Sandhan Valley Trek Blog

Sandhan Valley Trek Blog

Treks and Trails recommends you all Sandhan Valley – A sheer delight. Which is located in Bhandardara region of Sahyadri range. As the name suggests it’s a valley true to its name. A passionate trekker and avid walker, or a photographer everyone is welcome.  A series of Sandhan Valley photos seen on the internet or on blogs mentioned of this heaven on earth place is always insufficient. Sandhan Valley, also known as Valley of Shadows, is one of the greatest canyons in the splendid setting of Sahyadri Western Ghats.

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The water carved valley is 200 feet deep and about 1.5 km long. Sandhan valley is located on the western side of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The valley is surrounded with mighty forts such as Alang, Madan and Kulang popularly known as AMK rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri. Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai 5400ft. highest peak in Maharashtra mountain ranges treks can be combined with Sandhan Valley. At some places its width is less than 3 ft and at some places sun rays unable to reach the ground. That why the name: “Valley of Shadows.” The feeling to being at this place – spending a couple of days gives an awesome feeling. It’s a new high to me.

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Best time to Trek Is now (December – March). Not recommended during monsoon. We start this Full Descend Trek one will see that we have to cross knee to waist deep water to continue the trek

 

Sandhan Valley Trek Information

  • Sandhan Valley trek involves rappelling two small patch of varied length of 12 feet to 25 feet.
  • Overnight stay under the open sky and overnight camping.
  • Opportunity to count stars watch the Milky way galaxy.
  • Valley of Shadows is a name tag as the trek gets relaxed in the afternoon and it seems that one is playing hide and seeks with the sun trying to pierce thru the rocks with its rays.

 

Sandhan Valley allied Events

Giant Swing – Sandhan Valley

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For some Sandhan Valley exploration has elevated to a new level. Yes there has been a Sandhan Valley Giant Swing event conducted by one of the groups. The group had well experienced trekking participants. The entire event was conducted with great deal of precise planning and executed perfectly.

 

Sandhan Valley – Slackline Event

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Slackline image for representation purpose

Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors. Slacklining is similar to slack rope walking and tightrope walking. Few groups have organised slackline events at Sandhan Valley

Hanging Tents event Sandhan Valley

Hanging Tent - Sandhan Valley

Imagine hanging inside tent along the canyon in Sandhan Valley and feeling the air move your tent and nothing between you mid air enjoying the sun rays. Hanging Tents at Sandhan Valley is organised once a year.

Sandhan Valley Summary

Konkan Kada Sandhan Valley

  • Location : Samrad village, Bhandardara.
  • District: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
  • Sandhan Valley height: 4255 feet
  • Sandhan Valley Trek Difficulty Level Medium
  • Sandhan Valley Endurance Level High
  • Combined Trek option: YES
  • Suggested route Sandhan Valley To Karoli Ghat Trek in November to January time.
  • Sandhan valley & Ratangad fort  Bhandardara dam visit

 

 

Places of Interest around with Sandhan Valley

Sandhan Valley

  1. Randha waterfall
  2. Bhandardara Dam
  3. Amruteshwar Temple Ratanwadi,
  4. Kokan kada,Sandhan Valley
  5. Bhandardara backwater near Samrad village
  6. Ghatghar Dam
  7. Ghatandevi temple.

 

Things to do near Sandhan Valley

Ghatghar Dam

  • Pabargad fort trek
  • Aswala fort
  • Bhairavgad fort
  • Ajoba Hills Trek
  • Ratangad fort
  • Ratangad Khuta (Pinnacle)
  • Bann (Pinnacle)
  • Karoli Ghat
  • Alang fort
  • Madan fort
  • Kulang fort
  • Kalsubai (5400 ft. Highest peak in Maharashtra)
  • Ghanchakkar (Mountain)
  • Katrabai walls

 

How to reach Sandhan Valley from Mumbai by road

  • From Mumbai Via Igatpuri & Bhavali Road & MTDC Bhandardara – (Total Distance – 181 km)
  • Kalyan – Shahapur – Kasara – Igatpuri – Bhavali – Ambewadi – Vasali Phata – Varaghushi Phata – Shendi Bhandardara – Panzare – Udhawne – Ghatghar Dam – Samrad village
  • Via Ghoti (Ghoti- Bhandardara Road) – (Total Distance – 199 km)
  • Kalyan – Shahapur – Kasara – Igatpuri – Ghoti (Ghoti- Bhandardara Road) – Vasali Phata – Varaghushi Phata – Shendi Bhandardara – Panzare – Udhawne – Ghatghar Dam – Samrad village

 

How to reach Sandhan Valley from Pune by road

  • From Pune – Via Sangamner  – (Total Distance – 248 km)
  • Pune – Narayangaon – Alephata – Sangamner – Akole – Rajur – Randha falls – Ratanwadi phata- Shendi Bhandardara – Panzare – Udhawne – Ghatghar Dam – Samrad village
  • Via Bota – (Total Distance – 200 km) Recommended Route
  • Pune – Narayangaon – Alephata – Bota – Bramhanwada – Kotul – Kotul Phata – Rajur – Randha falls – Ratanwadi phata – Shendi Bhandardara – Panzare – Udhawne – Ghatghar Dam – Samrad village
  • Via Otur – (Total Distance – 200 km)
  • Pune – Narayangaon – Alephata – Otur – Bramhanwada – Kotul – Kotul Phata – Rajur – Randha falls – Ratanwadi phata – Shendi Bhandardara – Panzare – Udhawne – Ghatghar Dam – Samrad village The Otur route is single lane route but scenic pass.

 

How to Reach Sandhan Valley from Nasik ?

  • From Nasik – (Total Distance – 93 km)
  • Nasik – Wdhiware – Ghoti (Ghoti- Bhandardara Road) – Vasali Phata – Varaghushi Phata – Shendi Bhandardara – Panzare – Udhawne – Ghatghar Dam – Samrad village

 

Point to note – This is a circular route for sightseeing of Bhandardara Dam

Ratanwadi phata – Shendi Bhandardara – Panzare – Udhawne – Ghatghar Dam – Samrad village – Ratanwadi – Ratanwadi phata – Shendi Bhandardara

 

 

Please note

  • Please take a local guide along from the Sarmad village for your trek.
  • The above mentioned description is only for reference.
  • Check the local weather and seek expert guidance wherever required.
  • During monsoon Sandhan Valley Trek is closed and opens around first week of November

 

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