Irshalgad Trek
Irshalgad Trek

Irshalgad Trek


Irshalgad

Irshalgad is an iconic boat-shaped hill that is easily distinguishable from afar. Irshalgad is not a fort but a watchtower sort of. It has a pinnacle that was used by the Maratha forces to keep an eye on approaching enemy forces. The climb to the peak can be divided into three phases: The base of the pinnacle, the Needle hole, and the final, technical push to the peak. It is only recommended to go up to the second level, as the final stretch is especially treacherous.

Irshalghad trek is known for its fort, which is located in between Matheran and Panvel in the state of Maharashtra. This fort gives a fantastic sight to watch. This fort is 3700 feet height above sea level and is little moderate graded trek. This fort can be reached from the base village called Irshalwadi, this is where the actual trek begins. This takes around 1-1.5 hrs to reach the top. The Irshalgad fort is too large and ancient. There are many plummets of water flowing from several rocks. You can see many trees, rocks and small creatures while trekking. Trekking to this place before sunrise makes the trek even more glorious and special. As you reach the top of the pinnacle, you can also see other sister forts from that altitude like Prabalgad, Matheran etc. The fort is not exactly a fort, but a pinnacle with distinct shape. The path is little steepy and there is also a water tank on the route.

Chowk is the starting point for the trek. After a 10 min brisk walk, you encounter a steep climb on a well-defined route made up of scree and small loose rocks. 


IRSHALGAD

 

Hyderabad to Lonavala by Train (Day 0)

Board the train at Hyderabad (8:40 PM)/ Begumpet (8:49 PM)/ Lingampally (9:12 PM). Reach the station on time. While you pack your bags, make sure you carry snacks, water bottles, quilts etc./ Start your journey with a wide smile.

Your guide will meet you at the station/ at your designated seats.

Lonavala to Base village Irshalwadi ( Day 1)

  • From Lonavala station, we will head towards Base village. on the way, we will have our breakfast too.
  • From the base village post our lunch, we will start our trek to Irashalwadi by 4 PM.
  • Trek to the village will take around 2 hours. Post fresh up, we will have our dinner provided by the GA and have a good night of sleep in Tents.

Irshalwadi to Peak and back to Hyderabad (Day 2)

  • Wake up call early in the morning at 5 AM. Then we will proceed towards the Peak for sunrise. (Sunrise entirely depends on the weather, we can't promise for sure)
  • After spending a couple of hours at the peak, we will head towards the village and have breakfast provided by the GA team.
  • Then we will head towards the base village and then board into local transport (Bus/auto) towards the Lonavla railway station.

Arrival at Hyderabad (Day 3)

We will reach Hyderabad around 7 AM. And, we will end our memorable trip here with many new friends.


Clothing & Footwear

  • Walking/Sports/Trekking shoe. (Please make sure that you are using soft rubber-sole footwear)
  • 30-40 L backpack (Do not carry suitcases or trolleys)
  • Sleeping bag (You can replace it with a thin blanket or bed-sheet if you don't want to invest in a sleeping bag)
  • 3 pairs of quick-dry clothing. (Please wear one pair on Friday night before coming to the railway station. You'll not get an opportunity to change during our travel.)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • Raincoat, rain cover for your bag, zip-lock pouches for mobiles

Food & Beverage

  • Min 2 liters of water each (Please bring reusable water bottles so that together we can discourage the use of plastic on the trails)
  • Snacks (Carry plenty of dry snacks, energy bars, candies & ORS to munch on during the trek)

 Miscellaneous:

  • Camera
  • Power bank
  • Govt. Issued ID proof
  • Headtorch / Hand-held torch (Avoid mobile flashlights.)
  • Medicines (If you have any health issues. Please ensure that you inform our trek leaders beforehand.)
  • Sanitation kit (Carrying Odomos would come in handy)

  • Hyd to Hyd transportation
  • Local Transportation
  • Food (One Breakfast & One dinner)
  • Accommodation (Camping/Homestay)
  • First aid
  • Certified Organizers

  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Food during the transit.
  • Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head


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