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Trek to the Ratangad fort and Kalsubai peak

  • Ratangad

    Ratanwadi, Maharashtra (map)

    19.497450 73.739197

  • SC Railway Station
  • Price: $70.00 /per person

    Refund policy


    Difficulty: Difficult

    For: Fit trekkers only, If you are interested, add yourself to WL, Selection might be at Organizer's discretion, so bare with us.

    Team Size: 12

    Trek Route:
    Ratanwadi -> Ratangad -> Ratanwadi

    Bari -> Kalsubai

    Price: Rs 3000 per person including food(Does not include food in train). Any excess money will be shared and remaining money  will be refunded before the trek ends.

    Answering all the rsvp questions is mandatory in case u want your rsvp to be considered.

    The trek demands sharing, endurance, adjustment and discipline. Please be prepared.




    Ratangad is a fort in Maharashtra in the Baleshwar Range overlooking the locale of Bhandardara. It is an interesting fortress, situated at the edge of the ghats with numerous water cisterns and caves. It also commands an excellent view all around, overlooking the kokan plains, Bhandardara lake, Alang, Kulang and the huge wall of Ajoba. To reach we need to cross the beautiful wilsons dam on a shuttle and trek upwards for 4 hours negotiating chimneys and walking rickety ladders.



    On the top is a 2000 year old fort and a breath taking view. The caves can house many persons and has water available for cooking.











    The highest Peak of Maharashtra, Kalsubai -  get ready to experience one of the most amazing treks in Sahyadris.

    Heights, Rains, Waterfalls, Wildlife, Greenery..what can else one could ask for ?

    Difficulty level : Medium to Difficult

    Category: Adventure / Trek / Nature Camping

    Only for Ages 18+ for Selected Members

    Kalsubai :

    The peak of Kalasubai in Nagar district is the highest peak of the mountain range of Sahyadri. The everest of the Sahyadris, Kalsubai trek is a dream of every avid trekker to climb it at least once. Kalsubai is a part of the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary which spreads from Kalasubai to Harischandragad in Akole. The Kalsubai sanctuary is a challenge to trekkers with its rugged hilly terrain and the Kalsubai pinnacle at its height of 5500 ft is a real steep climb.

    According to the legend, Kalsu, a came to the Indore village at the foothills of Kalsubai. She took service with a Koli family on condition that she should not be asked to clean pots and sweep. Matters went smoothly till one day, when one of the family-members ordered Kalsu to clean some pots and clear away some litter. She did as she was told to, but immediately climbed the hill and stayed there till her death.

    There is a steep and difficult route from Indore but trekkers prefer the ladder-route from Bari village which is about ten km from Bhandardara. It usually takes three hours to reach the top from Bari. Soon after leaving Bari, there is a Hanuman temple and the route from behind this temple takes the hiker straight to the summit. There are three iron ladders along this route. There is a well near the last iron ladder as one approaches the top but the water is not potable. At the summit is a small temple of Kalsubai, which can seat just three people.

    At a height of 5500 feet Kalsubai offers a panoramic view. Towards west ,Alangad, Madangad & Kulanggad could be seen towards south is the famous Bhandardhara lake and Ratangad beyond it.

    Tentative Itinerary:


    6.00 PM - Catch AJANTA EXPRESS(17064) from Hyd to Manmad


    7:00 am -  Reach Manmad and have breakfast

    12 pm - Reach Ratanwadi by hired vehicle

    1:00 pm - Have lunch and start climbing Ratangad

    6:00 pm - Relax, Camp at a cave on the top, Dinner, Fun time.


    5:00 am - Wake-up Call

    6:00 am - Explore the fort

    8:00 am - Start descending

    11:00 am - Reach base and start for Bari (base village to Kalsubai)

    Sat 12  PM: Reach bari (Base village). Have lunch and start trek
    Sat 8 PM : Reach peak


    Sun  6 AM:  wake up call and small trek around until sunrise.
    Sun  9 AM:  trek to base 

    2:00 PM - Have lunch and start to manmad

    9:00 pm - Catch Ajanta Express to Hyderabad


    9:00 am - Reach Hyderabad, Tata, tata, Bye, Bye


    Be prepared for anything and DO NOT GRUMBLE

    No guests allowed. Please ask them to create an account, which is very simple, and RSVP for themselves.



    More or less will be shared.

    (Exact expense statement will be shared after the trek ends)

    Payment Details:

    Great Hyderabad Adventure Club 
    A/c no:[masked] 
    IFCS Code: UTIB[masked] 
    Road no:2, Banjarahills Branch 
    Its a Savings account.


    [masked]_Yourname ([masked]_Manohar). NO CASH DEPOSITS PLEASE.[masked] is the meetup id which you can see in the weblink above. If you do not provide the meetup id in transaction remark, its difficult to track your payment.

    You can also pay through credit card:


    Things to bring (ALL ARE MUST):

    1. 2 Track pants, 2 T-shirts, Raincoat or a poncho

    2. Trekking shoes with good grip, and used before. 2 extra pair of socks.

    3. Personnel medicines if you use any

    4. Sleeping bag and a proper rucksack (both are mandatory).

    5.  Water : 2 litres per head. To discourage buying plastic, we request you to get filled bottles from home.

    6. Food: Chapatis, Jam, Dry Fruits, Energy Bars, Keera (Cucumber), Beetroot, Carrots, dates, Cashew etc.

    7. Head Torch or a good Torch light

    8. Lighter and a Magnetic compass (optional)

    9. Sun cap or Sunscreen lotion (spf 15 or above)

    9. A daredevil attitude with a big smile :)


    Important Instructions:

    1. Do not Carry any other extra weight

    2. Do not Bring shoulder bags, sling bags etc

    3. Do not RSVP if you are not fit enough for the trek or if you are afraid of heights

    4. Smoking and Liquor are strictly prohibited during the trek (includes travel)

    5. No littering, no pollution of water

    6. We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers

    7. If you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately.

    8. Do not take unnecessary risks and always follow the organizers' directions

    All GHAC Meetup Guidelines Apply :

    Anybody not following this guidelines and rules will be asked to leave immediately and removed from the group.

    Contact Details :

    anubha :[masked]

    Manju :[masked]


    NOTE: Event Hosts have all the rights to add or remove any member and do necessary changes in route, activity, time, duration depending on the situations and climate conditions. ORGANIZER'S DECISION IS FINAL (ITS ALL ABOUT SAFETY, PLZ CO-OPERATE)

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  • Anubha T.

    Sorry guys, have to cancel this due to insufficient RSVPs

    June 9, 2014


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