Kalavantin Durg Trek (ex-Pune)

The trek to Kalavantin Durg is one of the most dangerous and adrenaline-pumping adventures across India which is strictly not recommended for beginners, or those with vertigo or fear of heights. This trek first begins with an easy uphill climb to Prabalmachi, the base village of Kalavatin, followed by summiting the Kalavantin fortress. To reach the fortress, you will be ascending through steep and narrow rock-cut steps with no iron rails or any support on one side. The trail gets steeper and vertigo-inducing as you make your way up while enjoying the incredible views of the green jungle below. During rains, the trail gets slippery and you should be extremely careful while trekking, especially during the descent.


Kalavantin Durg is perched at the height of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra near Mumbai. Kalavantin is renowned as India's most dangerous fortress climb and famed as the 'Climb to Heaven', owing to a treacherous path to the top while getting the bird's eye view of soothing nature. The Kalavantin pinnacle was used as a watchtower by Shivaji to keep an on Panvel and Kalyan Forts. From the top, you can see several rivers, Prabalgad, Irshalgad, Chanderi, and Manikgad forts.

Destination highlights

Take on the challenge of summiting the most dangerous fortress climb in India. | Ascend through steep and narrow rock-cut steps. | Climb to the Kalavantin pinnacle for spectacular views of Prabalgad, Irshalgad, Chanderi, and Manikgad forts. | Experience night trekking to Prabalmachi village.




8 km

6 hours

8 km

Burger King, Paud road at 23:00 hrs, followed by, FC Road, Pune University, Breman Chowk and Wakad.

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Private vehicle

Thakurwadi village

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The bus to Thakurwadi departs from Kothrud, Pune by 23:00 hours. The bus will make multiple stops along the way to pick-up travellers in Pune. Overnight in the bus transit.

Overnight in transit.

Board the bus from Pune to Thakurwadi village. You may carry some dry snacks to munch while journeying. Remember to bring a shawl if you may feel cold during transit.


No meals are provided today.


Day 1 Milestone



23:00 PM

You will arrive at Thakurwadi village by 03:00 hours. Start trekking towards Prabalmachi village through the forest. You will reach the village early morning. Relax and have breakfast at Prabalamachi and begin trekking to Kalavantin Durg. Climb through the trail of rock-cut steps and rugged mountainous terrain of the Western Ghats. Spend some time at the top and start descending back to Prabalmachi. Post-lunch at Prabalmachi, descend to Thakurwadi and board the vehicle to Pune. You will reach Pune by 16:00 hours. Your trip ends here.

Your trip ends by 16:00 hours.

Today's meal package included breakfast and lunch only. In the morning, tea and biscuits will be offered to you.


Breakfast | Lunch


Day 2 Milestone



03:00 AM

Includes / Excludes


  • Transfers from Pune to Thakurwadi and return
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Morning tea
  • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
  • First Aid kit
  • All applicable taxes


  • Any personal expenses like extra meals, cigarettes, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as change in itinerary due to bad weather, roadblocks, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Full-length trek pants
  • Comfortable t-shirt/shirt
  • Raincoat/Poncho
  • Trekking shoes (preferably with ankle support)
  • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Transfers from Pune to Thakurwadi and return
  • First Aid kit

You need to get

  • Government issued ID card
  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Water bottle (2 litres)
  • Insect repellent
  • Dry snacks (chocolate bars, biscuits, energy bars, dry fruits, etc.)
  • Personal toiletries including wet wipes, tissue papers, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Light towel/napkins
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Sun-cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra pair of dry clothes
  • Scarf
  • Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
  • Personal first aid kit

Medical Kit

  • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the Kalavantin Durg trek: 90% refund of the trip cost.

For cancellations made 3-6 days prior to the Kalavantin Durg trek: 50% refund of the trip cost.

For cancellations made less than 3 days prior to the Kalavantin Durg trek: No refund.

In case of no show: No refund.

All refunds will be processed after processing a transaction fee of INR 200. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

Rules on trip

Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during this trek to Kalavantin Durg.

Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

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

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the trek to Kalavantin Durg.

The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap or accident during this trek to Kalavantin Durg.

Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, roadblocks, etc.