This trek connects two of the most beautiful forts of Sahyadris - Ratangad and Harishchandragarh through Katrabai pass which connects Igatpuri region and Malshej region.
Ratangad, Jewel of forts, was Shivaji Maharaj’s favourite. The trek to Ratangad is through riverbeds, thick canopy, steel ladders and thick grass. At the top of the fort, there is a huge hole in the mountain caused by years of wind erosion. It offers breath-taking views of surrounding peaks such as Kalsubai, AMK, Ajobagad. Around half way to Ratangad there is a cross trail which goes to Harishchandragarh.
The major attraction at Harishchandragarh is KokanKada cliff which is not just vertical but an overhang like a cobra's hood. It’s beyond description and one must see it to experience the nature's architecture. In evening the sunset provides the divine feeling of being in the heaven.
22nd Dec, Friday
20:45 - Catch Kasara fast local starting from CST at 20:52 (Dadar-21:06, Thane-21:33). Try to board second compartment from CST-end
23:05 - Reach Kasara which is the final meeting point. Move to Ratanwadi in a jeep. Dinner on way.
23rd Dec, Saturday
02:30 - Reach base village and settle down.
05:30 - Wake-up call and start trekking. Breakfast on the way
11:00 - Reach the top, explore the fort and take rest
13:00 - Have lunch in the cross trail going towards Kumshet
15:00 - Start trekking towards Kumshet
18:00 - Reach Kumshet and settle down
20:30 - Have dinner, campfire and masti till you drop
24th Dec, Sunday
06:00 - Wake up call, have breakfast and get ready for the trek.
07:00 - Start trekking towards Harishchandragarh.
13:00 - Reach Pachnai and have lunch.
14:00 - Start trekking towards Harishchandragarh.
16:00 - Reach the Harishchandragarh, have some refreshment and explore
17:00 - Walk towards the magical Kokankada. Sunset from Kokankada is known to be the best sunset view in Maharashtra.
20:00 - Have dinner. Overnight at Kokankada
25th Dec, Monday (Christmas)
05:30 - Wake Up call and Start trekking towards Taramati peak.
06:30 - Reach Taramati peak and enjoy the view. From here you can see all the routes to Harishchandragarh
08:00 - Return to Kokankada, have breakfast and pack up
10:00 - Start descending to Pachnai
13:00 - Reach Pachnai and move towards Kasara after Lunch
17:00 - Reach Kasara and take train back towards Mumbai