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Andharban Jungle Trek | Pune

Pimpri, Tamhini Ghat, Maharashtra

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  • 1 Days  1 Nights 
  • Difficulty - Moderate
  • Best Season - June July August September October

  • Andharban, as the name suggests simply means a ‘Dark Dense Forest’. During monsoons, this trek is one of the most refreshing treks of the Sahyadri. It is the most beautiful attraction of the Sahyadri range which connects the Tamhini Ghat to the famous Konkan region.
  • Located in the Pimpri region of Maharashtra, approximately 16 km from the well-known city of Pune, Andharban Trek is the perfect place for every trekker who wishes to experience the pleasure of wandering deep jungles with enthralling views. Imagine walking through the nature trails deep into the jungle surrounded by sounds of the rustling of leaves, chirping of birds, buzzing of insects, and gushing waterfalls bubbling over the rocks. Blissful, isn’t it? Andharban – The Dark Forest Trek offers this all!
  • Since the Andharban trek is ideally taken during the monsoon season, you will be walking through the lush green grass and densely shaded cover of the forest. While walking through this jungle covered in fog, you will witness amazing views of the Kundalika Valley, hear mesmerizing small and big streams of water and gushing waterfalls, cross these big water streams with the valley on one side, and view the waterfall on the other with this mysterious forest waiting to amaze you with surprises at every turn! Known as a backpacker’s paradise, you will find yourself walking on a ridge with an awesome view of the Kundalika Valley, Bhira dam, and the various mountain ranges of Tamhini Ghat. Apart from stunning views of the valley, you will also encounter several unique flora and fauna, several species of birds such as the Jacobin cuckoo, the Malabar whistling thrush, dwarf kingfishers, and minivets indigenous to this place.
  • One can truly call it the heaven of the Sahyadri. It is a beautiful experience to embark upon an exhilarating Monsoon Trek to the Andharban forest and is a must-visit destination for all nature lovers. Trekking here during monsoons is all about hiking across delightful green hills, soaking in gorgeous waterfalls, and witnessing the massive fur of clouds right beside you!
  • The most interesting thing about the Andharban trek is that unlike most other treks in Sahyadris with painful ascents till your breath gives up, it is a gradual descent trek. The trek begins at an elevation of about 2100 feet and you will be descending the valley to reach Bhira dam with no difficult rocky patches coming your way.
  • It is quite bright when you start trekking. But as you descend further, soon you will find yourself walking in the shade of evergreen trees covering the trails and it starts getting dimmer. You will be walking in this dense dark forest for the first 6-7 km. This trail continues straight where you will be walking on the edges just beside Kundalika Valley and with the mountain ranges to your right. There are 3 major river streams that you will encounter throughout your entire course of the trek, some of which might require a rope or human chain if the flow is heavy due to rain.
  • You will then reach a remote yet beautiful village named ‘Hirdi’. It is the only village that you will come across throughout your Andharban trek and you can arrange for food from locals here. You can stop for a refreshment break/lunch here before starting to descend towards the Konkan route to reach Bhira. This is the valley that is the origin of the Kundalika River, famous for its white-water river rafting and other adventure activities. The second half of the trek is roughly 4-5 km and you will reach the base village in no time while trekking on a flatter surface and enjoying scenic views of the backwaters of Bhira dam.
  • This trek is truly an experience of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Andharban Trek is open all year round. However, monsoons are the best time to trek in these beautiful western Ghats when completely barren mountains turn into lush green lands. Consider planning this trek in the months of June-September when everything is so vibrant, fresh, and green. Trekking during post-monsoons is also a great idea as the Andharban forest remains dense, with added winter chills and mystical air.

  • Trek Details:

  • Trek Location: Pimpri, Tamhini Ghat, Maharashtra
  • Trek Difficulty Level: It is a moderate-level trek and requires good endurance. Having a prior trekking experience makes it easier. The only risky part of this trek is crossing water streams during monsoons as the river becomes turbulent. 
  • Trek Distance: 13 km trail
  • Trek Altitude: 2160 feet
  • Trek Type: Jungle / Valley Descend Trek
  • Trek Duration: It roughly takes 6-7 hours to complete this trek, which includes a lunch break at Hirdi village
  • Andharban Distance from Pune: 67 km
  • Andharban Distance from Lonavala: 48 km

