Hello Folks !
Hope you all enjoyed reading Part -1 of my AMK trek ! :)
If you guys haven't yet read it, here is the link !!!
Welcome to the Part -2 of my AMK (Alang Madan Kulang) journey. Alang-gad, Madangad and Kulang-gad are considered as the toughest hill-forts in the whole Sahyadri mountain ranges. Necessary climbing skills, rope-work and working knowledge of equipment handling is required for climbing Madan and Alang forts. Our Day- 1 was all of thrilling experience, never-ending adventure and collection of lot of memories as we reach at the top of Alang fort. Our trek lead (Anand dada) gave a call out at 4AM to all Explorers with his pleasant smile. As we knew that we have a long day ahead and must complete Madan fort and then reach Kulang by evening. We all woke up immediately and got fresh. As we have to move with our all luggage, we had to keep our sleeping bags and mats aligned to our bag. Anand dada had already prepared Hot Upma and elaichi chai for all of us. The breakfast was so delicious that we couldn't resist ourselves and another round of Upma. As it was 4:30AM in the morning, for the 1st time in my life I had breakfast under moon light with cool breeze flowing. The entire environment and experience can’t be explained in words but one should definitely experience it. Heading down from Alang caves our other leaders gave us a small training about rappelling techniques and its safety precautions. We all were very excited to do so as most of us were doing it for the 1st time. Sun was saying “Hi” to us slowly and steadily with his calm sun-rays. As the 2nd day was a long day where we had to climb Madan and then climb Kulang to camp at the top of Kulang. So, we started the adventure by 1st rappelling down the 100 ft rock. The pathway towards this was very narrow and sleeper, hence as a trekker you need to concentrate on your each step, keep them firmly on ground and if possible take support of rocks to hold whenever possible. When my turn came to step forward for rappelling, I was nervous yet very excited as it was my 1st time to do so. Even though guide told how to catch hold of the rope and keep balance, my 1st attempt was a complete fail. As I started rappelling down, after 5 secs I lost my balance and I came down directly at a speed of 120kms/hr and couldn’t understand what to do, fortunately the rope I had in my hand I pulled it with all my force and to hang myself in air and to stop somehow from rapidly coming down. I had a injury on my right knee but was completely happy with my performance because even though I failed for first 20 secs and came down rapidly, I immediately took over the situation in hand and controlled it. And I guess, that’s how we should live our lives. Even if we stumbled at any point in our life, we should elevate ourselves and move ahead. I rappelled down rest of the rock patch slowly. The trek leaders were concerned whether I was hurt but I didn’t tell them that I had injured my right knee as I didn’t want them to stop me doing anything that was challenging me. I was so ready for all challenges and tackles that were ahead of me. My happiness of doing rappelling completely over-shadowed the pain of injury. As the leader suggested to moved ahead slowly we went ahead and after 5 mins another 50 Ft rock patch was waiting for us which we had to rappel down. Before I could reach there, the trek leaders had informed each other about my failing experience of rappelling through walkie-talkie. As I reached Anand dada gently asked me about my fitness and when I assured him that I am completely alright, keeping faith in me he calmly explained me the entire process again as to how should I do it. And guys, this time I did it like a pro. Not a single step I slipped-off and did it effectively. I was dancing as I did against all odds, though my knee was poking me in middle to say that it wasn’t in good condition. We waited for another 12-15 trekkers to come down and then we followed our other leader for the traverse. Madan is to the west of the Alang and they both share the base. At the Alang-Madan pass the route bifurcates and the one on right goes to Madan fort. The trail is bulging and there are no sub-trails and hence no chance of losing the trail. Going further, the trail is narrow and dangerous, exposing valley on right side. We did not have to fix rope at the over-exposed traverse as there was no need for it. Everyone comfortably crossed the traverse. The trail continues to traverse along the fort and stops at the foot of the rock-wall. At a point where Alang, Madan and Kulang bifurcates there is a small cave which is recommend for trekkers to keep their bags and go ahead towards Madan. Because it becomes very easy for a trekker to climb the rock without their respective trek sack on their back.