Overview

The Andharban jungle trek is a popular trekking route located near Pune, Maharashtra, India. "Andharban" in Marathi means "Dark Forest," and the trek is known for its dense foliage, lush greenery, and breathtaking views. Here are some key details about the Andharban jungle trek:

  • Location : The Andharban jungle trek is situated in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats, near the Tamhini Ghat region, approximately 70-80 kilometers from Pune city. The trek usually starts from the village of Pimpri, near Mulshi Dam, and ends at Gutkha Village.
  • Route : The trekking route traverses through dense forests, deep valleys, streams, and waterfalls. It offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys, especially during the monsoon season when the entire region turns lush green.
  • Difficulty : The Andharban trek is considered moderately difficult, suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The trail involves some steep descents and ascents, rocky patches, and narrow pathways through the forest.
  • Duration : The trek typically takes a full day to complete, starting early in the morning and ending by late afternoon or early evening. The total trekking distance is around 13-14 kilometers.
  • Best Time to Visit : The best time to undertake the Andharban jungle trek is during the monsoon season, from June to September, when the entire region is covered in lush greenery and the waterfalls are in full flow. However, trekking during other seasons is also possible, but the landscape might not be as vibrant.
  • Essential Tips : Trekkers should carry sufficient water, snacks, insect repellent, rain gear, sturdy trekking shoes, and a first aid kit. It's also advisable to wear light and comfortable clothing suitable for trekking in humid conditions.

The Andharban jungle trek offers a thrilling experience amidst nature's bounty and is a favorite destination for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

1 Day 15 Jun, 16 Jun, 22 Jun, and more Pune, Maharashtra
Highlights
  • Kundalika Valley View Point
  • Lush green forest 
  • Dark Forest Trek
  • Stunning natural landscape
  • Misty weather
  • Beautiful waterfalls
  • Water Streams 

About Trek

  • Trek Location: Pimpri, Tamhini Ghat, Maharashtra
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Trek Distance: 13 km trail
  • Trek Altitude: 2160 feet
  • Trek Type: Jungle Trek
  • Trek Duration: 6-7 hours 
Itinerary
  • 05:00AM Reporting near Ch. Shivaji Nagar in Front of Bank of Maharashtra https://maps.app.goo.gl/8LWg8Wy969Jprgdt7
  • 05:10 AM : Journey will starts from there followed by further pickup points. Ch.shivajinagar,Wakad bridge. Xion mall Hinjewadi. Nashik Phata

  • 8:30 AM : Reach at base village.

  • 9:00 AM : Have Morning Breakfast & We'll start the trek at 9.O0 am

  • 9:20 AM : Reach ANDHARBAN forest view point via trek through the lush green forest, water streams & lot of waterfalls.

  • 11:00 AM : We'll be exploring the jungle and enjoy at the Kundalika valley view point, click beautiful pictures & head back towards base village through serene views around.

  • 2.30 PM : Reach at the base village, enjoy the delicious Maharashtrian food & start the return journey by 3:00 pm

  • 9.00-10:00 PM : Reach back to Pune & bid a farewell to all amazing souls with beautiful memories.​

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Pune to Pune Travel by Non-AC bus
  • Breakfast and Tea
  • Lunch (Unlimited)
  • Medical first aid kit
  • Team Captain 
  • Forest entry charges 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • 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

ESSENTIALS : ID Proof, Water Bottle, Power Backup, Wallet, Backpack. 

CLOTHING : Full sleeve shirt/top & full pants for Trek, Extra pair of Clothes as per need, Raincoat /Jacket / Sweater, Trekking shoes, Quick Dry Towel, Cap.

ADDITIONALS : Energy Drinks/Supplements, Dry Snacks, Facewash, Sunscreen, Brush & Toothpaste, Sunglasses, Hankerchief, Gloves, Camera, Torch, Personal medicines if any, etc.

