Harishchandragad Trek, Maharashtra, India
The trek to Harishchandragad via the Nalichi Vaat route is one of the toughest treks in the Sahyadris (a mountain range in the Western Ghat of India).
Destination: Harishchandragad Fort
Range: Western Ghats
Base Village: Belpada
height: 1,426 m (4,681 ft)
Grade : Difficult
Location of Harishchandragad
There are different routes to get up to the fort. I chose the ascent via Nalichi Vaat which is the difficult way. The trek via this route is considered to be one of the toughest route in the Sahyadris. This peak is the third highest peak in Maharashtra with 4681 feet of elevation.
We started the trek from the base village of Belpada at 6am, and walked through stony rock patches until we reached the bottom of the gorge which is 80 degrees steep and requires a high endurance level.
Things Recommended for You to Carry
Good action trek shoes with a good grip as the path is 80 degrees steep and requires a perfect grip shoe
Minimum 40 litres capacity
It's preferable to carry a sleeping bag as it's too cold from November to February
An extra pair of shorts/ track pants
Dry snacks, energy drinks, 2-3 liters of water (village food is available at the top)
This trek was indeed exciting, as there were many attractions along the way to the top.
- Konkan Kada (Konkan Cliff). The highest cliff of Maharashtra and appears like a cobra’s hood.
- Kedareshwar Cave. A cave that had a Shivling(Hindu God) surrounded by four pillars, of which three have collapsed with time.
- Temple of Harishchandreshwar. A beautiful temple in the center of the fort built of ancient rocks 11 centuries old.
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