Sahyadri range is also known as the Western Ghats, as it is spread from north to south ( Gujarat to Kanyakumari). It is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Its scenic beauty is a treat to the Sahyadri trekkers' eyes. There are about 30 explored places and several unknown areas. It is one of the best choices for a jungle trek.

Why should we go trekking in Sahyadri hills?

Sahyadri range is very rich in biodiversity. It consists of 39 reserve forests, a national park, wildlife sanctuaries, and a beautiful scenic place for a jungle trek. With a rugged topography, the Sahyadri trek is considered heaven for trekkers. Along with nature and crystal clear lakes, they offer numerous destinations such as majestic hills, popular forts include Rajmachi Fort, Harishchandragad Fort, Sinhagad Fort, Torna Fort, Purandar Fort, etc., located in Maharashtra, and Kavaledurga Fort, Manjarabad fort, Sada fort, etc. situated in Karnataka, which gives a wide scope for adventurous activities. 

The geography of the Sahyadri range makes it easily accessible for over 200 hill forts and 50 ancient caves. Its combination of history and nature makes it enthusiastic for Sahyadri trekkers. Sahyadri range is not a flat earth, but the trekkers would find it rugged, challenging, yet beautiful. Sahyadri mountain trekking is not just about the trek but also hiking, exploring caves, and medieval forts, climbing the untouched rocks, fishing, and much more. 

With the urge to experience distinct geography and the untouched territories of man. Sahyadri mountain trekking teaches you how to live with nature alone. 

Top 11 places to trek in Sahyadri ranges

Here is the list of the top 10 places to trek in the Sahyadri ranges, along with the details of each place. It would also be rated based on its difficulty levels.

Kalsubai Peak Trek

  • Altitude: 5400 ft approx.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Type: Beginner

Kalsubai Peak Trek is famous for its highest peak. To make the trek more accessible, steel railings, chains, and ladders are provided at places difficult to climb. The top attractions during the trek are the lush grassland, Kalsubai temple, and the view of Alang-Madan-kulang. As you reach the summit, soak in the lap of nature until sunrise. 

How to get there?

The base village is Bari village. It is approximately 150 km from Mumbai and takes about 2-3 hours to reach the base village from Mumbai. From Pune, it is located at a distance of 180 km and takes about 4-5 hours to get to the base village. 


  • Altitude: 2710 from sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Type: Beginners

Rajmachi is situated in the Kajrat region near Kondivade. It begins with the beauty of the waterfall. The usual trek is up to the waterfall only, about 80 ft. It is quite a decent trek, but the pathway gets slippery during the monsoons, making it quite challenging. There are two fortresses, namely Shrivardhan and Manaranjan, and reaching the base would take about 45 minutes.


How to get there?

There is another route from Lonavala, about 16 km from Lonavala to Rajmachi, but the Kajrat route is recommended for trekkers.

Padargad/ Chimney trek of Sahyadris

  • Altitude: 2202 ft from sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Fairly difficult
  • Type: Intermediate to advanced

The route to trek is a bit difficult, as the rope is used to climb through the chimney of rocks, a narrow pathway formed between 2 rocks. You can witness a plateau at the top with a large cave facing toward the valley. Since this is a difficult trek, it requires technical trekkers. Even moderate-level trekkers can climb, along with experienced ones. 

How to get there?

Padargad is situated between Bhimashankar and Nagpani. Khandas is the base village which is 25 km from Kajrat.

Bhairavgarh Trek

  • Altitude: 3756 ft from sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Type: Advanced

Bhairavgarh would give a thrilling experience for the Sahyadri trekkers. It is a difficult trek that would require technical trekkers. The pathway is taken through ropes at several points, giving an adventurous experience. There is a small plateau at the top of the fort. It is advised to trek after the monsoon so that the path won't be slippery. 

How to get there?

Bhairavgarh is located near Moroshi, at the hillfort of Maharashtra. Moroshi is located very close to Malshej Ghat.

Range Trek from Ratangad to Harishchandragad

  • Altitude: approximately 4300 ft from sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Type: Intermediate

The range trek is from Ratangad to Harishchandragad, it is a place to be spent on a long weekend. The circular rainbow is seen here, which is known as Indravajra. You also get to see the vertical cloud burst. This trek is a journey rather than an experience. Water cisterns are filled throughout the year and remain a great water source for the trekkers.  

How to get there?

The two forts are located on the main range of Sahyadri and Katrabai Pass. Ratangad, conventionally has 2 routes. The first route is from Ratanwadi village via Ganesh Darwaja, and the second is from Samrad village via Trimbak Darwaja. Ratangad Fort is located at a distance of 6 km from Ratanwadi village, 197 km from Mumbai, and 183 Km from Pune. 


  • Altitude: approximately 3229 ft from sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Type: Intermediate

The range trek is from Lonavala to Bhimashankar, a manageable trek with scenic beauty. The trek is a combination of streams, plateaus, and forests. It is an intermediate trek to be attempted in 3 days, and the distance covered is 70 km. 

How to get there?

