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What You Should Know More About Trekking in Pune
From Monsoon to winter is the best season for trekking. There are quite a few options for trekking in winter in the Sahyadris and the Baglan mountain range.
Treks are less challenging as the weather is clear and you do not get tired soon as opposed to what would happen in the summer season.
Monsoon lasts from June to October. It is safe but adequate caution is required as the trails might be slippery.
The most famous monsoon treks near Pune are:
The following things will be handy and are recommended for trekking:-
Some of the most difficult yet adventurous treks near Pune are:
The cost of treks vary as per the facilities and amenities provided including the duration of the treks. The treks are usually not more than one night and range from Rs 1500 uptoRs 10,000.
However, the average cost of a simple trek is Rs 2500 per person which includes a meal and transport from the road head to base of the trek and back.
Kalsubai peak (1,646 m) is the highest peak in Maharashtra. Other peaks of significant height are:
Kalsubai trek is of medium difficulty but there are steel railings, chains and ladders at places where it is difficult to climb. To reach the summit, there are well-designated trekking routes.
The most popular route is through the eastern mountain face taking off from the base village Bari. A short distance away from the Bari river, a Hanuman Temple has been built. This provides an important landmark to commence the trek as well as a resting post for those nearing the final lap of their trek.
The route from behind this temple takes the hiker straight to the summit. The trek along this route is a mix of easy to ascend slopes as well as treacherous rocky outcrops overlooking the valley below.
Yes trekking at night can be done, however with caution. This kind of activity is only recommended for experienced trekkers who have done at least a few treks before. The famous night treks near Mumbai are Rajmachi trek, Kalsubai night trek and Bhairavgad trek.
Preparing for a trek is no different from preparing for a long distance run or long distance trail walking. The only difference being a trek is not a competition and you can walk at your pace and enjoy the serenity around you.
For trekking you need to adapt your body to stress and build on it slowly and steadily to be able to handle more stress in the future. Treks around Pune are mostly easy level treks which require normal physical fitness levels.
This trek provides you some amazing sceneries of dense forests and random waterfalls. Shrivardhan Fort and Manaranjan fort are seen at the pinnacle with this amazing Rajmachi fort trek.
Rajmachi is a famous trek destination in Sahyadri mountains and a favorite destination for every trekker and as well as beginners. An easy trek with stunning views and beautiful sightseeing. The trek begins from base village and it takes an hour to reach the top.
Yes, treks into jungles and mountains have a high chance of encounter with wild animals. When you run into any wild animal while trekking, stay calm. The wild animals usually do not attack if they not sense any threat from your end.
Do not let them know that you are afraid or attack them. Try to go away from that place quietly.
One of the most important factors to having a good time during a rainy backpacking trip is having a positive attitude. Take five minutes to make sure your backpack is properly packed for showers.
It’s also important to stay well hydrated and well fed when it’s raining. Take short breaks more often to keep your body from wearing down.
Overnight treks may have bonfires and camping as per the itinerary provided by the trekking company.
It is recommended for any person to trek with a group but a solo traveler in a trek group is safe. It is recommended to share details with close friends and family members prior to embarking on the trek solo.
Overnight treks will cater for instant cooked food. However, many day treks may provide packed meals too. You can carry your own packed meals and refreshments during many treks.
Make sure to wear comfortable footwear, loose clothing but avoid shorts as it easy to get scratched with the foliage and bitten by the mosquitoes. Better go for dry-fits, the clothing which is light in weight and quick to dry.
Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra and has many interesting places of interest like:
All treks prohibit consumption of alcohol during the treks. Smoking may be permitted at some designated stretches or places during the trek. However, disposal of the cigarettes is to be taken care of due to threat of fire.
All treks are led by experienced guides who are familiar with the routes and flora and fauna of the area. It is extremely important to have guides for treks as they are all trained professionals and will assist in any difficulties faced during the treks.
