Lohagad Trek

Explore one of the well preserved ancient forts of Lohagad steeped in history with an easy and fun trek that promises scenic views of the Sahyadris all around.

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Lohagad Trek overview

About Lohagad

Lohagad Fort trek is one of the most popular treks in Maharashtra, thanks to the easy trek route. Anyone can do this trek, including families with children. The sturdy structure of the fort is still mostly intact, and you’ll climb to 3400 feet to get to the top.

The main attraction of Lohagad trek is the famous Vinchu Kata, the winding rampart walls that are shaped like the tail of a scorpion. The tail is roughly 2 kms in length and offers spectacular views of the Pawna reservoir, as well as the forts of Tikona, Visapur, and Tung.

Lohagad fort timings and itinerary

‘Lohagad’, meaning ‘Iron Fort’, is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India, and therefore, is subject to restrictions on timing. Camping is not allowed at the top, and the gates to the trek trail will be shut by 17:00 hrs. It is best to start early in the morning so you’ll have enough time to explore the top and descend in time.

There are different itineraries for the Lohagad trek. Some operators include transport from Mumbai or Pune, while some will pick you up at Lonavala station. All treks begin early in the morning, so that you can eat lunch at the top and descend by 15:00 or 16:00 hrs.

Lohagad monsoon trek

While the trek is open year-round, it is absolutely stunning in the monsoon. Rain Clouds descend from the skies and a cool mist engulfs the hilly landscape. The trail is lush green, with waterfalls, gushing streams, and moss-covered boulders. During the monsoon, the climb to the top can get a little challenging because of the slippery rocks, but the view from the top is absolutely worth the effort.

Here’s a list of the top monsoon treks in Maharashtra that are a must-do this monsoon!

How to reach Lohagad fort

Lohagad fort is located about 15 kms from Lonavala, 120 kms from Mumbai, and 65 kms from Pune. You can board a train to Lonavala station (major station) or to Malavli station, which is accessible by suburban trains from Pune. If you’re driving, you can get here via the Mumbai-Pune highway.

Difficulty level

Lohagad trek is one of the easiest treks near Mumbai and Pune, which is why it is also one of the top treks in Maharashtra. The trail takes about 2 hours to get to the top, with stone steps that lead up to the fort. In the winter, this is an easy walk that even children can do. In the monsoon, the trek is slightly more difficult with gushing water and mossy steps, but it is still an easy climb.

Lohagad fort trek summary

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Nearest city: Pune
  • Total days: 1-2 days
  • Grade:Easy
  • Max altitude:3400
  • Total trekking distance: 2 km
  • Season: Monsoon
  • Avg temperature: 15-30 degrees Celsius

Lohagad Fort Trek - 1 day

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Mumbai to Lohagad Fort and back

  • Start point: Mumbai
  • End point: Mumbai
  • Day start time: 05:50 AM
  • Trekking distance: 5 - 6 km
  • Trekking time: 3 hrs
  • Reach Lohagad Wadi
  • Begin the trek post breakfast
  • Reach Lohagad fort in the afternoon
  • Explore the fort
  • Begin your return trek to Lohagadwadi
  • Have tea and snacks and head back to Mumbai

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

This is a one day trek to Lohagad Fort. You will reach Lohagadwadi along with other trekkers in a private bus from Mumbai. Once you reach there by 10:00 hrs you will be served breakfast. Post breakfast there will be a short briefing session. You trek will begin at 10:45 hrs.

It is a 2-hr long trail to Lohagad Fort. Once you reach the fort you can spend time exploring it, taking pictures and admiring the view from the fort. After your lunch you will begin your return trek by 14:30 hrs. In an hour- time you will reach Loahagadwadi. Hot tea and snacks will be served. After a quick relaxing session, you will board a bus back to Mumbai.

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.