This Sahyadri range trekking is located from Lonavala to Bhimashankar.


  • Altitude: 4852-4841-4822 ft
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Type: Intermediate to Advanced

There are two hilltops named Alang Madan and Madangad. It is trekked over two days. There is also another peak to this trek, namely Kulang, but it is suggested to cover it separately. This trek requires technical expertise as it is considered difficult. Kulang is an interesting spot, one among the three forts, Alang-Madan-Kulang. It is a getaway suggested during the dry season before the monsoon begins. It is an amazing Sahyadri mountain trek for the sunset and sunrise view, and to be completed in 2 days or even in a day for those seeking an adventurous trek. There are caves available at the top for you to spend a night. It might get colder at night, so be prepared for the changing weather conditions. The floating clouds are visible to your eyes, making them a lifetime memory. 

How to get there?

The base village is Kulangwadi, Nashik district. It is approximately 145 km away from Mumbai.

Harihar Trek

  • Altitude: 3676 ft from sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Type: Intermediate to Advanced

The pathway to the trek is an ancient stairway carved on rocks, 70-80 degrees inclined. It can be completed in a day, but the wind is challenging. The wind force is capable enough to push you backwards. There are temples to visit, huge plateaus, and water cisterns as you reach the top. Though completed in a day, it is one of the most thrilling treks in the Sahyadri range. 

How to get there?

The base village is Nirgudpada. Harihargad Fort is located in the region of Trimbakeshwar. 

Range trek from Rajgad to Torna

  • Altitude: 3676 ft from sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Type: Intermediate to Advanced

Rajgad Fort is a historic place. It is recommended to trek just after the monsoon. It was the first capital of the Maratha empire during the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The trek covers a distance of 30 km. It has steep patches but not difficult terrain to trek.  

How to get there?

The base village is Gunjavne. To get to Torna Fort, you must reach the village called Velhe.

Sandhan Valley

  • Altitude: 4100 ft from sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult
  • Type: Beginner to intermediate

The beginning itself is adventurous here on this Sahyadri trek. There is a lot of work for knees as it requires hops and jumping on rocks. Though it is considered an intermediate-level trek, you need assistance or expertise. It could be completed in 2 days. 

How to get there?

Sandhan Valley is located in the region of Bhandardara, near Samrad village. It is surrounded by the toughest trek, Alang-Madan-Kulang. 

Kalavantin durg trek

  • Altitude: 2200 ft aaprox.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult
  • Type: Beginner to Intermediate

Kalavantin durg trek is famous for its rock-cut steps, which give a thrilling experience for hikers. It is surrounded by mountains, valleys, and scenic beauty. As you complete the trek, it will be overwhelming and gives a sense of achievement because of its challenging terrain. It is known as a trekker's paradise, as it is a combination of beauty and adventure.

How to get there?

The base village is Thakurwadi. Kalavantin is 50 km away from Mumbai. 

Things to carry before trekking to Sahyadri 

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From beginner to experienced trekker, Sahyadri mountain trekking is a challenging adventure for the weekend. Since trekking takes place in remote locations, there are certain essential things to be carried out for the trek. Here is the list of necessary items for the trekkers in the Sahyadri range:

  1. Backpack : A strong backpack that can contain all the essentials and endure all the weather conditions is the first crucial essential item.

  1. Trekking/Hiking shoes : Comfortable trekking shoes are one of the essential things to carry, ensuring they are lightweight and waterproof. Sturdy shoes are a must for trekking in the Sahyadri hills. Hiking sandals are the new trend and are recommended for trekking, it avoids blisters, easy adjustment and lets you enjoy the cool breeze while trekking.

  1. First Aid Kit: It is a basic item containing cotton, a band-aid, a bandage, a spray or gel-based pain reliever, and essential tablets for fever, headache, cold, stomach upset/ache, vomiting, and acidity. 

  1. Insect Repellants: It is a jungle trek, insect spray or cream is very much necessary.
  2. Sunscreen: The weather keeps typically varying, application of sunscreen protects your skin from harsh exposure and needs re-application frequently.
  3. Camera and Power bank: While we all carry phones in hand to capture those beautiful moments, along with camera equipment, it is important to carry a power bank for charging this equipment.
  4. Spare clothes: Be it summer, rainy, or winter, spare clothes are a must to carry.
  5. Multi-tool knife : This has to be handy with you while trekking. It has many purposes for its usage.
  1. Water Bottle : Carry two water bottles, regardless of the weather, you will need water while trekking. Ensure to take small sips and not gulp down the bottle. 

  1.  Fruits and snacks: Fruits and snacks are necessary for short breaks and to raise energy levels. Carry something that gives you instant energy. 
  2. Torch : If you are planning for a night stay, this has to be in your backpack. Day or night trek, this is mandatory to be carried. 

All treks

If you are a first-time trekker, then you need to know other essentials required for all treks, go through the list for further details:

  1. Sanitizers: While it is not possible to have a water facility in every place, sanitizers would help you keep your hands clean before you eat.  
  2. Cap : A cap prevents you from sunburn and exhaustion caused due to heat. They become very important when the trek does not have shady places to shelter or rest.

