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  • Trip introduction

    Fireflies are small insects that flutter around dense wilderness and glow with a bright yellow colour in the night. Often a mating ritual, the flickering of hundreds of small fireflies in the darkness of the night is a sight to behold. On this fireflies trek to Kothaligad, you'll trek through bushes and trees and travel to the land of fireflies to explore this mystical phenomenon of nature. You'll trek uphill to an altitude of 3,100 feet to visit the ruins of the Kothaligad fort, where caves and temples of goddesses depict tradition and culture of ancient times. From atop the fort’s pinnacle, you'll catch magnificent views of Siddhagad, Malanggad, Prabalgad, Manikgad and Matheran.

    On this trip, you'll spend the night in dense jungles and reconnect with nature. An easy trek on a well-defined trail, this fireflies trek to the Kothaligad is a popular trip for nature lovers, amateur trekkers and experienced adventure enthusiasts alike.

    Destination

    Near the Karjat-Murbad road not far from Mumbai, the Kothaligad Fort is often frequented by trekkers due to an exhilarating trek to the pinnacle. You'll trek on a steep staircase of stones that has been carved into the mountain side. On sections of the stairs where the stones have withered away, you'll need to be careful as you navigate your way uphill. En route, you'll trek through the night among trees glowing with bright, yellow flashes of fluttering fireflies. A special occurrence of nature, the sight of gleaming insects in the dark will be as awe-inspiring as the sight of the rolling Sahyadri hills from atop Kothaligad.

    Destination highlights

    Witness the magical, glowing insects on a fireflies trek to Kothaligad. | Explore the ruins of Kothaligad fort, Bhairoba caves and ancient temples. | Spend the night in the wilderness of dense forests.

    Activity Details

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    4 hrs

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    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: Karjat to Pethwadi

    Your trip begins from the Karjat railway station at 18:30 hrs. You may board the second last compartment of the 16:30 hrs fast train from CST and meet your fellow trekkers en route. From here, you'll be taken to the base village of Ambiwadi by tum-tum or a shared, private vehicle. After arriving at the base village, you'll have a short round of introductions and briefing over snacks. Begin a short ascending trek from Ambiwadi and catch sight of the glowing fireflies in the darkness as you trail through bushes and forests. In a few hours, you'll reach Pethwadi and have dinner. After resting at Pethwadi for a while, you'll resume trekking through patches of greenery dotted by bright, yellow fireflies. As you approach midnight, you'll stop for the night by a comfortable camping spot. Overnight in sleeping bags.

    Overnight in sleeping bags.

    The trip begins at Karjat railway station at 18:30 hrs. Travel to the base village will be arranged in tum-tum or private vehicles. Today's meal package includes dinner. You'll also be served snacks upon arrival at Ambiwadi. Dinner may be a packed dinner served later in the night. As midnight approaches, you'll stay it in the forests of Pethwadi. Please make sure to bring sleeping bags, bed sheets or mattresses. Spend the night in the wilderness of a dense forest among the twinkling fireflies.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Karjat

    Pethwadi

    18:30 PM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: Trek to Kothaligad, return to Karjat
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 6 days before departure of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 3-6 before departure of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Kothaligad fireflies 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 the instructions of the trek leader during the fireflies trek to Kothaligad.

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

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The meeting point for this fireflies trek to Kothaligad is the Karjat railway station at 18:30 hrs. Travellers may board the second last compartment of the 16:30 hrs fast train from CST to Karjat and meet fellow trekkers en route.

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

    Travellers will be required bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Trekking Kothaligad Fireflies Maharashtra Mountains Adventure Activity Sports
    • Trekking Kothaligad Fireflies Maharashtra Mountains Adventure Activity Sports
    • Trekking Kothaligad Fireflies Maharashtra Mountains Adventure Activity Sports
    • Trekking Kothaligad Fireflies Maharashtra Mountains Adventure Activity Sports
    • Trekking Kothaligad Fireflies Maharashtra Mountains Adventure Activity Sports
    • Trekking Kothaligad Fireflies Maharashtra Mountains Adventure Activity Sports
    • Trekking Kothaligad Fireflies Maharashtra Mountains Adventure Activity Sports
    • Trekking Kothaligad Fireflies Maharashtra Mountains Adventure Activity Sports
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Travel arrangements from Karjat-Karjat in tum-tum/bus/private vehicles

    • Any technical equipment required for trekking
    • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2
    • Services of an experienced trekking guide
    • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
    • Basic first aid kit
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel costs between base city and Karjat

    • Sleeping bags, bed sheets or mattresses
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Shirt/t-shirt and track pants
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Denim jeans
    • Hard luggage such as suitcases

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Vehicles for transport from Karjat-Karjat
    • Any technical equipment required for the trek
    • Basic first aid kit

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Sleeping bags, bed sheets and mattresses
    • Insect repellent
    • Water bottle
    • Torch (extra batteries)
    • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.