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About Harihar Fort Nashik Trek

Harihar fort appears to be rectangular from its base village. It is built on a triangular prism of rock. Its three faces and two edges are vertical 90 degrees. The third edge towards the west is inclined at an angle of 75 degrees. A one-meter wide rocky staircase with niches in it is carved out for ascending & descending the Hari har gad Fort.

There are 117 steps in all. After you climb the first rocky staircase main entrance, we walk below an overhang with a sheer drop. Again one has to climb a set of steep stairs with niches, then pass thru a staircase inside the rock-like Peth Fort or Kothaligad Fort and then reach the top of the Fort. The view from the top is excellent. After climbing these steps, we get up to the entrance door. The Fort Harihar Nashik has got a tapering plateau with a raised level in the middle. There is a small temple of Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva on the plateau. A small pond is there in front of this temple. Water from this pond can be used for drinking.

Making headway from here, we come across a palace having two rooms in it. 10 to 12 persons can be accommodated in this palace. One of the vertical drops of the Fort Harihar facing the Nirgudpada village is called 'Scottish Kada', perhaps because it was climbed for the first time in November 1986 by Doug Scott, the legendary Himalayan mountaineer & took him two days to do the climb. This cliff is about 170 meters in height. Harihar fort images are available in our photogallery.    

 

Harihar Trek Details

  • Harihar Fort Height is 3676 feet above sea level
  • Hari Har Gad Fort Region is Trymbakeshwar
  • Harihar Trek difficulty is tough
  • Harihargad Trek endurance is High
  • Hari har gad Nashik trek Cost: Rs. 1299/- per person
  • Harihar fort base village is Nirgudpada
  • Harihar Fort Nashik trek distance is 3.5 km one way. 

 

Harihar Killa Itinerary

Day 1

  • 10:45 pm Meet us at SGNP main gate, Borivali.
  • 11:00 pm Start journey towards Harihar.
  • 11:30 pm Pick up at WEH metro station bus stop.
  • 11:45 pm Pick up at Kalanagar bus stop (on highway), Bandra.
  • 12:00 am Pick up at Sion station circle.
  • 12:10 am Pick up at Amar Mahal.
  • 12:45 am Pick up at Teen Hath Naka, Thane.
  • 01:10 am Pick up at Kalyan Bypass.

 

Day 2

  • 04:30 Reach at base village and rest in the bus.
  • 05:30 Have a breakfast and Introduction
  • 06:00 Start ascending Harihargad Fort 
  • 09:30 Reach on top. Explore top.
  • 10:30 Start descending to the trailhead 
  • 13:30 Reach at base village and have a lunch.
  • 14:30 Start return journey towards Mumbai.
  • 20:00 Approx. arrival at Mumbai.

 

Harihar Fort Detailed Information 

Harihar Fort is a historic fort located in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, India. The Sahyadri fort lies at an altitude of 3,676 feet from sea level. It was constructed on the edge of a hill that looks rectangular from the village below; during the Yadava dynasty, the Harihar fort was built upon a triangular mountain with nearly vertical elevations.

The Harihar Fort Nasik is known for its steep steps that lead directly to the top of this rock-solid structure. People like taking pictures on these stairs because they are so steep, almost eighty degrees.

Tucked into the secluded quietness of this ancient-era Fort are statues that represent Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman,  and Nandi, as well as a calm little pond! 

On a clear day, the view from the Fort Harihar can take your breath away. You have a great vantage point to see forts here, such as Bhaskargad or Basgad, Anjaneri fort, Brahmagiri Trek Nasik, Bhandardurg, Vaitarna lake, and Utwad fort, to name a few forts near Nashik.

Leopards and other large animals, vultures, falcons, hawks, and eagles are regularly spotted in the jungle below the forest. Harihar fort photos are open in our photo gallery.

 

Interesting Harihar fort history   

In 1818, a British officer named Briggs captured the Harihargad. The British strategy was to use cannons to destroy the defences and access roads to the forts. As a consequence, many Forts, steps, routes and trails were destroyed by the British. The splendour of Harihar fort's rock-cut steps, on the other hand, astounded him. Officer Briggs left the Fort intact and did not destroy the iconic steps of the Harihar Fort. 

 

Things to keep an eye on the Harihar Fort Trek

The Fort's famous steps lead to the top of the FortFort. Climbing the nearly vertical staircase leading to Harihar fort's summit is the most thrilling aspect of the hike.

On the rocks, these small steps have been created. There are notches carved into the rock-cut steps that help you keep hold while climbing up till the first door and help you from falling out as you climb.

