If you are a trekking enthusiast, then Kalsubai Trek deserves a spot on your must-visit list. Located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Kalsubai is the highest point in the state, at a staggering height of 5400 ft. above sea level. The area comes under Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wild-life Sanctuary and attracts a large number of city dwellers looking for a weekend escape out in the wild! The peak is rightly called ‘Everest of Maharashtra’.
Begin your trek at the base, Bari Gaon, a small village at the foothills of the Kalsubai Mountain. The village is home to a Hanuman Temple which attracts a lot of devotees and also serves as a major landmark for trekkers. Your trek will start late at night, so make sure that you carry all the necessary equipment such as torches, slip-resistant footwear, etc. Although it would be a moderate-grade trek, be wary of slopes and rocky patches, especially during rains, so that you don’t lose balance. Iron ladders and railings across vertical slopes would come in handy when you are trying to reach the top.
You will reach the summit very early in the morning, so that you have ample time to rest for a while and explore the place. Wait for the sunrise and be spellbound by the enchanting view. Enveloped by greenery all around, this peak offers stunning views of the nearby peaks. There is also a small temple dedicated to the local deity, Kalsubai Mata. An interesting legend which states that the deity was a housemaid who disappeared in the mountains to escape her employer’s cruelty. To honor the deity, a special prayer is conducted every Tuesday and Thursday.
Kalsubai night trekking tour will prove to be worthwhile. Reaching the top of the peak requires a good amount of dedication which pays off when you get the ‘on top of the world’ feeling. Watch the morning sun rays fill this deserted place with orange hues and make everlasting memories by clicking some breath-taking photographs. This 2-day trek will provide you with an adventure you will never forget. So cherish the time that you spend and have a memorable experience.
Day 0: Mumbai - Kasara - Kalsubai
On this day, gear up for Kalsubai Trek from Mumbai. Catch a local train to Kasara from CST at 04:52 pm. Upon reaching, leave for Bari Gaon via local transport. After you reach the base village, enjoy a delicious dinner and begin Kalsubai Night trek. The night trek would a unique experience in itself, as you gaze at the stars and find your way through the iron ladders at steep slopes and rocky terrains. The low visibility and quiet surroundings at night, make it even more challenging.
Day 1: Kalsubai Peak | Departure
When you reach the top of the peak early in the morning, a glorious sunrise will welcome you, followed by a flag hoisting ceremony. Feel on top of the world as you get a picturesque view of the nearby mountain ranges from Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra. The break of dawn marks the end of your trek and you will get enough time to relax in the lap of nature. Learn about the history of this peak and visit Kalsubai Mata temple to seek blessings. At 7:30 am, start your descent towards the base village, post breakfast. Head back to Kasara station after reaching the village and catch a train to Mumbai.
Maximum altitude: 5400 feet