Coupen Code Available

  • GROUP4  (for 4+ bookings)

  • GROUP9  (for 9+ bookings)
How To Book
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  • Step 2 : Send a screenshot of the payment on WhatsApp number  8799856476 for confirmation.
  • Step 3 : Fill the registration form for the final booking procedure.
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Pickup Points
  • 05:00 AM : Ch. Shivaji Nagar in Front of Bank of Maharashtra 
  • 05:30 AM : Wakad 
  • 05:45 AM : Xion mall Hinjewadi
  • 06:00 AM : Megapolis Circle 
Pickup point
Directions.
MG Pickup Point, Narveer Tanaji Wadi, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Terms and Condition
  • Please confirm on call about the seats availability before paying.
  • Please note that your registration will be confirmed only after the acceptance of complete trek/tour charges.
  • Please check cancellation policy in case any refunds or cancellations. 
  • First two seats will always be reserved for leaders to lead & show route to the driver. 
  • Seats arrangement will be on first come first serve basis at the time of pickup and it will be same throughout journey. (Any disputes regarding seating arrangement would result in dismissal of both the parties and would not be liable for any refunds.) 
  • Please make sure you are added in the whatsapp group 6-8 hours prior to the trip as all the pickup details.
  • Food and Stay arrangements are done as per the availability & locations so kindly don't expect too luxurious. 
  • Backpacking trips are arranged for the people who looking out for pocket friendly trips and are more about chasing experiences.
  • We need at least 12-14 Travellers to Manage our Trip, so our team reserves all the rights to cancel the Trip if the minimum batch size is not enough.
  • Once the payment is completed, inform our team via sharing a screenshot/copy of the payment confirmation. Make sure the date, time, and UTR number are visible in the copy and please fill the registration form to confirm the names & age with the team.
  • Your payment implies that you have read & complied with all our terms and conditions.
FAQs
  • Are washrooms available on the trek?

Washrooms are available at the base village only. No facility is available during the trek.  

  • Is this trek safe for girls?

This trek is completely safe for girls And have separate changing rooms.

  • What about extra baggage?

You can safely keep your extra bags in bus

  • Are changing rooms available?

Changing rooms and washrooms are available at the base village

  • What are the pickup points?

Pick up is available if your location comes in between our route for this you have to contact us before.

  • What is the type of bus?

The bus is NON/AC Tempo Traveler with decent seating comfort.

  • Is it possible to charge my phone?

Unfortunately, there is no electricity available. Please remember to bring a power bank if you need to charge your phone.

  • What is a good time for the Andharban trek?

While the Andharban Trek can be undertaken at any time, we highly recommend experiencing it during the monsoon season. The waterfalls along the trail enhance its beauty, offering trekkers an unforgettable experience amidst nature's wonders.

  •  Will I get bottled water?

No, you need to carry at least 2 liters of water.

  • What is the distance of the Andharban trek?

The Andharban trek covers a distance of 13 km, primarily downhill with some inclines. During the monsoon season, extra precautions are necessary.

  • Are children allowed to participate in the Andharban Jungle Trek?

Yes, age is no longer a barrier, especially in an era where children are accomplishing great feats at a very young age. When it comes to trekking and adventure, children have been scaling peaks of difficult-grade treks too. Trekkers are always excited to have children in the group at Andharban Trek. Participants of any age with the required fitness levels can register for the event. However, children below 16 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.

  • Distance of Andharban Trek From Pune..?

The distance from Pune to the Andharban Trek starting point typically ranges from 65 to 70 kilometers  depending on the exact location of the starting point and the specific route taken. The journey usually takes around 2 to 3 hours by road, depending on traffic conditions

  • Is the Andharban Forest trek suitable for beginners?

The Andharban forest trek demands a good level of endurance and fitness from participants. As you navigate through the trek, you'll encounter streams, waterfalls, rivers, and slippery rocky trails, requiring confidence in your hiking abilities. Rest assured, our experienced team will be there every step of the way, providing guidance and ensuring your safety during all crossings.

  • Is the Andharban Forest trek safe?

Absolutely, the Andharban trek is considered safe for female travelers. Forest guards are stationed along the route to monitor trekkers without passes and ensure the security of the trekking route. Additionally, our team is available to assist you during waterfall crossings. However, it's important to exercise caution, especially near cliff edges, as they can be slippery due to the monsoon weather. We advise against taking selfies in such risky areas.

  • What fitness level is necessary for the Andharban Day Hike?

Individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, knee issues, overweight concerns, heart conditions, or recent surgeries are advised to refrain from undertaking this trek. It is advisable to consult with your family doctor before committing to the trek. Hikers with exceptional agility and endurance are well-suited for completing the trek. If you're considering treks for August, the Andharban trek should certainly be a priority on your list.

