Sahyadris offers boundless possibilities for trekking and its allied
activities. For those fascinated by the unexplored, mountain ranges offer
breathtaking trekking routes. Every year over a thousand enthusiasts partake
in treks organized by Chakram Hikers.
We feel proud of the fact that there is no fort in Maharashtra where
Chakrams have not set their feet. Our conscious effort remains in treading
lesser known trails in Sahyadris.
Pictures with brief info of more than 150 forts
Rock Climbing :
Sahyadri remains a rock climber’s paradise due to its daunting pinnacles and
rock walls. The passionate Chakrams have clambered to the top of more than
50 pinnacles / rock walls.
Pictures with brief info of more than 25 pinnacles / rock walls
"Sahyankan" is one of the most popular programmes
where a mountain range in the Sahyadris is covered during a trek of 5 to 6
days. Arranged every alternate year in the remote regions of the Sahyadris /
Western Ghats, one comes across dense forests, formidable forts, adventurous
climbs and rugged terrain. During Sahyankan lectures are arranged on various
subjects like history, archaeology, astronomy, rock climbing etc. A thousand
odd trekkers are reached through Sahyankan. In the last 24 years, the
organisation has arranged thirteen “Sahyankan” and Sahyankan-2007 was the last
Sahyankan has been inviting enthusiastic trekkers from different age groups
over two decades. Through Sahyankan, Chakram Hikers has established an
unique bond with people from different strata of society. Sahyankan has
helped Chakram achieve great success in creating awareness about the
geo-historical preserves of the state of Maharashtra, nature, historical
forts and monuments amongst the young mindset.
Sahyankan has received incredible support in the form of eminent laureates
who have applauded the mission of Chakram Hikers. In a personal letter to
the organization, Gopal Nilkanth Dandekar, better known as Go Ni Da, winner
of Sahitya Kala Academy Award and an eminent author has expressed his
sentiments on the heritage of Maharashtra, thus encouraging the youth to be
a part of Sahyankan (View letter). Another famous author who has many travelogues to his
credit, Shri. P. K. Ghanekar (Pra Ke) appreciated efforts taken towards
execution of Sahyankan in most difficult terrains. (View letter)
Chakram Hikers brings out Sahyankan Souvenir, a
chronicle of articles on the world of mountaineering as well as personal
narrations of members and renowned authors.
The list of Sahyankan conducted so far is as
Sahyankan 11 Dhakoba, Durg, Ahupe Top, Siddhagad, Bhimashankar, Padargad
Sahyankan 09 Bhairavagad (Moroshi), Harishchandragad (Nalichi Vaat), Bhairavgad (Shirpunje), Ghanchakkar, Ratangad
Sahyankan 07 Sindhudurga, Bhagawantgad, Vijaydurga, Purnagad, Ratnadurga, Jaigad
Sahyankan 05 Chandwad, Indrai, Rajdher, Koldher, Kanchna, Ikharia, Dhodap.
Sahyankan 03 Kamthe,Kudali, Raireshwar, Kenjalgad, Koleshwar, Kamalgad,
Sahyankan 01 Mangi - Tungi, Ratangad (Nhavi Killa), Mulher, Mora, Hargad,
Sahyankan 99 Kalsubai, Alanggad, Madangad, Kulanggad
Sahyankan 97 Jungli Jaigad, Ramghal, Bhairavgad, Prachitgad, Mahimatgad
Sahyankan 95 Harishchandragad, Kaladgad, Ratangad, Aja Parbat
Sahyankan 93 Raigad, Shivtharghal, Raireshwar, Rohida
Sahyankan 91 Rajgad, Shivtharghal, Mangalgad, Chandragad, Arthur Seat
Sahyankan 89 Kalyangad, Ajinkyatara, Vasota, Parbat, Chakdev
Sahyankan 87 Pratapgad, Makarandgad, Mahipatgad, Sumargad, Rasalgad
Sahyankan 85 Torna – Rajgad - Shivtharghal
Sahyankan 83 Panhalgad to Vishalgad
View Sahyankan Pictures
Children Camp :
Trekking with children can be fun and rewarding. Chakram Hikers arranges
adventure camps for children in the age group of 8 to 14 for a period of 4-7
Children are initiated into the various aspects of outdoor activities like
trekking, hiking, river crossing, valley crossing, identification of local
and regional birds, astronomy, setting up camps, camping in the open, rock
climbing techniques, swimming etc. including slide shows to give a clear
picture and bring them close to Mother Nature. Feedbacks from
parents/children post the camp give us the understanding and utility of the
Chakram Hikers is proud to state that these camps act as a base through
which the future citizens of our country are shaped up in the various
aspects of life by giving them an insight into the delights of outdoor
activity. It also expands their horizons and makes them much more conscious
and sensitive towards our environment, flora and fauna, heritage and other
Himalayan Expeditions :
Expedition Details :
The Himalayas, over the centuries, have attracted trekkers, mountaineers.
