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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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

July to September

(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)

 

  • Reviews 3 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Medium Group
    15
All about the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

One of the most popular treks in Kashmir 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 Kashmir Great Lakes trek is easily the most beautiful, picture-perfect, postcard-worthy trek we run. The trail 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 trek – 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.

The Great Lakes trek 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., the trek 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. Head to our dates for the Kashmir Great Lakes 2019 and book your slots today.

 

Best Time To Visit

The best time for the 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.

 

Kashmir Great Lakes Temperature

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

 

How To Reach

By Air

The Srinagar Airport is well connected to the major cities of the country. Frequent flights ply from Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Kolkata. The 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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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
  • Food in Srinagar and During transit to Sonamarg and back
  • Any hotel stay in Srinagar or Sonamarg
  • 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
  • Transportation from Srinagar to Sonamarg and Naranag to Srinagar
  • Travel Expenses to and fro Srinagar from home city
  • 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
  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

  2. Day 2 Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur

     The 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 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

    Trek 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

    Trek 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

    Trek Distance: 9 km

    Difficulty – Difficult

  7. Day 7 Trek from Gangabal to Naranag

    Though it is the last day of the 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

    Trek Distance: 11 km

    Difficulty – Moderate

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 can be opt by anyone with a good physical fitness and an urge to see the beauty of “Heaven on Earth” Kashmir.

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, go to Trekmunk Checklist.

Overall Rating
5/5
Gaurav Lamoriya
Reviewed On 10/01/2018
5/5

Amazing Services, Professional Attitude, Great Experience. Definitely recommend them for anyone looking for a Trek. A must do Trek.

Nishita Biswas
Reviewed On 10/01/2018
5/5

So finally I have done Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.Hurraaayyyyyy. The trek was decided 6 months back with one of my trek friend snehal cheddha and her family. We decided to choose trek leaders this time, rather than a trek organizer. And we end up choosing Harshit Patel, who was heading TrekMunk. And we were lucky and blessed on our decision. I met Harshit on a trek of HAR KI DUN last year March 2016 So we trusted him this time too, and headed to KGL. Our journey started from Srinagar with 15 people for the trek. There we met another trek Leader Oshank Soni. As per the iternary the trek started, and we started following our trek leaders on mountains and terrains. KGL was one of the tough trek I have done so far. Steep Ascents and steep descents. The days were long and kilometers were not ending. Everyone was tired and exhausted on very first day. It was raining continuously with no break. But the trek organizer were calm and patience to handle each and every trekker. I panicked at time in tents, vomiting due to severe headache. And was better taken care by Oshank and Harshit with proper medication. I was injured before the trek started. As my leg was not supporting me while trekking. There I cried first time on a trek due to my legs. So our trek leader were well versed and trained in medical treatments. A gauge support was tied on my ankle and I completed the trek with less pain. After reaching to a camp site, a proper medication and care was taken of my legs. The best part of the trekmunk was,each and every staff was supportive and patience. Kitchenette and mule staff helped us a lot. They motivated us mentally and walked with us miles to finish the trek without any hassle. None of the staff behaved rude to us. Even kitchenette staff allowed us to stay in kitchen and feel warm, once we all were wet in rain. Awesome and delicious food,with gulab jamun,kheer ,halwa,sewayain ,Maggie ,samosa and much more. Kava tea on request was also prepared,only for us. Overall a big thanks to our trek leader,Harshit patel and Oshank Soni. It was a great experience with beautiful and unique campsite Will surely recommend Trekmunk to other trekker friends and will do more adventurous trip and Trek with Trekmunk in future for sure.

Shweta Chedda
Reviewed On 10/01/2018
5/5

Trekmunk : Passionate, Wonderful and warm people to trek with. Dedicated and a very helpful support staff. Strongly recommend them for a fantastic trekking experience !! The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a long trek and really a beautiful one.

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