Trekking to the One Tree Hill Point is an adventure one must go for once. It is a perfect way spend time with family and friends while connecting with nature. It starts at the base village, Ambewadi. Here, you can find a local guide who will explain to you, in detail, about the history of the region, the specialties, etc. The guide, if desired, will accompany you throughout the trek to familiarize you with the surroundings- the crops that grow in the region, the different landscapes, etc. The funny thing is, even though you can see the One Tree Hill point from the base village of Ambewadi, the point almost disappears throughout the way and reappears only when you're a few minutes away from it.
In this case, the journey is truly the destination, because the entire trek route is equally beautiful as the destination's view. The climb is surrounded by the vast Morbe Dam that sparkles under the gentle sunshine. As one ascends the hilly terrain, everything under starts appearing smaller and smaller, 2700 feet up in the air. Legend says that the great Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj climbed Matheran through this very trail, and hence the steps are called 'Shivaji Steps'.
The trek will slowly lead you into a path into the forest amongst the dense trees sheltering the path with its comforting shadows. The cool breeze ruffling the bushes and the dry leaves crunching under your steps; tiny birds playfully chirping around and faint sound of beetles and crickets in the background- this time spent in the laps of the nature will rejuvenate and relax you to the core.
A small Ganesha Temple marks the beginning of the climb to the One Tree Hill point. The steps are a little rocky, but are not something to worry about. Finally, about 2-3 hours into the trek, you will arrive at the One Tree Hill point! You can see the tiny village of Matheran underneath and the wall that surrounds the hill station too. If you go further, adventure organizers have arranged for a thrilling activity of Valley-Crossing from the One Tree Hill point to the wall of Matheran. It is truly an adrenaline filled experience to enjoy.What to carry on the trek
A comfortable back pack that holds-
-Sunglasses and cap
-A full outfit of spare clothes
-Mosquito repellant and sun-block
-Lots of water (minimum 4 litres)
-Small packs of nutritional food
-Energy drinks and personal medicineTips
-Make sure you wear a pair of comfortable cotton clothes that allows your skin to breathe.
-The shoes you wear to the trek must ensure maximum grip and comfort.
-It is best to start the trek latest by 10:00 PM to fully enjoy it before the afternoon heat kicks in.
-Carry or find a make-shift trekking stick that will help you during your climb.