Alang Madan Kulang Trek - Height, Route Map, Difficulty, Images

Alang Madan Kulang Trek – AMK – Igatpuri

Alang Madan Kalang
Google Rating
4.7
Region

Sahyadris

Elevation

4852 feet

Distance

24 km

Duration

3 Days

Difficulty

Hard

Exposure

Moderate

Base

Ambewadi

Season

Nov-Feb

Alang-Madan-Kulang trek is a high difficulty grade trek in the Sahyadri – Igatpuri region of Maharashtra, India. It is surrounded by some of the mightiest mountains like Kalsubai, Aundh Fort, Patta/Vishramgad, and Bitangad to the east, Harihar, Trimbakgad, and Anjaneri to the north and Harishchandragad, Ajobagad, Ratangad, and Katrabai Peak to the south. You can also get a view of the Mahuli range from Kulang fort on a clear day.

Visit this trek for its thrilling experience of climbing and rappelling through rock patches, living in caves, and spending a few days away from the civilisation.

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 away 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.

Alang-Madan-Kulang Trek Navigation Route Map

Contact us at contact@thrillbear.com to download the KML file of AMK Trek Route Map.

Alang-Madan-Kulang Trek Route

There are multiple ways in which you can take for this trek. AMK trek basically includes covering 3 different mountains which are connected by ridges and other features. All 3 mountains have entry/exit points.

Base Village:

Alang Fort (4852 ft) - Ambewadi

Madan Fort (4500 ft) - Samrad

Kulang Fort (4825 ft) - Kurungwadi

You can enter and exit from any of the base villages that seem fit as per your travel plans.

The best way to do this is to start from Ambewadi and finish in Kurungwadi or vice versa to avoid hiking back and forth.

The trek route is covered under thick forest for the majority part and the paths are really confusing. The climb to Madan fort as well as Kulang fort requires technical expertise as the rock-carved steps are destroyed now.

How to Reach AMK Base Village

Ambewadi Village

This is the base village usually preferred by most hikers to start the hike due to its proximity and accessibility to Kasara Railway station on the Central Railway Line of Mumbai Locals.

How to reach Ambewadi village?

The best way to reach Ambewadi village for people traveling from Mumbai as well as Pune by local transport is by taking a local train on Central Railway line till Kasara Station and hiring a shared Jeep from there. Hiring a Jeep will cost you about ₹4500 for a return journey for 10 people. You can find the contact details of the local taxi drivers in the local contacts section below.

Do check the schedule of the train on the m-indicator app (Android / iPhone) before leaving because typically there’s just 1 train every hour.

The same vehicle can then be arranged to pick you up from Kurungwadi on day 2 or day 3 depending on your plan.

How to reach AMK with Private transport?

If you take private vehicle for this hike, and assuming you do not have an extra person to be driving around from one village to another when you go hiking, you will have to cover twice the distance on foot.

You can park your vehicle at any of the villages mentioned above and come back to the same village after covering all three peaks.

Bear in mind that this is a technical hike and you will need some serious rock climbing and rope fixing experience if you’re doing this all by on own. Alternatively, you can take assistance from the locals who regularly do the super-human job of fixing ropes and helping the trekkers climb these forts with as much convenience as possible.

Availability of Resources on Top of Alang-Madan-Kulang Fort

Drinking Water

There are a few water cisterns along the trek to Alang fort but none of them are potable.

We suggest you to carry at least 5-6 litres of water per person before you start the trek. Fully refill your bottles whenever you get the chance - assistance of the locals is paramount here.

Food

Traditional maharashtrian food can be arranged by the locals. If you contact a local guide (number attached in the “Local Contacts” section) they will arrange a delicious home-cooked meal at your request on the top.

Accommodation

There are 2 caves on the Madan fort and 1 cave on the Kulang fort where you can spend the night. Madan fort also has a huge plateau which can be used for set up your camp if you have your own tents. You can take help from the locals to set up camps on Malang fort

Local Contact for Alang-Madan-Kulang Trek

Local guides for technical setup

Ganpat More: +91 8055695521

Food and Refreshments

Tuka: +91 9930801634

Transport from Kasara

Ramesh Bhangare: +91 9922655116

Ananda: +91 9823761312

Alang-Madan-Kulang Trek Images

Sunset from Kulang Fort

Sunset from Kulang Fort

Alangad Cisterns

Alangad Cisterns

Trek to Alang Fort

Trek to Alang Fort

Alang Madan Kalang

Alang Madan Kalang

Best Time to Visit AMK and Why

November to February

Since this trek involves a lot of rock climbing, it is best to visit this place during Maharashtra’s climbing season.

During monsoons, this place receives very heavy rainfall and this could make the trek really slippery and risky. Summers, on the other hand, heat up the rocks so much that it gets really difficult to hold on to them while climbing if you do not have special gloves.

