Trekking in Lonavala

Take a break from the chaos of city life and escape into the lush hills of Sahyadris, explore historic forts and soak up the nature through trekking adventures near Lonavala.

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Trekking in Lonavala

Trekking near Lonavala offers city-dwellers in Mumbai, Pune and surrounding cities a quick and easy getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life. It only takes a short drive to enter the rolling green Sahyadris, a hotspot for nature-lovers, bird-watchers, and trekkers. The Lonavala trekking region is abundant with forts, hills, rock-climbing areas, gentle slopes for beginners and rough terrain to challenge experienced trekkers. Read our blog post about the Western Ghats.

Tough treks in Lonavala

Thanks to the hilly terrain dotted with rocks and boulders, there are some fairly tough treks near Lonavala. Almost all treks increase in difficulty during the monsoon when strong winds and slippery trails slow down your progress.

Treks for beginners in Lonavala

Trekking near Lonavala is a good option for beginners as it is not too far from the cities of Mumbai and Pune, so anyone can do a day trip. If you are a first-timer, choose one of the shorter treks like Korigad or Tikona so that you can take your own time and enjoy the views.

Lohagad Fort

Lohagad Fort is also known as the 'iron fort' and is a must-visit during the monsoon. It is one of the most popular treks near Lonavala and consists of an easy trail. The rain makes this trek a truly magical experience and you can see the clouds wrap around the fort, shrouding it in mist. The most distinctive feature of the Lohagad fort is the Vinchu Kata, one of the ramparts of the fort, which resembles the tail of a scorpion.

Visapur Fort

Visapur Fort is located close to Lohagad and is a popular trek near Lonavala for beginners. The trek to the huge ruins of Visapur Fort is easy and there are many thrilling surprises on the way. You can explore cannons, mysterious caves, small shrines, secret escape routes and many cisterns.

Tikona Fort

The trek to Tikona fort is easy even though the triangular shape of the mountain makes it appear difficult to climb. There is a narrow staircase carved into the rock on this mountain for the ease of trekkers and the top of the fort offers some spectacular views of Tung Fort, Lohagad Fort, Pawna Lake and Visapur Fort.

Weekend trek to Rajmachi

This trek near Lonavala is a high-endurance trek and perfect for experienced trekkers and fit beginners. It offers a quick weekend escape from Mumbai city. The Rajmachi trek is a paradise during the monsoon and the trails are dotted with streams, waterfalls and puddles. The entire region is covered in a blanket of green and you'll enjoy magnificent views of misty mountains and rain-drenched forests. You can also expect to see glimmering fireflies fill the air.

Kataldhar Waterfall trek

Kataldhar waterfall is a spectacular gushing waterfall hidden deep within the forests around Lonavala. It is a lush paradise during the monsoon and you'll trek on narrow trails through dense forests. The flow of the water is also stronger and more abundant during the monsoon than other seasons. From the vantage point at the waterfall, you can also catch views of Rajmachi and Shrivardhan Fort as well as the Shirota Lake.

Torna Fort

Torna Fort is one of the highest forts in the region and is a large structure with two major wings stretching out of it. It is also known as Prachandagad, which literally means 'massive fort'. Ascribed to its size and structure, it is graded as a challenging trek and is not recommended to beginners. The top of the fort offers spectacular views of the Sahyadri range and the surrounding landscape.

Duke’s Nose

Duke's nose is a popular trekking spot near Lonavala and is suitable for beginners. It involves a short trek and offers some epic views of the lush greenery of the Sahyadris. Named after the nose of a nobleman, this trek is best enjoyed in the thrill of the rain. You can also try your hand at some very exciting adventure sports like rappelling, slacklining, and more.

Korigad Fort

Korigad Fort is a beautiful hill fort situated around 20 km from Lonavala near Aamby Valley, Maharashtra. This is an easy 6 km trek that takes you through the lush green countryside of Maharashtra. You'll climb 510 steps carved into the mountainside to reach the top of Korigad Fort. It is perfect for beginners who are looking to get away from the city for a weekend and you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Tung Fort

The Tung fort offers a fun trek where you'll climb up a steep rock-cut staircase to the top of the fort. It is a relatively easy trek, but the monsoon makes way for some slippery sections. You'll explore the ruins of ancient temples and water reservoirs and catch gorgeous views of the Lohagad, Visapur, Tikona and Korigad, as well as the waters of Pawna dam.

Best season for trekking near Lonavala

The monsoon is the best time for Lonavala trekking. It is during this season that the entire region gets showered by rain and waterfalls and pools are abound. All the highest points of the hills have streams and rivulets gushing down, and you’ll be drenched by the time you get back. The views are spectacular, with clouds rolling in as you trek, and sudden showers to cool you off.

In the winters, Lonavala gets very cold in the evening, thanks to the hills around. The morning mist hovers in the air till late morning, making it a perfect time for camping.

