The Korigad trek, Maharashtra

Sign up for an easy trek to a hill fort near Lonavala. This trek to Korigad offers you a chance to hike through the lush green Sahyadris, explore the ancient ruins of the fort at the top, and take in the stunning views in all directions.

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About Korigad trek

Korigad is a beautiful fort located on top of a hill, around 20 kms from Lonavala, near Aamby Valley, Maharashtra. It is a great trek for beginners or those looking to get their muscles in working order for the trekking season.

Korigad trek – Difficulty level

This is an easy 6 kms trek, with stone-cut steps leading up for the most part. It will take you about an hour to get to the top. The fort has an elevation of about 3000 feet, so it gives you wide panoramic views in all directions.

Korigad trek - Important information

Korigad fort was constructed around 1500 AD, and has a solid structure that is still intact today. The large flat top of the hill provides a perfect base for the ramparts, and offers you plenty of vantage points for photographs.

Once you get to the top, you’ll be able to examine the massive gateway to the fort, as well as 6 ancient cannons, the largest of which is the Lakshmi Toph near the Koraidevi temple. Apart from this, there are two lakes, some water tanks, and a temple to see. The highlight however, is the view: the lakes of Aamby Valley, the lush forested hills around, and the highway in the distance.

If you are looking for short treks close to you, there are many trekking options near Mumbai and Pune that you might want to explore.

Korigad trek itinerary

The Korigad trek route takes an hour, one way. It begins at Peth Shahpur, a village that is about 20 kms away from Lonavala. You’ll begin early in the morning, and will reach the top an hour later. You’ll have some time to explore the top, and will begin your descent after that.

If your package includes transport from Mumbai or Pune, do check the timings carefully. Some operators begin the journey the previous night so that they can start the trek very early.

How to get to the Korigad trek

Most operators include transport from Mumbai or Pune, or pick-up from the closest train station. The start point of the trek is Peth Shahpur, about 20 kms away from Lonavala.

Best season for the Korigad trek

Korigad is an easy trek and can be done at any time of the year. However, as with most Maharashtra forts, the best time to visit Korigad is in the monsoon. At this time, the Korigad trek route is green and delightful, and the water tanks at the top are full. From the top of the fort, you’ll get great views of the surrounding landscape. This offers abundant opportunities for photographers. Korigad is also a popular night trek spot, and offers plenty of spots to camp out at the top.

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This easy Korigad trek takes you along a short trail, up to a sprawling fort with plenty to see. There are about 500 rock-cut steps leading up to the top to the fort, and in the monsoon, the trek is gorgeous, with rain-drenched greenery all around, and views of Aamby Valley below. At the top, there are the ruins of the fort to explore, stone archways, crumbling ramparts, and a few pretty water bodies too. It's about 2 kms to walk around the fort perimeter at the top, and you'll see cliffs jutting out, with waterfalls cascading over the side.
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  • Transport by private non ac bus from Mumbai to base village and back
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening tea/coffee
  • Trekking expertise charges
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  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks
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Get away from the noise of the city life and travel to the peaceful interiors of Maharashtra on this one-day trek to Korigad Fort. Beginning at a small base village near the foothills of the Western Ghats, you'll embark on an easy, 1-hr trek to Korigad Fort that will take you through rich greenery layered over rock-strewn hills. Your route will take you over 510 steps carved into the mountain side to reach the pinnacle of Korigad Fort. At the top of Korigad, you’ll explore the old ruins of the fort and visit its newly renovated Koraidevi Temple and other smaller temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

A short trek over relatively easy terrain, this trip through the rural wilderness of Maharashtra is perfect for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.
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  • Travel arrangements from Lonavala-Lonavala in shared vehicles
  • Any technical equipment required for the trek
  • Meals consisting of breakfast, lunch and evening snacks
  • Services of an experienced trek leader
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel between base city and Lonavala
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This night trek to Korigad fort is great for beginners looking for a unique trek experience. It's an easy trek, but because you're doing it at night, you'll be extra alert.

You'll start the trek in the evening, and it's only about 1.5 hours to get to the top. Along the way, you'll get beautiful views of the surrounding landscape lit by the moon. At the top, you'll enjoy a crackling bonfire and dinner, and then retire to tents for the night. In the morning, you'll wake to dewy views of Aamby Valley, Nagphani Point, Tung and Prabalgad Forts, the Matheran region and many mountain ranges.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Lonavla Station to Lonavla Station
  • Dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2
  • Accomodation in tents on twin or triple sharing basis
  • Bonfire (if wood is available)
  • Washroom and changing facilities at the base camp
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader and guide
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport to and from Lonavla Station
  • Personal expenses such as extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc.
  • Additional cost for unforeseen circumstances, emergency situations, injury, if any
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

FAQs about the Korigad trek

What to carry for the Korigad trek

For your Korigad trek, you should take appropriate rainwear and trekking shoes. Do carry your essentials like water, snacks, insect repellent, first aid kit, and camera in a small day pack. Don’t forget to pack a rain cover for your bag, or pack your belongings in plastic to protect it from getting wet.

What is the difficulty level of the Korigad trek?

The Korigad trek is an easy trek that is suitable for families with children, groups of friends, colleagues from work, or couples looking for a fun outdoors activity. It takes about an hour to get to the top, and the trail is paved with stones, offering an easy ascent and descent.

What should I carry for the Korigad trek?

For your trek, make sure you have comfortable trekking shoes and quick-dry clothing. If you’re going in the monsoon, do take a raincoat, raincover for your backpack, and a spare change of clothes packed in a waterproof bag. Carry two bottles of water per person, and some dry snacks and fruit. A sun cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent and sunscreen will make you more comfortable on the trek. Apart from all this, your operator will provide you with a complete packing list, so do make sure you pack accordingly. Read our blog about What to Pack for Trekking in the Sahyadris.

When is the best time for the Korigad trek?

The Korigad trek is best during the monsoon, when the greenery and dark rain clouds are a dramatic background for an outdoors adventure. It is also popular in the winter, when the trail is dry and easier to climb, and the days are pleasant and breezy. In the summer, the Korigad trek is scheduled to be a night trek, and includes camping at the top.

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