One Day Trek to Kalsubai, Maharashtra

Test your mettle on the 5400 feet trek to Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra. You’ll clamber over rocks, scramble over slippery slopes, and emerge triumphant on the top.

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About Kalsubai

Kalsubai Peak, at an elevation of 5400 feet, is the highest peak in the Sahyadris, and offers a thrilling challenge, especially in the monsoon. The view from the top of the 'Everest of Maharashtra' is stunning, with long vistas of green landscape and even a charming local temple, but the real reward is the feeling of conquering this peak. You’ll also be able to see numerous other famous forts like Alang-Madan-Kulang, Ratangad, and Harishchandragad. For all these reasons, Kalsubai is one of the top treks in Maharashtra.

Kalsubai trek itinerary:

For a day trek to Kalsubai peak, you’ll gather at the pick-up point in the evening and travel to the start point. You'll reach the base village in the early hours of the morning, and eat a tasty breakfast. By 06:30 hrs, your trek begins. The ascent takes about 3-4 hours and you'll spend some time relaxing at the summit. By noon, it's time to descend again. After that, you’ll proceed homewards from Kasara station.

For an overnight Kalsubai trek, you'll have to reach Kasara railway station by 23:15 hrs. You will begin your trek after reaching Baari, around 01:00 hrs. By around 06:00 hrs, you'll reach the top of Kalsubai, just in time to watch the sky turning pink with the daylight. You'll have a couple of hours to rest or explore the top of Kalsubai. By around 08:00 hrs, it's time to descend. From the base, you'll be transferred to Kasara railway station.

Kalsubai trek – Difficulty level

The Kalsubai trek is not recommended for beginners. There are some rocky sections that can get very slippery in the rains, and some slopes that are quite steep. For those with trekking experience, this is a fun challenge that tests your endurance, and gives you gorgeous views of the landscape around.

How to reach the Kalsubai trek from Mumbai

The Kalsubai trek starts from Bari village, about an hour from Kasara. You can take a train from Mumbai to Kasara, and then public transport to Bari. If your operator provides transport from Mumbai, you’ll be meeting the previous evening, and will reach Bari in the early hours of the morning.

Kalsubai trekking and camping packages

The Kalsubai trek can be done as a day trek or a night trek. Day treks begin early in the morning from Kasara station. You’ll be able to see the dark night sky turn bright as you arrive at Bari village to stat the trek. Some itineraries include an overnight stay in a homestay or in tents.

For night treks, you’ll arrive at Bari by late evening, in time for dinner. In the dark, you'll have to go slower than usual, listening to the nocturnal animals and birds, and enjoying the challenge of navigating in low light. The sunrise views from the top are absolutely spectacular, and you’ll get some great photography options.

Best time for the Kalsubai trek:

Kalsubai is one of the best monsoon treks in Maharashtra. During the monsoon, the trail is very scenic, with greenery dotted with beautiful streams, and spectacular views of the Sahyadris all around. While there are iron ladders along the difficult patches of the trek, the climb can be a challenge, especially when winds are strong and the rocks are wet and mossy, so tread carefully. The winter months are also a good time to do the Kalsubai trek as the weather remains pleasant all day.

If you like trekking, check out our list of top fort treks in Maharashtra that you must do!

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The climb up the highest peak in Maharashtra, Kalsubai peak, is an adventurous trek that requires high endurance levels. The route to the summit is a mix of easy to ascend slopes as well as treacherous rocky terrain overlooking the valley below. At night, it's even more thrilling. You'll be trekking in the darkness, listening to the nocturnal animals and birds, and enjoying the challenge of navigating in low light. At an elevation of 5,400 ft, the view from the top is stunning, especially as the sun rises.
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  • Travel arrangements from Kasara-Kasara by jeep or similar vehicle
  • Vegetarian meal package including breakfast and lunch
  • Services of experienced trek leader
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel arrangements between home city and Kasara
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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This Kalsubai trek takes you high up to where the earth meets the sky, to the highest peak in Maharashtra. You'll be trekking in the cool hours of the early morning, with monsoon mists and the lush greenery all around.

The Kalsubai trek can be challenging because it takes about 4 hours to get to the top, but it's fun when everything around you is rain-soaked and in full bloom.
    Inclusions
  • Transport by private non-A/C bus from Dadar to base village and back
  • Breakfast, lunch, evening tea/coffee
  • Any technical gear if required
  • Trek guide and expertise
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks
  • Any meals or snacks not mentioned in the itinerary
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This night trek to Kalsubai combines two spectacular adventures: the challenge of the highest peak in Maharashtra, and a thrilling night trek to the top. You'll trek throuh lush greenery, with the sounds of nocturnal birds and animals all around. You'll negotiate steep slopes, rocky patches, and iron ladders that rattle as you climb. And finally, you'll get to the top just as the first rays of the sun light up the landscape around you. It's the ultimate dose of adrenaline for the weekend.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Kasara to Kasara
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport to and from Panvel station
  • Personal expenses like extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc.
  • Additional costs arising due to emergency situations, injury, death, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
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The midnight trek to Kalsubai is a thrilling experience that will take you to the highest mountain peak in Maharashtra. Under the shadows of the dark sky, you'll begin trekking in the wee hours of the morning and climb uphill to an elevation of 5,400 feet to scale the Kalsubai peak. You'll trek through thick forests on stone-cobbled pathways for an exciting adventure in the Western Ghats. From the top of the Kalsubai peak, you'll get breathtaking views of neighbouring mountain peaks of Alang, Madan and Kulang.

