Sandhan Valley trek in Maharashtra, India

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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Trip Description
Sandhan Valley is a canyon in the Sahyadris, 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.

IMPORTANT: The journey for this trip begins the previous night for participants in order. Participants need to reach the pick-up point at 01:18 a.m. Trip inclusions only cover the transport costs from Kasara railway station (meeting point) to Asangaon railway station (drop-off point).
    Inclusions
  • Transportation from Kasara-Sandhan Valley-Dehne-Asangaon by local transport
  • Technical equipment, expertise, guide charges, supplier charges
    Exclusions
  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • Food/tea purchased while travelling to site and back
  • Any medical/emergency evacuations if required
  • Travel cost from Mumbai/Pune to Kasara and back
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