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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

from  14750.00 13750.00

Jammu and Kashmir  |  7 D/6N  |  13,800 Ft.

July to September

(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)


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  • Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Medium Group

All about the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

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’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.

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’re 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 colors 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.

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 Rail

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

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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.


Kashmir Great Lakes Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 : Getting to base camp - Arrive at Shitkadi

    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.

    Altitude: 7,800 ft.
    Time Taken: 4 hours drive

    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.

  2. Day 2 : Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur

    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.

    Altitude: 11,500 ft.
    Time Taken: 6 hours
    Trek Distance: 9 km
    Difficulty – Moderate

  3. Day 3 : Trek from Nichnai to Vishnusar Lake

    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 colour 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.

    Altitude: 12,000 ft.

    Time Taken: 6 hours

    Trek Distance: 12 km

    Difficulty – Moderate

  4. Day 4 : Trek from Vishnusar to Gadsar Via Kishansar lake & Gadsar Pass

    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. One 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.

    Altitude at different points of trek: 12,500 ft., via 13,800 ft.

    Time Taken: 5 hours

    Distance: 10 km

    Difficulty – Moderate

  5. Day 5 : Trek from Gadsar to Satsar

    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 walk through 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.  

    Altitude: 12,000 ft.

    Time Taken: 6 hours

    Distance: 12 km

    Difficulty – Moderate

  6. Day 6 : Trek from Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes

    The trail starts out as a mild ascent, alternating between ascents and descends. 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.

    Altitude: 11,500 ft.

    Time Taken: 6 hours

    Distance: 9 km

    Difficulty – Difficult

  7. Day 7 : Trek from Gangabal to Naranag

    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.

    Altitude: 7,450 ft.

    Time Taken: 6 hours

    Distance: 11 km

    Difficulty – Moderate

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

Inclusions in the package:
  •  Accommodation on Trek

    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.

  • Trekking 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.

Exclusions in the package:
  • 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 and during transit to 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

    Flights or other means of transport is 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 Dal Gate 1.) 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 Trek 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 Trek 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.


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FAQs and Reviews

Who is this Kashmir Great Lakes trek meant for?

This is a 7 day long trek in Kashmir. Its insanely beautiful. The days are longer so you need to be in a good shape to opt for this trek. This trek can be opt by anyone with a good physical fitness and an urge to see the beauty of Heaven on Earth Kashmir

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 daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines. For a complete checklist,  download the checklist from the footer.

Trek Dates and Prices

Trek Package Confirmed Dates Trek Status Availabilty Price (Per Person) Excluding Flights Price (Per Person) Including Flights 
July 11, 2020 - July 17, 2020
July 12, 2020 - July 18, 2020
July 18, 2020 - July 24, 2020
July 19, 2020 - July 25, 2020
July 25, 2020 - July 31, 2020
July 26, 2020 - August 1, 2020
August 1, 2020 - August 7, 2020
August 2, 2020 - August 8, 2020
August 8, 2020 - August 14, 2020
August 9, 2020 - August 15, 2020
August 16, 2020 - August 22, 2020
August 22, 2020 - August 28, 2020
August 23, 2020 - August 29, 2020