7 most challenging treks in Maharashtra

Do you want to feel touristy in your own city, Mumbai? Well, head on to these stunning landscapes in the backyard of the city. Trekking through different regions gives an opportunity to the adventurers to gain a deep insight into the immaculate beauty of the regions and the bewitching flora and fauna as well. Trips to mountains and highest points do not just sign the natural beauty but they act as a source of spiritual guidance as well. Surrounded by the Sahyadri Ranges, it is extremely difficult to limit a list of the best treks to just seven.

1. Kalsubai

This is one of the most difficult treks, as this peak is also known as the ‘Everest Of Maharashtra.’ The trek begins with a walk through some fields, once you leave the Bari village behind. In monsoon, it’s likely that there will be a stream flowing here. You will need to cross this and continue walking through the fields. The path naturally turns upwards to the left after the fields. The trail then becomes a little rocky. It is well shaded by bowers. The trail ahead is marked almost throughout with no scope of getting lost. It continues to ascend from here and the terrain is rocky. The tree cover will disappear soon. If there are many trekkers in monsoon, the path tends to get slushy. People with vertigo/mild vertigo need a lot of courage to complete this trek. The descend can get scarier. Panoramic views of the different mountain forts and the Kalsubai-Harishchandragad range makes the summit worth the demanding trek. Make sure you spend enough time to absorb what the mountain views offer!

Height- 5400 ft.
DIfficulty level- 9
best Season- Winter

2. Karnala Fort

This easy level trek, which relevantly witnesses the climb of all the newbie trekking enthusiasts is within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary in the Raigadh district near Nashik. It is also known as the Funnel Hill. The trek has 2-3 rocky patches with a climb of about 2 to 3 hrs at a leisure. The fort at the top has the ruins of the 125 ft. high basalt pillar also called the Pandu’s tower. The breathtaking view of the Chanderi fort, Matheran, and Rajmachi from the top takes this trek to a completely new level. And bingo, the monsoon is the most culminating time to endure the tranquilizing breeze and light drizzles after conquering the alluring peak at the top.

height- 1440 ft.
difficulty level- 3
best Season- Monsoon

3. Visapur Fort

Visapur Fort is a fort in Maharashtra, where you have to trek through gushing water down the steps. There are two twin forts that are very close to Lonavala – Visapur Fort and Lohagad Fort, of which Visapur is the higher fort. The path leading up to the fort is of medium difficulty. During the monsoon season, there is a mini waterfall that you have to trek through on the way to the fort. Although the path up will be slippery (carry good grip shoes), and the trek might leave you weary, but the view from up top is amazing, with a glimpse of the Pawna dam as well. The waterfall experience is only in the monsoon, so add it to your bucket list for now.

height- 3556 ft.
difficulty level- 6
best Season- Monsoon

4. Lohagad Fort

In Lonavala, historical fort situated along the Sahyadri hills. It is a popular historical place. Perched atop a hillock at an altitude of 1050 m, the fort separates the Indrayani basin from the Pawna basin. It was built by Guru Govind Singh in 1564 CE to serve as a prison. The hill fort is in the shape of the tail of a scorpion. The fort can be reached from any of its four entrances, namely Maha Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. Exquisite sculpting can be seen on the Maha Darwaja and there is a small cave at the third gate which was initially used for storage of food material. All the four gates of the fort are still intact.

height- 3389 ft.
difficulty level- 5
best Season- Summer

5. Mahuli

The highest fort in Thane, Mahuli makes for a rather exciting trek for people looking for some adventure near the city. All you need to do is hop on a train to Asangaon, and begin your trek. Mahuli Fort is the highest point in Thane and makes for an exciting trek. A popular trek among the rock climbers owing to its complex shared pinnacles, the difficulty level varies from moderate to easy. Stones carve the path going up to the fort and the surrounding forest makes for a scenic monsoon getaway. In fact, the forest has been declared a sanctuary. The trek begins at the base of the fort, and the view from the fort is worth all the pain. We suggest, pack your food and have your lunch with a gorgeous view of the landscapes.

height- 2000 ft.
difficulty level- 5
best Season- Monsoon

6. Khodala

Khodala village is a quaint hill station in the Thane district. It’s still inhabited by the tribals and has a lush thick forest cover. If you’re looking to head out this monsoon, then this is the place for you. If trekking is on your mind, Khodala has some lush waterfalls that crop up to life during the monsoon which you ought to check out. Khodala is a quick getaway from Mumbai by road and a favorite among trekkers looking to escape the dull city life. The village is lush, green and still not as popular. There’s plenty to do outdoors.

height- 1800 ft.
difficulty level- 4
best Season- Monsoon

7. Mulshi

Mulshi, a place famous for its beautiful lake, also is a trekking base. Right opposite to the lake, is a tiny waterfall. This area is the western part of Sahyadri hills. It seems to be an unexplored area and is absolutely stunning. The route may seem vague but follow your leader. The road where the cars are parked near the lake, right opposite to that, is where this mountain stands. It’s a bit of a trek but totally worth it. You’ll spot a mini-waterfall alongside the road, climb that up and you’ll see tiny ponds that have cropped up during the monsoon. Jacuzzi-like, if you may, these ponds are a sight to photograph. Not just it, you can explore the area by walking around and you’ll find that the crowd from the lake won’t be here. Just you, nature and the rain that’ll splash your adventure-bitten feet.

height- 4000 ft.
difficulty level- 7
best Season- Monsoon

So we are saying,

If you’re in Mumbai and are experiencing an adrenaline rush, trek to one of these places, depending on the season and difficulty level. You would feel energized and will also experience the beauty of the area around. If you’re a newbie trekker, make sure you have a guide with you for the trek because you wouldn’t want to get lost or hurt yourself.

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