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The top treks of Kashmir are:

1. Basmai – Soun Valley Trek

There’s something beautiful about the enchanting valleys of Kashmir and one of them is Basmai-Soun Valley. Being in the remote parts of Kashmir, Ganderbal and Anantnag, the Basmai-Soun Valley Trekking is famous for the beautiful views of the Himalayas, lifestyle and cultural heritage of the mountain villages and high altitude lakes. June to October are the preferred months for the Basmai-Soun Valley Trek as the valleys are carpeted with snow in June. The Basmai-Soun Valley Trekking Itinerary is mainly of 9 days covering sites such as Basmai Valley, Soun Valley, Basmai Lake, and many others. The must view sight in the whole trek is Satlanjan where 7 streams meet. The trek takes you to a gradual walk towards the hidden Soun valley with the path of alpine meadows. You will come across some local wildlife in Soun valleys like mountain goats and species of groundhogs. The trek also moves towards Kolohoi glacier which is very famous for being one of the sources of River Lidder which later on merges into Jehlum. Trekkers also go to another high altitude lake, Tarasar Lake which is a beauty surrounded by lush green grasslands and mountains and a medium ascent lake Marsar and will also camp at Sonmast valley which is termed as Shepherd valley, surrounded by beautiful meadows. The trekking ends with the trek towards Sumbal, a 4hrs. difficult ascend. The Basmai Soun Valley Trek is commonly considered as highly difficult due to strenuous walks but in return, you get to see alluring natural scenery of snow covered mountains, high altitude lakes, beautiful meadows under your feet and also the interaction with the mountain bedouins teaches you a lot about their hard and strenuous lives. If these things strike a chord of your heart, then Basmai Soun Valley Trek Tour Package is a win-win situation for you.

Max. Altitude – 4,000 meters

Duration – 5 days

Level – Easy to moderate

2. Warwan Valley Trek

One of the best-kept secrets of Kashmir, Warvan Valley is cradled by the barren, mountainous landscape of Ladakh, and the verdant expanses of Kashmir valley! It brims with beauty and adrenaline, the likes of which find no match anywhere else. The trail weaves through some of the remotest and untouched paths of Kashmir, leaving you miles of undisturbed beauty to cherish. The path runs over glaciers, moraines, and narrow treacherous ridges, stretching over 20 km. The entire trek is spread over a mind-boggling 100 km and requires nine days of strenuous trekking. Granted, the challenging terrain of the trek may seem daunting, but the rewards more than makeup for all the fatigues. Everything else, every other emotion pales when miles and miles of untouched, unmarred beauty unwinds before you, leaving you truly fumbling for words. The trek is a paradise of adventure lovers, and demands excellent fitness levels, along with one or two prior experiences of high altitude trekking.

Max. Altitude – 4,405 meters

Duration – 9 days

Level – Challenging

 

Highlights

1. Wander into the heart of Kashmir valley, tucked away in some of the least explored parts of Kashmir. Enjoy the solitude and tranquility it grants you.

2. The trek stretches over a couple of icy glaciers, making the entire experience stand out. So many glaciers packed in one single trek is something few other treks can boast about.

3. Witness the beautiful culture of the rustic mountain villages which seem to have been forgotten by time.

3. Kolahoi Glacier Trek

Kolahoi Glacier is a valley glacier in the northwestern Himalayan Range situated 26 kilometers north from Pahalgam.

Kolahoi Glacier is revered by the locals as “Goddess of Light” for being the perennial source of water to major rivers such as Jhelum and Lidder.

The trek to Kolahoi Glacier categorically captures the essence of the charm of Kashmir.

4. Tarsar Marsar Trek

Of all the trekking destinations in India, you can excuse us if we’re a bit partial towards Kashmir, where trekking as an experience is on another tangent of beauty altogether. Amongst countless other stunning trekking trails, Kashmir is also home to the iconic Tarsar Marsar trek. The trek leads to three incredible alpine lakes, namely Tarsar, Marsar and Sundarsar. The trail coils through iconic meadows of Kashmir, stunning high altitude pastures and forests and pastures. The campsites on this trek sit right beside the surreal beauty of these lakes, and a sprawling sky studded with a million stars watch over you. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of an arm of the Milky Way in all its stellar glory. Besides the beautiful terrains, the beautiful mountain valleys and rustic villages of Kashmir leave you awestruck.

