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Angthesari – Madhu Makarandgad – Hatlot Ghat

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  • 2 Days / 2 NightsDuration
  • 24-25 Feb’24travel dates
  • 15-55 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-20 max.Group Size


  • Explore two less explored routes connecting to the JaoliA scenic valley that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forts
  • Ascend via Angthesari GhatwatApprox. 800 m height gain
  • Descend via Hatlot GhatwatApprox. 750 m height loss
  • Explore the Madhu-Makarangad FortA Strategic outpost to control the surrounding region
  • Local HomestayWith simple cooked food
  • The total trek distance is about 25 kmAnd the difficulty level is Challenging. The trek requires good physical fitness, endurance, & trekking experience
  • The best time to do the trek is from October to MarchWhen the weather is pleasant & the landscape is green

Key Info

  • Khed/SataraLocation
  • KandoshiBase Village
  • AnytimeAutumn, Winter
  • Moderate+Grade
  • 1,155 mMax. Altitude
  • Daily 8 hrs.Walk [approx.]: Total 25+ km.
EnduranceChallenging: 8/10

The “Angthesari” & “Hatlot” are the two less explored mountain passes which are surrounded by a thick forest of jaoli. Both routes play a crucial role in trade, transport, and tourism within the region. The ghats are nestled amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats, offering breath-taking views.

The trek starts from the village of Kandoshi & ends at Birmani village (Dist. Ratnagiri). The trails are not so well-marked. The first part of the trek is a gradual ascent. As you gain altitude, the views of the surrounding mountains become more and more spectacular. Descending through the Hatlot ghat can be easier than the Angthesari ghat.

The trek gradient is challenging, as we need to ascend & descend more than 700 m respectively. Also, we need to climb up & down to the Madhu-Makrandgad. The total distance of the trek is about 25 km.

Trekkers can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Sahyadri hills while traversing these passes. The trails may vary in difficulty, but the scenic vistas make it worthwhile. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history enthusiast, or simply seeking an adventurous experience, this trek awaits with its rugged charm and captivating landscapes! 🌄🚶♂️🌿

MadhuMakarandgad Fort

Madhu Makarandgad Fort is located on the edge of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. It’s situated amidst the lush green Javli forests and is a mix of twin hills, Madhu and Makarandgad. The Madhu peak is the higher of the two at 1,236 m & Makarand peak is slightly lower in height.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the ruler of the region, achieved the seemingly impossible feat of conquering the dense Jaoli forest to establish control over this fort. It was used as a strategic outpost to control the surrounding region. The fort is now in ruins, but it is still a popular trekking destination due to its scenic beauty and historical significance.

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding trek, this is the best adventure you can opt for yourself!

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 0, Fri
Pune > Kandoshi Drive [210 km, 6 hrs.]

Once you reach your pick-up point, mark your presence with the SG-Trekkers representative. Then we will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.

Day 1, Sat
Kandoshi > Angthesari > Ghonaspur [Stay]

Reach Kandoshi village, our starting point of the trek; start the trek immediately in the morning.
Ascending via Angthesari Ghat is an exhilarating and challenging trek route that leads to the majestic & dense forest of the Jaoli region. Cross the dense forest and reach the Ghonsapur village. Depending on our pace, approx. 800 m climb can take anywhere from 6 to 9 hours.

A warm stay in a local house at the base of Madhu-Makarandgad Fort.

Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 800 m / ⇓ 50 m
• Walk (approx.): 8 hrs., 10 km.
• Accommodation: Local Homestay
• Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

Day 2, Sun
Madhu-Makrandgad > Hatlot Ghat > Birmani > Drive to Pune

Start early and hike towards the Madhu-Makarand gad. Descend to Hatlot village and proceed towards the Hatlot ghat. Start descending to Birmani village via Hatlot Ghat, a scenic valley that offers stunning views of the forts and peaks.

While trekking through Hatlot Ghat, one can imagine the footsteps of ancient travellers, traders, and explorers who used this route for centuries. The ghat has witnessed historical events and cultural exchanges, making it a fascinating journey for those who seek to connect with the past.

Reach Birmani Village, the trek ends here.

Hope you have a great time on this trek and experience the glory of the dense forest of Jaoli. Conclude our long-range trek here with happy memories & travel to Pune.
Reach Pune by 22:00 hrs.

Day 2: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 200 m / ⇓ 950 m
• Walk (approx.): 8 hrs., 15 km.
• Accommodation: NA
• Meals: Breakfast



What's Included?
  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • Forest Entry Permits Sahyadri Tiger Reserve
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch & 1 DinnerServed Veg. Meals as Per Itinerary Only
  • Local HomestayCommon Hall for All
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsTeam of Certified Mountaineers & Outdoor Experts
  • First Aid KitWell Stocked Medicines with Team SG-Trekkers
  • GSTAll Applicable Taxes


What's Not Included?
  • Any Kind of Personal ExpensesAnything Specifically Not Mentioned in the ‘Inclusions List’.
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