Kalavantin trek in Maharashtra, India

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About Kalavantin Durg

Located on the old Mumbai Pune route, the Kalavantin Fort or the Kalavantin Durg, a 500 m pinnacle, was used as a watchtower to keep an eye on Panvel Fort and Kalyan Fort by Shivaji in 1657, after he conquered it from the Mughals. The base village of Prabalgad lies to the northern edge of the Prabal plateau, which is between Matheran and Panvel. The main rivers that can be sighted from the summit of Kalavantin Durg include the Ulahas River, Patalganga River and the Gadhi River. Other forts in the area are the Chanderi, Karnala and Peb forts.

About the Kalavantin Durg trek

The trek to the summit of Kalavantin Fort is unique, as the trail zigzags its way around the mountain, offering some spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The mountains have been carved with steps, but there is no protection, which means full exposure to the elements. This trek might seem a little difficult to beginners or to those with lower endurance levels. There are several rock patches that are tricky to navigate, but pose a fun challenge, especially at the pinnacle. This moderately difficult Kalavantin trek is perfect for fit trekking beginners as well as seasoned trekkers looking for a quick getaway. The Kalavantin area is a nature lover's paradise with stunning views of the surrounding valleys, rivers and streams. This historical beauty of the beauty can be encapsulated in a single day or over two days.

Route of the Kalavantin Durg trek

The trek could begin by reporting to Panvel station in the afternoon and travelling to Thakurwadi, using local public transportation. Thakurwadi village can be used as a rest stop for food and water. The locals have opened several stalls to provide hungry trekkers with snacks and hot tea. If you camp overnight at Kalavantin base, you can enjoy some night photography and admire the bounty of nature provided by the Prabal plateau. The next morning, you can attempt the pinnacle climb, and be back at your campsite for lunch. If you get an early start, you’ll be able to complete the trek in a single day.

Best time to visit the Kalavantin Durg

You can trek to Kalavantin Fort 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.

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Kalavantin Trek
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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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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  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusios
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks
  • Transport from Mumbai to Panvel and back
  • Lunch
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Night trek to Kalavantin Fort
Panvel, Maharashtra
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Panvel, Maharashtra
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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
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  • 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 Pinnacle Trek (Ex-Pune)
Pune, Maharashtra
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Pune, Maharashtra
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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