The Western Ghats or the Sahyādri constitute a mountain range along the western side of India. The range runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau, and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, called Konkan, along the Arabian Sea.
The range starts near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, south of the Tapti river, and runs approximately 1,600 km (990 mi) through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India.
The area is one of the world’s ten “Hottest biodiversity hotspots“ and has over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species and 179 amphibian species; it is likely that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats. At least 325 globally threatened species occur in the Western Ghats.
The Sahyadri mountain range is a trekker’s haven with its rugged topography, majestic hill forts, ancient temples, expansive forests, and picturesque lakes.
Girivihar organizes short and long duration treks to various forts and other interesting places in the Sahyadri all round the year. A bimonthly Hike circular is made available to the members which gives the itinerery or the scheduled treks for the next two months.
The Himalayas (from the Sanskrit words hima, “snow,” and alaya, “abode”), the loftiest mountain system in the world, form the northern limit of India. That great, geologically young mountain arc is about 1,550 miles (2,500 km) long, stretching from the peak of Nanga Parbat (26,660 feet [8,126 meters]) in the Pakistani-administered portion of the Kashmir region to the Namcha Barwa peak in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Between those extremes, the mountains fall across India, southern Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. The width of the system varies between 125 and 250 miles (200 and 400 km).
Girivihar organises one easy and one moderate High altitude treks in the Himalayas every year. Our last trek to Bhrigu Lake was great success. Keep an eye out here for new trek updates.
Girivihar has spearheaded many expeditions in the Himalayas and we are always on the lookout to get into the drill and organize many more expeditions. We are also open to mountaineering enthusiasts who have the zeal to take up this herculean task to approach Girivihar and supporting them in any way we can.