Kalsubai Shikhar Trek – Highest peak of Maharashtra

Kalsubai Shikhar Trek

It was an in a single day Kalsubai trek AKA Kalsubai Shikhar (“Shikhar” means High in Marathi) throughout mid-summer of 2020. Many of the Trekkers go for an journey throughout monsoon. I most popular summer time as a result of I used to be very a lot wanting to get a hen’s eye view from the highest which isn’t doable in Monsoon or winter.

And, I feel there isn’t any particular season for trekking, at any time when I would like, I simply get into the woods. In any other case, I’d have been a seasonal trekker. However, sure monsoon is taken into account as the most effective season for trekking round Mumbai and Pune, I’ve performed many monsoon treks, right here you’ll be able to verify the performed and dusted listing of mine.

Kalsubai Shikhar Trek

In a single day Kalsubai Trek

We have been a bunch of 10 trekkers from Mumbai. Kalsubai trek plan was to start out early, end early. Thus, we took 10:50 pm Kasara prepare from CST which reaches Kasara by 1:30 am. With this in thoughts, we had booked a neighborhood Jeep (kaali-peeli) which was comfy for 10 trekkers.

Upon reaching Kasara, we met the driving force whereas he was chewing Mawa repeatedly to maintain himself awake. Many of the drivers in India do the identical. He seemed to be awake with a recent smile on his face. He additionally helped us to load our heavy backpacks. Earlier than asking him to maintain my bag gently, he waved it within the air. I all the time maintain my Digital camera surrounded by Garments to face such uncalled conditions. He weirdly smiled at me and I smiled again at him with a disillusioned face.

Cruiser & Driver of Kalsubai Shikhar

Kasara is a small village, not even a city however one can simply attain by native trains of Mumbai. It’s the final station for native trains. It is usually accessible by highway and only a few km away from Mumbai – Nasik Freeway. The journey began, I sat on the entrance seat beside the driving force. He burnt two incense sticks and planted firmly on the dashboard in entrance of God’s miniature statue. Perfume took a minute to unfold and created a typical evening journey atmosphere of rented automobiles. I’ve travelled south India with members of the family by Trax Cruiser throughout my childhood. That point we used to journey by evening to save lots of lodge value and day occasions go to the locations. My uncle was a Geography Trainer. He was superb at making and executing the itineraries. I nonetheless surprise how he was in a position to do it with out Google, Tripoto, MakeMyTrip or Reserving.com. Throughout my childhood, I realized the travelling fundamentals of value financial savings from my uncle.

Baba Ka Dhaba

After quarter-hour of driving, instantly we took a halt earlier than Kasara ghat on Baba ka Dhaba to which petrol pump was adjoining. I ordered a cup of tea for myself till he stuffed the automotive with petrol. I wish to drink a cup of tea and like to look at site visitors on highways. Washrooms have been barely higher than the anticipated, obtained the information from a fellow girl trekker. Freeway aspect space obtained improved a bit after the freeway turned 4 lanes. Truly, it’s a Mumbai-Agra freeway to be very particular. Highways are the hearts of the nations and must be in good circumstances. This time limit, Kalsubai was the goal and was making me impatient.

Kasara Ghat

We obtained into our seats. We knew there will probably be no halts anymore. Everybody needed to hike Kalsubai Shikhar, nothing was a lot attention-grabbing. It was going to be an extended drive until the bottom of Kalsubai Shikhar. Our driver began taking part in kirtans of well-known Indurkiar Maharaj. He’s identified for his comedy sermons throughout the Maharashtra state. He was well-known amongst kids as properly. I’ve watched his movies on Youtube and I simply beloved it. So I let the driving force maintain this on loud. He seamlessly drove via Kasara ghat at evening.

It was darkish. No moonlight to information. However he was a professional. After Ghoti (a well-known halt on the freeway), we took the best flip. Every and everybody got here to know that we aren’t anymore on the freeway as a result of bumpy experience and single lane. Few locals waved the palms for hitchhiking. They should have thought that their native share transport automobile has arrived. However, the driving force knew that we now have pre-booked the identical for Kalsubai Trek. Additionally, there was no area out there to accommodate anymore. And off target, no halts anymore was the plan on his thoughts.

Bari Village on Kalsubai Shikhar map

Base Village of Kalsubai Trek

We reached Bari – the bottom village of Kalsubai Peak. Everybody was excited to scale the best peak of Maharashtra. Our group chief requested us to kind a circle for introduction and directions earlier than we begin Kalsubai ascend. Vinayak was the principle lead in cost and Ganesh was the co-lead, each representing an journey agency named Small Steps Adventures. T-shirts have been clearly displaying their professionalism. Each have been first assist licensed whereas Vinayak was the licensed mountaineer from govt. institute of Manali.

