Harishchandragad (A 2N/3D trek)


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  • 3 Days  2 Nights 
  • Difficulty - Moderate
  • Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan)

Harishchandragad is one of the most underrated treks in all of Maharashtra. No matter how much one tries to hype it, nothing in this world can prepare you for the phenomenon that is the Konkan Kada! It is awe-inspiring, to say the least. We have been doing this trek for years now, and we don't think we're ever gonna stop. It's a night filled with wonder, stories, and games.


Difficulty level: Moderate-Challenging

Base village: Khireshwar

Konkan Kada height: 1,422 m / 4,665 ft

Location: Ahmednagar district

Time taken to climb/descend: 4 hrs climb / 2.5 hrs descent (different routes)

Total distance of climb/descent: 7 km climb / 4 km descent

Who should attend?

-There isn’t an age restriction on any of our experiences, everyone is welcome. However, the average Vagabond customer is anywhere between 20 – 32 years old. The experiences involve a good amount of time spent with the group. Depending on what experience you’re opting for, there could be a lot of walking and physical exertion
-It’s important to understand that most of our experiences include very rustic accommodation and not a luxurious means of transport. These may be basic in their facilities, but the hospitality is homely and comforting. If you’re someone who doesn’t like compromising on your comforts while travelling, this experience may not be very enjoyable
-Most of our trips have a healthy number of solo travellers. We encourage you to join us solo, especially if you’re tired of waiting on your friends. We promise you’ll return with many more
-We try our best to be responsible travellers. Everyone is welcome to explore with us, but we pay utmost importance to cleanliness on all our experiences. We encourage you to #LeaveNoTrace behind while you discover the beauty of the outdoors
-It’s important to understand that in a limited amount of time, only a limited amount of experiences can be had. We like to cover a few places in-depth rather than just ticking off a long list of things to do and places to go. However, if you are that kind of traveller, on almost all trips you can feel free to wander by yourself to places of your interest
-At a Vagabond Experience, it’s important to stay open-minded and positive when things don’t go as per plan. The essence of travelling in a group is being able to help each other out when in need. The weather could go bad, and plans could get altered. In such situations, we urge you to have faith in your group leader to make the most informed decision for the group.

Day 1 (Friday)

10:00 pm: Assemble at Kalyan bus depot which is just outside Kalyan stn (West). Please do not be late.

11:00 pm: We will board a state transport bus to 'Khubi phata'. It's a long and chilly bus ride. Take a nap if you must.

2:00 am: We get off at Khubiphata and walk for around an hour beside 'Pimpalgaon Joge' dam to Khireshwar village. The night will be cold and the sky will be starry. You're sure to enjoy the walk.

3:00 am: Time to hit the sack. Snuggle down into your sleeping bags and get some rest. Lights out! Tomorrow is a long and tiring day.


Day 2 (Sat)

8:00 am: Rise and shine! Freshen up and head for breakfast. Eat well, you'll need all the energy you can get. We warm-up for a bit to avoid any cramps and muscle pulls. Basic trekking rules and instructions will be given.

9:00 am: We now walk...Into The Wild.

Lots of beautiful spots to take breaks at and gulp down a few glasses of 'nimbu-paani'. Don't rush it. Every once in a while stop, listen to the birds, watch the landscapes change as we traverse the mighty Sahyadris.

2:00 pm: We reach our camping spot and have a village-styled meal after a long & tiring hike. Explore the caves and ruins of Harishchandragad as well as the temple of Kedareshwar where you can fill your water bottles from the natural underground spring. Take a well-deserved shut-eye.

4:00 pm: We make our final climb to Konkan Kada.

4:30 pm: Spend your time strolling around and getting a peek of the valley from the edge. It's an adrenaline rush, to say the least. Sit by the edge and enjoy the sunset. The Konkan Kada is famous for its reverse waterfall phenomenon. Throw some water off the cliff and watch the magic unfold ;)

7:30 pm: Our local villager friend will arrange dinner for us. Eat well and get a good night's sleep or stay up for a while and play campfire games with us. We sleep in the caves during monsoons and on the mountaintop during winter.


Day 3 (Sun)

7:00 am: Early wake-up call! Have a hearty breakfast and chai. Click all you can and say your final goodbyes to this beautiful mountain as we head down to Pachanai village.

11:00 am: We take jeeps from Pachnayi to Kasara station. On the way, we halt for a quick lunch break at Rajur village.

4:00 pm: Board a train from Kasara to V.T station. You can choose to get off anywhere that's convenient for you.

7:00 pm: Trip ends. Until next time folks!

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-All transport to & fro (Kalyan to Kasara (bus & jeeps))

-Refreshments while trekking (nimbu-paani)

-Day 2: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

-Day 3: Breakfast


-Roasted marshmallows 

-Trek expertise

-First Aid assistance

-Tent rental

-Vagabond experience managers



-Snacks (non-perishable)

-Sturdy shoes with good grip

-Drinking water (Min 2 ltrs)

-Extra pair of clothes

-Rainwear (during monsoons)

-Warm clothes (during winter)

-Pair of slippers (optional)

-Sweets/energy bars/Glucon D



-Sleeping bag or bedsheet/blanket (VERY important)

Policy and Terms

-Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will incur a 20% cancellation fee.

-Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

-Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will receive no refund.

(Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the website)

Terms and Conditions

-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.

-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather)

-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.

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Why choose Vagabond?

Years of experience: We’ve been leading trips around the country since 2014. Our time in this field has helped us learn things about places and people that would not be possible without the amount of experience we have. This knowledge about the destination contributes to a more wholesome and enriching group experience.

Footfall: Since our inception, we’ve led more than 4,500 people on treks, backpacking trips, camps, and outdoor experiences. Be rest assured, we’ve dealt with all kinds of people.

Safety first: Given the time we’ve spent in the travel field, we know and believe in the importance of safety. All our experience managers are first-aid certified, and carry a well equipped first-aid kit on every trip.

Solo / female traveller friendly: Over the years we have noticed a trend in the increasing number of solo and female travellers on our trips. Many of our trips end up having a good amount of solo female travellers.

Group size: We’ve come to realize that taking large groups of people compromises on an intimate inter-personal experience. Thus, our trips are led with a fairly small group of travellers who find it easier to get to know each other over the course of the trip.

No discrimination: At Vagabond, we believe that your age, social class, gender or sexual orientation shouldn’t determine if you’re allowed on a trip or not. Anyone and everyone should feel safe and welcome to experience and explore new places.

Flexible itinerary: On a Vagabond experience, you’re free to stray away from our scheduled itinerary and explore the place on your own. You do you. We’re not your travel guides. We’re here to facilitate a better understanding of the location and help you experience it in your own comfort zone.

Mindfulness to nature: Over the years we’ve seen the places we visit turn filthier and less pristine. We don’t want to contribute to that any further. At a Vagabond experience, we encourage you to reduce your waste and leave the place cleaner than it was. Check out #LeaveNoTrace

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