Gopya Ghatwat – An Offbeat Trek

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Availability : Sun, 20 Nov'22
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 15

Highlights

  • An offbeat exploration at “Gopya Ghat Trek”Explore the core of the Sahyadri mountains
  • Beautiful views of flora and faunaA perfect blend of nature and adventure
  • The ancient route between Bhor and Pune2,470 ft. ascend cross-country trek
  • Moderate to high endurance trekOnly for the experienced trekkers (Experience of "Ghatwat" treks in the Sahyadri)
  • Best trek, if a visit in monsoon / post monsoon

Key Info.

Varandha Ghat

Pune District

Shivtharghal

Base Village

Monsoon, Winter

Best Season

2,150

Max. Altitude (Ft.)

7 hrs., 12 km.

Walking (approx.)

Moderate

Activity Grade
EnduranceMedium: 7/10

Gopya Ghat is the route connecting the Sangavi village in remote areas in the western part of the Pune district and the famous as well as holy Shivtharghal in the Raigad district.

Visit the Shivtharghal caves and start climbing to the Gopya Ghat. After some time, we reach the Sahyadri Wadi; A village situated on a plateau near the Gopya Ghat. Climb for more than 2 hrs. and we can reach the col that is the top of the Gopya Ghat. There is a water tank in the masonry structure.

After walking from here for 2 hours, we reach Sangavi village. This route is close to near Velvandi river valley & the Bhatghar dam backwater. Trek ends at Sangavi village.

Extra Info.Shivtharghal Caves

Shivtharghal, also known as Sundarmath, (Sundarmath means Beautiful Monastery), is a cave, about 34 km from Mahad, near Barasgaon, Maharashtra, India. Shivtharghal is located in Varandha Ghat in the Sahyadris on the Bhor-Mahad road. In monsoons, a waterfall falls in front of the cave.

Samarth Ramdas dictated Dasbodh to Kalyan Swami. Samarth Ramdas lived here for about 22 years. It is believed that this is where the first meeting between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Samarth Ramdas took place.

The cave was discovered by Shankarrao Deo of Dhule in 1930. The cave and surrounding area were renovated after Samarth Seva Mandal was formed in 1950. The campus includes the actual cave under the waterfall, Ramdas Swami temple, dining hall, and accommodation.

Jai Jai Raghuveer Samarth! Jai Bhavani! Jai Shivaji!

Day Wise

Itinerary

Day 1Gopya Ghat Trek

04:45
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.

05:00 – 09:45
We will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.

09:45 – 10:45
We arrive at the Shivtharghal i.e. our starting point of the trek.
Have breakfast and tea. Visit the holy caves of Shivtharghal.

11:00
Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

11:00 – 17:00
Now, we start the trek towards the Gopya Ghatwat.

We need to ascend around 2,470 ft. from the base. It took around 4-5 hrs. In some places, you will find beautiful views of the Varandha Ghat and surrounding mountains.

At the top of Gopya ghat, you can find some historical monuments like a few stone sculptures of warriors, a water tank & few rocky old steps.

After about 6-7 hours of walking beside the Bhatghar dam, our trek will end at the Sangavi village.

17:30 – 18:30
Refresh yourself. (Toilets are not available there.)
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.

18:30 – 20:00
Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
Resume journey to Pune.

22:00
Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.

SEE YOU SOON! 😀


Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): ⇑ 2,470 ft.; ⇓ 150 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 12 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Meal after the Trek

Ex. Pune

Travel Details

Departure

Sun, 20th Nov’22 - 04:45 Hrs.

Travel by

Private Bus

Non AC, Highback Seats
Bus Starting From

McDonald's, J.M. Road

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Deccan > Nal Stop > Warje Bridge > Bhor > Varandha Ghat > Shivtahrghal (Base)

04:45 – Deccan
04:50 – Nal Stop
05:00 – Warje Bridge

Important Note
  • Please arrive at your pickup point 15 minutes early so as not to be late.
Arrival

Sun, 20th Nov’22 - 22:00 Hrs.

Bus Ends At

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04

Important Note
  • We can arrive 1 hour early / late; According to traffic conditions.
  • Your drop point will be the same as the pick-up point.

Inclusion

  • Transport from/to PuneBy Tempo Travellers or Mini Buses or big buses depending on the respective tour group size.
  • A Breakfast, Meal after the TrekServed veg. meals only.
  • Common First Aid KitWell stocked medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

Exclusion

  • Any kind of personal expenses.Anything specifically not mentioned in the ‘tour price includes’ column
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