Alang – Madan – Kulang

Toughest trek in Sahyadri in just 2 days


7 & 8 February 2009

The Mighty One: Alang, Madan and Kulang Forts


A M K Panorama

Region : Igatpuri, Nashik
Base village : Kulangwadi / Ambevadi
Best season to visit : October to February
Difficulty rating : Very difficult



New Day, New Dreams with new challenges.
View of Kulsubai peak from Kulangwadi.



Alang view from Madan Top


Madan with 40ft. Climbing Patch

(40 ft. climbing patch with white mark)





Entrance of Kulang with cave. Required 4 hrs. to reach Kulang from Kulangwadi



Way towards Kulang is challenging, tough & good stamina required.



Huge plateau of Kulang


Kalsubai & Madan view from Kulang top

View from Kulang Top



Water is available in reservoirs in all seasons



Going towards Alang, after descending from Kulang. All are very much tried.



At 4 pm we were @ climbing point of Alang. There are two patches for climb. 1st is medium & above that 2nd patch of 50 ft. rock climbing after crossing this steps.


Difficult to climb

1st patch
Pulling sacks over the patch


Totally vertical 50 ft. patch of Alang

2nd patch.
50 ft. rock patch @ Alang, totally vertical



Our lead climber Dhawal, trying free climb
(This Alang patch is one of the toughest climbing patch in Sahyadri)



This is most challenging rock climbing


Dhawal Confuse about route

No more supports and bolts on this patch for easier ascent


Steps to top of Alang after 50 ft climbing,  were some what dangerous

(Next Day Photo)
After climbing of 50 ft. patch, this dangerous & risky step welcomes you. Lot of care and precaution required to cross these steps, Exposure to deep valley


it's too late

We started climbing @ 5.30 pm (Low light) after spending 4 hr. we were at Alang cave (9.30 PM)


Bhandardara, Sunrise from Alang Top

Sunrise view from Alang top. You can see the back water of Bhandardara



View from Alang


Ajoba fort

Another view



There are two caves on the fort for staying and 11 water cisterns 


Alang Madan Kulang

Descending from same way via rappelling




Madan Route Map

Route map of Madan.
After Alang, Madan is our next target



On the way towards Madan from khind, you can see wonderfully carved steps in the rock



1st risky patch
of Madan, there is nothing to hold



A steep wall of rock on one side and a deep valley on the other side!


40 ft rock climb patch @ Madan

2nd 40 ft.
rock climbing patch of Madan, which is easier than Alang patch but expose to deep valley


Western Ghats

There are plenty supports and bolts on this patch.



Zigzag shape Staircase towards top of Madan, after crossing of two risky patches



Steps on the way towards top with Alang view on Left


Amazing Kulang view from top of Madan

Kulang view from Madan top



Only two water tanks from which water would be available only till February



One can stay on the fort in the cave, which can accommodate around 15-20 trekkers.




38 Alang-Madan-Kulang

That’s Team AMK
(Last Row, Left to Right ) Shrikant Borshe, Prashant Patil, Kailash Pathade, Dinesh Anantwar, Shridhar Purandare, Vishal Chavanke, Shreyas Waghmare, Ruturaj Bhandari, Mangesh (the guide from Kulangwadi) (Frist Row, Left to Right )Samyal ballal, Rahul Ghodeswar, Shankar Parab, Dhawal Sharma, Prashant Khairnar, Aditya budrukkar, Chetan Dixit