Trekking in Lonavala Summary

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Nearest city: Mumbai
  • Total days: 1-2 days
  • Grade: 4400 feet
  • Max altitude: Rishikesh rafting on the Ganges River
  • Max total trekking distance: 10 km
  • Season: Monsoon and winter
  • Avg temperature: 12-35 degree Celsius

Trekking near Lonavala: Lohagad Fort

Lohagad Fort is one of the most popular treks in Lonavala, especially during the monsoon. The experience is magical, with rain clouds descending on the mountains and enveloping them in the mist. The trek is very easy, and the Vinchu Kata, one of the ramparts of the fort, is distinctively shaped like the tail of a scorpion.
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Trekking near Lonavala: Visapur Fort

Located close to Lohagad, Visapur Fort is a popular trek near Lonavala for beginners. It has a rugged and interesting structure, and has cannons, mysterious caves, huge ruins of the fort, and some small shrines to explore.
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Trekking near Lonavala: Tikona Fort

The triangular shape of this mountain makes it appear harder to climb than it actually is. There is a staircase carved into the rock, and you’ll get some great views from the top. Pavna Lake, at the foot of Tikona, is full and cloud-covered in the monsoon, but looks scenic year-round too.
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Trekking near Lonavala: Weekend trek to Rajmachi

This trek near Lonavala will definitely test your endurance, but also works perfectly for a weekend getaway from the city of Mumbai. The Rajmachi trek rewards you with magnificent views, especially during the monsoons when the landscape comes alive with streams, waterfalls, and lush green paddy fields. You’ll also get to camp 3000 feet above sea level, making this Lonavala trekking experience one of a kind.
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Trekking near Lonavala: Kataldhar Waterfall trek

Kataldhar waterfall lies hidden deep in the forests around Lonavala, and is a lush paradise during the monsoon. In winters, there isn’t much water but it is green and misty and scenic. In the summer, it can get quite dry and hot on the trail so do go early in the day to get the cooler temperatures.
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Trekking near Lonavala: Torna Fort

Torna Fort is one of the highest forts in the region, and has a robust structure with two ridges stretching out of it. It is a challenging trek that is not recommended to beginners. At the top, you’ll get spectacular views of the landscape around.
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Trekking near Lonavala: Duke’s Nose

Shaped like the nose of a nobleman, this cliff in Lonavala is one of the best spots for a short trek to get epic views! It is also the location of some very exciting adventure sports like rappelling, slacklining, and more. Some treks near Lonavala include a rappelling session at Duke’s Nose, but many visitors just come for the views.
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Trekking near Lonavala: Korigad Fort

Korigad fort is a beautiful fort located on top of a hill around 20 kms from Lonavala near Aamby Valley, Maharashtra. It is a great trek for beginners or those looking to get their muscles in working order for the trekking season. It is an easy 6 km trek which makes it perfect for those looking for treks near Lonavala to combine with a weekend away from the city.
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Trekking near Lonavala: Tung Fort

The Tung Fort trek has a steep rock-cut staircase to take you to the top. It’s not a very difficult trek, but in the monsoon it has some slippery sections. At the top, there is an ancient temple and a fort, as well as views of Pavna, Lohagad, Tikona, and other nearby landmarks.
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Best time to go/Weather

The best time to go trekking near Lonavala is during the monsoon season. The rain transforms the Lonavala trekking region into a lush green paradise. The region also gets studded with streams, flowing rivulets, gushing waterfalls and countless pools. The atmosphere is cool and you'll be treated to some spectacular views. Expect to be drenched in the rain as you trek through the greenery.

The winter blankets the whole region in a layer of cool mist that hangs around in the air till late in the morning. It is the ideal time to embark on camping trips. The evenings are really cold, so be sure to bundle up.

Getting there

Lonavala is well connected to both Mumbai and Pune by means of road and rail. You can hire a cab, a private vehicle or choose to drive your own car to Lonavala. The journey to Lonavala by road promises to be pleasant and exceptionally scenic. There are also many buses going to Lonavala. You can then make your way to the starting point of the trek through local vehicles. The Lonavala Bus Depot is close to the railway station. Lonavala is also connected to Mumbai and Pune via frequent trains to Lonavala railway station.

Some operators even offer pickup from popular landmarks around Mumbai and Pune to the starting point of the trek. Do check the inclusions/exclusion section of your trip to make sure this offer is available on your trip.

You can also choose to travel by air if you're not from Mumbai or Pune. Lohegaon Airport in Pune is the closest domestic airport to Lonavala. One can board flights from any city in India to Pune and travel to Lonavala in a hired local vehicle. You can also board flights to Mumbai and then travel to Lonavala by bus or car.

What to wear

While trekking near Lonavala, wear quick-dry apparel consisting of a t-shirt/shirt which is preferably full-sleeved and long trekking pants. Wear a good pair of trekking shoes that offers ankle support. Cover yourself with a raincoat or poncho to protect yourself from the rain and always apply sunscreen before you set off.

What to carry

Carry a small backpack to hold your personal essentials, bottles of water, some snacks and energy bars. Carry warm layers for the chill that sets in during the early morning and late evening and a change of clothes. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, a cap and insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Preparation/Fitness

The fitness preparation required depends on whether the trek near Lonavala you choose is graded easy or challenging. Some treks like the Lohagad Fort trek is easy and is even a great experience for families with children. However, treks like Rajmachi and Torna requires prior trekking experience. You can prepare for such treks by undertaking a regime of endurance increasing exercises.

FAQs about Trekking in Lonavala

Which treks near Lonavala are suitable for beginners?

If you are a newbie, you should choose short treks with easy trails. The easiest treks around Lonavala are Korigad, Tikona, and Lohagad.

Which are the toughest treks near Lonavala?

The tough treks around Lonavala are Rajmachi, Torna, and Tailbaila. These treks are usually done overnight and might involve a night of travel or camping.

What should I carry for a Lonavala trek?

Make sure you have warm layers for the early morning or late night chill, as well as a change of clothes. Wear sturdy shoes and carry a small backpack instead of a duffel bag. You should pack at least two bottles of water per person, insect repellent, sunscreen, a cap and sunglasses, as well as dry snacks and energy bars.

What else can I do in Lonavala?

Lonavala is now a hotspot of adventure activities, with plenty of options in and around Lonavala. You can go hot air ballooning in Lonavala, rafting in Kolad, paragliding in Kamshet, or you can go camping in Pawna. The campsites around Pawna are very scenic and perfect for a chilly night around the bonfire.

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