Kalsubai is known as the Mt. Everest of Maharashtra. It is the highest mountain (5400 feet or 1646 meters) in Maharashtra. It is located in Akole Taluka of Ahmednagar district in northern Sahyadri mountain portion of Western Ghats. Although this is not the highest peak of entire Sahyadri mountain range, highest Sahyadri mountain is Anamudi in Kerala state of India.
Trek to Kalsubai :
Kalsubai trek is a dream trek of every avid trekker in Maharashtra to climb it at least once. I along with another 40 trekkers of Trek Mates India, started our journey from Mumbai to trek the highest mountain of Maharashtra. We had arranged a private bus from Dadar station for this journey. We started at 12 AM from Mumbai and reached around 5 AM to the Bari village which was our base to start the trek. Although there are other routes also to start this trek but we decided to chose this one as this is considered as the easiest one. May be in future i will get a chance to trek the other routes also. We decided to rest in the bus and started our trek at 6 AM. We left our bus outside the village entrance and started our rest of the journey on foot. We reached to a temple in the village. Our trek leader has already contacted someone in the village and had arranged a house for us to put our extra bags there and change the clothes if someone needs to. We took our tea and ‘poha’ breakfast at the temple and started moving towards the Kalsubai mountain.
It generally takes three to four hours to reach the summit from the base of Bari village. As soon as the village ends, you have to cross a small stream (from one end it looks like a small waterfall) followed by a small Hanuman temple. The route after this temple takes you straight towards the Kalsubai mountain. You can easily see the flag on the top of Kalsubai temple from here. There are three iron ladders enroute which you have to pass through to reach the summit. At the top of the Kalsubai mountain lies the temple of Kalsubai (a local deity) . The priest of this temple carries out the puja on every tuesday and thursday. But during the Navratris, the puja is being carried out daily. We were lucky to do this trek in Navratris. People from Bari and other nearby villages were coming in abundance. Although climbing the ladders along with them slowed down our trekking speed but we enjoyed their company. Most of the villages were bare foot and children were running like it was a game for them. There were lots of small crabs also on the route but they didn’t bite anyone. I also spotted one snake basking in the sun on a shrub while one of my friend was lucky to spot a beautifull viper.
There are three iron ladders on this route. You will also find a small well before the last ladder but the water is not potable. So, carry enough water from the base village itself as there is no drinking water available on the route. The trek is not so difficult but at some places you will find a steep hike.
At the summit is a small temple of Kalsubai, which can seat just three people. This being the highest peak, it commands a beautiful view from the top. The vastly spread out
backwaters of Bhandardara attracts one’s attention from the top. To the north of the mountain range, forts such as Ramsej, Harihargad, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad,
Bahula, Tringalwadi, Kavnai can be seen. To the east one can spot Aundha, Vishramgad, Bitangad, to the west Alang, Madangad, Kulang, Ratangad (south west) and to the
south Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar, Harishchandragad can be seen.
Since Kalsubai is extremely famous, enough effort has been made to make this trek easy. There are stairs,steel railings, chains and ladders at places where it is difficult to
The difficulty level of this trek is medium and can be covered easily with some extra efforts. The best time to visit Kalsubai is during the month of September when monsoon has just ended and the climate is perfect and all the beautifull wild flowers are blooming on the route to Kalsubai.
As a nature lover, i request you all the trekkers and others visiting this mountain or Kalsubai temple, please help to keep this mountain clean by not throwing any plastic bottles and polythene bags on this route. Enjoy the nature and help to keep it beautifull.
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