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Harishchandragad Trek

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Harishchandragad is an ideal weekend trekking spot in Ahmed Nagar district, Maharashtra, India. In this channel, we will try to narrate all our experiences of the trek and hopefully it will help those who are planning to trek here.

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Kedar Chandrayan 12 months ago
Trekking - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller - anonymous

This saying is really true. During the trek we were totally speechless. The mountains keep giving awesome views after views. It was an experience to see so many stars together in the night sky. It was an awesome experience to stay in tent after enjoying the campfire.

While climbing it gives a total different awesome sense of accomplishment to see how much height one has scaled.

Some where some time soon, another trek is waiting for me.
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Kedar Chandrayan 12 months ago
This pic was taken on the way to Pachnai village from Pune. Here one can see the terrace farming technique used in hilly areas. These farms were made ready for sowing as the monsoon season is coming.
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Balakrishna Hebbar 12 months ago
How far is it from pune?
Kedar Chandrayan 12 months ago
The base camp Pachnai village is 160 km from Pune. From Amanora Park town, Hadapsar the total to and fro distance was 360 km.
Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Thanks Mukund Chandak for sharing these pics. The Maggy which was made using the campfire, was EPIC!!! 😎
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Mukund Chandak 1 year ago
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Mukund Chandak 1 year ago
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Mukund Chandak 1 year ago
frm 2008 :)
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
After the hectic day, the night sleep got us rejuvenated. In the morning we filled our water bottles and left for the base camp - Pachnai village. While going up we kept noting the choices we made while going up and retraced the same route while going down. It took us around 3 hours to reach Pachnai.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
In the night it got really chilly. Our campfire came to the rescue. We collected dry twigs and created our campfire using between 3 big stones. Here the lighter and newspapers proved helpful.

One should take care that the fire should not be lit near any tent or hut as fire can spread very quickly in dry leaves and never leave the fire lit if you are leaving the place. These were the instructions we got from the locals and seemed very reasonable.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
After returning back to Harishchandragad from Konkan Kada, we got out tent fixed. It was a wi dy evening, with clear skies. As it was just a couple of days after no moon night, the stars were very prominent.

This pic of the tent was taken the coming morning.
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Abhay Kumar Singh 1 year ago
Very useful information Kedar Chandrayan
Let's plan katraj to singhad night trek sometime soon.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Sure Abhay Kumar Singh
Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Konkan kada gives awesome photos but one should take utmost care when going near the edge as it is very risky. This is our team member Alpesh Modi relaxing near the edge πŸ˜€
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Konkan kada is a semi circular bridge which overhangs like a cobra. Pics of this place is like the tip of the ice berg. For getting the full thrill of it you need to visit it.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Near konkan kada also there is a hotel with facility of renting tent. We did not stay here as we had plans of getting back to Harishchandragad for the night stay.
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Breathtaking view from Konkan Kada.
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Balakrishna Hebbar 1 year ago
Wondering how it would look after first rain β˜”οΈ
Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
After lunch, we headed towards Konkan Kada. It took around 50 minutes to reach there. We planned such that we will reach bach Harishchandragad temple before sun set.
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After reaching the top of Harishchandragad, we took lunch at Hotel Neelkantheshwar, which is one of the 2 to 3 food joints up there. This hotel is owned by Mr Houshiram who also gives tents on rent for overnight stay at reasonable price. Food here is simple but very tasty.

If you are planning to go in big groups, it would be great if you can call Mr Houshiram in advance so that the cooking material etc can be arranged. +91 98508 78506, +91 96730 87702
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
There are caves near the temple, which can be used for night stay.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Temple at the top of Harishchandragad. This is a very old temple with underground water source for drinking water.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Pachnai village seen from a height ...
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Some awesome views while trekking.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
There is a patch which goes from the base of a water fall. In monsoon season, there would be water falling from above the hills here.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
The trekking team - Alpesh Modi, Sunil Khedar, Deepesh Kumar Nath and me - from left to right.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Huge cactus trees are spotted all the way along. Compare the height of this tree with the adjacent hut.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Walking sticks help a lot in scenarios like this...
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
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Start of the trek...
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Before starting the trek arrange for walking sticks. Walking sticks help in giving support when needed.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
After reaching Pachnai village, we took breakfast in a restaurant there. Food taken should be easy to digest and one should avoid spicy food.

