The best way to reach the Neral Railway Station by catching the Karjat slow train from CSTM at 05:20 hrs.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.