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Feedback by : Savita Kanade
एक्स्ट्रीम ट्रेकर्स बरोबरच हा माझा पहिलाच ट्रेक होता. २५ डिसेंबर २०१५ रोजी, भिगवण-भुलेश्वर ला पक्षी निरीक्षणसाठी त्यांच्यासोबत गेलेले असल्याने तशी प्रतीक खर्डेकरशी माझी ओळख झालेली होती.
प्रतीकला पायाला एका ट्रेक दरम्यान मोठी दुखापत झाली होती त्यामुळे तो जवळजवळ २ महिने ट्रेक करू शकला नव्हता. प्रतीक म्हणाला, “ट्रेकला पुन्हा सुरुवात करण्यासाठी शिवजयंतीसारखा दुसरा दिवस नाही. आपण नऊ जण आहोत आणि ट्रेक करणार आहोत”. त्याच्या आवाजात एक जोश होता! आग, तिच्याच ज्वालांनी होरपळू लागल्यावर तिला पण पाण्याची शीतलता हवीहवीशी वाटवी.....होरपळणारी आग जणू पाण्याचीच वाट पाहत होती! तसं वाटलं मला प्रतीकचं बोलणं ऐकून!
गाडीत गप्पा रंगल्या. प्रतीक बडबड्या आहे. मनापासून बोलतो आणि मनातलं बोलतो. त्याच्या बोलण्यात एक सच्चेपणा जाणवतो! प्रतीक कडून इन्स्पायर होऊन त्यांनी त्या भागात आपल्या सहका-यांच्या मनात ट्रेकिंग रुजवायला सुरुवात केली.
प्रतीक हा मुलगा एक भारी आहे. नुकताच मोठ्या दुखण्यातून रिकव्हर झाला होता. पायाने लंगडत होता. पण त्याही परिस्थितीत त्याचा उत्साह आणि चालण्याची गती अचंबित करणारी होती!
कडेलोट-टकमक टोका वरून जुन्नर गावचा नजरा डोळ्यात मावत नव्हता. शिवनेरी आणि आजूबाजूच्या गडांची माहिती प्रतीक ने द्यायला सुरुवात केली. आलेले लोक ही त्याचा प्रभावी आवाज ऐकून माहिती ऐकण्यासाठी थबकले. जवळजवळ २५-३० लोक गोळा झाले! त्यावेळी प्रतीकचे रुप मनात साठवण्यासारखे होते. त्याच्या आवाजात त्याचा इतिहासाचा अभ्यास, रुची, वाचनावर केलेला विचार दिसून येत होता. शिवराय आणि त्यावेळचा इतिहासाबद्दल प्रतीक जवळजवळ २०-२५ मिनिट बोलत होता. त्यावेळी दळणवळण कसे होते, कडेलोट कुठल्या परिस्थितीत केला जायचा इ. बद्दल त्याने लाजवाब माहिती दिली. तो बोलत होता आणि त्याचं बोलणं पूर्ण होईपर्यंत तिथे स्तब्धता होती..शांतता होती! सर्वजण मन लावून, एकाग्र होऊन, समरूप होऊन त्याचं बोलणं ऐकत होते. त्याचं बोलणं संपल्यावर टाळ्यांचा इतका कडकडाट झाला की असं वाटलं शिवजयंती आता ख-या अर्थाने साजरी झाली! शिवरायांना मानाचा मुजराचं होता तो!
धन्य तो शिवराय ! धन्य ती जिजाऊ!
Name : Ms. Rutuja Phatak Name of Trek :Seri Taal - Manali Date of Trek :18-30/05/2016 Experience with XT :
It was an auspicious day - my trip to Seri taal - manali . I am a person who loves to travel long distances but while traveling to Manali It was a diff feeling .. .i was traveling with my sister. We were amazed to see The blue skies, white mountains, green land. It was very cold. We stayed in tents near the river Bipasha. From the campsite, I was able to see birds chirping snowing mountains. I hadn't seen such beautiful mountains before. The very next day we left for our trek in the dense forests . I was wondering how cold it would be in winter. It was a 3hr long journey till the first camp site It was very tiring and exhausting but the coach Prateek Khardekar was such a dear person to encourage everyone and motivate everyone to climb those heights. The trek continued for 6 days with a lot of FUN and enjoyment with lovely food and nice people... We had a lot of fun around the campfire sharing experiences In life and singing songs dancing etc.. It was a one time experience and I hope each one has such an experience in their life at least once and that too with Xtreme trekkers ... These days were heaven for me that best time with best people with the best food and the love given by all was to be appreciated I made best of the friends and have a bag full of memories to take along my way.
