One of the most exciting treks to take in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra is the one to the famous Harishchandragad Fort. It is popular for various reasons but trekkers usually come here to experience its challenging trail.
The routes to the fort are enveloped by scenic and stunning landscapes of the Konkan region and the Western Ghats, which will delight nature lovers and explorers. Post the monsoon is a great time to trek as the greenery around the trail is at its best and the weather is perfect for hiking.
The guided Harishchandragad trek is an opportunity to explore rough and exciting terrain and soak in stunning landscape views of the Konkan belt and the Western Ghats.
Harishchandragad Fort Trek - An Overview:
Location: Kalsubai Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Distance from Mumbai: 201 kilometres
Famous for: Scenic hiking trails, Harishchandragad Fort
Trip Duration: One day, one night
Trek Distance & Duration: 8 kilometres, approximately 6 hours to complete the trek. Timings and distances may differ due to multiple route options.
Altitude: 1432 metres
Harishchandragad Fort Trek - Difficulty Level:
The trek trails through rough and rugged terrain; it is a moderately strenuous climb. Leisure and first-time trekkers will find the trek tough to cope with.
How to reach Harishchandragad Fort:
1. The base village from the Northern side of the fort is Paachnai.
2. Take a taxi or a private bus from Mumbai to Paachnai, the distance is about 210 kilometres.
3. For budget travel, there are ST buses available from Kalyan to Paachnai.
Harishchandragad Fort Weather Conditions:
1. It gets cold and chilly in October to March.
2. The monsoon in Harishchandragad runs between June and September.
3. In between March and May it gets hot, but the weather is comfortable for outdoor activities.
The Harishchandragad Fort Trek Route:
Route 1: Harishchandragad Via Pachnai Route
This route is most common, it is quite challenging but isn't all that long.
Route 2: Harishchandragad Via Khireshwar Route
Trekkers usually take this route for the return journey from Harishchandragad.\
Route 3: Harishchandragad Via Belpada
This route is challenging as it passes through rocks and steep slopes. It is popular with experienced trekkers.
Best Time for Harishichandragad Trek:
For a great experience, trek to Harishchandragad just post the monsoon period, between September and November. The weather is fantastic and the landscapes around are at their striking and vibrant best.
One- Day Trek Itinerary for Harishchandragad Fort Trek:
1. Start from Dadar at 10.30 pm.
2. Reach Paachnai at 5 am.
3. Rest and have breakfast, listen to a briefing session to leave for the trek by 9 am.
4. Reach the top by 12 pm.
5. Relax for about two hours and explore the fort.
6. Trek back down by 2 pm to reach Paachnai by 5 pm.
7. Have tea and snacks and the depart for Mumbai.
8. Reach Mumbai by 10 pm.
Things to carry:
1. Two litres of drinking water
2. A sturdy pair of trekking shoes
3. A strong backpack
4. Energy bars and dry fruits (optional)
5. Windcheater and a jacket (if trekking in the monsoon)
6. Camera and binoculars (optional)
Inclusions & Exclusions:
The package includes the following:
1. Transport from Mumbai to trek base
2. Trek guide fees
3. First-aid support
This package does not include:
1. Meals on the bus
3. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Disclaimer: The information about the trek here is general. We request the trekkers refer to the details on the specific Event / Trek Booking page for specific detail.
Harishchandragad Trek - Map Location:
The base village of the Harishchandragad Fort Trek is Pachnai village. It is located about 200 kilometres from Mumbai.
3 Things to do on a Harishchandragad Fort Trek:
Camping: Camping at Harishchandragad is possible at the caves. It is safe to camp at the caves in the night. In fact, many trekkers often stay back at the caves overnight.
Savour local cuisine: Locals at Paachnai Village welcome trekkers and serve them a lunch consists of local Maharashtrian cuisine. There is an option for both, non-veg and veg meals.
Photography: The picturesque Harishchandragad Hills have exciting landscapes and sceneries. On the trek, there is ample opportunity for clicking pictures of nature. There are good spots at the fort for group photos and selfies.
1. This is a moderately difficult trek, if you have any ailments check with your doctor if you are physically fit to complete the trek.
2. Be sure to wear trekking shoes or footwear with good grip. Some of the steep trails make this necessary.
3. Bring along any personal medication as there may not be access to medical shops nearby.
4. Take rest the days before the trek as we will be walking/climbing the whole day.
5. Follow the instructions of the trek guide.