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About Sandhan Valley:
Sandhan Valley is a unique experience combining adventure activity such as Rappelling and staying amidst nature. Sandhan valley is a water-carved valley around 200 feet deep. Sandhan is located near beautiful Bhandardara region near village called Samrad. Samrad village and Sandhan Valley is surrounded by Alang, Madan and Kulang Mountains.
Sandhan Valley trek starts from Samrad village. Total trek time is around 5 hours which includes rappelling and crossing pool of water. And deep gorges and one of its kinds of life experience which you feel at end of the trek.
The Great Grand Dad of all Treks - The Valley of Shadows, Where you'll hardly get to see the sunlight, isolated from the outer world, dead silence, passing through those deep creepy ponds, lifeless rocks and boulders, Echoes of your own footsteps will make you feel like a presence of some entity, sleeping by the waterfall with the nocturnal creatures in sub-freezing temperature. You'll remember this 48 hours throughout your lifetime.
Brilliant & deep narrow rock floored ravine between the two high walls of a mountain range. At some places, its width is less than 3 ft so that at some places sun rays unable to reach. So its called the valley of the shadow. To go at the end side of the gorge you have cross 2-3 water pools, water level changes according to seasons, in winter it is up to waist & in summer it is up to knee height. At the end of the valley, you get a magnificent view of high cliffs & deep valleys.
Sandhan Valley trek via Samrad to Dehene is a high difficulty grade trek in the Sahyadri. The Sandhan Valley full-descend is just 2.5 kms long (up to campsite) but the time taken to finish it on a normal weekend is around 10 hours.It starts with a flat trail till you reach the opening of Sandhan Valley. Once you’re into Sandhan Valley, you will be descending through the valley for the entire duration.
Duration - 2D,2N
Height: 4100 ft.
Grade: Above Medium with Thrilling Patches.
Location: Bhandardara Region.
DAY 01 - Friday Night
Catch the CST-Kasara train as per the timings mentioned.
10: 50 PM - CST
10: 57 PM - Byculla
11: 05 PM - Dadar
11: 13 PM - Kurla
11: 18 PM - Ghatkopar
11: 34 PM - Thane
11: 57 PM - Dombivali
12: 07 AM - Kalyan
01: 18 AM - Kasara
Day 2 Saturday
01:30 am - Meet our Team at Kasara St. And move towards the base village in Jeep.
03:30 am - Reach Base village, and take some rest
05:00 am - Wake up call, freshen up, gear up for the trek
05:30 am - Breakfast/tea to start our day.
06:30 am - Introduction round, brief on rules and regulations to be followed by everyone on the event. Enjoy trekking; at a 4ft deep water patch approx. 30m length, descending on the rock patches, rappelling 50ft. down on a rock patch, etc. All this only adds to the thrill of the whole exploration.
06:00 pm - Reach campsite. Refresh, relax and enjoy the sunset.
08.00 pm - Settle down for dinner followed by the campfire.
10:00 pm - Stories, sharing experiences, fun-filled chit-chats and lots more. Take rest for the day relaxing under the sky; watching stars.
Day 3 Sunday
05:00 am - Wake up, get fresh and have breakfast at the campsite
07:00 am - Start trekking towards Dehne in a cool pleasant morning to beat the heat.
09:30 am - Reach Dehne take some rest.
10:30 am - Move towards Asangaon in a private/public transport.
11:30 am - Catch Mumbai local from Asangaon railway station.
01:30 pm - Reach Mumbai with a promise to meet soon.
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Rated : 5.0
sandan valley trek and waterfall rappelling visit...
Rated : 5.0
Nature was at its best, that feeling of walking on waterfalls nd feeling of thunderstorms were awesome, though we couldn't trek throughout the valley bcs of level of water nd couldn't do repelling still it was worth it, service was very nice nd they were really cooperative nd friendly... If you are planning to visit the place then don't visit during heavy rain days or during early morning bcs too much fogg obstructs the view
Rated : 5.0
Sandhan valley trek.. 27th oct -28th oct 2018 If you have never been to an trek.. These are the guys you go with ..Fun filled and safe. Went to trek with couple of friends both girls and boys and had a blast on the trek.. The trek leader Sagar is very friendly, showed us all the rapelling techniques prior.. Sagar's safety precaution was the best.. Gave us timely food and rest.. Comming to the fun part.. Had volunteers trio.. Akhilesh, Ankit and Pratik.. They are the best people to be around with.. They are funny, helped out amateurs like me throughout the trek.. Always had funny exeperiences in handy from their trek to keep us entertained.. Made lot of new friends and had lots of fun.. Will i ever trek again?..Yes.. With these 4 guys?.. DEFINITELY.
