Gorakhgad and Machchindragad peaks stand tall over the trail, providing a surreal setting to the trek. A wide region ranging from Siddhagad and Machchindragad up to Ahupe Ghat and Jeevdhan in the Naneghat area towards the north can be seen from the fort-top.
Gorakhgad attracts trekkers due to its thrilling experience of climbing the vertical rock wall and breathtaking views. The trek of Gorakhgad Fort is not complete without reaching the top of the pinnacle. Facing the cave, proceed ahead towards your right. Just after a short walk, some steps can be seen on your left, which lead to the top. The climb along this stepped way in the rock needs to be carried out with utmost care. The top of the fort is very small. There is a small Mahadev temple with Nandi.
This fort is named after Saint Gorakshnath who is said to have performed penance here. No major battle is recorded to have taken place here. The rock-cut caves and water cisterns here indicate that it was used to look over the nearby region and as a stopover station during the journey to Junnar via Naneghat. Though small in size, there is enough water and accommodation place.
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.
You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
We arrive at the base of the Gorakhgad Fort. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
03:30 – 06:00
Now we start the trek to the Gorakhgad Fort. We need to ascend approximately 1,150 ft. It takes about two and half hours to reach the top from the base.
06:00 – 06:30
Now, You can enjoy the view of the sunrise.
06:30 – 09:00
Explore the Gorakhgad Fort
You can see the newly installed wooden door. The old but strong structure of the Gorakhgad fort is worth seeing. The carved steps and water tanks are very imaginatively made. You can also see a very BIG carved cave.
Enjoy the view of the Machchindragad pinnacle from Gorakhgad fort. From north to south, you can see many forts and hills.
09:30 – 12:00
Now we start descending to the base village via the same route. Reach Dehri village & Refresh yourself. (Toilets are available there.)
12:00 – 13:00
Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
13:30 – 18:00
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
We are going to take a short break for tea.
Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 😀
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 1,150 / 1,150
• Walk (approx.): 8 hrs., 6 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Meal after the Trek, Evening Tea
Deccan > Aundh > Wakad > Lonavala > Karjat > Mhasa > Dehri (Base)
22:30 – Deccan
22:45 – Aundh
23:00 – Wakad
Awesome experience altogether. We started a little late from Pune but were able to finish the trek on time. There were a couple of hard patches during the trek but the SG-Trekkers team was able to get everyone at the top and able to get everyone back down safely. They motivate everyone to complete the trek and stick to their policy of “Let No one leave behind”
Many more successful treks are yet to come!