Basmai – Soun Valley Trek
Jammu and Kashmir | 5D/4N | 13,123 Ft.
June to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3654.9/5
- 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.
Basmai – Soun Valley Itinerary
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 tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- 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: 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 meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking 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.
- 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.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Accommodation and Food in Srinagar: Food and stay in Srinagar 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: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from Srinagar to Gagangir and Rizan to Srinagar is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking 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 that 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.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides 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.
Whom is the trek for?
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).
Which is the best season for the trek?
The months of June to October are ideal for the trek, when a lush carpet of greenery and floral species cover the valley.
What are the weather conditions during the trek?
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.
What things are needed to be carried?
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.