Rated : 5.0
Trek to sandhan valley was a great experience overall (although it was quite challenging) . it has trekking, rappelling, water crossing, all of it in a single trek!!! This makes sandhan valley a special place to boost your adrenaline compared to other destinations, need not be necessary that you've to be pro to manoeuvre the valley, a complete rookie can make it through if you follow the team leaders. The group having the best leaders who become your best pals make it a cakewalk for a beginner only if you follow the instructions. Just to let you know the sweat and challenges are frugal compared to the satisfying beauty of the gorge.
Rated : 5.0
It was my first experience at trekking and I must say it was totally worth it. Went there with a few of my friends and we all had a lot of fun and made amazing memories. From caves to waterfalls, and the greenery sorrounding the place , it was everything I had imagined it would be.
Rated : 5.0
if you want to go for memorable treks, go with thrillophila. they give you the best of experience with loads of memories. amazing trek with bonfire, camping, rappelling and loads of memories. cheers!!
Rated : 5.0
Camping in Kodaikanal is one of the best things to do. I felt connected with nature again and loved the ambience there... We had a number of team building exercises like waterfall visits, tree climbing etc. I think we all know each other better now after having so much fun. Nice tour
Rated : 5.0
One of the best thing i have done. The view, the mountain, the valley, the waterfall everything is jst amazing
Rated : 5.0
it was a thrilling experience. the people are very helpful. enjoyed a lot.
Rated : 4.0
Unforgettable. Pretty locations. Very old caves. Beautiful nature. Well-organized package. Reasonable pricing. Night was really cold inspite we were provided with cozy blankets. Food was good. Campfire was awesome. Guide was really great.
Can you tell me about Sandhan Valley?
Sandhan is situated near Bhandardara village called Samrad. It is a narrow rock floored ravine covered by high mountains on both sides. It is recognized as one of the greatest canyons in the Western Ghats. Backpackers, who seek an adrenaline rush feeling, must come here and have the best hiking experience with their buddies.
Sandhan Valley also called a Valley of Suspense or Valley of Shadow, located in the Sahyadri hills of Western Ghats. The name Valley of Shadow is given because the sun rays cannot reach the ground surface, and the ravines are covered with full of shadows.
It is descended around 200 feet deep and 2 kilometers long. This magnificent place is surrounded by AMK forts (Alang, Madan, and Kulang), Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai. These are some of the highest peaks situated in Maharashtra mountain ranges.
Every year, hundreds of wanderers and solo travellers reach this stunning destination and test their trekking skills. Sandhan Valley Trekking is famous among many adventure-seekers in India. They are trying to unearth the hidden gems of Sandhan Valley as it carries lots of attractions.
Except in the summer season, the place is perfectly suitable for hiking and trekking throughout the year. During summer, it reaches a high temperature and humidity, where one cannot easily complete the trail without adequate food and energy.
Thus, Sandhan Valley with its perfect blend of canyons and valleys will take you to a whole new world. The place is surrounded by other sightseeing and scenic views that are sure to sweep you away from the ground.
What is Sandhan Valley famous for?
To witness the brilliant creations of nature, one should visit Sandhan Valley at least once in a lifetime. The place is prominent for adventurous things to do like hiking, rock climbing, camping, and trekking. More than that, one can spend their valuable time with friends in front of a bonfire, having a pleasant talk.
This amazing location is blessed with canyons on one side and valleys on the other side.
It is situated in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. One can enjoy the extreme climate when he/she comes at winter, autumn and monsoon seasons. These times are best suitable for enthralling activities to do.
The nearby attractions are Ratangad Fort, Nanhe Ghat Waterfalls, and AMK forts. Here, you can enjoy the picturesque views at your ease. When you come across Bhandardara, you are loaded with a variety of landscapes like Umbrella falls, Kalsubai Peak, Randha fall, followed by Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake and finally the chic village of Ratanwadi.
How to go Sandhan Valley from Mumbai?
Sandhan Valley is located at a distance of 183 km away from Mumbai.
The best way to reach Sandhan Valley from Mumbai is by train. One can take a central railway train from Mumbai bound to Kasara (it takes 3 hours travel).
Once you reach Kasara, you can take a jeep ride and arrive at Samrad village. The jeeps are available on a sharing basis. Meanwhile, you can freshen up at the base camp and do a final check whether you carry all the essential items. From there, you can start your journey to Sandhan Valley.
