Trek to Kalsubai Highest Peak in MaharashtraDate to be announced..
Experiences: Adventure Trek, Scrambling, Summit Climb, Lush Green Landscapes of Maharashtra Hills during Monsoon.
Camp Fee: Rs.950/- per head
Includes breakfast, transport Mumbai to Bari and Back; Breakfast Packed; Trekking Support and Management; Evening Tea and Biscuit at Dhaba..
05:00 am Pickup at Andheri West, S.V. Road, Near Merwans Bakery
05:30 am Pickup at Bandra-Kalanagar Junction Bus Stop,
Near Entrance of Sky Walk, Western ExpressHighway
05:35 am Sion Station (Near Entrance)
05:45 am Ghatkopar on Eastern Express Highway
06:50 am Vikroli / Gandhi Nagar Junction on Extern Express Highway
07:00 am Mulund-Thane Toll Naka (Eastern Express Highway)
Packed breakfast on the way
Route - Andheri - Bandra - Ghatkopar - Mulund - Thane - Kalyan (on highway) - Igatpuri - Bari
10:00 am Trek starts at Bari
01:30 pm Expected to reach summit
02:30 pm Start Back
05:30 pm Back at Bari
10:30 pm / 11:00 pm Expected back in Mumbai
Return journey bus will take the same route as while going
Kalsubai Peak (Marathi: कळसूबाई शिखर) is the highest peak (1646 meters / 5400 feet) of the Sahyadris in Akole Taluka, of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, an Indian state.
'Kalsubai' temple is located at the topmost peak Kalsubai, a local deity. A traditional prayer (pooja) service is held every Tuesday and Thursday by a local priest. On Navratri occasions many stalls are set up atop the summit for the pooja materials. During the Navratri period, for all nine days, special poojas are carried out and idol is fully decorated.
To reach the summit there are various trekking routes and animal tracks. The main route starts from the village of Bari which is about six km from Bhandardara. To reach Bari, one has to travel to Igatpuri on the Mumbai Nasik route. From Igatpuri take the early morning bus (at around 5.00 am from the Igatpuri Bus Stand) going towards Pune and alight at Bari. Those who want to reach from Mumbai, easily travel through local train in morning hours and get down at Kasara station. From Kasara one can get buses and share taxis to get down at Bari.
The main route to the temple is at small climbing slope. It usually takes three to four hours to reach the top from Bari. Soon after leaving Bari, a small stream is crossed followed soon after by a Hanuman temple. The route from behind this temple takes the hiker straight to the summit. There are three iron ladders along this route. There is a well near the last iron ladder as one approaches the top but the water is not potable during the summer. The rest of the route is without water, so it is best to fill water bottles in Bari. It is an easy hike, but parts of it are quite steep in places.
The vastly spread out backwaters of Bhandardara attracts ones 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.