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Breakfast, Lunch

  • 05:00 AM: Report at Fergusson College Main Gate  (https://goo.gl/maps/53XNsyDPwcSVReZW9
  • 05:20 AM: Bremen Chowk, Shivneri Bus Stop.(https://goo.gl/maps/8a26z5EVzbH4v8U28
  • 05:30 AM: Wakad-Hinjewadi Flyover ( https://goo.gl/maps/DK4j2vch4dtjHNEg8 )
  • 08:00 AM: Reach Base Village and Have Breakfast 
  • 09:00 AM: Start Trek through Andharban Forest Post Briefing and Instructions by trek leaders 
  • 12:00 PM: Reach Hirdi & Ghutke Village Junction and take a break
  • 12:30 PM: Continue our trek towards Ghutke Village.
  • 03:00 PM: Reach Ghutke village, board the bus to the base village 
  • 04:00 PM: Reach the base village (Start point of the trek) and Have Lunch (Veg Thali)
  • 06:00 PM: Start return journey to Pune.
  • 08:00 PM: Reach Pune. (Arrival time is subjective to traffic and weather conditions)

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Inclusions

  • Private Bus Transportation
  • Breakfast & Tea
  • Lunch ( Veg Thali )
  • Trek Leader Charges.
  • Trek Expertise Charges. 
  • Forest Entry Charges.
  • First Aid Charges

Exclusions

  • Travel till pickup points
  • 5% GST on Booking Tickets
  • Any kind of personal expense like Mineral water/lime water/ Soft Drinks/ Extra snacks or meals that are not mentioned in the inclusions, purchased for personal consumption 
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned and included in the inclusion of this package.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
  • Any kind of Insurance

THINGS TO CARRY

  • ID proof
  • backpack (waterproof or covered with waterproof cover) 
  • trekking shoes or any sports shoes with a Good grip
  • Trekking pants (compulsory), 2 T-Shirts (Preferably full sleeves or Half T-shirt with sleeves), Raincoat/ waterproof jacket/ windcheater, Handnapkin/Towel, etc
  • Water 2-3 liters.
  • Ready-to-eat food like plum cakes, Dry fruits, dry snacks and biscuits, Chikki, chocolate bars, etc.
  • Torch 
  • Personal Medicines and Personal First aid 

(Required but Optional Things)

  • To change after trekking - Facewash, Extra pants/ shorts, Extra T-shirt, sleeper/ floaters, an extra bag to carry your trekking shoes, innerwear, etc
  • Sweater For bus journey
  • Electoral or Glucose D powder. 
  • Portable Phone Charger, Earphones, etc.
  • Sun protection cap, sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, toothbrush-toothpaste, etc
  • Proper face mask or shield 
  • Sanitizer 
  • Extra Pair of clothes.

(Note: Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pants,  this will protect your body and skin from Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles, etc)


PICKUP LOCATIONS

Fergusson College Main Gate


Bremen Chowk, Aundh


Wakad-Hinjewadi Flyover



HOW TO REACH

  • By Road: The starting point of this trek is Pimpri village. It is around 140 km from Mumbai, 50 km from Lonavala, and from Pune to Andharban trek distance is 16 km. From any of these locations, one can either take a cab or board a bus to Pimpri village. Another option is to travel by your private vehicle, however, park at the base village at your own risk.
  • By Rail: There are many train options to reach Pune. If you are traveling from Mumbai then Deccan Express, Intercity, Indrayani, or Udyan Express are the best options. While coming from the South, board any train to Mumbai and get down to Pune.
  • By Flight: Book a flight to Pune or Mumbai if you are coming from any part of India and then take a cab to reach Pimpri


Policy and Terms

  • 5% refund within 5-7 working days, if notified 8 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund within 5-7 working days, if notified 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund within 5-7 working days, if notified less than 3 days prior to the event date
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets can be transferred to another person against cancellation.
  • If we cancel the trek, only the Trek Amount will be refunded.