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Overnight Lohagad Trek with Stargazing (Ex-Pune) - 2 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Pune Railway station to Lohagad

  • Start point: Pune Railway Station
  • End point: Lohagad
  • Day start time: 06:30 AM
  • Trekking distance: 3 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
  • Reach Malavli at 18:00 hrs
  • The trek begins
  • Astronomical session at the top

Day 2: Return trek and back home

  • Start point: Lohagad
  • End point: Pune
  • Day start time: 07:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 3 kms
  • Trekking time: 3 hours

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

For the Lohagad Trek you will assemble at the Pune Railway Station. Here you will meet the tour operator and your fellow trekkers and head to Malavli. You will reach Malavli around 18:00 hrs. and begin your trek just in time to witness the meteor showers.

This star-gazing trek is perfect if you have a keen interest in astronomy. You will participate in an astronomical session post which you will also have long discussions under the starry sky about astronomy. The campsite at the Lohagad Fort is a serene spot for a calm night.

Day 2:

You start your day early after waking up to the golden rays of the sun at this gorgeous campsite. Take this time to explore the fort, take pictures as you won’t get this opportunity later. Have your breakfast and begin your return trek to Malavli. From here you will be transported back to Pune. You will reach Pune in the late hours of the evening somewhere around 19:30.

Inclusions:

The trip cost includes travel arrangements from Pune to Pune. 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. All astronomical equipment and brochure consisting of information will be provided. 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.

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Best time to go/Weather

Lohagad Fort is open all year round, but it is most popular during the monsoon. During this time, the landscape is transformed into a rain-drenched wonderland. However, many trekkers like to visit in winter for the dry trail and clear views.

Getting there

Lohagad fort is located about 15 kms from Lonavala, 120 kms from Mumbai, and 65 kms from Pune. You can board a train to Lonavala station (major station) or to Malavli station, which is accessible by suburban trains from Pune. If you’re driving, you can get here via the Mumbai-Pune highway

What to wear

Here are a few things that will make your trek comfortable. If you’re taking this trek in monsoon do wear a raincoat or windcheater. Quick-dry and comfortable trekking clothes, long-sleeved tshirt and pants are required. Wear comfortable trekking shoes as those are a must for the trek. Carry an extra pair of socks and also a cap, gloves, scarf and sunglasses

What to carry

Your operator will provide you with a complete packing list, so do make sure you pack accordingly. However, here are some tips: If you’re going in the monsoon, take a rain coat for yourself and a raincover for your bag. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable trekking shoes and quick-dry clothing.

If you like, you can also carry a change of clothes or at least a spare pair of socks and sandals to wear on the way back. Keep a cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent and sunscreen in your bag, and carry some dry snacks and fruit. Read our blog about What to Pack for Trekking in the Sahyadris.

Preparation/Fitness

Lohagad is one of the easiest treks near Mumbai and Pune, which is why it is also one of the top treks in Maharashtra. The trail takes about 2 hours to get to the top, with stone steps that lead up to the fort. In the winter, this is an easy walk that even children can do. In the monsoon, the trek is slightly more difficult with gushing water and mossy steps, but it is still an easy climb.

FAQs about the Lohgad fort trek

What is the best time to go for the Lohagad fort trek?

Lohagad Fort is open all year round, but it is most popular during the monsoon. During this time, the landscape is transformed into a rain-drenched wonderland. However, many trekkers like to visit in winter for the dry trail and clear views.

Can first-timers do the Lohagad trek?

Yes, absolutely. This trek is one of the easiest treks around Lonavala, and is suitable for beginners or families with children. In the monsoon, it is a great outdoors experience for children.

What should I carry for the Lohagad fort trek?

Your operator will provide you with a complete packing list, so do make sure you pack accordingly. However, here are some tips: If you’re going in the monsoon, take a rain coat for yourself and a raincover for your bag. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable trekking shoes and quick-dry clothing.

If you like, you can also carry a change of clothes or at least a spare pair of socks and sandals to wear on the way back. Keep a cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent and sunscreen in your bag, and carry some dry snacks and fruit. Read our blog about What to Pack for Trekking in the Sahyadris.

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