Sandhan Valley Trek - Height, Route, Difficulty, Season

Trek to Sandhan Valley (Samrad to Dehene) Full Descend

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Sandhan Valley trek via Samrad to Dehene is a high difficulty grade trek in the Sahyadri – Igatpuri region of Maharashtra, India. The highest point of the trek at 3000 ft (915 m).

Sandhan Valley is also known as the valley of shadows because of its unique structure. Even during the peak of the day, the sunlight doesn’t reach the ground in this valley which makes it an attractive trekking destination even in summers.

Visit this trek for its thrilling technical patches (rappelling, water crossing, etc.), its beautiful camping site, and its one-of-a-kind structure that you might not see anywhere else in Maharashtra. Find all the information about the Grand Canyon of India on this page.

Region

Sahyadris

Elevation

3000 feet

Distance

5 km

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

Hard

Exposure

Low

Base

Samrad

Season

Oct-May

You should visit Sandhan Valley via Samrad if you..

- Want to descend through the valley of shadows

- Are looking for an adventurous hike with rappelling and rock climbing

- Want to camp at a campsite and stargaze with a backdrop of huge mountains

Sandhan Valley Trek Navigation Route Map (Samrad to Dehene)


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Sandhan Valley Trek Route from Samrad to Dehene:

The Sandhan Valley full-descend is just 2.5 kms long (up to campsite) but the time taken to finish it on a normal weekend is around 10 hours, owing to the multiple technical sections and the human traffic. You will be crossing neck-deep water pools, rappelling down a 120-feet rock patch, descending through rocks with rope support, and more.

(Some people also trek just till the first water pond which takes only half an hour to reach. If you just want to witness the beauty of this valley, you can simply do the mini trek and come back to Samrad. You do not need any technical support to reach till this point.)

It starts with a flat trail till you reach the opening of Sandhan Valley. Once you’re into Sandhan Valley, you will be descending through the valley for the entire duration.

The first obstacle is a 100-feet long water body. It typically has around 4 feet deep water and you’re supposed to hold your bag on your head while you cross this. Do not walk in this barefoot since there might be some broken pieces of glass lying around.

After this patch, there is just one more water body which you can cross jumping on the stones without getting your shoes wet.

There’s a 120-feet rappelling patch where maximum traffic gathers. If it’s too crowded, it might even take 3-4 hours just waiting in this area for your turn. Majority of the time goes into putting on the harness and all the safety gear.

After this, there are a few 15-20 feet vertical rock patches which won’t require as much time to cross since you do not have to put on any harness. You will be using ropes just for support.

Don’t forget to carry torches with you since it might get dark before you make it to your campsite. Most campsites are located near a small pool outside Sandhan Valley. Once you have reached the campsite, you can spend all your time chilling by the pond and bonding with the people around you.

How to Reach Sandhan Valley via Samrad village:

The base village, Samrad, is at about 915 m ASL in Akole taluka of Maharashtra. Samrad is the base for Sandhan Valley as well as Ratangad. During the month of June, Samrad is also popular for its fireflies sightings during early June and reverse waterfalls all through the monsoon (June to September).

The trek does not have a circular route and ends in Dehene village which 120 kms away from Samrad village if you go by road. Thus, the transport for the return journey will be different from the transport towards Samrad.

How to Reach Samrad Village with Local/Public Transport:

1. Via Mumbai: Take a local train till Kasara railway station which is on the central railway line.

Hire a direct Jeep till Samrad from Kasara/Igatpuri for 2500 to 3000 INR (one-way) which can be shared by around 8-11 people and will be a good option if you have a big group (You can find the contact details for private jeeps in the “Local Contacts” section).

Alternately, you can also go to Igatpuri, catching an express train. Options of ST buses as well as shared Jeeps from both Kasara and Igatpuri are available.

If you can’t find any direct mode of transport from Kasara, take a shared Jeep or bus till Ghoti. There are more options available from Ghoti. (Buses and Jeeps coming from Igatpuri and Nashik). You can also take an ST bus till Shendi from Kasara and take shared Jeeps from Shendi to Samrad.

These services start as early as 5 AM but if you are travelling in the night, we recommend hiring a direct Jeep from Kasara.

2. Via Pune: Catch an Igatpuri bus leaving from Shivajinagar bus stand at around 1:30 PM and reaching Bari village around 8:00 PM. Contact your guide and they will arrange accommodation for you at nominal costs.

