Basmai – Soun Valley Trek
Jammu and Kashmir | 5D/4N | 13,123 Ft.
June to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Easy
- Group Size Medium Group
Basmai Valley is a beautiful cradle lapped in one of the least explored parts of Kashmir, the Ganderbal and Anantnag region. Skirting Zanskar, the valley is towered by the imposing Kolahoi peak. While the Basmai route is well trodden by trekking enthusiasts, the trail to Soun Valley remains untouched. The trek from Basmai to Soun Valley is a fair moderate trek and carries beautiful views of the Kashmiri Himalayas. Besides being a visual treat for trekkers and nature lovers, the trek also introduces you to the quiet lifestyle of the Bakarwal (shepherds) of the rustic villages that you pass. The trek can be attempted anytime between the months of Mid June to September when the trail comes blooming to life. What’s more, if you plan the trek in June, you can treat yourself to beautiful virgin snow that carpets the valley! If you’re someone who likes to stray off the beaten tracks, the Basmai to Soun Valley trek is an absolute must-do!
Max. Altitude – 4,000 meters
Duration – 5 days
Level – Easy to moderate
1. The trek from Basmai to Soun valley traces some of the most unexplored trails in Kashmir. Stray from the beautiful, albeit a little more frequented trails of Tarsar Marsar, and wander into the solitude that Soun valley promises you.
2. You get a glimpse into the intriguing lifestyle of the shepherds of the Kashmiri villages.
3. Though moderate, the trek can be attempted even by fit first timers.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to Gagangir from Srinagar and Rizan to Srinagar
- Food during transit from Srinagar to Gagangir and Rizan to Srinagar
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Day 1 Reach Srinagar and Drive from Srinagar to Gagangir
Pick up will be from Srinagar. The stretch from Srinagar to Gagangir is scenic, and we drive past several grasslands, alpine forests, and lofty mountains. Once we reach Gagangir, rest and prep for the trek. Overnight stay at Gagangir.
Day 2 Trek from Gaganir to Basmai
We begin the trek post a sumptuous breakfast at Gagangir. Thought the trail to Basmai is short, it makes for a steep uphill climb. Lined with beautiful pine trees, the trail soon gives us the very first glimpse of the valley, with a roaring river dissecting it. When you a come across a decorated tree, it means you’ve covered half of the day’s trek. The trail now evens out a bit before giving way to the Basmai camp in about 3 hours. You can also see a number of Gujjar huts lined up here. Overnight camping at Basmai.
Day 3 Trek from Basmai to Soun Valley
We leave behind the previous night’s camp, and resume trekking along the right side of the valley. The trail is an ascending one, and moves over a little ridge, turns right, and then opens up to a pass leading to Soun valley, which is now clearly visible. The uphill climb to Soun is mild, and commands excellent views of the sweeping valley below. Soon the trail dips into the valley, and leads you to the campsite in about 3 hours. Overnight stay in the valley, in tents.
Day 4 Rest & Acclimatisation day
You are free to relax at the campsite, and explore the valley to your heart’s content. The beautiful meadows surrounding the campsite, coupled with the majestic mountains towering the valley are a treat for the soul. You can also stop by a few Gujjar huts, and interact with he friendly folks. They have hoards of untold stories and adventures to share. Sharpen your photography skills, write, or just meditate! Stay overnight in tents.
Day 5 Trek from Soun Valley to Rezan; Drive to Srinagar
The last day of your trek. We begin ascending over a gradual trail to passgives and then continue walking towards the right. A beautiful line of keep you company as the trail opens up to a verdant forest on the right side. The descend is quite long, and takes about 8 hours to land you at Rezan, beautiful village shaded by the lofty Kashmiri Himalayas. From here, vehicles will be arranged to drive you back to Srinagar. This marks the end of your beautiful trek.
The moderate level of the trek makes it ideal for very fit beginners, as well as those with previous high altitude trekking experience. It is mandatory, however, that you follow a strict fitness regime to be able to adjust to the high altitude (i.e. lower oxygen levels).
The months of June to October are ideal for the trek, when a lush carpet of greenery and floral species cover the valley.
The temperatures range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day, and plummet considerably to about 5 degrees in the night. At higher altitudes, you can expect the temperatures to drop further still.
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a day pack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.