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  • Trip introduction

    One of the best ways to experience the monsoon-fed greenery of the Western Ghats, this night trek to Kothaligad will showcase some of the most mesmerizing landscapes of dense forests and tall mountains. Under the dark cover of the night, you will begin trekking on narrow nature trails and climb up to the pinnacle to witness a beautiful sunrise. As you reach the Kothaligad fort, you will climb the final stretch of the trek on stairs carved into the mountain. At the fort, you can explore the ancient ruins of Kothaligad with caves, carvings, temples, pillars and cannons that date back to the 13th century.

    This is a relatively easy trek of 3 hours, making it perfect for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.

    Destination

    Perched atop a towering hill, Kothaligad is a small fortress dating back to the 13th century. There is a small temple and a large cave at the bottom of the fort where trekkers to Kothaligad often stop to rest. At the pinnacle, the ruins of fort offer historical insight into the Maratha empire. Ancient pillars, carvings and artefacts that have stood the test of time are worth exploring. The trek to Kothaligad is a relatively easy trek that takes you over a well-defined trail and over a staircase carved into the mountain. Few sections of the staircase that have withered away require careful climbing, especially in the months of monsoon.

    Destination highlights

    Trek to Kothaligad and climb up to an elevation of 3,100 feet. | Watch a beautiful sunrise from the pinnacle. | Climb up a steep staircase to reach the top. | Explore the ruins of the Kothaligad fort.

    Activity Details

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    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the trek to Kothaligad: Depart from Karjat

    Make sure you arrive at the Karjat railway station by 23:20 hrs. If you're late and reach Karjat after the group has departed, you will miss the trek. At Karjat, you'll meet the rest of your trekking group and the trek leader. After a short briefing session, you'll board private vehicles that will drive you to the base village of Ambiwadi. Enjoy the night ride that will take you through the countryside along farms and villages. You'll arrive at the base village of the trek, Ambiwadi, after a short 30-60 minute drive.

    Overnight in transit.

    Arrive at the Karjat railway station by 23:20 hrs and begin your drive to Ambiwadi. Common washrooms and changing room facilities will be available at Ambiwadi. Since no meals are included in today's package, you may want to have dinner before reporting at Karjat railway station.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Karjat

    Ambiwadi

    23:20 PM

    Food

    No meals are provided today

    Veg
    Day 2 of the trek to Kothaligad: Conquer Kothaligad!
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 7 days or more before departure of the Kothaligad trek: 85% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 7 days before departure of the Kothaligad trek: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Kothaligad.

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

    Consumption of liquor, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek to Kothaligad.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    A basic level of health and fitness is required to book this trek to Kothaligad. If you have any cardiac or respiratory conditions, or suffer from knee or spinal problems, please inform the tour operator and consult your doctor before booking this trip.

    Travellers are requested to arrive at Karjat Station by 23:20 hrs. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the trek.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap, accident or loss of life during the trek to Kothaligad.

    Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Travel arrangements from Karjat-Karjat in shared, private vehicles

    • All technical equipment required for trekking
    • Breakfast on Day 2
    • Services of an experienced trekking guide
    • Permit charges and entry fees
    • Basic first Aid kit
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel costs between base city and Karjat

    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc.
    • Travel or medical insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Trekking footwear
    • Windcheater or jacket
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Shirts/t-shirts and track pants
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Denim jeans
    • Hard luggage such as suitcases

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Shared, private vehicles for transport from Karjat-Karjat
    • All technical equipment required for trekking
    • Basic first Aid kit

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Water bottle
    • Torch (extra batteries)
    • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.