Lonavala to Bhimashankar – Monsoon Spl. Range Trek

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25-Sep-2021
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2 Days 2 Nights
Availability : 25 Sep'21
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 15

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!

infoBhimashankar WLS

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.

Flora-
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.

Fauna-
The sanctuary is home to various species of animals like Leopards, Sambar, Hyena, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Malabar (Indian) Giant Squirrels and many more.

Avifauna-
There are various species of birds like Black Eagle, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Grey Jungle Fowl, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Green Pigeon, and Quaker Babbler etc.

Highlights

  • Endurance Testing 55+ Km Trek
  • Trek Through the Edge of Sahyadri
  • Walking Through the Wild Forest of Bhimashankar
  • Beautiful Views of the Valleys, Forts & Hills
  • Scenic Trek Route from Start to End
  • Homestay at Tribal Padarwadi Village
  • Trek Ends at Holy Bhimashankar Jyotirlingas Temple

Key Info.

Location

Lonavala-Bhimashankar

Max. Height (Ft.)

3,941

Base Village

Padarwadi

Walking (approx.)

9 Hrs. Daily

Activity LevelChallenging

Itinerary

DAY 0Night Travelling

Transfer from Pune by private vehicle.

DAY 1Lonavala-Vandre Khind-Padarwadi

Everyone will be informed about the trek once we reach Lonavala i.e. the starting point of our trek. After this our trek will start.
Trek begins from Tungarli village/lake. The easy route and dark night will take us to Valvan village within few hours. We will rest there till early morning.

After having breakfast, we’ll resume our long-range trek to Bhimashankar Temple. Today we will see waterfalls, a dense forest area and the Kondeshwar temple. In the next half of the day, after having lunch, we’ll cross the Wandre Pass and reach the place where we are staying in the local village.

Have good and tasty warm food served with a smile and love. After having a meal have a good sleep.

Day 1 stumps.

DAY-1 HIGHLIGHTS

• Altitude Gain (ft.): 1490
• Walking (approx.): 29 km.
• Time Taken: 11-12 hrs.
• Accommodation: Homestay
• Meal: Packed Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2Kamaljai Plateau-Bhimashankar

Wake up early in the morning and get freshen up. Have breakfast and tea. Resume trek for a day 2.

Today, we will walk through a thick forest of Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary; also visit the temples of Lord Khetoba and Goddess Kamaljai respectively. We can see a panoramic view of the Konkan region and some forts nearby the Bhimashankar mountains.
Reach Bhimashankar temple; Worship to Lord Shiva. Our long-range trek ends here.

Our trip concludes with warm and delicious food. After having a meal we will travel to Pune with happy memories and non-biodegradable waste.

Reach Pune and it’s time now to say goodbye to our travel companions.
Let’s stay in touch with each other through Phone/Social media and meet again on yet another memorable trip.

See you all!

DAY-2 HIGHLIGHTS

• Altitude Gain (ft.): 1350
• Walking (approx.): 24 km.
• Time Taken: 9-10 hrs.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

What's included

  • Transport From/To PuneBy Private Bus
  • 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 DinnerAll Veg.
  • Safety Gears & Technical Support
  • Homestay Accommodation
  • First Aid Kit
  • An Experienced Trek Leads

What's not included

  • Personal expenses and not specifically mentioned in the 'inclusion list'.

Departure

Fri, 24 Sep 2021
23:30 hrs.
Travel by

Private Bus

Bus Starting From
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Shivajinagar > Aundh > Wakad > Lonavala (Base)

23:30 – Shivajinagar
23:45 – Aundh
23:59 – Wakad

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

Arrival

Sun, 26 Sep 2021
21:00 hrs.
  • “Lokmangal”, Bank of Maharashtra, Shivajinagar, Pune - 05
Important Note
  • We can arrive 1 hour early / late; According to traffic conditions.

Essential Info.

What to carry

  • Identity Card
  • Backpack
  • Trekking Shoes & Extra Socks Pair
  • Full Sleeves Shirt & Full Pant
  • Hat/Cap, Rain Jackets, Windcheater
  • Extra Cloths, Slipper/Sandals
  • Water 3 L
  • Dry Food Items
  • Sleeping Bag / Carry Mat
  • Torch / Headlamp
  • Energy Drinks
5 Reviews
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Prasad Joshi

Solo Traveller

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.

06-Sep-2021

Dattu Umbare

Group Traveller

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.

09-Aug-2021

Manoj Kore

Group Traveller

Awesome journey. Big thank you to both leaders for awesome planning, time management. This is the most adventurous trek done so far!

09-Aug-2021

Sachin Mahadeo Dagade

Group Traveller

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.

09-Aug-2021

Vaibhav Kulkarni

Group Traveller

लोणावळा ते भीमाशंकर अर्थात लोभी … हा सह्याद्रीमधील एक नितांत सुंदर असा लोभसवाणा ट्रेक. साप्ताहिक सकाळमध्ये या ट्रेकची माझी ट्रेककथा प्रसिद्ध झाली आहे .

राजमाची, वळवण , मांजरसुम्भा, ढाकबहिरी, कळकराई दूरवर दिसणारा ड्युक्स नोझ, इर्शाळगड आणि माथेरान चा परिसर डोळ्याचे पारणे फेडतो. कुसूर पठारावर पसरलेली तेरड्याची गुलाबी चादर नजर पोहोचेल तिथपर्यंत संपत नाही. चतुर किंवा हेलिकॉप्टर म्हणून ओळखल्या जाणाऱ्या कीटकांचा मिलनाचा काळ होता जेव्हा हा ट्रेक केला. फुलपाखरांच्या रंगांना मागे सरतील इतके नानाविध रंगाचे चतुर पाहायला मिळाले. त्या रंगीत स्वप्नातून खडबडून जागे झालो ते बिबट्याच्या पायाच्या ठश्याच्या दर्शनाने.

अंधारातून वांद्रे खिंड उतरून आल्यावर पढरवाढी काही केल्या टप्प्यात येत नव्हती पण गावातील यजमानांनी आम्हाला योग्य मार्ग दाखवला. रात्रीचे चविष्ट जेवण आणि चुलीवर केलेले गुलाबजाम अजूनही आठवतात.

खेतोबा, कमळजाई, हे स्थानिक देवस्थाने, तिथून दिसणारे भीमाशंकर परिसरातील घनदाड जंगल, नदीवजा ओढ्यात केलेली जलक्रीडा, कोथळीगडाच्या समक्ष बसून सोनकी च्या फुलांनी बहरलेल्या माळरानावर केलेले फोटो सेशन… सगळेच अद्भुत. अविस्मरणीय ….राकट सह्याद्रीचे मनात घर केलेलं लोभस रूप.

विशाल नेहमीच ट्रेक च्या मार्गावरील गडकिल्ल्यांची , सुळक्यांची , तेथील भौगोलिक , ऐतिहासिक, आणि स्थानिक वैशिष्ट्यांची माहिती देत असतो त्यामुळे परत हा ट्रेक करून उजळणी करायला नक्कीच हवी.

माझा ब्लॉग,
https://kulkarnivaibhav12.blogspot.com/2019/09/blog-post.html

साप्ताहिक सकाळमधील प्रकाशित लेख,
http://www.saptahiksakal.com/sakal-saptahik-trekstory-vaibhav-kulkarni-marathi-article-4806

12-Sep-2019
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