Test yourself by being surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty on a trek from Lonavala to Bhimashankar. The weather playing the perfect host, rest assured that this will be a memorable experience. Covering a distance of almost 72km, it is undoubtedly a favourite among trekkers who want to push the limits of their physical endurance.
Nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts can both rejoice in this experience which can test their endurance levels while enjoying the natural beauty and wilderness with different species of butterflies and flowers, waterfalls, mountains & plateau for 2 days, along with the delicious food made by the local villagers.
The Lonavala Bhimashankar Trek route passes through deep wild rainforest, head-high bushes, lost-and-found trails, small water streams, remote tribal villages, eerie temples, green meadows, hidden waterfalls and a plateau of flowers with butterflies. Due to the remoteness of the Bhimashankar Wildlife sanctuary, there are a few tribal villages where life still revolves primarily around hunting, gathering, and subsistence agriculture. You explore the best features of the Sahyadri range on this trek.
The Bhima River originates from Bhimashankar hill and passes through the deepest part of the forest. It attracts abundant wildlife, as there is no other water source around. Lonavala to Bhimashankar is arguably the best back-country trek in the Sahyadri range.
This trek lasts for 2 days and will give you the opportunity to experience the tribal village culture as you stay with the locals and taste their authentic cuisine.
Overall the trek is utterly satisfying! Har Har Mahadev!
Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the northern region of Western Ghats. It covers the area of three districts i.e. of Pune, Raigad, and Thane. The sanctuary spreads over an area of around 131 sq. km. One can also see the famous Jyotirlingas temple of the god Shiva.
Thousands of devotees visit the place on the day of the Maha Shivratri and also on weekdays. It is here that the two tributaries i.e. Ghod and Bhima of the river Krishna originate. Some chief places to see within the sanctuary are Nagphani Point, Vanaspati Point, Bombay Point, and Gupt-Bhimashankar. The time period between October to May is the ideal time for visiting the place.
The natural vegetation of the place is mostly Southern tropical semi-evergreen. There are various types of trees, plants, herbs, shrubs etc. found here. Some of the chief trees seen here are Mango, Hirda, Bamboo, Jamun, Behda etc.
The sanctuary is home to various species of animals like Leopards, Sambar, Hyena, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Malabar (Indian) Giant Squirrels and many more.
There are various species of birds like Black Eagle, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Grey Jungle Fowl, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Green Pigeon, and Quaker Babbler etc.
Deccan > Aundh > Wakad > Lonavala (Base)
23:30 – Deccan
23:45 – Aundh
23:59 – Wakad
No words to express about the trek management by SG Trekkers. They are the best in class.
When you trek with SG Trekkers one thing is for sure is that you never feel alone. You feel like you are trekking with a friend whom you know for years.
One sentence the trek lead told at the start of the trek was,
“It’s not important to complete the trek, what is more important is we should all be safe at the end of it”.
Enjoyed one of the best treks in the monsoon. Well planned & executed by the SG team. Would recommend SG for safe & offbeat trekking in Sahyadri.
Extraordinary range trek, Awesome trek planning, organization, management.
All credit goes to both leaders of the group. Without you both it’s impossible to complete and enjoy this trek. Waiting for the next joyride soon.
Awesome journey. Big thank you to both leaders for awesome planning, time management. This is the most adventurous trek done so far!
Amazing and wonderful trek. One of my dream trek.
Vishal always keeps promises. Thank you Vishal and team SG Trekkers.
Another very nice experience.
Also, I enjoyed the trek with my school friend Sandeep. The food was as usual very nice.
And once again thanks for giving wild card entry.