Overview

Adventure Geek Invite you to the Prabalmachi Fireflies trek.
Prabalmachi is located between Matheran and Panvel and comes under the Raigad District in the state of Maharashtra, India. This is a very small and remote village on the base of Fort Prabalgad. The beauty of this place is due to its rustic location where you find lots of nature and no pollution at all. Trek to Prabalmachi is about 1.5 hrs to 2 hours from its base. The height of the Prabalmachi village is 390 meters above sea level.

The village of Prabalmachi is the ‘base camp’ for a trek up the Prabalgad Fort (766 m) and Kalavantin is a 500m.It is located near the Machi and Vajepur villages. The Prabalgad Fort stands at an elevation of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats. The fort was previously known as Muranjan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s rule. The fort has a Ganesh temple and some unidentified stone ruins. Its sister fort is Irshalgad. Right next to Prabalgad, to its north, lies the steep Kalavantin fort.

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Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival Camping Cost

  • Child (3 to 9 yrs) : Rs. 999/- per person without transport 
  • Adult (10 yrs and above): Rs. 1149/- per person without transport

With Travel from Panvel Station

  • Child (3 to 9 yrs): Rs. 1149/- per person 
    (Travel from Panvel Station to Prabalmachi Fireflies base village and Back)
  • Adult (10 yrs and above): Rs. 1349/- per person
    (Travel from Panvel Station to Prabalmachi Fireflies base village and Back)
1 Night 2 Days 25 May, 01 Jun, 08 Jun, and more Panvel, Maharashtra
Batches Available

Batch 1 : 18th - 19th May 2024

Batch 2 : 25th - 26th May 2024

Batch 3 : 03rd - 04th June 2024

Batch 4 : 01st - 02th June 2024

Batch 5 : 08th - 09th June 2024

Highlights
  • Scenic view of city from Prabalmachi / plateau and the cool breeze
  • Enjoy a panoramic view of the Surrounding and the city
  • Amazing hike in the woods
  • Wonderful climbs
  • Camping at the top of the plateau
  • Games with lots of fun
Itinerary

Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival Trek 2024
Fireflies Festival Trek and Camping 2024

Meeting Point: Panvel Station by 6.00 pm.
For those reaching Directly at the base directly, the village will send the location on WhatsApp

Catch Panvel Slow Local from CSMT Station
04:51 pm : CSMT
05:09 pm : Vadala Road
05:20 pm : Kurla
05:40 pm : Vashi
05:49 pm : Nerul
06:11 pm : Panvel

Catch Thane Slow Local 
05:23 pm : Thane
05:40 pm : Koparkhairne
05:52 pm : Nerul
06:04 pm : Kharghar
06:15 pm : Panvel

Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival Detailed Itinerary :
Day 1:
06:30 pm : Meet the Adventure Geek Team at Panvel station and move towards Thakurwadi by local transport for the   Prabalmachi Fireflies Trek
07:30 pm : Reach Base village, freshen up, gear up for Prabalmachi fireflies trek
07:45 pm : Introduction round and brief on rules and regulations to be followed by everyone at the event
09.30 pm : Reach the plateau. Relax for a while, Dinner time freshen up, and enjoy local cuisines specially cooked for  us.
10.00 am : Night walk to spot Fireflies around us enjoy watching them 
 back to the campsite, and If tired, you can retire and rest in the tent.
11:30 pm : Rest people can enjoy the night let the Sonu Nigam in you come out, play a few games, share stories      (especially ghost stories), make new friends, and enjoy the campfire.
12:00 am : Off to the tents for sound sleep (For those who are very sleepy :P). Good Night

Day 2:
07:00 am : Wake up call, freshen up.Enjoy Morning View from the Tent 
08:00 am : Breakfast with a morning view from the top of the Mountain
09:00 am : Start descending post-breakfast along with the beautiful memories from the event
10:30 am : Reach Thakurwadi base village of Fireflies event and start return journey towards Mumbai by local transport
11:00 am : Reach Mumbai and bid adieu with a promise to meet again.

Booking Procedure  :

  • Select the Number of TIckets. (If you have a coupon code, apply at this stage)
  • Fill in our personal details and proceed.
  • Select your payment type (UPI, Debit Card, Credit Card) and proceed.
  • Once your tickets are booked, you will receive a confirmation email and WhatsApp on your Number 
  • WhatsApp group will Make and will add you in the Group one day prior to the Departure 
  • Further details about the trip will be shared on that WhatsApp group 1 day before the trip. 

Step 1: - Send your money to the following account ---

√ Payment details:

NOTE:

  1. While online transfer, please provide your name in the notes section.
  2. Once payment is done, please send an email to adventuregeekk@gmail.com with the transaction id, name, and Mobile No.

You can make payments using any of the following modes

  • UPI – vinaykg05@okaxis
  • Google Pay  – 9004675388
  • PhonePay - 9004675388

NEFT – Deposit the Amount into the Following Account:

  • Name: Adventure Geek
  • A/c type: Current account
  • Bank: Saraswat Bank
    * Branch: Mahavir Nagar
  • A/C no.:  610000000013647(8 times 0)
  • IFSC: Srcb0000146

Step 2: After payment, you will be requested to fill up the Mandatory disclaimer form online where you have to fill in relevant details including your complete address.

Step 3: Now your participation is confirmed the organizer will create a WhatsApp group on the event day for coordination, We will coordinate through SMS/ Call if the participant is not available in WhatsApp.

For Details/Bookings Drop Whatsapp

https://wa.me/91900467538

 

FAQ for Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival :

1) Where are fireflies found around Prabalmachi?