We asked the villagers about the start of the trek and they pointed us correctly to there. Look for a board which is there in the pic. This is the start of the trek.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
An important tip to fellow trekkers is to download the google map in offline mode. This is because there is no network in the whole trek.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
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On the way to Pachnai village, we saw this peacock just after sunrise. We tried to take photos but I guess it was too much frightened...
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Sure Yashwant Naik. I will share some more images.

Harishchandragad is a tough trek and there are 3 paths from which you can climb. Easiest of these is via Pachnai village. So if you are new to trekking, I would suggest this path.

In this channel, I am trying to walk through the experiences which we got and the intent is to help any enthusiast who is planning to trek Harishchandragad.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Sure Yashwant. Please add link to this Pepo channel along with the photos - https://pepo.com/harishchandragad-trek along with them so that the trekking enthusiasts can visit here too to get more info 😊
Yashwant Naik 1 year ago
Yupp, will do exactly same as you mentioned. Give me week's time to prepare everything
Yashwant Naik 1 year ago
Can you share more images
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Yashwant Naik 1 year ago
I heard it is very difficult trek
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Harishchandragad is an exhaustive trek which spans 5-7 hours of climbing depending on your speed and expertise. The path via Pachnai village is the easiest one and is best for new trekking enthusiasts.

We left from Amanora Park Town, Pune at 1:30 am on Saturday and reached Pachnai at around 8 am in the morning. The road is good till the national highways but after the state highways start there are lot of rough patches. We took lot of breaks for tea and photography. Sun rise was awesome.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
What you wear in trek is very important for a smooth trek. Avoid wearing tight clothes. Wear comfortable and sturdy clothes. Prefer full sleeves t-shirt and jeans as sun can prove harmful in a long run. Prefer light colors over dark, which would help in hot weather conditions. Wear a cap which should be tight.

Shoes should in good shape. Check the condition of shoes beforehand to avoid uncertainties. Shoes should have good good grip and should be light weight.
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Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
The most important part of trekking is backpacking. The trick is to concentrate on needs and not luxury. It is important to remember that everything adds weight and there is always a trade-off which needs to be solved between necessity and luxury. Small things like chaddar or blanket when missed, can lead into disaster if you are planning to stay overnight.

Following is the list of items which I think are must for overnight stay treks:

1. Snacks items like glucose biscuits (100 grams per person), cream biscuits (200 grams per person), Snickers (10 grams per person)help giving the required energy at the right times. Avoid taking too much snacks items to this trek, since there are couple of good dhabas at the top. Last time when I went, there was no such provision and so we had kept Maggy with us then.

2. Keep 2-3 bananas per person. Bananas are great source of energy which will be needed when climbing.

3. One blanket and one bed sheet.

4. One extra pair of socks.

5. One pair of undergarments.

6. One extra t-shirt. Try taking t-shirt with full sleeves as the sun can be harsh over the skin.

7. A cap and sunglasses help a lot in preserving the stamina when fighting against sun.

8. Hygiene is very important. So carry tissue papers, soap papers, tooth brush, small toothpaste.

9. Small tube of odomos can be taken.

10. Torch is a must. There are no lights at the top in the night other than moon light.

11. Keep lighter and newspaper (2-3) pages to help in starting camp fire.

12. Keep knife, small jute rope, feviquick for miscellaneous reasons.

13. Keep glucose (one packet) and general medicines like loose motion cure pills, paracetamol, savalon, bandages, small scissors, antiseptic dusting powder and pain killers. In a group, if one person packs these medicines it is sufficient.

14. Cash is necessary as always. Keep enough to last for 3 to 4 meals at the least and some extra for emergencies. Don't keep cards as there are no ATMs anywhere near the base camp and also at the top.

15. Last but not the least, keep 2 to 3 litres of water per person. There is a water source at the top of Harishchandragad, so don't worry about water much.

Arrange all these items in a strong bag which should be light weight.

When having choice between two items, compare their weights and their utilities. Obviously you cannot carry everything which you require so try to take things which are most required only.
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Balakrishna Hebbar 1 year ago
Very helpful tips Kedar Chandrayan
Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
Thanks Balakrishna Hebbar 😊
Kedar Chandrayan 1 year ago
It all started with a discussion after office, "what to do this weekend?". After going through multiple options, all of us agreed to go for a trek.

I had been to Harishchandragad in my college third year and suggested to go there and the team agreed.

Harishchandragad is an ideal 2 day trekking spot in Ahmed Nagar district of Maharashtra. The base camp, Pachnai village is around 160 km from Pune. From Mumbai, it is around 200 km.
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