Kalsubai is Maharashtra’s highest peak, towering at an altitude of 5,400 Feet in the Sahyadri region, part of the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary. It promises dreamy views and an unforgettable experience in the midst of green meadows and flowing streams.
With a mild temperature of 20-30°C in the monsoon season, and a fine mix of gentle slops and rocky patches, it is a great trek to undertake during this time.
It is believed by the local villagers that a housemaid named “Kalsu” residing in the neighbouring village escaped from her employer’s house to save herself from the mistreatment to this mountain, where a temple has been built in her memory.
This trek offers you a panoramic view of the peaks - Alang, Madangad, Kulang, Ratangad (south west) and Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar, and Harishchandragad (south).
Difficulty Level – Medium
Endurance Level – High
Base Camp – Bari
Trek Distance & Time – 6km and 4 hours one way
Trek Duration – 1 Night, 1 Day
Best Time To Visit Kalsubai
During winter, it is extremely cold throughout the morning, and summers see intense heat till early evening. So, it is advisable to take up the trek around dawn, or even better, summit during the monsoon season to experience pleasant weather conditions that won’t hinder your movement.
May and June are the pre-monsoon months when the clouds look mesmerizing and you can also spot fireflies in the evening!
PS: You could expect few slippery paths at this time, so make sure hold on to the rocks or carry your harness and other necessary trekking gear.
How to Reach Kalsubai Peak
The base village for this trek would be Bari, Ahmednagar district. You will arrive at Kasara Railway Station and travel to Bari from there in a local jeep.
Your trek begins from the Hanuman Temple in Bari by a stream that you will have to cross before you actually ascend. Monsoon puddles make it super fun, but make sure you wear good, high-ankle waterproof boots for this. Bari village has extensive farming lands that you will initially walk through at the start of the trek; it is truly delightful!
The route from here to the peak is well-marked and guiding so there is no risk of losing your way.
As you climb to the peak, you go through plateaus and gushing streams (during monsoon). Since there are four super steep, challenging slopes towards the end of the trek, there are iron ladders to help you reach the final summit where the temple is located.
From this ridge to the peak as you walk up the ladder, you are likely to face strong winds and the steps could be slippery. Make sure you secure your rucksacks/backpacks carefully.
The descent also follows the same route back.
Kalsubai offers both day and night trekking options. If you decide to take it up during the day, make sure you reach the summit just in time to witness the magical sunset behind the mountains. If you’re opting for the night trek, make sure you reach the peak in time to watch the sun rise magnificently above the misty mountains!
How To Prepare For The Trek
Trekking sure seems fun, but it is not just a “climb to the top”. It demands a considerably good level of physical fitness.
The Kalsubai Peak trek is classified as a moderate to difficult trek and you will hike up to an altitude of almost 1,700m.
You should ideally train for about 4 weeks before you actually go on the trek.
• If you’re a beginner, start with 5km brisk walks, and gradually include jogging in the routine. You should be able to cover at least 10km in 60 minutes by the end of it.
• Strength training is extremely important, especially since you will be climbing with a heavy rucksack – Focus on strengthening your core muscles by doing planks, push-ups, and squats.
• As for flexibility, you should be able to stretch your arms and legs freely without causing any back strain. Stretch regularly every day after a workout.
Things to Carry For The Trek
The trail has several snacks and tea stalls so you won’t have to go looking for food. As for the terrain, you will definitely need sturdy shoes with excellent traction, particularly in the monsoon season. And of course, a high capacity rucksack to stash all your necessary belongings.
1. A water bottle & thermos flask
2. Face masks and sanitizer
3. Torch or flashlight
4. First-aid kit
6. Identity proof
7. Energy bars/snacks & glucose
1. Sturdy trekking shoes
2. Waterproof jacket & extra windcheater
3. Rain cover for backpack
4. Rain jacket/rain poncho
5. Trekking pole & rope
6. Sleeping bag
Monsoon Safety Tips
• Make sure to carry a waterproof cover or bag to keep your money, phone, and camera in
• Wear anti-slip boots
• Carry mosquito repellents
• Never stray away from the group, especially during the monsoon season
• Carry an umbrella and rain coat.
This should keep you #ReadyForAnything!