irshalgad trek

Irshalgad Monsoon Trek


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.

Irshad would have been a critical watch tower, you can see Prabagad, Karnala Fort, Dhak Fort, Rajmachi, Matheran, and several other hills from here.
Suggested Planned Schedule:  (If you are taking your own transport) target reaching Tikona by 10:00 am.

Start time for travellers from Mumbai 5:45 am
Pickup points:

09:00 am Arrival at Base Village
 Start Trek for summit
11:00 pm reach summit, explore fort
Carry Packed lunch / Snack for meal break at fort
11:45 am Start return trek
01:45 pm / 02:00 pm Arrival back at base village
Return journey 

Standard Trekking Package: (WhatsApp: 9619182010 to get exact commercials that match your requirements).

Rs.5000/- (For a group size up to 9 persons), (Mountain Guide with Safety Equipment and General First Aid Kit)

Rs.7500/- (For a group size 10 to 15 pax), (2 Mountain Guide with Safety Equipment and General First Aid Kit)

Special Corporate or Celebrity Trek Charges:
Rs.10,000/- for a group size of up to 12 persons
Rs.15,000/- for a group size of 15 to 23 persons.

(Mountain Guides with experience to host corporate events along with safety Equipment, First Aid).

Bottled water/ beverages.
Any kind of insurance
Tips etc.
Un-utilized resources will not be refunded.
Anything that is not included is excluded.
Travel budget (by private transport - ask for quote).

Note: Meal cost for Mountain Guides during trek has to be borne by customer.

Note: We can organize stays (Villas and Farm Stay; Camping and Glamping; Resorts and Hotels); transport; "meals for your trek"; "Group or Corporate Events with games, activities, and adventures"; we can customize the whole event to match your requirements.

Note: Adventure sports should always be done under strict supervision of professionals who are experienced and have standard based equipment's to support the activities. We will be happy to help. 


Easy Trek, Ancient Fort Exploration and Exploring Rural Countryside.


Loose comfortable clothes 
- Track pants or Leggings or Comfortable trousers
- T-Shirt (Dry fits preferred); or Comfortable shirts (full sleeves)
- Trekking Shoe or Tough Canvas Shoes
- Cap or Hat
- Rain Wear (Rain coat or Poncho). Small umbrella for people who like photography 
- Mosquito repellent
- Sunscreen
- Water (in proper pet bottle - not disposable bottles) - 2 liters per head.
- Snack Bag (Dry Fruits; Chocolates; Sandwiches; Fruits; Salad item; anything easy to prepare and carry).
 - personal medical kit
- all items to be packed in backpack
Do not carry a music system.

An Offbeat trail leading to Irshalgad from the west side of the mountain starts here at 
(Nanai Factory).

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. 

(scroll down to read more about Irshalgad trek).

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A nice and fresh monsoon adventure Trek just a couple of hours drive from Mumbai set up in a rustic rural countryside on a Mountain top. 

Experiences involve a mix is a moderately difficult trek along with countryside followed by a steady uphill climb and climaxing finally with a bit of easy grade traversing and basic rock climbing towards the summit ridge before we reach the base of the pinnacle. We will not attempt the pinnacle during the monsoon. Add a few more toppings to the experience with an opportunity to explore the rural countryside, rural hamlets, farms, village Food (not part of the package)...

What comes free with this trek... great company of friends and family called (Nature Knights - Offbeat Mandala)

Location: Chowk (Near Karjat and Panvel) / Range Matheran (Next to Prabalgad)
Altitude: Approximately 520 meters / 1706 feet above mean sea level.
Duration of Trek: 6-8 Hours
Base Village: Irshalwadi/Nanivali

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Access by public transport: Nearest railway station: Karjat (Central Railway) & Panvel (Harbour Railway), Route:  Karjat- Chowk bus stop- Chowk railway station- Nanivali- Irshalwadi- Irshalgad Nedhe and; back via same route

Morbe dam

About Irshalgad Fort:

Irshalgad is a hill in the Matheran range which might have been used as a watch tower to keep an eye over the region between Manekgad and Prabalgad or maybe as a fire/smoke signal communication tower with the neighboring forts. The final 10 m high climb to peak involves technical rock climbing and shouldn’t be attempted by amateurs.

Alight at Chowk bus stop (NOT chowk fata, the station is a km from that stop) & cross Chowk railway station to reach the Morbe Dam road. The trail passes through Nanivali before climbing uphill to Irshalwadi (base village).

A crown-shaped fort is prominently seen at the start of the trek. Take the mud trail in the southwest from Irshalwadi (keeping Irshalgad to your right) and proceed for 300 m, crossing a temple and a couple of seasonal streams along the way to reach a pass. Turn right (usually marked by a shoe/bottle on a twig) and climb the rocky trail to reach the main ridge. The way ahead is up the western face of the mountain. Negotiate a medium-grade rock patch and; a rickety vertical ladder to reach the Nedhe. After climbing for two hours, you will reach Irsalwadi, the village on the machi (plateau) of the fort.  Follow the same route for the descent. Irshalgad is 100 meters high from Irsalwadi (half-hour) and the type of climb here is moderately difficult. The area of the fort is very small and there is no fortification, but there are six rock-cut cisterns (water reservoirs) and an image of Vishaldevi. There is a natural hole called Nedha on the top and we can see the forts of Prabalgad towards the north, Manikgad, Karnala, and; Songiri westwards, and the Matheran hill range in the east.

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