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

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21-Jan-2023
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2D / 2N
Availability : 21-22 Jan'23
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 20

Highlights

About this trip
  • Ascend via Nalichi VaatOne of the toughest route of Harishchandragad
  • Get Experience of Rock Climbing
  • Descend via Rajmarg / Junnar Darwaja
  • Experience thee Sunset from Kokankada
  • Camping – Stay in Tent
  • Mesmerising Sunrise from Taramati Peak
  • Taramati Peak SummitOne of the highest peak of Maharashtra
  • Visit Harishchandreshwar Temple, Kedareshwar & Ganesh Caves, Saptatirtha PushkarniAnd other ancient ramparts

Key Info.

Important facts
Location

Malshej Ghat

Max. Altitude (Ft.)

4,695

Base Village

Khireshwar

Walking (approx.)

9 Hrs. Daily

Activity LevelDIFFICULT

Harishchandragad, a hill fort situated on the boundaries of 3 districts of Maharashtra i.e. Pune, Ahmednagar & Thane. The fort comes under Harishchandragad-Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the most challenging treks in the Western Ghats. Harishchandragad fort can be visited all year long & known for its size and spectacular ‘Kokankada’- the cliff overlooking the Konkan belt has been a hot pick amongst adventure enthusiasts and trekkers for several years.

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Harishchandragad fort is quite ancient, with its origin dating back to the sixth century. There are caves situated all over the fort, believed to be carved out in the eleventh century. The various temples and carvings in the caves 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 the Moguls. And by 1747, the Marathas captured it.

This hill fort can be approached from multiple routes. Khireshwar Tolar Khind route & Pachnai route is the two normally used routes. While Junnar Darwaja & Nalichi Vaat route is the route rarely used. Among these, all route Nalichi Vaat route is the toughest one.

History

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.

Itinerary

Day wise briefing

Day 0Night Travelling

Day 1Nalichi Vaat, Kokankada

 


Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 1550/ 0
• Walk (approx.): 6-7 hours, 14 km.
• Accommodation: Test Stay
• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2Taramati Peak, Temples, Caves & Rajmarg

 


Day 2: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 450/ 845
• Walk (approx.): 6-7 hours, 14 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Departure

Fri, 04 Feb 2022
22:00 hrs.
Travel by

Private Bus

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

Shivajinagar > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Ale Phata > Walhivare (Base)

22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Aundh
22:59 – Nashik Phata

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

Arrival

Sun, 06 Feb 2022
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.

What's included

  • Transport from/to PuneBy private bus
  • Safety Gears & Technical SupportWith UIAA Standard Equipment
  • Forest Entry PermitsKalsubai-Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 DinnerOnly veg. meals served
  • Common First Aid KitWell stocked medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

What's not included

  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Not specifically mentioned in the 'inclusion list'.

Essential Info

Things to carry list

Things to carry list

  • Identity CardPhoto & address proof (e.g. Aadhar card)
  • Backpack30-40 L
  • Trekking Shoes & Extra Socks PairShoes with good grip
  • Full Sleeves: Shirt & PantTo prevent from sunburn, pests, reptiles, etc.
  • Hat/CapTo protect your head from Sun/Rain
  • Rain Jackets or WindcheaterCarry as per seasons
  • Extra Cloths, Slipper/SandalsTo use after the trip
  • Water 3 LWater bottles or hydration bag
  • Dry Food ItemsNuts, fresh fruits, energy bars, chocolates, etc.
  • Energy DrinksORS powder, Limbu Sarbat, etc.
  • Prescribed MedicinesIf any
  • Torch / HeadlampWith extra batteries
  • AccessoriesSunglasses, trekking pole, camera etc.
  • Sleeping Bag / Carry Mat / ShawlTo sleep in tent/temple
  • Face-Mask, Hand-SanitizerTo protect your skin & maintain hygiene practice
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Harishchandragad Trek – via Nalichi Vaat, Camping, Descend via Rajmarg

3 Reviews
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Sayali Bhase

Solo Traveller

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

29-Nov-2021

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.

29-Nov-2021

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 🙂

29-Nov-2021
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