Principally, we got here to know that our lives are into secure palms. Vinayak took us to the villager’s residence which was booked for us solely. It was a really small village, hardly 100 shelters. Nonetheless, there have been washrooms and to our shock one was western.

Kalsubai Peak Trek Begins

It was 3:45 am and our leaders needed us to start out early to complete early. Shortly, we stored our additional baggage on the base. Everybody was instructed to hold two necessary issues i.e. torch and minimal 2 litres of water.

Earlier than 4, we began ascending. Inside a couple of seconds, we got here out of the village surrounded by open fields. We crossed dried rivulet adopted by artifical steps. It was nice climate however the physique warmed up and began sweating.

There have been many routes, dividing and once more becoming a member of us whereas ascending Kalsubai peak. The Kalsubai trek issue degree was talked about because the medium. To me, to this point it was a simple stroll via the forest. It takes 15-20 minutes to succeed in the welcome board of Kalsubai Shikhar. There was a small temple of goddess Kalsubai constructed for folks to whom climbing until the highest is not possible.

Night time Trek to Kalsubai Shikhar

It was nonetheless darkish throughout; everybody was ready for the daybreak. I used to be utilizing a head torch, maintaining palms free. As we have been climbing up, a cool breeze touched our heat & heated our bodies. After a couple of minutes, we reached a plateau the place the breeze was in full swing. Undoubtedly, nobody was prepared to maneuver forward. However we loved it for some repeatedly began our hike. We have been questioning if this was the move of the wind right here, how it could be on the prime of Kalsubai Shikhar.

Everybody was keen to overcome the highest. Slowly with none break, we have been marching collectively as a bunch. Lastly, the primary ladder got here on our method. Instantly pleasure levelled up. We took many photos. Vinayak requested us to maneuver on to look at the most effective dawn ever. I’ve additionally heard many occasions from different trek mates that Dawn from the highest of Kalsubai Shikhar is final and one mustn’t miss this. I requested Vinayak, “is that this the most effective dawn”? He mentioned, “I’ve been to Kalsubai Peak many occasions however solely throughout summer time, it exhibits greatest shades”.

Ascending Kalsubai Shikhar Ladder route

Ladders of Kalsubai Peak

We have been gaining top, we crossed two extra ladders on the best way to Kalsubai peak. There was nobody within the mountains. Vinayak advised us that there isn’t any single torch gentle seen which means no trekkers. Villagers climb mountains throughout day time to serve trekkers with Lemonade or Maggi. That point few trekkers obtained fearful however Vinayak eased the scenario saying nothing to fret, there aren’t any wild animals and nothing scary occurred right here in final 10 years throughout his trekking expertise. By the point, the horizon began altering its color. It was darkish slowly modified to Darkish blue.

Kalsubai Daybreak Pictures

Shades of Horizon

After a while, a light-weight orange shade was seen. Everybody was attempting to seize some or different method. Vinayak was smiling at us and mentioned, “Simply benefit from the scene, don’t waste your time in capturing in any other case you’ll miss each”. He was an intensive man. He knew the whole lot begins from a automobile, villager, route, time estimate, climate, historical past of Kalsubai Peak. Let it’s something he’ll share some precious details about it.

Kalsubai Trek – Dawn

Damaged Ladder

Pictures Classes

We crossed railings, slippery patches. The wind was making our expertise really wonderful. That point I spotted, wind makes locations stunning. Take an instance of Matheran or Mahabaleshwar. Early morning dawn and wind of this mountain paid off. Photographers have been busy in capturing the gorgeous magnificence that Kalsubai trek has to supply. However there was loads, but to discover on our solution to the highest of Kalsubai. We advised photographers to rush as much as attain the highest earlier than Dawn.

 

We got here as a bunch and stayed as a bunch. Nobody was operating forward and we by no means stored somebody behind us. Later, I got here to know Ganesh was dealing with the clearance division whereby you could push folks if they aren’t strolling with the area of Group. That’s a troublesome job and desires lots of endurance, Vinayak defined me. Nobody was able to take a break, however unofficially there have been many pictures breaks counted as official breaks throughout our rising Kalsubai ascend. The keenness that retains a person going, nobody can cease him in that case.

The final 10 minutes of Kalsubai trek

We reached to a properly the place it was marked as a consuming water. From that Level, prime of Kalsubai was clearly seen. It takes a candy flip and one must cross the final ladder on the finish. It was by no means dangerous until this level besides few shivering ladders.

Kalsubai Shikhar picture

However as soon as you’re used to such kind of ladder, you’ll not really feel a lot issue in climbing as I had the same expertise throughout Ratangad, Rajgad – Torna vary trek and lots of extra. So I concluded Kalsubai as a simple trek however the prolonged one. One must have good endurance degree. We gulped some water and Vinayak gave us directions once more, to not take selfies on edges. Instructed us to watch out on the prime.

