventure.
Kathin Gad Stands tall on the landscape of Pauna Lake; This sharp Conical Peak and a prominent Landmark is surrounded from three sides by waters of Pauna Lake.
Once upon a time trekkers to approach the base of the fort used to ferry across to Tungi Village. Here a steep but short climb on grassy slopes leads you to a temple. A rocky staircase leads a few feet down to a water reservoir. The summit is a grassy pinnacle with a ruined temple.
We will be approaching this fort from Ghushalgaon (on Lonavala-Ambavne road) to Tungi.
This summit of fort has a 360 Degree view of the surrounding area giving a brilliant view of Pauna Lake, Loh Gad, Visapur Fort, Tikona Fort, Koraigad Fort, Dukes Nose, Jambuli hill, Devgad etc.
Kurvi is flowering this year so get ready to feast your eyes. Lets Rock…
Location: About 15 km from Lonavala
Route: Andheri – Sion – Chembur – Vashi – Panvel - Express Highway – Lonavala – INS Shivaji – Ghusalkhamb Village – Tung Village
Altitude: of Tung – 3526 feet from mean sea level; climb around 1200 feet.
Team Size: 25
Contribution Per head: Rs. 700/- (Rs.100 Discount for members)
Cost includes: Private Transport (Bus or Jeeps) and Guide / Event Management Charges. Kindly carry packed food, water (3 liters) and spare change clothes.
Also carry person medical kit; and usual checklist for any one day trek during monsoon. Kurvi is flowering this year so get ready to feast your eyes... So lets rock and Kathin Gad Adventure.
About Kathingad or Tung
If you have ever been to Pauna Lake, Loh Gad, Visapur, Tikona or Koraigad; and if you crave for adventure; You will definitely be the challenged by the imposing Kathingad (Kathin in Marathi means difficult); This sharp Conical Peak and a prominent Landmark is surrounded from three sides by waters of Pauna Lake. To approach the base of the fort by ferring across to Tungi Village. Here a steep but short climb on grassy slopes leads you to a temple. A rocky staircase leads a few feet down to a water reservoir. The summit is a grassy pinnacle with a ruined temple.
We will be approaching this fort from Ghushalgaon (on Lonavala-Ambavne road) to Tungi making this peak relatively easy to approach and climb.
The summit of Tung commands a excellent view of Surrounding Valleys around Pauna Lake on almost all sides. You can see the following forts I mentioned earlier besides also getting a view of Dukes Nose; Jambuli hill and Devgad.
Highlights of adventure: Great Ride; Great Trek; Excellent Vantage View and Great Company of Nature Knights Family…
6:00 am Andheri (West), S V Road, Near Ahura Bakery, Just outside Andheri west bus depot. 2 minutes walk from the Andheri Station.
6:25 am Bandra-Kalanagar Junction Bus Stop (on road connecting Western Express highway to Dharavi)
6:30 am Sion Station; near Sion Lunch Home, 2 min walk from Sion Station
6:40 am Chembur; opposite to Akbar Allis
7:00 am Vashi; Junction of Station Road and Highway (Place where buses for Pune stop on highway)
Introduction Session in Bus
8:15 am Lonavala Express Mall (Freshen up); 20 minutes
8:35 am start from Express Mall
9:30 am expected arrival at Base of Tung Fort
Trek to Tung
4:15 pm expected back at base village
9:30 pm expected back in Mumbai
Check List for the adventure:
Track Pants or shorts or loose comfortable clothes avoid Jeans; Sports shoes; avoid high heal shoes; Cap; Hand Towel, 2 meter x 2 meter plastic sheet.
1 no each of (plate, blown, glass and spoon) and one pocket knife; 3 liters of water, Lunch, Breakfast and in between snacks.
Carry: Non-Oily; and Non-Spice food; for those who have problem preparing food there is plenty of options available today for ready to eat e.g. Theplas; Baked Beans with Sauce; Idlis; Puran Poli; Biscuits; Boiled Eggs; Simple Vegetables; "Salad Items and Fruits are just great"; Chocolates etc…
Other essential items:
Torch, Hand Sanitizer
personal medical (Velbet Skin cream for ticks, Betnovet – C "Anti Fungal Skin cream", Bandaid, Crape Bandage, Glucose D/C, Anti Vomit / loose motions, Anti – Allergies (optional), Insect repellent, Gauze, Anti-Septic Cream, Crocine or any other personal medication)
Your medical Kit should contain your blood group and emergency phone number.
Carry all your belongings in a backpack or rucksack.
Nice to have goodies – Camera, Binoculars, Magnifying Glass, Field Guides etc