About Sondai Fort Trek

Sondai is not popular fort. Sondai is 9 km from Karjat. It offers a beautiful view of Morbe Dam, Prabalgad, Irshalgad, Rajmachi, Songiri forts, and Matheran mountain range. Sondai was used as a watch tower. Sondewadi and Wavarle are the base villages of Sondai fort. Sondewadi village is situated at 1/4th height of this fort.

There are 2 water cisterns on and steps are carved out of rocks to go on the topmost point where an idol of Sondai Devi stands. Two more water cisterns are on the way and have potable water. Waverle is another village from where a bit difficult approach to the fort passes through the dense forest.

Sondai Fort Monsoon Trek Event Itinerary

Train option for Mumbai participants

Catch CSMT - Karjat local

CSTM - Karjat local timing

  • 06:10 CSMT
  • 06:18 Byculla
  • 06:24 Dadar
  • 06:31 Kurla
  • 06:35 Ghatkopar
  • 06:49 Thane
  • 06:57 Dombivali
  • 07:02 Kalyan
  • 08:05 Karjat

Train options for Pune participants

Board Sinhgad express from Pune

  • 06.05 Pune
  • 06:10 Shivaji Nagar
  • 06:28 Pimpri
  • 06:33 Chinchwad
  • 07:13 Lonavala
  • 07:58 Karjat


08:05 Meet at Karjat railway station, near the ticket counter.

08:15 Move to Base Village by Tumtum / ST bus.

08:45 Reach at Sondewadi and Breakfast.

09:15 Start ascending.

11:30 Reach on top and explore.

12:30 Descend.

14:30 Reach at Sondewadi and Lunch.

15:45 Journey towards Karjat railway station by Tumtum / ST bus.

16:30 Reach at Karjat railway station.


Please note

  • People may board the same train from their respective stations of convenience.
  • Missing the train is missing Sondai Monsoon Trek, no refund will be provided.
  • Please carry packed lunch.
  • Please wear trekking shoes for this trek with good grip.
1 Day 02 Aug, 09 Aug, 16 Aug, and more
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • 1 veg Breakfast
  • Travel Karjat to Karjat by local tumtum/bus
  • Trek Leader Expertise Charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Lunch for the Day is Exluded
  • Travel cost from Mumbai/Pune to Karjat and back
  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • 2/3 liters of water.
  • Lunch for the trek.
  • Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars.
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets.
  • Good Torch must with extra battery.
  • Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on trek.
  • One Day Backpack 20 to 30 liters.
  • Rains are expected, so pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet.
  • Double pack your valuables / phones in plastic bags.
  • Rainwear / Poncho / Waterproof jacket etc. if you don’t want to get wet.
  • Sun Cap and Sunscreen.
  • Personal First aid and Personal Medicine.
  • Identity Proof.
  • Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles.
Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can we drive till Sondewadi?

Yes, we will provide google maps coordinates. 

2. Distance from Mumbai to Sondewadi?

Two hours drive from Mumbai 70 km approx.

3. Distance from Pune to Sondewadi?

Two and a half hours drive from Pune - 115 km approx.

4. The number of days required for this event?

One day is required for Sondai Fort Trek

5. Is there food available on Sondai?

No. Food is available at base village.

6. How much time required to climb Sondai?

2-2.5 hours one way.

7. Where can we park our cars?

Base Village at your own risk.

8. Is there any parking charge?

Yes, the parking charge is involved. 

9. Is the toilet available on Sondai fort?

Not available. During the trek, toilets are not available.

Toilets are not available at the base village.

We will stop at the Restaurant for Toilets.

10. Do Single travellers female sign up for these events?

We have 60 - 40 % or more Male - Female ratios on our events.

Many Single Travelling Female join our events.

11. Are kids allowed on treks?

Kids below 15 with Parents supervision only.

12. What type of food will be provided?

Only Veg local home-cooked food is available.

13. Phone connectivity?

Limited phone connectivity is available for most cellular service.

14. Is cash payment or spot payment accepted?

Cash payment is not accepted.

Registration against 100% upfront payment only via Paytm / UPI / NEFT / IMPS /  Payment Gateway.

On the spot payment not accepted.

We need to book in advance bus/jeep and make other arrangements upfront payment is a must.

15. Will I get bottled water?

Normal well water shall be provided

16. Can I charge my phone?

No electricity. Please carry a power bank if required.

17. How is the weather now?

Summer Temperature Night 20oC - Day 39°C approx.

Monsoon rains very heavily please double pack your expensive phones and gadgets.

18. Can we smoke or drink alcohol?

NO. People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.

19. Can we listen to music on Bluetooth speaker?

Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speaker is not allowed while trekking, Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside homestay.

20. How do I make payment?

You can pay online on our website click on book now button 

In case your question is not listed above you can email us highfive@treksandtrails.org

Sondai Fort Trek | Sondewadi | Monsoon Trek from Pune & Mumbai

A Monsoon trek to Sondai Fort, close to the Morbe Lake Dam, near Karjat is surrounded by the peaceful hills. Go trekking near Mumbai & Pune. Sondai fort is a hidden beauty of Karjat. This Fort is a part of the Matheran range. This is one of the best treks to visit during monsoons near Mumbai. Sondai is a name of Devi and hence the mountain named Sondai fort, which was actually a watchtower.

Sondai is not a popular or unknown fort, stands approx 6 km of Karjat overlooking the Karjat-Chauk highway and offers a beautiful view of Morbe Dam, Prabalgad.If you’re a person who loves to be surrounded by the peaceful hills, explore new places and discover the lifestyle of different people then the Sondai Fort trek is a must for you!

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