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  • About Korigad Fort

    Korigad fort trek is an easy trek and serves as a beautiful weekend getaway. The Korigad Fort is a beautiful fort located on top of a hill, around 20 km 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.

    Difficulty level

    This is an easy 6 km 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.

    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 Kori Devi 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.

    Itinerary

    The Korigad trek route takes an hour, one way. It begins at Peth Shahpur, a village that is about 20 km away from Lonavala. You’ll begin early in the morning, and will reach the top in an hour. 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 there

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

    Best season to go

    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.

    Korigad Trek summary

    • State: Maharashtra
    • Nearest city: Pune
    • Total days: 1-2 days
    • Grade: Easy
    • Max altitude:3000 ft
    • Total distance:6 km
    • Season: Monsoon
    • Avg temperature: 15 to 30 degrees Celsius
  • Easy trek to Korigad - 1 day

    Sketch Itinerary:

    Day 1: Trek to Korigad Fort and back

    • Start point: Mumbai
    • Endpoint: Mumbai
    • Day start time: 11:00 PM
    • Day start time: 06:00 hrs
    • Day end time: 20:00 hrs
    • Trekking distance: 6 km
    • Trekking time: 3 hrs
    Detailed itinerary:

    The Korigad Trek is a short trek that you can do in a day’s time. The trail is rather easy and hence a great trek for beginners as well as experienced trekkers. From Mumbai, you will board a bus to get to the base village of the Korigad Fort Trek which is Peth Shahapur. You will reach here by 10:00 hrs and have your breakfast.

    After a briefing session, you will commence your trek to Korigad Fort. Once you reach the summit you can spend some time exploring the fort and taking pictures. This is a short trek and doesn’t take more than an hour to reach the top.

    You will start your return trek by 10:30 and reach the base village for some lunch and relaxation. By 16:00 you will head back to reach Mumbai by 20:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.

    Inclusions:

    The trip cost includes travel arrangements from Mumbai to Mumbai. Meals mentioned in the package selected will be served. Please check your package details with the operator for exact inclusions. Gear and experienced trip leader charges are included. The package is inclusive of all taxes.

    Exclusions:

    The package doesn’t include your travelling expenses from your home to pick-up point. Any personal expenses such as beverages, extra meals, etc. are not included in the meals, nor are any kind of expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, strikes, etc. Lastly, anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used.

    Night trek to Korigad Fort - 2 days

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The Korigad trek is best during the monsoon when the greenery and dark rain clouds are a dramatic background for an outdoor 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.

  • Korigad Trek - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Korigad Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

    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, rain cover 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.

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  • Getting There

    Lonavala is about 64 km west of Pune and 96 km to the east of Mumbai and is a major stop on the railway line connecting Mumbai and Pune. From the Pune suburbs, local trains are available from Pune Junction as well as from Mumbai. Both the Mumbai-Pune Expressway as well as the Mumbai-Bengaluru highway pass through Lonavala. Once you reach Lonavala Station and from there you will be picked up and taken to Peth Shahapur which is the base village for the trek.

    What To Wear

    Wear a raincoat or windcheater if you’re doing this trek in the monsoon. Wear comfortable and quick-dry trekking clothes such as long-sleeved t-shirt and pants. Put on good trekking shoes as they are the most important. Carry an extra pair of socks. You can also carry a cap/hat, sunglasses or a scarf as per your preference. Don’t forget to carry an extra pair of clothes.

    What To Carry

    Your tour operator will share a list of things that you need to carry. Carry your government-issued ID card. Ensure you carry a comfortable backpack with rain cover, along with water bottle (2 litres). Carry a sun-cap, sunglasses, scarf, extra pair of dry clothes and do not forget to carry a raincoat/poncho. Carry your personal toiletries including light towel/napkins, wet wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc. Always carry Insect repellent.

    Keep some dry snacks with you like chocolate bars, biscuits, energy bars, dry fruits, etc. You can also keep Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder. Don’t forget to carry your camera and torch with extra batteries. Carry your personal medicines without fail and keep a compact personal first aid kit for small emergencies.

     

     

    Preparation/Fitness

    This is an easy 6 km 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. This is a great trek for beginners, including families with children and can be done easily.