Written by MITALI DHAR
The post-monsoon rain has not only caused an agrarian crisis in Maharashtra, but it has also made a serious dent in the business of trek organisers.
“Rain has badly affected our treks. Usually, we plan our treks post monsoon, but this time rain has not stopped and we have not been able to plan anything. Our monthly income is down by 70 per cent due to the rain. There is not much excitement about rain trekking either this time around,” said Mahadeo Gadade from Midas Adventure, Mumbai.
“Because of this uncertain season, we have to make a few changes in planning and organising treks. In places like Mahabaleshwar, it is very difficult to trek during the rain. We have shifted most of our trekking plans to December,” said Satish Marthe from Girkujan, Pune.
“…When we talk about treks in this weather, the risk factor increases multifold as water level in rivers and canals are on the rise,” said Saurabh Ranade from Get Out Outdoors, Nashik.
“Around Nashik, we have a lot of places to go but we are selecting these places very carefully these days. We prefer places where we do not face transportation problems and where we have alternative routes to reach the destination,” he added.
“We are facing a lot of problems due to the rain… We can’t put up tents or sleep in the open like we usually do,” said Bhagwan Chile from Kolhapur.