How to go Sandhan Valley from Pune?
The distance between Sandhan Valley and Pune is nearly 195 km.
Similar to Mumbai, one can take a train or state transport bus from Pune to Igatpuri. From there, there are lots of private vehicles available to reach Samrad village.
Here, tourists generally go for jeep travel by sharing the amount (Shared jeeps has cost Rs. 50/- per head). After arriving at Samrad village, you need to go by a private vehicle and reach the Sandhan Valley. If you’re planning for Sandhan Valley Trek, it is better to check with the locals whether it is good to go.
What is the batch size usually?
The batch size for Sandhan Valley Trek comprises of 8 to 10 members. This may include both amateurs and professionals as they want to embrace God’s creations. In order to feel safe and secure, a sum of 8 – 10 people is a good number. Moreover, it involves lots of fun and entertainment while staying at night.
Are Pickup and Drop facilities available from Mumbai?
Unfortunately, there is no pickup or drop facility available from Mumbai. One needs to reach Samrad village by more than one transport. From there, they can arrive at Sandhan Valley easily. Since there is no nearby airport for Sandhan Valley, you have only road route to reach the destination.
Is this safe for solo travellers and female travellers?
When it comes to safety for solo and female travellers, we as an organization ensure a completely safe journey. We have had many solos and female tourists previously who had a safe and secure feeling throughout their trekking trail. We also provide separate rooms for men and women at their convenience.
What is the total trek distance?
In Sandhan Valley Trek, the total distance covered is exactly 12 km.
You need to start their trek at the base village (Samrad) and in a few hours; you will be trudging across the water body which is 2 to 4 feet high. Then, you will rappel and use the rope ladder.
Finally, you will reach the desired location after crossing the rocky patches and caves.
Is Sandhan Valley trek difficult?
The Sandhan Valley trekking’s difficulty level is easy to moderate. Any beginner can kick-start his/her adventurous activity from this place. Even though one needs to take a stroll for 12 km, it is still easy and exciting when compared to other trekking areas in India. The landscape offers lots of attractions here and there.
What is the best time to go for Sandhan Valley trek?
Any time in a year, you can take up the trekking trail to this gorgeous place. However, the best time to visit Sandhan Valley trek is between the months of September to March as the place will be relatively cold.
In the summer season, the place becomes hotter and receives more humidity makes your journey tiresome.
At this time, you cannot enjoy the full day as you may get quickly drained. In winter, autumn and monsoon seasons, the place is best to go. Right from the climate to the panoramic views, one can easily get lost from his city life thoughts.
Will we camp for the night stopover?
Yes. There will be camping for the night stopover. After sunset, the place will become almost dark, so the guides will help you to arrange the camp without much hassle. It will be full of fun and amusement where one can spend time with his/her dear ones limitlessly.
Are toilets available during Sandhan Valley Trek route?
Yes. Toilets are available only at the base village i.e., Samrad village. Other than that, you cannot find any toiletries in the midway. Trekkers are advised to use the toilet at the base camp and make themselves free and comfortable. Once they start their trek, there are no options for toilets.
What is the condition of mobile connectivity?
In this trek, mobile connectivity is quite poor. In some places alone, you can find some signal that too in a different network. For instance, if you’re using Airtel, your mobile will show BSNL. As long as the place is located far away from the city, there is less chance for mobile connectivity.
Can we smoke or drink alcohol during the trek?
Smoking and drinking alcohol are strictly forbidden on this trek. Due to safety reasons for both male and female, the travel guides allows no one to carry or consume alcohol. Moreover, the location is slippery at some places which might lead to serious injuries if one fell down beyond his control.
What are the other inclusions in the package?
The inclusions in the package consist of food, tourist guide, accommodation, and jeep travel.
One will start his trekking trail with jeep travel. This unique experience will accentuate one’s adventurous mood to the next level.
The food provided here is totally healthy and hygienic.
One can feel the difference in quality while eating it for the first time. Next is the accommodation. You will be provided tents on a sharing basis. Lastly, a tourist guide, who is well-trained, having lots of experience, and enough knowledge about the place, so one can completely keep faith in him.
What type of footwear should I carry?
The highly-recommended footwear for hiking and climbing is nothing but trekking shoes. Also, wear a pair of socks that can suck up the sweat swiftly.
If you’re using an old one, make sure it has no holes anywhere in the shoe.
Otherwise, buy a new one without any second thought.
What is the best time for rappelling and is it included in the package?
