Night trek to Kalavantin Fort
Panvel, Maharashtra, India
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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    Standing at an astounding height of 2320 feet, Kalavantin Fort lies in the rocky regions of the Western Ghats, between Matheran and Panvel. The route to this magnificent fort leads you through lush greenery, with some rocky patches. The pinnacle is on the northern edge of the Prabal plateau and can be spotted from the Mumbai Pune expressway. You'll camp on the plateau and make your ascent the next morning.

    Destination highlights

    • Enjoy all the thrills of a night trek to Kalavantin fort.
    • Spend the night on a wide-open plateau, in tents.
    • Take on the challenge of Kalavantin pinnacle.
    • Climb to the top of the pinnacle for spectacular views of Prabalgad, Irshalgad, Chanderi and Manikgad Forts.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Smoking, consuming alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited.

    The decision of the trek leader during the Kalavantin Fort trek is final.

    Profanity or misbehaviour will not be tolerated during the Kalavantin Fort trek.

    Participants must stick with the group at all times.

    Cancellation policy

    If you cancel the Kalavantin Fort trek 15 days before the start date: 75% of the trip cost will be refunded, minus any transaction charges.

    If you cancel the Kalavantin Fort trek 14-10 days before the start date: 50% of the trip cost will be refunded, minus any transaction charges.

    If you cancel the Kalavantin Fort trek less than 10 days before the start date: no refund.

    No show: No refund.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator reserves to cancel the Kalavantin Fort trek due to weather conditions, political unrest, strikes, etc.

    The operator will not be held responsible for any injury, accident or loss of life during the Kalavantin Fort trek.

    The Kalavantin Fort trek is an arduous trek that tests your endurance and is not recommended for first time trekkers.

    The cost for damage or loss of any equipment provided has to be borne by the participant.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Panvel Station
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    Drop off point
    Panvel Station
    Mode of transport
    Private vehicle
    Start point
    Thakurwadi
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    End point
    Thakurwadi
    Time of departure
    06:30 PM
    Time of return
    12:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    4 hours
    Total distance covered
    8 kms
    Start point elevation
    390 feet
    Maximum elevation
    2320 feet
    Minimum elevation
    92 feet
    Average per day distance
    4 kms
  • Day 1 of the Kalavantin Fort trek: Panvel to Prabalmachi

    Meet the operator by 18:30 hours at Panvel Station and proceed to Thakurwadi. After a brief introduction, you'll start your trek by 19:30 hours. You should reach Prabalmachi, which is the base for Kalavantin by 21:00 hours. Eat a delicious Maharashtrian meal here before you retire for the night in a dormitory or tents.
    /Kalavantin Durg Prabalgad Prabalmachi Lonavala Mumbai Maharashtra Trekking Climbing The Great Next Eat delicious Maharashtrian meals at Prabalmachi
    /Kalavantin Durg Prabalgad Prabalmachi Lonavala Mumbai Maharashtra Trekking Climbing The Great Next Summit the watchtower in the Sahyadris

    Day 2 of the Kalavantin Fort trek: Trek to Kalavantin and return

    Wake up early and begin your trek by 05:30 hours from the base. It is an arduous trek with steep rock-cut stairs and a climb towards the end. You should reach the top of Kalavantin by 08:00 hours and after much exploration and soaking in the views of Prabalgad, Irshalgad and other hill forts, you'll descend to the base. You'll dig into a delicious breakfast at Prabalmachi before trekking back to Thakurwadi. You'll be driven to Panvel station from here and after this, your trip ends.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Panvel Station
    End point
    Prabalmachi
    Day start time
    06:30 PM
    Trekking distance
    3 kms
    Trekking time
    1 hr

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Prabalmachi
    End point
    Panvel Station
    Day start time
    05:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • 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
      Excludes
    • 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

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • 2 quick-dry T-shirts
    • 1 pair of synthetic trekking pants
    • Cotton socks
    • Comfortable trekking/ hiking shoes
    • Lightweight pullover
    • Warm jacket with hood
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery and watches
    • Sandals or heels
    • Sling bags, jholas, etc.

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Transfers from Panvel to Panvel
    • Accommodation in tents or dormitory
    • First aid kit
      You need to get
    • ID proof
    • 2 ltrs water bottle
    • Backpack
    • Dry snacks
    • Energy bars
    • Torch with extra batteries
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun cap
    • Tissues and wet wipes
    • Lightweight towel or napkin
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Moisturizer
    • Insect repellent
    • Camera with fully charged batteries (optional)
    • Glucon D powder/Tang/salt
    • Lightweight bedsheet
    • Slippers for after trekking hours

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Kalavantin Fort trek: Panvel to Prabalmachi

    Overnight in camp tents or dormitory.

    You'll trek from Thakurwadi to Prabalmachi and will reach in time for a delightful Maharashtrian dinner. After this, you'll retire in a dormitory or in tents on triple or quadruple sharing basis. There are washroom and changing room facilities at the campsite. Do carry a lightweight blanket for the night.

    Day 2 of the Kalavantin Fort trek: Trek to Kalavantin and return

    Your trip ends before nightfall.

    You'll wake up early for a head start at the pinnacle climb. After a hot cup of tea, you'll begin your ascend and should summit by 08:00 hours. You'll descend to the base village and dig into a delicious breakfast before mapping your steps back to Panvel Station. Your trip ends here.

    /Kalavantin Durg Prabalgad Prabalmachi Lonavala Mumbai Maharashtra Trekking Climbing The Great Next Camp in comfortable tents at Prabalmachi

    Food

    Dinner
    Food variations
    Veg
    Non veg

    Food

    Breakfast
    Food variations
    Veg
    Non veg
  • Marker on map shows trip start point.