Harishchandragad Trek – via Nalichi Vaat, Camping, Descend via Rajmarg

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Availability : 21-22 Jan'23
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 20


  • Ascend via the Nalichi Vaat routeOne of the toughest route of Harishchandragad
  • Get the experience of rock climbing
  • A thrilling and exciting climb to the topThe views gained as a reward for our effort
  • Descend via Rajmargaka Junnar Darwaja
  • Experience the sunset from the Kokankada
  • Camping at HarishchandragadStay in a tent on sharing basis
  • Taramati peak summitOne of the highest peaks in Maharashtra
  • Mesmerizing sunrise from the Taramati peakOne of the best panoramic views of the prominent Sahyadri mountains
  • Explore the HarishchandragadHarishchandreshwar temple, Kedareshwar & Ganesh caves, Saptatirtha Pushkarni and other ancient ramparts
  • Trek for all experienced trekkers

Key Info.

Malshej Ghat

Pune District


Base Village

Winter, Summer

Best Season


Max. Altitude (Ft.)

Daily 9 hrs.

Walking (approx.): Total 25 KM


Activity Grade
EnduranceHigh: 8.5/10

Harishchandragad is a hill fort situated on the border of three districts of Pune, Ahmednagar and Thane in Maharashtra. This fort is located in Harishchandragad-Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the most challenging trek in the Western Ghats. Harishchandragad fort can be visited all year round and is known for its size and spectacular ‘Kokankada’ – the cliff overlooking the Konkan belt has been a popular choice for adventure lovers and trekkers for many years.

Harishchandragad is a very ancient fort, dating back to the 6th century. There are caves all over the fort, which are believed to have been carved in the 11th century. The various temples and carvings in the caves indicate that the fort dates back to medieval times as it is associated with Shaivism, Shakti or Naath. Later this fort came under the control of the Mughals. And till 1747 the Marathas took possession of it.

Read MoreAbout Harishchandragad

The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references for Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in the 6th century, during the rule of the Kalchuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves, idols of Lord Vishnu were carved. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya.

Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic “Tatvasaar”), used to meditate here in the 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing in the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. 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.

Q.What makes “Nalichi Vaat” A must conquer?

Considered one of the most difficult climbs, Nalichi Vaat will test your morale, stamina and endurance to the core. With rocky patches and technical climbing, you’ll reach the top.
Our expert team of SG-Trekkers will make your climb a memorable and safe one.

Needs precise management of time and water.

Must visit these places on the Harishchandragad

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  • Major attraction of the Harishchandragad
  • Caves that tell you the story of 04 eras
    Kedareshwar Caves
  • Sacred water tanks
    Saptatirtha Pushkarni
  • Holy place from 12th Century
    Harishchandreshwar Temple
  • One of the highest peak of Maharashtra: 4,695 ft.
    Taramati Peak
Day Wise


Day 0Night Travelling

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.

Day 1Nalichi Vaat & Camping

We arrive at the base of the Harishchandragad i.e. Walhivare village.

Today we are going to climb the Harishchandragad via Nalichi Vaat. It is one of the most difficult paths to the top. Popular among climbers and experienced trekkers, Nalichi Vaat involves nearly 80 degrees, involving steep rock patches.
The trail begins on a stream bed filled with large man-sized rocks and eventually leads to the foot of the gorge. We will ascend this route while enjoying natural beauty and beast.

We will witness the beautiful sunset from Konkankada. End your day with delicious local food and sleep in a tent.

Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): ⇑ 2,550 ft.; ⇓ 0 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 9 hrs., 10 km.
• Accommodation: Stay in a Tent
• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2Taramati Peak & Rajmarg

Early in the morning, we will summit Taramati Peak for the first ray of the Sun.

We will climb Taramati Peak to see the first rays of the morning sun. After seeing the entire fort, we will go down to the base village by way of Junnar Darwaja.

Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
Reach Pune and 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.

Day 2: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): ⇑ 750 ft.; ⇓ 1,550 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 9 hrs., 14 km.
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Ex. Pune

Travel Details


Fri, 20 Jan - 23:00 Hrs.

Travel by

Private Bus

Non AC, Highback Seats
Bus Starting From

McDonald's, J.M. Road

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Deccan > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Malshej Ghat > Walhivare (Base)

23:00 – Deccan
23:15 – Aundh
23:30 – Nashik Phata

Important Note
  • Please arrive at your pickup point 15 minutes early so as not to be late.

Sun, 22 Jan - 22:00 Hrs.

Bus Ends At

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04

Important Note
  • We can arrive 1 hour early / late; According to traffic conditions.
  • Your drop point will be the same as the pick-up point.


  • Transport from/to PuneBy Tempo Travellers or Mini Buses or big buses depending on the respective tour group size.
  • Safety Gears & Technical Supportwith UIAA Certified Equipment
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 DinnerServed veg. meals only.
  • Stay in Tent3 or 4 Person Sharing
  • Common First Aid KitWell stocked medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers


  • Any kind of personal expenses.Anything specifically not mentioned in the ‘tour price includes’ column
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Harishchandragad Trek – via Nalichi Vaat, Camping, Descend via Rajmarg

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Vaibhav More

Group Traveller

I have completed multiple treks with SG basically with Vishal. The trek experience is fabulous where security, care, time and cost. I like the handling and management of the whole trek. Thanks, SG for my trek guide. All the best!!


Sayali Bhase

Solo Traveller

Woww!! Great experience with group SG!😀 Amazing arrangements done for stay and food … Must try!! ☑


Prasad Joshi

Solo Traveller

It was a thrilling experience to do this trek. I am having Acrophobia but SG team really take care throughout the trek. I am pretty sure that I would’ve not dared to do this trek with any other group. Now travelling with SG is like travelling with family.


Chetan Kucheriya

Solo Traveller

It was really very nice experience with the SG team. They really helped to explore more with information as well as not with the traditional route. The whole group was awesome 🙂

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