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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

A wonderful place for Vast Valleys, Alpine Lakes and Adventure
  • Kashmir
  • 7 Days
  • 65 KM
  • 13,800 FT
  • Moderate
  • ₹ 13750
    $ 210*
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    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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  • Event Type

    Trekking

  • Best Time

    July-Sept

  • Base Camp

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    Sonmarg, Kashmir

  • Pickup Point

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    Toruist Reception Center, Srinagar

  • Minimum Age

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

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Highlights

  • Magnificent Alpine Lakes
  • Vast Green Meadows and Valleys
  • Breathtaking Views
  • A must-do High Altitude Trek

Overview

The most popular trek in Kashmir, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is one of the Top Treks in India. 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 Great Lakes of Kashmir Trek is easily the most beautiful, picture-perfect, postcard-worthy trek we run. The trail of this Himalayan Trekking 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 Trekking - 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 are 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.


Kashmir Great Lakes

Trekking Alpine Lakes in the Himalayas plunges into the beautiful, lush meadows of Kashmir, each one competing with the other in terms of beauty. Every day brings a new meadow to explore. From pine and maple lining the meadows to the verdant valleys of Kashmir, the trek is essentially a patchwork of different terrains. On the fourth day of the trek, you can see the sweeping Satsar Plains looking phenomenal as a gurgling stream snakes through the middle. Climbing up to 13,800 ft., Kashmir great lakes trek difficulty is fairly challenging and demands a rigorous fitness regime to be followed. The fitter you are, the more you can explore. If you are a nature lover, you cannot miss this trek! If adventure and mountain trails are your calling, book your Kashmir Great Lakes trek in India with us. Check out the Kashmir great lakes trek guide now and Kashmir great lakes trek reviews. Head to our dates for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 2019 and book your slots today.


Best Time To visit Kashmir Great Lakes

The best time for Kashmir great lakes trek is from July to August when the floral colours and greenery are in full bloom. The snow cover melts in June, leaving behind a lush carpet of colors behind. The weather is also quite pleasant during this window.


Temperature at Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The temperature ranges from 17 to 20 degrees Celsius during the daytime and 3 to 4 degrees Celsius at night.

Check out our Kashmir Great Lakes package now, or you can even ask for a customized Kashmir great lakes trek solo trip! Trek the Indian Himalayas with the best Kashmir Great Lakes cost and extraordinary services.

Advisory Note: Please include a buffer day in your travel plans to accommodate bad weather on the trek or any political instability. All this totally depends on circumstances in the state of Kashmir. You are liable to pay Rs 2500/- per day if buffer day is used.



Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Shitkadi is a beautiful, quaint little place just a few kilometers beyond Sonamarg. The drive to Shitkadi is very picturesque and will take around 4 hours. You will reach the campsite by evening.

Note: The pick you up will be arranged from Tourist Reception Center, Near Dal Gate 1 from 1 pm -2 pm. Cost of 5-6 seater cab is minimum Rs. 2,700 Which is shared between the fellow trekkers.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents/Homestay
Time Taken : 4 hours
Altitude : 9,187 ft.
Distance : 80 km

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek begins about 3 km away from Sonamarg, along the Srinagar road. Once you cross 3 km, a solitary little dhaba can be seen on your right. If you’re short on edible supplies, this dhaba is the last place until Naranag to buy them. The trail follows a moderate ascent for the first 3 hours, followed by an hour-long descent before another mild ascent leads you to Nichnai. After the first 10 minutes, the trail climbs into a lush, green meadow that offers sweeping views of Sonamarg. Another 30 minutes into the trek, trees of maple and pine spring around, beyond which the trail dips down to a small stream and then moves up again. You’re now treading through a dense Maple forest – a dreamy experience that is exclusive to Kashmir treks. Continue along the trail climbing up until the forest finally ends at a ridge, giving you a beautiful glimpse of the Sonamarg valley.


You now begin descending to another meadow graced generously by beautiful trees of Silver Birch. What comes next is a beautiful blanket of greenery that spans the meadow. There are a few books here where you can refill your water bottles. The right side of the meadow is the Shekdur meadow and is flanked by lofty, snow-capped peaks. Have your lunch under the canopy of the Bhoj trees that Shekdur is home to. The trail dips gently into a beautiful Silver Birch forest, after which it climbs back up to a river valley. This is the beginning of Nichnai. Soon, the inviting meadow of Nichani opens up, perched in the laps of two mountain ranges. Camp overnight at Nichnai.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 hours
Altitude : 11,500 ft
Distance : 9 km

It is a slight long day, with the trail winding through yet another set of lovely meadows. There is also a noticeable change in scenery beyond Nichnai! We start early in the morning by 08:00 AM so that there’s sufficient time for you to wander around and admire the beauty of the meadows. The Nichnai Pass or Vishnusar Berry almost marks the halfway point of the day’s trek. About half an hour later, a river-crossing awaits you and the trail runs along the left bank of the river. The trail now begins ascending gradually through the meadow, with the pass being just an hour’s climb away now. The climb to Nichani pass is a moderate one before it descends and eases off into a flat walk as you approach Vishnusar Lake. Nichnai Pass opens up yet again to stunning views of the Sonamarg valley. You can get a decent BSNL connection here. The climb to Nichani pass is a fast one, and you can actually feel the altitude shift even as you climb. Nothing to worry about though, as, beyond the pass, the trail begins depending quickly into a large meadow through which a beautiful river flows. The meadow stretches for another half hour till the valley ends. You can now see a whispering stream here, which originated from Vishnusar Lake. Settle here for the camp, and rest for a while. The lake is now only 500 meters away. It bears a striking reflection of the Kishansar peak. The color of the lake changes throughout the day, depending on the weather and skies. The next destination to explore is the Kishansar lake, just 500 meters away from Vishnusar lake. It thrives right at the foot of the Kishansar peak and takes 45 minutes to reach. It is accompanied by a magnificent meadow on the right, while the ridge on another end of the lake rises up to the famous Gadsar Pass.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 hours
Altitude : 12,000 ft
Distance : 12 km

