Kalsubai Peak Trek

Duration 1 Days Difficulty Moderate
1 Days
Trek type
Trek type
Rocks, iron ladders
Max Altitude
5,400 ft
Required Fitness
Bari village
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
November to February

Trek to the highest point in Maharashtra –

  • The summit provides beautiful views of the Bhandardara dam, constructed on the Pravara river.
  • On a clear day, get imposing views of the surrounding forts such as Harihargad, Harishchandragad and Ratangad. Views of the Alang-Madan-Kulang forts from the top are a bonus.
  • Experience the thrill of climbing four iron ladders on vertical rock faces.

Trek guide: Kalsubai

  • Altitude: 5,400 ft
  • Time taken: 4 hours to ascend, 3 hours to descend
  • Water sources: None. Carry at lease 2 litres of water.
  • Terrain type: Grasslands, rocks.
  • Trek gradient: Moderate
View of surrounding hills from the summit. PC: Rucha Ghanekar

The trek starts from Bari village. Walk through the village on the path that leads straight through it, without taking any of the turns that you come across.

Once you leave the village behind, the trek begins with a walk through some fields. Take a right after you reach the end of the hutments. In monsoon, it’s likely that there will be a stream flowing here. You will need to cross this and continue walking through the fields.

Initial trail through fields. PC: Rucha Ghanekar

The path naturally turns upwards to the left after the fields. The trail now becomes a little rocky. It is well shaded by trees. The first small ascent leads you to the temple of a local deity. This is an ideal place for some quick rest. The summit is visible from this point and looks deceptively close but you’re at least 2.5-3 hours away.

The trail ahead is marked almost throughout with no scope of getting lost. It continues to ascend from here and the terrain is rocky. The tree cover disappears in around half an hour.

Rocky trail with light tree cover. PC: Rucha Ghanekar

After an hour of trekking, you reach the first set of iron steps. Be careful while climbing this. It becomes a little slippery in monsoon. There are four such climbs ascents. Each of these is a quick and steep. The descent might induce knee pain. These steps are only at spots where climbing the rock surface is difficult for a layperson.

Each of the ladder sections is followed by an ascending trail which flattens out in small sections. It’s mostly grassy here. If there are many trekkers in monsoon, the path tends to get slushy.

Trekkers going up one of the ladder sections. PC: Rucha Ghanekar

After close to 3 hours of climbing, you reach a ridge-like area when you might believe you have reached the summit. However, there’s still a small last climb left.

The final ascent is again facilitated by steel stairs. People with vertigo/mild vertigo need a lot of courage to complete this one! The descent can get scarier.

Final ascent. Notice the last ladder which is almost vertical. PC: Rucha Ghanekar

Panoramic views of the different mountain forts and the Kalsubai-Harishchandragad range makes the summit worth the demanding trek. Make sure you spend enough time to absorb what the mountain views offer!

From the ridge are to the summit, you are likely to face very strong winds. Secure your bags and any lose items you might be carrying.

The descent is down the same trail and takes 2.5 – 3 hours.

View of the villages below. PC: Rucha Ghanekar

Food: Wholesome food and snacks are available at shacks in Bari village. There are also 4 shacks along the trail, located at different places, that sell tea and snacks.


  • There are many options for stay at Bari village. Cost is Rs 500 for 4 people in a home stay. Contact: Santosh on 99234 42273.
  • You can also opt to stay in the temple in the village for free. The space is big enough to accommodate about 15 . However, during winters it gets extremely chilly. It is highly recommended that you carry a lot of warm clothes.
  • You can pitch tents about 200-300 ft below the summit. It is recommended that you take along a guide from the village if you plan to stay. Note that this place can be very windy. There are no water sources.

This trek has been documented by Rucha Ghanekar & Sneha Rao.

Route from Mumbai by road:

Take NH160 to Ghoti, which is on the Nashik road. At Ghoti, turn right and get on the Ghoti-Shirdi road. Follow this for around 24 km to reach Bari village.

Route from Pune by road:

Take NH60. After you cross Chakan, Rajgurunagar, Manchar, Narayangaon, take a left at Ale Phata to reach Otur. Take a right to Maharashtra SH 46. Turn left at Brahmanwada and follow MH SH 21. Take a left at Kotul junction and keep following MH SH 21. Take the MH SH 44 at the next junction and you will come upon Bari village.

6 thoughts on “Kalsubai Peak Trek

    1. Hi Reshama,
      June is also good. However, you will have to be very careful on the ladders since they get slippery in the rains.

  1. First trek of my life.. and it was Kalsubai. I am not Very fit ,But managed to reach the top in 3hrs 22mins. Yaa it is slippery for sure. So be ready to get your hands dirty . I went there in first week of August. Enjoyed it a lot. But theres a vast Temperature difference just below the top and at the peak. Weather went really bad as we were in a cloud to be precise. Wind made my backpack of around 6-7kgs tumble and roll over , 1-2 rolls but that’s how bad the wind was at the top. Temperature easily between 8-12 degrees. May be we are wrong , but in the wind of that intensity, you go really really cold. But. Its a lifetime experience. As I said , it waa my first trek and i came back home happy without any regrets

    1. One can camp on the Kalsubai peak but it’s not recommended. The region around the peak is incredibly windy and it makes a lot more sense to camp at the shoulder (a little before the final ladder to the peak) of the hill instead. Here’s the GPS coordinate for it – 19°36’07.0″N 73°42’38.9″E 🙂

  2. We did this trek in pitch dark. Started around 3 AM. We had a local guide and a group of 10 people. We carried head torches for light. After a long 3 hours we reached the top. We could enjoy the views of sunrise from the top and it was absolutely amazing. Al other peaks in the vicinity and the clouds could all be seen below us ! It was very very windy at the top. I think sunrise is the best time of the day to reach the top.
    While coming down, we encountered a lot of monkeys and they were very bold. One actually jumped on my friends backpack, opened the chain and took away the food! That can be a scry experience but one has to remain calm at such time otherwise monkeys may also harm you.

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Last updated: September - 2019

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