If you're terrified of heights, don't look back while climbing the stairs. It's terrifying to realize how many stairs you've already climbed. On the other hand, looking behind you allows you to see the universe unfolding in front of you! The vertical views are just out of the world for adventure seekers.  

The Sahyadri mountain range is a sight to behold - observing the Maharashtra forts from this vantage point will entirely transport you into a different world.

An astonishing view of the Sahyadri range's peaks will amaze you when you reach the top. If you're trekking in the rainy season, look out for lush grassy mountains and fortresses all around! You can see forts in Nashik like Durg bhandar, Bhaskargad or Basgad, Utwad fort, Anjaneri fort, Brahmagiri hill and other renowned places from here.

Would you mind watching our Harihar fort video with more than 1.5 million views?   

Harihar Trek Trail Brief Information 

The Harihar fort trek route can be broken into two stages depending on the amount of toughness level.

  1. The base village is Nirgudpada; from here, the trek starts; you will pass another small village called Kotamwadi. It will take one hour and twenty minutes to reach the plateau. While climbing up the Harihar Fort will be on your right-hand side. 
  2. From the plateau, you will hike towards the iconic steps and climb to the summit. It will take upto two hours to complete this section, depending on your skills, crowd, weather, and endurance. 

The second trailhead for the Harihar Trek is Harshewadi village. The climb from the base village will connect the plateau. After this, you will have the same route till the summit. Harihar Fort images can be found in our photo collection.

 

Harihar Fort Trek Trail information in detail

Section One - Harihar fort trek route

The first section is from Nirgudpada village via Kotamwadi to the plateau to the base of the rock-cut steps. Trailhead Nirgudpada height is 1916 feet above sea level. Nirgudpada to Plateau Distance is 2.3 kilometers. Section one duration is one hour twenty minutes

Harihar-Fort

We start the Harihar Fort Trekking from Nirgudpada village; after walking 400 meters, we will enter a small village called Kotamwadi. The walk till Kotamwadi is flat we will see a traditional village in the Sahyadri you will be transported back in time after seeing the sights in Kotamwadi settlement. 

The trailhead is well marked; you will see arrows drawn on the ground or ribbons tied on the bushes, pointing you always in the right direction. You will meet many shepherds with their herds of goats and cows in the jungle. In case you are lost, they help you come back on the trail. 

In the rainy season, you will walk past rice fields, small streams and beautiful waterfalls. The Fort is visible through the climb on your right-hand side. The hike to the plateau is gradual; you enter the forest area after passing the rice fields. After walking past the forest area, the climb will still be gradual till the plateau.  

A refreshing stream is active in the rainy season; you can relax in it while hiking to the plateau. The painted arrow fade out during the monsoon season, making the arrows challenging to spot. You will find this route busy during the rainy season, making it easier to navigate. After 40 minutes of trekking on this route, you will reach the plateau.

Harihar-Fort-Nashik 

The plateau is at the height of 2536 feet above sea level. If you take a left, you will reach फणीचा डोंगर or Fani Shikhar khind or Fani cha Dongar. We will take a right from the plateau to move towards the beautiful Harihar Fort Steps. The trail from Harshewadi connects to the plateau here. 

Harihar-Fort-Trek

We will pass a few dhabas, which are primarily open on weekends. Finally, we will reach the first steps entrance now, and we can look at how well the steps are carved onto the nearly 80-degree steep granite.

 

Harihar Fort Nashik Trek - Section 2

We will take a small break at one of the Dhabas and take in the views—Prime yourself for the exciting and challenging adventure that lies ahead of you. These rock-cut steps seem terrifying at first, but after you begin scaling them, you will find adequate support from the holds carved into the steps for your safety. Make certain you get the full benefit of the carved notches. Plant your foot accurately. As a result, it is not as frightening as it seems from a distance. 

Would you please wear good trekking shoes? This will give you a better grip during the rainy season. Because of the moss growth, the steps become slippery during the monsoon season.

Harihar Fort Stairs

We will start with the first rock-cut steps climbing section. From here, the distance till the Harihar fort summit is hardly one kilometer. It will take us upto two hours to complete this section depending on weather conditions, the crowd on the slope, climber skill and stamina. You will have reached 3100 feet above sea level near the first Harihar Fort steps. 

Harihar-Fort

Before you reach the Harihar Fort Mahadarvaja, there are about 90 steps to climb. If you are terrified of heights, do not turn around while ascending the stairs. It appears to be quite frightening. In contrast to the other forts in Maharashtra, they are well-maintained.

