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Khajaguda, one stop for all the
adventure activities, is a village in Serlingampally mandal of Hyderabad near
to HITECH city of Hyderabd but still unfamiliar for many working in HITEC city.
This place is a mystery to me
also until one day when I came across the group Great Hyderabad Adventure
known as GHAC club. This club caters to activities likeTrekking, Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering,
Outdoors, Nature and Adventure sport activities like Bouldering, Rock climbing
and Rappelling to name a few every weekend in Hyderabad and that too at minimal
prices. Khajaguda and Shamirpet are the 2 popular places where this club
organizes these activities.
was on 21st Nov that I get associated with this club and enjoyed my
first hike in Hyderabad. After that, I am going out every weekend with this
group. Last week, we went to Dandeli, wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka.
was at around 5:45 am when we all meet at West Durgam Cheruvu
Bus stop which is 1 km from Khajaguda. We were all set to start at 6. After a
brief introduction and filling disclaimer form, trainer asked everyone to do
some basic exercise for warmup.
After warm up,
we started with full of excitement. The moment we ascend some height, I was
mesmerized by the view this place offers. I never imagined such place untouched
in the midst of corporate jungle. This place has lot of boulders, stones
balancing each other by law of nature, ample space and beautiful views. We felt
little cold also at this place as it is not very commercialized.
Task 1 – Basic Climbing and Trekking
demonstrates us how to climb the L-shaped stone. Task looks easy but once we
tried, none of us was able to complete. He asked us to proceed and soothe us by
saying that you will learn all this things with time and patience.
Task 2 - Climbing
some height, there was 1 place where he showed us how to climb and asked us to
climb that too. Trainer and organizer were very encouraging and supported
at the top, we clicked some of the pictures from the top and yes it was also
the time for Group picture. This task was easy but 1 lady injured her knee
while coming down. Fortunately, there is always 1 doctor in GHAC meets.
sitting there interacting about the likes and hobbies of each other. Some of us
including me thought action is over for the day however; all this was to set
the pace of the day for some more difficult activities. Till now, we only saw
Task 3 - Scrambling
After a brief
rest which was actually not required, we started again. After trekking some
distance, we started scrambling. It was bit difficult as most of us even don’t
have proper shoes also. However, we managed.
Task 4 - Caving
Next part of
journey includes caving as well as chimneying to reach the top. Caving was easy
for thin guys as we have to roll ourselves between 2 stones but still many
people have small injuries. Some are hitting their knees, some their head.
Task 5 - Chimneying
from the term chimney which is the passage through which smoke escapes. In
chimneying, we climb the vertical parallel rock cleft using our head, back and
feet to apply opposite pressure on the vertical walls.