Harihar fort is an important one in the history of the region as it is on the route connecting the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. But what you'll really remember Harihar for is the shiver that goes through you when you look down at the 500 foot drops below you while your feet slide on mossy rocks, or when roaring winds tug at your clothes on the Harihar fort trek!
Harihar fort lies in the Trimbakeshwar mountain range, close to Igatpuri in Maharashtra. It is situated at an elevation of over 3500 feet and offers spectacular views of the landscape around. The fort lies on a triangular rock, with a tapering top and the Harihar fort trek takes you up a steeply sloping staircase.
The three faces of the triangular prism and two ridges are at a jaw-dropping, 90 degrees vertical angle and is virtually impregnable. The third ridge is at a vertical of 75 degrees. This is the only way to get into Harihar fort and it’s a thrilling climb up a one meter rock staircase of over 117 steps. There are niches for your fingers; to hold onto the rock at most places to help you climb.
For the final 200 feet on the Harihar fort trek, just before the summit, you'll be negotiating rough rock-hewn steps that are very steep. At some places the stairs are so narrow, only one person can cross at a time. The ground under your feet may be covered with moss, and there is likely, a constant trickle of water over them. In addition, the winds are fairly strong here, and you'll be battling to stay upright and maintain your balance.
Harihar fort is on the list of every ambitious trekker in Maharashtra, and it gives you real bragging rights once done. The climb to the plateau winds through rain-soaked greenery and offers great views. The highlight, however, is the pinnacle at the top. Once at the top, Harihar fort has a clear pond and a beautifully decorated Hanuman temple.
In any season, this is a hard trek, but in the monsoon, the draining water, the forceful winds, and the moss-covered steps make this a thrilling trek for even experienced trekkers. You'll also enjoy the experience of travelling during the night and reaching your start point in the early morning hours.
Day 1: Trek to Harihar Trek
All the trekkers must assemble at Kasara railway station by 07:45 hrs for a quick introduction session and breakfast. Please do not be late. From here, you'll take a state transport bus or shared vehicle from Kasara to reach Nirgudpada. By around 10:15 hrs, you'll reach the base village and begin the trek.
You should reach the top by 13:00 hrs, and you'll have plenty of time to explore the fort, take some photographs, and begin your descent. From the base village, you'll travel back to Kasara by a state transport bus or share cabs. Your trip ends here.
Travel from Kasara to Nirgudpada and back in non A/C private vehicle along with veg breakfast and evening refreshments will be provided. Please check with the operator for more details. Services of an experienced trek leader and first aid kit will be included. All applicable taxes are inclusive.
All kinds of extra meals/soft drinks and lunch are not included.Insurance is not included. Bottled water, aerated drinks, any kind of personal expenses, any medical/emergency evacuations are not included. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.
Day 1: Depart from Mumbai
Day 2: Trek to Harihar Fort and back
All the trekkers must assemble at Kotak Mahindra Bank ATM by 23:00 hrs. Please do not be late. You'll board a private bus by 23:15 hrs and depart from Dadar towards Nirgudpada, the start point of your trek. You'll spend the night on the bus. Do carry a warm shawl or scarf to keep warm, and carry some snacks if you think you'll might get hungry.
You'll reach Nirgudpada early in the morning, by 05:00 hrs and rest for a while. At 06:00 hrs, you'll eat breakfast and attend a short briefing session and a round of introductions. You'll begin your trek by about 07:30 hrs. You'll reach the top by 10:30 hrs, and will have some time to explore the top.
You'll also have lunch, and then begin your descent by 14:30 hrs. By 17:00 hrs, you'll board the bus and should be back in Mumbai by 21:00 hrs, this is subject to traffic conditions. Your trip ends before night fall.
Transport from Mumbai to Mumbai in private non ac bus will be provided. Services of an experienced trek guide will be included. Breakfast and evening snacks may be provided, please check with the operator. All applicable taxes are inclusive.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional. Any kind of insurance is not included. Personal expenses such as soft drinks, extra snacks, etc will be additional.
This is a year-round trek and is visited by many trekkers from all over the state of Maharashtra throughout the year. However, the best time to visit this trek is when there is favourable climate and temperature conditions, i.e., from October until the end of February.
It gets very hot during the summers so might be difficult to trek then. You can though trek during the monsoon season, as the draining water, the forceful winds, and the moss-covered steps make this a thrilling adventure for even experienced trekkers. But you need to be careful as the trail can become very slippery and you must check the weather before going for this trek.
To reach the starting point of the trek you must arrive at the pick up point on time. From there you will board a private non a/c bus or shared vehicle to the destination. Once the trek is over you will be transported back to your drop point in a private non a/c bus or shared vehicle. The return time will be subject to traffic conditions.
Please carry a warm jacket, windcheater/raincoat and wear comfortable trekking clothing, long sleeved t shirt and pants and dry fit clothes. Wear trekking shoes with good grip, socks, cap, sunglasses for proper protection from the elements. Please do not wear any expensive jewellery or watches. Please do not wear any slippers or sandals or denim jeans.
Carry a backpack/rucksack, water bottle (3 lts), extra pair of clothes ready to eat food and dry snacks, glucon-d powder, personal toiletries, napkins / small towel etc. Carry a torch with a spare set of batteries. Carry a raincover for your bag and a raincoat. Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit. Don’t forget to carry an insect repellent.
This is a moderately difficult trek and you must be active and physically fit to do this trek. As the trek has steep ascents and the final stretch has near vertical climb, those with a fear of heights might need a bit of caution. You should be able to walk for 5-6 hours uphill and have a decent level of fitness.
This is a moderately difficult trek and you must be physically fit to trek here. This is a very ambitious trek which will be major bragging rights once done. It is a very adventurous trek and can be completed by a physical fit beginner as well. Please make sure you are not acrophobic, as most of the trek is uphill.
A list of things has been provided which should be carried by every trekker on this trek. Any equipment required for this trek will be provided by us.
Choosing the right footwear is important for a trek especially depending upon the season. Trekking shoes are preferred. Always buy a shoe one size bigger than your foot size. When buying shoes try them in the shop, check if they are comfortable and your toe has wiggle room after wearing socks.
You can register as an individual traveller or as a group.
Camping is not allowed at Harihar fort. If you’d like, you can camp at Igatpuri and then proceed to the trek.