Grade: Medium (2 hours ascend and 2 hours descend).
Irshalgad is a 6.5 km out and back trek located near Chauk railway station. Irshalgad pinnacle is easy to moderate difficulty which takes 2 hours to ascend and 1.5 to 2 hours to descend. The road head, if traveling by your own vehicle is Nanivali village near Chowk town. Chowk town lies on NH4 that connects Panvel with Karjat. Chowk also has a train station (Station code CHOK). (Pune - Bhusaval express) stops at Chowk train station. From Chowk, Nanivali village (the starting point of this trek) is a comfortable 2.3 kilometers walk. From Nanivali village you follow a wide well-defined path till Irshalwadi village. The path climbs a steep ridge and then tapers to an easy ascend till Irshalwadi. From Irshalwadi village head towards a temple dedicated to a local deity and access the Irshalgad plateau via a west-east axis. The trek is beginner-friendly till the pinnacle base. Nevertheless, there have been numerous fatalities while climbing the pinnacle.
Time: 6:00 am starting from Andheri West to 7:30 pm back at Andheri
For children/students Rs.900/- per student up to 19 years old.
minimum age of children allowed on this trek (10 years old and above).
Travel mode: Private Vehicle
Unlike the trail starting from Morbe Dam side the trek from the west side of the mountain has a reasonably thick forest cover, and being on the west side if you start your trek early in the morning you will also have the benefit shadow cast by Irshagad hill.
The trek route is a steep ascend taking you to a plateau from where you can see Irshal machi and few small farms. On a warm and humid day, this trail can become tough if you start later than 10 am. So ration sufficient hydration fluids (2 liters per head minimum) and few seasonal fruits and salad items to go with it.
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