Plus Valley Trek

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Time Required : 1-2 days

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Plus Valley Trek, Kolad Overview

The Plus Valley is a unique attraction in Kolad which is in the shape of a plus sign. Accessible from both Mumbai and Pune, it is popular as a trekking spot. The medium level trekking trail is known for its breathtaking views.

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Water availability

Water is easily available throughout the trek as it is lined with waterfalls and small crystal clear ponds.


One has the option of setting up camp at the bed of the valley, alongside the clear ponds. That place can easily hold up to 15 camps. Also, one can set up camp in the plateau of Dongarwadi. Or there are some small inns in the neighboring villages of Mangaon or Kolad.

Trek Routes

Because of the shape of the valley, the mystical 'plus' sign, the terrain of the trek becomes arduous and pretty strenuous. The steep ascent into the valley and all the boulders that you have to cross at such an angel takes some serious skill and concentration. In such a trek, even a single miss-step can be deadly. This is a reverse trek, as in you dissent into a valley first and then climb on back to the plateau. The way to the valley is adorned with beautiful waterfalls which become heavenly in monsoons, and you can see various exotic animals and birds on your trek. There is cluster of clear ponds here on the bed of the valley, the area where the campsite is situated. This place offers a mesmerizing view and is an ideal location for some rest and rejuvenation. The trek back up towards Dongarwadi plateau is equally as challenging, if not more, but the scene that awaits you when you reach it absolutely worth every ache in your body.

How to reach Plus Valley Trek

  • Rail: As only passenger trains stop on the Kolad railway station, opting for the mangaon station is always a better suited option. From there, one will have to hire a vehicle for the rest of the journey to the base camp.

  • Road: Reaching by road is a very feasible option as Mangoan falls on the Mumbai - Goa highway and is therefore easily accessible from all directions. Even from Pune, The roads to Mangaon are direct. There aren't any bus depots in Mangaon, so if taking a public conveyance, you can take a bus to Dongarwadi from Murbad and then plan accordingly.

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About Plus Valley Trek

Approx trek time : 4 to 5 hours

Availability of night trek : Night trek available

Base Camp : Tamhini Ghat (Dongarwadi)

Days required for the trek : 1 to 2 days

Difficulty level : Medium - Difficult (medium endurance level)

Height above sea level : 750 meters

Nearest Airport : Lohegaon airport (75 kms) or Mumbai airport (110 kms)

Nearest Railhead : Mangaon or Kolad (on the Konkan Railway)

Region : Sahyadris

Starting point of trek : Village of Dongarwadi (Tamhini Ghat)

Type : Hill - Valley

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