This thrill-seeking activity is included in the package, where one can feel hundreds of butterflies flying inside his/her stomach. After receiving safety guidelines, you will be allowed to do this rappelling.
Except in the rainy season, anytime is best to do rappelling, because one cannot have a clear view due to rain droplets falling on top of the head.
How do to reach Sandhan Valley?
The distance from Mumbai to Sandhan Valley is about 184 kilometres and it can be travelled by road, rail and air routes. The best route to reach Sandhan Valley is via Igatpuri.
-You can take a train to Igatpuri or Kasara from Mumbai which takes around 2 hours 45 minutes to reach Kasara. The distance between Kasara Railway station and Samrad Village (the base of Sandhan Valley trek) is approximately 80 kilometres.
-You can hire a taxi for a jeep from Kasara to reach Samrad. If you are looking for some more thrilling experience you can book a self-drive car and drive down to reach Samrat village from Mumbai.
-If you are travelling by air, you can take private cabs or a taxi from the Mumbai International Airport to reach Samrad Village via Igatpuri.
-There are a number of State transport buses from both Mumbai and Pune up to Bhandardara. From there you can take a private cab or a jeep and reach Samrad Village base. The rest of the distance you will have to trek till the summit of Sandhan Valley.
How do I get from Igatpuri to Sandhan Valley?
From Igatpuri, there are local buses plying to and fro Samrad Village which is the base of Sandhan Valley trek. If you are travelling by an ST bus, you have to take note of its departure time beforehand to reach the base early in the morning for starting your trek.
However, the most convenient way to reach the Sandhan Valley is by hiring a private vehicle as the place is a bit secluded from the main road and getting public transport may be a bit inconvenient. Once you reach the Samrad Village, it is essential to take the help of a local guide who could guide you with the trek route, make food arrangements, assist you with rappelling and bring you safely to the base. Trekking without a guide may be risky and dangerous and it may lead you to face hazards during your trek.
Is December a good season for Sandhan Valley Trek?
Yes, December is the best time for Sandhan Valley trek. The route remains closed during monsoon and opens up in November. The natural pools will have waist-deep water during this time making it easier for trekkers to cross and make their way through them. The climate is cool outside and the surrounding valleys render a mystic charm from under the veil of a thin film of mist at the onset of winter.
What are the things I should carry for Sandhan Valley Trek?
Sandhan Valley gives you one of the best trekking experiences through unparalleled landscapes, valleys and canyons. To make the most of your trip, here’s a list of the essential things you need to carry for your trek:
-Valid ID proof is compulsory
-Trekking shoes with good grip & extra pair of slippers (only if you are staying overnight for relaxing)
-Extra pair of dress, light woollen clothes and rainwear
-Sleeping bags/2 bed sheets are essential
-Personal medicines, first aid kit
-Ready to eat food viz. cakes, biscuits, energy bars etc.
-Water bottle (2 litres compulsorily)
-Umbrella (during monsoon)
-Mosquito repellent (for overnight stay)
-Sunscreen lotion -Lunch/ dinner as per itinerary
-Carry your own plate, spoon, glass, bowl etc.
-A haversack to keep your hands free during trek (DO NOT carry totes, duffle bags or shoulder bag)
-Torch (with extra batteries)
-Camera (optional), power bank
What is the total distance of Sandhan Valley Trek from Pune?
The total distance between Sandhan Valley and Pune is approximately 195 Kms.
Is Sandhan Valley night stay safe?
Night stay in Sandhan Valley is safe for trekkers who are planning for camping during trek and enjoy the nocturnal beauty of the place. it is recommended that you are accompanied by a professional guide who can help you with the best provisions for night stay under the open sky.
Is Sandhan Valley Trek open during the whole year?
Sandhan Valley trek is open almost throughout the year except during monsoon months i.e. between June- November when the trail is slippery and becomes perilous for trekkers to navigate through the rocky valley. During monsoon, the streams are in full rage which makes it extremely difficult for trekkers to make way through the trekking trail.
Is Sandhan Valley Trek suitable for beginners?
No, Sandhan Valley trek is not quite suitable for first-time trekkers. You will come across rocky trails weaving their way through the mountainous walls, high cliffs and pools with raging water during monsoon.
What is the cost of Sandhan Valley Trek?
The cost of Sandhan Valley trek for one day and one night is Rs. 1250 per adult.
Is Camping allowed in Sandhan Valley?
Camping in Sandhan Valley under the star-studded sky is one of the best thrilling experiences for any trekker. The best camping site is near the gorge around Samrad. Fix your tent and enjoy a campfire in the lap of untamed nature.
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