Visapur Trek- An Unforgettable Experience

1st Jul 2017

A journey to the unknowns- Visapur

Photo of Visapur Trek- An Unforgettable Experience by Sachin Shah

So, one fine boring Monday afternoon made my friends and I get into a conversation on how  badly all of us needed a trip or a vacation and that is when the idea of a trek was implanted in our heads. A little bit of google and few travel blogs got us hooked on to Visapur trek and there we were, all set with a train ticket booked from Dadar to Lonavala to begin the first trek of this monsoon season. 

We left from our place at 5am in the morning to catch the Indrayani SF Express from Dadar at 5:50 am. Reached Lonavala around 8:15 and hopped on to the Lonavala-Pune Local to reach Malawali. Malawali is the closest station to reach the base camp Bhaje village. We weren't sure what we'd find for breakfast over there so we ensured we had a good breakfast(Poha, Bhajji, Vada Pav and other local dishes, don't expect anything fancy there) near Malawali station itself. 

My friends and I believe in going all in or nothing so we started the walk from Malawali itself. Bhaje village, the base camp isn't too far from the station. It is just a good 20-25 minutes walk and that felt like nothing in the amazing cool monsoon weather. 

We were quite surprised to see the number of people out there, considering the time and our previous experiences,  but a chat with a local tea stall owner gave us our answer. The place is usually crowded during monsoons and it is beyond imaginable around 15th August and it goes on till Diwali. 

After climbing a few steps and reaching the ticket counter, the security guy showed us the way and that itself made us a bit skeptical. Without having an iota of information on what lied ahead of us, we set foot to an experience that none of us would ever forget. 

We started our ascent, that included lots of thorny shrubs, slippery paths, crossing small water streams, mucky ascents, lost paths and gruelling challenges that tested each and every bit of grit and determination left in us. After a lot of struggles and confused paths, we finally started seeing the peak and could hear some chatter. 

Photo of Visapur Trek- An Unforgettable Experience by Sachin Shah
Photo of Visapur Trek- An Unforgettable Experience by Sachin Shah

Seeing the peak, even from a long distance gave us this unexplainable joy. We were inching closer and closer to the peak, each step bringing some euphoria along with  it. All this while we thought we've covered the difficult path, it couldn't get worse from here, but we couldn't be more wrong. 

Photo of Visapur Trek- An Unforgettable Experience by Sachin Shah

The ascent close to the peak was quite a task, only for one reason- monsoon. Rains made the path extremely slippery and the task extremely difficult for us. Anyhow, there were a lot of people out there and with  all the helping hands, we managed to inch closer to the peak. We returned the favor, by helping other people who were stuck and finding  it difficult. It wasn't necessary for them to help us or us to help them, but I think it is an unwritten rule of trekking- help anyone who is in need. 

Photo of Visapur Trek- An Unforgettable Experience by Sachin Shah

The peak welcomed us with torrential shower combined with winds moving at the speed of the Rajdhani; with the raindrops hitting us like small pebbles, testing every bit of patience and hope left in us, making us shiver like there is no tomorrow. Having said all of that, the joy of conquering such a daunting task gave us a strong sense of belief and confidence in ourselves. Something that made all the trouble disappear. 

The descent was the toughest of the lot. We had our share of falls, few minor bruises, a couple of cuts here and there. Our bums might have cursed us a lot for those slips, but we were to be blamed entirely for this. We hadn't worn proper trekking shoes. We met a huge group on the way, met another set of people from Kanyakumari and Chennai. Each having different experiences, different pains, but a memorable experience. 

Photo of Visapur Trek- An Unforgettable Experience by Sachin Shah

We reached the base camp, had lunch, relaxed for a bit and headed back to Malawali station to get ourselves going to a good night's sleep

All in all, I would call this an experience of a lifetime and that is what I want my life to be full of- experiences! This experience of getting lost, only to find a person with more grit and determination is what makes this trip even more memorable. 

Trip Cost Break-down:

Return train cost(from Kurla): INR 190/-

Breakfast: INR 70-100( Depends on appetite and individual)

Lunch: INR 150-250( Depends on appetite, hotel and individual)

Takeaways from the trip: 

- Wear proper trekking shoes, wear full sleeved tshirt, wear proper monsoon gear, keep the hands free.

- If you haven't trekked ever, don't go on this one alone as this isn't one of the easiest treks and requires some form of prior experience. If you're going with a guide and have a strong determination- head there now!

- Do check the  weather before heading there, as torrential rains+winds would make the trip quite difficult. 

- Carry ample amount of water and some snacks/energy bars as you never know how thirsty or hungry you'd get after the exerting trek. 

- Take care of yourself always and help people in need. Don't go overboard for a selfie/image, because life is way more important than a photograph

That's all folks! Happy trekking!

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