Kashmir Great Lakes Sonamarg

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  • 8 Days
  • Max Group Size: 10
  • 32,500
  • Jun - Sept
  • Moderate- Difficult

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Kahmir Great Lakes : Overview

The beauty of Kashmir is legendary. It has been rightly said as a paradise on earth. It has been worshipped, photographed, painted and poeticized. Providing both inspiration and comfort; adventure and respite to all those who travel here. The landscape of Kashmir is stunning. The beauty of green meadows and lakes is unmatchable. Simply being here to enjoy the sublime nature of the mountains is reason itself for the journey.

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Available Batch Dates

Max Batch Size : 10
Batch (2024) Price Available Enquiry
19July-26July INR 32500/- 10 WhatsApp

 

Price Includes

  • Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 6.Accommodation will be tent on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals – All meals during the trek. Meals will be veg.
  • Trek permits fees and forest camping charges.
  • Trekking equipment – Tents, sleeping bag, liners etc. as required
  • Guide and porter charges

Price Excludes

  • Transport to and from the base camp (Srinagar ) and to Shitkari
  • Food during transit to and from the base camp
  • Any charges in case of emergency evacuation.
  • Anything apart from inclusions.
  • Any type of insurance
  • Cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions etc.
  • 5% GST (Tax)
  • BackPack Offloading

What to Expect In Kashmir Great Lakes

The Kashmir Great Lakes, trek is the most beautiful, amazing and full of natural beauty trek. In this trek you can enjoy the scenic beauty of God’s amazing creation called ‘Lakes’. Here you can see 6 different Lakes named, Vishnusar, Kishansar, Gadsar ,Satsar,Gangabal,Nandkol and many other small lakes . This is the totally hidden part of Kashmir. Only very few number of people is known about this amazing trek.

  • Beautiful Alpine Lakes
  • Camping Near Lakes
  • Picture Perfect Meadows
  • View of Twin Lakes From Gadsar Pass

Kashmir Great lakes Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Srinagar To Sonamarg/Gagangir

Welcome to Srinagar. Your odyssey to paradise on earth starts from this historic place. We will pick you up from the TRC, Srinagar at 11AM and will drive to Sonamarg/Gangangir.

Our today’s stay will be at homestay or hotel.

We will use this day for briefing, getting to know each other and preparing for the next day trek.

Day 2: Trek from Shitkadi to Nichnai

We will start our trek from Shitkadi which is 30 min drive from our stay.

Our first stop will be at Tabletop. It is a beautiful plateau surrounded by jungle and it opens wide towards the Thajiwas Mountain Range. It will give you a beautiful view of the entire Sonamarg area and its mountain range. Later, you trek towards Nichnai. You will trek by the river . Later the trail opens and gives way to tall mountains. You will need to cross a river after that. Follow the guidelines given by your trek leaders during the crossing. As the group reaches the campsite, the view will become more beautiful and exciting.

Day 3: Trek from Nichnai to Vishansar Valley

We will start our trek after having the breakfast. Today, we carry packed lunch for the day.

Our first stop will be near Nichnai Pass, located after the river. As you cross the ridgeline, you will be able to see the stunning valley from the top. The ascent is steady toward the pass. Don’t forget to stop for regular water breaks.

The pass is steep and has a rocky climb to the stunning valley. You will be able to see a vast mountain range to the right and left of your path in the surrounding area. The mountain range appears rugged to the left, and the mountain line is snow-capped to your right.

After crossing the Nichnai pass, it is downhill 1 hr  and after that it is gentle walk.

After walking for about a few kilometers, you will arrive at the campsite. The campsite is situated next to the streams of the river that originate at stunning Vishansar Lake. The river is where you will find a large variety of trout fish well-known in this area. (Fishing and catching fish is not permitted).

Visit Kishansar Lake in the evening.

Day 4: Trek for Vishansar To Gadsar Via Gadsar pass

Today will be the longest and most challenging day of the trek.

We will start our day a bit early.

The first and most popular attraction on the trek is visible within an hour. Witness the two gorgeous lakes cosily and calmly adjacent to each other: Vishansar and Kishansa Lakes. Take a look at the beautiful lakes. Both lakes have the significance of a sacred site and are drained in the Kishanganga River that flows through Gurez valley. 

Following the lakes, you begin the steep climb towards Gadsar Pass. It will take about two hours before you reach the summit.

Once you reach the top, which is the highest point of the trek, enjoy yourself with the beauty of the twin lake and the mountains surrounding them.

Relax here and enjoy a few minutes. Take some fantastic pictures.

From the pass, it is a long descent to the campsite.

The descent ends and flows into a lush meadow known as Gadsar Meadow. The meadow is lush greenery with diverse and vibrant flowers and plants and is one of the most vibrant of the trek.

You will witness a blue-coloured lake called Gadsar Lake on your left side. This lake is only accessible during the Kashmir Great Lakes trek and is one of the least visited lakes in India.  

