Prabalmachi fireflies trek
Panvel, Maharashtra, India
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  • Trip introduction

    The presence of brightly-coloured yellow fireflies all around you is what makes this night trek to Prabalmachi a captivating experience. You'll hike uphill through the wilderness in the silent night, with fluttering fireflies decorating your path. At the Prabalmachi plateau, you'll spend a night in cosy alpine tents for a fun night in the mountains with your friends. You can stay up late, stargazing at the clear, night sky with twinkling stars and lose yourself to breathtaking views of glowing fireflies.

    Destination

    Located at the foothills of the Western Ghats, Prabalmachi is a small village in the shadows of the towering peaks of Prabalgad Fort and Kalavantin Durg. The village has a silent and pleasant ambiance as it takes you away from the bustling city and serves a base village for trekkers hiking up the two mountain peaks. The Prabal plateau opens up to breathtaking views of the valley, a great spot to catch the morning sunrise from the top. You'll stay in cosy alpine tents pitched on the plateau, surrounded by tall trees and lush greenery.

    Destination highlights

    • Spot glowing fireflies on this trek to Prabalmachi.
    • Stay in cosy alpine tents pitched at the Prabal plateau.
    • Get gorgeous views of the morning sunrise from your campsite.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

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

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

    Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the trek guide during the fireflies trek to Prabalmachi.

    Cancellation policy

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

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

    For cancellations made less than 4 days before departure of the Prabalmachi 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

    Travellers from Mumbai can board the local train to Panvel departing CST railway station at 16:35 hrs in order to reach the pick-up point on time. Travellers may board the same train from their nearest railway station.

    Please carry a blanket or bed sheet for overnight use during tent stay since sleeping bags will not be provided.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the fireflies trek to Prabalmachi 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 fireflies trek to Prabalmachi. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the departure without any refund.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Panvel railway station
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    Drop off point
    Panvel railway station
    Mode of transport
    Private vehicle
    Start point
    Thakurwadi
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    End point
    Thakurwadi
    Time of departure
    04:00 PM
    Time of return
    11:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    3 hrs
    Total distance covered
    6 km
    Start point elevation
    52 feet
    Maximum elevation
    390 feet
    Minimum elevation
    52 feet
    Average per day distance
    6 km
  • Day 1 of the fireflies trek to Prabalmachi: Spot fireflies!

    Report to Panvel railway station by 18:00 hrs. Here, you'll hop into a private vehicle and travel at the base village, Thakurwadi. Begin the trek to Prabalmachi and spot flickering fireflies all around as you ascend the trail. At Prabalmachi, you'll have a hot dinner, set up your camp and head out for a short hike to explore nocturnal views of the village. Overnight in tents at Prabalmachi.

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

    Wake up early morning and see the mesmerizing sunrise. After a refreshing breakfast, you'll start descending towards the base village. Transport to Panvel railway station will be arranged by the tour operator. You'll reach Panvel station by 11:00 hrs. Your Prabalmachi fireflies trek ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Thakurwadi
    End point
    Prabalmachi
    Day start time
    06:00 PM
    Trekking distance
    3 km
    Trekking time
    2 hrs

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Prabalmachi
    End point
    Thakurwadi
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    3 km
    Trekking time
    1 hr
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements between Panvel and Thakurwadi in a private vehicle
    • Accommodation in tents for 1 night on a triple/quad-sharing basis
    • Meal package including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2
    • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Panvel
    • Personal expenses such as extra meals or beverages, apparel or gear etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Comfortable shirts/t-shirts and track pants
    • Trekking shoes
    • Raincoat or poncho
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Transfer to Panvel railway station and back
      You need to get
    • Backpack
    • Blanket or bed sheet
    • Water bottles (2+ litres)
    • Dry snacks (energy bars, chocolates etc.)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Govt-issued ID card

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the fireflies trek to Prabalmachi: Spot fireflies!

    Overnight in alpine tents at Prabalmachi.

    You'll be served a hot dinner after reaching Prabalmachi. You can spend the rest of your time exploring the place illuminated by fireflies. Overnight stay will be in tents. Please make sure to carry a blanket since sleeping bags will not be given.

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

    Your trip ends by 11:00 hrs.

    Enjoy a hot tea and a filling breakfast before you head back to Panvel. You'll reach the Panvel railway station by 11:00 hrs. Your Prabalmachi fireflies trek ends here.

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