Trek to Sondai Fort

Begin the trek to Sondai Fort from the base village of Sondewadi, and climb over large boulders on slippery rocks laid over an uphill route. En route, you'll be surrounded by mountains and valleys, painted green with the monsoon forests and farms. Stepping over tiny river streams flowing down the hills, you'll reach the site of Sondai Fort after a 3-hr trek in the Sahyadri mountains. Perfect for a quick, getaway in the midst of nature, this trek to Sondai Fort takes you over a trail rated moderately difficult, making it perfect for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.

NOTE: This trip does not include lunch. You may bring a packed lunch to eat at the base village after completing the trek to Sondai Fort.

Destination

Located a 30-min drive and a 3-hr trek from Karjat, the Sondai Fort offers beautiful views of the Morbe Dam and the Matheran mountain range. On a clear and cloudless day, you can even see nearby forts of Prabalgad, Irshalgad and Songiri on the horizon.

Sondai Fort, once a massive watchtower, is now a little-known trekking destination in the Western Ghats not known to many, allowing you to explore the fort at your own pace. Although nothing of the original fort remains standing, you can visit a temple of the Sondai Devi on the top.

Destination highlights

Climb up to an altitude of over 1,200 feet on a trek to Sondai Fort. | Escape from the city into the heart of nature on a short 1-day itinerary. | Catch beautiful views of monsoon-fed forests over the Sahyadri hills. | Go on a moderately difficult 3-hr trek to Sondai Fort.

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8 km

6 hrs

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park Main Gate

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park Main Gate

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Sondewadi village

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20:00

Arrive at the main gate of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park by 11:15pm. Here, you'll meet your fellow trekkers and travel to the base village of the trek, Sondewadi village. You'll also stop at several other pick up points on your way to Sondewadi. You'll reach the base by about 3am.

Food

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Day 1 Milestone

Mumbai

Sondewadi

23:15 PM

After you reach the base village, you'll have a delicious breakfast and begin your ascent by 5:00am. You'll reach the top of the mountain by 7:00am and have some time to explore the Sondai Fort.

Soon, you'll descend down to the base village on the same route. You'll begin your journey back to Mumbai by 10:30am and reach by 1:00pm, depending on traffic conditions. Your trip ends here.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 2 Milestone

Sondewadi

Mumbai

05:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Travel arrangements between Mumbai-Sondewadi 
  • Vegetarian breakfast
  • Services of an experienced trek leader
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Travel arrangements between home city and Mumbai
  • Lunch
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
  • Trekking/sports shoes
  • Windcheater or jacket
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Full-sleeved shirts/t-shirts
  • Full-length track pants
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
  • Hard luggage such as suitcases, trolley bags

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Technical or safety gear required for the trek, if any

You need to get

  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • ID proof
  • Packed lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Energy drinks (Glucon D, Gatorade etc.)
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)

Medical Kit

  • Specific personal or prescribed medication
  • Personal first-aid kit

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made 8 days or more before departure of the Sondai Fort trek: 75% refund.

For cancellations made 4-7 days before departure of the Sondai Fort trek: 50% refund.

For cancellations made less than 4 days before departure of the Sondai Fort trek: no refund.

In case of no show: no refund.

All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

Rules on trip

Travellers are required to follow instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Sondai Fort.

Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trip.

Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the trek to Sondai Fort to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff.

Travellers will be required bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.

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