The Sandhan Valley Trek is an epic trek in the Sandhan Valley of Maharashtra which is also known as the Valley of Shadows, is one of the greatest canyons in entire India. With a total distance of 1.5 km and a depth of 200 ft, the Sandhan Valley is located in the Western Ghats surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan and Kulang, Ratangad and Kalsubai thus displaying an impressive set of beauty and grandeur of the Sahyadris. Located between two high walls of a range, the deep and narrow ravine is as less as 3 metres wide in certain sections where even the sun rays are unable to reach, thus it gets the name Valley of Shadows. With a thrilling rappelling section and walking through waist-high water, the Sandhan Valley trek is undeniably one of the best adventures in the western ghats meant for novice and experienced trekkers alike. The natural gorge of Sandhan (with some boulders the size of your bedroom) combined with narrow exciting trails makes this Western Ghat trek a must in your bucket list. The trek is not conducted in the monsoon season and is best done between the months of October to March. Stay on this page for more information on the Sandhan Valley Trek - FAQs, Itinerary, Facts, etc.
Arrive at Kasara Railway Station. Drive to Samrud.
Arrive at Kasara Railway Station by 10 pm. Our vehicles will pick you up and drive to Samrud which will take about 4 hours.
Trek from Samrud to Sandhan Valley
We will arrive at Samrud by 2am. After a brief rest and power nap we will start the trek from Sanrud village itself by 8am after having breakfast. The trail takes you through a river gorge with high walls on both sides. The best part of the trek is the fact that you will rappel through waterfalls, descend huge boulders and walk through shoulder-deep water. We will reach the bottom of the valley by 3pm and have lunch by the river. We will continue on to our campsite and reach there by 5pm. Settle in the camps and have dinner. Overnight in tents.
Trek from Sandhan Valley to Dehne Village. Drive to Kasara Railway Station.
After morning tea and breakfast we move on to the pickup point, Dehne Village. It is an easy and flat walk of 2 hours today. Our vehicles will drive you to Kasara Railway Station by 12:30-1 pm.
Sandhan Valley Trek is a unique trek in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra that takes you through a narrow gorge which involves a thrilling rappel down the cliff wall into one of the greatest canyons on Maharashtra. Being an ideal trek for both beginners and experienced trekkers, the Sandhan Valley treks demands a good fitness level and stamina, Introducing nature lovers to the world of trekking the Sandhan Valley Trek takes you to the corners of the Sahyadris.
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.
Best season is between the months of 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 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 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
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 by 1pm.
Expect to reach Kasara Railway Station by 1pm.
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.
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Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
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