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Andharban Trek

About Andharban Trek

This trek is unusual because unlike most treks in Maharashtra, it descends into the evergreen forest instead of going up. The word ‘Andharban’ means ‘dark forest’, and you’ll see why when you go.

The route goes deep into a forest, where the greenery is so thick that it stays dim and cool even on a bright, sunny day. As you trek, you’ll discover beautiful views of the Kundalika Valley and Bhira Dam. In the monsoon, there are gorgeous natural ponds, waterfalls, and streams that gush under your feet as you trek.

What you’ll see on the Andharban jungle trek

The trek starts from Pimpri Dam, which is the highest elevation of the trek. After that, it’s a downward descent for the next 5-7 hours.

You’ll be walking along a rock path that is a piece of art in itself. It has been chiseled by the flow of water over centuries. With many species of butterflies, birds, and flowers, this trek is a delight for nature lovers and photographers.

Andharban trek difficulty level

Many trekkers believe that the trek is easy because it is all downhill. However, you will be trekking for at least 5 hours, and negotiating rocky, slippery paths.

In the monsoon, the rainwater gushes down all around you, racing to the valley below, and the rocks can get quite mossy.

There are many other treks in the hills around Maharashtra. Find other treks in our list of Most Popular Trekking in Maharashtra.

Best season for the Andharban trek

The Andharban jungle trek is most popular in the monsoon when the forest is a lush tropical wilderness. There are waterfalls and pools everywhere, filled with clear, cold rainwater. Many trekkers like to take a refreshing dip in these pools after their trek.

Here’s a list of other Top Monsoon Treks in Maharashtra

The winter is also a good time for the trek. In the early hours of the morning, the mist hangs low in the forest, creating a mysterious atmosphere that is fun to trek through.

It is also one of the few treks in Maharashtra that remains cool during the summer, thanks to the thick tree cover.

What to carry for Andharban trekking

For your trek, you should wear appropriate shoes, especially since it is all downhill. If you are hiking in the monsoon, you must make sure you have a raincoat and carry a rain cover for your bag.

Do carry essentials like water, snacks, insect repellent, first aid kit, and camera, all wrapped in a waterproof bag. Also, carry a change of dry clothes and a long-sleeved jacket or sweatshirt to keep you warm on your return.

Find a complete Guide to Packing for Sahyadri Treks here.

Andharban trek summary

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Nearest city: Pune
  • Total days: 2 days
  • Grade: Moderate - Challenging
  • Max altitude: 2200 feet
  • Total trekking distance:12 - 13 km
  • Season: Throughout the year
  • Avg temperature: 14 - 35 degrees Celsius

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1: Night trekking in Sahyadri

  • Start point: Saras Baug, Pune
  • Endpoint: Sahyadri mountains
  • Day start time: 17:30 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 3 hrs

Day 2: Trek to Hirdi and return to Pune

  • Start point: Sahyadri mountains
  • Endpoint: Pune
  • Day start time: 00:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 8 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs
Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Night trekking in Sahyadri

You need to report to Saras Baug in Pune by 17:30 hrs. The rest of the hiking group will meet you there. You will board a state transport bus and make your way to Tamhinighat.

Day 2: Trek to Hirdi and return to Pune

You will hike through the forests the whole night at a comfortable pace, making it to Hirdi by 01:00 hrs. You and the rest of the group can always make periodic stops in the middle to rest your legs or simply to take in the awe-inspiring views of the mountains.

From Hirdi, the trek continues through Konkan, coming to an end at Bhira. Expect to reach Bhira by day-break, where you welcome a gorgeous rising sun. You can take some time to explore your natural surroundings as the sun breathes them back to life.

You will again take a private bus that will drop you off in Pune. There will be a stop on the way where you can get some much needed warm beverages and a hearty breakfast. You will be at your destination by 10:00 hrs bringing the adventure to an end.

Inclusions:

The Andharban jungle trek costs cover transportation to and from your starting point. This will usually be in the form of private or state buses (non-AC). Meals and refreshments will be served based on the packages selected, check with your operator for the final details. The trekking guide will provide their expertise and service throughout the entire duration of the hike.

The costs also include a first aid kit as well as all applicable state and central taxes.

Exclusions:
There is no provision for transportation to and from your base city to the starting point in Pune. This will have to be arranged for and paid independently. Similarly, no accommodation or meals will be provided by the operators in Pune.

Any expenses that materialize due to unexpected circumstances are excluded and will be accounted for separately. Personal expenses such as tips, beverages will have to be borne by the individual.

Do note that the trek costs do not provide any travel or medical insurance and it is recommended that you arrange for the same. Lastly, any costs not a part of inclusions are separately accounted for.

