Kalsubai Peak in the Sahyadri is a very popular walk. It stands at 5.400 ft and is easy both from Mumbai and Pune to hit the highest point in Maharashtra. The trek blends natural habitats, such as cascades, forests, pasturelands and historical forts with great elegance.
At the top of the summit, the Kalsubai Temple attracts people from the surrounding villages all year long. You come from Kalsubai Devi to obtain blessings. It is thought that in the mountains lived a young town girl called Kalsubai. She healed villagers and animals during that period and also contributed to village operations. She left for the summit one day and never came back. So a temple was installed at her mountain-side home in her memory and the main temple of Kalsubai on the summit was built.
The Trek Kalsubai overlooks several well-known forts such as Alang, Madan, and Kulang. The walks to these summits are very difficult. On a clear day, the views of other nearby forts like Harihargad, Harishchandragad, and Ratangad are impressive. These treks are combined for added excitement by many professional hikers.
What To Watch Out For
There are spectacular views from the top of Kalsubai Mountain. From here you can see most of the prominent Sahyadri peaks such as Alang, Madan, Kulang and Ratangad, and Ajoba. For more fun and challenge, trekking blends two or more treks.
A fun journey through fields, fields, and pastures
The village of Bari is a farming village, and it goes through large fields and farmland from the beginning of the trek. This is the best part of the trek and a nice walk.
This thrill to climb the vertical rock faces with four narrow iron ladders!
The four narrow iron ladder is the most adventurous and difficult aspect of the trek. On the way up and down, the two-way streets of walkers and village drivers are the same! Trekking can be challenging on these ladders in the monsoon season.
Kalsubai Devi’s Auspicious Temple at the top
The temple of Kalsubai has a great fortune, and still many people in the town visit the temple to seek the blessings of Kalsubai Devi. The sanctuary is available year-round.
The trek begins in the village of Bari. Walk across the village along the road which leads right through the village, without turning.
After leaving the village, the walk starts with a walk across a few fields. After you finish the hut, take a right. In the mountain, a stream is likely to flow here. You must cross it and walk through the fields more.
Travel through the farmlands where rice such as Indrani, Kolum, and Tukda are cultivated. Wheat is also grown with green vegetables such as Tandul. The road runs through one or two Shabbas and village houses. In this section, there are several steep climbs.
After the fields, the trail turns automatically uphill. The trail is a little rough now. The trees are very shaded. You get to the temple of a local god with the first small climb. This is an excellent place to relax easily.
It looks trickily close from this point, but it is at least 2.5-3 hours away. The summit is clear.
Almost all the way ahead is marked without any loss. It goes up from here and the land is rocky. In about half an hour, the cover of the tree disappears.
You arrive at the first set of iron steps after an hour of trekking. Be careful when you go up. In monsoon, it gets a little slippery. Four such ascents are present. They’re all swift and steep. The fall can cause pain in the knee.
It’s steep on the rock. The measures are at areas where it is difficult to ascend the rock’s surface.
The ascending trail flattens out in small sections, followed by each of the ladder segments. It’s grassy most of the time. The road appears to become sluggish when there are many hikers in monsoon.
You are possibly facing heavy winds from the ridge to the summit. Protect your luggage and other loose things that you might take with you.
You enter a ridge-like area after nearly 3 hours of climbing when you assume that you reached the summit. But a small last climb is still left.