Harihar Fort Trek: Things you need to know

Harihar Fort Trek: Things you need to know

Harihar Fort


Harihar Fort is situated in Maharashtra’s Nashik district at an elevation of 3,676 feet above sea level.

The Harihar Fort is located on the hill, which appears to be rectangular. Contrary to what it appears, it was built on a triangular prism made of rock, which dates back to the Yadava Dynasty. The Harihar fort’s edges are almost vertical because of this.

The famous attraction of Harihar Fort is the steeply inclined stairs that lead to the top at almost 80 degrees.

In a small pond near the fort, are found the idols (Murti), of Lord Hanuman and Shiva.

It is a beautiful view from the fort. There are many forts visible from the fort.

Here are some things to keep an eye on

The iconic, almost 80-degree vertically inclined steps that lead up to the top of Fort.

This is the most thrilling part of the Harihar Fort Trek.

These steps are made from rocks. Notches have been made to make it easier to climb up to the top.

Acrophobia is a fear of heights. It can be so scary to look up at the steps you just climbed that you may faint or even fall to your death. The view behind you is amazing for those who aren’t afraid of heights.

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Amazing views from the top of the Sahyadri Range

From the Harihar fort, you can see 360 degrees of the Sahyadri Range. You can also enjoy the lush green forts, and peaks and trekking during the monsoon.

Many other forts can be seen, including Utwad/Basgad and Anjaneri forts, Utwad forts, Anjaneri Forts, Brahma Paravats, Navra-Navri peak, and Brahmagiri.

Information about Trails

Harihar Fort Trek can be divided into two sections depending on its difficulty level.

  1. The journey from the Nirgudpada (Kotamwadi), to the plateau, takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes
  2. It takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to get from the plateau to the top via steep iconic steps.

Harihar Fort Trek: Best Season

June to February is the best time to start the Harihar Fort Trek. This is when you will see stunning views from Harihar Fort.

Monsoon is the best time to see lush green Sahyadris. The fields are full of green grass at this time.

This place is best enjoyed after the monsoon. It offers a clear view of the Top and all its famous forts.

Due to the heat, it is not recommended that you trek to Harihar Fort during the summer.

The Harihar Fort Trek has some difficult sections

The Iconic steps leading to the top of Harihar Fort are the most difficult section. This is because both staircases before and after Mahadarvaja can become slippery in monsoons. Inexperienced climbers might find it dangerous and even fatal.

The steps are difficult to climb because of the moss that has formed. You should be careful when walking on the steps.

It is difficult to navigate the narrow and tricky path.

Question: When is the best time to begin the Harihar Fort Trek?

It is important to plan your Harihar fort trek so that you can reach the top by noon, and then descend to the base for lunch.

To reach the top, it takes two and a quarter hours, and to descend, one and a half to complete. You should return to the beginning point by 3:00 pm.

You can only take public transport for your return journey if you plan to use it after 3:00 pm. There are very few buses going to Trimbak or Nashik.

Emergency contact for Harihar Fort Trek

Hospital: Sub-District hospital Trimbakeshwar, is the closest hospital to Harihar Fort Trek.

Police Station: The Harsul Police station in Trimbakeshwar is the closest station to Nirgudpada and Harshewadi.

ERSS: Pan-India Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), is 112. This number can be reached in an emergency.


What to Bring for Harihar Fort Trek

  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Identity Card
  • Cap/ Scarf/ Bandana & Sunglasses
  • Water (Minimum 2 liters).
  • Salt & Lemon, Electrolyte Powder/Drink(Gatorade/Glucon D or similar products)
  • High-calorie snacks (Nuts and dry fruits, home-baked cakes, etc.)
  • Safety pins, rubber bands, and a whistle (Might be useful during an emergency.

T-shirts that Dry Quick can be preferred to cotton tees.

  • Poncho is only available during monsoons
  • Use enough plastic sheets to cover electronic devices that may get wet during monsoons.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+).
  • Optional: Trekking poles

First aid kit:

  • Scissor
  • Band-aids (Regular & Waterproof)
  • Analgesic spray (Relispray, Volini, etc.)
  • Antiseptic Liquid (Savlon, Dettol etc.)
  • Antiseptic powder (Povidone-Iodine-based powders)
  • Cotton roll & Bandage
  • Crepe Bandage
  • 1-inch wide medical tape (either paper or cloth).
  • Paper Tape/Micropore tape
  • Tablet for kinetosis, acidity, Gelusil, Digene, and others. ).
  • Mild pain relief tablet (Crocin).


Harihar fort trek is a very nice trek that everyone should do it once. it will be a very nice experience to have that every one should experience at least once in there life.