Sandhan Valley trek in Maharashtra, India

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About Sandhan Valley

Sandhan Valley is a beautiful water-carved canyon, around 200 feet in depth, close to the peaceful village of Samrad. Surrounded by multiple forts, it is located in the Bhandardara region, and is 2 kms long. This area is also called the Valley of Shadows, thanks to the high walls of rock that tower over you as you walk through the valley. These walls block out the sunlight, keeping it dim and cool while you trek. This is one of the most unique treks in Maharashtra, due to this rare landscape.

About the Sandhan Valley trek

The Sandhan Valley trek is a one day, moderate to difficult trek and is recommended for more experienced trekkers up for a challenge. There may be some sessions of rock-climbing or rappelling involved, depending on how deep your Sandhan Valley trek takes you into the Valley. The Sadhan Valley area also features Ratangad, Ajoba and Kalsubai mountain ranges, and is flanked by the massive forts of Alang, Madan and Kulang, amongst others. There is no ascent during the Sandhan Valley trek; instead your trail takes you along the valley floor for about 7 hours. At the end, there are clear pools that you can swim in. As night falls, you’ll set up tents and spend the evening exchanging stories by a warm campfire. At night you’ll sleep in tents in the lap of nature.

Route for the Sandhan Valley trek

The Sandhan Valley trek is a one or two day trek depending on your location. From Pune, the Sandhan Valley trek begins at 11 am at the starting point, which is a base village named Samrad. After breakfast, participants start the trek and halt for lunch. There’s a short rappelling session over rock ledges. After exploring the area, you'll head for base camp by 4.30 p.m. Enjoy some snacks at the campsite, and then explore some of the surrounding sights like the pinnacle point and the pool. You’ll set up tents for the night, eat dinner around a campfire, and then tuck yourselves into your tents for the night. The next morning, after having breakfast, you'll begin trekking to the base village, and then depart for Pune by late afternoon.

Alternatively, to go for the Sandhan Valley trek from Mumbai, participants must gather at Kasara at 01:20 hrs, to travel to Samrad in a private vehicle. Reach by 4 am, grab a bite and rest for a while. Begin your trek at 7 am, with some rappelling, and then continue on to explore Sandhan valley, eating lunch en route. Reach the camping site by 6 pm. Here you can eat, relax, admire your surroundings, and settle down around a bonfire.

Best time for a Sandhan Valley trek

For the best Sandhan Valley trek experience, you should go during the winter months. The days are pleasant and the nights are cold and delightful. The valley remains closed during the monsoon because the numerous waterfalls thundering over ledges and the falling boulders make it dangerous.

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Explore Sandhan Valley
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Trip Description
Sandhan Valley is a canyon in the Sahyadri, also known as the Valley of Shadows. Located in between two high walls of rock and mountain, the sides of the canyon are so narrow that even sunlight makes brief appearances.

This 200-feet deep valley was carved by water, and is flanked by the massive forts of Alang, Madan and Kulang, amongst others.

There is no ascent during this trek - instead it takes you along the valley floor for about 7 hours. There may be some amount of rock-climbing or rappelling involved in this trek.
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  • Transportation from Kasara-Sandhan Valley-Asangaon by local transport
  • Meal package consisting of breakfast, snacks and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2
  • Accommodation in tents
  • All equipment required for camping
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide and camping crew
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Sleeping bags
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like road blocks, bad weather etc.
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Personal expenses like bottled water, tips to staff etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in inclusions
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Sandhan Valley Trek + Camping
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Trek into the dusky gorges of a mysterious valley, through canyons carved by weather and water. You'll negotiate rocky terrain and narrow paths between rock surfaces, and wade through 4-6 feet deep pools of water. You'll do one session of rappelling down steep rocks to get to your campsite, and will enjoy a crackling bonfire after that. In the night, the twinkling stars take over the sky and you’ll sleep in cosy alpine tents.

NOTE: This is a strenuous trek and is suggested for trekkers with some experience but it can also be undertaken by very fit beginners.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Kasara Station to Samrad Village in a private non A/C jeep
  • Transport from Dehne Village to Kurla Station in local bus
  • Meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 3
  • Accomodation in tents on quadruple sharing basis
  • Camping mattresses
  • Bonfire
  • All necessary equipment for rappelling
  • Camping permits, if any
  • Guide and expertise charges
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Train transport cost from CST Station to Kasara
  • Meals during transit
  • Personal expenses such as extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, etc.
  • Any cost arising due to delays, road blocks, landslides, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
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Mystic Sandhan Valley Trek
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Known as the Valley of Shadows because the light of the sun doesn't reach most areas of the 200-foot deep canyon, the Sandhan Valley trek is one of the most unique treks you can do around Maharashtra. The trail takes you all the way down into the valley, to ledges that you'll have to rappel over, and down tricky rock-covered patches that you'll need to negotiate carefully. At the bottom, there are clear pools that you can swim in, and camping here is a thrilling experience.
    Inclusions
  • Transportation from Kasara to Samrad and Dehene to Asangaon
  • Day 1: Breakfast and dinner and Day 2: Breakfast and lunch
  • Certified technical assistance
  • Rappelling charges
  • Safety and first-aid
  • Professional expertise, guide and organizer charges
  • Accommodation on sharing basis in tents
    Exclusions
  • Travel till Kasara station and from Asangaon station
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Meals during travel Tent and sleeping bag
  • Personal expenses Insurance of any kind
  • Medical hospitalization, evacuation and related expenses
  • Any cost or service not mentioned in the Inclusions
  • Jain food can be arranged if requested in advance
  • Sleeping bags can be rented at an additional cost of Rs.100/-
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Sandhan Valley trek and camping
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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This exciting adventure takes you deep into Sandhan Valley, also known as the Valley of Shadows. You'll trek through deep gorges that are cool and dim, rappel down craggy rock surfaces, swim in natural pools, and camp in the middle of a rocky landscape, with just your campfire and the stars above to light the evening. It is a great spot for stargazing, and photographers will get some stunning shots of light and shadows, as well as star trails.

This is not an easy trek and is not recommended for first-timers. You'll be trekking quite a bit on the second day, and will be roped up to do some rappelling too.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Kasara to Asangaon by local vehicle
  • Meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 3
  • Accomodation in tents on triple/quadruple sharing basis
  • Campfire
  • Equipment for rappelling, as needed
  • Forest entry charges, if any
  • Guide and expertise charges
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport from Mumbai to Kasara and Asangaon to Mumbai
  • Meals during transit
  • Personal expenses such as extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, etc.
  • Any cost arising due to delays, road blocks, landslides, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusions