Harishchandragad Trek via Nalichi Vaat

There are 3 access to Harishchandragad. The easiest and shortest one from Pachnai village. Another one from Khireshwar village also known as tolar khind, which is bit enduring but not technical. And last one is from Walhiware, a very remote village 10km inside from main Malshej ghat road which is called Nalichi vaat. This route is both technical and enduring with no water spots in between which makes this route even challenging, and needs precise management of time and water.

The name nalichi vaat is given because, nal means tap in Marathi and this route is nothing but a river which brings down all the water on Harishchandragad in monsoon season and dries up in winter. So the same route we climb up to reach Harishchandragad, which takes anywhere from 6 hrs to 10 hrs depending on one’s speed.

Harishchandragad Event Details

  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Endurance Level: High
  • Height of fort: 4650 ft. approx.
  • Region: Igatpuri

Harishchandragad via Nalichi Vaat Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday

12.30 Meet at kalyan station and leave for Walhiware village in private vehicle.

16:00 Reach Walhiware village.

17:00 Tea and snacks. And information about surrounding hills and mountain ranges and trek route.

20:30 Dinner. (home cooked village food).

Day 2

05:30 Wake up and freshen up.

06:00 Breakfast.

07:00 Start ascending Harishchandragad via Nalichi vaat.

Packed lunch while trekking.

17:00 Reach at Kokankada.

Enjoy sunset at Kokankada.


20:30 Dinner.

Day 3

06:00 Wake up and freshen up.

07:00 Breakfast.

08:00 Start trek towards Harishchandreshwar Temple.

Visit Harishchandreshwar Temple, Kedareshwar Temple, Pushkarni, Caves.

10:00 Start descending via Pachanai route.

11:30 Reach at base village.

12:00 Start return journey towards Kasara.

15:00 Reach at Kasara railway station and disperse.

2 Nights 2 Days Available on request
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Kalyan to Walhiware and Pachnai to Kasara travel by local vehicle.
  • 2 veg Breakfast, 1 veg Lunch, 2 Evening tea and 2 Dinner.
  • Treks and Trails expertise charges.
  • E-certificate 


What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel till Kalyan
  • Travel from Kasara to back
  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered
  • 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 roadblocks, bad weather
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • 2/3 liters of water(Compulsory)
  • Good Torch must with extra battery
  • Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on trek
  • A proper backpack (No side bags and jholas)
  • Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets
  • Sun Cap and Sunscreen
  • Personal First aid and Personal Medicine
  • Warm cloths (Jacket, Cap, Muffler)
  • Extra pair of cloths, napkin
  • Sleeping material (Sleeping bag or 2 bedsheets)
  • Identity Proof
  • Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles

Treks and Trails Event Rules

  • Kindly carry one Identity proof, at least for the trek with your address.
  • We all are going for an adventurous and exciting trekking expedition; please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR.
  • The leader's decision will be final, and all the members should abide by it.
  • We do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments, natural habitat on the trek.
  • Swimming is not allowed in the lake or water tank on the forts. Locals use that water for drinking.
  • Putting your feet in water tanks or on the canon is not allowed on our treks.
  • Any addiction is strictly prohibited, e.g. drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco anyone caught doing it will have to exit the trek without a refund and travel back on own expense.
  • People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.
  • Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
  • 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.
  • Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speakers is not allowed while trekking.
  • Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside the homestay or camping tents.
  • Drinking/smoking,/eating is not allowed inside the tents.
  • If you damage the tent, break the tent poles, you will have to pay us for the whole new tent on MRP.
  • If you are late for the bus pickup and are not reachable on the phone during your bus pickup, the trek leader will leave without you, and we will provide no refund.
  • Please check things to carry and wear trekking shoes on our treks. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Are you an adventurer who loves trekking? Completing a trek can be a life-changing experience that leaves you with unforgettable memories. To commemorate your achievement, TreksandTrails provides e-certificates to all participants who successfully complete their trek. These e-certificates include your name, the name of the trek you completed, the date of completion, and a digital signature from TreksandTrails. They are a perfect way to showcase your accomplishment to the world and share your trekking journey with your loved ones. By receiving an e-certificate from TreksandTrails, you can proudly display your achievement on your social media platforms and inspire others to embark on their own adventures.  

