Almost 70 percent of the trail is through trek paths and village mud; 30 percent passes through village tar roads. You will also pass behind the tributaries of River Ulhas. Enjoy the beauty of trail and the challenge though lows and uphills; but always be aware of your surroundings, respect the local communities and be kind to the local flora and fauna. Here is a short guide to what you can expect from the tough but certainly beautiful trail.
Gajanand Vidyalaya – Village Kadav to Shri Datta Samant School – Village Vakas
The tone of the challenge will be set from the very start. So gear up from the word Go! A short walk with a beautiful view of the valley leads to Village Chandahi. The trail descends gradually through farmlands, crisscrossing through Village Salvad and Village Nasrapur. Crossing the river bridge en route is sure to refresh you early on, with water gushing through the bridge as the mist in air sets the temperature cool. Cross over coconut grooves through the farmlands and you are welcomed into the Village Vakas.
Shri Datta Samant School – Village Vakas to Open Ground – Village Umberwadi
This is one of the most amazing sections of the trail as it loops around River Chillar and takes you through the scenic views of the riverbed alongside. Views of Matheran Mountain Range capped with clouds give a sigh of fresh air as you tread the beautiful path. The trail takes you through Villages Kolivali, Pimpoli, Bhakarikapada, Talwade,and Jhandechiwadi.Avsare Lake view after a small trek is mesmerizing and thenyou walk through the plains to enter village Umberwadi.
Open Ground – Village Umberwadi to Open Ground – VillageAntrat
This trail route leads through a semi tar road and Village Wanjarpada and Talwade to take you to a small uphill trek overseeing the misty mountains of Matheran Range. Exiting the elevation on semi tar road, you continue on Chillar riverbed to reach Village Antrat.v
Open Ground – Village Antrat to Government School – Village Kashele
This trail route leads into a forest trek path and takes you through village mud paths, across fields and narrow trek paths, and a plateau. You will cross through Villages Gudhawanwadi, Gudhawan and Borivali to reach the next checkpoint at Govt. Primary school, Kashele.
Primary School Jaynagara Village to Govt. PU College Konaghatta Village
This is the shortest section of the trail. Quite enjoyable, it traverses a variety of landscapes. It leads through Village Kashele and walks you through the banks of River Chillar, across open farmland and a small forest trek with a stunning cover of vast greens to reach Village Kothimbe
Government School – Village Kothimbe to Abhinav Gyan Mandir School – Village Gaulwadi
This part of the trail is rather straightforward. It is a walk on the main tar road with some parts on village mud paths. The walk is pleasant and comfortable with some fantastic scenery around. You will be walking through the plains and farmlands, enjoying fresh wind blowing through the plains with the mountains overlooking and passing through theVillages Savula and Mandwane to reach Village Gaulwadi.
Abhinav Gyan Mandir School – Village Gaulwadi to Open Ground – Village Ambot
This section of the trail walks you through a canal and mud paths, with some streams crossing the way. Throughout this section of the trail, you will see a canal flowing with you on either sides.You cross Villages Vaijanath, Bhevpuri,and Humgaon to reach Village Ambot.
Open Ground – Village Ambot to Swami Vivekanand School – Village Gaurkamath
A very satisfying section of the trail, especially for people who love to walk the plains with beautiful mountains running all along the trail. The trail follows the canal mud path that stays with walkers all through the way, across a vast open pasture and scrub land. Some parts of the trail open up to spectacular valley views. On a full moon night, this trail will be a delight to walk on. En route, we cross Villages Sapele and Tambas.
Swami Vivekanand School – Village Gaurkamath to Marathi Government School – Village Vengaon
The path is rocky and there are a few uphill and downhill hikes. Though not too difficult, we have given it a grading of 3/5 as it is towards the end of the journey and most of you, if not all, will be tired by this time. But what’s Trailwalker, if not a challenge! Be careful while walking this part especially if you are covering this section in the night. The trail passes through mountains with Bhivgad Fort overlooking the trail.Covering Villages Gaurkamath and Injiwali, you inch closer to the finish line - you reach the last checkpoint at Village Vengaon.
Marathi Government School – Village Vengaon to Sheltrex Smartphone City – Shirse, Karjat
The final stretch of the trail is a gradual walk covering stone and mud paths, and a small uphill hike leading you to the end of your incredible journey at the finish point. Don’t forget to experience the village and many huts abandoned by tribals on top of a small hill during this last section of our trail. A perfect setting for a horror movie, if you ask us. Sounds scary but you can bet it is going to be super adventurous. As your team crosses the finish line with tired legs, big smiles and laughing hearts, we will greet you with open arms at Sheltrex Smartphone City :)
Disclaimer Note: There may be minor alterations in the trail route owing to weather/ circumstantial reasons. Final trail route details will be updated closer to the event.
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