Kalavantin Durg Trek
The Kalavantin Durg trek is a spectacular adventure to the Kalavantin Durg fortress which was used as a watchtower in the olden days. The trail of this trek is stunning and unique as it zig-zags its way through steep rock steps and is a little dangerous since there is no railing to support you. However, the panoramic views en-route to the pinnacle is amazing giving you the full display of the greenery of the Western Ghats. Those who have vertigo should be careful before planning this trek. This trek is perfect for fit trekkers and experienced ones alike who wish for a quick getaway from Mumbai or Pune, making it the perfect weekend trek. Located on the Prabal plateau the area hosts stunning streams and waterfalls, thus a nature lover's paradise. The best months to undertake the Kalavantin Durg trek is between October and April when the weather is dry. Monsoon season in spite of its unimaginable beauty and greenery is risky due to extremely slippery steps, hence appropriate precaution needs to be taken. Stay on this page for more information on the Kalavantin Durg Trek - Itinerary, FAQs, Pictures, etc.
This trek can be done by beginners as well as experienced trekkers. The overall this trail is easy to cover only the steep steps make this trail a little dangerous.
There is no requirement of extreme fitness training for this trek. If you have basic physical fitness and if you are not scared of heights then you must undertake this trek. Those who have acrophobia should avoid this trek altogether.
Basic mountain mannerisms. Basics of knowledge of mountain ascending and descending techniques.
If you want to explore the Western Ghats and witness the biodiversity and the greenery then the Kalavantin Durg trek is for you. Adventure buffs find this trek especially attractive because of the steep steps climb. There is no railing to support you while climbing the steps. The deadfall on one side makes this trek a favourite among the adrenaline junkies. Giving you panoramic views of the Western Ghats, the Kalavantin Durg Trek can be done by both novice and experienced trekkers. Due to its close proximity to Mumbai and Pune, the Kalavantin Durg is a great weekend getaway trek.
October to March is the best time to undertake this trek. Monsoons are pleasant too, but heavy rains can make the trail dangerous.
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By Road: The base camp of this trek is Thakurwadi village. This village can be easily reached from Mumbai. Take the local train from Mumbai to Panvel. A bus ride from the Panvel railway station will take you to Thakurwadi. Alternatively, you can walk towards the Mumbai-Pune expressway from the Panvel railway station and take a shared auto ride till Shedung Phata. At, Shedung Phata another auto ride will take you to Thakurwadi.
The cellular network is available in several patches of the trek.
Prabalgad, Kalavantin hill, and Irshalgad they all are in close proximity to each other. Kalavantin hill, as well as Prabalgad, can be done easily if you start trekking by 9 am. And if started at 6, all 3 treks could be done.
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.
No mandatory documents are required for the trek.
Your pick-up point will be at Panvel ST Depot near Mumbai. Drop off location is the Panvel Station.
Expect to reach Panvel by late evening.
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.
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 degrees at night.
No, there will be no snow on this trek.
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 trek.
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
Accommodation on trek days is in tents on a twin sharing basis.