Kalsubai Peak conquered- Dipti K

Kalsubai is a mountain in the Western Ghats, Maharashtra, at an elevation of 1646 metres (5400 feet) which earns it the much glorified title of the ‘Everest of Maharashtra‘.
I decided to go for a trek to the Kalsubai Peak on 26th of January 2018. The base camp is around 160 kms from Mumbai so I started the journey by bus with other trekkers at 11:00 pm on the 25th of January 2016. It took us around 4 hours to reach the base camp, Bari vilage.

We waited at the local village and had some tea and snacks. We packed our breakfast and ample of water for the trek. We finally started our trek at 5:00am. Since the weather was cold, I did carry some warm clothes too. As it was dark when we started early in the morning, I had to carry a torch.

After about hour and a half of trekking, I saw the first glimpse of light. The view was amazing until then it was pitch dark all over. I couldn’t see anything but the torch lights flashing from the other trekkers. Tried my level best to capture the first glimpse of the mountains after the break of dawn.

There were steel railings and ladders at places where it was difficult to climb. I tried to capture our journey uphill during the early hours of the day. The view around kept getting beautiful. There was a constant breeze flowing which made the temperature quite cold.

A few minutes more of trekking and I could see the lovely sunrise. Being in the city of Mumbai from childhood, watching sunrise from such a location was a dream come true.

There were narrow paths to go through and we were accompanied by monkeys as well.

As I kept going higher, the wind speed kept getting harder and the view beyond explanation.

The fellow trekkers had carried the Indian flag as it was Republic day. I got a chance to take few photographs and videos.

After around three hours of trekking we could see the base of the Kalsubai peak.

A few more minutes of trekking and little more closer to the base.

We finally reached the base of the Kalsubai peak and our final stretch of climbing began.

After the final climb, the first view from the Kalsubai peak was breathtaking and felt a great sense of achievement.

The view from 5400 ft above sea level was beyond words and captured in my camera.

An achievement, peace and appreciation for our lovely nature was something that I felt when I stood at the Kalsubai Peak.

During my descend, I came across these amazing individuals who thought of conquering their fears and disabilities and also proving a great motivation for others.

The descend was more difficult than I thought and your leg strength totally comes into picture. Thanks to my regular walks and exercise, I could manage through the descend without much problems.

The descend through the narrow ladders was a bit scary with trekkers coming from both directions. Tried to capture it to my level best to show what actually happens.

All in all an amazing trek and would rate it medium to difficult at the difficulty level. The trekking distance to and fro can be anywhere between 15 to 17 Kms. Would recommend to start the trek early morning to avoid heat from the sun. I was back at the Bari base village at 1:00 pm. Surely a must do trek for all the trekkers who haven’t done it yet.

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