Overnight trek to Harishchandragad via tolarkind

 
Harishchandragad is one of the best high forts near Mumbai, Maharashtra. Strong fortifications of this fort has multiple entry routes such as Junnar gate route, Sadhle ghat, Nalichi wat and Indore waat.
Difficulty Level: Medium to Tuff
Endurance Level: High
Food Arrangement: Need to carry pack lunch and water for this trek from the base village
Transport: Limited ST buses are available from Kalyan bus depot to the base village
Height of fort: 4650 ft approx.
Base Village:
Pachani - Direct access route
Khireshwar - via tolar kind route
Belpada - Nali chi waat
Kothale - via tolar kind waat
District: Ahmednagar
Region: Malshej ghat
Route from Pune: Pune - Manchar - Narayangoan - Ale phata - Kotul - Khireswar
Route from Mumbai: Mumbai - Kalyan - Murbad - Khireshwar
Distance from Mumbai: To Pachal 235 km approx. and to Khireshwar 180 km approx.
Distance from Pune: To Pachal 210 km approx. and to Khireshwar 135 km approx.
Total time required for climbing: 3.5 hours uphill climb one way
Total distance for climbing: 6 km approx. one way.
Assembly: Kalyan railway station
Duration: 2 Days and 2 Nights.
Region: Malshej ghat
Trek Leader: Rajesh Mhaddalkar
Contribution: Rs 1500.00 per participant.
 
About
The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747. Main attractions on Fort: Saptatirtha Pushkarni, Kedareshwar Cave, Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff), Taramati peak, Temple of Harishchandreshwar.
TreksandTrails itinerary for the trek to Harishchandragad
Day 1
22:00Report at Kalyan ST bus stand
22:30Travel Kalyan Khubi Phata by bus. Reach Khubi phata.
00:00General Instruction/ Orientation & Night halt at Khireshwar village
Day 2
06:30Start Trek toward Harishchandragad fort
11:00Reach top Of Harishchandragad. Explore - REST - Lunch - Explore – Photography
12:30Visit Konkan Kada & back to the temple. Dinner & night stay in the cave near temple.
Day 3
07:00Visit Taramati peak & back to temple.
08:30Start descending Harishchandragad
13:00Lunch in the village.
15:00Reach Khubi Phata & proceed towards Kalyan.
20:00Disperse at Kalyan ST bus depot (subjective)
 
 
Cost Includes:
Cost includes travel from Kalyan to Kalyan travel, two morning tea, 1 Veg Lunch, 1 veg dinner and TreksandTrails charges if any.
Cost Excludes:
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
Haversack to keep hands free, water bottle 3lts. Extra Pair of clothes. Ready to eat food, like plum cakes, chocolate bar, some snacks & biscuits etc. Electoral or GluconD powder. Personal medicines. Sun protection cap, googles, some ready to eat food like plumb cake, biscuit, fruits. Personal bedding, sleeping Bag / two bed sheets & carry mat. Torch with spare set of batteries, Light weight towel*** LUNCH for the DAY ***
TreksandTrails, India rules:
Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited. Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
Telephonic confirmation is mandatory, if unable to contact us, please send us a text message.
Sleeveless, low neck, figure hugging shirts/tops, short pants, hot pants not allowed. Please do not carry handbags or jolas or sling bags.
Cancellation Policy:
50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 3 days prior to the event date
No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days. No show No Refund.

Disclosures on medical conditions and Event Risk Profile:
It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind and disclose the same and your medical history to the organizers of the trip so that best possible arrangements can be carried out post approval. As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselves. The cost mentioned above is for Indian citizens ONLY payable in Indian Rupees.
We recommend you to please take care while walking / climbing / trekking. Wearing of any valuables, ornaments, jewellery etc. is prohibited. Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner. We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside. Do not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR. We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking expedition. Note, this trek route does not have any fixed/proper/appropriate washrooms or bathrooms.
 
 
 
 

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