Kalavantin Durg Trek

Kalavantin Durg Trek

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Gear up to conquer the toughest trek in Maharashtra high above the Sahyadris by climbing a near vertical rock pinnacle of the Kalavantin Durg trek and enjoy spectacular views

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Kalavantin Durg Trek overview

About Kalavantin Durg

The Kalavantin Durg trek takes you to the Kalavantin Fort or Kalavantin Durg, which 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.

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. The trek to the pinnacle is surely not for the faint hearted.

Itinerary for night camping

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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Difficulty level:

The trek to the Prabalmachi is fun, with a trail that is not too hard. The climb on Kalavantin Durg however, 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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  • State: Maharashtra
  • Nearest city: Mumbai, Pune
  • Total days: 1-2 days
  • Grade:Challenging
  • Max altitude:2300 feet
  • Total trekking distance:8 km
  • Season: Monsoon
  • Avg temperature: 15-30 degrees Celsius

Night trek to Kalavantin Fort - 2 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Reach Panvel Station and head to the base village

  • Start point: Panvel Station
  • End point: Prabalmachi
  • Day start time: 06:30 PM
  • Trekking distance: 3 kms
  • Trekking time: 1 hr
  • Reach the base of the trek Prabalmachi by 21:00 hrs
  • Overnight in tents/dormitory at Prabalmachi

Day 2: Trek to Kalavantin and back

  • Start point: Prabalmachi
  • End point: Panvel Station
  • Day start time: 05:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 5 kms
  • Trekking time: 3 hrs
  • Reach Kalavantin top by 08:00 hrs
  • Return to Panvel by 12:00 pm

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

To do the Kalavantin night trek you will have to reach Panvel Station by 18:00 hrs and meet the operator. From here you will proceed to Thakurwadi where the trek to Prabalmachi begins. Your trek starts by 19:30 hrs after a brief introduction and orientation. Within an hour and a half which you will reach Prabalmachi by 21:00 hrs which is the base of Kalavantin Durg. Here you will rest, have your dinner and sleep in tents/dormitory.

Day 2:

Your day will begin early. You will wake up by 05:30 and start your trek to Kalavantin Durg from Prabalmachi. The trek is quite challenging with trails with rock-cut stairs. After a two and a half to three hours, you will reach Kalavantin by somewhere around 08:00 hrs. You can rest a bit and take time to explore the peak and enjoy views of Prabalgad, and other surrounding hills.

You will start your return trek to Prabalmachi and have your breakfast. Post breakfast you will trek back to Thakurwadi. The trek is arduous but is one of the most popular treks in Maharashtra. From Thakurwadi you will be dropped to Panvel station from here you can take a train back home.

Inclusions:

The trip cost includes travel arrangements from Panvel to the base village and back to Panvel. Meals mentioned in the package selected will be served. Sharing accommodation in tents/dormitory is included. Arrangements for washroom and changing facility will be arranged. Please check your package details with the operator for exact inclusions. Gear and experienced trip leader charges are included. The package is inclusive of all taxes.

Exclusions:

The package doesn’t include your travelling expenses from your home to Panvel Station. 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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Kalavantin Trek - 1 day

Sketch itinerary:

  • Pick up point: Panvel station
  • Drop off point: Panvel station
  • Start point: Thakurwadi Village
  • End point: Thakurwadi Village
  • Time of departure: 07:30 AM
  • Time of return: 09:00 PM
  • Reach Prabalmachi the base of Kalavantin by 11:00

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

This is a Kalavantin Day trek and plan your travel in a way that you reach Panvel by 07:00 hrs. Here you will meet your fellow trekkers and the tour operator. After a hearty breakfast at Panvel you will head to Thakurwadi through a local transport. Your trek will start by 08:30 hrs and you will reach Prabalmachi by 11:00 which is the base of Kalavantin.

The Kalavantin trek is challenging and hence, you will take a break before beginning it. No matter how arduous the trek is the views at the peak are truly worth it. Witness the beauty and the gorgeous views from the peak before you descend to Prabalmachi for lunch. Post lunch you will head to Thakurwadi and from here you will be dropped back to Panvel station. Your trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The trip cost includes travel arrangements from Panvel to the base village and back to Panvel. Meals mentioned in the package selected will be served. Arrangements for washroom and changing facility will be arranged. Please check your package details with the operator for exact inclusions. Gear and experienced trip leader charges are included. The package is inclusive of all taxes.

Exclusions:

The package doesn’t include your travelling expenses from your home to Panvel Station. 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

You can trek to Kalavantin Durg all year round. However, as seen with other treks in Maharashtra, the best time to go is during the monsoon. At this time, the climate is pleasant and cool thanks to the intermittent showers. You get spectacular views of the green hills around, and 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.

Getting there

By train: Panvel railway station is located on the Harbour Line and Central Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. Reach Panvel station via local train. From here, you will be transported to Thakurwadi

By Road: There are buses by NMMT also plying to Panvel station within Mumbai. Most interstate buses entering Mumbai do make a stop at Panvel. Ensure you check the route with bus operators and private cabs beforehand.

What to wear

Here are a few things that will make your trek comfortable. If you’re taking this trek in monsoon do wear a raincoat or windcheater. Quick-dry and comfortable trekking clothes, long-sleeved tshirt and pants are required. Wear comfortable trekking shoes as those are a must for the trek. Carry an extra pair of socks and also a cap, gloves, scarf and sunglasses.

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 with raincover, 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

The trek trail till Prabalmachi is fun and not too hard. However, the climb from here toward Kalavantin Durg is quite challenging and steep, near vertical climb. 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. There are stairs cut into the vertical face of the rock pinnacle with no railing to protect you, and at some places only one person can pass. The winds and rain make to additionally challenging to navigate your way up and down the pinnacle.

FAQs about the Kalavantin 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.

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 pack accordingly.

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 pack accordingly.

When is the best time for the Kalavantin Durg trek?

The Kalavantin 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.

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