  • What is the difficulty level of the Andharban Trek?

The Andharban Trek is typically considered to be of medium difficulty level. It's suitable for most beginners with a basic level of fitness and outdoor experience. The trek involves walking through diverse terrains, including forested paths, rocky trails, and occasional steep ascents and descents. While it doesn't require technical climbing skills, it does demand a moderate level of endurance and agility to cover the distance, which is usually around 13 to 15 kilometers (8 to 9 miles). The duration of the trek is typically a full day, lasting approximately 6 to 8 hours. Trekkers should be prepared for varying weather conditions, as the Western Ghats can experience hot and humid weather as well as cool and misty conditions. Overall, while the Andharban Trek presents some challenges, it's accessible to most adventure enthusiasts with a spirit of exploration.

  • Are solo travelers and females encouraged to participate in these events?

Our events typically see a gender ratio of 60% male to 40% female. We warmly welcome solo traveling females, solo trekkers, and solo hikers to join our adventures.

The starting point of the Andharban Jungle trek is approximately 70 kilometers from Pune, with the hiking route spanning roughly 16 kilometers. Thanks to the pleasant weather and rainfall, the trail remains accessible for hikers. It's essential to wear sturdy trekking shoes on this route, as the rocky paths can be very slippery, and typical sneaker shoes may not provide sufficient grip.

  • How many days does the Andharban Monsoon Trek take?

The Andharban Forest trek typically spans a day and a night for completion. You're bound to have an incredible experience exploring the Sahyadri ranges.

Tamhini Ghat and Devkund Waterfall stand out as among the most breathtaking locales in Maharashtra. Make the most of your weekends by venturing out to this stunning destination with your loved ones. 

  • What's the weather like during the Andharban trek?

During the monsoon trek to Andharban, the weather typically ranges from 16 to 24 degrees Celsius, with the possibility of thunderstorms and windy conditions. Precipitation levels usually range from 90 to 100%, accompanied by high humidity.

Given the heavy monsoon rains, it's advisable to double-pack your expensive phones and gadgets to protect them from water damage. Additionally, wearing sturdy trekking shoes and full sleeves can help prevent mosquito bites. Consider using a dry bag inside your backpack to keep your clothes dry and your devices safe. In the summer, temperatures can vary between approximately 20°C at night and 39°C during the day.

  • What are the alternative names for the Andharban Jungle trek route?

This trek is highly sought-after during the monsoon season due to its limited opening period. Referred to as the Dark Forest Trek or Andarbhan Forest trek, these names denote the same adventurous journey. While the starting points may vary based on weather conditions, the essence of the trek remains consistent for 95 percent of the route. Andharban, nestled near Mumbai, boasts an untouched and pristine forest environment that shouldn't be overlooked, especially during the rainy season.

The Pune to Andharban trek stands out as one of Maharashtra's most renowned hikes, offering an offbeat experience. Trekkers traverse through dense forests enveloped by stunning landscapes, clouds, misty weather, and cascading waterfalls. The trail ascends for several kilometers, culminating in breathtaking panoramic views at the summit. Along the way, trekkers encounter quaint villages offering local cuisine, including some unique delicacies. It's worth noting that the Andharban Devkund trek shares the same forest area but falls under the jurisdiction of two different forest offices.

  • Is it permitted to play music on Bluetooth speakers during the Andharban Jungle Trek?

For the sake of preserving the natural ambiance and respecting fellow trekkers, the use of earphones or Bluetooth speakers is prohibited while trekking. Additionally, Bluetooth speakers are not allowed inside the homestay accommodations. Embracing the serene sounds of the forest and immersing oneself in the outdoor experience is encouraged.

For those interested in extending their stay, we offer Andharban camping options at Pimpri Village. Availability is subject to weather conditions.

  • What is the weather like in Andharban?

During the monsoon, the weather in Andharban ranges from 16 degrees to 24 degrees Celsius, often accompanied by thunderstorms and high winds. Humidity levels typically range between 90 to 100%. Due to heavy monsoon rains, it is advisable to double-pack your expensive phones and gadgets for protection.

  • Will we return at the exact time mentioned in the itinerary for Andharban Jungle Trek?

