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It was an amazing trek and I believe you all had best experience from this trek. Really it was good effort from you and all
I would like to THANK you all (30 participants) for your co-operation in making this trek a memorable one.
Our Trek Expense Details
1) Food Expenses-3690Rs
2) Tea & Snacks @Village -460Rs
3) Car fuel Expenses-5900Rs
Total Expense:10050Rs. So expense each person(10050/30) as 335Rs.
As participants’ suggestion, I would like to use the remaining amount 450(30*15)rs for social cause.
I’m looking forward for more treks with you all.
kudos to the organizers :) it was a memorable trek. enjoyed the scenic views at the village. our whole group were friendly and jovial. its a great way to make new friends, connect with nature and stay fit. the whole trek was well organized. im looking forward to more treks... great going CTC :)
Had a gr8 day, enjoyed every moment... met new people and made new friends. Thank you guys...
Pics from my cam can be found in
looking forward for the next trek with you ppl.
Special thanks to Vadivel, Viki and Senthil.
Write-Up by Gandhi:
Thank you very much for organizing this wonderful trip. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every moment of it.
Here is the link to fotos and my writeup about the trip.
All the members of the trek assembled near the familiar Nathan's cafe around 5.00 AM. There are 6 cars which would be carrying all 30 trekkers to Eastern Nagala. The usual get to know questions raised and answered.
The interesting parts of this trek are about the people with various walks of life joining together with a common interest and are roaring to go...
The Chief Marshall of the troop Vadivel explained the route to all drivers in his own flair. We started from there around 5.30 AM. Expect the unexpected is what is expected of a trek, and this trek is no different to that.
Even before reaching the base camp, we welcomed the unexpected. The tyres went flat in one of the cars. The Marshalls got into the act swiftly and asked the group to move forward and took care of the situation in their own hands.
We reached the base camp at around 9.00 am. The snacks were quickly distributed, had a bite of it, packed our bags and started moving in a slow pace....We walked in the lines of the dam enjoying the beauty of it and started gaining the pace slowly to keep up with our commanders.
The endurance of the group was put to test by the steep trail and the scorching heat. Couple of us got dehydrated very quickly but rejuvenated themselves even quicker and started moving in pace with the group. Vadivel soon realized the steep trail that we took is going nowhere and we walked back till a small stream and moved in a different direction.
We walked for another 30 min and reached the first pool around 11.00 AM. To our surprise the group which came in the car that had technical snag was there before us in the first pool. The entire group throng into action and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in the pool for about 1 hour. We packed our bags and started another strenuous journey towards the second pool.
The path had lot of small streams. We lost our track couple of times and waited for the Marshalls to show the way forward. We reached the 2nd pool around 2.00 PM; everyone was exhausted by the time we reached the 2nd pool. In a whisker of time all started unpacking their bags and had their lunch as if they had not seen food for a while :-). The real fun started in Pool 2 after gaining the much required energy.We spent about 2 hours here. The time spent in this pool would etch in my memory for a very long time.
We started from there by 3.40 and came back to pool 1 by 5.00 PM. A quick intro to the group and then we headed back to the base camp. Another 2 hours of casual walk and finally reached the base camp by 7.00 PM. Hot coffee and Bonda were served to all the needed souls.
After some chit chat and exchanging pleasantries, we departed our ways and headed back to the brick jungle. Our mind is still in Nagala and is craving for more.
It was really amazing experience for all freshers including me.
Vadivel ,our captain headed us .He is like a army commander with lot of stamina.He climbs the steep mountain very fast....everyone wants to improve the stamina like him.Because i tried to follow him with his fast in the steep trial..but very soon i got dehydrated...soon i recovered because of my good friend Gandhi,Kiran,Asha...with their tremendous activities like Giving glucose,water,orange,Tango to me.
Vikki alias Vi-Akram was also headed some of the groups.Always having fun with our Romeo Krishna...because of him only, return to base camp is easy to everyone....
