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  • 1 Day
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 5,400 ft/1,646m
  • 12 Participants
  • June to September/ October to February
  • Maharashtra

Kalsubai Trek Overview

Kalsubai Trek is one of the most picturesque treks in Maharashtra. On this trek, you wander the lush green fields, enchanting forests, gushing waterfalls and scenic rural villages. 

Kalsubai Peak is frequented by trekkers and locals from nearby villagers who climb to visit the revered Kalsubai temple and seek blessings from Kalsubai Devi. 

The trek is inside Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary and takes you to the highest peak in Maharashtra. Located in Ahmednagar district, Kalsubai Peak commands panoramic views of the Western Ghats. 

A moderate trail to the summit traverses open fields, rocky patches and some tricky ascents. The last section of the trek has iron ladders installed by locals for the convenience of the trekkers. Traversing these narrow iron ladders is challenging, especially during the monsoon, but it adds a thrill to your trek. Trekkers can spot Harihargad, Harishchandragad, and Ratangad forts from the summit on a clear day. Additionally, the peak provides spectacular vistas of the surrounding peaks of the Western Ghats. 

The trek is renowned among trekkers for its magical sunsets and sunrises and is one of the best treks in Maharashtra. Reach the top and camp overnight to bask in the surreal beauty of the landscapes

Kalsubai Night Trek

If you are seeking to add extra adventure, you can embark on a thrilling Kalsubai Night Trek. Trekking to Kalsubai at night offers the thrill of walking under a starry night. While you miss the charm of trekking during the day, the excitement of witnessing a breathtaking sunrise over Shayadri range from the summit is unparalleled. 

Plan your night trek between November and February to enjoy the clear skies and spectacular views in the morning.  

Kalsubai Trek Route Information


Kalsubai trek trail information

The route to Kalsubai Peak traverses open fields, undulated terrain, rocky paths, and a steep iron ladder section. 

The trail can be categorized into two sections – From Bari Village to Ladder Section, and Ladder to the Peak. 

  1. Bari Village to Ladder Section – It takes roughly 2 hrs to cover the distance of 3 km between the starting point and the beginning of the ladder section. 
  2. Ladder Section to Kalsubai Temple and Peak – The distance to the temple is approximately 1.5 km. Traversing the steep iron ladders is challenging and takes 1.5 to 2 hrs to reach the Kalsubai Peak. 

Along the trail, you will be mesmerized by lush green forests and fields, water streams, and breathtaking landscapes. 

How to reach Kalsubai Trek?

Nearest Railway Station –  Igatpuri Railway Station 

Nearest Airport – Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

 The trek begins from Bari, a remote and quaint village tucked away from the chaos of city life. You can travel by public transport or drive to reach the base village. Bari is around 32 km from the nearest railway station, Igatpuri. From Igatpuri you can hire a cab to reach Bari. 

Mumbai to Kalsubai Peak trek 

Get on a local train to Kasara and board a bus or taxi to reach Bari if travelling from Mumbai. Kasara to Bari distance is around 50 km. 

If you are planning to use your vehicle to reach the village, follow the Mumbai – Nashik route via Igatpuri. Bari is around 32 km from Igatpuri. 

Pune to Kalsubai Peak Trek 

To attempt one of the best treks near Pune, follow this route – Pune – Sangamner – Rajur – Bhandardara – Bari village if you are planning to drive to the base of Kalsubai Peak. Pune to Bari is approximately 140 km and takes 4 to 5 hours to reach. 


Kalsubai Trek FAQ

Where is Kalsubai Trek located?

Kalsubai Trek is located in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.  

What is the distance of Kalsubai Trek?

The total distance of Kalsubai Trek is 6.6 km. You can complete the trek in one day. Begin your day early in the morning. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach the peak, and roughly 2 to 3 hrs to descend. You need to be back at the base by 6 pm.  Trekking is restricted beyond 6 pm by the forest department. 

Is Kalsubai Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, if you are a beginner with good physical fitness, you can consider the trek. Kalsubai is a beginner-friendly trek in the Western Ghats. 

What is the difficulty level of Kalsubai Trek? 

The trek is of moderate difficulty level. Come prepared to navigate some rocky patches and steep climbs on the trek. 

What will the temperature be in Kalsubai Trek?

Kalsubai experiences pleasant weather with temperatures ranging between 17°C to 25°C during the day.  Carry a warm layer if trekking to Kalsubai in the winter months. 

Best time to visit Kalsubai Peak 

Kalsubai Peak trek draws hundreds of trekking enthusiasts during the monsoon and post-monsoon seasons. The trail embraces soothing colours, and waterfalls spring to life as monsoon rain adds volume to waterfalls. June to September is the best time to discover the lush greenery and enjoy pleasant weather. Although monsoon has its charm, the trail remains crowded with hundreds of trekkers attempting the summit climb. The trail becomes muddy and slippery due to heavy rain in the region. 

October to February is the best time to visit Kalsubai for clear skies and the soothing autumn hues along the trail.  The season is known for a variety of blooming flowers in vibrant shades. Walking on the grasslands abloom with wildflowers is a soul-calming experience. Autumn season offers a clear view of the surrounding peaks of the Western Ghats. 

What is the starting point of Kalsubai Trek?

The trek starts from a village called Bari, around 4 hrs drive from Mumbai. 

What is the duration of Kalsubai trek?

You can complete the trek in a day. Some trekkers opt to camp for a night near the summit. Plan the trek to Kalsubai over a weekend to explore the best of the region. 


What is the altitude of Kalsubai Trek?

Kalsubai Trek’s altitude is 5400ft ft. 


Can we do the Kalsubai peak Trek on our own?

Yes, if you are well-equipped with all the required information about the trail, you can do the trek on your own. 

The trail is easy and well marked but updating yourself with weather forecasts and essentials required will help you to trek comfortably. 

Are we allowed to camp in Kalsubai?

You can pitch a tent near the summit. However, there are no water sources near the summit. During the night it gets very windy and chilly. We recommend taking a guide for a night stay. There are a few homestay options at the base with basic facilities. You can check for Hotel Krushnvanti in Bari village. 

Will there be a network in Kalsubai Trek?

Kalsubai Trek offers limited mobile network coverage. You will have access to a scanty network in the village. The temple at the summit receives network. 

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You can carry a first aid kit. If you have your prescribed medications, bring them on the trek.

Are there any dhabas or water sources on the trek?

There are a few stalls run by villagers selling water and snacks. During the monsoon, trekkers fill water from river streams along the way.  

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Pack some filling trail snacks as there are no options to purchase food along the trail. You can bring protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara, cake etc. 

Things to pack for Kalsubai Trek

Here is a list of things you need to carry for your trek

  1. Comfortable trekking shoes 
  2. Extra Pair of Clothes – One trek pant and dry fit t-shirt (if camping for a night)
  3. Raincoat/Poncho -01 (During monsoon)
  • Sun hat -01
  • Trekking poles (Optional)
  • Headtorch
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Water bottles (2 litres each)
  • First aid kit or personal medication
  • Small biodegradable bags to take the waste/ used clothes 
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • Toiletries – 
  • Torch
  • Power Bank
  • Mosquito and insect repellent 


Are there any options for accommodation on Kalsubai Trek?

The base village has few homes offering stay and food at minimal cost. Do not expect anything fancy or luxurious stay options.