Overview

Andharban Trek

 

Andharban Trek Information:

  • Andharban, as the name suggests simply means a ‘Dark Dense Forest’. During monsoons, this trek is one of the most refreshing treks of the Sahyadri. It is the most beautiful attraction of the Sahyadri range which connects the Tamhini Ghat to the famous Konkan region.
  • Located in the Pimpri region of Maharashtra, approximately 16 km from the well-known city of Pune, Andharban trek is the perfect place for every trekker who wishes to experience the pleasure of wandering into deep jungles with enthralling views. Imagine walking through the nature trails deep into the jungle surrounded by sounds of the rustling of leaves, chirping of birds, buzzing of insects, and gushing waterfalls bubbling over the rocks. Blissful, isn’t it? Andharban – The Dark Forest Trek offers this all!
  • Since the Andharban trek is ideally taken during the monsoon season, you will be walking through the lush green grass and densely shaded cover of the forest. While walking through this jungle-covered in fog, you will witness amazing views of the Kundalika Valley, hear mesmerizing small and big streams of water and gushing waterfalls, cross these big water streams with the valley on one side, and view of the waterfall on the other with this mysterious forest waiting to amaze you with surprises at every turn! Known as a backpacker’s paradise, you will find yourself walking on a ridge with an awesome view of the Kundalika Valley, Bhira dam, and the various mountain ranges of Tamhini Ghat. Apart from stunning views of the valley, you will also encounter several unique flora and fauna, several species of birds such as the Jacobin cuckoo, the Malabar whistling thrush, dwarf kingfishers, minivets indigenous to this place.
  • One can truly call it the heaven of the Sahyadri. It is a beautiful experience to embark upon an exhilarating Monsoon Trek to Andharban forest and is a must-visit destination for all nature lovers. Trekking here during monsoons is all about hiking across delightful green hills, soaking in gorgeous waterfalls, and witnessing massive fur of clouds right beside you!
  • The most interesting thing about the Andharban trek is that unlike most other treks in Sahyadris with painful ascents till your breath gives up, it is a gradual descend trek. The trek begins at an elevation of about 2100 feet and you will be descending the valley to reach Bhira dam with no difficult rocky patches coming your way.

Best time to visit Andharban:

Andharban trek is open all year round. However, monsoons are the best time to trek in these beautiful western Ghats when completely barren mountains turn into lush green lands. Consider planning this trek in the months of June-September when everything is so vibrant, fresh, and green. Trekking during post-monsoons is also a great idea as Andharban forest remains dense, with added winter chills and mystical air.


Trek Overview:

  • Trek Location: Pimpri, Tamhini Ghat, Maharashtra
  • Trek Difficulty Level: It is a moderate level trek and requires good endurance. Having a prior trekking experience makes it easier. The only risky part of this trek is while crossing water streams during monsoons as the river becomes turbulent. 
  • Trek Distance: 13 km trail
  • Trek Altitude: 2160 feet
  • Trek Type: Jungle / Valley Descend Trek
  • Trek Duration: It roughly takes 6-7 hours to complete this trek, which includes a lunch break at Hirdi village.
  • Andharban Distance from Mumbai: 133 km
  • Andharban Distance from Pune: 67 km
  • Andharban Distance from Lonavala: 48 km

Andharban Trek Details:

  • It is quite bright when you start trekking. But as you descend further, soon you will find yourself walking in the shade of evergreen trees covering the trails and it starts getting dimmer. You will be walking in this dense dark forest for the first 6-7 km. This trail continues straight where you will be walking on the edges just beside Kundalika valley and with the mountain ranges to your right. There are 3 major river streams that you will encounter through your entire course of the trek, some of which might require a rope or human chain if the flow is heavy due to rains.
  • You will then reach a remote yet beautiful village named ‘Hirdi’. It is the only village that you will come across throughout your Andharban trek and you can arrange for food from locals here. You can stop for a refreshment break/lunch here before starting to descend towards the Konkan route to reach Bhira. This is the valley which is the origin of the Kundalika river, famous for its white-water river rafting and other adventure activities. The second half of the trek is roughly 4-5 km and you will reach the base village in no time while trekking on a flatter surface and enjoying scenic views of the backwaters of Bhira dam.
  • This trek is truly an experience of a lifetime!