Itinerary for Alang-Madan-Kulang Trek:

This is the most convenient itinerary that you can follow if you opt for local transport and, thus, have someone to drive the car from one base village to another:

Day 0: (Friday)

09:32 PM - Leave from Mumbai CST by train (96409 CSMT to Kasara)

Day 1: (Saturday)

12:15 AM - Reach Kasara and leave for Ambewadi
03:00 AM - Reach Ambewadi and take some rest
06:00 AM - Wake up, get breakfast, and leave for Alang Fort
12:00 PM - Reach Alang fort and have lunch
01:00 PM - Start hiking towards Madan fort
07:00 PM - Reach Madan fort, and have dinner, get some rest

Day 2: (Sunday)

05:00 AM - Wake up, get breakfast, and leave for Kulang Fort
11:00 AM - Reach Kulang fort, have lunch, and start descending towards Kurungwadi
02:30 PM - Reach Kurungwadi and leave for Kasara railway station

Things to Pack for AMK Trek

- 5 Liters of water (compulsory)

- Torch with extra batteries (Do not rely on your phone’s torch) - preferably buy a headlamp

- Sun hat or cap

- Blankets, sleeping mats, and sheets / sleeping bag

- Warm clothes during winters (Temperature could drop below 10° Celsius)

- Trekking shoes or trail running shoes (strictly no sandals or chappals)

- Comfortable t-shirt (preferably dry-fit and full sleeves)

- Comfortable trekking pants (no jeans or shorts)

- Extra pair of clothes and a hoodie (weather gets chilly)

- Electrolyte powder (such as Electral, Enerzal, etc.)

- Light snacks to munch on during breaks

- Fresh fruits / Dried fruits such as dates, figs / Nuts mix, etc for eating along on the trail

- A small day pack to carry all the above (Kindly avoid handbag/sling bag)

- Personal medications, if any

- Optional items: sun goggles, wet tissues, hand sanitizer, cameras, etc.

