Overview

Kashmir Great Lakes trek starts from Sonamarg – the famous tourist place in Kashmir. The trek winds up through jungles, meadows, gullies, and the vast spread of grasslands in the high altitude of Kashmir. The total duration of the trek is 7 days and the gradient of the trek is moderate to difficult. It is best done in summers and remains closed during the winter season.

The first day of the trek is acclimatization day. The night is spent camping beside the Sindh river of Sonamarg. The sight is worth enjoying as the campsite gives you the view of the surrounding jungle and landscape. On the second day of the trek, one ascends towards Nichnai via tabletop. The tabletop is a small meadow with three sides covered with and towards one side giving a panoramic view of the entire Sonamarg area and the Thajwas mountain range. Behold the alluring peaks of this range from the table top. The campsite at Nichnai is a valley of flowers with a water stream running beside it.

The next day one goes over Nichnai pass – a high altitude pass that gives you a wide view of the valleys down. Over the Nichnai pass, you will be trekking towards the next campsite at Vishansar valley. This valley is famous for its twin lakes – Vishansar and Kishansar lakes. The lakes are full of trout fish. You will see the fish dancing in the lakes and the river stream that comes out of these lakes.

The third day is the toughest of all days in this trek. You will be ascending the Gadsar pass which is the highest point of this trek. The pass stands at an altitude of around 4200m. At the pass, enjoy the wider view of the twin lakes and two valleys – Gadsar valley and Vishansar valley. The ascent to Gadsar pass is followed by equally sharp descent and then a long walk in the lush meadows of Gadsar valley. The valley is most famous for its wildflowers of varied colors and sizes. Walking amid these flowers is truly a heavenly walk. On the way, one sees, towards the left of the trail, a quaint Gadsar lake. This lake is small and yet breathtakingly beautiful. Away from the litter and noise, this lake is clean and turquoise in color. Immediately after the lake, you will have your campsite beside the river stream.

The next day is the easiest day of the trek. The day is mostly a meadow walk in the Satsar valley. There are seven lakes in this valley and you will be able to see some of the best lakes in this valley. The day is spent in a delightful walk without any sharp ascent or descent.

The sixth day of the trek is when you will have to ascend Zajibal Pass. This is a tiring ascent and equally tiring descent. The trail goes over a boulder and rocky section just before the pass. At the pass, you get the fantastic view of the twin lakes of Gangabal Valley. Enjoy the view here and it is best for your lunch break. The campsite of this day is one of the picturesque in the Gangabal valley. The twin lakes – Nundkol & Gangabal lakes- are in the vicinity. The entire valley is just amazing with wavy meadows and the towering peak of Mount Harmukh. Your campsite is just in the vicinity of Harmukh and Nundkol lake.

The last day of the trek has an easy walk in the wavy meadows of Trunkhol. After the meadow, the trail enters the jungle and gets down with a heavy steepness. This is the toughest steep descent of the trek and is quite heavy on your knees and ankles. This descent in jungle walk should be maneuveredcarefully. The day and the trek finish in Naranag village.


Basic information :

  • Dificulty - Moderate - Difficult 
  • Duration - 7D/6N
  • Maximum Altitude - 4200M 
  • Base Camp - Sonmarg
  • Best time to visit - July - October 

    Brief Itinerary:-

  • Day 1: Srinagar to Sonamarg
  • Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai
  • Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar Valley
  • Day 4: Vishansar Valley to Gadsar
  • Day 5: Gadsar to Satsar
  • Day 6: Satsar to Gangbal
  • Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag

    Cost :

  • Srinagar - Srinagar : ₹13,500/-

    Fixed Departure Dates :

  • July Dates: 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, 31st
  • August Dates: 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th
  • September Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23th, 24th, 25th, 30th
  • October Dates: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
6 Nights 7 Days 03 Jul Jammu and Kashmir
Itinerary

Day 1: Srinagar to Sonamarg

  • Altitude: 2,730 m
  • Time taken: 3 hours drive
  • Drive from Srinagar to the base camp at Shitkadi Sonamarg. While driving you will get the best highlight of the Kashmir landscape. The drive winds through villages, farmlands and the road is between two mountain ranges. You will be driving beside the shimmering and ever-flowing Sindh river. On the way, you can stop to feel the views of these mountains and pastures.
  • You will spend the night camping at Shitkadi that is surrounded by a luring mountain peak. The reason to spend the night at Shitkadi is for acclimatization. You will be briefed by your trek leader about an entire trek and you will be given all the details about the trek.
  • By evening you will reach Shitkadi where you will be served with welcome drink and evening snacks, later you will be served dinner.

Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai

  • Altitude: 2,730m to 3,505 m
  • Time taken: 6.5 hours, 9 km
  • This is the first day you will be taking your backpack and start ascending towards the next campsite.
  • It is a gradual ascend. Your first stop will be at Table Top, a beautiful plateau that is surrounded by jungle but opens wide towards the Thajwas Mountian Range. This gives a fascinating wide look of the entire Sonamarg area and its mountain range. You will be able to see the famous Amarnath Peak from here.
  • Post this, you will trek towards Nichnai. You will be trekking beside the river canal that goes down, and after a patch of jungle, the trail opens up and gives way to tall mountains. There is a river crossing too, a small stream that cuts this valley. Your trek leader and guides will help you cross the stream.
  • The view becomes more and more breathtaking as you trek further towards the campsite. The trail has rocky patches as well and is dotted with maple, birch, and pine trees.

Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar Valley

  • Altitude: 3,505m to 3,650 m
  • Time: 5.5 hours, 13 km
  • The gradient of the day is moderate with long hours of walk. After breakfast, you will be given the packed lunch as we will be lunching on our way to the next campsite.
  • We will be taking our first rest spot at Nichnai Pass. The pass is after the river stream. Just before the top, crossing the ridgeline you will see the beautiful valley down that you just traversed. There is a steady ascent towards the pass, don’t forget to take regular water breaks, keeping your feet firm and pace steady.
  • The pass has a steep and rocky descend towards the beautiful valley down. The meadow below is dotted with wildflowers. You will be walking in this quiet and serene meadow with joy and delight. In the surroundings, you will see a long stretch of mountains to both left and right sides of you. Towards the right, the mountain range is rugged, to your right the mountain line in contrast is snow-peaked.
  • After walking for a couple of kilometers you will cross the river and reach our campsite. The campsite is beside the river streams that originate at breathtaking Vishansar Lake. In the river, you will see a wide range of trout fish which are very much famous here. However, fishing and catching fish are forbidden here. You need to have a proper fishing license from the Fisheries authority of Kashmir.
  • Relax beside the lake, and take you evening snacks that you will receive as you reach the campsite.

Day 4: Vishansar Valley to Gadsar

  • Altitude: 3,650m to 3,810m via 4,200m Gadsar Pass
  • Time taken: 6 hours, 14 km
  • This day is the longest and toughest day of the trek. The gradient is moderate to difficult. On this day, you will cross over the highest altitude of the trek that is Gadsar Pass standing tall at 4,200m.
  • Your trek leader will guide you and start you early in the morning for the day. The first attraction and the best attraction of the trek will be visible within an hour of your trek. Behold the two gorgeous lakes cozily and calmly adjacent to each other: Vishansar and Kishansa Lakes. The lakes are famous for their blue water and abundant trout fish. You will see trout fish swimming around. The fish are of different colors. Both of these lakes have a religious significance and they drain into the Kishanganga River that meanders through Gurez valley.
  • After the lakes, starts the ardent steep ascend to Gadsar Pass. It has a narrow and sharp trail. Ascend carefully and steadily. It takes around 2 hours to reach the top of the pass.
  • Most of the breathtaking pictures that you see of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek are shot from this pass. Take some rest here for some time. Click your videos and pictures here to cherish the memories later on.
  • From the pass is a steep and a bit long descend. Place your steps carefully. The descend then finishes and merges into a long lush meadow called Gadsar Meadow. The meadow is wavy breathtakingly placed between the two mountain stretches. It has lush grass and varied colorful flowers and herbs. The meadow is the most colorful of this trek.
  • Shortly afterward, you will see on your left a soothing blue-colored lake – Gadsar Lake. The lake is least visited and only by Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Since it is almost in the middle of this trek, this lake is least visited and explored and is one of the best alpine lakes that you will see on the trek. Legends say the water and fish from the Gadsar Lake have healing powers. The campsite is just a small walk from the lake.

