Kalavantin Durg Trek - Height, Route Map, Difficulty, Images, Reviews
Raigad Fort
Google Rating
4.7
Region

Sahyadris

Elevation

2300 feet

Distance

10 km

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

Hard

Exposure

High

Base

Thakurwadi

Season

Nov-Mar

Kalavantin Durg trek is a difficult grade trek in the Sahyadri – Raigad region of Maharashtra, India. It’s highly exposed, without any railings which makes this a really thrilling experience and is not recommended for beginners. Adjacent to Kalavantin Durg is Prabalgad. If you’re an experienced hiker, you can complete both of the hikes in one day.

Kalavantin Durg trek is a 10 kms long (return) journey standing at 2,300 feet (701 m). You will pass through a small hamlet at Prabalmachi where you can get food and refilled your water.

Visit this trek to experience the thrill and challenge your limits!

Kalavantin Durg Trek Navigation Route Map


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Kalavantin Durg Trek Route

The most thrilling part of this trek is the iconic rock-cut staircase which has steps that are so big you cannot climb them without using your hands. On one side, there’s the mountain and on the other side there’s a deep valley. Since there are no ropes or railings for safety here, any mistakes here can result in extremely harmful to fatal results.

The trek to Kalavantin Durg officially starts from the Parking Lot which is the trailhead. However, if you come here by a shared cab / tum-tum then the service providers might drop you before a slope and you might have to walk another 10 mins to reach the parking lot. This could be a good warmup but an unnecessary one.

The hike starts with a long stretch of low inclines and flat patches. After about 20 minutes of hiking, you reach a check post where your bags are checked and you need to pay an entry fee of ₹50 per person.

As you proceed on the route, you will start hiking alongside some small streams which will disappear as you start gaining altitude.

Eventually, the hike moves into a narrow path alongside the mountain and then into a wide road leading up to Prabalmachi.

You will find a couple of resting stations in between where you can refill your bottles, get some chai, or even enjoy a few minutes on this thrilling swing. Warning: Try at your own risk! 😀

Next stop from here should directly be at Prabalmachi. It’s a beautiful small Hamlet where you can find basic amenities such as locally cooked food, camping ground, and homestays. From Prabalmachi, the route diverges in two directions - Kalavantin Durg and Prabalgad.

The ascend from Prabalmachi to Kalavantin Durg is something where things begin to get really uphill (literally and figuratively). The gradient increases, the path becomes full of scree, and there is a lot of foliage along the way.

By the time you reach the col from where the iconic stairway of Kalavantin begins, you’re already pretty exhausted (or pumped).

Beyond this point, everything is filled with a mountain of thrill. One short highly exposed patch, followed by the rock-cut stairs, followed by a steep ascent till the last rock patch. This rock patch is a bit tricky to ascend if you’re not familiar with rock climbing techniques. During the day time, there are always some local volunteers present there to guide you through this climb. Listen to them carefully and let them help you.

After crossing this rock patch, you will reach the final summit, which is a small area that can get crowded if there are more than 30-40 people.

On clear days, you get to see you get magnificent views of the Matheran range which include Peb, Nakhind, etc. You can also spot other mountain peaks such as Karnala, Irshalgad etc.

Once you descend back to Prabalmachi, you can also go finish the Prabalgad trek or camp at Prabalmachi if you’re not in the mood to descend back to the base. Food and accommodation can be easily arranged here.

How to Reach Kalavantin Durg Base Village

Thakurwadi Village

The trek to Kalavantin Durg (fort) starts from Thakurwadi village.

How to reach Thakurwadi village with Private Transport?

You can drive all the way till the parking lot (Google Maps Location) in Thakurwadi village from where the trek starts. People on bikes ride beyond the parking lot till the check post. This place is near Panvel and hence it is very well accessible from Mumbai as well as Pune. Start your journey early so you can finish the hike before it gets hot.

How to reach Pachad village with Public transport?

People traveling from Mumbai as well as Pune can come to Panvel railway station by public transport and then hire an auto or tumtum (7-seater auto) till the base village Thakurwadi. (Contacts for transport from Panvel till base village added in the “Local Contacts” section)

Panvel railway station is the end of the Harbour Line of the Mumbai Local Railway network. Use m-indicator application to know about train routes and timings to reach to this station.

Availability of Resources on the Kalavantin Durg Trek

Drinking Water

There are a lot of stalls along the trail to purchase packaged drinking water. You can also refill your bottles from the hotel at Prabalmachi. The last stall is at the base of the Kalavantin pinnacle.

Food

Packed food like chips, biscuits, etc. can be purchased from the stalls along the way. You can get local Maharashtrian food like Poha, Kanda Bhaji, Veg / Non-veg Thali on some small hotels along the way.

Accommodation

You can camp at Prabalmachi but remember that it is too crowded on weekends. Hundreds of people camp on this really small plateau. These days, you can also book a room at Prabalmachi. These are small rooms with basic amenities but if you are reading about this on ThrillBear, I am assuming that you are not really looking for something like that.

Washroom / Toilet / WC

You will find washrooms at Prabalmachi and at 1-2 places along the trail.

Local Contact for Kalavantin Durg Trek

Food, Refreshments, & Accommodation at Prabalmachi

Namdev: +91 9209461474

Transport from Panvel to Thakurwadi (7-seater)

Bunty: +91 8007206005

Kalavantin Durg Trek Images

Best Time to Visit Kalavantin Durg and Why

November to March

It’s best to visit Kalavantin Durg during winters. The temperatures aren’t extreme and the rock cut steps towards the top are relatively safer to climb as compared to the monsoons. Since the trail towards the end has very high exposure, it’s risky to climb in the monsoons because these steps might become a bit slippery.

