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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. 

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5 foot care tips for monsoon treks in India

Most people don’t associate monsoons with appropriate trekking weather. Yet, fog and mist provide an enchanting interplay between clouds and mountains that makes even the most mundane trek that much more special. Yet, wet weather conditions take a heavy toll on your feet. Nevertheless, this can be mitigated to a large extent by following these simple tips. We’ve distilled these tips after weeks of wet weather trekking from the mighty Himalayas to the delightful Western Ghats.

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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).

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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