Kashmir, a word that evokes a thousand emotions of love, grandeur, exoticism and heaven which is fascinating for trekkers and mountaineers from all over the world who visit this magical place titled “Paradise on earth”. Pristine and untouched lakes of Kashmir have captured the hearts of many trekkers who made this exploration into a destination for many people, it is definitely one of the most beautiful treks you will ever experience. The Kashmir Great Lakes trek will take you through flaming pine forests, bewitching meadows covered with blooming wildflowers, snow-capped mountains, gushing streams and sparkling glaciers. Witness the magnificent views of 7 astonishing alpine lakes named after Gods of Hindu Mythology, sing with the rare high altitude birds and encounter the true beauty of wildlife. so pack your bags, grab your trekking boots and let’s go for an expedition.
ALTITUDE: 4200 m / 13,800 ft
- 7 Aug 2021
- 14 Aug 2021
- 21 Aug 2021
- 28 Aug 2021
- 4 Sep 2021
- 11 Sep 2021
- 18 Sep 2021
- 25 Sep 2021
Note: Safety and Expertise – Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a moderate trek. This trek does not require any mountaineering expertise or any trekking credentials. This trek is safe for all age-groups.
Srinagar: 2:00 pm
Day 1: Srinagar to Sonamarg
Altitude: 2,377 m
Time taken:3 hours drive
We will pick you up from Srinagar Airport in the afternoon and drive from Srinagar to the base camp at Sonamarg. Acclimatize yourself by strolling through nature and enjoy the panoramic views around you.
Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai
Altitude: 3,505 m
Time taken: 6.5 hours, 9 kms
Post breakfast, we leave for Nichnai. A gentle ascent takes us into the valley of Nichnai via a famous tabletop that gives a magnificent view of mountains that includes Thajiwas Mountain Range and Bear Valley. Nichnai Valley is known as the Valley of wildflowers which definitely makes the place more alluring for us as we camp in the flowery meadows of Nichnai.
Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar Valley
Altitude: 3,650 m
Time: 5.5 hours, 13 kms
The morning after breakfast we ascend towards the Vishansar Valley and witness the breathtaking view of a beautiful valley with two lakes resting soothingly before lofty mountain peaks. Both of these lakes have a religious significance and they drain into the Kishanganga River that meanders through Gurez valley. These lakes are filled with plenty of colourful trout fishes which will be a treat for your eyes.
Day 4: Vishansar Valley to Gadsar
Time taken:6 hours, 14 kms
After breakfast, we enter the Gadsar Valley over Gadsar pass. The pass gives a wide view of both Vishansar valley on one side and the Gadsar valley on the other. Enchant yourself with long wavy meadows dotted with multi-coloured flowers. The Gadsar Valley is famous for its lake and sinking water sand. Legends say the water and fish from the Gadsar Lake have healing powers. We pitch tents beside a shimmering canal that comes out of the Gadsar Lake.
Day 5: Gadsar to Satsar
Altitude: 3,600 m
Time taken: 5 hours, 12 kms
Post our Breakfasts, On the fifth day of the trek, the trail becomes mild and relaxing with a repetition·of mild ascents and descents through large meadows that stretch along a succession of a fascinating mountain range. The Satsar valley holds seven alpine lakes; we camp for the night beside one of the canals.
Day 6: Satsar to Gangabal
Altitude: 3,587 m
Time taken:5 hours, 9 kms
Enjoy the early sunrise, have breakfast and start the trek over the Zajibal pass. The pass cuts the Satsar Valley and Gangbal valley. We cover a mild gradient that leads us to the Nundkol Lake lying judiciously at the foot of Harmukh. The Harmukh, the lake and the reflection of it in the glittery water makes it all so majestic.
Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag
Altitude: 2,271 m
Time taken: 6.5 hours, 13 kms
Starting the day early, post breakfast we descend into the Naranag valley. Embracing the beauty of Naranag valley, we witness the idyllic nature surrounded in this place which will bring peace to your soul. Later, we head towards Srinagar on a drive for the night stay. We will proceed to the airport and board the flight back home with a pocket full of memories from the Kashmir Great Lakes.
- Accommodation in tents/ homestays on twin sharing basis.
- Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mattresses, Toilet Tents & Kitchen Tents.
- Daily meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- Passes and Permits.
- Load ferrying.
- Basic Medical / First Aid Kit.
- Staff (Trek Leaders, Cooks and Helpers).
- HikerWolf expertise
- Transportation from Srinagar to base camp and back (can be arranged for 1400 pp, to and fro)
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, and Bottled Water etc
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Any kind of food during transit.
- Unscheduled or extended stay due to road block.
THINGS TO CARRY
- Backpack & rain cover
- Trekking shoes preferably high-ankle one
- Day pack to carry on-the-trek essentials like a lunch box
- Water bottle
- Protein bars
- Trekking pole
- Personal medical kit.
- Fleece jacket
- Down feather jacket
- Waterproof pants
- Sun cap
- Woollen cap
- Toiletries: sunscreen, lip balm, toilet paper, hand sanitiser, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand towel, sanitary napkins, etc.
Note: Do not carry any valuables. Please take care of it in case you are carrying the same. We will not be responsible if you lose them by any chance.