Trekking to Mordhan

This post is long due. This trek happened a month ago, to be specific, on the 21st of June. Mordhan is not a fort, it’s more like a watch tower. (a very small watch tower too — only about 1500 ft. from base) The hill (mountain doesn’t fit here) has a very broad and flat top from where about half a dozen neighbouring forts are easily visible. The view is quite good — (but I’ve had better).

The highest point of land that you see in the picture is Mordhan. That's where we're headed.

The highest point of land that you see in the picture is Mordhan. That's where we're headed.

Getting to Mordhan is pretty straightforward. You take the earliest Kasara bound train from Mulund Station, which is at about 5:45 AM. (The next train is one and a half hour later). Mordhan is in Nashik district. After you get off at Kasara, you hire the local ‘cab’ which is an Omni or a Sumo. Li’l heads up here: the driver won’t get started until the vehicle is incredulously full of people — this means around 15 people. You travel till Igatpuri, from where you have to change transport to take you to Ghoti, the base village. It’s a good idea to have some breakfast (read vada pav, misal pav, bhaji pav) at Igatpuri itself. From Ghoti it’s pretty straightforward, you follow the trail or path and get to the top.

The journey

We are now on the side of the peak, on our way to the back. The ascent to the top starts from the back.

Few points here:

  1. When you reach Kasara, make sure you check the train time table to confirm the timing of the evening train back to Mulund.
  2. It’ll help to know what a ‘passenger’ train, ‘local’ train and other terminology denotes.

The trek itself is pretty easy. Or maybe, it was so because it was dry. The terrain doesn’t appear to be the kind that will be very friendly if it were wet. However, there’s no climbing involved, so an ideal first trek. You also get to hop across some boulders, which is pretty fun. The highlight however, is the top. There’s a gale blowing up there. Enough to deafen you for a while. The view is panoramic — you get to see till very, very far.

View from the top

You might not believe it, but there's actually enough wind to blow the fellow off.

The way down is also quite simple. In fact the descent takes only half as much time as the ascent. However, some might find it slippery. This may be due to two causes: One, because of the trekker’s lack of experience and confidence (in which case the terrain itself is not to blame, only the trekker’s approach) Two, because the shoes have flat soles, without any ridges or crevices. In this case the shoe is usually worn out from a lot of use. Here again, it is not the terrain, but rather the trekker’s inexperience and lack of knowledge. So — ensure your shoes have a good grip and provide friction.

A few points here again:

  1. Apart from the hill, the rest of the places — Ghoti, Igatpuri, and Kasara are quite filthy (esp. Kasara) so don’t expect to get a glimpse into beautiful, rustic, semi-rural Maharashtra, you’ll be dissappointed.
  2. There’s very little drinking water available in the base village, and none on the hill, so carry a large supply.

I went for this trek with Chakram Hikers, a long established group of hikers who organize treks every weekend. The website is on the web-o-scope. The website is designed quite effectively, and the schedule of treks for July, August and September has just been put up. The treks are pretty affordable (Mordhan was just about 150 bucks), however you carry your own lunch.