Since time immemorial its rugged heights crowned with snow and draped in
vast glaciers has lured man to pit his courage and ingenuity against its
Chakram Hikers has believed in spreading its wings across the length and
breadth of the country. Away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city
life, the ‘land of snow’- the Himalayas welcomed Chakram Hikers with opened
arms few years back. Ascending the formidable heights, battling the odd
weather, surviving nature’s fury is an experience beyond comparison. Above
all, an expedition in the Himalayas is often a mix of adventure, pleasure
and self realisation. This gave birth to the Himalayan expeditions in the
year 2001. Scrupulous planning, thorough groundwork and rigorous hard work
saw the summit of many successful expeditions.
Members: Sudeep Barve(Leader), Abhijit Burman,Anand Mali, Sandeep Chougaonkar
Route: Mumbai to Manali, stay at Manali for a day, Manali to Udaipur(around10500feet), Udaipur to Urgus(around11000 feet) which is the last roadhead of an expedition. two days acclimatization in Urgus. Trek from Urgus to Basecamp in one day,Base camp is around 14300 feet, BC-to ABC(around15600feet).
Report: Team stocked C1 at 17600feet but due to contineous bad weather and heavy snowfall, the exepedition was called off and team return safely.
Sudeep and HAP and Cook reached the highest point at C1(17600 feet) Abhijit and Anand reached ABC and Sandeep returned from BC.
Lungser Kangri (6666/21870 m/ft) & Chhamser Kangri (6622/21725 m/ft)
Duration: September-October 2006
Members: Mangesh Deshpande(Leader), Anju Paniculam, Mahesh Kendurkar, Nitin Shenoy, Mahesh Bhalerao & Sharang Thorat
Route: Mumbai to Leh (around 11000 ft). 4 days acclimatization in Leh. Leh to Karzok(around 14400 ft). Karzok to Base Camp(16000 ft). BC to ABC(18200 ft). ABC to C1(20000 ft). C1 to Summit of Chhamser(21725 ft).
For Lungser from C1 initial 160 mtr climb followed by 350 mtr descend followed by 800 mtr climb. Reached 20850 ft.
Report: Mangesh and Anju Summitted Chhamser on 27th Sept, reached 6350 m on Lungser on 30th Sept. Mahesh Kendurkar Reached C1(20000ft). Mahesh Bhalrao and Nitin Shenoy reached approximately 19000 ft. Sharang Thorat reached ABC 18200 ft.
Saifee Expedition (6167/20232 m/ft)
Duration: Sept 2005
Members: Sudeep Barve (Leader), Mangesh Deshpande, Mahesh Kendurkar, Sanjay Joshi, Rupali Bhagwat, Sharang Thorat & Mahesh Bhalerao
Route: Mumbai to Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi to Gangotri(9800 ft). After 1 day at Gangotri to Bhojbasa(approx 12000ft). Bhojbasa to Thelu Nala (BC - 13800 ft). BC to ABC at entrance of gorge to Shwetwarna(15000 ft). ABC to summit camp(17250ft).
Report: Mangesh and Mahesh Kendurkar reached and stocked C1. The day before shifting to C1 terrible bad weather for several days caused all expeditions in the region to be abandoned. Sudeep, Sanjay Joshi and Rupali reached upto ABC. Sharang and Mahesh Bhalerao returned from the BC.
Yogeshwar(6617/21709 m/ft) & Chaturbhuj(6655/21834 m/ft) Expedition
Duration: May 2004
Members: Nilesh Pitale(Leader), Mangesh Deshpande, Rajan Mahajan, Sudeep Barve & Sanjay Joshi
Route: Mumbai to Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi to Gangotri(9800 ft). After 1 day at Gangotri to Bhojbasa(approx 12000ft). Bhojbasa to Thelu Nala(13800 ft). Thelu Nala to BC at entrance of gorge to Shwetwarna(15000 ft). BC to ABC at start of Shwetwarna Glacier (16500ft).