Batches :

  • June: 12th - 13th | 19th - 20th | 26th - 27th
  • July: 3rd - 4th | 10th - 17th | 4th - 25th | 31st July - 1st Aug
  • August: 7th - 8th | 14th -15th | 21st - 22nd | 28th - 29th
  • September: 4th - 5th

Event Fees:

  • Mumbai: Rs 1300/-
  • Pune: Rs 1200 /-

Mumbai Pickup: Borivali, Malad, Goregaon, Andheri, Bandra, Sion, Chembur, Vashi, Nerul, Kharghar, Kalamboli McD )

Pune Pickup: Starbucks FC Road, Wakad bridge )

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Itinerary

MUMBAI - 

Saturday,

  • Report at Borivali at 09:00 PM
  • Reporting time for pick up from Malad, Goregaon, Andheri, Bandra, Sion, Chembur, Vashi, Nerul, Kharghar, Kalamboli McD would be between 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM anywhere on the highway.
  • Start traveling to the base village via private bus.

Sunday,

  • 05:00 AM: Reach Base village and rest on the bus
  • 05:30 AM: Breakfast.
  • 06:00 AM: Start our Andharban trek
  • 10:30 AM: Reach Hirdi village and take a snacks break
  • 11:30 AM: Start our trek towards Bhira dam.
  • 01:30 PM: Reach patnus village and have Lunch.
  • 03:00 PM: Start return journey to Mumbai.
  • 10:00 PM: Approx. arrival at Mumbai.

 

PUNE  -

Sunday,

  • Report FC gate by 12:00 AM (Mid-Night)
  • Pickup from Wakad bridge at 12:30 AM .
  • 05:00 AM: Reach Base village and rest on the bus
  • 05:30 AM: Breakfast.
  • 06:00 AM: Start our Andharban trek
  • 10:30 AM: Reach Hirdi village and take a snacks break
  • 11:30 AM: Start our trek towards Bhira dam.
  • 01:30 PM: Reach patnus village and have Lunch.
  • 03:00 PM: Start return journey to Pune.
  • 08:00 PM: Approx. arrival at Pune.

Inclusion :

  • Travel from Mumbai & Pune by Private bus as per govt COVID guidelines
  • Breakfast & Tea
  • Lunch ( Veg Thali )
  • Guide Charges.
  • Entry Charges.
  • Expertise Charges. 
  • First Aid Charges.

Exclusion :

  • Travel till pickup points
  • 5% Gst
  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
  • Insurance

Reporting Point :

  • Mumbai :

  • 09:00 PM: Borivali National park
  • 09:00 - 09:30 PM: Malad, Goregaon, Andheri, Bandra
  • 09:45 PM: Sion circle
  • 09:50 PM : K-star hotel Chembur
  • 10:05 PM: Vashi (under the bridge)
  • 10:30 PM: Nerul LP
  • 10:45 PM: Kharghar station
  • 11:00 PM: Kalamboli McD
  • Pune :

  • 12:00 AM: Furgussion College
  • 12:30 AM: Wakad bridge

Return Arrival:

  • 10:00 PM at Borivali on Sunday.
  • 08:00 PM at Furgussion College on Sunday.

Things to do at Andharban Trek:

Being one of the most stunning treks, there is a lot to do and experience on this trek.

  • There are beautiful waterfalls and streams which makes for a great backdrop for photography
  • Enjoy the monsoons rains and witness the dense jungle turn into a magical wonderland
  • Jump into small water streams and swim in these natural swimming pools
  • Explore unique flora and fauna and look for several species of birds such as the Jacobin cuckoo, the Malabar whistling thrush, dwarf kingfishers, minivets native to this place
  • Stay amidst nature and experience mental peace and bliss
  • Instagram lover? Love blogging? Captures photos and videos to show off to your friends and family!

Places to visit near Andharban:

  • Tamhini attractions: You can explore the Tamhini waterfalls, Devkund waterfalls, Tamhini Ghat viewpoint, Plus Valley trek just a few kilometers from Pimpri village.
  • River Rafting in Kundalika: 10-15 kilometers from Tamhini Ghat, you can enjoy the thrill of white water rafting in the Kundalika river. There are other adventure activities too in which you can keep yourself indulged.
  • Explore Lonavala: Between Lonavala and Pimpri, there are amazing places to explore like the Sudhagad lake, Bhushi dam, Takmak point, Shivling point, Ekole valley, Morgiri fort, Korigad fort, Anghai fort, Tung fort, Lohagad fort, Thanale caves, and much more! You can stay back for 2 days after your trek to get lost in the laps of nature, away from the city crowd.
  • Visit Lavasa: This planned city is about 2 hours from Pimpri where you can book your stay at high-end resorts. There are also activities like zip-lining, lakeshore kayaking, jet skiing which you can try here. The Temghar dam is also a famous spot to visit.

How to Reach Andharban?

