Fort Korigad Trek Near Lonavala - Ex-Mumbai
Sahyadri Ranges in Maharashtra is full of medieval forts, ancient caves and temples that are historically connected to Raja Shivaji, the great Maratha warrior. There are number of treks and trails that run round around these that offer great views and are hugely popular in monsoons and winters. The trails offer great views as one is left awestruck at the incredible skills of the people who build forts and temples at such treacherous heights
Korigad near Lonavala (20 kms) was built by ShivajiMaharaj in the year 1657. One of Shivaji's most loved forts; Korigad was incorporated in Swarajya by the great Maratha king along with a number of other forts like Visapur, Tung, Tikona and Lohgad. This fort witnessed several battles between the Marathas and the British army, and finally on 14th March 1818, this fort was conquered.
Korigad is set around 3000 ft asl and is renowned for its fortified structure and the view it offers from the top of the dense forest that surrounds this fort. The village located at the foothills of the fort is called Peth- Shahpur, which is situated close to the Amby Valley.
Korigad trek is an easy trek that takes about 1 hour to reach the summit. There are two ways to reach the top of the fort. The first way, and the one that this trek takes, comprises a series of steps which take you all the way to the top of the fort. The 100 odd steps take about 45 mins/ 1 hour to climb. This trek is particularly suited for beginners and treks where kids are being introduced into trekking. The second route is the shorter route (the ones used by the Marathas to escape the fort)is tricky and requires you to pass through dense jungles and bamboo trees.The route involves short steps carved on large rocks and can be tricky, especially during monsoons.
Grade : Easy
Total Trekking time : 1 hour
Route taken : Bandra – Sion – Vashi – Panvel – Lonvala
Odati Adventure conducts fixed departures Fort Korigad and custom departures can be organized for a min group size of 6.
All trips have at least one guide accompanying with a typically 1 guide for every 6. The guide will be well versed with the knowledge of the trail, place, terrain, approaches, language, culture & history. The guide will be able to help trekkers in minimising the difficulty level and maximising the experience.