Alternately, travel till Nasik, catch a bus to Igatpuri, and get down at Ghoti. As mentioned previously, multiple options available for Ghoti-Bari (22 kms) travel.

If you’re interested in some bus-hopping, travel to Sangamner from Pune. From Sangamner, go to Rajur or Akole and catch a bus going to Kasara or Igatpuri or Ghoti (all stop at Bari Village) from Rajur or Akole. Direct bus for Igatpuri via Bari is available from Sangamner at 5:00 AM. Use the same method to get back.

Pune > Sangamner > Rajur > Bari
OR
Pune > Sangamner > Akole > Bari

How to Get Back from Dehene with Local/Public Transport:

Again, you can hire a private jeep for INR 1000-1500 from Dehene to Asangaon (Railway station, well connected with Mumbai through the central railway line). This is the most convenient option if you are a group of 8-11 people. Use the contact details in the “Local Contact” section and make sure you confirm the booking in advance.

If you want to hitch-hike your way back to Asangaon, you can find local transport from Dehene as follows: (going from one shared jeep to another)

Dehene > Dolkhamb > Shahapur > Asangaon

This will cost you INR 80-100 per person and is advisable for a group of 5 or less people.

How to Reach Samrad Village with Private Transport:

Samrad Village is accessible by road. Just make sure that you download the map of the area before starting your journey because you might lose signal multiple times on the way. Please note that this is not a two-way trek and ends in Dehene Village. Samrad and Dehene are 120 kms apart by means of roadways.

It is best to hire two separate means of transport instead of taking a personal vehicle.

Availability of Resources Enroute

Drinking Water:

No drinking water sources throughout the trek. There is a natural pond near the campsite (outside Sandhan Valley) for drinking water.

Food:

There are no food stalls along the way in Sandhan Valley. There are some small stalls on the way to Dehene from the campsite (outside Sandhan Valley) that sell Nimbu Sherbat (Lemonade), Kokum Serbat, cucumbers etc.

Accommodation:

You can stay at a local’s house or in the local temple in Samrad.
You can pitch your own tents or get help from a local to arrange stay for you at the campsite outside Sandhan Valley.

Always ensure that you book your tent in advance by talking to a local. (Find the contact in the “Local Contacts” section on this page)

Local contacts for Sandhan Valley Trek via Samrad Village:

Guide from Samrad Village (Food, camping, technical assistance):

Santosh Bharmal: +91 96734 64940

Transport from Kasara to Samrad Village:

Ananda: +91 9823761312

Transport from Dehene to Asangaon:

Suresh: +91 92096 16694

Best Time to Visit Sandhan Valley and Why

October to May:

Sandhan Valley is closed during the monsoons. Sandhan Valley is full of huge boulders which can get very volatile when the valley is flooded with gushing rainwater.

Apart from the monsoon months, you can visit Sandhan Valley pretty much any time during the year. Avoid going there on long weekends because it is very crowded. Plan your visits around no-moon nights to witness the beauty of the sky in the campsite.

Things to Pack for Sandhan Valley Trek

- 3 Liters of water (compulsory)

- Torch with extra batteries (Do not rely on your phone’s torch) - preferably buy a headlamp

- Sun hat or cap

- Blankets and sheets (if you plan to camp or if it’s a night trek)

- Warm clothes during winters (Temperature could drop below 10° Celsius)

- Sports shoes or trekking shoes (strictly no sandals or chappals)

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

- Comfortable trousers (no jeans or shorts)

- Extra pair of clothes and a hoodie (weather gets chilly before sunrise)

- 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 hand bag / sling bag)

- Personal medications, if any

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

 

Itinerary

The Schedule for the trek can be as follows:

Day 0 (Friday Night):

11:00 PM - Leave From Mumbai

Day 1 (Saturday):

01:30 AM - Reach Kasara Railway Station
05:30 AM - Reach Samrad village by Jeeps - Rest for a while and then grab breakfast
07:00 AM - Start hike towards Sandhan Valley
01:30 PM - Have packed lunch enroute
06:00 PM - Reach campsite, get tea, chill near pond
08:30 PM - Have dinner, chat with fellow trekkers under the open sky, and retire for the day (stay in tents)

Day 2 (Sunday):

