Trek to Kalsubai, highest point in Maharashtra
Introduction: Trek to Kalsubai is one of the favorite treks in Maharashtra. A few of these passionate people come to seek blessings here at the summit every year. The best time to visit is when you have an inner desire to be here. Kalsubai peak trek is now much simpler as compared the same route being trekked 5 years ago. From the base village Bari we come across 4 iron ladders. Climbing up and climbing down these ladder has its own fun. Mostly this trek is done doing the monsoon season. As we all know that Mt Kalsubai is also called the Everest of Maharashtra, so like in the Himalayas here too there huge groups of people coming and for once its crowded at the summit.
Here is a little summary about Mount Kalsubai:
Difficulty Level: Medium level
Endurance Level: High
Food Arrangement: Food arrangement can be done at Bari village before starting the trek.
Transport: Shared jeep / Trax available from Kasara for Bari village.
Height of peak: 5400 ft approx.
Base Village: Bari
Region: Igatpuri, Bhandardara.
Route from Pune to Kalsubai: Pune – Sangamner – Rajur – Bhandardara – Bari
Route from Mumbai to Kalsubai: Mumbai – Kasara – Igatpuri – Ghoti – Bari
Distance from Mumbai: 160 km approx.
Distance from Pune: 175 km approx.
Total time required for climbing: 4 hours one way
Total distance for climbing: 7 km approx. one way.
Mobile network coverage: Weak
Mobile Network available at the Summit of Kalsubai: BSNL / Airtel
It’s also believed by the locals that if a couple desire to have children and cannot conceive a child. Then make a wish here at the summit temple and it will be granted. It is one of the stories of Kalsubai. Sure enough there would be many such folk tales to entertain us over the years. Of late trek to Kalsubai has been gathering a lot of steam in the news. After a couple decided to get married at the summit temple. That is one extra ordinary wedding venue. I may say invite all but only a few would make it to the top.
There is no ropeway / cable cars system like Raigad fort or the Gulmarg ka Gondola. For a first time trekker it will take some time to do this trek due to steep inclination. The iron ladders steps make it an experience you want to try this trekking season.
Please remember to carry some pack lunch / dry ration as there are not shop on the way. Yes you can get some tasty Maharashtrian food at the base village Bari. If it’s a large group of people visiting please call in advance so that the preparations are kept ready for the group. Bari village does not get a very strong mobile reception. Best is not to rely on the local ST busses. As the service keeps fluctuating. The other suggestion would be to take down the mobile number of the jeep / trax driver and ask him to come back to pickup after the trek.
Additional info about Kalsubai:
Is Kalsubai a fort: No
Trekking Days: 1
Interesting Places around Kalsubai: Hanuman temple near Bari village, Waki river, Bhandardara dam, Arthur lake. Ramsej, Harihargad, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad, Bahula, Tringalwadi, Kavnai, Aundha, Vishramgad, Bitangad, Alang, Madangad, Kulang, Ratangad Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar, Harishchandragad can also be seen from the top of Kalsubai.
Any other know routes of Kalsubai: Indore route
Multiple treks possible: Yes
Other treks route in the region: Bhandardara camping, Sandhan Valley, Ajoba trek
Night treks possible: Yes
Night halt: Not at the summit. Yes you can stay at the base village.
Personally Kalsubai trekking experience has been simply awesome. Be it night trek of a one day trek. On my very first trek time to Kalsubai, where I met this amazing couple of boys (men). These had been childhood friends and now were aged 75 and 77 years. Both were well settled, had their children married and before coming for the trek played with their grandchildren too. Both taking care of each other, slowly and steady walking. The happiness in their smile said it all. These are special moments that acullay make the day. Forget about climbing a 4 hour trek with little or no shade on the way. We drew inspiration from these friends. Must be around 65 years of friendship that they had, which was beautiful. No sure if those reading this Kalsubai trek blog can boast of some kind of achievement like this.
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