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Matheran’s Garbett Plateau – Moonlight Trek

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  • 1 Day / 1 NightDuration
  • Sat, 25 May’24travel dates
  • 07-60 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size


  • Reach Matheran Hill Station via Garbett Plateau/PointThe cool night air and the sounds of nature will leave you feeling rejuvenated
  • Experience the adventurous night trekTrekking at night is a unique experience that allows you to explore the beauty of the Western Ghats. The cool night air and the starry sky can be very refreshing
  • Witness the Mesmerizing SunriseThe trek culminates at Garbett Point, where you can witness a breathtaking sunrise
  • Panoramic views & scenic beautyTrek offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forts
  • Easy trek for allRecommended for beginners with good fitness

If you’re looking for an adventure that will challenge you, amaze you, and leave you with lasting memories, the Garbett Plateau Night Trek is worth considering.

Key Info

  • Neral, KarjatLocation
  • DiksalBase Village
  • Winter, SummerBest Season
  • Easy +Grade
  • 2,400 ft.Max. Altitude
  • 8 km, 5-6 hrs.Walk (approx.)
EnduranceMedium: 7/10

The Matheran Garbett Plateau Night Trek is an exciting adventure that takes you up the Garbett Plateau under the starry night sky!

The trek ends at Garbett Point, which offers stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

Garbett Plateau/Point is located on the southwest side of the Matheran with a grand view of the plateau and offers a panoramic view of the valley on both sides. Garbett village and plateau are some less-known destinations among tourists visiting the Matheran Hill Station.

The night trek is a great way to experience the beauty of Matheran in a different light. The night sky is usually very clear, and you can see millions of stars. You may also be able to see fireflies lighting up the forest.

From the plateau, you can continue to Garbett Point, the trek’s highest point, offering even more stunning views. Here, you can take a break and enjoy the panoramic view of Matheran and the surrounding hills. You can also watch the sunrise over the mountains – an unforgettable experience.


Matheran is a beautiful hill station located on the Western Ghats mountain range in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It’s a popular weekend getaway destination, especially for people from Mumbai and Pune, due to its proximity (around 90 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Pune) and its car-free environment.

Matheran is located at an average elevation of 800 meters (2,625 ft) above sea level. The climate is cooler and drier than the surrounding areas, making it a popular escape from the summer heat. Temperatures typically range from 16°C (61°F) to 32°C (90°F). The monsoon season lasts from June to September, but it retreats before October, making the weather perfect for sightseeing.

Matheran has been declared an eco-sensitive region by the Union Environment Ministry (GoI) and is home to diverse flora and fauna. There are also several rare species like the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, White-Rumped Shama, Brown Wood Owl, South Indian Tree Shrew, and the Giant Squirrel. It is also home to a wide range of snakes, from harmless ones to deadly and venomous snakes.

The type of soil here is red. The top of Matheran has excellent walking paths as well as lakes, which add to the charms of this place.

Car-Free Zone » One of the unique things about Matheran is that it is a car-free zone. This means that no vehicles are allowed within the town limits. Visitors can either walk, take a rickshaw pulled by porters, or ride the Matheran Toy Train, a narrow-gauge mountain railway that takes you on a scenic journey up the mountain.

History » H. P. Mallet, who was the Collector of Thane, discovered this hill in 1880. He noticed the thick forest and enquired about the hill from local villagers. In the native dialect, they replied, “Mathe Ran Hai”, meaning ‘Up there (Mathe) is a jungle (Ran).’ Mallet made regular excursions to it and finally, a hill railway was constructed here in 1907.

Explore theTrek Routes

Matheran is a paradise for hikers, particularly in the monsoons. It has many routes and one can always spend an enjoyable hiking day exploring these routes. There are many trekking routes such as climbing from Bhivpuri to Garbett Point via the Garbett plateau. From Chauk via village Warose go up the Shivaji Ladder. From village Ambewadi to One Tree Hill Point. From Vangani to Porcupine Point, via Panvel Lake, etc.

Many such combinations are possible. One can climb up from one route and descend from another. There are many enjoyable walks through the thick forest at the top. A separate route guide for Matheran is locally available.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 0
Travel from Pune » Neral, Karjat

Depart from Pune by 23:00 hrs.
Meet our representative at your pick-up point. We will then proceed by private vehicle to the starting point of our trek.

Day 0: Highlights
• Drive (approx.): 120 km, 3-4 hrs.

Day 1
Night Trek to Matheran via Garbett Plateau » Travel to Pune

Upon arrival at Diksal village, Neral (Karjat, Raigad), start our trek to Matheran Hill Station via Garbett Plateau/Point. The initial part of the trail is relatively easy, following a well-defined path through the forest. As you gain altitude, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging. But the cool night air and the starry sky will keep you motivated.

Reach the Garbett Plateau and enjoy the breathtaking sunrise over the Sahyadri mountains. This is a truly magical experience!

Walk around 2-3 km from Garbett Point to the Dasturi Naka of Matheran Hill station. After spending some time exploring the Matheran Hill Station, Get refreshed & have breakfast at a restaurant. Depart from Neral and return to Pune; filled with memories of our night trek to Garbett Plateau.

Arrive back in Pune by 15:00 hrs. (approx.).

Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude: ⇑ 2,330 ft. / ⇓ 230 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 8 km, 5-6 hrs.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast


What's Included?
  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • Matheran Entry Permits &Matheran to Neral Local Jeep Fare
  • A BreakfastServed Veg. Meals as Per Itinerary Only
  • 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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