Kaas Plateau Trek

Kaas Plateau Trek

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Head to beautiful valley of flowers trek in Maharashtra with the Kaas Plateau trek and escape into the lush nature of the Western Ghats where exciting adventures and splendid views await you.

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Kaas Plateau Trek overview

About the trek

If you've always wanted to visit the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand, but never had the time, then Kaas Plateau trek, the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra, is just right for you. Situated high in the Sahyadris, about 22 kms from the city of Satara, the beautiful plateau is a pristine paradise for botanists, researchers, naturalists and photographers. Find out more about the natural wonders of the Sahyadris in our article, Fascinating Factoids about the Western Ghats.

The plateau is named after the Kaasa tree that grows here. While it is pretty all year round, it turns into a magical natural wonder just after the monsoon. Over 150 species of wildflowers carpet the land, and almost 40 of these species are so rare that they are only found here. Thanks to the abundant rainfall and flowers, you'll also spot tiny birds and beautiful iridescent insects in the foliage. For all these reasons, the plateau has been declared a World Natural Heritage Site.

Kaas Plateau difficulty level

The Kaas Plateau trek is not hard and is a great option for first-timers and families with children. It does not require too much trekking, but you can explore the plateau and enjoy the views. You can also choose to climb to Thoseghar Waterfalls to add a bit of fun.

Depart from Mumbai

Kaas Plateau is about 280 kms from Mumbai city. The drive to Satara takes 6-7 hours and Kaas Plateau is just 20 kms away from here. Many itineraries include a stay at Satara for a night so that you can visit Kaas Plateau at different times of the day.

Depart from Pune

It is much easier to get to Kaas Plateau from Pune as it is only a distance of 125 kms. The drive takes less than 3 hours, making it a good option for a day trip.

Itinerary

When you arrive at Kaas Plateau, you’ll be given a briefing and then it’s time to set off to explore. There are some gorgeous viewpoints to see, and many great photography spots. You’ll take a break for lunch, and after that, you can hike down to the nearby Bamnoli Lake or trek up to Thoseghar waterfall. By around 15:00 hrs, it’s time to depart and head homewards.

Best time to visit Kaas Plateau:

The best time to visit Kaas Plateau is during the monsoons and the blooming season is from mid-August until early October. During this time, the Kaas plateau comes to life, and all the dormant flowers burst into radiant life. Don’t forget to bring your camera along for the prettiest pictures of a gorgeous plateau filled with flowers, mist, and tinkling streams.

The color palette of the landscape changes every 15 to 20 days with the blooming cycles of the different flowers with dramatic views of the colorful landscape as far as the eyes can see.

If you are a trekking lover, there are many trekking options near Mumbai and Pune that you might want to explore.

Kaas Plateau Trek summary

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Nearest city: Pune
  • Total days: 2 days
  • Grade:Easy
  • Max altitude:3937 ft
  • Total distance:8 km
  • Season: Monsoon
  • Avg temperature: 20-25 degrees Celsius

Kaas Plateau Trek - ex Mumbai - 2 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Head to Kaas Plateau

  • Start point: Mumbai
  • End point: Kaas Plateau
  • Day start time: 11:00 PM
  • Take a bus from Mumbai to Kaas Plateau
  • Overnight in bus

Day 2: Return trek and back

  • Start point: Kaas Plateau
  • End point: Mumbai
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 5 kms
  • Trekking time: 3 hrs
  • By 15:00 board a bus back to Mumbai

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

For the trek you will depart from Mumbai in the night. Before you board a bus to your destination you will be given a short briefing. It is an overnight journey in the bus. You can take this time to sleep and rest to prepare yourself for the trek the next day.

Day 2:

You will reach Kaas Plateau in the early hours of the morning. As you reach you will have a small introduction session where you and your fellow trekkers will get to know each other. After this you will begin your trek. This trek is an easy one and is more of a walk along the blooming plateau. It is a unique trek as it offers stunning views of Thoseghar Waterfall, along with a lush carpet of 150 species of wildflowers and plenty of tiny butterflies.

You can explore this stunning plateau and take plenty of pictures and spend your time simply admiring its beauty. By 11:00 you will trek to the lake and have your lunch here. You can stroll around the river, spend some quality time amidst nature and then it’s time to say goodbye to this magical land. You will return and by 15:00 hrs you will take a bus back to Mumbai. You should reach Mumbai by 22:00 hrs and your trip ends here.

Inclusions:

Transport by private non-A/C bus from Dadar to Dadar will be provided. Meals and refreshments will be provided based on the packages selected. Services of an experienced trek guide will be included. Kaas Plateau entry charges are included. All applicable taxes are inclusive of the costs.