The itinerary serves as a reference only. The timing for our return is based on the average time taken during our previous events. The actual timeline for a particular date depends on weather conditions, traffic conditions, participants' speed, and endurance.

About The Experience 

  • Stroll amidst the verdant grasslands and beneath the dense canopy of the forest.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring vistas of the fog-draped Kundalika Valley as you traverse through this jungle.
  • Listen to the enchanting symphony of both gentle streams and cascading waterfalls.
  • Cross the expansive water streams flanked by the valley on one side and the waterfall on the other.
  • Take in the awe-inspiring panoramas of the Kundalika Valley, Bhira dam, and the Tamhini Ghat mountain ranges.
  • Embark on your trek at an elevation of approximately 2100 feet, descending smoothly into the valley without encountering challenging rocky terrain.
  • Arrive at the picturesque village of Hirdi, the sole settlement along your entire journey, where you can savor local cuisine and interact with the villagers.
  • Delight in the serene vistas of the Bhira dam's tranquil backwaters.
  • Embark on an exhilarating trek through the dense, shadowy depths of Andharban, reaching a summit height of 2160 ft.
  • Discover the Sahyadri hills through a unique trek that boasts distinct start and end points.
  • Observe numerous species of birds native to this region, including the Jacobin cuckoo, the Malabar whistling thrush, dwarf kingfishers, and minivets.
  • Indulge in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Kundalika Valley, Bhira dam, and the diverse mountain ranges of Tamhini Ghat.

Andharban Jungle Trek Blog

Exploring the Enigmatic Andharban Jungle Trek: A Journey from Pune

Waking up at the crack of dawn, feeling the crisp morning air, and embarking on an adventure into the heart of nature is an experience like no other. For those in Pune seeking an adrenaline rush and a communion with the wild, the Andharban jungle trek promises an unforgettable journey. With a morning pickup at 5 am, this trek offers an opportunity to witness the beauty of dawn breaking over the Sahyadri range and immerse oneself in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats.

As the city still slumbers, adventurers gather at the designated pickup point, their excitement palpable in the pre-dawn darkness. With backpacks secured and spirits high, the journey begins as the vehicle winds its way out of Pune, leaving behind the urban hustle and bustle in favor of tranquil natural surroundings.

As the first light of dawn streaks across the sky, painting it in hues of orange and pink, the convoy of trekkers makes its way deeper into the mountains. The anticipation builds with every mile traversed, each turn revealing a new vista of rolling hills and dense forests cloaked in mist.

Arriving at the starting point of the trek, the group is greeted by the sight of towering trees and the melodious symphony of birdsong. With experienced guides leading the way, the trek begins in earnest, each step bringing trekkers closer to the heart of the jungle.

The Andharban jungle trek is renowned for its diverse terrain, from dense forests to rocky outcrops and gushing streams. As the group navigates through the winding paths and rocky terrain, they encounter a myriad of flora and fauna, from vibrant wildflowers to elusive wildlife such as langurs and barking deer.

A highlight of the trek is the mesmerizing canopy walk, where adventurers traverse a narrow suspension bridge suspended high above the forest floor. With nothing but the rustling of leaves and the occasional bird call breaking the silence, this exhilarating experience offers a unique perspective of the jungle below.

As midday approaches, the group finds a scenic spot to pause and refuel with a hearty packed lunch. Sitting amidst nature, surrounded by towering trees and the gentle murmur of a nearby stream, trekkers share stories and forge bonds that will last a lifetime.

With energy renewed and spirits uplifted, the group resumes their trek, descending deeper into the wilderness. The descent offers its own set of challenges and rewards, from navigating steep slopes to crossing shallow streams and traversing rocky terrain.

As the sun begins its descent towards the horizon, painting the sky in shades of gold and crimson, the group reaches the end of their trek. Gathered at a scenic vantage point, they pause to reflect on the day's adventures and savor the beauty of nature unfolding before them.

As darkness falls and the stars emerge overhead, the Andharban jungle trek draws to a close, leaving trekkers with memories to last a lifetime. From the thrill of exploring uncharted wilderness to the camaraderie forged along the way, this adventure offers a glimpse into the untamed beauty of the Western Ghats. For those seeking an escape from the mundane and a chance to reconnect with nature, the Andharban jungle trek is an experience not to be missed.