Sandhan Valley Trek

Experience a unique trek through the valley of shadows as you cut through the tall walls of the valley crossing streams and waterfalls in the Sandhan Valley trek

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Sandhan Valley Trek overview

Sandhan Valley trek takes you to the beautiful Sandhan Valley with 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 trek

This is a one or two, 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 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 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 trek

The Sandhan Valley trek is a one or two day trek depending on your location. From Pune, the 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 to go

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.

Sandhan Valley trek summary

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Nearest city: Mumbai, Pune
  • Total days: 2 days
  • Grade:Moderate to difficult
  • Total trekking distance:9 km
  • Season: Winter
  • Avg temperature: 15-30 degrees Celsius

Trek to Sandhan Valley in Maharashtra - 2 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Begin from Kasara

  • Start point: Kasara
  • End point: Sandhan Valley
  • Day start time: 01:20 AM
  • Trekking distance: 5 kms
  • Trekking time: 6 hrs
  • Overnight stay in tents

Day 2: Trekking to the Sandhan Valley and back

  • Start point: Sandhan Valley
  • End point: Asangaon
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 4 kms
  • Trekking time: 3 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

For the Sandhan valley trek you have to reach Kasara Railway Station. From here you will be transported to the base village of Samrad along with the trek leader and your fellow trekkers.

The road journey takes 3 hours to reach Samrad. You can rest in the vehicle and as you reach Samrad at the crack of dawn you will begin your trek to Sandhan Valley. The Sandhan Valley trek sure is a bit challenging but it will take you through waterfalls, thick forests, lakes and a lot of nature’s beauty.

You can take pictures of the surrounding mountains. By afternoon you will reach the campsite. The day’s work ends here and you can relax by the lake, or simply stroll around and explore the campsite. In the evening you will enjoy a bonfire and delicious dinner and retire to your tents for the night.

Day 2:

You will begin your day early today. As you wake up to the chirping of birds and the beautiful morning at the campsite you will begin your trek to Dehne. This trail is a bit tricky but exciting as well. On the way you will have to rappel down the mountain cliff. This is one of the highlights of the day and an exciting activity to experience. As you reach Dehne you will be transported back to Asangaon. From here you can board your train back home.

Inclusions:

Transport arrangements from Kasara station to base camp and from Dehne to Asangaon will be provided in private vehicles. Accommodation will be provided on twin or triple sharing tents at the campsite. Meals will be served as per the package selected. Rappelling equipment and all technical or safety gear required for the trek will be provided. The charges of the trek leader/guide is included. Also, government permits and all taxes are included.

Exclusions:

Transportation from your home city to Kasara or from Asangaon to your home city is not included. 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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Sandhan Valley Trek + Camping - 3 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Reach Kasara Station

  • Start point: CST Station
  • End point: Kasara Station
  • Day start time: 10:50 hrs

Day 2: The Trek begins

  • Start point: Kasara Station
  • End point: Sandhan Valley
  • Day start time: 01:30 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 5 kms
  • Trekking time: 10 hrs
  • Overnight in tents at campsite

Day 3: Return Trek

  • Start point: Sandhan Valley
  • End point: CST Station
  • Day start time: 06:30 AM
  • Trekking distance: 4 kms
  • Trekking time: 3 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Reach Kasara Station by 01:00 hrs. Along with your trek operator and fellow trekkers you will be transported to Samrad which is the base village of the trek by 05:00 hrs. Here, you can rest or sleep for an hour to recharge yourself for the trek.

Day 2:

You will be refreshed to start the trek to Sandhan Valley after a quick nap. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and begin your trek around 07:00 hrs.

After a fun and exciting trail through waterfalls and streams you will reach the rappelling point of the trek by 11:00. After an exhilarating trail and a fun rappelling session, you will stop to have your packed lunch by 13:00 hrs.

Post lunch you will resume your trek to the campsite. You will reach the campsite by 18:00 hrs. The Sandhan Valley trek campsite is set beside a natural pond. You will enjoy the refreshing views that the campsite offers. You can relax, or indulge in outdoor activities. Dinner will be served at 20:45 hrs along with a great session of bonfire. Admire the starry sky and retire to your tents for the night.

Day 3:

Wake up to pristine views from the campsite. After breakfast you will begin your return trek to Dehne. You will reach the village just in time for lunch. From here you will board a bus to Kurla Station by 14:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.

Inclusions:

Transport arrangements from Kasara station to base camp and from Dehne to Kurla station will be provided in private vehicles. Accommodation will be provided on twin or triple sharing tents at the campsite. Meals will be served as per the package selected. Rappelling equipment and all technical or safety gear required for the trek will be provided. The charges of the trek leader/guide is included. Also, government permits and all taxes are included

Exclusions:

Transportation from your home city to Kasara or from Kurla to your home city is not included. 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

The trek experience here is the best during the winter months. The days are pleasant and the nights are cold and delightful. The valley remains closed during the monsoon due to landslides and heavy flow of waterfalls into the valley floor which is your trekking path.

Getting there

By train: Kasara Railway station on the Central Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. It is the final stop in the north-east sector of the Central Line. You can take a local from CST station to reach Kasara. Reach Kasara Station and from there you will be picked up and transported to the base.

What to wear

Wear a Raincoat or wind cheater if you’re doing this trek in the monsoon. Wear comfortable and quick-dry trekking clothes such as long-sleeved t shirt and pants. Put on good trekking shoes as they are the most important. Carry an extra pair of socks. You can also carry a cap/hat, sunglasses or a scarf as per your preference. Don’t forget to carry an extra pair of clothes.

What to carry

Your 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

This is a moderate to difficult trek and is recommended for more experienced trekkers. There may be some sessions of rock-climbing or rappelling involved, depending on how deep your trek takes you into the valley.

FAQs about the Sandhan valley trek

Can beginners do this trek?

The Sandhan Valley trek is a moderate to difficult trek and is best suited for people with prior trekking experience.

What is the best time to do this trek?

The trek is open throughout the year; however, the best time to do it would be in the winters. The trail is slippery in the monsoon and remains closed due to the danger of landslides.

What should I carry for the trek?

Your tour operator will provide with a list of what to carry and what not. However, you may carry some toiletries, warm clothes, camera, any medication. Make sure your wearing comfortable shoes and carry a dry pair of socks as well. you can carry an extra pair of footwear for camping.

What will be the accommodation arrangement?

We will provide tents on twin/triple sharing basis on the campsite.

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