Here are some FAQs about our e-certificates:

Q: What is an e-certificate for trekkers and hikers?

A: An e-certificate is a digital certificate awarded to participants upon completion of a trek or hike. It serves as proof of participation and achievement.

Q: How do I receive an e-certificate from TreksandTrails?

A: Upon completion of your trek or hike with TreksandTrails, you will be sent an email with a link to your e-certificate. You can download it from the link and save it on your device or share it on social media platforms.

Q: Can I share my e-certificate on social media platforms?

A: Yes, you can share your e-certificate on all social media platforms. The e-certificate is designed to be easily shareable, so you can show off your achievement to your friends and family.

Eligibility Criteria for a Trekking Certificate:

To be eligible for a trekking certificate, individuals must demonstrate adherence to safety rules, teamwork, and cooperation.

Participants must achieve the following requirements for earning a trekking certificate: completion of the trek; physical fitness; teamwork and cooperation; knowledge of safety rules; environmental awareness; a positive attitude; great attendance; and punctuality. We appreciate their commitment to the sport of trekking and acknowledge their achievements.

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Places to visit on Harishchandragad Trek

Khireshwar Temple

Khireshwar Temple is a wonderful historic structure with a variety of creative pieces on display. Carvings can be found on the temple's ceiling. The 1.5-meter long sculpture of Lord Vishnu in the sleeping posture, popularly known as "Sheshshayi Vishnu" in Marathi, is the primary feature of the carvings here. It is extremely rare, and as a result, it is quite valuable. There are several legends about this artwork. Near the temple, there are caverns.

Because it is tied to Mahadeva as a totem of tribes Mahadev Koli, the carvings on the temples of Nageshwar in Khireshwar village, the Harishchandreshwar temple, and the cave of Kedareshwar suggest that the fort dates from the medieval period. 

How can I reach Harishchandragad from Mumbai? Harishchandragad route information?

How to reach Harishchandragad from Mumbai

  1. Catch a local going towards Kalyan (on Central Line). ...
  2. The ST depot is just beside the station on the west side. ...
  3. Ask the ST conductor for a ticket of Khubi Phata. ...
  4. Get down at Khubi Phata and start walking on the 6 km long dam that just starts beside the road.

Harishchandragad, a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, is one of the most challenging treks in the Western Ghats. Harishchandragad is one of the trekker's paradise with simultaneous rappelling, camping, rock climbing and valley crossing with steep slopes and is considered to be the difficult treks in all of Sahyadri Fort.

Harishchandragad fort trek, a part of Kalsubai Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary, is 210 km NE of Mumbai and 170 Km South of Pune.4,691 feet above sea-level, with ruined fortifications and ancient caves tracing back to the Microlithic age, Harishchandragad fort is a perfect trekking destination in the Sahyadris.

Haishchandragad Fort offers an amazing trek amidst Sahyadri Mountains. Various trek routes to reach atop fort displays the splendid beauty of nature. In the Harischandragad trek by Pachnai route, discover the captivating beauty of an ancient fort & the clear night skies. Be a shutterbug and join the moonlight trek. Harishchandragad is no stranger to the trek lovers of Mumbai. In the last decade, new routes have been discovered. Get set for an adrenaline rush as you trek to the beautiful hill fort of Harishchandragad. Located in the Ahmednagar area, this fort is a popular trekking destination.

Harishchandragad Trek - The crown of Maharashtra

Situated in Ahmednagar In the lap of Malshej Ghat, this Western Ghats trek offers you some whimsical views that are mesmerizing and, at the same time challenging to conquer. Rising to the height of 4670 feet, this abode to the ancient fort of Harishchandragad dates back to the 6th century under the Kalchuri Dynasty. Believed that the caves that you trek upon were carved in the 11th century.

