If trekking in the Sahyadri mountain ranges sounds fun to you, then there’s no way you won’t be jumping with joy at the prospect of cliff-camping there! You read that right. Now, you can actually trek to this delightful camping site in Sandhan Valley where you drop down to a tent literally hovering in mid-air with nothing between you and the ground far beneath you.
If the thought of this is giving you an adrenaline rush instead of sweaty palms and a mini heart attack, then it’s the right kind of adventure for you!
Oh, did we mention? Set in a startling 300 ft deep-cut valley, it’s probably India’s most extreme cliff-side campsite!
The Experience Of Cliff Camping At Sandhan Valley Hanging Tent
The Sandhan Valley hanging tent trek organizers follow a very strict routine to ensure the safety of all campers. After conducting a rejuvenating trek to the campsite, they will kit you out in the appropriate gear – helmets, harnesses, knee-caps, elbow guards, etc. Then they will slowly and carefully lower you into the tent using a rope ladder. The tents are regularly checked and can hold two people at a time.
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Though you will only be inside the tent for a little over an hour, it’ll surely be the most thrilling experience of your lives, and will make for a great photo op! You can add to the whole experience by finishing it up with a round of rappelling or an exciting valley crossing activity.
Location of Sandhan Valley Hanging Tent: Near Bhandardara, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
How to reach Sandhan Valley Hanging Tent: Once you get to the Kasara Railway Station, head to Samrad Village in Ahmednagar, the base camp for the trek.
Distance from Mumbai: 183 km (via NH160)
Time taken: 4 hours
Duration of activity: Groups are allowed to spend one hour inside the tent before being roped back up.
What Is Cliff Camping?
In case you were wondering, cliff camping is exactly what it sounds like – hang over the side of a cliff! The hanging tent, or the portaledge (as it’s called), has an aluminium frame and a sturdy base so that it can easily hold the weight of two people high off the ground. That’s not all! These tents are also fastened to a large rock or boulder using a strong rope designed to take up to 600 kg.
Other than the tent, you too will be safely harnessed to a rope with carabiners at all times, even when you’re inside the tent. At Sandhan Valley you’ll also find as many as three tents connected together through one primary safety cable, as an added safety measure.
There’s no way this hasn’t enticed you to visit Maharashtra and try cliff camping at Sandhan Valley Hanging Tent. But before you run off to pack your bags, make sure you share this with all your adventure-hungry buddies!