The Bhimashankar trek, Maharashtra

Take on the challenge of the long and tough Bhimashankar trek! This is one of the best treks in the Sahyadris, with the most epic views.

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About Bhimashankar Trek

The Bhimashankar trek takes you over a massive mountain, past secret waterfalls, ancient temples, and deserted ruins. At the top is a Shiva temple which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, so you’ll often see devotees trekking alongside adventure-seekers to the top.

This is one of the most popular tough treks in the Sahyadris, especially in the monsoon and winter. Find a list of treks in our Top Monsoon Treks in Maharashtra.

Bhimashankar trek difficulty level

The trek to Bhimashankar is a fairly tough one, so make sure you're up for the challenge. It starts out with an easy walk, but graduates to steep slopes. In the monsoon, the mossy rocks can be tricky, and there might be some sections of the trail that are washed away.

There are two different routes to get to the top: the Ganesh Ghat route and the Shidi route. The former route is considered to be the easier one and can be used by first time trekkers, but it is longer than the other. The Shidi route involves elementary rock climbing, and is a steep route with sturdy iron ladders to cover some of the tougher patches.

How to get to the Bhimashankar trek from Pune or Mumbai

The trek starts from the village of Khandas, near Nerul in Maharashtra. It takes about 3 hours to reach Bhimashankar from Pune, and approximately the same from Mumbai.

Bhimashankar trekking guide

This is one of the top 10 treks in Maharashtra, and is most popular with nature lovers and bird watchers. Your trek will take you to 3,000 feet, offering spectacular views of the region around. There are fascinating ancient temples and structures along this route, and you’ll get to see a peaceful rural lifestyle of the villages around. Apart from being home to rare wildflowers and birds, this region is also the habitat of the famous ‘Shekru’ or giant squirrel.

Top Bhimashankar treks

Bhimashankar and Nagfani Trek
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Trip Description
The Bhimashankar trek is one of the best treks in the Sahyadris, and on this route, it's even better! You'll ascend via Shidi Ghat and descend through Ganesh Ghat, so there's always plenty to see. This trek offers the complete Sahyadris experience, especially in the monsoon. You'll see secret waterfalls, rain-drenched forests, ancient temples, deserted ruins, exotic flowers, and lots more.

The trek to Bhimashankar is a fairly tough one, so make sure you're up for the challenge. It starts out with an easy walk, but graduates to steep slopes that can be slippery when mossy. In some sections, the trail is washed away, and you'll have to negotiate several tricky patches. At night, you'll sleep in dorms with your team, and you'll spend the rest of your time in the great outdoors.
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  • Transportation from Neral-Khandas-Neral
  • Breakfast, dinner on Day 1
  • Breakfast, lunch on Day 2
  • Accommodation at Bhimashankar on sharing basis (Dormitory/homestay)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Any service or cost not mentioned in the inclusions section
Bhimashankar Monsoon Trek
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The Bhimashankar trek is one of the most popular treks in Maharashtra, and is every trekker's dream trek. It's a long, challenging route that takes you over a massive mountain with waterfalls cascading down from slopes. There is a famous Shiva temple at the top, which is one of the Jyotirlingas from the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Karjat station to Karjat station
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2
  • Evening snacks on Day 1
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks, extra snacks
  • Train travel from Mumbai to Karjat and back

FAQs about the Bhimashankar trek

Can children do the Bhimashankar trek?

The Bhimashankar trek is a challenging and long trek. The route can be especially dangerous and tiring in the monsoon, when the rainwater gushes down the slopes and trails. This trek is not recommended for children or first-timers.

When is the best season for the Bhimashankar trek?

The monsoon is the best time for the Bhimashankar trek. During the months of July-September, the region is green and lush. The clouds roll in around the peak, and the views as you climb are gorgeous. You’ll be able to see many waterfalls cascading down the solid walls of the hill, and you can expect to get fully drenched.

However, many trekkers prefer to visit in winter, when the weather is clear and the trail is firm, leaving you to focus on the views and the trekking experience.

What should I carry for the Bhimashankar trek?

Depending on the season, your operator will send you an appropriate packing list for the trek. For your trek, you should wear appropriate shoes and have a sturdy backpack. If you are doing the Bhimashankar trek in the monsoon, you must make sure you have a raincoat and carry a raincover for your bag. Do carry essentials like water, snacks, insect repellent, first aid kit, and camera, all wrapped in a waterproof bag. Also, carry a change of dry clothes and a long-sleeved jacket or sweatshirt to keep you warm on your return. Find a complete Guide to Packing for Sahyadri Treks here.

Which route should I choose: Ganesh Ghat or Shidi route?

The Shidi route is short, but requires some sections of rock-climbing and ladder-climbing. It is shorter in duration, but not easy, so is not recommended for beginners. The Ganesh Ghat route is longer, but does not require any climbing, so can be done by fit beginners. Both routes are long and tiring, so do be prepared.

What are the accommodation options at Bhimashankar?

There are homestays and basic hotels at the top, mostly built for the temple devotees. There are also some village stays at Khandas village.

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