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Harihar is a unique fort in the Sahyadri, built on a triangular prism of rock. Its three faces and two edges are vertical.
The third edge is inclined at an angle of about 75 degrees. It brings to you a different type of stone staircase that has been cut for providing trekkers with a pocket-like grip to climb easily.
Harihar Fort trek is one of the must-try treks in the Western Ghats and makes for a great weekend getaway near Trimbakeshwar as well as Nashik.
The British Officer, Capt. Briggs described it as a wonderful route and wrote:
“Words can give no idea of its dreadful steepness. It is perfectly straight for, I suppose 200 feet and can only be compared to a ladder over a height of this nature.”
One of the fort’s vertical sides facing the Nirgudpada Village got the name ‘Scottish Kada’ because it was first climbed by “Doug Scott” in 1986. He was a popular Himalayan mountaineer, who took about two days to ascend to the top of the cliff, which stands at 170 m.
This was one of the forts surrendered by Shahaji from Bijapur to the Moghul general Khan Zaman of the forces of Shahjahan. It surrendered to the British in 1818 after the fall of Trimbak.
Please reach your pickup point and mark your attendance. We will travel by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
We arrive at the base of the Harihar fort.
05:00 – 06:15
Refresh yourself. (Toilets are available there.)
Have breakfast & tea.
Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
06:30 – 09:00
Now we start the trek to the Harihar fort. We need to ascend approximately 1,150 ft. It takes about two hours to reach the top from the base.
While climbing the fort, we come across a rock-sheet, which has got a one-meter-wide rocky staircase carved in it. Also, many grooves have been carved here for additional support. After climbing these steps, we get up to the entrance door. There is a cavern ahead of this door. Again we come across a few steps after a short distance walk from this cavern. On climbing these steps we reach the main entrance door of this fort.
The fort has got a tapering plateau with a raised level in the middle.
09:00 – 11:00
Explore Harihar fort
Once you make it to the top, enthral in the beauty of the elongated plateau which holds a small beautiful temple of Lord Hanuman & Lord Shiva. A small pond is there in front of this temple.
Making headway from here we come across a palace having two rooms in it. 10 to 12 persons can be accommodated in this palace. There are five cisterns along one side of the palace, one of which has water suitable for drinking.
11:00 – 13:00
Now we start descending to the base village via the same route. Reach Nirgudpada village & Refresh yourself.
13:00 – 15:00
Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
15:00 – 21:00
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.): ⇑ 1,970 ft.; ⇓ 1,970 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 10 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Meal after the Trek, Evening Tea
Deccan > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Nashik > Trimbak > Nirgudpada (Base)
23:00 – Deccan
23:20 – Aundh
23:45 – Nashik Phata
It was very nice one day Trek.We have nice view surrounding nature and Hatihar Fort.Local Food is very delicious 😋. Overall arrangements was very good. Thanks to SG for Memorable Trek.🥰
Always a great and thrilling experience with SG-Trekkers, love to do adventure with SG-Trekkers.
Lovely Trek due to weekdays less crowded fort.Thanks, Vishal for the nice arrangements. 🥰