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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, rough terrain to challenge experienced trekkers and gentle slopes for beginners. 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.

Best season for trekking near Lonavala

The monsoon is the best time for Lonavala trekking. It is during this season that the entire Lonavala trekking region is showered by rain, and waterfalls and pools 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 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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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 hotbed of adventure activity, with plenty of options in and around Lonavala. You can go hot air ballooning in Lonavala, rafting in Kolad, paragliding in Kamshet, or you could go camping in Lonavala. The campsites around Pavna are very scenic and perfect for a chilly night around the bonfire.

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