  1. Waterproof bag (Add product image): Never throw garbage around trekking spots, it is important to not expose these places to plastics and garbage. Carry these wet-proof bags to collect all the garbage or even wet clothes.
  2. Plate, spoons, and necessary utensils: Though this is completely optional, for those who prefer using personal utensils and prefer to be environment friendly to prevent thrashing garbage, this becomes a savior. 
  3. Bandana/ handkerchief: Bandanas are large handkerchiefs commonly worn on the head or neck to absorb sweat. They become saviours during the summer season, wet the piece of cloth and wrap it around your neck to beat the heat.
  4. Cash: Carry minimal cash for additional expenses such as snacks, tea, or any emergency.


 Monsoon treks 

Trekking during monsoons will give you a lifetime experience. It is lovely to visualize the greener side of the forest, but on the other hand, it might get colder and wet. Here are the essentials for the monsoon trek:

  1. Raincoat : Sometimes, the weather conditions become unpredictable, so it is mandatory to carry a raincoat during monsoon treks.
  1. Rain cover : Your bag has all the essentials required for your trek, use rain cover your bag to protect it from getting wet.


Winter treks 

Winter treks are beautiful, imagine mist covered on the greens, clouds covered with fog. It is going to be pleasant trekking, but trekkers must be prepared for the dipping temperature, here are the essentials for winter treks:

  1. Sweaters or Fleeces : Dress in layers during winter treks, especially in places where there might be a dip in temperature.
  1. Lip Balm/ Lip Moisturizer: Carry a lip balm to avoid chapped lips caused due to cold.

Summer treks 

Summer treks are quite exhausting, dry, and hot. Here is the list:

  1. Glucose Powder: Add the glucose powder to the water, as this will boost your energy that is getting drained in the sun.
  2. Hydrate: Keep yourself hydrated, and sip the water, do not gulp down.
  3. Sunglasses: Sunglasses protect your eyes from sun rays, wind, and dust during trekking. Exposure to harsh sun rays may cause irritation and might cause pain, so ensure to carry sunglasses. 

  1. Candies: Sugar candies are an instant source to boost your energy, add them to your essentials.
  2. Trekking hat: It will provide you the maximum sun protection and without overheating.

  1. Sunscreen: A good sunscreen will protect your skin from sunburn and the harmful UV rays.

Basic checklist for trekking in the Sahyadri region 

The basic checklist for the Sahyadri trek is as follows:

  1. Difficulty level: Check the difficulty level of the trek. Would you be able to complete it, considering the difficulties in the pathway?
  2. Information about the place: Gather all the necessary information about the place you are about to trek, know the experience of people who have trekked, safety precautions for that place, etc.
  3. Trek Organizers: First go through the website, which should give you the complete information about the trek, check the batch and the leader guiding you.
  4. Detailed itinerary: Get the schedule from the organizers and enquire about any doubts.
  5. Things to carry: This is the most important checklist for stepping ahead, the above-listed items are mandatory and not optional unless mentioned. You need these things to start with trekking for beginners or experts. 

Safety tips for trekking in Sahyadri trek

As much as the place is a scenic beauty, if precautionary measures are neglected, it is life-threatening. Here are the safety tips for the Sahyadri trek:

  1. Never trek alone: It is never advisable to trek alone, at least one person should tag along because jungle treks are highly vulnerable.
  2. Keep yourself covered: Be on monsoon, winter, or summer treks, and keep yourself covered to protect yourself from insects, scratches, sunburns, etc.
  3. Navigation: Research the route beforehand, being lame could make you go directionless. Approach the local villagers or guide.
  4. Be early: It is recommended to start early for any treks, starting mid-day can kill the excitement, trekking must be started by at least 8:00 am from the base village.
  5. Never go with the flow: Knowledge is power, it applies for trekking as well. Research about the place before and enquire the necessary precautions from the locals to be well aware of during the trek.
  6. Instructions: Never ignore the instructions given to you. Be very conscious enough to follow the instructions given by the expert.


Sahyadri trek is very special and unique in its way of defining the beauty of nature. Most of the names of Sahyadri trek end with “Garh”, which mentions the forts and fortresses in the Sahyadri range. Trekking in the Sahyadri hills is an experience with breath-taking visuals, we have provided the necessary information regarding the top 10 treks in the Sahyadri range. I hope we have curated the necessary information required for trekking in Sahyadri hills and that it helps you open the doors for Sahyadri mountain trekking.


1. Which is the longest trek in Sahyadri?

The famous AMK (Alang-Madan-Kulang) is the longest trek in Sahyadri. The distance covered during days 1, 2, and 3 of the trek is approximately 7km, 5km, and 6 km, respectively.

  2.  Which season is best for Sahyadri?

Considering the rich greenery, November to March is the ideal season for the Sahyadri trek.

3. Is the Sahyadri trek easy?

Trekking in Sahyadri hills is easy to moderate level. But few places require rock climbing expertise.

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