Harishchandragad, a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, is one of the most challenging treks in the western ghats. Situated in the Malshej region of the ghats, it is at a distance of approximately 105 km from Pune. The fort comes under Kalsubai-Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary. The Harishchandragad, known for its size and spectacular ‘Konkankada’- the cliff overlooking the Konkan belt, has been a hot pick amongst adventure enthusiasts and trekkers for several years.
Most local treks are not adventurous enough for experienced trekkers. But this route to Harishchandragad is physically daunting and visually rewarding!
One such route via Nalichi Vaat (which translates to ‘passage through a gorge’) is a channel that lies to the extreme right of the mountain. It is the most difficult path to the top. Popular among climbers and experienced trekkers, Nalichi Vaat involves a near 80-degree climb, 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. In spite of carved-out niches and chiseled slits in the rock, certain sections are very challenging and it is advisable to carry climbing gear.
Shivaijnagar – Aundh – Nashik Phata – Nashik Highway – Base
23:00 – Shivajinagar
23:45 – Nashik Phata
23:00 – Reporting to SG Team.
00:30 – Travel to the base village from Pune.
05:00 – Reach Belpada village.
05:30 – Get Fresh up & Breakfast.
06:00 – Group introduction & briefing about the trek.
06:15 – Commence trek to Harishchandragad via “Nalichi Vaat”.
12:30 – Reach Kokankada.
13:00 – Lunch.
13:30 – Explore the surrounding places.
14:30 – Descend at base village and travel to Pune.
22:00 – Reach Pune.
This was my first trek and an experience will never forget in my life. Nalichi Vaat is the best way to reach the kokan-kada.
Amazing felling @ kokan-kada . No words…go & fell it.
The people around you ( trek leader) are so dedicated & hardworking making the trek a successful one. Would definitely suggest all my friends to trek with SG-TREKKERS. Special Thanks, to Vishal & Amol.
Since I am following SG Trekkers group on FB I got to know about this event. SG Trek leaders were so patient towards all of us I am really amazed. I felt I cant do it anymore after first three hours..I felt like crying aloud but leaders made sure distracting me from all these thoughts 😀 I would say today I added this trek on my name just n just because of trek leaders. You guys are really amazing. Looking forward to do many more treks with SG Trekkers group 😎
Came to know about Harishchandragad trek being beautiful and challenging over social media, was very excited since then, Well SG trekkers organised it very professionally with guide Vishal and Amol and local guide Ramdas making tough trek very safe. Local food we had was very tasty. All trek members were also very supportive, special thanks to Mr Sandeep who assisted me in getting transport back to Goa. Thanks SG trekkers.