Monsoon trek to Ratangad

The trek to Ratangad is one of the most enjoyable ones in the monsoon owing to the beautiful trekking route - complete with lush greenery, streams and waterfalls. This is a moderately challenging trek suitable for trekking newbies up for a challenge or history and nature lovers looking for a weekend break. NOTE: Participants stay in the caves of Ratangad. Please note that there are no hotels or toilets or any other structures at the fort.

Destination

Standing tall at 4255 feet, Ratangad fort is a 2000 year old fort that is also marks the origin of the river Pravara (Amrutvahini). The fort has huge cave, big enough to accommodate about 30-40 people at a time. The Ratangad fort also has a natural rock formation with a cavity in it, often referred to as Nedha (needle hole). Amruteshwar temple which is located at the base of Ratangad fort dates back to the 8th century and has some fascinating stone carvings.

Destination highlights

Trek in the rain through dense jungle | Enjoy the cool breeze as you sit at the Nedha at Ratangad fort | Observe ancient stone carvings in the Amruteshwar temple | Camp in caves in the lap of nature

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8 km

5 hrs

4 km

Fergusson College, Pune

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Pune

Private bus

Ratanwadi

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06:00

21:00

Participants meet at the main gate of Fergusson college at 6 a.m. sharp, depart for Ratanwadi at 6.15 a.m., and enjoy breakfast en route. Participants have lunch on reaching Ratanwadi and then begin the trek to Ratangad fort.

Participants reach the top of the fort by 3 p.m. and beging exploring the various sections of the fort and take some photographs.

After an early dinner, participants retire for the night.

Outdoor camping

Spend the night in a cave, in the lap of nature.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Tea | Dinner

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Day 1 Milestone

Pune

Ratangad fort

06:00 AM

Participants wake up early and after some breakfast, they explore a few more areas of the fort. They then begin their descent to the base of the fort and have their lunch on arrival.

After lunch, participants begin the return journey to Pune and reach the city by 9 p.m.

Trip ends before nightfall

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Tea

Veg

Day 2 Milestone

Ratangad fort

Pune

06:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Transport from Pune and back by private vehicle
  • Meals as specified
  • Expertise charges
  • Safety equipment
  • First-aid kit

Excludes

  • Dinner on day 2
  • Cold drinks, mineral water, snacks etc.
  • Any costs or services not mentioned in the inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • A sweater/warm wear/rainwear (as per the season)
  • Good trekking shoes
  • Comfortable t-shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Spare set of clothes and socks (at least 2 pairs of socks)
  • Not to wear - Sandals/floaters/slippers
  • Expensive watches or jewellery
  • Unnecessary electronic devices
  • Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Safety equipment need for the trek if any.

You need to get

  • Luggage packed in a good quality trekking sack (duffle bag or backpack) and all luggage packed in a plastic bag (to avoid getting wet)
  • Water bottle (at least 1.5 litre)-compulsory
  • Napkin, towel
  • Cap
  • Soap, toilet paper, tooth brush and paste
  • Glucose powder and personal medication
  • A sleeping bag/mat and a shawl
  • Torch with extra pair of batteries
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Mosquito repellent cream

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication only.

Cancellation policy

Refund Norms:

90% refund if cancellation is made more than 10 days prior to the date of departure date of the event

60% refund if cancellation is made more than 6 days (148 hours) and less than 10 days prior to the departure date of the event

40% refund if cancellation is made more than 3 days (72 hours)and less than 6 days prior to the departure date of the event

No refund will be made if a cancellation is made within 3 days prior to the departure date of the event.

Rules on trip

Consumption of liquor, drugs, tobacco products, cigarettes etc. is strictly prohibited during the camp. The camp will be considered over only when we are back to our home town.

There is a zero-tolerance policy for participants who litter, deface property or monuments, or cause general disturbance. Any flouting of these rules will be dealt with seriously, and may involve expulsion from the trek or camp, and no refund is admissible in such cases.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

During the camps or treks, the participants shall abide by the instructions and decisions of the camp director.

In case of any medical ailments, disorders etc. which the participants are suffering or have suffered from, it is his/her responsibility to inform the organizers in advance, before commencement of the camp or trek.

In case of any medical problems, ailments, disorders etc. or symptoms of the same, arising during the camp or trek, the participant(s) shall inform the organizers about the same, at the earliest.

If required, the participant(s) will have to take medical treatment from the doctor/attendant available on the campsite or from the nearest available medical center or hospital. The expenses for all medical treatment and arrangements for the same will be solely borne by the participant.

In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or luggage or any equipment; the supplier, its instructors, organisers, volunteers or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly, shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and no claims of the participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained.

The operator will not be responsible for any losses incurred for any train/air/bus/taxi bookings, hotel bookings or extension to the camp done by clients/participants (either independently or through the operator) due to cancellation of the event. Fees accepted as event charges only will be refunded.