When we speak about week long trek in India, most of us think about the Himalayan treks. There are many treks in the western Ghats and most of them are ideal for weekend treks. Believe it or not that there are week long treks in the south as well and that too in Goa – the Goa trek. Not many are aware of this trek. The challenges faced by trekkers are different here. It is not the high altitude sickness, but the humidity, trek through the dense forest, poisonous snakes and wild animals. Goa trek is a unique experience when compared to any other trek.
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It was a wonderful experience to trek in Goa that too during new year time. We were in Goa and the option was to either to go to Sunburn music festival or Goa trek. We opted for weeklong Goa trek and I believe that it was a good decision. Made many new like-minded friends, people from a different background (not just the IT guys) sharing their experiences, enjoyed each and every day of our 10 days trek.
Also read, some of the famous treks in the south – Kudremukh, Makaligurga
The first 2 days were to get register and acclimatization. We went around in Goa. The actual trek started from day 3 where were spent the entire day walking along the Arabian sea shore line. We took the local train, to go to the next camp site. The remaining days of our Goa trek were spent in the dense rain forest. We spent a night next to Dudhsagar waterfall, crossed multiple railway tunnels, crossed more than 10 to 12 streams, entered the forest in Karnataka, crossed Castlerock and reached an ancient historic temple at Tambdi Surla. We took bath in almost every stream that we crossed.
The total expense of this 10 days trek with Youth hostels had come to Rs. 3,990 from Panjim to Panjim base camp. The cost includes food, travel, train cost, forest entry in Goa and Karnataka, Waterfalls entry, permits, guide charges, tent stay, insurance, cultural program at base camp and a session on snakes. Not all of them get permits to enter the forest. There were multiple checks done by forest department rangers. I completed this trek back in Dec- Jan 2015-16.
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