Report: Mangesh and Rajan started from ABC to climb Saifee peak. They reached upto height of 18100 ft and returned. Nilesh and Sudeep returned due to High Altitude Sickness after 1 load ferry of ABC. Team was weakened and could not attempt decided peaks.
Shri Parbat Expedition(6175/20259 m/ft)
Duration: September - October 2001
Members: Rajesh Gadgil (Leader), Mangesh Deshpande, Mahesh Kendurkar, Mahesh Kadam, Nilesh Pitale, Anil Joshi, Makrand Pendse, Rajesh Sansare, Parag Oak
Route: Mumbai to Hrishikesh to Joshimath. 1 day acclimatization walk to Auli. Joshimath to Badrinath(around 10000ft). 2 days stay at Badrinath. Badrinath to Alkapuri(3560 m). Alkapuri to Bhagirath Kharak(4150m). Bhagirath kharak to Khadu Kharak(BC - 4400 m). BC to ABC at Upper Dev Dekhni plateau(4950 m). ABC to C1(5350 m).
Report: Rajesh Gadgil, Nilesh, Mahesh Kadam and Rajesh Sansare climbed the Bhagat Peak(5650 m). Mahesh Kendurkar, Anil Joshi and Makrand Pendse reached till C1. Mangesh and Parag reached till ABC.
High Altitude Trekking :
Experienced mountaineers and trekkers of Chakram Hikers sit together and
meticulously plan treks in High Altitude Regions of the daunting Himalayas.
Chakram Hikers take immense pride when it looks back to such High Altitude
treks successfully concluded by the members of the organization.
Beas Kund, Manali
Duration: May 2007
Report: Manali is perhaps the most beautiful town of the Kullu valley and an ideal destination to beat the heat. Surrounded by towering snow peaks, Manali is the trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers.
In May 2007, Chakram Hikers had planned a trek to Beas Kund in Manali region which is the source of Holy River Beas at approximately 11000 ft. A world away from the Indian plains, participants had the opportunity to bask in the exotic adventure sports like river crossing, rafting, canoeing and kayaking.
Everest Base Camp & Kalapathhar (18370 ft)
The trek to Everest Base Camp is without doubt one of the most endearing and famous treks in the world. It takes you into the heart of the Himalaya, with awe-inspiring views of many of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains. Chakram Hikers takes immense pride when it reminisces the glorious and historical trek to the Everest Base Camp in 1999.
Duration: May 1999
Members: Mahesh Kendurkar (Leader), Vinay Naphade, Prasanna Joshi, Aruna Lagu, Aarti Acharekar and Gaurav Amdekar
Route: Mumbai - Gorakhpur - Kathmandu - Lukla (9,200 ft) - Fakding - Namche Bazar (12,300 ft) - Thangboche (12,670 ft) - Pangboche - Feriche (13,780 ft) - Lobuche (16,175 ft) - Gorakhshep (17,500 ft) - Kalapatthar (18,400 ft) - Everest Base Camp (18,370 ft)
Report: Because of ad Weather only Vinay Naphade reached Everest Base Camp, Mahesh followed him and reached within 1 km of Everest Base Camp. Other members reached upto Gorakhshep camp.
Annapurna Base Camp (4234/13891 m/ft)
Members: Rajesh Gadgil (Leader), Sudhir Gogate, Vinayak Barve, Mahadev Mulay, Ravindra Sali, Kishor Rathi, Medha Bapat, Prashant Bapat
Route: Mumbai - Kathmandu - Pokhara - Birethanti (1140 m)- Ulleri (2070 m) - Tadapani - Chhomrung - Annapurna South Base Camp (4234 m)
Report: All members reached Annapurna Base Camp.
Motorbike Expedition :
It is normal to see the Royal Enfield Bullet on the chaotic streets of the
metros. What’s rare is riding the bullet on the high passes of Leh-Ladakh
amidst the panoramic view of the russets and yellow of the Ladakh ranges as
the perilous road unfolds. Six daring members traveled for 17 days on the
Ladakh pass and completed the first Motorbike Expedition for Chakram Hikers.
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