Max. Altitude – 4,024 m

Duration – 7 days

Difficulty – Moderate

5. Basmai Pass – Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

Basmai is a breathtaking hanging valley in Jammu & Kashmir and forms a beautiful cradle within the Himalayas. Perched at a staggering 4000 meters, it is shaded in the Ganderbal and Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir, which is wildly off the beaten tracks. The valley is towered by the lofty Kohlai Peak, while the majestic Zanskar fences the other side. This moderate level trek is chaperoned by lovely trees of Oak, Deodar, Bhojpatra, and Pine, accompanied by multitudinous species of wildlife. The northern part of Basmai houses the stunning Kohlai Glacier. As a bonus, it also introduces trekkers to the quaint lifestyle of the village locals.

The most ideal time to do the trek is Mid June to September, when the snow cover begins to melt, leaving behind a blanket of enchanting, lush greenery.

Trek Highlights:

1. One of the most offbeat places in Jammu & Kashmir.

2. Carries a backdrop of the mighty Kolahoi Peak

3. Camping by beautiful alpine lakes- Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundarsar.

6. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

One of the most popular treks in Kashmir The stellar beauty of five alpine lakes lapped in the dreamscape of Kashmir – can you think of a more beautiful combination? Kashmir Great Lakes is a name that sets every trekker’s heart racing – and for good reason! The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is easily the most beautiful, picture-perfect, postcard-worthy trek we run. The trail leads you through five alpine lakes, each as beautiful as the other. The lakes follow one after the other every day, making each day equally exciting. Remember the rush and excitement of a pass day/summit day? Well, multiply all of that by 5, and you have the Kashmir Great Lakes trek – each day a beautiful, new lake to look forward to. What’s more interesting is that you get to see these lakes just as they are being fed by the snow-clad mountains. If you’re lucky enough, you may even chance upon an occasional iceberg floating across the pristine blues and greens of the lake. The beautiful, albeit distorted reflections of the surrounding mountains on the surface of the lake, is also something to look forward to. Given the arduous, undulating trail, Kashmir Great Lakes trekking demands commendable fitness.

7. Barafsar Lake Trek – The Highest Lake Of Kashmir

This trek begins from the farthermost alpine village of Kashmir towards the north-east. The town is well-known for guides that take believers to the blessed Amaranth yatra. The trek has three high elevation lakes on its course, one being the highest lake in Kashmir at a staggering altitude of 4605m. On the trail, one encounters two beautiful, vast and lush meadows Kolahoi Pass (most astounding in Sind valley), Thajwas wild life sanctuary, eight technical cliffs and six glacier beds.

Max. Altitude: 4605 m

No. of Days: 4 Days 3 Nights

8. Harmukh Valley Trek

Harmukh Valley trek is an astonishing high-elevation trail and considered as a most wonderful trek in Kashmir. Harmukh is the 4th highest peak in that valley is set with a picturesque foreground of the magnificent Gangbal lake.

Known as the Eiger of Kashmir, it was from Mount Harmukh that Thomas Montgomery, an incredible trigonometric surveyor, first found K1 and K2 Mountains in 1865. The Gangbal Lake is said to be the Ganges of Shivism.

Max. Altitude: 3700 m

No. of Days: 5 Days 4 Nights

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Why Trek in Kashmir?

Amidst its grand history of militarized zones, all the skirmishes at the borders, upland warfares, internal civilian outcries, Hindu exodus, and seemingly endless insurgencies, lays an ambivalent valley of Kashmir. Well known as paradise on Earth, Kashmir can be said as one of those states in the whole of Asia, which have suffered the most disturbance in all the years of the Indian subcontinent’s history because it is one of most beautiful places on Earth, amongst the minor other reasons. The magnificent Pir Panjal and the Greater Himalayan Ranges of the Kashmir valley, have witnessed not only the area’s breathtaking beauty but also its ugly realities. Till middle 1900s Kashmir was just a valley Kashmir, but today the word denotes, the whole wide area of Jammu and Kashmir and it’s broken shares, some in Pakistan, rest in China. As we all know, Kashmir is a highly disputable and debatable topic in today’s world. Just the name of the state is enough, to remind one of all its outward peacefulness and internal disturbing violence.

Kashmir also has a long and highly unresting history of religion, although the Valley itself seems to have no religion but one of motherhood. It often reminds one of that conventional helpless mother, whose children are still an adolescent and the mother knows, the umbilical cord has been cut already. Thus, there’s no choice but to wait and let them mature. The region practices, diverse number of religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, and Christianity. You can thank the various conquers, empires and rulers of Kashmir for that. Kashmir’s natural boundaries have grown wrinkled seeing the rule of great empires their rulers like Asoka, Karkota, Shah Mir, Akbar, Ahmad Shah, Ranjit Singh, and later the British rule.

