One Day Trek to Kalavantin Durg, Maharashtra

Climb the precarious rock-cut stairs (with no railings or safety bars!) to the peak of this 1640 feet high pinnacle, and stand atop the world!

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About Kalavantin Durg

Kalavantin Fort or Kalavantin Durg is a towering rock pinnacle that stands over 1600 feet tall, at the top of a 1200 feet high plateau called Prabalmachi. The pinnacle was used as a watchtower by Shivaji, to keep an eye on Panvel Fort and Kalyan Fort, after he won it from the Mughals. From the top, you can see Ulhas River, Patalganga River and the Gadhi River, as well as Prabalgad fort, Karnala fort, and Peb fort.

Kalavantin Durg trek from Mumbai:

Treks to Kalavantin Durg begin from Thakurwadi, a small village near Panvel. You can get to Panvel by local train, and then use public transport to get to the village. The trek takes about 2 hours, and will take you to Prabalmachi, a village atop the Prabal plateau. You can stop for hot tea or cold lemon juice here, and dig in to some delicious Maharashtrian snacks too. From the plateau, the trail separates, leading you to Prabalgad fort or to Kalavantin Durg pinnacle.

If you’re heading up to Kalavantin Durg, the trek becomes much harder from here. The pinnacle has narrow steps cut into the rock, but there is no railing to protect you from the edge. The winds can be quite strong up here, so make sure you proceed carefully and slowly.

Some itineraries include a night of camping at Kalavantin base. You’ll be able to enjoy some night photography and admire the views from Prabal plateau. The next morning, you can attempt the pinnacle climb, and be back at your campsite for lunch. However, if you get an early start, you’ll be able to complete the trek in a single day.

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Kalavantin Durg trek – Difficulty level:

The trek to the Prabalmachi is fun, with a trail that is not too hard. The climb on Kalanvantin Durg is quite challenging, but offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The pinnacle climb is not recommended for beginners, children, or those with vertigo or fear of heights. The views from the pinnacle are steep and you’ll see a sharp drop almost under your feet.

Best time to visit the Kalavantin Durg:

You can trek to Kalavantin Durg all year round. However, as seen with other treks in Maharashtra, the best season is during the monsoon. It is during these months that the climate is pleasant, and you’ll be cooled off by intermittent showers. You get spectacular views of the green hills around, and you’ll be able to watch the mist coming in. However, do remember that in the monsoon season, the pinnacle, which is largely composed of rock, can get slippery. Do climb with caution. Carry the right raincoats and footwear for a monsoon climb. Read our blog about What to Pack for Trekking in the Sahyadris.

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This spectacular trek to Kalavantin Fort takes you through a deep dense forest, all the way to the pinnacle. You'll trek through thickets of lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, spectacular views of the hills around, and the smell of monsoon’s earthiness. But the highlight is the pinnacle climb at the end. You'll have to ascend steep rock-cut stairs with no support, with the monsoon winds blowing, and slippery moss under your feet. But the 360-degree view from the top is truly worth it.
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  • Local transport from Panvel station to basecamp and back to Panvel
  • Trek guide and expertise
  • Breakfast and evening snacks
  • Trek guide l applicable taxes
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  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks
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Kalavantin Fort is also known as the watchtower of the Maratha empire, thanks to its towering height. The dizzying climb to the pinnacle of Kalavantin is a real challenge, because you'll be negotiating tricky steps carved around a narrow rock structure. There's no support to hold on to, and the winds can get quite strong up here. But you'll feel more alive than you have for a long time!

However, you won't be attempting the pinnacle at night. Instead, you'll start your trek to the base village after dusk, and will camp on a plateau at the base village. In the morning, you'll climb the pinnacle to admire the dewy landscape all around.

NOTE: The Kalavantin Fort trek is an arduous and long trek and not recommended for first time trekkers.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Panvel to Panvel
  • Dinner (veg and non veg option) and breakfast
  • Morning tea
  • Accommodation in dormitory on multiple sharing OR in tents on triple/quadruple sharing basis
  • Washroom and changing facility at the base village
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport to and from Panvel station
  • Personal expenses like extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
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Kalavantin Fort stands atop a plateau, and has a sharp rock pinnacle that is the highlight of this trek! You'll climb up a moderately easy trek with some steep patches, till you get to the Prabal plateau. The pinnacle stands atop this plateau, and is a thrilling adventure on it's own. You'll navigate up the rock-cut stairs, fully exposed to the winds and the weather, on slippery steps with no railings to support you. You will be holding your breath as you pace your way to the top of the pinnacle. At the top, there's a small section that requires some rock-climbing, and gives you stunning panoramic views all around.
    Inclusions
  • Return transport by private bus to Pune
  • Breakfast
  • Expertise charges
  • First aid
  • Safety equipment if needed
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Meals during transit
  • Any personal expenses
  • Snacks, cold drinks, etc
  • Any costs or services not mentioned in the inclusions

FAQs for the Kalavantin Durg trek

Is this trek suitable for beginners?

The Kalavantin Fort trek is not recommended for beginners. The pinnacle has a very steep, narrow series of steps leading up to the top, with no railing to protect you, and a sharp drop just below your feet. It is not suitable for those with a fear of heights or vertigo. In the monsoon, the steps become very slippery with moss and water that flows down from the top. Beginners may climb to Prabalmachi easily, and can enjoy great views from here too.

What should I carry for the Kalavantin Durg trek?

Your shoes are the most important gear for this trek. Choose comfortable trekking shoes that lace up well, and will support your feet on the narrow steps. Wear quick-dry clothing that will allow you to stretch freely. If you’re going during the monsoon, wear a raincoat and make sure your bag has a rain cover too. A sun cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent and sunscreen can make you more comfortable on the trek. Your operator will provide you with a complete packing list for this trek, so do pack accordingly.

When is the best time for the Kalavantin Durg trek?

The Kalavantin Durg trek is one of the Top Monsoon Treks in Maharashtra. The lush greenery and rolling rain clouds are the perfect backdrop for the dramatic Sahyadris, and the weather is pleasant and cool. The Kalavantin trek is great fun in the monsoon, with plenty of muddy patches on your way up to Prabalmachi, and a thrilling pinnacle climb after that.