Krishna-----Name itself told that he is GokulaKrishnan...always helping others....only girls...also few boys....:):):):)
When we come back to the base camp ...hot bonda with spicy chutney and coffee...Wow....it was really tasty time..
Guys...we will meet u soon......in the next trek
That was good trek which brought memories together. I would promise with Vadivel there will be more treks coming months. I have uploaded pictures in facebook (my picasa is full). Feel free to look into the pictures.
The group was fun to be around :) This is the power of trekking in CTC to gel together in quite span of time.
Hi, Thanks to Vadivel and all the others participants for a wonderful Christmas experience. Hope to meet you all guys in future treks.
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hi Balaji, Thank you for the drive to nagala & back and your warm company. I am sorry i slept off on the way back as i had a mild headache.
Posted the trek pictures on facebook.
Saw all photos..!! They were so amazing Now It is inducing me to learn photography The trek was very well organised and the team was over crowded with friendly ppl Enjoyed so...o much:):) Thank you all.. And a spl thanks to the LEADER!..:)
This is my first trek with CTC and it was an amazing experience..... Got so many friends in this trip..... Thanks to all and a special thanks to our trek guru..... VADI... Padma and Ponpandi..... here you can find my photos
Post Trek Experience.
Place: Nagala Eastern Entry
Date: 25th dec 2011
This was my first Trek with CTC, a memorable one indeed.
The day started with a bit of doubt of how it would turn out as I knew no one in the group before, that’s was only till we all meet.
I should say my first lifetime exp that on a Sunday morning or rather nite I woke up @3:30AM for something, My first meeting point was in Guindy I reached (around 4:15) there were couple of people already waiting I could easily say that they were form CTC as everyone had a backpack and the SLR hanging on their shoulder, we had brief intro and Vadivel our organizer also joined and suggested people in bike to move to Nathans café to meet the rest of the team, and they would follow. We had the bikes parked in the CMBT bus stand, and moved to Nathans Café. The Plan was to for 30 people trek and we had 6 cars Set and our Fav Krishna had to join increasing the count to 6 cars and 1 bike, We started at 5:30 and it was a ½ hour delayed start, our First stop was at Poondi Lake, where we had our First Group Photo there.
The Climate was awesome, and a good sun rise effect
By the time we reached Uthukkottai one of the cars had a flat tyre, and organizers came to the rescue, Viki and senthil helped in getting the car moving while the others started proceeding towards the our next stop TP Kotta Village where we parked our vehicles and had our breakfast, we had delicious Poli’s and collected snacks and lunch and started to trek, and I should mention by that itself I was familiar and felt very comfortable with the group. Then we reached the dam, had few clicks there
Then we had to go up thought a steep trail after a while Vadi had to find out that the trail go no where, then we had to get back and follow the stream thistime trail was much easier compared to the steeper one, few of us couldn’t catchu up Vadi’s Pace and had to wait for him to return back for us, then by 11AM we reached the first pool. Had a great time there, I took leap of faith and swam across to the end and I should thank Vadi for saving me out there we spent around a hour there and then started towards the 2nd pool. The trail was good, had to cross few streams
Then we had good lunch, few started a small cam fire to get the getting roti’s heated
Then was the challenging part getting the the swimming tubes inflated… the 2nd pool was awesome. Had to swim across a boulder, this time I took a swimming tube, and crossed the bolder to my surprise found out that there was small but most beautiful waterfall . we spent some quality time there, few had their personal trainer to teach them swimming .
we started to trek back by 3:30 reached the first pool back by 5, then we had formal intro kind of thing among the entire team. Then we started back to our base camp. When we reached the base camp we had Hot Boondas, Coffee and paneer soda waiting for us. And before we could realize the trek was over, had to part in different ways with a note that we would meet for another trek shortly.
Thanks Once again to Vadi,Viki and Sentil for making us experience such a nice trip.
Thanks to my new friends (fellow trekkers I but prefer Friends) for making it a spl day of my life
Post Trek Experience.
