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A taste of Sahyadri. Accessible monsoon weekend treks for Mumbaikars

With the monsoon around the corner, here's a compendium of treks that is guaranteed to incite travellust. So grab those daypacks and hiking shoes Mumbaikars and head out to the Sahyadri. Western Ghats are one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity. Around 5,000 species of vascular plants alone grow there, as do hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. A large number of these species are endemic to the Ghats: they are found nowhere else in the world. 

Khandas to Bhimashankar via Ganesh Ghat - A Trek in Video

The Ganesh Ghat route is an 8 kilometre moderately difficult trekking route that connects the sleepy village of Khandas with Bhimashankar temple. Along this trekking route you get the best view points to gaze at Bhimashankar's walls. Bhimashankar's walls are rocky sides of 1000 metre plateau on which the temple is located. These rocky sides are covered in lush green vegetation and cascading waterfalls in the monsoon season. This is a set of 5 videos that showcase this route on a rain drenched monsoon day. More information on this trek can be had on our article that covers this route in detail (opens in new window).

Khandas to Bhimashankar via Ganesh Ghat - a monsoon day trek

There are two trekking trails that connect Khandas with Bhimashankar. Among the two alternative trekking trails, Ganesh Ghat is a longer yet less challenging route. The 8 kilometre / 4 hour moderate trekking trail has the best view points to gaze at the majestic Bhimashankar walls. Nagphani peak, a snake hood shaped mountain and Paddar Killa, a huge rock tower are also visible from this trail. During the monsoons the trail is often enveloped in mist which makes this trail a photographer's delight. 

Monsoon trekking tips for Sahyadri or Western Ghats

Monsoon trekking, especially in the Ghats require a skill set and gear that is different from trekking in the Himalayas. While the basics and skill sets like physical fitness and being mindful of your surroundings remain the same, monsoon trekking offers a different set of challenges for the aspiring trekker. This article is a compilation of 10 trekking tips. Tips we have compiled after a few months of monsoon trekking in the Sahyadri and Western Ghats. 

Monsoon day trek to Peth / Kothaligad fort

Kothaligad is a small funnel fort near Karjat (Maharashtra). The fort is also called "Peth Fort" because of its vicinity to Peth village. Unlike other funnel hill forts, the pinnacle or the funnel is carved from the inside, forming a circular staircase that reaches the top. The superlative view from the top of the pinnacle combined with this unique and awe-inspiring engineering feat definitely deserves a visit. 
Kothaligad is accessible via a moderate 5.6 kilometre / 3 hour trek starting from the road head at Ambivali village. A dirt road connects Peth village to Ambivali and this makes Peth village accessible with a motorcycle or with a four wheel drive vehicle. However, we recommend that you park at Ambivali and walk to Kothaligad, because there are some stellar view points along the way.

Monsoon day trek to Irshalgad pinnacle - wind and water

No road link, a secluded village, beautiful vista and a less often used trail makes trekking to Irshalgad feel like rediscovering a long lost civilisation. Irshalgad is an oft ignored pinnacle located on a plateau that towers over Chowk town on the Panvel - Karjat National Highway NH4. The 3.4 kilometre, 2 hour trek to Irshalgad is an easy, child friendly trail. Nevertheless, this easy trail enchants with some magnificent views over Morbe reservoir, Prabalgad and Matheran plateaus. We rate this as the most beautiful yet easy treks in and around Karjat.

Karnala sanctuary and fort. Giving the work week a finger.

Karnala fort is built around a 125 feet basalt pillar called Pandu’s pillar. This lone basalt pillar sticks out from a ridge, resembles a person making a rude gesture with his finger when viewed from a distance. Karnala bird sanctuary, 13.6 kilometres from Panvel town on NH66 encloses the fort. The fort is accessible via two easy to moderate trails from inside the bird sanctuary. The trail winds its way through the sanctuary forest floor and then on to a 400 meter ridge. Two routes, namely the Fort route and the Nature Trail lead through the sanctuary to the fort. The fort trail is a wider trail, an easier climb and a more scenic route. However, it is longer than the nature trail route which is a shorter yet a steeper climb. Nevertheless, both routes are well defined and the fort trail makes an excellent trail for those new to trekking and for children.