Sandhan Valley is a known wonder of nature and Sahyadri (Western Ghats); Undoubtedly “The Valley of Suspense” or “Valley of the Shadow”!
The legacy of both names comes from the trek's geographical structure and soaring horizons, which truly affirms many adventures that culminate in a rejuvenating experience.
Sandhan Valley is in Ahmednagar district; West of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The valley is surrounded by the tough trio of Alang-Madan-Kulang, Ratangad Fort, Ajoba and Kalsubai ranges.
Sandhan Valley Trek is a very good combination of canyon and valley. A water-carved gorge 200 feet deep and about 1.5 km long. A bright and deep narrow rock gorge between two high 300 ft. walls of the mountain range. Its width is less than 3 feet in some places so the sun’s rays cannot reach some places. Hence it is called the “Valley of the Shadow”
Walking through the narrow path of the valley with 300 feet of rock walls on both sides is an experience of a lifetime. Descending the entire Sandhan valley is always a memorable trip and an overnight stay under the sparkling sky along the reservoir is the sweet cherry on the cake!
We can enter Sandhan Valley but it is accessible throughout the year except during monsoon. To reach the end of the ghat one has to cross 2-3 water tanks, the water level varies seasonally, in winter it is waist deep and in summer it is knee-deep.
After crossing several small rock patches in Sandhan Valley, you have to rappel down a 50 feet patch. At the end of the valley, you get a magnificent view of the steep cliffs and deep valleys of the Sahyadri. Rugged terrain, sharp mountain cut-outs and challenging routes, this is a real challenge through gigantic rocks.
Day 0Overnight Travel (5-6 hrs.)
23:30 Please reach your pickup point and mark your attendance. We will travel by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
Day 1Sandhan Valley Trek, Rappel & Camp
Early in the morning, we reach Samrad village at the base of Sandhan Valley.
Today we will descend to the second largest gorge in Asia i.e. Sandhan Valley. This is one of the most challenging treks in Maharashtra. Popular with experienced trekkers, Sandhan Valley has nearly 50 feet of rappelling patches.
The trail starts at a stream bed filled with large man-sized rocks and eventually leads to the base of the gorge. We will descend this route enjoying the natural beauty and beast.
We descend the full valley and stay at the end of Sandhan valley. Enjoy your evening by pitching the tent and sharing happy moments around the campfire. End your day with delicious local food and sleep in a tent.
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): ⇑ 1,050 ft.; ⇓ 0 ft. • Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 4 km. • Accommodation: Stay in Tent – Triple Sharing Basis • Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
Day 2Ascend via Karoli Ghat, Trek Ends at Samrad Village
Early in the morning, we will wind up our camp and will get ready for breakfast. Today we have to climb to Samrad village via Karoli Ghat. It is an easy trek of 3 hours.
Have a warm lunch at the base village and start your journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable waste.
Reach Pune and it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone/social media and meet again for another memorable trip. SEE YOU SOON! 😊
Day 2: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): ⇑ 0 ft.; ⇓ 1,050 ft. • Walk (approx.): 4 hrs., 6 km. • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch