Harishchandragad Trek via Pachnai (ex-Pune)

The trek to Harishchandragad must be done on account of the fort's rich history and also because it is one of the more challenging treks in Maharashtra. The highlight of the Harishchandragad trek is standing atop the Konkan Kada - one of the highest cliffs in Maharashtra. On the top, you will also spot the Saptatirtha Lake and watch the ancient yet vibrant Kedareshwar temple. You will begin this trek to Harishchandragad from Pachnai village, and follow the jungle trail of ascending through rocky patches and steep inclines. This trek is not recommended from beginners as the trail to Harishchandragad features some scary drops and difficult climbs.


Harishchandragad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Trekking to Harshchandragad is regarded as 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 90 km from Kalyan. The fort is famous for its rugged terrain and offers a view of the surrounding green hills of the Sahyadris on the way to the summit. The biggest attraction here is Konkankada, also known as a 'Cobra's hood', one of the highest cliffs in Maharashtra. At the top, you can see the Saptatirtha lake and a Shiva Shiling shrine in the Kedareshwar Cave.

Destination highlights

Experience the adrenaline coursing thorugh your body at the Konkan Kada cliff. | Visit the Kedareshwar Temple. | Clamber up large boulders and steep incline to reach Harishchandragad. | Explore the ancient Harishchandragad Fort.




12 km

8 hours

12 km

Paud road opp Burger King, Pune

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Private vehicle

Pachnai Village

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Board the private vehicle from Pune by 23:00 hours. You may carry some dry snacks with you for the overnight journey.

Overnight in transit.

Please board the private vehicle from Pune to Pachani village departing at 23:00 hours. You may carry some dry snacks for the overnight journey.


No meals are offered today.


Day 1 Milestone


Pachnai village

05:30 AM

You will arrive at Pachnai village by 05:00 hours. Freshen up and start trekking through the jungle route. On the way, you will visit Konkan Kada. At the top, you can explore Kedareshwar temple and Saptatirtha Lake. Post-lunch at the top, you will start descending to Pachnai village. You will depart from the village by 17:00 hours. You will reach Pune before midnight.

Your trip ends by 23:00 hours in the evening.

Today's meal package included breakfast and lunch only. In the evening, tea/coffee and snacks will be offered to you. Please note that dinner is not included in the package.


Breakfast | Lunch | Evening snacks


Day 2 Milestone

Pachnai village


05:45 AM

Includes / Excludes


  • Transfers from Pune to Pune in a non AC private vehicle
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Evening Tea/Coffee and snacks
  • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
  • First Aid kit
  • All applicable taxes


  • Dinner
  • Any personal expenses like extra meals, cigarettes, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as change in itinerary due to bad weather, roadblocks, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Full-length trek pants
  • Comfortable t-shirt/shirt
  • Raincoat/Poncho
  • Trekking shoes (preferably with ankle support)
  • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Transfers from Pune to Pune in a non AC private vehicle
  • First Aid kit

You need to get

  • Government issued ID card
  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Water bottle (2 litres)
  • Insect repellent
  • Dry snacks (chocolate bars, biscuits, energy bars, dry fruits, etc.)
  • Personal toiletries including wet wipes, tissue papers, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Light towel/napkins
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Sun-cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra pair of dry clothes
  • Scarf
  • Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
  • Personal first aid kit

Medical Kit

  • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the Harishchandragad trek: 90% refund of the trip cost.

For cancellations made 3-6 days prior to the Harishchandragad trek: 50% refund of the trip cost.

For cancellations made less than 3 days prior to the Harishchandragad trek: No refund.

In case of no show: No refund.

All refunds will be processed after processing a transaction fee of INR 200. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

Rules on trip

Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during this trek to Harishchandragad.

Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trip.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the trek to Harishchandragad.

The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap or accident during this trek to Harishchandragad.

Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, roadblocks, etc.

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