Name : Mr. Prasad Mhankale Name of Trek :Kalavantin Durg Date of Trek :18-19/06/2016 Experience with XT :
Kalavantin Durg is considered one of the dangerous fort in the world. Kalavantin was my 2nd trek experience with XTREME TREKKERS. As I must say it was very well managed. Starting from the pickup service, breakfast, then trek and all the little things were taken care off. This trek gives you ample example of the rugged beauty of the western ghats. The picture of Kalavantin Durg looks scary if you see it before visiting it actually and the same thing is I got bit a scared but Prateek really made me comfortable and gave me the confidence to complete the trek. As i googled about Kalavantin Durg I was really thrilled to enroll for this trek. Looking forward more treks with XTREME TREKKERS. Especially I m thankful to Pratik Khardekar who is the director of the XTREME TREKKERS and organized this trek.
Name : Ms. Ruddhi Mantri Name of Trek :Kalavantin Durg Date of Trek :12/06/2016 Experience with XT :
Kalavantin was my first trek with Xtreme Trekkers. As I must say it was very well managed. Starting from the pickup service, breakfast, then trek and all the little things were taken care off. I was a bit scared but Prateek really made me comfortable and gave me the confidence to complete the trek. Looking forward to more treks with Xtreme Trekkers.
Name : Mrs. Medha Gadgil Name of Trek : Shivneri Fort Trek (Sakhal Danda Route) Date of Trek : 19/02/2016 Experience with XT :
I was a bit nervous before the trek regarding his safety as it was his 1st trek. But Prateek guided him very well and he enjoyed the trek a lot. In his school textbook when he came across ShivajiMaharaj's birthplace, he could recollect it with what he visited. So now I have decided to do more treks with Xtreme Trekkers in future.
Name : Mr. Akshay Khode Name of Trek : Visapur Fort Trek Date of Trek : 23/07/2016 Experience with XT :
It was very good experience trek with Xtreme trekkers. This organization is very cheap in comparison with other organizations and gives u the best tour. M very eager for my next trek with Xtreme trekkers. Cheers!
Name : Ms. Riddhi Shah Name of Trek :Katraj To Sinhagad Date of Trek :22/08/2014 Experience with XT :
An awesome trek! Great guidance is given by the instructors and very well managed! Had a lot of fun throughout the trek. Had a lot of fun throughout the trek.
Name : Mr. Raj Raut Experience with XT :
Where you not only conquer the peaks but also new people who are good friends. Xtreme trekkers have been one and only mine favorite trekking group. Not only the places but also the services and management are best in class.The treks need to be safe and here they are.so I did my 1½ years with Xtreme trekkers and will do more.
Name : Mr. Abhijeet Nasery Experience with XT :
" Hola! I am a part of XTREME TREKKERS since 2012. I love trekking and have completed 50 treks.Apart from trekking, I am a foodie,I love trying out new restaurants and hang out places.But it's through trekking I get immense satisfaction.Trekking is not just a hobby for me it's a way of life.It's not just about conquering a mountain, it's about conquering your fears,pushing yourself to your Xtreme mentally and physically (K2S ;) ),and most of all being one with nature.The bonfires,the star filled skies and the sunrises make up some of the most unforgettable memories.So guys,hope to see you soon on a XTREME adventure. Till then, Live XTREME!
Name : Ms. Swati Mange Experience with XT :
Bhorgiri to Bhima Shankar was a much awaited Trek as I was going for a Trek after a long time so excitement was at its peak and to add to it ,it was a survival Trek where we cooked our own food on a desi gas which we made using bricks n collected wood !!! As the sun began to set ,began the real adventure ,where we kind of began the neva ending journey to reach r destination,though we couldn't reach the top BT as they say that journey you take is more important than reaching the destination !! It was truly a survival Trek but things were well taken care of . A great and a memorable experience for lifetime !!
Name : Ms. Rikita Shah Experience with XT :
Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar was my first-night trek so I was super excited for this one. It was not just an ordinary trek but a proper survival trek where the cooking food on the Chulhas, collecting water from the hand pump well, sleeping under the stars in the middle of nowhere was something that just added up the adventure element to this awesome trip. It indeed was a unique experience! And even in the most critical situations everything was taken care of and handled extremely well! The entire journey from the moment we sat on the bus until the end was filled with fun, laughter, entertainment and a proper man vs wild adventure.. all thanks to Prateek It truly was an experience that will be cherished forever!