This magical Trek has multiple ways of reaching the top, and its believed each Harishchandragad trek route offers a glimpse of the diverse culture of the glorious past. The Harishchandra Temple, the Kedareshwar cave, and the Saptatheertha Pushkarni are great examples of the beautiful architecture and diversity the era held. Harishchandragad Kokankada is a natural wonder of Maharashtra. 

Let's delve deeper into this challenging yet beautiful Trek and conquer it with all heart.

What the Trek has to offer :

The Konkan Kada: The Konkan Kada – a cliff that overlooks the Konkan region.Mesmerizing you with its concave structure, you get to experience many natural phenomena such as broken spectres, vertical cloud bursts, etc. The clouds near the cliff appear as if they have been sucked in by the pitfalls and thrown out vertically, creating an illusion of having a vertical cloud burst. The dewdrop creates a spectacular view when the sunrise gives birth to a circular rainbow, and you feel as you have levitated to the magical land full of natural beauty. Trust us, and it's a soulful experience for the eyes to capture.

The Sun God doesn't deprive you of another beautiful experience of Sunset that leaves the valley in its awe by merging with the horizon to rise again another day.

1. Harishchandragad Kokan Kada

Harishchandragad Kokan Kada

This interesting cliff faces west and provides views of the surrounding region. The cliff has an overhang, but many times it's been climbed by curious explorers like yourself! Sometimes a circular rainbow can be seen from this point, a rare phenomenon that happens when there is mist in the valley, and you're looking straight at its source, i.e., behind someone. One cool thing to look out for here are vertical cloud bursts: When approaching cliffs or mountain ranges with low-lying clouds above them on windy days, if these clouds get sucked into pockets below, they may shoot vertically upwards more than 50 feet, so keep your eyes peeled for those as well! Harishchandragad Trek in winter is popular among hikers; you get excellent views from the Kokankada. 

2. Saptatirtha Pushkarni

Saptatirtha Pushkarni

On the east side of Harishchandreshwar temple is a beautiful small lake, originally a potable source of drinking water. However, due to recent trekkers who have been throwing their garbage in it and because plastic cannot be destroyed by sunlight, this once-potable water no longer has any drinkability. Locals usually swim here during the monsoon season and winters Making it unusable for drinking. A few years ago, at the Saptatirtha Pushkarni, there were many lakeside idols dedicated to various Gods such as Vishnu. But now, these deities have been moved to nearby caves for protection from the elements and tourists. 

3. Kedareshwar Cave

Kedareshwar Cave

At your right, as you approach Harishchandreshwar temple, there is the huge cave of Kedareshwar, in which a big Shiva Linga stands. It's surrounded by ice-cold waist-deep water. The height from base to top measures five feet, and it can be hard for pilgrims to reach due to the icy cold water. But that doesn't stop them! There are sculptures constructed out in the cave. It is sometimes difficult to reach Kedareshwar cave in the rainy season, as a river flows over the way.

This is the origin of River Mangalganga. There were four pillars erected encompassing the Shiva Linga to maintain the cave. Now only one Pillar is standing. Though four pillars were surrounding the Linga, presently, there is just one Pillar unimpaired. Locals believe the pillars to be representatives of yuga or time, namely, SatyaTretaDvapara and the Kali Yuga. 

4. Caves on Harishchandragad

Caves on Harishchandragad

The natural caves that make up the fort are scattered throughout and give refuge to exhausted adventurers. Some of these can be located near dhabas, some far away in forests unexplored by outsiders but known well to locals. The most magnificent cave is situated on a hillside not too close, or far from Saptatirtha Pushkarni at 30 feet deep and with many entrances, so it's easy for anyone who enters time again to find their way back inside after exploring outside. 

Earlier trekkers would stay in these caves during the rainy season and winters. With many Dhabas coming up who offer Harishchandragad camping services, very few people now stay in the caves while trekking. 


Harishchandragad Trek 2024 | Harishchandragad Fort from Mumbai /Pune

Temple of Harishchandreshwar

A trek to Harishchandragad Fort, a favourite destination from Mumbai and Pune. A part of Kalsubai Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary. Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of India. Its history is linked with that of Malshej Ghat, Kothale village and it has played a major role in guarding and controlling the surrounding region. Harishchandragad Fort Trek left an indelible mark on my heart at the very first moment my eyes met and feasted on the views from the fort. 