Day 5: Gadsar to Satsar

  • Altitude: 3,810m to 3,600 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours, 12 km
  • The gradient of this day is easy to moderate. Only for around one hour is an ascend until the trail opens on the Satsar Meadow. Then the walk turns into an easy walk on lush grass and trail.
  • The trail is a mix of rocky and meadow and with some water-filled grass and land. The landscape of the mountain is mostly rugged and desolate. The valley in total holds seven alpine lakes and we will see going via its one of the lakes. The lake stands beautiful and is a nice resting place for the trekkers. The seven lakes are one of the sources of the famous Wangath River that you will be seeing on the way going towards Srinagar after finishing the trek. Afterward, shortly, we will reach our campsite which is in the vicinity of the river stream.

Day 6: Satsar to Gangabal

  • Altitude: 3,600m to 3,587 m
  • Time taken:5 hours, 9 km
  • This day is moderate to difficult and starts with a patch of boulders and rocky terrain. The boulder section will dominate the day, with the hopping from one boulder to another. The trail goes up and reaches the Zajibal Pass. There is a sharp ascend towards the pass for about 3 hours and then an equally long descend. The trail then has a succession of ascends and descends until it goes into Gangabal Valley. On the way comes the biggest of the Satsar Lakes. The lake is bigger and gorgeous.
  • After the ascend, one reaches the highest altitude of the day at the top of the ridge called Zajibal Pass. The pass stand at an altitude of 4000m. However, the best part of this pass and the treat to the eyes is the first look of the view you get of twin lakes of Gangabal Lake – Nundkol and Gangabal Lakes.
  • After the descend from the pass, you will be walking in the narrow meadow and after which there are small ups and downs in the terrain until you reach the twin lakes of the valley.
  • Both the lakes and glacial lakes and get the water from the melting of glacier that hangs on Mount Harmukh. You will be camping beside the Nundkol Lake that has this gorgeous Mount Harmukh in the background.
  • Gangabal Lake is almost 25 minutes from Nundkol Lake. Both the lakes are abundant in tout fish.

Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag

  • Altitude: 3,587m to 2,271 m
  • Time taken: 6.5 hours, 13 km
  • This gradient of this day is difficult. You will be leaving in the early morning after breakfast. The trek towards Naranag i.e the endpoint of the trek is first gradual descend and then sharp descend through the jungle.
  • The gradual descend is through the meadow of Trunkhol. This is where you will see the government hut and wavy meadows in the middle of the surrounding mountains. The grass is lush and dotted with yellow flowers. And the land stretches far ahead of you. Take rest at Trunkhol meadow hut. You will see a lot of shepherd houses made of mud and brick. You can stop, if time allows, to sip the local tea here in the mud houses.
  • Post-Trunkhol meadow, the trail immediately goes through the jungle. After walking for half an hour almost you will reach Butsheri Top and it is from here a 3 hour steep descend starts. It is heavy on your knees. Make sure you tie your laces tight and ankle-high, if you have knee caps wear that. The trail isn’t tricky or dangerous but hard on your legs. After descending halfway you will begin to see the houses below. It further takes a hard descend to reach the end of the trek. At Naranag take some rest before leaving to your destination further.
  • The trek ends here.