Traveller Tales from Pune
06 May 2015
We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surroundings, the backdrop were all just WOW! It was completely worth every penny spent. I personally want to visit here again. The trek was well organized too; thus enhancing the whole trek experience. Thinking back there are no negative experiences at all. It was perfectly a great and a nice experience. The rates were also not that costly and it was definitely worth the time and money we spent on this vacation. I am so recommending this to everyone out there.
11 January 2016
Bhimashankar Trek In Maharashtra is one of its kind of a special trek that is such a country side trek. One can’t experience such a trek generally in other trek trails. Lonavala is by itself a beauty and this trek adds more grace to it. I had a great time at this trek. I personally loved the trek trails so much that I am planning to do this trek again sometime. As a trekker, you will experience bliss as the trek takes you back to the good old country trek experience. As a nature lover I had a great time with the surroundings.
26 August 2017
"For a long time I was planning to go for a trek but could not find the time. this independence day I just booked a trek to andharban trough this app. the place is wonderful I would say this is the best trek if you are a beginner. Going through dense forest through Giant waterfall and breathtaking scenery. This place Will defenately make you hungry for more of such beautiful exploration. Believe me it is lot better to go out and do something rather than just sleeping in weekends. Go Green."
31 December 2015
From the first day of trekking i realized that i am going to have the most amazing moment in my life. Driving to manali to chika, visiting the vashist temple, them spending over night in chika and heading towards Bula ka ghera was exciting journey. The lake looks beautiful almost in all season, and there are plenty of places to discover.
10 August 2015
We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned itinerary which involved this trek, and we are super glad that we took it. Regarding the trek, it was a great experience.
27 June 2015
The trek was fun and exciting. The locality and surroundings were brilliant. I have been to many treks but this trek was one of the best trek I ever had. I seriously recommend this trek to all those who want to go out with friends. Worth spending on this trek :)
12 November 2015
This was truly a rejuvenating and refreshing experience for me and my family. This fort is Surrounded by a dense forest, the Takmak Fort offers splendid views.
31 July 2017
I was looking for a trekking expedition along with my friends this summer when my friend from Bangalore suggested me this amazing trek. It was one of the best treks so far. I along with my 6 friends had the most amazing time of your life. Lohagad fort near Lonavala is known for its beauty and scenic views. I had the most amazing time of my life. This was my first time that I went on a trek. Everything was very well arranged for us. We also met another group who joined the trek with us. Once you reach the top of the fort you can see a hill that divides the basins of Indrayani and Pavna. The picturesque beauty of the place is something which you should definitely see. It was a moderate trek and since it was drizzling it was a bit slippery. Soak in the beauty and witness the strong and intact gates protecting the fort. Another interesting thing was that we had the friendliest guide accompanying us. He was keeping us entertained with all his funny jokes and stories of the fort and about the Peshawas. Everything was perfect for us but be a little bit cautious when you walk through the zig zag path. Feel the excitement existing in climbing up the hill which extends up to five kilometers from Malavli. The food was average, it was basically veg food. For the ones who are looking for an adventure for one day than this is the perfect trek for you. All together it was a great adventure for us.
31 July 2017
I was visiting my cousin in Pune for his birthday celebration and wanted to surprise him with some adventure outing. My colleague from Bangalore suggested me of this trekking expedition in Pune. I am really thankful to him for his suggestion as this trek was by far the most adventurous and fun trekking. I am not much of a trekking guy but this trek has definitely made me one now. We were picked up from the mentioned location and it was on time. We were 6 people who went on this trek. The beauty of this place just can’t be described in few words. We also made some new friends on this trek. Andharban can be best described as a heaven on earth. The scenic views with the laid back scenery will definitely mark a place in our hearts. The food provided was also good. We made few halts in between our trek to catch up some breath. We also made some new friends there during the trek. Just be a little cautious for your own safety during the trek. Gaurav our birthday boy was happy as well. After all it was his birthday and we had to make it special. After our amazing adventure we returned back to Mumabi. All together great experience and fun. Would love to visit again and recommend as well.
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