Friday, March 20, 2009

AMK - Alang -Madan-Kulang-Toughest trek in Sahyadri in just 2 days

Alang -Madan-Kulang
Toughest trek in Sahyadri in just 2 days
(7 & 8 February 2009)
Impossible is nothing
(This mail contains selected snaps from all cameras)

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AMK - Toughest trek in Sahyadri in just 2 days

A M K Panorama
Region : Igatpuri, Nashik
Base village : Kulangwadi / Ambevadi
Best season to visit :October to February
Difficulty rating : Very difficult

New Day, New Dreams with new challenges.
View of Kulsubai peak from Kulangwadi. 

Alang, (view from Madan Top)

(40 ft. climbing patch with white mark)


Entrance of Kulang with cave. Required 4 hrs. to reach Kulang from Kulangwadi

Way towards Kulang is challenging, tough & good stamina required.

Huge plateau of Kulang.

View from Kulang Top

Water is available in reservoirs in all seasons.

Going towards Alang, after descending from Kulang. All are very much tried.
At 4 pm we were @ climbing point of Alang. There are two patches for climb. 1st is medium & above that 2nd patch of 50 ft. rock climbing after crossing this steps.

1st patch
Pulling sacks over the patch

2nd patch.
50 ft. rock patch @ Alang, totally vertical

Our lead climber Dhawal, trying free climb
(This Alang patch is one of the toughest climbing patch in Sahyadri)

This is most challenging rock climbing

No more supports and bolts on this patch for easier ascent

 Next Day Photo)
After climbing of 50 ft. patch, this dangerous & risky step welcomes you. Lot of care and precaution required to cross these steps, Exposure to deep valley

We started climbing @ 5.30 pm (Low light) after spending 4 hr. we were at Alang cave (9.30 PM)

Sunrise view from Alang top. You can see the back water of Bhandardara

View from Alang

Another view

There are two caves on the fort for staying and 11 water cisterns 

Descending from same way via rappelling

Route map of Madan.
After Alang, Madan is our next target

On the way towards Madan from khind, you can see wonderfully carved steps in the rock

1st risky patch
of Madan, there is nothing to hold

A steep wall of rock on one side and a deep valley on the other side!

2nd 40 ft.
rock climbing patch of Madan, which is easier than Alang patch but expose to deep valley

There are plenty supports and bolts on this patch.

Zigzag shape Staircase towards top of Madan, after crossing of two risky patches

Steps on the way towards top with Alang view on Left

Kulang view from Madan top

Only two water tanks from which water would be available only till February

One can stay on the fort in the cave, which can accommodate around 15-20 trekkers.

That’s Team AMK
(Last Row, Left to Right ) Shrikant Borshe, Prashant Patil, Kailash Pathade, Dinesh Anantwar, Shridhar Purandare, Vishal Chavanke, Shreyas Waghmare, Ruturaj Bhandari, Mangesh (the guide from Kulangwadi) (Frist Row, Left to Right )Samyal ballal, Rahul Ghodeswar, Shankar Parab,  Dhawal Sharma, Prashant Khairnar, Aditya budrukkar, Chetan Dixit,

Check out Some Rock climbing & Rappelling videos


Alang 50 ft Free climbing by Dhawal its tough time

Alang 50 ft Free climbing by Dhawal Reaching to top
Alang 50 ft Rope climbing by Dinesh Why it’s tough

Alang 50 ft speed rappelling by 1st person Shridhar Top view

Alang 50 ft rappelling by Shankar

Alang 1st patch climbing

Alang 1st patch rappelling without belly by C D


Beautiful scenery from Kulang top

Tough way towards Kulang top


Madan Free Climbing by Dhawal

Madan 40 ft Rappelling

Crossing risky traverse of Madan Full expose to valley I

Crossing risky traverse of Madan Full expose to valley II

Beautiful scenery from Madan top

You are invited to view Shrikant's photo album: AMK – Alang, Madan & Kulang,Toughest trek in Sahyadri in just 2days !!!

AMK – Alang, Madan & Kulang,Toughest trek in Sahyadri in just 2days !!!
Base Village:Kulangwadi / Ambewadi, District:Nasik -
Feb 6, 2010

Alang, Madan & Kulang, situated in Kalasubai range, are the most difficult forts in Nasik District. They are little neglected due to very heavy rains & confusing, difficult ways.

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  1. Shrikant wonderful photos with those very helpful markings..
    Dr. Suhas Alekar

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  3. very informative... got lot of information about AMK trek... thanks a lot...
    while climbing those rock-patches your lead climber has used safety ropes, so it is not free-climbing... free-climbing involves no safety ropes; you are totally on your own...

  4. Superb photography...!!
    Your information will help us in trekking and very good markings..

  5. Breathtaking pics....Thanks for the information, just came to such thing is available around Nashik.

  6. amazing pics, very well done friends

  7. To view pics of Sahyadri forts, old temples & caves which I have clicked in Maharashtra, Goa & Karnataka, please visit the link

  8. Amazing.... This must be trek for lifetime.
    All pics and info is very helpful, AMK is just amazing, rather I don't have any words to describe them. Must be dream of every trekker.

    I would certainly like to attend during winter. Please keep me posted if you arrange AMK.

    Thanks & Best wishes.

  9. the pix are so superb that they motivate each and every one of them who watches them to trek up the challenging forts. great photos once again

  10. after see the photo, i am feeling to go such wonderful trek

  11. Wonderfull trek , let me know the next time

  12. Hi, ..dats the best guide document i've ever seen !!
    Thanks, now I can plan my trek to this place
    -Pradnyan Wade

  13. gret work.....really appre.
    Rugved khatu(9890827655) - Trek-o-phy

  14. AMK is risky but very beautiful. Well done!!!

  15. AMK is risky but very beautiful. Well done!!!

  16. do all three forts rquiers rappling????
    n is it safe in RAIN??

  17. only u can do it !!!!

  18. Really Nice infirmation...well presented