Harishchandragad trek from Pune distance via the Khireshwar village is 125 kilometers. It takes four hours to reach Harishchandragad Fort from the Khireshwar village route. Harishchandragad night trek from Pune from the Khireshwar village is popular during the winter and summer seasons.

How do I get to Harishchandragad Sahyadri Fort Trek?

How to Reach Harishchandragad by Train. The nearest railway station to Harishchandragad fort is Igatpuri Train Station at a distance of 41 km away from Harishchandragad Fort. However, to arrive here, you need to take a train from Kalyan Mumbai. Please wear good trekking shoes for Harischandragad Trek. 

Which season is best for Harishchandragad?

Harishchandragad Trek Sonki

In Malshej ghat, Harishchandragad Fort is a prominent sightseeing attraction and the best months (or season) to visit there coincides with that of the destination itself - Aug, Sep are considered the best time to visit Harishchandragad fort. Ancient water tanks look most beautiful post-monsoon period. There are many Harishchandragad trek routes that are open during different seasons. 


How to trek with kids during a trek?

Trekking with kids can be a fantastic family adventure! Here are some tips to make it a great experience: Choose trails suitable for their age and abilities. Pack plenty of snacks, water, and their favorite treats to keep their energy up. Encourage them to explore and appreciate nature along the way. Take regular breaks for rest and games. Ensure they have comfortable shoes and dress in layers for the changing weather. Embrace the adventure together and create lasting memories. Have fun!

Which trek do you recommend for kids around Mumbai?

For kid-friendly treks near Mumbai, there are several options to choose from. Sondai, Karnala, and Lohagad offer scenic trails with moderate difficulty suitable for children. Prabalmachi, Matheran, and Korigad provide a mix of nature and historical exploration. Jambulmal and One Tree Hill are ideal for shorter treks with beautiful views. Dodhani Village in Matheran is another excellent choice for a family-friendly trek. Each of these destinations offers a unique experience and a chance for kids to connect with nature while enjoying the outdoors.

Kids trek near Mumbai - click here

Is it safe to go on a trek during monsoon in Maharashtra?

Trekking in Maharashtra during the monsoon season can be safe if proper precautions are taken. It is critical to choose well-maintained trails, listen to experienced guides, and stay up to date on weather conditions. Avoid going into unsafe regions or attempting dangerous river crossings. Always prioritise safety and be ready for slippery terrain and unpredictable weather.

How to protect your gadgets in monsoon trek

To protect your gadgets during a monsoon trek, take essential precautions. Invest in waterproof covers or cases for your gadgets and use a dry bag or waterproof pouch to store them when not in use. Ziplock bags can provide additional protection. Place silica gel packs in your bags to absorb moisture. Use umbrellas or rain covers to shield your gadgets from rain. Avoid submerging them in water and consider backing up your data regularly. Carry power banks or extra batteries for backup power. Being cautious will help ensure the safety of your gadgets in wet conditions.

What should I pack for a monsoon trek in Maharashtra?

Pack essential items such as a waterproof backpack, rainproof jacket, quick-drying clothing, extra pairs of socks, trekking shoes with good grip, insect repellent, a waterproof cover for electronic devices, and a first aid kit. Carry enough water and energy snacks as well.

Are leeches a problem during monsoon treks in Maharashtra?

Yes, leeches can be encountered during monsoon treks in Maharashtra, especially in forested areas. To protect yourself, wear long socks, tuck your pants into your socks, and apply insect repellent on your legs. Carry a salt or lime solution to detach leeches if they attach to your skin.

What are some popular monsoon treks in Maharashtra?

Some popular monsoon treks in Maharashtra include HarishchandragadRajmachiAndharbanKalsubaiBhimashankarTikona FortTorna FortRatangadNaneghat, and Visapur Fort. These treks offer scenic beauty and a unique experience during the monsoon season.


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