The trek starts from the side of Kishansar Lake, and the trail leads to the ridge’s top. Follow the narrow trail that unfolds along the mountain side, and stick to the ascending trail. Reaching the top should take you about 1.5 hours or 2, depending on your pace. Soon, you are treated with the views of Vishnusar and Kishansar lakes in entirety. It is a rare view and follows you right up to the tip of the ridge i.e. Gadsar Pass. Reigning atop 13,800 ft., Gadsar Pass is the highest point of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. The ascent is a steep one, and takes about 2 hours, followed by an equally steep descent which eases out into a mild walk through the meadows. You can see some tall and lofty mountains in the distance; these are beyond our Line of Control. You will most likely find some snow at the pass.


Yamsar Lake is the first small lake visible on your left. Another hour’s descent dips into the meadows, with two glorious ranges bordering both sides of the valley. The grassy meadow is spiked with beautiful floral colours crisscrossing its surface – an amalgamation of reds, blues, purples, and yellows. Once you enter the blue Iris region, Gadsar is not far. It thrives at foot of snowy mountains, with lovely blue flowers popping up on the side. On the other side, you can see snow slabs sliding off from the mountain and into the lake! Camp overnight near Gadsar.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 hours
Altitude : 12,500 ft via 13,800 ft
Distance : 10 km

Being the trek by crossing the stream and following the trail that climbs up the mountains. The terrain starkly resembles that of the Western Ghats here. You can see the river valley and tree line right beneath you. It is a level walkthrough Maengandob, a place identified by its iconic, deep craters. The riveting views of the mountains and valleys take your breath away. Satsar is a cluster of 7 beautiful lakes On the right side, just next to the ridge is the Satsar army check post, where some ID proofs must again be shown. The first Satsar lake appears 10 minutes away from the army post. Camp overnight at Satsar.  

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 hours
Altitude : 12,000 ft
Distance : 12 km

The trail starts out as a mild ascent, alternating between ascents and descents. Reaching the targets Satsar lake takes about a half-hour, and the trail essentially involves hopping over boulders. This lake is the last one for the trek. The trail begins descending now as a lovely forest appears on the left. The trail is an undulating one throughout. As you reach the top for a ridge atop 13,400 ft., you can see the two beautiful lakes side by side, out of which the biggest one is Gangabal, accompanied by Nandkol. The route climbs up and down yet again followed by a stiff descent, which lasts for 1.5 hours and brings you to lush, green meadows. Another kilometer into the trail, the tree line springs up again. A short climb followed by a quick descent brings you to the lake. You can see that Nandkol lake, right at the foot of Mt. Harmukh, is not nearly as untouched and clean as the other lakes of the trek. A lot of trekking residue can be seen scattered along the sides as the trek from Naranag to Gangabal is a famous weekend trail. You can try to clean up if you want here, making sure it is in a better condition than when you had found it. Gangabal is merely 20 minutes away from Nandkol, and the two are linked by a whispering stream which must be crossed via a bridge. Camp overnight.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 hours
Altitude : 11,500 ft
Distance : 9 km

Though it is the last day of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek, it is an exhausting one and takes a toll on your knees and toes. The trail descends gradually initially, followed by a steep descent all the way. About 30 – 45 minutes into the trail you can find traces of Aircel connection. The Harmukh peak still dominated the landscape, tall and mighty as you enter a beautiful meadow with blooming yellow flowers covering its face. An hour later, the tree line emerges again, and the pine trees are a welcoming sight. We stick to the borders of the forest, instead of heading straight into it. For the next 6 km, you keep weaving in and out go the first before finally entering it. Soon, the descent becomes really steep through the pine forest. Soon, the main road of Naranag can be seen, from where Srinagar is a short drive away. Overnight stay at Srinagar. Arrange for your stay in Srinagar. 

Meals : B, L
Accommodation : Not Included
Time Taken : 6 hours trek
Altitude : 7,450 ft
Distance : 11 km

How To Reach

We can arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Srinagar, the charges for the same are not included in the package. The cost of the cab can be shared among the trekkers joining the trek. 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 Great Lakes Trek 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. Srinagar airport is about 70 km away from Sonamarg.


By Road

Sonamarg is accessible from the other parts of the country via the National Highway 1D. The Srinagar bus stand is about 87 km away from Sonamarg, and sufficient public buses are available from Srinagar to Sonamarg. 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 Sonamarg.

Why Trek With Us ?

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

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Kashmir Great Lakes 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.
  • Great Lakes 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 KGL 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.

Exclusions

  • 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: Flights or other means of transport are not included in the package. Transportation from Srinagar to Sonamarg and Naranag to Srinagar (Cost of 5-6 seater cab is around Rs. 2,500/- Which is shared between the fellow trekkers which will pick you up from Tourist Reception Center, Dal Gate 1, 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 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 https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


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: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


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: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek 


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: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


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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