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Kalsubai Peak - The Everest of Maharashtra Last year after successful completion of Harishchandra gad trek, I decided to do Kalsubai terk in year 2022. This time the real challenge was taking 2 kids to this summit. But they managed very well. The success of this trek goes to them. Base Village We started our journey from Sangamner (previous night we reached here from Pune) in the morning with 4 adults and 2 kids. The base village was somewhat 2 hrs journey from Sangamner and we reached there by 11:00 am. After small rest we started for summit. I have already booked our stay with Mr. Jagan Khade (mobile no +91 8605963102). He was very friendly and took utmost care of us. I will highly recommend his service. How is a josh? High sir.... High Sir.... High Sir Trek starts by crossing small stre am of water which has farming land around of most of the villagers. Initial 20% of the trek is easy where you just have to cross rocks, muddy tracks and shrubs. Path for the trek is laid out so very well that it is kind of impossible to get lost. Around 2:00 PM we reached base camp. There we had our lunch in Mr. Khade’s hotel ‘Hotel Adaresh’. We then started for Summit climb to witness sunset. Campsite I would advise you to wear good quality sports/trek shoes for this trek as during rain, the path gets very slippery and needs some good grip for safety. There are various small shacks build-up by villagers throughout the trek where you can re-energize yourself but I would advise you to carry at least 2 liters of water per head and energy drinks to avoid cramps. Once you reach around 50% of the trek comes one of the difficult parts which is climbing up an iron ladder. It is an extremely tricky part of the trek which can prove fatal. Ladders are at an angle of around 70 degrees, so you need to be extremely cautious. It took us around 2 hours to reach the camp 4. We identified place for camping and pitches our tents. Around 5 PM we decided for Summit push with Kids. After climbing last ladder we reached peak. The view The view During short break Hureee we officially graduated from the top of peak. Happiness after summit climb Me & my trek partner Climber family At the top you have small temple of Kalsubai. The view from the top is extravagantly awesome, it just mesmerizes you in its beauty and leaves you awestruck the whole time you are at the top. Both my partners watching sunset Peak in the evening Last sunset of 2021 After clicking some memorable photos and cherishing the beauty of Mother Nature, we decided to return to our tents just below the peak. We called it as acclimatization round. Night was terrible it was windy and temperature was around 6 deg. But somehow kids managed it. Home for night Chilling night Next morning, we decided for final summit push. Being very cold myself and my brother in law decided to go to peak and others decided to rest in tents. We again climbed the peak for beautiful sunrise and here are few clicks. Peak around 5 PM First light Gearing up to capture sunrise Temple during sunrise me waiting for first sunrise 2022 View from top First sunrise of 2022 Love you Zindagi Me & my brother in law (Chaitanya). He is a true climber and my support during this trek. 2022 & me The peak & campsite 2022 & Aarav (my son). Happy faces We started to descend around 9:45 am. You need to be extra cautious and careful while descending as one wrong foot can be dangerous. It took us around 2 hrs to reach our base camp. We then took breakfast and again descend to base village where we had our cars parked. Chai During descend. Respect Kalsubai in Maharashtra is situated in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Kalsubai is the most elevated point in the state, at a stunning heights of 5400 ft. above ocean level. The zone goes under Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wild-life Sanctuary and draws in countless city occupants searching for an end of the week escape out in nature! The pinnacle is appropriately called ‘Everest of Maharashtra’. The folklore says that this pinnacle of Maharashtra was named after a girl named Kalsubai, who was blessed with healing abilities and would serve the villagers and the animals. She was also quite active in Village activities, which earned her respect and fame amidst all the inmates of the village. Its believed that once she went for a hike to the peak and never returned, hence in her memory the peak was named Kalsubai and the Villagers would hike to the peak regularly to take the blessings of the Kalsubai Devi. There was a small temple built at her home and the main temple was built on the peak, named as Kalsubai Temple. Kalsubai also gives a sneak peek into other challenging treks like Madan, Alang, and Kulang forts. If you get clear skies on your day of the trek you may get a glimpse of other peaks known as Harishchandra gad, Harihargad, and Ratangad. If you are a seasoned trekker you may combine all the treks, you may pitch tents or ask for accommodation from the locals, they would be more than happy to host you. Being one of the longest treks in Maharashtra, it's also famous among the night trekkers, who flock in here to witness the Sun God bestow his first rays on them. How To Reach The Location Of Kalsubai Trek The closest railway station to the location of Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra is Igatpuri in, which is around 19 miles from the Bari town (the base town). You can take a taxi/taxi from the station and it will take not exactly an hour to arrive at the base town. On the other hand, you can arrive at the base town legitimately by means of the street from Mumbai. Reach Kasara Railway Station. Take nearby Taxi till base town Bari By Road Mumbai – Kasara – Igatpuri – Ghoti – Bari Village Kalsubai Trek from Pune By Road Pune – Sangamner – Rajur – Bhandardara – Bari Nearby manages frequently go with climbers to the Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra Neighborhood Villagers offer homestay and