  • Fireflies can be spotted at the Prabalmachi plateau in Sahyadris Base of Kalavanting Durg in May and June just before the beginning of the monsoon. The perfect time to visit is during the premonsoon  These play around in large numbers at night, however, Please ensure you don't make much noise or light any torch.

2) Is the Prabalmachi trek difficult?

  • The Prabalmachi trek is easy and can be done by beginners as well.

3) Would I get connectivity on my cell phone?

  • Yes, You will get limited connectivity during the trek. Also, in a few areas, there might be no connectivity. In case of an emergency contact Number please provide leaders or Adventure Geek Number to your parents

4) What type of food will I get?

  • You will be served local hygienic cooked meals. Full meal will be provided to all the participants

5) How much time is required to ascend Kalavantin Durg?

  • You can complete the ascend in 3 hours, depending on person-to-person speed. We recommend it only to regular trekkers. if you are first timer please avoid Kalavantin Durg

6) When is the best time to visit Kalavantin Durg and Prabalmachi trek?

  • The best time to visit Kalavantin Durg is from November to March. Monsoons are pleasant too, however, rains can make the trail much more dangerous and difficult and for the Prabalmachi trek you can visit in Monsoon too.
    One of the best treks for beginners only up to Machi Plateau

7) Can we stay in our tents?

  • We will provide tents only for overnight stays on the Prabalmachi plateau, you can set up your tents if you want , Also Please avoid Noise and Loud Speaker which disturb the environment and Fireflies too 

8) What if I have a medical emergency?

  • Adventure Geek Leaders always carry a first aid kit with them. The guides and volunteers are first-aid certified. If the problem increases, we will quickly get you to the closest medical attention possible.

9) Are toilets available on the trek route?

  • Proper toilets are not available on the route. Toilets will be available in the Thakurwadi village and Prabalmachi Fireflies festival village where you can freshen up on top of the mountain. In case if it is urgent in the middle of the trek then you need to do in open areas

10) Is Prabalmachi Camping safe for solo female travelers?

  • Yes, it is safe for Female and solo travelers at Prabalmachi Fireflies Trek and Camping from Mumbai 

11) Can we Share your event with our friends and relatives?

  • It will be a proud moment for us if you share our event with your friends and relatives. Bring them along with you to the event and let them enjoy the experience of the Fireflies Festival


Some instructions:

  • Consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited at the event. Anyone identified as having possession of or consuming it will be barred from the event. NO REFUND WILL BE PROVIDED.
  • As you are aware, fireflies can only be seen in isolated locations with low levels of light and pollution, so we too live in villages.
  • Please be prepared to embrace rusticity; tented/local homes/dormitory accommodations with basic bedding will be supplied.(In the event of rain, homestay or dormitory accommodations will be provided.
  • The road conditions aren't ideal, so bear with the bumps for a while as we go on local transport. Rusticity, as we have stated.
  • Be prepared with rain clothing and a jacket as the temperature lowers at night and rains are unpredictable.
  • There are plenty of fireflies in our campsite, so enjoy watching them blink and photographing them.
  • Don't touch or collect fireflies; let them live in their natural habitat; no one loves unwanted visitors.
  • No smoking or drinking (anyone discovered engaging in these activities will be removed from the group, and Adventure Geek will accept no responsibility for such a person).
  • Adventure Geek believes in a no-trace policy, thus no littering, please. Collect all waste and bring it back to the city; we will dispose of it there.
  • We're heading to a distant location, so don't expect luxurious facilities, but basic requirements will be met... 
     

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Travel from Panvel to Prabalamachi Fireflies Festival and Return
  • Unlimited Dinner, breakfast in the morning
  • Tent Camping
  • Local guidance
  • First aid
  • Adventure Geek Expertise

 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks ordered.
  • Insurance, tips, porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks etc.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like road blocks, bad weather.
Things to carry
  • Id Proof
  • 2 Litres of water (Must
  • Some ready to eat food like- plum cakes, fruits, chocolates, biscuits, etc.
  • Good trekking shoes
  • Power bank
  • Carry Blanket/jacket
  • Torch with new batteries
  • Extra pair of clothes, socks (Optional)
  • Cap, Camera as (Optional)
  • 1 packet of electoral, enerzal, glucon-D
  • Medications if required for individual
  • Avoid wearing precious ornaments on an event, if possible.
  • And a haversack or backpack to put all the above things to be carried, so hands are free to help each other while trekking. Sling bags / jholas / trolley bags etc not allowed on the event. Please pack accordingly.
Note
  • Expect sluggish conditions at places around because you would be visiting it soon after the rainfall (most probably!). Mind your surroundings.
  • Don’t flash a torch at a tree full of fireflies. They go mad upon seeing the light.
  • The worms are not warm, they emit light because of the phenomenon called bioluminescence. So when they sit on you, allow them to walk. Don’t get scared.
  • Since it is not a luxury trip, do not expect any luxury.
  • All food is hygienic and authentic local delicacy.
  • You are joining an outdoor activity where any incident, reasons beyond control like Natural calamities, landslides, bad road conditions, riots, political uncertainty, public transport failure etc.; Man-Made calamities, Vehicle breakdown, vehicle dysfunction can happen & you agree that the organizer/leader shall not be held responsible for any accident, mishap (including death) caused by any circumstances.
  • Adventure Geek is not responsible for any loss of illegal substances or items being carried by the participant.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
  • Cancellation within 12 hours of payment 100% refundable. (Not applicable on payments made before or less than 36 hours of the event.)
  • If cancellation is done prior to 6 days of outing 70% will be refunded.
  • If done prior to 3 days of outing 30% will be refunded
  • After that, no refund will be provided.

  • Advance amount will not be refunded.
    Pickup point
    Panvel Railway Station Platform 1, Sector 17, New Panvel East, Panvel, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India View on Map