Kalsubai is a mountain in the Western Ghats, located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Its summit situated at an elevation of 1646 meters or 5400 feet is the highest point in Maharashtra. The mountain range lies within the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary. It is visited throughout the year by avid trekkers, Kalsubai temple devotees, and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Kalsubai Shikhar is highest in Maharashtra. It offers commanding views of Bhandardara. You can easily spot milky way on new moon day from here.
Kalsubai temple is located at the topmost summit. At the summit, there is a plain ground with a small temple of Kalsubai, a local deity. A traditional prayer service is held every Tuesday and Thursday by a local priest. Local villagers sell the pooja materials almost all year long while sending their cows for grazing. 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 the idol is fully decorated. Special Mela fair is organized for Navratri. You should avoid trekking during Navratri at Kalsubai Peak as thousands of devotees come to pray.
Best Time to Visit Kalsubai Peak - June to August for Monsoon Trek, September to October for flowers trek, November to May night treks are recommended. During May end you can see the blanket of pre-monsoon clouds below the peak. Now camping is available at Kalsubai after monsoon ends. During monsoon, camping is not possible as strong winds and rains will blow the tent away.
Shikhar Kalsubai trek is long can take up to 4 hours, The Hiking trail is 6.6 km from Bari village. First timers with good fitness or regular trekkers can complete the trek in 3 hours. It will take 3 to 4 hours to complete the trek one way you should avoid afternoon climb as the Kalsubai Shikhar trek route has very little tree cover. During monsoon, thousands of trekkers come on weekends ladder section can get crowded also view from the top is not available as the whole mountain is covered in thick fog.
It takes 3 hours to reach Kalsubai Shikhar summit from Bari Village. Food can be arranged at the base village by local villagers. Kalsubai Trekking Route is always full of people visiting it for the various reason some to conquer the highest peak in Maharashtra, some trek to Kalsubai to visit Mandir and offer prayers to local deity Kalsubai. You will always find people trekking on this route. There are few huts along the way who sell Nimbu Pani, Maggi, Tea, Onion Bhaji. They play an important role as they keep trekkers hydrated and good on energy by providing snacks and refreshments after intervals.
During Monsoon place is covered with fog and wind is very strong at Mount Kalsubai. Kalsubai Trekking experience there are three ladders which have been installed by locals to make the trekking route till Mount Kalsubai Shikhar easy. When you reach the carved steps and later ladder from Bari Village you would have covered 1/3rd of the trek. After all the ladders are over 2/3rd of the Trek is over. After a decent walk on plateau, you will reach the final ladder till Kalsubai summit. Please carry enough water with you at least 3 liters and torch always with you on this trek.
Trekking Kalsubai Peak can be very tiring carry food and water for energy. A small well is there before reaching Kalsubai peak a villager has set camp there and offers Pakoda and Tea. Peak Kalsubai is a small plateau and offers a commanding view of nearby forts and Bhandardara Dam. During monsoon wind is very strong at Peak Kalsubai. You can also do a night trek in winter and enjoy the beautiful Sunrise at Kalsubai. It gets very cold atop Kalsubai before sunrise with strong wind.