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About Kalsubai -
The peak is known to have been titled after a girl named Kalsu, who is believed to have escaped from the Indori village, saving herself from the slavery of her employer's ruthless cruelty.
The Kalsubai is an offshoot range of the main Sahyadri range. This entire range is amazing from the hiking point of view with some of the tallest peaks and toughest forts, Kulang, Madan, Alang forts.
June to August for Monsoon Hike
Being the highest peak in Maharashtra, also known as the Mt Everest of Maharashtra
The terrain comprises of mainly grasslands and rocks
Overview of the Hike
It takes around 5 hours from Mumbai to reach the Base Village called "Bari Village" and from there we had our refreshments before starting the hike. We started our journey at 10.30pm on Saturday night on a bus and reached the Base Village by 4 am the next day (Sunday).
After refreshments, we started our hike at 5 am with 10 participants in between 2 volunteers. That's how the volunteers were distributed.
It wasn't surprising that there were 1000 more people with us from different organizations aiming to summit Kalsubai. So, we assigned bands to every participant to easily recognize them in the crowd.
After 5 hours we reached the Summit.
In between, we had our breakfast and took minor halts at checkpoints. While ascending and descending, we got to see a huge human traffic Jam on the ladders. People were waiting in queues longer than metro queues to climb and descend.
We started our descend at 10:30 am and reached the starting point of the hike by 2 pm followed by lunch and departure.
This hike was a mix of both night and day. Starting early at 5 am gave us an experience of a night hike followed by a spectacular sunrise and views of "Harishchandragad" which is right opposite to Kalsubai.