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Travel to the base village

  • Start point: Dadar
  • Endpoint: Tamhini village
  • Day start time: 22:30 hrs

Day 2: Trek to Andharban

  • Start point: Tamhini village
  • Endpoint: Dadar
  • Day start time: 06:00 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 13 km
  • Trekking time: 6 hrs
Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Travel to the base village

The meeting point is Pritam Dhaba which is located in Dadar East, Mumbai. You are expected to arrive there sharp at 22:30 hrs. After meeting the rest of the adventurers, you will travel to the base village, Tamhini on a bus. You should reach in about 3-4 hrs.

Day 2: Trek to Andharban

After reaching the destination, you will wait in the bus for the sun to wake up so that we can commence the trekking. You can catch some much-required sleep or get to know the fellow trekkers.

You will be given an energizing breakfast, after which the Andharban trek begins by 07:30 hrs. The route is a fun and challenging downward path which you will conquer in about 5 hours. It is then time to stop for lunch and calm your growling stomachs.

After the satisfying meal, you resume the descent towards the Bhira dam. Once the trek is completed, you will be provided with some evening refreshments. You then make your way back to Mumbai and should reach there by 22:00 hrs.

Inclusions:

Transportation to and from the starting point in Dadar in a non-AC private bus is included in the overall cost. Meals and refreshments will be served based on the packages selected. Please check with your operator for the final details.

The costs also cover any event organizing charges and all applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

Any personal expenses on extra food and beverages will be charged on an additional basis. The expenses do not account for bottled water and soft drinks. These will have to be paid for separately.

In the unlikely event of any medical or emergency evacuations, the costs that arise will have to be borne by the individual as they are not included. Apart from all of this, any expenses not mentioned are to be paid for on an individual basis.

Best time to go/Weather

Undoubtedly the best time to go for the Andharban trek is during the monsoons. The rains transform the forests into a lush landscape.

The winter months are also a good time to go exploring this part of the world. The misty mornings impart a surreal feel to the trek. The thick tree cover makes it one of the rare hikes in Maharashtra which is bearable in the summer months as well.

The Andharban trek is in Tamhini Ghat, which is about 130 km from Mumbai. Most trekking operators leave at night from Mumbai so that they can start the trek early in the morning.

The starting point is Pimpri Dam, which is actually closer to Pune, just a short drive of about 50 km for Pune trekkers.

Non-restrictive and quick-dry clothing is the attire of choice for the Andharban jungle trek. Wear t-shirts or shirts (ideally full sleeves) and track pants.

Trekking footwear such as sports shoes (dark and dull-colored are preferred) is mandatory. As such you cannot wear floaters or other open footwear.

Do not carry any valuable jewelry or gadgets on your person to make the entire hike comfortable and easy.

All the equipment and gear that might be needed to make the Andharban jungle trek a success will be brought along by the operators. They will also carry a first-aid kit in case of emergencies.

You should carry with you a backpack (with rain cover). Water is absolutely essential and must be carried with you at all costs. Do not forget to carry a govt. issued ID card.

Fill the bag with a torch and carry extra batteries. Bring along your personal medication. Some rain protection can be brought along if hiking in the monsoons along with an extra pair of clothes.

The bag may also contain some dry snacks and energizing snacks as well as Glucon D powder. Do bring an insect repellant. You could also choose to bring a lightweight towel or some napkins with you.

A moderate level of fitness is required for any Andharban jungle trek. However, the trek is not recommended for beginners because it requires you to cover a fairly large distance and traverse tricky paths. It is best that you have some prior trekking experience.

Andharban Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

It is not recommended that you go on your own for this trek. An operator will know the correct route to take so that you don’t get lost in the forest.

In addition, the start point is at Pimpri Dam, but you’ll end 6 hours later at a different point. You will need a vehicle and driver to pick you up from here.

The Andharban jungle trek can be done all year round. The monsoon months, from July-September, are the most popular times.

During this time, the trail is lush and green, with flowing waterfalls, streams, and natural ponds. It is also a very beautiful trek in the winter when the misty mornings make it a pleasant experience.

In the summer, the covered route and thick forests keep temperatures low on the trail, making it one of the few longer treks that you can do.

The trek is not recommended for beginners. It is mostly downhill, but the slippery, rocky route can be hard on the knees. It is also fairly long, with 4-6 hours of walking.

In the monsoon, the mossy rocks and gushing water underfoot can make the trek even harder. If you are a beginner, it is recommended that you do some shorter treks in Maharashtra first.

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Reviews

  • Rated : 5

    18-09-2019

    Very well planned trek in Andharban. The team was very supportive and friendly.The trek included beautiful terrain trail, waterfalls, and Rocky ascent and descent. Team planned for breakfast , snacks and lunch at base village.That was good.

  • Rated : 5

    09-11-2020

    Great experience!