nourishment choice Numerous eateries are accessible till Bari Village Kalsubai Trek Details Area: Bari Village, Akole Difficulty Level: Moderate Known for: Exciting trekking trails, all-encompassing perspectives on Western Ghats, Kalsubai Temple Altitude: 1646 meters Route Of Kalsubai Trek If you are looking for what route the Kalsubai trek follows then here it is. This trek in Maharashtra starts from the Hanuman Mandir, found a couple of kilometers from Bari town. The course is all around stamped and one ought not to have an issue exploring through the trail to the pinnacle. En route, there are a couple of streams to see; you can rest at the stream in the event that you wish. On parcels where there are steep slants, stepping stools have been set up to assistance trekkers. You’ll go over the stepping stools when you draw nearer to the pinnacle. Plummet back to the base can be somewhat strenuous, so take as much time as necessary descending and be mindful. Best Time For Kalsubai Trek Best Time to Visit Kalsubai Peak – June to August for Monsoon Trek, September to October for blooms trek, November to May night treks are prescribed. Taking the trek in monsoon is an incredible time to trek to Kalsubai, the climate is fabulous and the cool temperatures make it simpler for trekking. On the off chance that you love nature and need to watch blossoms sprouting, climb up to Kalsubai in the winter season. 1. Kalsubai trek in summer starts from from Mayand extends till June. The climate is genuinely hot during the season and it tends to be very damp for trekking. 2. Kalsubai trek in monsoon season runs from June to August. The climate is cool however conditions for trekking can be dubious. It likewise gets very blustery at the Kalsubai top in the storm. 3. Kalsubai trek in December, winters in Kalsubai start from the end of October and lasts till February. The atmosphere is astounding for open-air investigation during this season. What To Pack For Kalsubai Trek - 2/3 Liters of water - Some Dry natural products/Dry Snacks/Energy Bars - Great Torch must with an additional battery - Trekking Shoes give more grasp and solace on the trek - One Day Backpack 20 to 30 liters - Sun Cap and Sunscreen - Individual First guide and Personal Medicine - ID Proof - It would be ideal if you wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will shield from Summer Sun/Thorns/Insects/Prickles - Downpours are normal, so gather your sacks likewise to spare them from getting wet - Rainwear/Poncho/Waterproof coat and so on if you are undertaking Kalsubai trek in monsoon. Frequently Asked Questions About Kalsubai Trek Is Kalsubai trek troublesome? The trek is tolerably troublesome, going through lavish paddy fields, wildernesses, little streams, good countries, and rough landscapes, and takes around 3-4 hours, with short interims in the middle of, to arrive at the peak of Kalsubai. Is Kalsubai Trek safe? Is a Kalsubai trek safe in overwhelming precipitation? Truly, it’s everything safe except you simply need to avoid potential risk: First of all, it is the most elevated top in Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra so it is steep yet it has railings or iron stairs to it. To what extent does it take to climb Kalsubai? Amateurs with great wellness or standard trekkers can finish the trek in 3 hours. It will take 3 to 4 hours to finish the trek one way you ought to keep away from evening move as the Kalsubai Shikhar trek course has next to no tree spread. Is Toilet Available on Kalsubai Mountain? Not accessible at location of kalsubai trek. Arrangement for tents will be made at Villagers House – eastern style cabinet. Are Kids permitted on Kalsubai trek? Children underneath 15 with Parents supervision because of the length of Kalsubai trek. Is there telephone connectivity on Kalsubai trek? Restricted telephone network is accessible for most mobile operators and the travelers will be able to contact and keep in touch with their dear ones. The other places to visit nearby Kalsubai Trek The Bandardara Dam: This Dam is 12 km and is about 22 minutes away from Bari Village. Constructed on the River Pravara, you experience Nature at its best here. Surrounded by mountains and waterfalls all around. There’s Arther Lake and Wilson Dam. The place is also home to Agastyarishi Ashram which is about 24kms away from Bandardhara. It’s believed it was home to Lord Rama, who took his Diksha here. Harishchandragad Fort: Being the third highest peak of Maharashtra, standing at a height of 4668 feet, this trek is mentally and physically daunting. Appearing as a Cobra head this concave cliff tilted up to eighty degrees. The Ratangad Fort: Situated at about 32 km away from Bari Village, it takes about one hour ten minutes to reach here. Believed to be constructed 400 years ago, this ancient fort stands at a height of 4225 feet in the Ratanwadi Village. Lying at the bank of lake Bhandardhara, it's covered under the Ajoba Mountain Range. It appears as a tip of the needle, hence the top of the peak is known as the "eye of the needle" or the "Nedhe". Alang Madan Kulang Fort: These being the three different fort treks are considered as one of the toughest treks of the Sahyadris. Usually trekked together, the rocky patches make it difficult for them to be conquered that easily. Situated in the Nashik District near the Bhandardhara Lake, the fort Alang rises to the elevation of 4852 feet and Madan to up to 4841 feet. Igatpuri: Situated in the Western Ghats of Nasik District and well connected through railways and roadways, Igatpuri can be easily accessed through the NH3. Its connectivity through railways is also pretty good. The Bhavali Dam and the waterfalls are like 11 km away from the station and take about 20 mins to reach there. The other places of attraction in Igatpuri are Vaitarna Dam, Darna Dam, and Tringalwadi Fort, and the Internationally renowned Vipassana Meditation Centre. There’s also a famous Amruteshwar Temple of Lord Shiva that is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.