Katraj, 10th January 2024: Trekking the challenging path from Katraj to Sinhagad is a feat that many aspire to accomplish, but only a few dare to conquer. Anil Sawant, a 65-year-old senior citizen from Pune, has not only faced this formidable trail but has achieved the remarkable milestone of completing it 100 times.
The Katraj to Sinhagad trek spans 16 kilometres, encompassing a journey through 17 mountains that boast narrow and slippery footpaths, demanding the utmost determination and resilience. This challenging route is notorious for its difficulty, causing even the fittest individuals to feel nauseous after completion. However, Sawant has emerged as an exception, earning the title of the “King of Katraj to Sinhagad” in trekking circles.
Sawant’s achievement is nothing short of extraordinary, as he managed to navigate the treacherous path not once or twice, but an astonishing 100 times. The accomplishment signifies not only physical prowess but also a testament to the mental fortitude and unwavering determination of this seasoned trekker.
Sawant’s passion for trekking and mountaineering blossomed during his tenure at Tata Motors, where he engaged in activities with Pune Venture. Fueling this passion, he embarked on the Katraj to Sinhagad trek for the first time on January 7, accompanied by 36 colleagues. Completing the challenging journey in just seven hours, he demonstrated that age is no obstacle to achieving one’s adventurous goals.
Sawant said, “Trekking is not just a hobby; it’s a fantastic way to stay healthy. Connecting with nature prevents respiratory issues, boosts blood flow, and keeps both physical and mental health in check. It’s a must for everyone.”