Monsoon is a great time to trek and explore new mountains and the new you. Each trek gives you challenges, happiness and excitement that makes you understand yourself better.
This monsoon I started my trek with Irshalgad, about 17 kms away from Panvel. It’s an easy to medium level short trek, which is quite pocket friendly. I completed my trek in less than 200 Rupees.
Take a local train till Panvel station. From Panvel station you can take a rickshaw directly till Irshalgad (Bargain and you can reach there in INR 300 for 3 people) alternately, you can walk till the ST stand, which is about 7 mins walk away from the station. Take the bus till Chouk (One way fare is INR 20). From Chouk to Irshalwadi its about 30 mins walk. Or you can take sharing taxi’s from one kilometer away from the Panvel station till Chouk (35 INR per seat) and walk the rest.
While walking you’ll cross Morbe dam, which will be on your right. The dam is beautiful, but entry is prohibited. While walking ahead on your left you’ll see a board showing Irshalgad and Prabhalgad. Take left and walk straight. You’ll reach the starting point where some cars would be parked.
You can start the trek from there. On the way you fill find two vendor shops selling water, Poha and Chai. The first vendor on your way up has the worst Poha I have ever had, so better take one plate try it and then order accordingly.
Further ahead you will find a local Mandir on your right (means you’re on the right path). Take left from there and go further ahead. Just before the peak you can rest and chill as the highest peak is quite steep and rocky. So go ahead only if you can make it, else ignore that for your own safety.
One way it would take 90 mins without halt. Otherwise it’s a good 5 hours up and down with breaks, rest and photos.
Things to carry:
- 2 liters of water (there are 2 points from where you can buy more)
- Dry fruits and chocolates for energy
- Food for lunch, as the local food options are quite bad
- Comfortable Sport shoes.
- Wear comfortable bottoms in which you can stretch your legs easily.