This was a trek to Kalsubai, the highest peak of the Sahyadri Mountains in Maharashtra. The difference between this trek was more than that of region. This was not a Fort. It was also the first monsoon trek of 2015 , as the heavy rains had set in .
Kalsubai, 5400 feet above sea level, lies at the border of the Nashik and Ahmednagar Districts, near Bhandardara. At the top of the mountain, is a small temple which can hold just 3 people. Since this is also a pilgrim spot, besides being a trekking destination, the government has installed railings and ladders along the way , particularly across difficult rock faces, for the safety of all.
As a result, there is always some traffic on this trail, with someone even setting up a Kanda Bhajiya stall somewhere high up in the mountains. In fact , the person carrying a sack of onions, was climbing the mountain along with us.
Thanks to the monsoon clouds, we were unable to see across the various other ranges (the Kulang, Madan and Alang Forts) , of the Sahyadris from the peak, which are normally seen on a clear sunny day.
We traveled to Kasara, by suburban train on the Saturday night, reaching there by 3 am. We shifted to the village Bari, at the base of Kalsubai , where we stayed the night and at 6 am, were served a delicious poha breakast by the locals.
The return was by the same route, after descending and a wonderful local lunch at 4 pm .
Briefing by the Trek leader before starting.
This part of a woman's life never changes, regardless of which part of India you travel. Pumps get updated with new numbers, but the chores remain the same. At Bari Village.
A local residence as we climb up the mountain
A prominent small temple at the lower slopes.
At this point, we were just half way up the mountain . The trekkers enclosed in the cold and the fog .
A clearing, a meeting and a celebration !