Terms and Conditions

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  • Full Payment of the trip cost must be completed before the trip begins. Pending Payments may eventually lead to the Cancellation of the trip.
  • The IDs shall all be verified before boarding. No boarding shall be entertained without a valid Govt. ID.
  • The Transfer of the bookings is not permitted. Only the names mentioned at the time of confirmation shall be allowed to travel.
  • People traveling with Trekhievers for International travel are advised that their passport must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of intended travel and not damaged in any way. Trekhievers does not take any responsibility for clients who book travel with passports that do not meet this requirement. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that their passport is valid for the required period before making any travel bookings through WanderOn. Any denial of entry at immigration, and any additional cost arising out of alternate arrangements for deportation has to be borne by the travelers.
  • No refunds shall be made towards any inclusion(s) not availed by the Client.
  • Travelers must take care of their luggage & belongings. The management shall not be responsible for any damage or any missing items along the tour.
  • The time of Departure is stated & fixed. All travelers must update their status with the Trip coordinator(s), & report at the pickup point 30 mins prior to the scheduled departure.
  • The Air Conditioning will be switched off in the hills. Also, during the trip, it shall be the Driver’s discretion to put off the AC as & when required, considering the travelers’ safety & ease of travel along uneven & dangerous routes.
  • Our time of departure is fixed must depart by the stated time & keep their status updated with the trip coordinator(s). Anyone missing the bus shall not be eligible for any refunds. We shall call you twice before the scheduled departure.
  • Drinking & Smoking are strictly prohibited along the tour due to health & safety concerns. Our tours involve physically demanding activities such as trekking, and camping at high altitudes and we recommend for you be in the right shape to make the most of them.
  • Trekhievers is a modern travel community, that organizes and arranges the adventure trip to the mountains which has the risk of accidents, loss of life, bodily injury, financial repercussions, etc. Neither the Trekhievers nor its agents or affiliated entities shall be responsible nor liable for any accident, bodily injury, illness or death, loss or damage to baggage or property, or for any damages or claims whatsoever arising from loss (including loss of possessions and loss of enjoyment), negligence or delay from the act, error, omission default or negligence of any person, not its direct employee or under its exclusive control.
  • No act of misconduct or indiscipline shall be tolerated on the tours. We are a cordial travel community and we aspire to bring to you a hassle-free and memorable experience.
  • Trekhievers shall not be responsible for any delays or alterations in the program or indirectly incurred expenses in cases such as Natural Hazards, accidents, breakdown of machinery, weather conditions, landslides, political closure, or any untoward incidents.
  • We do not provide any insurance policy to cover the expenditure on sickness or accidents or losses incurred due to theft or other reasons.
  • Numerous factors such as weather and road conditions the physical ability of participants etc. may bring alteration to the itinerary. We reserve the right to make necessary changes in the schedule in the interest of safety, comfort, and general well-being!

Frequest Questions

1. Can I do the Andharban trek if I have never been on a trek before?

Yes, it is an easy to moderate level trek. Any person who is physically fit can do this trek with ease.

2. How to reach the Base village from Mumbai?

Please refer to our section on ‘How to Reach?’ to get complete details on travel. 

3. Can we drive a car to Andharban?

Yes, you can search for Andharban Trail Start Point on google maps and navigate to it. However, we are not responsible in case of any loss/damage. Please park your car at the base village at your own risk.

4. Are there toilet facilities available on the Andharban trek route?

Toilets are not available during the trek. You can utilize the washroom facilities once you reach the base village.

5. The ideal number of days required for this trek?

One day is sufficient for the Andharban trek. You can keep 2 extra days to explore places around Lonavala and Pune.

6. How much time is required to complete this trek?

You can complete the entire trek in 6-8 hours, subject to change as per the weather condition.

7. What is the total trek distance of the Andharban trek?

The total trek distance is 13 km. Although this trek does not include any climbs or rocky terrain, you will have to walk a long distance at a stretch.

8. Best time to do this trek?

Monsoons and post-monsoons (June to October) are generally the best time to enjoy this trek since there is plenty of greenery and misty winds that will give you the chills.

9. What type of footwear should I wear for the trek?

Andharban trek involves long walks so you should be wearing comfortable trekking shoes. Try to avoid slippery sandals as you might lose grip and tend to fall. Carrying an extra pair of socks is recommended.

10. Is the event safe for solo female travelers?

There are many solo travelers that join us for the event, most of them being females. We pay special attention to the safety of our guests and separate accommodation is provided to men and women.

11. Do you allow kids on this trek?

Kids below 16 are allowed only if accompanied by an adult.

12. Is smoking and consuming alcohol allowed?

No. We follow a strict ‘No liquor policy’ and anyone caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to leave the trek immediately.

13. What is the condition of network connectivity at Andharban?

There is no network throughout the trek, with very limited phone connectivity available at some spots.

14. Can I charge my phone during the trek?

There is no electricity supply available during the trek. One should carry a power bank if required.

15. Places to see near Pimpri village?

You can explore the Tamhini waterfalls, Devkund waterfalls, Tamhini Ghat viewpoint, Plus Valley trek which are just a few kilometers from Pimpri village.

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