Day 5: Trek from Gadsar to Satsar

There is an ascent for about an hour until the trail begins to open onto the Satsar Meadow. 

The trail becomes easy after that as you walk through lush grass and trails. The trail is composed of meadows and rocks with a few water-filled grasses and land. The terrain of the mountain is primarily rough and deserted. The valley has seven alpine lakes, and you will see one of them. 

Later, you will arrive at the campsite.

 

Day 6:Trek for Satsar to Gangabal via Zaj Pass

Today the trek starts with a patch of boulders and rocky terrain.

The boulder section will be the most prominent and interesting part of the day, as you’ll be moving from one boulder to the next. 

The trail ascends and eventually reaches Zaj Pass. A steep climb to the pass lasts for around three hours before an equally long descent. 

The trail follows an array of climbs and descents until it reaches Gangabal Valley.

After the climb, you will reach the highest elevation known as Zaj Pass.

Following the descent from the pass, you will be walking through the meadow, which is narrow. You will also encounter small changes in the landscape until you arrive at the twin lakes in the valley.

The lakes and the glacial lakes are fed by melting glaciers that rests upon Mount Harmukh. Gangabal Lake is almost 25 minutes away from Nundkol Lake

Day 7: Trek Gangabal to Naranag and Drive to Srinagar

The trek to Naranag, the final destination of the trek, begins with a gradual descent, followed by a rapid descent through the jungle.

The gradual descent takes you through the meadows of Trunkhol. Here you will find the government hut and waving meadows that lie within the mountains surrounding. It is lush greenery and is dotted with bright yellow flowers.

There are many shepherd’s houses constructed of brick and mud. It is possible to stop if you have time, to sip the tea of the region within the mud-built houses.

Post Trunkhol meadow, the trail immediately leads through the forest. 

The path isn’t extremely difficult or risky, but it can be challenging for your legs. Once you’ve climbed halfway, you’ll be able to see the houses below. Further, it is a steep descent until you reach Naranag, the endpoint of the trek. 

Drive from Naranag to Srinagar, TRC

Day 8: Buffer Day

For all your travel plans include a buffer day to accommodate bad weather on the trek/political instability.

This depends completely on the circumstances of the trek and the situation in Kashmir.

Important Points

  • We have kept a buffer day in this itinerary. We will only charge for buffer day (INR 2500 per person) in case we use it during the trek. This is to account for any weather-related delays or if a team is tired and needs an extra day to push to a camp
  • Transport from Srinagar to Sonamarg/Gagangir and Naranag to Srinagar will shared among the participants and will be directly given to the driver. We will arrange the transport for you.
  • In case of emergencies or unforeseen circumstance we may reroute the trek or cancel the trek.
  • Please carry government id card(Adhaar Card) and 3 passport size photographs for permission with the mandatory documents of the Medical Certificate and Disclaimer form. This is required for trek permissions before and during the trek.
  • It is advisable for you to book flexi flight tickets.
  • The charges for offloading your backpack for the entire trek will be 3500 per person. The backpack should not weight more than 10kg.
  • Special Cancellation Policy for Kashmir Treks: Because of a govt. order in Kashmir, we have extremely limited slots for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. This has increased the demand for the trek. Which is why we have a special cancellation policy for this trek. It is designed to help trekkers take an early call about their trek.

    If you cancel your trek between 60 days to 1 day of the trek, you do not get any refund or a voucher.

    If you cancel the trek over 60 days before the trek date, you get a refund with 10% cancellation charges.

FAQ : Kashmir Great Lakes

How many days is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek is  75 km long and you cover in in 6 days .The altitude ranges from 6,175 ft in Srinagar to Gadsar Pass at 13,715 ft. On an average you cover 10-11km  every day. This is why the Kashmir Great Lakes trek requires good preparation.

How difficult is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is one of the beautiful treks in India. . The trek is not as easy as the pictures make it look. It is of moderate-difficult grade. 

Is the Kashmir Great Lakes trek Safe?

The Kashmir Great Lakes trail is safe. It is in the remote regions of Kashmir, away from the hotbed of turmoil. It is towards the touristy Sonamarg region. There are also 3 army camps on the trekking trail. And we camp close to them. So the trekking trail itself is a lot safer.

How many months in advance should I book the Kashmir Great Lake trek?

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (KGL) has a small window for trekking. It is possible to trek in Kashmir for only 3 months in a year. The season starts in July and goes till the middle of September. 

You should book this trek atleast 3 months prior.

Will I get a mobile network and charging points during the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

You will get mobile connectivity only till Srinagar. After that the network is sketchy and almost non-existent. 

Make sure you finish all your important telephone calls before starting your travel to the basecamp. Inform family members about poor connectivity during the trek.  

As for electricity, you won’t have access to electricity or charging points anywhere during the trek

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