The Great Sahyadris Trail is a unique Bikat offering where we explore diverse trekking experience located in a small geographic portion of Western Ghats near Igatpuri. Not really high regarding altitude, but high on thrill, beauty, and adventure. Starting from an easy hike through lush greenery to Kalsubai - the highest point of Maharashtra, the trekkers get to camp and relax next to the gigantic Bhandardara Dam. Next on this trip is Harishchandragad, another easy hike to Harishchandra's abode during exile meditation where history and mythology are portrayed in a beautiful way. Moving on, you start Sandhan Valley Trek. More than a trek, it is a thrilling rock-climbing session where you descend through a gorge with high walls on either side and a mild water stream beneath you. From rappelling down gushing cascades to technical rock climbing where you will have to use proper holds and cuts in the boulder to descend with ease. Did we mention that the stagnated water pools en route are shoulder-deep in some parts? Up next is the most thrilling trek - the Alang, Madan and Kulang trek, which is a two-day strenuous hike to three impressive hilltop forts. Some of the portions of Alang, Madan and Kulang are bound to give you goosebumps. So, join us on this extravagant adventure in the Western Ghats and have an experience of a lifetime. The best months to do the Great Sahyadris Trail is between October to March. Stay on this page for more information on the Great Sahyadris Trail.
Arrive at Kasara Railway Station. Drive to Bari.
Arrive at Kasara Railway Station by 10 pm. Our vehicles will pick you up and drive you to Bari. It is a 3 hour drive.
Bari to Kalsubai to Lake Arthur
You will arrive at Bari by 1 am. Relax and take a brief power nap. Have breakfast by 6:30 am and start your trek to Kalsubai. You will reach Kalsubai Top by 11 am. We will trace our way back to Bari Village and have lunch by 1 pm. You will be picked up by our vehicles at 2 pm and we drive to Bhandardara Dam. We reach Muthkil Village at Lake Arthur by 3 pm. Spend the evening playing games and sit by the lake to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the plains. Have dinner and retire for the night. Overnight in tents.
Drive to Pachnai. Trek to Kokankada.
After morning tea and breakfast, we drive to Pachnai village. it will take about 4 hours. Arrive by 1 pm and have lunch at Pachnai Village. We start the trek by 2:30 pm and we reach Kokankada by 5:30 pm. Have tea and relax. Settle in camps and have dinner. Overnight in tents.
Trek to Harishchandragad. Drive to Samrud.
After tea and breakfast, we start our trek to the top. Its an easy 2 hours hike. We return and explore the caves, Harishchandragad temple and Kedareshwar shivling. Have refreshments by 12 pm and head back. Reach Pachnai by 2 pm and have lunch. We will then drive to Samrud. Arrive by 6pm, have tea followed by dinner. Overnight in tents.
Trek from Samrud to Sandhan Valley and back.
After tea and breakfast we start the trek to Sandhan Valley from Samrud itself. We walk through a river gorge with high walls on either sides. Frequently you will rappel through waterfalls, descend huge boulders and walk through shoulder-deep water. We will reach the bottom of the valley by 3 pm and have lunch by the river. Reach Samrud by 7 pm after a steep climb. Have dinner and retire for the night. Overnight in tents.
Trek from Samrud to Alang and Madan
We will start early today. We drive till the end of the road and start the trek to Alang by 6am. Have breakfast on the trail. We will trek to Alang top by 12pm and explore the area and soak in the beautiful views from the top. We will then rappel down to Madan base where we will break for lunch. We will trek to Madan top and reach there by 4pm. Have dinner at the camp and overnight in tents/caves.
Trek from Madan to Ambevadi via Kulang. Drive to Kasara Railway Station.
Have tea and breakfast in the morning and descend back to Madan Base. We will continue our journey to Kulang Base and then climb to Kulang top by 11am and explore. We will descend another steep set of stairs to reach the Kulang base where we will break for lunch. We will continue our trek to Ambevadi and reach there by 4pm. Our vehicles will pick you up and drop you at Kasara Railway Station by 7-8pm.
Since it is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running exercise is recommended.
1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
The best months to do the Great Sahyadris Trail is from October to March.
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The base of the trek is Kasara which is around 104 km from Mumbai and is well connected by daily trains and local buses.
Intermittent cellular network.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
Accommodation on trek days is in tents on a twin/triple sharing basis.
We use four-season Gipfel tents and sleeping bags. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward, provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
There will be no snow on this trail.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
Monsoon season will see a significant amount of rainfall with temperatures ranging from 30 to 20 degree celsius. Winter months will be much cooler with temperatures dropping down to as low as 10 to 15 degrees at night.
No, there will be no snow on this trek.
No, there is no option to offload your backpack.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
No, trekking pole is not necessary.
It is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last-minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
You will be picked up at Kasara Railway Station and dropped at the same location.
Expect to reach Kasara Railway Station by 7-8 pm.
No mandatory documents needed for the trek.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund
Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
Sarthak Madan 21 May 2021
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