Itinerary for Kalavantin Durg Trek:

This is the most convenient itinerary for the trek to Kalavantin Durg:

Day 1: 

06:00 AM - Board an early train to reach Panvel and get a transport for Thakurwadi (Grab some breakfast along the way)

07:30 AM - Reach Thakurwadi village and start the trek

09:00 AM - Reach Prabalmachi, take a quick pit-stop and move towards Kalavantin Durg

11:00 AM - Reach Kalavantin fort top, spend some time with the beautiful view, and start descending towards Prabalmachi

12:30 PM - Reach Prabalmachi, have lunch and relax for a while

02:00 PM - Start moving towards the base and inform the driver that you have left

03:00 PM - Reach the base, catch transport towards Panvel

04:00 PM - Reach Panvel and catch a train back home with happy memories

If you have the energy for it, you can also go to Prabalgad on the same day. It might add another 3 hours.

Things to Pack for Kalavantin Durg Trek

- 2 Liters of water (compulsory)

- Sun hat or cap

- Warm clothes during winters

- Trekking shoes or trail running shoes (strictly no sandals or chappals)

- Comfortable t-shirt (preferably dry-fit and full sleeves)

- Comfortable trekking pants (no jeans or shorts)

- Extra pair of clothes and a hoodie (if you’re planning to camp)

- Electrolyte powder (such as Electral, Enerzal, etc.)

- Light snacks to munch on during breaks

- Fresh fruits / Dried fruits such as dates, figs / Nuts mix, etc for eating along on the trail

- A small day pack to carry all the above (Kindly avoid handbag/sling bag)

- Personal medications, if any

- Optional items: sun goggles, wet tissues, hand sanitizer, cameras, etc.

Kalavantin Durg- Ratings and Reviews

Paresh Chatterjee
Paresh Chatterjee
09:01 19 Mar 20
One need to respect this place it takes real efforts to reach the top. We have taken 3 hours to reach the top. Please carry sufficient water
ankita pawar
ankita pawar
09:04 08 Mar 20
When you climb high with lots of efforts and get to witness this view.. It's just mesmerising.. It was one of the best experiences ever...
nitin solanki
nitin solanki
11:57 05 Mar 20
Amazing view from the top. Best place to to stay in tent for a night. Homes based food and the small shop on all the checkpost .. it’s difficult to climb but with great support you can be on the top.
Apoorva Belokar
Apoorva Belokar
16:28 04 Mar 20
It is a very scenic trek. The last portion of the trek is not that difficult as shown in the videos. To reach at the very top ropes are provided and people are also present there to help us. The views from the top are amazing.
Aakriti Sharma
Aakriti Sharma
12:48 03 Mar 20
A good 2 hours ascending and an hour of descending. Enough rest points during the trek for tiny breaks. Summit in the morning before the sun is scorching. Wear shoes with sturdy grip on rocks and stones. Keep it light, sleep well, drink electoral water during descend. Enjoy.
milan sahoo
milan sahoo
08:55 26 Jan 20
I really had an Amazing experience here. I stayed at prabalmachi village at night and did the trek to kalavantin early morning. I would recommend all the same to do the trek in the morning. You will love it.Unfortunately we missed the sun rise. But if you can do it. You are lucky. 🙂
chintamani satale
chintamani satale
07:46 23 Jan 20
Fabulous for trekking, must visit place. Carry your own water bottle it will help. Avoid to visit on Saturday Sunday as the path is narrow and crowd is too much on holiday.1 You must go over there.So much of struggle to go up there, but everything is worth the top view.Have some guts and reach the top.Bring minimum 2 bottles of water and some food with you.You will find so many shop in between that is why you are good to go.Take some stops and reach the top.Keep yourself hydrated.Great adventure.2 This fort us most hard to trek. One should go with all the precautions and someone experienced.
Suraj Kadam
Suraj Kadam
10:01 08 Jan 20
You must go over there.So much of struggle to go up there, but everything is worth the top view.Have some guts and reach the top.Bring minimum 2 bottles of water and some food with you.You will find so many shop in between that is why you are good to go.Take some stops and reach the top.Keep yourself hydrated.Great adventure.
Sagar Argade
Sagar Argade
14:13 25 Dec 19
Fabulous for trekking, must visit place. Carry your own water bottle it will help. Avoid to visit on Saturday Sunday as the path is narrow and crowd is too much on holiday.
Lankesh Zade
Lankesh Zade
09:42 23 Dec 19
It's a thrilling adventure. Very scary if you are scared of heights. Just take a pause if you feel you are getting disbalanced. Food is okay.Don't visit on Sundays as it's very crowded at that time.Overall very fulfilling experience
Rajendra Theek
Rajendra Theek
04:22 15 Dec 19
As it is very near from panvel, i thought it will take less time compare to other treks. but time required to complete the trek is nearby same.Place is beautiful, adventures and memorizing during rainy season. It was easy for me as I had before once.
vishu pandey
vishu pandey
11:20 08 Dec 19
This actually takes all you effort. To reach top, and realise the proud. Carry ample water or hydrating drinks. Reach early morning. Or sun takes a toll on skin. And please remember it will take enough strength tor reach top.
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Jeet Bhanushali
Jeet Bhanushali has been hiking in the Sahyadris for over 5 years and aims to explore all the off-beat range-treks of Maharashtra. He is on a mission to share this information with the world and help them go to the places that are not yet touched by mass-tourism.
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