Kalsubai with its towering height of 5400ft, recognised as the highest peak of Maharashtra. It is situated on Kalsubai mountain range which is an offshoot range from main sahyadri range and rung from west to east. The name of this mountain range has been derived rom the name of Kalsubai peak itself.
This entire range is amazing from the trekking point of view. Though small in length, this range has some of the tallest peaks and toughest forts. Starting from west to east this range contains Kulang, Madan, Alang forts. Top of Kalsubai peak gives and excellent view of all these forts.
Kalsubai, though a highest peak, from trekking point of view its easy. the peak has a temple and to visit this temple many people trek to the top. So for sake of such pilgrim trekkers government and local villagers has made the route easy and safe by putting ladders and staircase wherever necessary. So reaching to the top is just a test of your stamina and not mountaineering skill. But once you reach the top then you get absolutely uninterrupted view of surrounding. No other peak pokes its nose between you and the spectacular view.
The month of October, little bit hotter than monsoon or winter is excellent for this trek. Since monsoon is over you can enjoy the clear skies and hence get excellent view and on other hand soil is still moist and so you get to see receding but excellent flowering all over the route. November onwards this treks becomes dry and in monsoon its too much rainy.
Endurance: Easy to Medium
> Pune to Pune transportation by private bus including toll and parking
> Tea during night journey, morning tea and breakfast, packed lunch, evening tea and snacks
> Safety Equipments and first aid
> Bottled water and soft drinks. Dry snacks like chips etc.
> Anything not mentioned in the included list
Bari (most common approach)
Indore (not commonly used)
Ambewadi (rarely used)
|District / Region||Ahmednagar district, Bhandardara / igatpuri region.|
|Key Features of the Fort||
> Highest peak in maharashtra
> Fantastic view of forts like aland, madan , kulang, ratangad
> Temple on the top
> Depart at 11.00pm
> have tea on the way and reach bari around 4.30am
> sleep for two hour in local school veranda.
> have breakfast and start trekking by 7.30am
> Reach top around 10.30am, have packed lunch
> start decending by 11.30 am and back to base by 2.30pm
> Post tea start return journey at sharp 3pm
> Small snacks stop on the way back and back to Pune by 9.30pm
What to bring:
1. Luggage packed in big good trekking sack, all luggage wrapped in plastic bags to avoid getting wet (compulsory)
2. Complete spare set of clothes & socks (you can keep it in bus)
3. Water bottle (atleast 1.5 ltr) compulsory
4. Electral/ Glucon-d energizers and personal medication
5. A sweater/warmwear (optional for month of october, but mornings are still cold)
6. Good trekking shoes (sandles, chappals, floaters not permitted)
7. A sleeping bag / Thermocol mat and shawl / normal satranji and shawl ( no need to carry it on back, you can dump it in the bus)
8. Cap, brush, toothpaste etc
9. Torch with Extra pair of Batteries
10. Camera, Binocular (Optional)
NOTE: it is a simple village and does not have closed toilet facility. Please come prepared accordingly.
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