The trek to nagalapuram hills - eastern entry commenced by the early morning hour of 4, only CTCians and tea stall vendors were actively engaged on their independent mission, after gathering from the various pickup points throughout the city we all finally assembled in CMBT, before starting for the nagala mission, 31 of us in 6 cars and 1 bike resembled a CM'S convoy , a fact to mention our car were in the middle of it , inside the car each of us had our intro and talks continued on various issues. We took the long route through thirumazhisai and poondi rather than the periapalayam route as the former roads are comparatively ok than the latter one, we were able to enjoy an aesthetic view of the poondi reservoir.
While in the border a car got punctured so organisers helped them out. After the dawn set , we all were there in the nearby hamlet having polis and biscuits. Around 8 we all started the trek, a hour later by the planned time. Some of us waited for the car sent for repair .
We passed through the beautiful dam there and enjoying the mind-boggling morning scenario.
The trail we followed was very steep and only after reaching the top we came to know that it was the wrong route, vadivelu came there to reroute us to follow the stream, by then almost all of us were completely exhausted by the long walk from village to hill bottom and then to the peak. On the way we all had to scream whenever we encountered dead end and vadivelu came to our rescue, after the walk that lasted for nearly a hour and stalling for many artistic photoshoots from the expert shooters amidst us, we catched up with the gang who reached the first pool very early. Here we found the water more soothing despite its chillness because of the exhausting walk under the sun.
On the way I had nice chat with shyam and gandhi. Pradeep and Prabu both kept on bullying rashmi and made good jokes. Organiser vicky surprised us after we came to know that it was his 49th trek to nagala alone. The one-liner from vicky and his timings were pretty awesome and made the trek interesting
By 12, we all started to pack to the dead end pool, as soon as reaching there we started to heat and eat the readymade chapathis and took a dive in the pool.
Non-swimmers aided with the swimming tube managed to get near the small water falls on the other side of the rock. This 3 hours we all enjoyed to the core and dint know the time is passing until vadivu asked us to pack up. On the way back we sat for a moment to know interesting things about each other. Arun siva and organiser vikram captured our emotions and all the beautiful scenes in a spectacular way. Many had their shoe soles pulled out after the trek - romba nadandutaangayaaa. By 4 we all continued walking with one aim, to go back to village and eat all the bondas ordered for us.
We had two people joining the trek in the last minute. One is krishna from bangalore and the other one is the cute little dog accompanying us even during the photoshoots.
The entire lot after settling the account and eating hot bondas started to retreat back home. The trip will be leaving an eternal mark to cherish in the mind of the trekkers. Special thanks to organisers (vadivu & vicky) and also to the cool photoshoots by Arun siva, Vikram , Kiran , Dr.Raghav , Gandhi and shyam. We all found great pleasure for being in the trek and were expecting similar trek next year from the organisers.
Lets meet one more time GUYZ...........
Happy New Year to you all.
"Challenge yourself and you will be surprised by what you can accomplish."
For the past 3 months since moving to Chennai, I had been looking for every opportunity to push my limits with respect to my Physical fitness. And trekking fulfilled double purpose of pushing my fitness limits and being close to nature, trees and wide spaces that I grew up around.
And still at 4.00AM on 25th morning I had hazaar reasons telling me "maybe Asha you cannot do this this time. There are treks every weekend. You can go for one of those." (Vadivel has already called me twice earlier before asking about my confirmation for the trek.) And somehow I pushed myself to make it to Madhya Kailash albeit late by 20 mins. Just before 5.00 we reached Koyamedu and after completing the formalities started around 5.00PM. We were around 31 people assembled there and I had mixed thoughts of excitement, apprehension of the trek ahead and determination to make the best of it.
On the way stopped at Poondi reservoir for few mins and while starting from there requested Sudhir that I want to drive pillion on his bike. After returning from US driving/pillion on 2 wheelers has become a tough thing and I would prefer to avoid it as much as possible. Throughout the bike ride I held to the bike tightly with the fear of falling down ;-).
