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.