Katraj to Sinhagad (K2S) Night Trek For 14 KM Negotiating A Series of About 15 Hills.
Do these already send an adrenaline rush through your body? Are you crazy enough to do this trek? Even if it’s a yes, let me warn you first, it isn’t for the faint heart. Katraj to Sinhagad distance, ascending and descending those huge hills will test your stamina, endurance, fitness level as well as patience all at the same time. Oh don’t get me wrong, it isn’t only for professional trekkers but to really really enjoy this trek, a certain level of fitness is a must.
We, a big group of 40 enthusiastic runners and trekkers, started from Vishal Nagar in a hired bus at around 9 PM. We reached the Katraj Tunnel in a couple of hours having snacks break in between.
I knew this is a challenging one, I had to do this trek, it was my inner calling. Also, I did it purposefully to check my endurance level for my upcoming Himalayan Trek- Pangarchulla Peak Trek. This thing too fascinated me – It is among one of the most difficult and popular treks of the Sahyadri range. But, I was astonished to see hundreds of trekkers of different age groups and fitness level.
After reaching the Katraj Tunnel, We got atop the first small hillock. At around 11 PM with the blessings of the Hindu Goddess (temple at the beginning of the trek on the hill) we started our trek.
My Katraj to Sinhagad Journey
With torches on or using moonlight, all of us started this new venture. Our energy levels were at its peak, excited to brave those lofty hills. The first hill being the highest and the trickiest one drained a lot of energy. Also, It needs to be done super cautiously. And the descend was almost 70-80 degrees; almost like a straight descend.
With people flocking in, it was getting difficult to cross some few patches as the paths were a bit narrow and risky. The same continued with the second hill as well.
Now, after accomplishing the first two challenging ones, our big group got segregated, I got into a group with three other trekkers. The next 2-3 hills were quite easy and we kept on going munching some dry fruits, chit-chatting and taking sips of water in between to keep ourselves hydrated.
After a few easier ones, tricky, steep trail hills came again, descending became quite difficult due to a large number of trekking groups, slippery dried mud, sand, and tiny stones. Also, I saw some people slipping down which scared me a bit. Akash and Rajendra, these two fellow companion trekkers helped me descend some risky paths. Luckily, I made it without falling or hurting myself.
Then yet again, a tricky hill came to test our endurance level, now with a huge uphill climb. The weather was pleasantly cold and the moon was shining brightly in the clear sky. It was an awesome feeling to gaze at the full moon and glittering stars. While others trekkers halted here to catch a breathe, rest, sleep for a while and revive their spirit, we kept going.
Now, after reaching the midway, the body was getting tired because of the continuous ascend and descend on the hills. I started thinking about why the hell I came here, I started cursing myself, I started missing my home and sleep. Felt as if I’m trapped in a ‘Hilly Loop‘. Now, in the middle of the trek, there wasn’t any way to escape, I had to be strong and keep going. And the very same ascend and descend journey continued.
There was some sigh of relief when we spotted the red antenna tower light which is placed at the Singahad fort. Although it looked very close but took us an hour to reach there. Now the dark night started to fade, and I don’t remember when was the last time, I saw such a beautiful morning and sunrise.
My body was going out of control after almost 7 hours of the walk due to tiredness and sleepiness. But I knew we are not so far away. Enjoying the scenic beauty we made an effort to keep moving if we’ll halt, it will be more difficult to resume again. We kept walking and walking now, as not much trek was left. Also, the group kept pushing and encouraging me.
And finally, after 8 hours of trek, we reached Singahad. I think this was the craziest thing I had ever done in my life. I had continuously put my body and mind to test which unbelievably accepted the challenge of continuous torture for almost 8 hours. But believe me, after the whole tiring process, I felt I accomplished a mission, I achieved something worthy!
It was a true test of patience, strength and how much one can push their limits, stretch their mind and body further. With the change in gradient on different hills, the difficulty level too kept on changing. And being a night trek, it was a completely different experience compared to other day treks. In the end, all the efforts were worth it.
I’m happy to have done this thrilling adventurous trek and one of the most popular treks of the Sahyadri range. And it truly gave a memorable and cherishable experience.
Trekkers who are looking for an extreme adrenaline rush, Katraj to Sinhagad (K2S) Trek is just the right bet!
- Endurance Level: High
- Grade: Moderate to Difficult
- Total Cost: 300 INR including travel and food
- Group Name/Organizer: PCMC Trekkers/Suraj Shetti
- Katraj to Sinhagad Distance and Hills: 14-16 km / 14-19 Hills
A Few Recommendations:
- Carry at least 3 liters of water
- Avoid rainy season as the trails become too much slippery
- Carry head torch or normal torch if you are scared to walk in the moonlight
- Carry enough energy bars/dry fruits.
Tips for New/Lone Trekkers:
- From Waghajai Temple start climbing towards West.
- You will see the Sinhagad tower lamp from the first hill after that just follow the trail.
- Always follow the walking trail, go towards the tower lamp of Sinhagad hill ascending and descending the hills, don’t bypass them if you don’t know the route.
Keep Wandering! Keep Wondering!
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