Harihar Fort Traverse

The trail leads to a left traverse after the Mahadarvaja. Your left is open to an exposed valley, while your right is the Fort's wall. On your left, you can see the Harshewadi settlement. Don't try to overtake anyone in this section, as a fall from here will be fatal. Don't forget to take pictures of the scenery.

Once you climb the steep stairs, you'll come to another set of steps. These lead upwards to more steep stairs. There are another 100 or more steps to arrive at the top of Harihar Fort Maharashtra. We will climb through a cave-like structure before entering the Harihar Fort top. 

After a small break, we will explore the Fort. Small ponds and a shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Shiva can be seen at the Fort. You can also see a Balekilla, which refers to the Fort's tallest peak. Brahma Parvat is the mountain to the left of you.

After visiting the shrine, we will move towards the highest point of the Harihar Fort Maharashtra. From the Balekilla, we get amazing views of the Trimbak region. It is a 15-minute gradual climb to the highest point on the Fort from the small pond. 

The peak area is small; only a few hikers can stay on top at a time. Take some time to slowly soak in the panorama of 360-degree views of Trimbakeshwar's famous forts and peaks. Enjoy the mesmerizing vistas wholly submerged in a verdant green colour design. 

We can spot Basgad or Bhaskargad, Anjaneri Fort, Durg Bhandar, Brahmagiri Parvat, Fani Dongar, Utwad Fort from the peak. Harihar Fort height is 3676 feet above sea level. If you're are regular trekker, identifying all of the forts and peaks is a lot of pleasure!

We will spend some time atop the Hari har gad Fort, and we will begin our descend to reach the trailhead just in time for lunch. We will follow the same route to descend the Harihar Fort. 

Hikers will have to be more careful while climbing down the stairs of हरिहर किल्ला. We need to maintain three-point contact always while descending, and we should face the mountain. Two hands and one foot are used in three-point contact, which is a safety practice.

 

 

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Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • 1 veg Breakfast and 1 veg Lunch
  • Travel by private non-Ac vehicle
  • Trek Leader expertise charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • 2/3 liters of water
  • Proper face mask or shield
  • Sanitizer
  • Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on the trek
  • Good Torch must with an extra battery
  • Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets
  • One Day Backpack 20 to 30 liters
  • Sun Cap and Sunscreen
  • Personal First aid and Personal Medicine
  • Identity Proof
  • Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles

Covid Safety Guidelines

  • Before planning for any adventure activity, please improve your minimum physical fitness. Most of us have been at home for a lockdown period.
  • Please convey your real medical conditions to Treks and Trails India while enrolling for the event.
  • Kindly wear three-layered masks, N95. Carry an extra disposable mask with you. Please ensure all participants, leaders, staff, and general persons wear masks before interacting with them.
  • Carry with your hand wash, sanitizer bottle, and clean your hands before touching food and objects.
  • Cover-up wear full sleeves shirts and full pants, hiking shoes, caps, and face bandana over your mask. Covering up will help reduce exposure to the Covid19 virus.
  • Bring your food and water with necessary cutlery like utility mug, fork, and spoon. Your mug can be used for cooking, eating, and drinking water. Carry your reusable water bottles; please don’t share with others.
  • Cooperate for temperature checks, questions reading any symptoms, and oxygen level checks; these are done to help you limit the spread of the virus. All these checks will be conducted multiple times during the activities.
  • Kindly do not register for the event or travel if you have come in contact with someone who has Covid19 in the last 14 days.
  • If you have any symptoms like fever, dry cough, weakness, body aches, etc., at the time of screening. You won't be able to participate in the event. You will have to be evacuated on the medical condition and should report to the nearest healthcare center.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet or more while sleeping at night. Incase distance is not possible, try sleeping in a criss-cross manner to avoid face proximity.
  • Please bring your garbage back to the city and dispose of it in your bin.
  • Consuming any alcohol, cigarettes, pan masala, tobacco, drugs should be avoided; they induce a lot of spitting, urinating, and passive smoke, which can be harmful for the general population.
  • Avoid touching new surfaces and touching your mask and face continuously.
  • If your adventure destination is overcrowded, be prepared to change your location or wait for the crowd to reduce.
  • If any participant, trek leader test positive after returning from the event within 14 days of the Activity. They should maintain transparency and inform Treks and Trails India. It will help all others isolate themselves and get tested. Participants and Treks and Trails will cooperate to help manage the situation.
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  • Keep the conversation with unknown people to a minimum and maintain a distance of more than 6 feet while talking.
  • Avoid speaking with the general population and maintain distance to keep yourself safe in these difficult times.
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Cancellation Policy

  • 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date 
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  • If Trek gets canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
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FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our Harihar Fort Trek Blog  

1. Are trekking shoes compulsory for Harihar Fort in Nashik?

Yes, trekking shoes provide waterproofing and excellent grip and help you hike with confidence. Harihar fort difficulty level is high; the steps can be slippery at Harihar fort in monsoon and post rainy season. It would be best if you wore hiking shoes for this trek.  