Easily accessible on a well-defined trail, Kalsubai is a perfect trek for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from Kasara-Kasara in shared, private vehicles
  • All technical equipment required for trekking
  • Meals consisting of breakfast and lunch
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide
  • Permit charges and entry fees
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel costs between base city and Kasara
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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The Everest of Maharashtra, Kalsubai is a must-do monsoon trek. It is the highest peak of the Sahyadris in Akole Taluka, of the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The climb is challenging, especially during the monsoons when the winds are strong and the rocks are wet and mossy. The authorities have built iron bars to help those climbing, but you'll still be challenged by the weather. A moderately difficult trek, the effort is well rewarded with spectacular views from the peak.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Dadar to base village and back in private A/C bus
  • Tea
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Expertise charges
  • First aid
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Any insurance
  • Any extra snacks or meals
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This night trek to Kalsubai gives you the thrill of conquering the highest peak in Maharashtra, with the experience of climbing in the dark. You'll scale a 5400 feet tall mountain when the moon is overhead, with the hooting of owls and the rustling of nocturnal animals in the bushes.

This trek requires a certain amount of fitness and stamina but can be undertaken by fit beginners. The route can get tricky, with steep slopes and iron ladders to climb, but you'll get to the top and get gorgeous views of the faraway lights glimmering in the sleeping land below. You'll also spot the Alang, Madan, Kulang and Ratangad peaks, alongside the Pabhargad and Harishchandragad forts.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Kasara-Bari-Kasara
  • Dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2
  • Washroom/changing room facility at base village
  • Guide and expertise charges
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Train tickets from Mumbai-Kasara-Mumbai
  • Any personal expenses such as soft drinks, packaged water, extra meals, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Insurance
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Kalsubai is Maharashtra's highest peak with an elevation of 5,400 feet, and is a spectacular experience. The trek to Kalsubai is a single-day adventure that begins at Kasara station in the early hours of the morning. You'll watch the dark sky of the night turn into daylight as you travel to the village of Bari, and begin an uphill trek to Kalsubai.

This trek is a fun challenge that tests your endurance, and gives you gorgeous views of the Western Ghat mountains. It is recommended that only trekkers with prior experience book this trip.
    Inclusions
  • Transportation from Kasara to Kasara by local private transportation
  • Morning breakfast, refreshments and lunch
  • Guide and expertise charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any transfer till Kasara and back
  • Any cost or service not mentioned in the inclusions
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Trip Description
The climb up to the highest peak in Maharashtra, Kalsubai peak, is an adventurous trek that requires high endurance levels. The route to the summit is a mix of easy to ascend slopes as well as treacherous rocky terrain overlooking the valley below. During the monsoon, the trek to Kalsubai is dotted with beautiful streams, and spectacular sights. At an elevation of 5,400 ft, the view from the top is stunning and offers great photography opportunities, but the thrill of conquering the highest peak in Maharashtra is the real reward.
    Inclusions
  • Travel from Dadar- Dadar by non-AC bus (Bus goes via Thane)
  • Veg breakfast
  • Veg lunch
  • Event organizing charges if any
    Exclusions
  • All kinds of extra meals/soft drinks
  • Insurance
  • Bottled water
  • Aerated drinks
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any medical/emergency evacuations
  • Any kind of cost not mentioned above

FAQs about the Kalsubai trek

Can beginners do the Kalsubai trek?

The Kalsubai trek is quite a difficult one, mostly due to the climb to 5400 feet. However, fit beginners who follow a regular exercise schedule may attempt the trek. Those with little or no experience may not enjoy the challenge, so are not recommended to do this trek.

What should I carry for the Kalsubai trek?

Choose sturdy trekking shoes and quick-dry clothing for your Kalsubai trek. If you’re going in the monsoon, take a raincoat for yourself and a rain cover for your bag. It’s a good idea to carry a spare set of clothes to change into on your way back, as well as some dry snacks. Don’t forget sun cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent and sunscreen. Read our blog about What to Pack for Trekking in the Sahyadris.

When is the best season for the Kalsubai trek?

The Kalsubai trek is one of the best monsoon treks in Maharashtra. It is lush green and beautiful in the rainy weather, with waterfalls and small natural ponds en route. It is also a popular winter trek from Mumbai and Pune, when people visit to enjoy the trekking or camping experience.

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