Prabalmachi Fireflies Night Trek

Prabalmachi Fireflies Night Trek

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Prabalmachi Fireflies Night Trek Highlights

  • Campsite at Hilltop
  • 360-degree Panoramic View of the Surroundings
  • Wonderful trekking trail

Prabalmachi Fireflies Night Trek Overview

Prabalmachi Trek is one of the best weekend treks near Mumbai. Your trekking will start from Panvel. At Panvel station, you will be welcomed by our company representative and then transferred to the base village Thakurwadi. After getting instructions from the Team leader, trekking will start towards Prabalmachi. Reach the campsite and get relaxed in the night enjoy the dinner and also a wonderful night under twinkling stars. Overnight stay at the hilltop campsite which you have never experienced before. Day one concludes here.

The second day will start with the experience of a fantastic sunrise. Then you will go for an exploration of Kalavantin Durg. If any want to rest, then he/she can stay at the campsite after enjoying the panoramic views from the top of the Kalavantin Durg and head back to the campsite for breakfast. As you reach there, your breakfast will be ready to serve. After having breakfast, you will descend toward Thakurwadi. You will be transferred to Panvel station after reaching a Thakurwadi base village.   

About Location
Prabalmachi is located near Sheung Phata, which is also a base village for Kalavantin Durg and Prabalgad. Prabalmachi is such a beautiful place that offers the most picturesque views of lush green surroundings. From there, you can experience the sights of Karnala Fort, Panvel City, Matheran, Irshalgad, and Morbe Dam. It is one of the most popular weekend treks near Navi Mumbai. During monsoons, this place becomes a green heaven. Other than camping here, you can also stay at the homestays. If you want to relax from the long boring weekdays, then this is one of the best options for you. Here trekking and camping will be a wonderful and memorable experience. 

The environmental conditions are suitable, which enriches biodiversity. So in the pre-monsoon season here, you can experience fireflies glowing around. It is the nearby best place to stay away from the city chaos. The Prabalmachi village is perched at a height of 390 meters, and the Prabalgad Fort is 2320 feet above sea level. These forts are proof of the glorious  Maratha empire and the well-known King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort was earlier known as Muranjan Fort, and Maratha warriors won it. The Shivaji Maharaj named it as Prabalgad. 
The Kalavantin Durg(Fort) is at an elevation of 2250 feet above sea level. The fort was built in the name of Queen Kalavantin in the 15th century near Prabalgad Durg. The trek to the Kalavantin Fort is one of the tough trek routes that exist in the Sahyadri Hills region, Western Ghats. It is nearby Thakurwadi Village in Karjat Taluka. From the Prabalmachi village trek route splits into two parts one is to  Prabalgad, and another one is to Kalavantin. The route to Kalavantin is short, and the route to Prabalgad is longer. The trek route to  Kalavantin Durg is inclined to 60 degrees and has stone-carved steps which make it tough. Due to the toughness of the route administration only allowed those trekkers who were accompanied by the local guide. The local guide must be from the nearby village.          

Activities to Do
The main activity on Prabalmachi Trek is camping and trekking. It is wonderful to have camped at the hilltop where you can enjoy the panoramic lush green surroundings while camping. Trekking is another wonderful activity which you will experience. The difficulty level of Prabalgad forts is medium, and Kalavantin Durg is a little bit difficult. The main this the thrill and adventure which are guaranteed at the Prabalmachi Trek.

How to Get in There
To reach Prabalmachi Camping and Trekking, you have to reach the Panvel. The best option to reach there is a local train from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai. Panvel has located 35 km from Mumbai. It will take hardly one hour to get there. The local trains are available on a regular basis.

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Itinerary For Prabalmachi Fireflies Night Trek


Day 1 - Arrival at Panvel - Trek to Prabalmachi


Sky full of stars.

  • Reach Panvel
  • Meet our company representative at Panvel Station.
  • Get the formal round of introduction with tripmates.
  •  Get the instructions from the Trek leader then move towards Thakurwadi. It is known as the base village for the Prabalmachi Trek.  
  • As you reach Thakurwadi, trekking will start towards Prabalmachi.
  • Reach hilltop campsite at the Prabalmachi after trekking of one or one & a half hours.
  • Relax for a while and enjoy the serene views of the surroundings.
  • In the night, enjoy the dinner with friends and tripmates under the open sky full of stars.
  • Share experiences and then retire to your tents

Day 2 - Trek to Kalavantin Fort - Departure


Views -Which You Have Never Experienced Before.

  • Wake-up early before the sun to enjoy the awesome sunrise from there.
  • After getting freshen up, move towards to trek Kalavantin Durg. If someone wants to rest, then they can stay at the campsite. 
  • Reach the top of the Kalavantin Fort and enjoy the views which you have never experienced before.
  • After exploring the fort, head back to Prabalmachi.
  • Enjoy the mouth-watering breakfast at the camping site
  • Pack your bags and get ready to descend towards Thakurwadi.
  • Reach Thakurwadi, and then you will be transferred to Panvel station in a sharing cab/jeep. 
  • Now your trip with us concludes here.
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Things to Carry

BanBanjara Voucher
Water bottle
Medical kit
ID Proof
Ready to eat food
Power bank
Extra batteries
Personal medications (if any)
Trekking pole
Dry Fruits and Chocolates
Hiking Shoes
Quick Drying Towel
Lightweight trekking pants
Extra pair of socks
Poncho or Rain Cover
Backpack with waterproof linings
Waterproof windcheater
Essential toiletries
Trekking Shoes
Head Torch
Led torch (with extra batteries)

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Prabalmachi Fireflies Night Trek Reviews


Karan Nair


This was a peaceful and relaxing weekend that we spent at this camping retreat, hosted. Once there we didn’t have to spend on any activities, cause the permission and guide charges were already taken care of and included in the package.