2. Best time to visit Harihar fort, Nashik?
During the rainy season and winter, June to February would be the best time to visit Harihar Trek Nashik. 

3. Do you offer Harihar Fort Camping, or is camping allowed Harihargad?

The forest department does not permit Harihar Fort Camping due to wild animals in the Jungle below the Fort. You can camp at Igatpuri or Vaitarna and proceed for the Nashik trek in the morning. Trekking places in Nashik are home to many of the beautiful and serene mountain ranges that offer galore camping and trekking opportunities! 

4. Can you tell me about Harihar Fort Nashik weather?

During summer, the Harihargad region is sweltering and humid. During the rainy season, the Trimbakeshwar and Nashik district receives heavy rainfall. The Harihargad weather will be foggy, low visibility, and pleasant to trek during the rainy season. During the winter months from November to February, the weather will be nice till late morning. It is advisable to avoid trekking during the summer months. 

5. What is Nashik to Harihar fort Trimbakeshwar distance?   

 Nashik to Harihar fort distance by road is 42 kilometers it will take one hour and fifteen minutes to cover this distance. Harihar fort to Trimbakeshwar is 13 kilometers 

6. Why is Harihar fort Nashik banned in the rainy season?

 Many Harihar fort accidents have taken place during the monsoon season due to overcrowding. To avoid more Harihar fort accidents and keep trekkers safe, the forest department and collector office ban the trek during the monsoon season. Harihar fort Nashik images have been made available in the photo gallery.     

7. Can you share where is Harihar fort location in Maharashtra?    

Harihar fort location or Harshagad or Harihargad is a fort in Maharashtra's Nashik district, 40 kilometers from Nashik City, 48 kilometers from Igatpuri, Harihar fort to Trimbakeshwar is 13 kilometers and 40 kilometers from Ghoti. It is a significant fort in Nashik's region, established to watch the Gonda Ghat commerce route. It draws a high number of trekkers and tourists because of its unique rock-cut steps.

8. How to register for the Harihar fort trek from Mumbai?

Mumbai to Harihar Fort Nashik distance 190 kilometers it takes five hours to complete this journey. Harihar fort height in feet is 3676 feet above sea level. Harihar trekking distance is 3.5 kilometers one way it will take you three hours to cover this distance. You can click on the book now button to register for the Harihar fort from the Mumbai trek. Please click on the enquire now button and fill the form with your question if you have any queries.    

9. Which is the Nearest Railway Station to Harihar Fort Nashik?

Harihar gad is located 60 kilometers from Kasara Railway Station and Nashik Railway Station. It is cheaper to reach Kasara Railway Station from Mumbai at Rs 60 return ticket.

Pro Tip for Maharashtra trekking: Kasara Railway station is a popular destination for hiring a taxi to reach trailheads for Nashik fort treks.   

 

When is the Best Season to do the Harihar Fort Trek

It is most satisfying to visit Harihar fort from May end to February as this will allow you to see the incredible panoramic views from the Fort covered in dense green. 

During monsoon season, the Harihar Fort Trek is regularly banned due to many crowds on the weekend. The rainy season is also the best time to get amazing views of the Sahyadris. The surrounding area hills and forts are just peeking above the clouds. Rice fields are verdant green, the green grass on the plateau swaying and dancing with the winds. The views of the rock-cut steps from the Mahadarwaja are out of this planet during the rainy season. 

Winter trek to Harihar Fort is much safer. The trekking route has fewer trekkers on the slope and offers a fantastic night sky to observe the moon, stars, constellations, and other celestial objects. You will get views of the famous peaks, forts and lakes in the vicinity. During summer, night treks are recommended as the daily weather is very hot and humid, and the jungle is prone to forest fires. Please watch our Harihar fort video with more than 1.5 million views.

 

 

Which are the challenging segments on the Harihar Fort Trek

The iconic rock-cut steps that head to the pinnacle of Harihar fort are the most challenging section. During the monsoon season, both the staircases before and after Mahadarvaja might be slick. Would you please wear good trekking shoes for this trek? 

