Sondai Fort – 6 things you need to know for the perfect beginners trek

Sondai Fort

Sondai fort, located near Karjat, is one of the easiest treks in Maharashtra. Located at an altitude of 1200 ft, it was a watch tower, and it got its name after the Sondai goddess temple at the top.

One can see many forts from the top part of the Matheran range.

  • Altitude: 1,200 feet
  • Best Season: Monsoon
  • Ideal for: Beginners
  • Difficulty: Easy
Sondai Fort

How to reach Sondai Fort

The base village for the trek is Sondewadi which is 11.5 km from Karjat station. The two best ways to reach Sondewadi:

  1. Public Transport: Take an early morning train to Karjat station & then take a local rickshaw to Sondewadi. You will have to pay anywhere between INR 300 – INR 400 (one way) for this rickshaw ride.
  2. Private Vehicle: One can also drive to Sondewadi from Mumbai & Pune. 
    1. Distance & Time from Mumbai: 60 km – 70 km | 1.5 hours – 2 hours
    2. Distance & Time from Pune: 105 km – 120 km | 2.5 hours – 3 hours
    3. Note: You have to pay a parking fee of INR 100.
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Trek route & Difficulty

Sondai fort is considered one of the easiest treks in Maharashtra and the best trek for someone starting on their hiking journey.
The distance from the base village to the top of the fort is around 1.7 km & it will take anywhere between 2 – 2.5 hours for an average person to complete the trek.
Because of the level of the trek, you do not require a local guide.
The trail starts from a parking spot at the base village and is a gradual climb of 10-15 mins until the first plateau.
The 2nd part of the trail is through a forest, and then you reach a point where you have to cross two tricky rock sections, which leads to the 3rd part & the final part of the trek.
This 3rd part has two staircases along the route, after which you reach the top of the Sondai fort.
There are shops opened by locals throughout the trek offering water, snacks, fruits & nimbu paani.

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Sondai Fort

Things To Do

  1. Enjoy the sunset from the top of the Sondai fort.
  2. Enjoy the views of Irshalgad, Morbe Dam, Prabalgad
  3. Exclusive Suggestion: If you go during the monsoons, you can visit the twin Changewadi waterfalls to take a dip and cool down after the trek. Location:
  4. Eat Misal Pav at a famous local restaurant, Thakare Hotel. Location:

Important Information

  1. Link to the trek route on Ramblr or download the GPX file afer logging in on the website.
  2. You do not get food at the base village; hence it is advised to carry packed lunch.
  3. Because it is an easy trek, the trails tends to get crowded on the weekends. It is preferable to go on this trek during the weekdays.

Safety Precautions and Tips

While embarking on the Kalavantin Durg trek, it is crucial to prioritize your safety. Here are some essential safety precautions and tips to keep in mind:

  • Trek with a certified guide who is familiar with the route and terrain.
  • Wear appropriate trekking gear and clothing to protect yourself from injuries and harsh weather conditions.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek by drinking water at regular intervals.
  • Pace yourself and take breaks whenever needed to avoid exhaustion.
  • Do not litter; respect the natural environment by carrying back all your waste.
  • Follow instructions from the guide and stay on the designated path.
  • In case of any emergency or discomfort, inform the guide immediately.

Essential Things to Carry for the Trek

Packaging wisely is essential to make the most of your Kalavantin Durg trekking experience. Here are some must-have items for your backpack:

  • Sturdy trekking shoes for a comfortable and safe trek
  • Ample water and energy drinks to stay hydrated
  • Snacks and energy bars to keep you fueled
  • Sunscreen, cap, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun
  • First aid kit with essential medications and bandages
  • A camera to capture the stunning vistas along the way
  • A light waterproof backpack to carry your essentials without weighing you down

Video of the Sondai Fort Trek

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