Introduction to Trekking to Matheran via Garbet Point
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”― Jack Kerouac
This monsoon season CarvanTrips would like to share the beauty of trekking with everyone, and that is the reason we have tailored few lovely easy level introductory treks suitable to be taken up by both old and young. Come join us as we get ready in our hiking shoes, all set to tick off these trekking destinations off our bucket list.
Matheran is not just a hill station, but a range of mountains. Road and rail line are the 2 ways to reach Matheran hill station. But there is also one more way to reach the hill station and that is on foot by climbing the mountain!
There are several routes to climb, one such route starts from the back side of this range. The best part about this route is the view of a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains from all sides, well hidden from the tourist crowd, and can be seen only by the trekkers!
After climbing for an hour, a huge plateau opens up to the panoramic views of the surroundings. This plateau is known as Garbet Plateau. In the end, you are rewarded with a waterfall! Do jump in for a relaxing dip.
Maharashtra, is blessed with the beautiful ranges of the Sahyadris. The UNESCO declared world heritage site is rich in both Flora and Fauna. After the onset of the monsoons, the sight becomes truly breathtaking, the moist canopies make room for the winds to hurl in, and the opening to the valleys and forts gets covered by wild flowers, clouds descend to the surface to blanket the earth. The freshness in the atmosphere almost guts you to realization that sometimes it is necessary to escape from our concrete confined walls, out trekking in the lap of nature’s unperturbed beauty still untouched by man.
07:15 AM – Move towards the base of trek and have a small briefing session
07:30 AM – Start the trek
09:00 AM – Reach at the top and explore the plateau
10:30 AM – Start descending
12:00 PM – Reach at the base and enjoy the waterfall
01.30 PM – Have lunch and return back from Matheran
How to reach?
Catch a Karjat bound train starting from CST. Here is the time table (You miss the train, you miss the trek!)
04:48 AM – CST
05:06 AM – Dadar
05:22 AM – Ghatkopar
05:43 AM – Thane
06:57 AM – Bhivpuri Road
The food provided would be simple village food
I will be trekking for the first time/ after a long time, how do I prepare for it?
Walk for 5 kms (non-stop), 1 week before the trek
Run for 2 kms (non-stop), 2 days before the trek
Rest one day prior to the Trek, eat well the night before and don’t consume any Alcohol
Things to wear
Good Quality Trekking/ Hiking shoes Compulsory (Floaters and Sandals are not allowed) or a comfortable pair of sport shoes with a good grip. Please don’t wear formal/ casual/ leather shoes and please ensure the shoes are of good quality and not old as to avoid wear and tear, especially of the shoe sole, during the trek.
Wind cheater/ Water proof Jacket
Things to carry
Food (Dry Snacks, Biscuits, Theplas, Parathas), Plum cakes, Fruits (Banana) for the Summit
Personal First Aid Kit
Cap, goggles, sunscreen etc.
Electral powder / Glucon D / Tang
A backpack to carry everything (No handbags or jholas)
Personal Sanitary Kit
Extra Pair of Clothes and socks
A light pair of slippers in the bag (for post trek).
Bhivpuri Railway Station
Diksal, Maharashtra 410201