Alang Madan Kulang Fort - Ratings and Reviews

KaMlEsH NiKaM
KaMlEsH NiKaM
08:46 14 May 20
Alang Fort is a fort in Nashik district, Maharashtra. It is one of the three forts, the others being Madangad and Kulang, in the Kalsubai range of the mighty Western Ghats. AMK is the most difficult trek in Maharashtra. A dense forest cover make these treks difficult.. It can be visited throughout a year, if one has to visit it try to come in rainy season you will fall in love with the greenery of this nature.
Saurabh Sonawane
Saurabh Sonawane
07:03 23 Mar 20
Alang Fort or Alangad is a fort in Nashik, Maharashtra, India. It is one of the most difficult forts to reach in Nashik. The other two forts are Madangad and Kulang. It is among the tourist places that people visit for hoilidays.Alang Fort is located in the Nashik district in Maharshtra, India. This fort is properly situated in the Kalsubai range of Western Ghats and is a magnificent and majestic fort in the hill top. This fort is basically neglected because of the heavy rains in the area and a confusing and difficult path to the fort. It is an ancient fort that was built on the Western Ghats. However the builder and the architect of the fort are not known to the historians. Also, in the history of Maharashtra, very less has been mentioned about this fort.As per the stone carvings done in the fort, it is supposed to be built by the local tribes who resided in the nearby Ambewadi villages. It has made using marvel stone but after years of destruction and low on maintenance, this fort doesn’t look like a fort. It is situated at a height of 1372 meters above sea level which makes it a popular tourist attraction. The fort is built with the same rock that is found on these hilly ranges. The main wall of the fort is built on the ridges and looks like it is a part of the mountain rocks. It also has a raised rampart of 30 meters thickness built in a curved shape alongside the hill top.The steep slopes on one side of the fort and a vertical slop of around 100 meters makes it difficult to climb. However it is connected with a number of hillocks that surrounds two more forts giving it a unique view. This kind of arrangement shows that the fort was built for the civilians to hide during wars. Reaching this fort is quite difficult as the easiest ways out of which one was a tunnel, were only known to the local peoples who resided in those times and are not found now.The area is covered with thick, green vegetation as it receives the highest and the heaviest rainfall in... the Western Ghats. Many caves can be found inside the fort for living. Many inscriptions are also found in Sanskrit and Palli language. The fort stands on pillars that were built using singe stones. The other places to visit are the two forts that are located nearby this fort. They are Kulang and Madangad fort. The three are closely related and Alnag fort is one among this trio.read more
AKSHAY BHAYEKAR
AKSHAY BHAYEKAR
11:00 05 Mar 20
It's grate place for enjoying weekend with friends .its most toughest treak of Sahyadri..
Mayur Kamble
Mayur Kamble
06:28 29 Feb 20
It's unbelievable Fort thanks to supporting group pointbreakadventure dadartrekkersNice adventure enjoyed nice view from top lots of love ❤
Datta Kanade
Datta Kanade
05:09 22 Feb 20
Hardest Trek in Maharashtra and Sahyadri need atleast 2 days and expertise in climbing to cover AMK trek. This is first fort in this trek and have bigger climbing path, there is not much to discover on the fort but large water pond and caves. You can refill your water bottle from pond which is just before caves.
Bsf sir
Bsf sir
17:19 14 Feb 20
Hardest and toughest forts to climb. Beautiful nature and very peaceful place. Once visit and please keep fort clean and say it to others also
PREMRAJ TODKAR
PREMRAJ TODKAR
12:05 12 Feb 20
Known as the toughest range trek in Maharashtra located at the height of 4500 ft containing 3 forts Alang Madan Kulang. All 3 forts need long traverse. Total distance is 36km. Alang gad needs rappelling to descend towards Madan gad. Rappelling distance is 60ft and 2nd rappel is of 20 ft. Places to see, caves, water cistern and Padka waada.
narendra upadhye
narendra upadhye
17:48 16 Jan 20
Adventure trekking all time
TEJAS KHANDEKAR
TEJAS KHANDEKAR
13:03 25 Dec 19
Alang madan Kulang is a range trek in Igatpuri mountain range.Its one of the tuffest range trek of Maharashtra as well.Trekkers from mahashtra should definately do this trek after proper experience only.
Shankar R
Shankar R
13:54 16 Dec 19
Alang Fort is located in the Kalusbai range of the Western Ghats in Nashik, Maharashtra. Being on a hilltop and having a confusing and hard pathway, climbing up to the Alang fort is similar to a hiking experience. Yet, the scenery at the top is breathtaking and it is a highly recommended spot for tourists looking to sweat out and enjoy an adventure.As it is situated on high and rocky terrain, people are advised to visit the Alang Fort (also called Alangad) in between the months of October to February, otherwise, the drenched and sloppy surface during the Monsoon makes the climb very difficult and dangerous. The steep slopes are favored by people who come here for hill climbing and trekking. The top also has very good sightseeing venues. Along with the architecture and inscriptions found inside the fort, the dense vegetation and expansive scenery make the trip memorable.With no clear-cut historical records, it is believed that the Alang Fort was built by the native tribes of the vicinity near Ambevadi villages. The Mughals and Marathas used the location as the high altitude allowed them to oversee the area and respond quickly in case of enemy invasion. Later during the British Raj, the Europeans used this as a holiday destination.There is no definite fort-like structure as the heavy rains, lack of caretaking and poor accessibility have ruined it to an extent. Situated at a height of 1372 meters above sea level, the fort wall is built on the ridges with the same marvel stone found in the area. It has a curved-shaped rampart of 30-meter thickness on the hilltop. Many caves are built inside the fort for living purposes. The fort is supported by pillars made of single stones and various inscriptions in Sanskrit and Pali are found here.The fort is open everyday, yet people are advised to travel there in daylight due to the difficult terrain. It takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach Alangad from Amewadi
Purushottam Raut
Purushottam Raut
09:07 14 Dec 19
Most thrilling experience with dhyas sahydra on A M K TREAK..
Nikhil Sawant
Nikhil Sawant
03:47 01 Aug 19
Alang fort doesn't have much documented history the fort went in the hands of theMaratha, Mughals and the Britishers took control at the last.The tribal and Maratha revolutionaries took refuge on this fort during the british rule hence seeing this Britishers destroyed the steps and made the fort inaccessible from them.Alang fort is situated in the Kalsubai range of Nashik district known most difficult trek among the trekkers in Maharashtra it is advised that the Alang cannot be trekked solo because of its confusing pathways and many risks involved.Many patches while climbing the fort where you're climbing skills will be tested to huge extend.As it is difficult trek in the Maharashtra it can be done separately trekkers prefer Alang, Madan and Kulang doing together
Prasanna Kumari
Prasanna Kumari
16:39 08 Jul 19
Good experience to learn patience and stamina!
Mayuri Thakare
Mayuri Thakare
07:02 04 Jul 19
Alang Fort is a fort in Nashik district, Maharashtra, India. It is one of the three forts, the others being Madangad and Kulang, in the Kalsubai range of the Western Ghats. They are the most difficult to reach forts in Nasik District. A dense forest cover make these treks difficult. These three forts are a little neglected due to very heavy rains in the area and a difficult confusing path to the forts. If one has to go only to Alang Udadhawane is the base village and it will take 7 hours. Difficult patches can be occurred while trekking Alang. The Alang fort is a huge plateau the fort has many water cisterns on the fort in which water is not potable for shelter there are two caves in which one can spend the night on the Alang fort where is tent is not necessary. Alang fort offers view of the vast plains of the mountains and pinnacles and the Bhandardara Lake.
Pulkit Mantri
Pulkit Mantri
08:51 06 Feb 19
It was one of the finest experience to trek on this fort. Small patches of rock are there to be climbed and rappelled back. Its challenging and risky but worth all the efforts and muscle cramps.
Shubham Nevase
Shubham Nevase
08:38 31 Jan 19
It was great experience to visit n camping on this fort. CavesWater tanksViewSunriseSunset Was awesome.small patch of rock climbing is there to reach on fort.
Prateek Dwivedi
Prateek Dwivedi
12:31 11 Dec 18
A Vast fortress. It has a great wall for climbing and rappelling. Though not really recommended for someone who is just starting trekking.
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