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Garbett Plateau (Monsoon Trek)

Matheran

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  • Difficulty - Moderate
  • Best Season - June July August

Garbett Plateau is one of the most scenic treks in all of Maharashtra. Although it is situated close to Matheran, it has still survived commercialization. Escape the city and head into the serenity of the hills as we walk along Dhom lake and tread through rustic villages on this trek. The lush green beauty of the Sahyadris is seen only in the monsoons making the view from the top simply spectacular! So grab your rain jackets, lace up those shoes, and follow us #IntoTheWild

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Difficulty level: Moderate
Base village: Diksal
Summit height: 2,625 ft
Time taken to climb/descend: 3-4 hrs climb / 1.5 hrs descent
Total distance of the trek: 8 km
Duration: 1 day
Meeting point: Bhivpuri stn ticket counter (8:00 am)
Departure point: Neral stn ticket counter (6:00 pm)

8:00 am: Board the 6:10 am Karjat (Fast) and reach Bhivpuri by 8:00 am. Meet the Vagabond team at the Bhivpuri station ticket counter at 8:00 am


08:15 am: We head towards Diksal village and nourish ourselves with some breakfast

09:30 am: After a round of introductions and getting to know each other a little bit, we make our way towards Garbett plateau. On our way, we will cross the pristine Dhom lake and a few villages. Feel free to whip out those phones and Go Pros to capture your rainy weekend outdoors

01:30 pm: On reaching Garbett plateau, we will take a lunch break and spend some time here. The lush green panoramic view that surrounds us is one of the many reasons that the Sahyadris are a hotspot for trekkers during the monsoons

03:00 pm: We make our way through the forest and onwards to Dasturi. You can grab roasted corn and 'chai' for a perfect end to the trek

04:00 pm: We board our taxis and make our way toward Neral station

05:00 pm: Adios! Back to the mundane city life. Until next time, Vagabonds!

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Vagabond started out as a project by four friends with a disdain for the ordinary. The idea was simple; take people out of their comfort zones. Not like Roadies, but just enough to bond them together through beautiful and authentic experiences. Happiness, as they say, is only real when shared. And share we did. The company was founded in 2014. As fresh Bachelor of Arts degree holders, companies were lining up to hire us fine gentlemen; we’re kidding. Fueled by entrepreneurial zeal, we started with small events in the city like heritage walks through Bombay’s old quarters. As musicians and travellers ourselves, we decided to marry these two loves of our lives. That is how the idea for the first Fields of Sound™ came about. Since then, it has only been onward and upwards for us. Since 2014, we’ve made friends like family through our journey. Our little ‘Vaga’-Fam. It’s safe to say, it’s been quite an adventure. One we would like you to join :)

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Inclusions

  • Return transport from Matheran to Neral station (private taxis)
  • Breakfast
  • Refreshments
  • Trek guide charges
  • Assistance by Vagabond EMs
  • First Aid assistance

Exclusions

THINGS TO CARRY

-Snacks (non-perishable)

-Rainwear (rainjacket/poncho)

-Packed lunch

-Drinking water (minimum 2 ltr)

-Sturdy shoes with grip

-Sweets/Glucon D (optional)

-Camera (optional)

-Trekking pole (optional but very useful)


HOW TO REACH

Catch a Central line train from Bombay and meet the Vaga' team at 8am at Bhivpuri station ticket counter. Please DO NOT miss the 6:10 am Karjat Fast from CST station. Feel free to board this train from any other station (Byculla 6:18 am, Dadar 6:24 am, Kurla 6:31 am, Ghatkopar 6:35 am, Thane 6:49 am) but it WILL be crowded and if you miss this train, you will NOT be able to join us for the trek. Meet us at Bhivpuri stn ticket counter by 8:00 am. Plan accordingly.


Policy and Terms

  • Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will incur a 20% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will receive no refund.

-3.8% of all payments are payment gateway charges and is non-refundable

-Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the website

Terms and Conditions

-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.

-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather)

-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.

Frequest Questions

Q: How difficult is this trek?
A: Vagabond's trek to Garbett Plateau would be graded as a 'Moderate' level trek. That being said, we're climbing a mountain during the monsoons. It's slippery and gets challenging at certain parts. However, what makes this trek stand out is that there's no descent. It's just a short walk through a beautiful forest. Once we exit the forest, we take our transport back to the station.

Q: What's Vagafam?
A: Vagafam is a loyalty discount for those who have joined us on a minimum of 3 experiences in the past. If you have travelled with us 3 times before, reach out to us and you can start availing of the Vagafam discount going forward.

Q: Are there any toilets during the trek?
A: Unfortunately not. The first and only toilet is at Bhivpuri station when we start the trek, after which there will be no bathroom facilities till we end the trek back at Neral station.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: We have had multiple trekkers in the past bring their dogs for this trek. However, a few things to keep in mind are... You will have to travel back and forth in a private vehicle. There are stray dogs we'll encounter throughout the course of the trek.

Q: What about lunch?
A: As there is little or no way we can provide lunch on the trek, you are expected to carry your own packed lunch. We will, however, provide you with some lip-smacking breakfast at a local Maharashtrian dhaba before we start our climb.

Q: How do I get to the meeting point?
A: Meet the Vagabond team at the CSMT station ticket counter at 5:45 am. Please DO NOT miss the 6:10 am Karjat Fast from CST station. Feel free to board this train from any other station (Byculla 6:18 am, Dadar 6:24 am, Kurla 6:31 am, Ghatkopar 6:35 am, Thane 6:49 am) but it WILL be crowded and if you miss this train, you will NOT be able to join us for the trek. Meet us at Bhivpuri stn ticket counter by 8:00 am. Plan accordingly.

Q: Can first time trekkers join?
A: For those of you who haven't trekked before, don't worry, we at Vagabond encourage you to take your time and have a great experience climbing with us. A Vagabond trek isn't about speed, it's about the group experience. For those of you who have trekked before, we encourage you to encourage the beginners and help them through the way.

Q: Any trekking tips?
A: Please make sure you have good rain gear to protect yourself and your bag from getting wet. Please wear sturdy closed footwear with a good grip and one that won't tear. Do not carry sling bags or any bag that dangles. Try keeping your hands free at all times.

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