Fireflies Trek to Kothaligad
Karjat, Maharashtra, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Embark on a surreal adventure on this fireflies trek to Kothaligad to experience the thrill of a night trek and watch a hundred fireflies light up the forest. Your trek begins at night from the base village of Ambiwadi and leads you up rock-cut stairs and narrow trails to a historic fort. En route, you will spot fluttering fireflies glowing in the trees and bushes. At the fort, you can explore ancient caves, water cisterns and the ruins of Kothaligad. Before hiking back down in the morning, you'll also witness a mesmerizing sunrise from the fort.

    Destination

    Kothaligad, also known as the Peth Fort, is located near Karjat at an altitude of about 3,100 feet. It is a must-see fort for nature enthusiasts since the trail offers spectacular views of the plush green hills of the Western Ghats. As you climb up the trail in the thick of darkness, you'll encounter steep stairs and large boulders. All throughout, the dim light of fireflies all around you will present an amazing view.

    Destination highlights

    • Witness the dance of a hundred fireflies as they light up the forest.
    • Trek through a forest at night to reach the Kothaligad Fort.
    • Watch the brilliant sun rise over the lush green Western Ghats.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the trek leader during the Kothaligad fireflies trek.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 8 days before departure of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 4-7 days before the departure of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Kothaligad fireflies trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the Kothaligad fireflies trek to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff. Any additional cost arising from such a change in itinerary will be borne by the travellers.

    Travellers are requested to be punctual in arriving at the pick-up point of the Kothaligad fireflies trek. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the departure without any refund.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Karjat railway station
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    Drop off point
    Karjat railway station
    Mode of transport
    Local tum-tum or jeep
    Start point
    Ambiwadi
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    End point
    Ambiwadi
    Time of departure
    11:20 PM
    Time of return
    12:30 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    4 hrs
    Total distance covered
    8 kms
    Start point elevation
    636 feet
    Maximum elevation
    3100 feet
    Minimum elevation
    636 feet
    Average per day distance
    8 kms
  • Day 1 of the fireflies trek to Kothaligad: Night trek to Kothaligad Fort

    Report at the Karjat railway station at 23:00 hrs. From here, you travel with your fellow campers to Ambiwadi in a jeep or tum-tum. Your night trek begins from Ambiwadi. Overnight in transit.

    Day 2 of the fireflies trek to Kothaligad: Return to Karjat

    As you climb up rock-cut stairs and take the narrow pathway, you'll spot hundreds of fireflies glowing yellow in all their glory. You will reach the fort a few hours before sunrise and can rest until dawn. As the night clears away, you'll watch the sun rise over the radiant green Western Ghats and begin your descent to Ambiwadi. From here, you will travel back to Karjat, reaching the railway station by 12:30 hrs. Your Kothaligad fireflies trek ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Ambiwadi
    End point
    Kothaligad
    Day start time
    11:00 PM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kothaligad
    End point
    Ambiwadi
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    8 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements between Karjat and Ambiwadi in a local tum-tum or jeep
    • Breakfast on day 2
    • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Karjat
    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, apparel, gear etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Full-sleeved shirt/t-shirt
    • Full-length track pants
    • Sports shoes
    • Extra pair of dry clothes
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Denim jeans
    • Restrictive or uncomfortable clothing

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Local tum-tum or jeep for transport between Karjat and Ambiwadi
      You need to get
    • Backpack
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Dry snacks (energy bars, dry fruits etc.)
    • Water bottles (2+ ltrs)
    • Sun cap/hat and sunglasses
    • Insect repellent

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the fireflies trek to Kothaligad: Night trek to Kothaligad Fort

    Overnight in transit.

    Please be punctual in reporting to the Karjat railway station. Since no meals are included in today's meal package, be sure to have dinner before you reach the pick-up point.

    Day 2 of the fireflies trek to Kothaligad: Return to Karjat

    Your trip ends by 12:30 hrs.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast only, served at the Peth village around 8:30 hrs during your descent from the Kothaligad Fort. You'll be dropped back to Karjat railway station. Your fireflies trek to Kothaligad ends here.

    Food

    No meals are provided today
    Food variations
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    Food

    Breakfast
    Food variations
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  • Marker on map shows trip start point.