Around 8.30 we reached T.P. Kota, had a quick breakfast of Poli(Sweet as breakfast? I think only possible at CTC treks) and started for the trek along the reservoir edge. I ended up amongst the last people struggling to catch up with the people ahead and the hike uphill made me stop every few minutes to take a breath before continuing. We had gained considerable height by then and who would want to miss the breathtaking vistas of the peaks and valleys of the other hills in the range, the reservoir and the plains beyond. Each stop provided us with a different view to store in our memories.
And when we realised we have to go down the way we have come up, it was mixed thoughts of happiness that I skipped a little part of uphill trek and apprehension how I am I going to make it with my knee which has started hurting already. We walked downhill, enjoying the views again. A great part throughout the trek was being the only one who cannot understand Tamil and demanding translations and appropriate responses for every word spoken and providing crazy translations in telugu.
We walked for another hour along the water, among the boulders, shrubs grabbing at whatever is available to stop from slipping, lending each other a hand to cross the water and boulders. At 10.30 we reached the first pool and the surprises seem to have just started. The cold water welcomed all of us for a refreshing dip and we enjoyed the dip thoroughly. In an hour we started from the first pool and reached the second pool. Had a quick lunch of chapathi and again plunged into the water.
I had been scared to enter into water if the depth is more than where I can stand properly. With a swimming tube, I tried swimming and after a few attempts had crossed the pool all by myself. And surprises awaited us at other end of the pool in the form of a waterfall. With help from vadivel, gandhi, kiran and others crossed the shallow waters till the water fall which provided us with a good massage. You got to be there to know what it is like to swim in pristine water with about 100+ feet high vertical rock cliffs with trees on top on all 3 sides and sunlight playing luka-chupi(hide&seek in hindi) with you from between the trees. And this is what I think pulls people again and again back to Nagala and where I also want to go again and again.
And the walk back from the pool to the base again was a nightmare made easy with the bunch of people I was with. Every other minute I was asking those around me to lend me a hand and I found out jumping is not the only way to cross boulders. You can roll on them to the other side, slide down them. And great conversations flowed throughout the walk back and the last surprise was the hot food waiting for us at T.P.Kotta. We gorged on it like hungry wolves, cleared the bills and drove back home with beautiful memories and new friends.
Thanks Vadivel for organising the trek and for the extra effort you put in helping me. Thanks Raghavan for the extra distance you came to pick us up. Thanks Gandhi, Shyam, Kiran and others for lending a hand whenever I asked for, staying behind me to make sure I was fine. Thanks Padma, Aishwarya, Lavanya and Rashmi for being in the trek. Your being there in the trek ensured me permission from my parents to come for the trek.
I have never pushed myself to this extend and its just the beginner trek. the trek was wonderfully organised right from the beginning. and although i met everyone for the first time, by the end of the trek it felt like i knew them for a long time.
The trekking experience was really wonderful, when you look at nature it looks like god has placed everything strategically for a reason, at the beginning we were reluctant to step to little puddles of water but half way through you begin to look forward for those little streams to cool down your sore feet. and towards the top, nothing can be more relishing than a refreshing dip in the cool picnic pool. I was definitely exhausted towards the end and made the rocks my bed. The travel downhill sure did seem endless. and the fun of trekking is in losing the way, which we did most of the time! By the time we reached the bottom it was 6.00 p.m, and just when you think it is over there was this long walk from the hill to the cars, and boy was i tired, thanks to some good friends, i made it. After all this what stays in your mind? Bonda and Tea :) !!
And I did bring back some souvenirs - Lot of photographs, good memories, new friends and oh ya! two broken toe nails!!
Lets do this again!!
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our trek participants who contributed trek surplus amount for social casue...
It was a wonderful republic day celebration with under-privileged kids who is longing for love and affection.I have spent that amount for Birthday celebration of two kids(Anandhi & Priya) from SIP home..
Thanks for all your support!!!
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