Small campsite with big welcome!. I have never been to a campsite before and loved the enduring charm. It is a relaxed site, where nothing is too much trouble for the hosts, who make you feel like part of the family. The setting is stunning with views of the Pyrenees and a campfire stage set for a fun and memorable night.


Aastha gupta


It was an experience for a lifetime, our trek guides were very professional and took great care of the group. For anybody planning next, you are definitely in for memories that will always bring a smile to your face. Thank you for making it happen.


Ayush thakur


Well-organized trek. The trek can be taken up by beginners as well as long-time trekkers, and the view is really beautiful. The food was tasty and authentic. The rock climb at the end was awesome.....!!!!!1


Yogesh Yadav


I had a wonderful experience with my family. I especially liked the arrangements that were made. The food that was served was one of the best though from a local vendor. Punctuality is one thing that the guides can focus on. Because we got up late, there was a lot of rush on the top. But overall it was an amazing experience. Thoroughly enjoyed.


Ankal Patil


Best Trekking experience in Maharashtra to date. Prabalmachi is a beautiful place and we suggest all our friends go there once. It had everything a photographer, adventure lover, or natural lover wishes for. We had recorded the entire journey and people loved it. Amazing views of the greenery, mountains and flora and fauna. The star looks amazing in a clear environment. Highly recommended!!!


Sanket Hardikar


Our experience of trekking till Pinnacle was exciting and we had so much fun. The views from the Pinnacle are worth the efforts we put to climb till there. The panoramic views of the mountains are breathtaking and we had captured so many pictures of the place.


Giriraaj Marar


I am thankful to the Banbanjara team for arranging such a beautiful trekking experience to the abandoned place of Maharashtra. The views of the mountains are breathtaking from the top and the campsite was in a wide open area for stargazing.


Yogita kadam


It was the most amazing place I have been to. The experience of trekking was very adventurous and the trek was easy. The toilets were clean and the camps were comfortable. It’s a good weekend place to travel with friends.


Amish Sharma


For the first time, this place sounds a little weird but when I visited this place it was amazing and perfect for camping. My experience with this trip is adorable and memorable. Thanks to Banbanjara for providing such an awesome experience.

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Prabalmachi Fireflies Night Trek FAQs

How to reach for Prabalmachi?

to reach the Prabalmachi board on the local train from CSTM Mumbai. The distance between Mumbai and Panvel is 35 km, which you can easily cover in one hour by the local train.

Which is the best time to go to Prabalmachi Camping & Trekking?

The best time remains throughout the year for Prabalmachi Camping. However, the perfect time to have camping and trekking at Prabalmachi is the winter season. From October to February, weather and climatic conditions remain pleasant and suitable for the trekkers. At this time, all the views remain bright and picturesque. 

During the monsoon here, you can enjoy the lush green surroundings of the Sahyadri region. In the monsoon season, trek routes get slippery, so you have to take care while trekking at the Kalavantin Fort because it is one of the tough trek routes of Sahyadri Hills. 

The temperature will be hot-humid and not suitable for trekking. 

I want to go to Prabalmachi Camping from Pune. Is it possible?

Yes, It is also easy to reach from Pune for Prabalmachi Camping & Trekking. From Pune, there are various modes of transport available like bus, taxi & trains. The distance from Pune to Panvel is 116 km. It is advised that the best option is the trains. From Pune, trains are available on a regular basis.

Is Pick-up and Drop-off facility available for Prabalmachi Camping?

The  Pick-up and drop-off facilities are available from Panvel to Base Village and vice versa. Not any kind of pick-up and drop-off facility will be provided from Mumbai or Pune

Is Prabalmachi trek safe for Solo female trekker?

Yes, the Prabalmachi trek is safe for female solo travellers and also for the group of females. Throughout the activity, an experienced guide will remain with you. If you have any issues, then report the same to the guide. The guide will help you out to resolve the issue.

Confirmation Policy

  • Upon booking, the traveller will receive a confirmation voucher via email, within 24 hours.
  • In the special cases of slots not being available, feasible alternatives will be provided to the customer, in regards to the customer’s preference. In such cases, a new voucher would be sent via email, consisting of the new travel details.
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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellation made 25 days before the date of departure, would levy 15% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 15-25 days before the date of departure, would levy a 25% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 7-15 days before the date of departure, would levy 50% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 0-7 days before the date of departure, would levy 100% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Due to any restrictions such as sudden government policies or regulations, health hazards, medical emergencies, or unprecedented weather conditions, activities and tours may be nonoperational and be canceled. In cases such as these, operators will attempt to cater to the traveler as an alternate, which is feasible in nature. However, any refund would not be catered.
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Refund Policy

  • Any refund applicable will be processed within 7 business days.
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  • Carry a hard copy of the Trip Vouchers provided by BanBanjara Travels. 
  • Wear suitable clothes for trekking
  • Carry minimum weight with necessary items it will help you in the trekking
  • Do not carry valuable items, i.e., a laptop, an expensive watch, jewelry, etc. 
  • Carrying any kind of weapon is against the law, so it is strictly prohibited
  • Do not use any kind of drugs or toxic chemicals during the trek. If something happens to you, then you will be solely responsible.
  • Take care of your luggage for any loss; we are not responsible.
  • The washroom facility is only available at the base village
  • Do not litter
  • Avoid plastic as much as possible. In any case, if you have used it, then properly dispose of it.
  • Do not harm the ecosystem by any means
  • If you are facing any issues, then report immediately to the Team Leader.
  • Follow the instructions carefully; do try to invent your way. It may lead you to severe difficulty. 
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