With a height of 5,400 ft. (1,646 m), this is the highest peak in the Western Ghats & Maharashtra. It is beautifully shaped and commands a fantastic view. The small temple of Devi Kalsubai at the top is legendary and receives many pilgrims.
For trekkers, this is a Simple Mountain to climb. An easy but steep route leads to an upper plateau that has water.
It usually takes 3 hours to reach the top from Bari village. There are three iron ladders along this route. Since Kalsubai is extremely famous, enough efforts have been taken to make this trek easy. There are steel railings, chains and ladders at places where it is difficult to climb. This is the most usual route that most of the trekkers take to climb Kalsubai.
The top is rocky, and one can see distant peaks in all directions. At this superb height, the view is just marvellous.
The vastly spread-out backwaters of Bhandardara attract one’s attention from the top. To the north of the mountain range forts such as Ramshej, Harihar Fort, Brahmagiri, Anjaneri, Ghargad, Bahula, Tringalwadi, Kavnai can be seen. To the east one can spot Aundha, Patta, Bitangad, to the west Alang, Madan, Kulang, Ratangad (south-west) and to the south Pabargad, Ghanchakkar, Harishchandragad can be seen.
As per the legend, Kalsubai stayed in a nearby village as a young girl on one condition that her employers would not employ her to do manual work. When asked to do, she fled to this hill. A temple has been constructed on the top in her glory and villagers visit its often green bangles to please the goddess of women’s liberation.
Meal after the Trek, Evening Tea
Shivajinagar > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Sangamner > Bari (Base)
22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Aundh
22:59 – Nashik Phata
Please come 15 minutes before at your pickup point to avoid getting late.
I went with the same group (S G- Trekkers) for the second time. Kalsubai can be called the Everest of Maharashtra, because very strong and cold winds move at the summit. I had a good experience with SG- Trekkers.
First went in 2015, and now in 2020. There has been a lot of change in these five years, small shops have started on the peak, where tea, Maggi bhajiya are available. One came to see the negative thing that people have put waste of plastic there. We should Keep the environment clean.
One of the best trek experienced ever SG. Kalsubai and Sakira peak is one of the challenging treks in the Sahyadris and also the highest peak in Maharashtra. It was amazing taht we could scale it so efficiently and the view from the top was absolutely breathtaking! Average trek.