Alang Madan Kulang Trek
Alang Madan Kulang Trek is unarguably one of the toughest in Maharashtra and a unique one in the entire country, to say the least. It attracts hundreds of avid trekkers and adrenaline junkies from all parts of the country with its exhilarating rock climbing and rappelling techniques. The trail takes you through thick woods and dense forest while you see Alang, Madan and Kulang standing tall and high that will leave you in awe. From afar, Alang seems to be scary but as you approach the same during sunrise, the entire landscape looks like the Pride Rock straight out of the Lion King movie. The climb is steep with steps cut in boulders that are equally thrilling and gripping. it mostly involves traversing and rock climbing. The trek to Madan fort mostly involves rock climbing and rappeling down using belay procedures. The steps are very steep and almost mind numbing, so a good fitness level is a must. Kulang, on the other hand, is technically easier to climb but has countless steps to climb. The top of each has knee-high dried grass and natural water for rainwater harvesting. The top also gives you stunning panoramic views of the entire valley. Being historically significant, Alang Madan and Kulang was constructed by the Shivaji army that had strategic importance due to the view of the surrounding plains from the top. The steps that you see during the trek were mostly cut by them. The best months to do the Alang, Madan and Kulang Trek is between October and March. Stay on this page for more information on the trek.
Alang Madan Kulang Trek is one of the toughest treks of Maharashtra that requires rock climbing and rappelling which makes this trek all the more thrilling. For beginners, this trek might be a bit arduous so significant preparation is needed. The trek covers three medieval forts of the Sahyadris giving you spectacular views of the Western Ghats. A perfect 3 day adventure close to Mumbai and Pune, the Alang Madan Kulang Trek is suited for both beginners and experienced trekkers.
Since it is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running exercise is recommended.
1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
November to April are the best months to undertake this trek.
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The base of the trek is Kasara which is around 104 km from Mumbai and is well connected by daily trains and local buses.
Intermittent cellular network.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
Accommodation on trek days is in tents on a twin sharing basis.
We use four-season Gipfel tents and sleeping bags. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward, provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
There will be no snow on this trek.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
The winter months see significantly cooler temperatures ranging between 10-15 degree celsius. This trek is not recommended in the monsoon months.
There will be no snow on this trek.
No, there is no option to offload your backpack.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
No, trekking pole is not necessary.
It is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last-minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
You will be picked up and dropped at Kasara Railway Station
Expect to reach Kasara Railway Station by evening.
No mandatory documents needed for the trek.