Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra and one of the most sort after treks. So when we had planned our trek for Kalsubai, I was very excited and up for it. We were group of 20 people who were looking forward to it.
We started our journey on Saturday night from Thane station by boarding 11:34pm slow local to Kasara where our transport was waiting which would take us to Bari Village which is the base for Kalsubai trek. Local was little crowded at Thane but as it reached Dombivli we got seats and after sometime we realized most of the guys in train were up for some or other trekking. A group we met was going for Harishchandragadh trek.
We got down at Kasara at around 1:45am and it was raining like cats and dogs at that time. I was worried at that moment hoping rain doesn’t play spoil sport in our trek in morning. We completed our first head count and moved towards our transport which was kind of mini Vans we normally get for such treks. The base village was somewhat 80 odd km from Kasara station and we reached there by 3:15am. There was a small house where we rested for till around 4:30am and later having breakfast of Poha and Tea started our trek around 5:00am. We kept unwanted things in our Vans itself which helped lighting our backpacks.
Trek starts by crossing small stream of water which has farming land around of most of the villagers. It was drizzling when we started, which was not helping our cause. Initial 20% of the trek is easy where you just have to cross rocks, muddy tracks and shrubs. Path for the trek is laid out so very well that it is kind of impossible to get lost.
I would advise you to wear good quality sports/trek shoes for this trek as during rain, path gets very slippery and needs some good grip for safety. There are various small shacks build up by villagers throughout the trek where you can re-energize yourself but I would advise you to carry at least 2litres of water per head and energy drinks to avoid cramps.
Once you reach around 50% of the trek comes one of the difficult part which is climbing up an iron ladder. It is an extremely tricky part of the trek which can prove fatal. Ladders are at an angle of around 70degrees, so you need to be extremely cautious. It took us around 4hours to reach the peak of the trek which included resting at regular intervals. At the top you have small temple of Kalsubai. The view from top is extravagantly awesome, it just mesmerizes you in its beauty and leaves you awestruck the whole time you are at the top. Unforgettable experience was of the lightning being struck just a feet away from us which left me shocked and surprized at the same time. After clicking some memorable photos and cherishing beauty of Mother Nature, we started descend around 9:45am.
You need to be extra cautious and careful while descending as one wrong foot can be dangerous. It took us around 2.5hrs to reach our base where we had our Vans parked. We cleaned ourselves by using water from hand pump and changed to clean and dry clothes as it was raining during our whole trek. We had our lunch at the same place which included roti, veg, dal and rice. We left the base village around 3pm along with some wonderful memories and friends with whom I had trek which will always be cherished (Our Gang below. You guys rock).
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