Even after all its tragic days, the Valley of Kashmir and in fact, the whole region beyond it, remains as one of the most enchanting places that nature has crafted on Earth. From its kaleidoscopic landscapes to its ‘celestial’ embellishments of mountains, lakes, streams, flora, and fauna etc, Kashmir has remained a treat to the eyes, calming feast to the chaotic hungry soul and a “Heaven on Earth”. Not only this, it enriches the whole experience of tourists visiting India on an expedition, with its endless beauty. It remains a major attraction for both kinds of trekkers, the professionals, and the novice ones. If one has come to visit Kashmir, despite its insurgencies and war-like state, the travelers have to endure a thrilling and calming mountaineering trip. The ranges surrounding the area are not only challenging but also turn out to be extremely appealing because of its lush green landscapes, the gigantic rough mountains, and thousands of amazing pictures to capture for a lifetime. Kashmir treks are wonderful when done as solo as it turns out to be the best way to go on a journey which will be internally transforming amidst all the lovely sceneries. Other than this, the trips on various Kashmir peaks can also be awfully excruciating yet enthralling. They’ll be challenging because of there sharp ridges, rocky terrains, narrow routes, and some of them will require maneuvering skills too.

Kashmir thus has become an increasingly famous tourist destination. Its adventuresome aura and growing mountaineering demand have made it a must-visit once in a lifetime pilgrimage journey for passionate trekkers. Not only this, people who even visit the state like a vacation tour, with no prior mountaineering experience, too tend to go for a trek or hike because eventually, that’s the best part of any of these northern states with Himalayan ranges beautifying them. The simpler ones are good if one is a novice. Some of these are, Pahalgam which is rich with its sumptuous greenery of vast meadowlands and River Lidder. Then there are also the remote peaks one can see from the peak of Pahalgam, like ranges of, Amarnath, Machaoi, Sirbal and thousands of others. Further extending the list of easy family trip trails, there are various more treks like Gulmarg, hike at Khilanmarg and also trek to Alpathar Lake. All these three are just a few kilometers away from each other. Then there’s also another popular short trek in Kashmir, which is from Gulmarg to Ningel Nallah. Certain tougher ones are, Tosamaidan and various other. Then the ultimate ones are like Kashmir Great Lake Trek and Aru-Kolahoi Glacier trek. Some of the explorers climb Kashmir mountain ranges for the purpose beyond trekking or hiking. They tend to study Pir Panjal, Karakoram, Domial and various ranges for other scientific or historical reasons.

Most of the treks in Kashmir are just four-seven days long and are mostly moderate. Almost all of the trekking and hiking regions of Kashmir are tagged under, Alpine, Solo, and Offbeat because each of them is a bit challenging, close to nature and obviously in a high altitude. All these excursions are above 11,000 ft and some are above 15,000 ft. Few of them can be best visited in summers or between March to October, like the Kolahoi Glacier trek, which is at 11,000 ft. This glacier melts during warm summer days, adding into the beauty of the whole scenery. Trekking in Kashmir, weather-wise, is highly varied. Some the expeditions are better during the months of monsoon, others are best during the months of autumn. Nevertheless, the region in itself remains extraordinary in all the season and months. Every season brings in its own distinguishing touch to the landscape of the mountains, plants, lakes, meadows, ravines, and wilderness, shading it in its own shades.

In recent years, Kashmir Alpine Lake treks have encountered sudden attention by the various mountaineering sites, media, and the virtual world of internet. In fact, these famous trails, continue to maintain their charm between the world trekkers even in recent years (2018-19). High-altitudes are becoming an attractive destination to detox and connect to nature. Many popular outdoor sports or particularly, trekking adventure sites have listed few of the Kashmir alpine, offbeat or solo treks under their top lists. All these treks gain a central seat in trekking lists of Kashmir. Overall, there are many undiscovered pathways in Kashmir for its various peaks, and thus, there are few which are fully discovered and have been made as simple tourist trails.

Trekmunk provides almost all the famous expeditions of hiking and trekking in Kashmir. All of these excursions are for those, who love to go on mountains, wish to spend time near nature, detox from chaotic world around them, take a picture of the most eccentric sceneries, explore the remote valleys and wish to introspect, retrospect and fall in love with the one’s true self again.