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Matheran has garnered a reputation of one of the most favourite hill-stations around Mumbai. Garbett Plateau is located in the southwest direction of Matheran, offering a 360-degree view of one of our all-time favourite hill stations, it covers an area of 8 square kilometres in Sahyadris. This fantastic spot was discovered in 1850 by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the collector of Thane district.
About Garbett Plateau Trek:
This place offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Matheran range. If you’re lucky, you might get to witness reverse waterfalls too. Windy and breezy, this point is indeed a beautiful destination to hike this monsoon. Situated on the south-west of Matheran, Garbett Point offers a breathtaking view of the range and the lake below. The plateau can be spotted from the train itself. Garbett Plateau Trekking tour duration is 16 hours.
Breakfast and evening snacks will be served you. You need to bring your lunch at your own expense.
Start time: 08.00 am (Bhivpuri Station)
End time: 08.30 pm (Mumbai)
How to reach:
Tour will start from Bhivpuri station, You can easily reach Bhivpuri station in Mumbai by public or private transport. Train timings for Bhivpuri station are:
CST – Karjat Fast Local, CST – 06:10 am, Byculla – 06:18 am, Dadar – 06:24 am, Kurla – 06:31 am, Ghatkopar – 06:35 am, Thane – 06:50 am, Dombivali – 07:02 am, Kalyan – 07:10 am, Bhivpuri - 07:51 am.
08.00 am- Meet at Bhivpuri Station
08.30 am- Enjoy breakfast
09.00 am- Post briefing and a round of introduction, start the trek
12.00 pm- Reach the Grand Garbett Plateau
01.00 pm- Have lunch and spend a blissful time
02.00 pm- Start descending by the same route
04.30 pm- Reach the waterfall and have fun with water
05.30 pm- Reach Bhivpuri Station and gorge on evening snacks
06:30 pm- Board train to Mumbai from Bhivpuri
08.30 pm- Reach Mumbai
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The complete duration of the Garbett Plateau Trek shall be approximately 16 hours, starting off from Bhivpuri station and ending off in Mumbai.
The Garbett Plateau Trek is entirely safe. Moreover, you shall be accompanied by an expert guide who shall ensure your safety all throughout the trek. He shall also explain to you regarding any kind of safety measures that need to be kept in mind while trekking.
Also, the traveling part shall also be included in the package itself; therefore, you need not worry about any of the safety aspects while trekking or otherwise. Also, the team shall carry a first aid kit along with them, just in case any of the guests injure them during the trek.
The distance to be covered from Bhivpuri to Garbett Plateau is approximately 8 kilometers which shall take you anywhere between 3-4 hours, depending on your speed as well as halts on your way to your destination.
Thereafter, you shall have to descend back from the same route, which adds on another 8 kilometers to your trek journey which will take you approximately around 3-4 hours, including a stop near the waterfalls. Therefore, the total trek journey sums up at 16 kilometers, including the ascending as well as the descending journey.
Your trek shall start around 9:00 A.M. in the morning from Bhivpuri station and end off at the very same place at around 5:30 P.M in the evening.
The difficulty level of Garbett point trek is medium. The trekking route is quite easy to ascend; however, the long-distance makes it difficult for one and all. Even a beginner with decent fitness levels shall easily be able to finish this trek without any difficulty.
Moreover, you shall not be rushed over to your destination. Try to enjoy your beautiful journey amidst the mesmerizing nature and this 16 kilometres long trek shall finish off even before you realize the same.
Some of the essential things that you must carry along with you on your Garbett plateau trek are as mentioned below:
A government-approved photo ID
Trekking shoes with a good grip
Ample water that will help you survive all throughout the day
A light lunch (Lunch is not included in the package)
Energy Bar and some light snacks
An extra pair of dry clothing and socks
Raincoat and an umbrella
Hat/Cap and a pair of sunglasses
A high-quality camera to capture the beautiful nature during your trek and from the plateau top
Hand sanitizer and your personal medicines (if any)
A comfortable backpack (avoid carrying sling bags and handbags)
The following means shall be inclusive of your trek package for Garbett Point:
Breakfast after reaching Bhivpuri Station in the morning (before starting your trek)
Snacks after reaching Bhivpuri station (after completing your trek)
No other meals shall be provided between the trek. Therefore, you are advised to carry along a light lunch along with you. Also, carry some energy bars, light snacks, and an energy drink to boost up your energy levels during your trek.
Some of the things that you should keep in mind for your Garbett plateau trek are as follows:
Do not litter on the trek route (Please keep your trash in your bag back and dispose of it properly once your reach back Bhivpuri station)
Do not harm any kind of animals that you encounter during your trek.
Follow all the instructions provided by your tour guide carefully to ensure your own safety.
You shall not be provided with any kind of meals, drinks, or water during your trek; therefore, you are requested to carry along your own eatables, water, and energy drinks (if required).
If you make your bookings with Thrillophilia, you shall be provided with a discounted price of INR 820 for your Garbett Trek.
This price shall be inclusive of two meals, a breakfast before starting off your trek, and scrumptious snacks after finishing your trek.
You shall also be provided with an expert tour guide within this price. The entry ticket for the Garbett Plateau, as well as the provision of first aid kit, shall also be done under the package prices.
The Garbett Plateau Trek is an all season trek. However, due to increased heat and humidity in the region during the months of March to May, you should not prefer taking up the trek.
The plateau’s beauty is at its peak during the monsoon season from the month of June to October, therefore you can plan your trek during this period. Moreover, the trek itself is called to be a monsoon trek which attracts a lot of people from around the region during the monsoon.
However, if you do not like rains the perfect time for you to plan this trek would be during the winter season from November to February
Yes, you shall be provided with an experienced guide for your Garbett point trek if you make your bookings through Thrillophilia. Also, do ensure to follow all the safety measures and guidelines passed on by your guide for a safe as well as enjoyable trekking experience.
The guide shall accompany you during the whole trek and also impart you with some useful tips for making your day even more beautiful. The guide will meet you at Bhivpuri station at the assembly point and drop you off at the same place after the completion of the whole trek.
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