Climbing the Harihar Fort steps is more difficult due to the moss development in the rainy season. It would be best if you exercise extreme caution when securing your foot. Always maintain three-point contact and face the mountain while descending. There is also a difficult-to-navigate narrow traverse. Crossing that portion should be done with caution. It will be exposed on your left-hand side keep to your right while walking here.

Harihar fort appears to be rectangular from its base village. It is built on a triangular prism of rock. Its three faces and two edges are vertical 90 degrees. The third edge towards the west is inclined at an angle of 75 degrees. A one-meter wide rocky staircase with niches in it is carved out for ascending & descending the Fort.

Watch our video of Harihar fort Nashik click on the below image.

Harihar Fort Video

There are 117 steps in all. After you climb the first rocky staircase main entrance, we walk below an overhang with a sheer drop. Again one has to climb a set of steep stairs with niches, then pass thru a staircase inside the rock-like Peth Fort or Kothaligad Fort and then reach the top of the Fort. The view from the top is excellent. After climbing these steps, we get up to the entrance door. The Fort has got a tapering plateau with a raised level in the middle. There is a small temple of Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva on the plateau. A small pond is there in front of this temple. Water from this pond can be used for drinking.

Making headway from here, we come across a palace having two rooms in it. 10 to 12 persons can be accommodated in this palace. One of the vertical drops of the Fort facing the Nirgudpada village is called 'Scottish Kada', perhaps because it was climbed for the first time in November 1986 by Doug Scott, the legendary Himalayan mountaineer & took him two days to do the climb. This cliff is about 170 meters in height.

 

How to reach Harihar Fort Nashik Maharashtra?

There are two paths to the Nashik Harihar Fort. Both paths begin in villages that are easily approachable by public transportation or your transportation. The two favorite trailheads for the hike are mentioned below. 

  • Harshewadi Village
  • Nirgudpada Village via Kotamwadi Villagae   

Using your vehicle to get to the starting position 

Both of the settlements named above have roads that are wide enough to accommodate automobiles.

  1. How to reach Harshewadi: Nashik is closer to this village, around 42 kilometers. Nashik Trekkers prefer to begin their climb here. 
  • How to reach Nirgudpada: Both Mumbai and Nashik have access to it. Mumbai to Nirgudpada distance is 160 kilometers. Nashik to Nirgudpada distance is 41 kilometers. Pune to Nirgudpada distance is 260 kilometers. 

There is ample parking space available in both the villages. There are many homestays and small dhabas available for trekkers at the trailheads. 

 

 

How to get to Harihar Killa's starting point utilizing public transportation systems.

Harihar Fort from Kotamwadi

View of Harihar Fort Igatpuri from Kotamwadi

 

1. Arriving at Nirgudpada or Kotamwadi

You will need to board the train for Kasara Railway station on the Mumbai central railway line. It takes up to two hours and 30 minutes to reach Kasara from CSMT. Once you reach Kasara, you will find many jeep taxis to Harihargad negotiate a good price until the base village. They will drop you and pickup up after you complete the trek. 

Local state transport bus timings are difficult to match with your trek itinerary. You will need to get down at Khodala and look for a local sharing jeep till Kotamwadi or Hire local jeeps till Kotamwadi or Nirgudpada. 

During your return journey finding local sharing jeeps and state transport buses will be a slow process. You might need to hitchhike to the nearest town like Khodala. We recommend hiring a jeep from Kasara Railway Station in groups of 5 to 8 to cut down the transport cost. 

Pro Tip for Trekkers: If you reach Kasara station past 10 pm, it is better to prebook your taxi as the taxi stand will be closed. 

 

2. Arriving Harshewadi, Trailhead Harihar Fort Maharashtra

If you're coming from Mumbai, take a local train to Nashik. To get to Harshewadi, grab a cab from Nashik. You can also reach Kasara railway station and board a sharing taxi till Nashik.

If you plan to use state transport buses, you will need to get down at Trimbakeshwar and board a sharing jeep or hire a private jeep till Harshewadi. 

Return journey after the Trek Harihar Fort Maharashtra 

Do keep in mind there are few buses till 5 pm only that go till larger towns. In case you are late you can ask locals for a jeep taxi number. You can also spend the night at the homestay or pitch your tent in an open area after permission from the property owner.

Homestay also helps with your transport and will help you negotiate a good price for the jeep taxi.    

 

 

Activity
Trekking
Destination
Maharashtra
Duration
1 Day