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  • Trip introduction

    Embark on a trek to Bhimashankar, one of the most challenging treks of Maharashtra. Over the course of 2 days, you'll navigate through deep valleys, towering mountains and thick jungles that cover the terrain of Western Ghats. A long and ardours trek, this adventure takes you over an actual distance of 50 kms. As you climb uphill over mountains and pass through dense forests, you're rewarded with breathtaking views of the Valvan Dam, the Shirota Lake, the Rajmachi mountains and several other destinations in the Sahyadri mountain ranges.

    This trek to Bhimashankar requires travellers to trek for an extended period of time over a moderately difficult train. It is recommended that only trekking enthusiasts with some prior experience attempt this trek.

    NOTE: Travellers are requested to bring a packed lunch.

    Destination

    Located inside the protected forests of the Shri Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, the small village of Bhimashankar is accessible via a 1-hr drive from Karjat. However, this trek will take you from Lonavala to Bhimashankar, making for a thrilling adventure that will see you trekking for most of the day. At Bhimashankar, you'll visit the famed temple, a sacred Hindu shrine that dates back to the 13th century.

    Destination highlights

    Climb up to an altitude of 3,400 feet on a trek to Bhimashankar. | Visit the 13th century, holy temple of Bhimashankar. | Catch beautiful views of monsoon-fed forests over the Sahyadri hills.

    Activity Details

    2047

    3400

    1840

    50 km

    16 hrs

    25 km

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the trek to Bhimashankar: Begin trekking from Lonavala

    Arrive at the Lonavala railway station by 00:10 hrs. You'll meet the trek leader and your fellow trekkers near the ticket booking window on platform #1. Head out to the outskirts of the city and trek to the village of Valvand. After a 3-hr night trek, you'll arrive at Valvand, where you can rest for a few hours.

    At the break of dawn by 06:30 hrs, you'll have breakfast and resume trekking on a route that will take you to Padarwadi. This is a long trek that will lead you through small villages and along forests. You'll be trekking for most of the day, but the group will stop and rest at regular intervals. You'll halt around noon to have a packed lunch, that you'll need to carry with you when you report to start point. By evening, you'll arrive at Padarwadi, where you'll have dinner and stay for the night. Based on availability and weather conditions, you'll spend the night in either a local school, temple or hall. Overnight at Padarwadi in local school, temple or hall.

    Overnight at Padarwadi.

    Your trip begins from the Lonavala railway station at 00:10 hrs. Meet your fellow trekkers near the ticket booking window on platform #1. Today's meal package includes breakfast at Valvand and dinner at Padarwadi. Please carry a packed lunch to eat en route to Padarwadi. You'll be accommodated at Padarwadi in a dormitory style room in either a local school, temple or hall on a multi-sharing basis.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Lonavala

    Padarwadi

    00:10 AM

    Food

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of the trek to Bhimashankar: Visit Bhimashankar Temple
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations more than 6 days before departure of the Bhimashankar trek: 70% refund.

    For cancellations made 4-6 days before departure of the Bhimashankar trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made 2-3 days before departure of the Bhimashankar trek: 30% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 2 days before departure of the Bhimashankar trek: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Bhimashankar.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trip.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the trek to Bhimashankar to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff.

    Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Travel arrangements from Khandas-Karjat in non-AC, private SUV, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle

    • Accommodation for 1 night at Padarwadi in local school, temple or hall on multi-sharing basis
    • Services of an experienced trek leader
    • All vegetarian meals from breakfast on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2 (except lunch on Day 1)
    • Basic first aid kit
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel from base city to Lonavala and back from Karjat

    • Lunch on Day 1
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
    • Adventure travel or medical insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Trekking footwear
    • Windcheater or jacket
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Full-sleeved shirts/t-shirts
    • Full-length track pants
    • Extra pair of clothes and socks
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Hard luggage such as suitcases, trolley bags

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Non-AC, private SUV, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle for transport from Khandas-Karjat
    • Any technical equipment required for the trek
    • Basic first aid kit

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Packed lunch
    • Sleeping bag (optional)
    • Water bottle
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Energy drinks (Glucon D, Gatorade etc.)
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Insect repellent
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication
    • Personal first-aid kit