Bhimashankar Overnight Trek

Considered as one of the most enriching treks in Maharashtra, the Bhimashankar overnight trek takes you through dense forested regions, steep mountain terrains, an ancient temple and Nagfani pinnacle!

During this journey you’ll ascend via the Shidi Ghat but descend via the Ganesh Ghat, exposing you to two completely different trek routes. Moreover, once you reach the top, you’ll also get to visit the Gupt Bhimashanka which is considered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and the birth place of Lord Shiva. After a whole day of trekking you’ll also get to spend the night in a rustic homestay.

This trek is considered as one of the difficult treks in Maharashtra, making it suitable only for experienced trekkers.


Situated in the valleys of the Sahyadris, the Bhimashankar is the source of the Bhima River and lies in close proximity to Pune. With an elevation of over 3000 feet, this hill-fort overlooks some spectacular natural beauty. From rich dense forests, you’ll find patches with deserted ruins, exotic flora and fauna and even other neighboring forts. Your route will entail crossing waterfalls, trekking over slippery moss covered paths and mountain rocks and boulders.

Destination highlights

Feel the pride of embarking on the Bhimashankar overnight trek, one of the toughest treks of Maharashtra. | Spot a giant squirrel if you're lucky. | Experience 2 different trek routes. | Visit one of the oldest temples of Maharashtra and learn about its historic past.




17 kms

8 hrs

9 kms

Neral Station by 05:20 hrs

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Neral Station by 20:00 hrs.

Local transport


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Catch the Karjat slow train from CSTM today at 05:20 hrs and depart for Neral. Once you reach Neral, you'll then meet the team and travel to Khandas by local transport. You'll then begin your trek towards Bhimshankar by the ladder route within the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. During this trek you'll pass through some serene greenery while catching sight of the peaks of mountains to reach the famous Bhimashankar Temple. In the evening, visit the Gupt Bhimashankar. You'll even get to trek to the Nagfani pinnacle. However, by night return back to Bhimashankar and check into a dormitory or homestay.

Overnight in dormitory/homestay.

Catch the early morning Karjat slow local train from CSTM to Neral. Once you reach, you'll be picked up from the Neral Station by 07:30 hrs and dropped off to Khandas via local transport. Today's package includes veg breakfast and dinner. No lunch is provided, so do pack some food or buy something along the way. After trekking for the whole day, you'll spend the night in Bhimashankar in a dormitory or homestay on a sharing basis.


Breakfast | Dinner


Day 1 Milestone



05:20 AM

Wake up early today and catch a glorious sunrise. Post breakfast, you'll proceed to Khandas by Ganesh Ghat. Once you reach Khandas, take a break for lunch and then travel to Neral by local transport. Once in Neral, catch the Karjat slow train back to Mumbai. Reach back by 20:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

Wake up early today and feast on a healthy breakfast. After reaching back to Khandas, you'll also be given some lunch. From Khandas you'll then be transported to the Neral Station by local transport. Once at the Neral Station, catch the Karjat slow local back to Mumbai. Your trip ends here.


Breakfast | Lunch


Day 2 Milestone



06:00 AM

Includes / Excludes


  • Transport from and to Neral via local transport
  • Veg meals including breakfast and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast and lunch on Day 2
  • Accommodation in dormitories or homestays on sharing basis
  • First aid kit
  • Services of an experienced trek guide
  • All applicable taxes


  • Train transport from Mumbai to Nerul and back
  • Meals during transit
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Emergency expenses
  • Personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Good gripped trekking shoes
  • Full sleeved t shirts
  • Full pants
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Muffler
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Quick dry clothes
  • Windcheater/raincoat
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewelry and watches
  • Hard luggage
  • Slippers or sandals
  • Jholas or sling bags
  • Sleeveless, low neck blouses
  • Figure hugging shirts/tops
  • Short pants/hot pants

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Any technical equipment, as required
  • Transport from Neral to the start point and back

You need to get

  • Backpack
  • 2 ltrs waterbottle
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Dry Snacks
  • Sunblock
  • Toiletries
  • Light towel
  • Camera
  • Torch with batteries
  • Extra money
  • ID proof
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/cap
  • Electral/Tang powder/Glucon-D
  • Packed lunch
  • Umbrella

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made immediately after booking the Bhimashankar overnight trek: 70% refund.

For cancellations made 30 to 15 days before the departure of the Bhimashankar overnight trek: 40% refund.

For cancellations made 15 to 7 days before the departure of the Bhimashankar overnight trek: 20% refund.

For cancellations made 7 days or less before the departure of the Bhimashankar trek: No refund.

No show: No refund.

All cancellations/refunds on this trip will be processed after a deduction of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next and is applicable for all cancellations.

Rules on trip

Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during the Bhimashankar overnight trek.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages/drugs is not permitted during the Bhimashankar overnight trek.

Littering or any damage to natural habitats is strictly forbidden during the Bhimashankar overnight trek.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

The pick-up and drop-off point for the Bhimashankar overnight trek is the Neral Station.

Any additional expenses that occur due to unforseen circumstances during the Bhimashankar overnight trek have to be borne by the participant.

The operator cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, accident or death that occurs during the Bhimashankar overnight trek.

The operator maintains the right to cancel/deviate/change the itinerary for the Bhimashankar overnight trek without prior notice.