06:30 AM - Wake up call followed by breakfast.
07:30 AM - Start hike towards Dehene village
10:00 AM - Reach Dehene village move to Asangaon in Jeeps
11:30 AM - Reach Asangaon railway station and move to Mumbai

Sandhan Valley Images

Sandhan Valley - Ratings and Reviews

Amit Gawde
Amit Gawde
20:52 15 Mar 20
Best place in
himanshu deore
himanshu deore
12:49 15 Mar 20
Wanna try some adventure? Try here
Mayur Aher
Mayur Aher
11:10 21 Feb 20
It is must visit place in rainy season. And nature there will definitely mesmerize you.
Jitesh Kudekar
Jitesh Kudekar
02:20 11 Feb 20
Awesome experience of Natural phenomenon
Hidden Places
Hidden Places
18:20 18 Jan 20
Best trek.....including watery way...rappling too👍
Kshama Lad
Kshama Lad
05:18 17 Jan 20
Excellent trek experience with - Surmount Adventures
Vaibhav Kurekar
Vaibhav Kurekar
16:59 15 Jan 20
Superb place to trek during rainy seasonCan try Abseiling here
Kalpesh Patil
Kalpesh Patil
11:27 06 Jan 20
Awesome place.. must visit.. thriller experience..
Rupesh Chandgude
Rupesh Chandgude
16:05 03 Jan 20
It was great experience. Although should avoid this trek immediately after the rainy season.
jitendra kumawat
jitendra kumawat
08:07 02 Jan 20
Very good place for trekking rappellling and camping...Suggested for all weather..
Soham Kale
Soham Kale
10:31 27 Dec 19
It's a wonderful place. The trek is a moderate at the beginning and easy towards the end. There are few spots where there is water on the route. The best time to go is after monsoons when the water levels are bit lower and it's easy to cross. There is never too much sun as it is a narrow valley and the place is always covered in shade.
Shreejay Kathe
Shreejay Kathe
17:48 22 Dec 19
Lovely place to trek and camp!But sadly it has become too commercial!Couple of years back you could just grab your tent! Pitch it in open as there were vast areas but these days! So much construction on plateau!Also parking charges have gone 3 times since last year! Entry charges in July 2019 where 30rs now they have come 50 rs!But good part of all this! The place is quite clean and maintained!
Pranshul Mishra
Pranshul Mishra
06:53 19 Dec 19
If you love trekking, you are a hard trekker just go for this place. Its a good test of your stamina and endurance and guts...
khushal chaudhari
khushal chaudhari
13:29 17 Dec 19
Such a great place for all
satish chenkote
satish chenkote
12:42 10 Dec 19
Amazing trekking experience , rappelling,rope climbing etc.Must visit place for people who likes adventures trekking .Rappelling facility is made possible by local guys with fewer charges.
Amit Ajit Deshmane
Amit Ajit Deshmane
18:40 03 Dec 19
It's best place to enjoy trill of nature through beautiful fresh water streams. The descent is tricky but with right guidance and tools its enjoyable. Camping site is at the bottom of valley, can see fireflies at night. Enjoy your tent stay amidst mountains and campfire. Nature is at it's best, the oasis of Maharashtra. Best time to visit: after rains.
anshul aggarwal
anshul aggarwal
18:32 02 Dec 19
1.Trek is tough,who so ever says it's easy or mild/moderate...nope it's not !!2.Tough...but when the going gets tough, tough gets going.... 4times you have to do Rappelling... But amazing experience... 3.Should definitely try once in a lifetime.4.Journey is too long but worth it...you will never forget this amazing experience...
Ajit Harpude
Ajit Harpude
07:20 01 Dec 19
This was first hard adventure with guidance from Mumbai tracker.
Pranav Chavan
Pranav Chavan
09:55 28 Nov 19
Awesome❤️❤️❤️
Ganesh Shinde
Ganesh Shinde
09:53 26 Nov 19
Best trekking hiking place
Jatin Jantre
Jatin Jantre
18:13 21 Nov 19
Best place for night camping
Ritesh Shah
Ritesh Shah
05:46 07 Nov 19
Mostly famous for rappelling, the water is at shoulder level (6ft)aprox. during rains the level rises and during summer decreases, u could start from base village dehne, we experienced drizzle rain last month, it was a life experience. Before going be fully prepared with correct equipments for the rappelling and good trek shoes are a must.
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