Alang Madan Kulang Fort is undoubtedly one of the most demanding & difficult treks in Maharashtra. If you haven’t done this yet, you haven’t done any thrilling trek in Maharashtra. This trek is the test of your mental & physical stamina, confidence & endurance. One has to walk on the edges for most of the time with one side deep valleys. It also offers rappelling, rock climbing, and cave stay. This massive range of trio forts provides you some of the great mountain landscapes in Maharashtra.
The Alang, Madan and Kulang forts remained neglected for a long-time due to their remoteness and the confusing pathways leading up to them. Often, they became inaccessible due to heavy rainfall in the area. However, in recent times, few highly-trained and passionate trekkers have singled out some routes leading to the forts. And it is now possible to trek up the mighty trio of forts.
You may embark on the Alang -Madan Kulang trek, if you are seeking to test your limits and explore your boundaries. Make sure you do this trek under the leadership of skilled and certified trekkers. Relevant prior trekking experience, and the possession of essential rock-climbing and rappelling skills are musts to do this mammoth trek.
Location: The fort trio of Alang-Madan-Kulang is situated in Kalasubai range. This area is rich with few of the highest mountain peaks in Sahyadri. Nearby peaks recognized are Kalsubai (highest peak in Maharashtra) & Ratan gad. Other nearby landmarks are Bhandardara backwaters and Igatpuri.
Kulang – Kulang, Madan and Alang are adjoining peaks and the most prominent among them is Kulang. Standing at the edge of the ghats, it commands a fabulous view all around and the tough climb is amply rewarded by a most fascinating sunset. Kulang offers the highest climb from its base to the top in the Sahyadri. The huge rocky terrain, falling steeply to the Konkan presents a grand sight.
Madangad – This is a difficult peak to reach. A broad rocky staircase takes you to the bottom of the rock-climbing wall, one must be experienced and careful while climbing this fortress. Further ahead, steps lead to a broad plateau with a huge cave and water ponds.
Alang – This is a huge fortress of very great natural strength. A series of water cisterns arranged in a semi-circular fashion on the top is a unique sight. Huge caves are there on the top.
You Should Visit Alang Madan Kalang (AMK) Trek if You:
Love Challenges Alang Madan Kulang is termed the “Toughest Trek of Maharashtra”. Although there might be many more hikes tougher than AMK, this is the only tough hike that is conducted commercially by all the leading organisers of Maharashtra.
Need a long break from the routine This trek requires at least 3 days (including traveling) from Pune as well as Mumbai. You will be gone from the daily hustle for a long time.
Want to experience rappelling & rock climbing AMK trek involves a lot of rock patches where you will be fixing ropes, climbing, and rappelling. This will be a huge adrenaline rush and an unforgettable experience if you’re doing it for the first time.
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