Lastly, the Highest Level of Maharashtra – Kalsubai Shikhar

Inside 10 minutes, we have been on our final ladder patch of Kalsubai ascend, nobody was interested by taking photos on the ladder. Horizon was quickly altering its color. Nothing was a lot clearly seen. And, we crossed the ladder. We have been on prime of Kalsubai Shikhar, prime of Maharashtra. Everybody was so joyful and was amazed by the drive of the wind. It was troublesome to face up to towards the wind after which I notice why Vinayak was giving us directions once more close to the traditional Nicely.

One of many fellow trek mates stored a digital camera on the tripod to seize Dawn. We completely forgot that we now have hiked for 3 hours continuous. Furthermore, we had not slept final evening. Along with that, we had an actual bumpy experience until ‘Bari’. Nothing was a lot necessary at the moment. It was a peaceable journey. We sat down at one place dealing with east. Few Cameraman have been nonetheless taking part in with the lenses as they didn’t need to miss this chance. Slowly Solar got here out. Nobody was in a position to seize the entire expertise. I’ll say, it was a recreation of color that Solar was attempting to play. It was a mesmerizing view. After a while, everybody relaxed a bit. After Dawn, we have been in a position to determine Bhandardara lake, Alang, Madan, Kulang forts. There was Bittangad as properly.

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Kalsubai Temple & Dawn

The story behind the Title – Kalsubai

There was satisfaction on everybody’s face. We entered into the small temple. We prayed for a secure journey again residence. Vinayak then shared a story that has been passing from generations. ‘Kalsu’ was the native villager who used to work as a maid for a household in Indur Villages which can also be located at foothills of the height simply subsequent to Bari. As a result of torture by members of the family the place she used to work, she ran away to the highest this peak and stayed eternally right here. She is now Kalsubai – goddess for a lot of native villagers. It’s mentioned that in the course of the Navratri interval, folks gathered in hundreds and lined up until the bottom for Darshan at prime. So my suggestion is to keep away from visiting Kalsubai Shikhar throughout Navratri.

Pictures Session throughout Kalsubai Trek

Kalsubai Trek Return Journey

We spent roughly one hour on prime of Kalsubai Shikhar. For the final time, we took a bunch picture. We began our descend to which nobody was displaying any pleasure. However, my abdomen began yearning for the new Poha that Vinayak had ordered close to the properly. Shortly, we got here again to the shed. It took 10 minutes for Vinayak to tug everybody from the highest to Breakfast level.

Native villagers of Kalsubai trek have been ready for us solely. They served us scrumptious Poha. I took yet one more dish because it actually tasted good relatively I’ll say any meals after a hike tastes wonderful. We actually come to know the worth of meals and water on account of journey treks. These treks will educate you numerous; one has to maintain their thoughts open.

Final Ladder Image whereas returning

Delicious Lunch of Kalsubai

The identical method, we descended again to the bottom. This time we noticed, folks ascending Kalsubai and asking us how rather more time until the highest. We use to inform them simply stroll and stroll until you see the highest of Kalsubai.

A villager at Bari was ready for our arrival. He was prepared with the thalis. It took round three hours to succeed in again to the bottom village. Once more, the entire group descended collectively. We freshened up rapidly. Had our wonderful lunch of full thali together with the candy dish of Kheer. I took additional papad, rice, daal and clearly candy dish twice. I had a lot meals that I deliberate to not have dinner. Vinayak simply questioned me wanting on the method I used to be consuming, “If I advised you to hike again to the highest after lunch, will you?” The thought of going again once more to the highest was terrifying as a result of ache within the legs and that too with heavy abdomen I simply nodded negatively and everybody laughed in that room. Smiling faces and satisfying souls for which we work, Vinayak added whereas packing our luggage. The motive force was ready for us. Vinayak had requested him to have lunch earlier than the group descends Kalsubai.

Again to town life

By 1 pm, we began our return journey by Trax. Kalsubai was barely seen within the aspect mirror and I used to be saying goodbye to it. Indurikar Maharaj nonetheless loudly making comedy punches. The motive force was nonetheless chewing that Mawa. And I used to be nonetheless there on the highest of the height, that wind drive has made a spot on my thoughts eternally. Dawn at Kalsubai prime, until now was the most effective that I’ve skilled to this point throughout my journey life.

Kasara

We reached Kasara by 3:30 pm. Everybody was sharing photos of the trek, e mail ids, Instagram Twitter deal with. And metropolis life began once more. Everybody was sharing Kalsubai Trek Pictures with one another. We took the prepare again to Mumbai. We have been exhausted however able to work recent for the following 5 days. Although the whole lot shouldn’t be doable to notice down about trek, I extremely suggest this Kalsubai trek expertise. You may e book your seat for Kalsubai peak trek of Small Steps Adventures. Additionally, share your expertise with me. I will probably be joyful to examine your Kalsubai trekking opinions & blogs. Do remark about my this trek weblog.

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