 Inclusion :

  • All veg meals during the trek. Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, dinner.
  • Camp accommodation on all the nights in high high-quality tents on a twin-sharing basis. Sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses, dining tents, and cutlery included. 
  • Helpers to pitch the tents, wash the dishes, serve the food and assist while on the camp.
  • Mountaineering qualified and experienced trek leaders, guides, and experienced cooks. 
  • All the necessary mountain medicine includes first aid, oxygen cylinder, etc. 
  • Passes and Permits.

Meal plan: In every meal plan, we try to provide different varieties, trying not to repeat the dishes, particularly in dinner and lunch. Here is the list of dishes and items from which we serve the clients.

  • Breakfast: eggs, paratha, chana, poha, dalia, upma, cornflakes, bread toast, butter, jam, roti, coffee, tea, kehwa, etc.
  • Lunch and dinner: we make a variety of dishes and try to serve the varied dishes. On all trek days, there will be different dishes served. We try not to repeat our dishes unless the clients say otherwise.
  • We serve veg dishes like veg biryani, veg pulaw, muttar paneer, palak paneer, aloo gobi, rajma chawal, rajma kadhai, mix veg, chana masala, kadhi chawal, dal makhni, bhindi masala, dal fry, veg korma, Kashmiri nadru, Kashmiri haakh, aloo matar, bhaingan ka bharta, dam aloo, andaburji, etc. We have both roti and rice available for dinner and lunch. We serve them with different pickles and salad. 
  • For evening snacks we have tea, pakoda, soup, noodles, maggie, veg rolls, biscuits, etc. 
  • For dessert we serve gulab jamun, phirni, halwa, custard, sewaya, fruit chaat, fruit cake, almond cake, etc. 

    Exclusions:

  • Lunch on the first day. 
  • Personal expenses.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusion list.
  • Offloading 
  • Transportation

Extra Services:

If you wish to avail of our transportation service, then the extra cost will be 1500 per person. The transportation cost is to and fro. The pickup and drop place will be Srinagar. 

Offloading charges: In case you want us to carry your backpack, the cost per bag is Rs 2500/ per bag. The maximum weight allowed is 10kg. Please note that only a proper trekking backpack will be allowed to offload. No trolly or suitcase will be allowed to offload. We strictly follow to adequately place the load on our ponies. The maximum weight on each pony will be 40kg as recommended by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. 


Things to Carry:

  • Woolen Sweater (carry 5 layers during winter trek)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Padded Jacket 
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Trekking pants (2)
  • Undergarments (4 pair) 
  • Suncap
  • Woolen Cap
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves 
  • Socks (both cotton and woolen)
  • Poncho 
  • Headlamp/torch
  • Trekking pole
  • Medical Kit.

    Payment Details :

    UPI ID : 7387523876@upi

    Net banking :

  • Name- RAJBALA YADAV
    Bank name - HDFC BANK 
    ACC No.- 50100308491863
    IFSC code- HDFC0002501
  • Name- NITIN YADAV
    Bank name - PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK 
    ACC No.- 0530001500002688
    IFSC code- PUNB0053000
  • Please send a screenshot of the payment on WhatsApp 8850043643 for confirmation , we will then share a form for final booking procedure .


    Cancellation Policy:

  • 100% amount to be paid in advance to book the trip.
  • If the booking is canceled 30 days or before the event date then 50% of the booking amount will be refunded.
  • If the booking is canceled 30 days before the event date then no refunds will be given.
  • No show = No refund.

    TREKHIEVERS POLICIES :

  • Seats will be reserved only after full payment.
  • Detailed schedule of the trek will be given later to registered participants on WhatsApp group.
  • Organizers have all the right to modify or change the schedule if required.
  • Organizers hold the rights to cancel any event and refund with prior notice.
  • We strictly follow no alcohol, no drugs and no litter policy.

    Contact details :

    Mrunali - 8591837526 | Nitin - 7387523876 

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