Andharban is one of the most refreshing treks in the Sahyadri mountain region. The name ‘Andharban’ is a compound word, coming from Andhar, meaning ‘dark’, and ban, which means ‘forest’. Literally the ‘dark forest’, Andharban is a trail through the dense overgrowth, with beautiful views of the Kundalika valley and the Tamhini Ghat along the way. Scattered throughout with numerous small streams and waterfalls. (Water streams are available in Monsoon season only.)
Andharban is open all year round, but the best time to visit would be the monsoon, and the post-monsoon period, when dense fog settles down in the forest, and everything is fresh and green.
Shivajinagar > Nal Stop > Chandani Chauk > Mulshi > Pimpri (Base)
05:00 – Shivajinagar
05:30 – Nal Stop
05:59 – Chandani Chauk
Preparing for a trek is no different from preparing for a long-distance run or a long-distance trail walking. The only difference being a trek is not a competition and you can walk at your pace and enjoy the serenity around you. For trekking, you need to adapt your body to stress and build on it slowly and steadily to be able to handle more stress in the future.
The idea is to toughen your body to withstand the extreme conditions of the trek. Walking for 5-6 hours at a high altitude or at an altitude of even 3000 feet is taxing if you are not used to it or if you are not fit.
This is not achieved overnight. Your training has to start at least 3-6 months in advance for your body to get attuned to the stress levels that it will go through. If you intend to take trekking or any outdoor activity seriously and plan to go on regular treks, then training on a regular basis would be helpful.