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34°24'26.9"N 74°52'12.6"E

Barafsar Lake Trek

The Highest Alpine Lake Trek of Kashmir.
  • Kashmir
  • 4 Days
  • 25 KM
  • 15,109 FT
  • Moderate
  • ₹ 12650
    $ 180*
    The price is for a group of 16 people. The charges will be different for a tailormade private trek. The charges in dollars are more as the permit fees are different for non-indians.

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  • Best Time

    July - Sept

  • Base Camp

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    Srinagar, Kashmir

  • Pickup Point

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    Toruist Reception Center, Srinagar

  • Minimum Age

    For this trek, we only allow children above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this high altitude trek.



  • Barafsar Lake trek takes you through the magnificent views of the Kashmir Valley.
  • Barafsar Lake is the highest lake in Kashmir.
  • The alpine lake is extremely beautiful and scenic beauty which will come to your mind. This amazing spot comes with additional serenity where you can rest your head and take a deep breath and soak into the validity of this awesome place.


Barafsar Lake trek begins from the last town of Kashmir Valley towards the north-east. The town is well known for doormen that take enthusiasts to the blessed Amaranth cave. The trek has three elevated lakes on its course, and one being the most noteworthy lake in Kashmir. In transit, one encounters two snow-capped glades, Kolahoi Pass (most noteworthy in Sindh valley), six icy mass beds, and Thajiwas untamed life asylum.

One of the most sought places in India, Barafsar Lake trek is the one for you to look out for. This place is like a mythological place on earth, this place forms the best for you and you can travel around anytime that you want. This is because the trek comes straight out of the canvas and right in front of you. This is the main reason why this place is a hot topic for a lot of people out there. Every beauty around here is a scenic capture for you, where you can take a look at the rugged mountains and just smell it in as much as you want.

Barafsar Lake Trek is a great place for you to travel but the distance is hard for you to cover. What makes this lake even prettier is the place for which every distance can be covered and in the right way. This amazing place comes with a lot of management, serrated into the mountains and even onto the lakes as well. This place is a perfect way to get out as much as you want, helps you to scope out for the said. This amazing Barafsar Lake trek is the meadows of the great place of Kashmir. You can trek around anytime that you want. It is very good for you to travel around in the month of September. There is an oasis that runs into the meadows of the valley, there are horses that run and sheep which gazes around here.

Barafsar Lake trek along with the guidance of Trekmunk is something that you will cherish throughout your lifetime. Trekmunk is loaded with experienced guides and trek assistants who work endlessly to make your trekking experience the best experience of your life. Barafsar Lake trek costs 12,650 rupees which accompanies all the inclusions.

Best time to visit

The best time to do the Barafsar Lake Trek is during the months of June, July, August, and September as the harshness of winter is left behind, and trials clear up considerably. The temperature ranges from 15 to 20 degrees during the daytime and dips to about -2 to 5 during nights. Embrace yourself to witness enthralling views if you plan to visit Barafsar Lake during these months.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Depart to Sarbal village via Sonamarg early morning at 8.30 am, ( please end your breakfast at the inn). It is a 4-hour drive from Srinagar. After having lunch at Sonamarg, we will continue our subsequent adventure to Sarbal village. After having a quick briefing, we will start the three hours of trek to beautiful Durinar meadows. This meadow is surrounded by towering cliffs and flowing glaciers. You can see shepherds here with their sheep and goats. The delivery can be organized from Srinagar to Sarbal village.
Overnight stay will be arranged in tents. Dinner will be served and some fun activities will be organized.

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 3 hours trek, 3 hours drive
Altitude : 11,482 ft.

After breakfast, we start our next journey to Durinar lake. Your trek starts off-evolved with steep climbs and retains alongside a well-described uphill route to Durinar Lake. The stroll is surrounded by meadows and towering snow peaks. A crystal blue lake is found to be harbored in a giant granite rock. We pitch our tents at an area that serves as summit camp for 2 excellent alpine peaks. Also, you could see a trail to Kolahoi pass. Overnight stay in tents. Dinner will be served and fun activities will be organized.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 4 hours
Altitude : 13,684 ft.

Today we begin early as we can be attaining the highest point of the trek. The day will start with sluggish ascends and descends. We trek further up to view Nilnag lake after which we will push similarly 350 meters parallel to a Glacier until we reach the very best alpine lake called Barafsar Lake. The lake starts getting its shades while the sun shines. On a clear sunny morning, the water is actually blue. To the extreme, we will locate Mount Valehead and Kazim ridge at the left facet. We will relish a few picturesque views and then descend again to Durinar camp, in a single day stay in tents.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 7 hours
Altitude : 15,092 ft. at lake

Trek starts after breakfast. First of all, for the first two hours, we will be descending. On the other hand, sluggish ascends and descends. We hike through a Pass via Zabnar. On the way, we get a charming view of glacier beds of Thajwas and few other mountains. Finally, the golden meadow will welcome us and we will make way to Sonamarg. After having tea, you can start your journey to reach Srinagar. We endorse you to preserve one extra day on your plan so you can keep away from missing flights or trains. We will set up the car to reach Srinagar for all individuals at the same time. If anyone wants to stay (more days) at Sonamarg they can stay. However, later they have to set up their own vehicle.

Meals : Breakfast
Accommodation : Not Included
Time Taken : 3 hours trek, 3 hours drive

How To Reach

We will arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Srinagar. For communications purposes, we will create a Whatsapp Group before the departure date of the trek and will share the details regarding the transportation. The drop at Srinagar after the trek will be arranged in a similar way.

How To Reach Barafsar Lake Trek base camp in Kashmir:

By Air

Srinagar Airport is well connected to the major cities of the country. Frequent flights ply from Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and Kolkata.

By Road

Srinagar is accessible from the other parts of the country via the National Highway 1D. The Srinagar Bus Stand is well connected to Delhi, Chandigarh, and Jammu.

By Rail

The Jammu Tawi Railway station is the most convenient stop, from where frequent buses and cabs are available for Srinagar.

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety


  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Transportation from Srinagar to Sarbal Village and back (Pick you up from Tourist Reception Center, Dal Gate 1, Srinagar) is included in the package. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals at Trek: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five-course meal plan.
  • Camping and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life-changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one. 

Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.


  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Accommodation and Food in Srinagar: Food and stay in Srinagar and during transit to Shitkadi, Sonamarg and back are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Srinagar, we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation to and fro base camp i.e Srinagar: Flights or other means of transport are not included in the package. 
  • Personal Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to the weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason, if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:

Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.

Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to

Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.

Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once. 

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.

More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow:

2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim. 

3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.

4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: 

5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.

7. Health & Vaccinations: 

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. 

8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.

9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.

10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.

12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.

13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.


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