Exclusions:

Insurance is not included. Camera charges if any are not included in the package costs and will be additional. Any personal expenses such as beverages, extra meals, etc. are not included in the meals, nor are any kind of expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, strikes, etc. Lastly, anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used.

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Kaas Plateau and Thoseghar Waterfall Visit - 2 Days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Head to Satara

  • Start point: Mumbai
  • End point: Satara
  • Day start time: 11:30 PM
  • Take a bus from Mumbai to Satara
  • Overnight in bus
  • Arrive in Satara after 7-8 hrs drive

Day 2: Reach Kaas Plateau and back to Mumbai

  • Start point: Satara
  • End point: Dadar/Thane
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 4 kms
  • Trekking time: 2 hrs
  • Post lunch board vehicles back to Mumbai

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

You will leave from Mumbai in the night. First you will meet your tour guide and your fellow trekkers in Mumbai. Together, you will take private vehicles to Satara. The drive from Mumbai to Satara would take not less than 7-8 hrs. Satara is closer to Pune than Mumbai.

Day 2:

You will be driven to Kaas Plateau after breakfast. You can take time to explore this place, the fields and take pictures. You will have your lunch here after which you will trek to Thoseghar waterfall. You can sit and enjoy the view or take a dip in the water. Kaas Plateau is blessed with natural beauty and you should take this day to enjoy it.After this you will head back to Mumbai in your shared vehicles. The trip ends here.

Inclusions:

Transport by private non-A/C bus from Mumbai to Mumbai will be provided. Meals and refreshments will be provided based on the packages selected. Services of an experienced trek guide will be included. Kaas Plateau entry charges are included. All applicable taxes are inclusive of the costs.

Exclusions:

Insurance is not included. Camera charges if any are not included in the package costs and will be additional. Any personal expenses such as beverages, extra meals, etc. are not included in the meals, nor are any kind of expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, strikes, etc. Lastly, anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used

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Best time to go/Weather

The best time to visit Kaas Plateau is just after the monsoons, ideally between mid-August till early October. During this time, the Kaas plateau comes to life and thousands of flowers bloom to cover the landscape in a multitude of colors. Don’t forget to bring your camera along on your Kaas plateau, for the prettiest pictures of a gorgeous plateau filled with flowers, mist, and tinkling streams.

Getting there

From Mumbaikaas Plateau is about 280 kms from Mumbai city. The drive to Satara takes 6-7 hours; Kaas Plateau is just 20 kms away. Many itineraries include a stay at Satara for a night so that you can visit Kaas Plateau at different times of the day.

,b>From PuneIt is much easier to get to Kaas Plateau from Pune as it is only a distance of 125 kms. The drive takes less than 3 hours, making it a good option for a day trip

What to wear

Wear comfortable trekking quick-dry clothes. Wear your trekking shoes and also carry an extra pair of socks. Take your sunglasses, a cap, raincoat/poncho/umbrella and an extra pair of clothes.

What to carry

Your tour operator will share a list of things that you need to carry. Carry your government-issued ID card. Ensure you carry a comfortable backpack, along with water bottle (2 litres). Carry a sun-cap, sunglasses, scarf, extra pair of dry clothes and do not forget to carry a raincoat/poncho. Carry your personal toiletries including light towel/napkins, wet wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc. Always carry Insect repellent.

Keep some dry snacks with you like chocolate bars, biscuits, energy bars, dry fruits, etc. You can also keep Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder. Don’t forget to carry your camera and torch with extra batteries. Carry your personal medicines without fail and keep a compact personal first aid kit for small emergencies.

Preparation/Fitness

This is a very easy trek and is more of a walk across the plateau. You need to have a general level of fitness and mobility to do this trip. Suitable for beginners and families with children.

FAQs about the Kaas Plateau Trek

What is the difficulty level of the Kaas Plateau trek?

TThis is hardly a trek; it is more of a walking exploration of a largely flat plateau. It is a perfect monsoon trek for beginners or groups with children. You can spend a few hours enjoying the natural beauty of Kaas Plateau, and will return with great photographs.

What should I carry for the Kaas Plateau trek?

You don’t need much for your trek. Wear comfortable trekking shoes, quick-dry clothing, and a raincoat. Make sure your bag has a rain cover too. Some people like to carry a change of clothes or at least a spare pair of socks and sandals to wear on the way back. If you have young children, take some dry snacks and fruit. A sun cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent and sunscreen can make you more comfortable on the trek. Apart from all this, your operator will provide you with a complete packing list, so do make sure you pack accordingly. Read our blog about What to Pack for Trekking in the Sahyadris.

When is the best time to visit Kaas Plateau?

Kaas Plateau is open all year round, but it is most popular just after the monsoon from mid-August until early October. During this time, over 150 species of wildflowers burst into life, covering the plateau in pretty colours. The weather is cool and misty, and the surrounding landscape is lush green too.

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