  • By Road: The starting point of this trek is Pimpri village. It is around 140 km from Mumbai, 50 km from Lonavala, and from Pune to Andharban trek distance is 16 km. From any of these locations, one can either take a cab or board a bus to Pimpri village. Another option is to travel by your private vehicle, however, park at the base village at your own risk.
  • By Rail: There are many train options to reach Pune. If you are traveling from Mumbai then Deccan Express, Intercity, Indrayani, or Udyan Express are the best options. While coming from the South, board any train to Mumbai and get down at Pune.
  • By Flight: Book a flight to Pune or Mumbai if you are coming from any part of India and then take a cab to reach Pimpri

Things to carry:

  • ID proof
  • Proper face mask or shield
  • Sanitizer
  • Good grip shoes.
  • Torch with extra batteries.
  • Extra Pair of clothes.
  • Water bottles 2-3 liters.
  • Ready to eat food, like plum cakes, chocolate bar, some snacks & biscuits, etc.
  • Electoral or Glucon D powder.
  • Personal First aid and Personal Medicine
  • Sun protection cap, goggles.
  • Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles

Payment Details :

UPI ID : 7387523876@upi

Net banking :

  • Name- RAJBALA YADAV
    Bank name - HDFC BANK 
    ACC No.- 50100308491863
    IFSC code- HDFC0002501
  • Name- NITIN YADAV
    Bank name - PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK 
    ACC No.- 0530001500002688
    IFSC code- PUNB0053000

Please send a screenshot of the payment on WhatsApp 8850043643 for confirmation, we will then share a form for the final booking procedure.


COVID Guidelines :

  • Mask and maintaining social distance with others is mandatory throughout the trip.
  • Buses will be fully sanitized before use.
  • Carrying your own sanitizers, gloves, face shield and mask is compulsory.
  • Food will be freshly cooked and packed as per WHO guidelines.

Trekhievers Policies:

  • Seats will be reserved only after full payment.
  • Fees paid are non-refundable but transferable on the same event.
  • The complete schedule of the trek will be given later to registered participants
  • Organizers have all the right to modify or change the schedule in case
  • Organizers hold the right to cancel any event and refund with prior notice.
  • We strictly follow a no alcohol, no drugs, and no litter policy.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 100% amount to be paid in advance to book the trip.
  • If the booking is canceled 10 days or before the event date then 50% of the booking amount will be refunded.
  • No refund if canceled 9 days before the event.
  • No show = No refund.

Contact details:

Vaibhavi - 8850043643 | Nitin - 7387523876 | Chetan - 8928861733 

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Disclaimer:

The tour is weather-based and depends on the weather conditions. There may be last-minute cancellations if weather conditions deteriorate.

FAQ

Can I do the Andharban trek if I have never been on a trek before?

Yes, it is an easy to moderate level trek. Any person who is physically fit can do this trek with ease.

 

How to reach the Base village from Mumbai?

Please refer to our section on ‘How to Reach?’ to get complete details on travel. 

 

Can we drive a car to Andharban?

Yes, you can search for Andharban Trail Start Point on google maps and navigate to it. However, we are not responsible in case of any loss/damage. Please park your car at the base village at your own risk.

 

Are there toilet facilities available on the Andharban trek route?

Toilets are not available during the trek. You can utilize the washroom facilities once you reach the base village.

 

The ideal number of days required for this trek?

One day is sufficient for the Andharban trek. You can keep 2 extra days to explore places around Lonavala and Pune.

 

How much time is required to complete this trek?

You can complete the entire trek in 6-8 hours, subject to change as per the weather condition.

 

What is the total trek distance of the Andharban trek?

The total trek distance is 13 km. Although this trek does not include any climbs or rocky terrain, you will have to walk a long distance at a stretch.

 

Best time to do this trek?

Monsoons and post-monsoons (June to October) are generally the best time to enjoy this trek since there is plenty of greenery and misty winds that will give you the chills.

 

What type of footwear should I wear for the trek?

Andharban trek involves long walks so you should be wearing comfortable trekking shoes. Try to avoid slippery sandals as you might lose grip and tend to fall. Carrying an extra pair of socks is recommended.

 

Is the event safe for solo female travelers?

There are many solo travelers that join us for the event, most of them being females. We pay special attention to the safety of our guests and separate accommodation is provided to men and women.

 

Do you allow kids on this trek?

Kids below 16 are allowed only if accompanied by an adult.

 

Is smoking and consuming alcohol allowed?

No. We follow a strict ‘No liquor policy’ and anyone caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to leave the trek immediately.

 

What is the condition of network connectivity at Andharban?

There is no network throughout the trek, with very limited phone connectivity available at some spots.

 

Can I charge my phone during the trek?

There is no electricity supply available during the trek. One should carry a power bank if required.

 

Places to see near Pimpri village?

You can explore the Tamhini waterfalls, Devkund waterfalls, Tamhini Ghat viewpoint, Plus Valley trek which are just a few kilometers from Pimpri village.