Warwan Valley Trek
Jammu and Kashmir | 9D/8N | 14,452 Ft.
July to September
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 258 Reviews4.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
One of the best-kept secrets of Kashmir, Warvan Valley is cradled by the barren, mountainous landscape of Ladakh, and the verdant expanses of Kashmir valley! It brims with beauty and adrenaline, the likes of which find no match anywhere else. The trail weaves through some of the remotest and untouched paths of Kashmir, leaving you miles of undisturbed beauty to cherish. The path runs over glaciers, moraines, and narrow treacherous ridges, stretching over 20 km. The entire trek is spread over a mind-boggling 100 km and requires nine days of strenuous trekking. Granted, the challenging terrain of the trek may seem daunting, but the rewards more than makeup for all the fatigues. Everything else, every other emotion pales when miles and miles of untouched, unmarred beauty unwinds before you, leaving you truly fumbling for words. The trek is a paradise of adventure lovers, and demands excellent fitness levels, along with one or two prior experiences of high altitude trekking.
Max. Altitude – 4,405 meters
Duration – 9 days
Level – Challenging
1. Wander into the heart of Kashmir valley, tucked away in some of the least explored parts of Kashmir. Enjoy the solitude and tranquility it grants you.
2. The trek stretches over a couple of icy glaciers, making the entire experience stand out. So many glaciers packed in one single trek is something few other treks can boast about.
3. Witness the beautiful culture of the rustic mountain villages which seem to have been forgotten by time.
Day 1 Drive from Srinagar to Panikhar
Pick up from Srinagar at 06:00 AM. The king drive to Panikhar is arguably the most beautiful villages of Kashmir, steeped in Zanskari culture. The village houses are beautiful, and the locals usually have their own fields for agriculture. There are not many shops here, but you can stock up on last mixture supplies. Explore around the village for the rest of the day, admiring the towering mountains and misty valleys that the village is home to. Overnight stay at Panikhar.
Time Taken: 10 hrs drive
Day 2 Trek from Panikhar to Sumdo
We begin trekking post breakfast. Begin trekking along the market road, and through a bridge over the raging river Panikar Nala. Cross the bridge and stick to the left hand side trail which climbs uphill along the river. A few minutes later, post completing the formalities at the local check post, we continue further on a dirt track that snakes through the heart of the valley. About 3 hours later, the trail swerves around and ions up to a breathtaking little meadow where you can halt for a short while. Resume the mild ascend. The trail narrows down and leads you soon to Sumdo, your campsite for the night.
Altitude: 3,764 m
Distance: 15.6 km
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 3 Trek from Denora to Kalapari
Add Itinerary DescriptionA relatively short trek today. We begin by crossing a handful of streams and reach the other end. After that, we stick to the right of the river and begin trekking through the left hand side valley. Soon, another bunch of streams awaits to take us across to the other end of the basin. The trail now evens out a little, and a wise verdant meadow pops up, which commands fantastic views of Sumdo and Denora. Continue trekking through the meadow and upwards to Kalapri meadows. Set camp here, ride beside a gurgling stream.
Altitude: 3,917 m
Distance: 3 km
Time Taken: 1.5 hrs
Day 4 Trek from Kalapari to Kaintal via Lomvilas Gully
Since the trek today is very long, we begin early in the morning. Despite the snow and ice sections that await us today, technical equipment aren’t really required. Begin trekking on the trail that leaves Kalapari, and makes for the moraines up ahead. The Kalapari summit and glacier soon loom into view. The trail eases out now, and soon a glacial lake lapped in greenery can be seen being mothered by a large glacier on the right. The trail unfolds along the lake and is spread over the glacier for another kilometer. Soon, we reach the other end and trek around a few crevasses to reach the moraines. After another hour, we move up to yet another glacier that leads us to the icy moraines guarded by the massive Kalapari summit. Soon, the trail heads over to a ridge and brings us to expansive snow fields. Keep the valley to your right, and begin descending over snow-laden slopes. There soon rises another glacier featuring a massive grey crevasse which truly befuddles the senses. It is one of the most unmatched sights that you will ever encounter. Cross another couple of glaciers, and begin trekking towards Kiantal Valley over moraines and boulders. As you approach the valley, the trail evens out. Set camp for the night.
Altitude at different points : 3,505 m; 4,404 m
Distance: 21 km
Time Taken: 11 – 12 hrs
Day 5 Trek from Kaintal to Humpet
Another longish day of the trek, the rail follows along the river, and through several clear streams en route Humpet. Cross a river basin, and trek towards a vast meadow where horses can be seen grazing. From here, the trail forks into two, and we take the one that climbs to a grassy knoll. Climbing over another such hump brings us to the beautiful grasslands of Sar. The trail now veers off to the right, and we bid our goodbyes to the Kaintal Glacier which falls out of sight. The basins here are short but rocky. After about 2 hours of trekking, we finally see the Humpset campsite beckoning us. Admire the contrasting blend of Ladakh’s rugged, barren landscape and the refreshing greenery of Kashmir. We camp overnight at the grasslands of Humpet.
Altitude: 3,322 m
Distance: 19 km
Time Taken: 6 hrs
Day 6 Trek from Humpet to Sukhnai
We leave behind the campsite of Humpet, and make for the pristine grasslands and the rustic village of Sukhnai. The trail follows a mountain ridge with stunning views go Gujjar huts and the valley right below. The Kaintal Nala can also be seen gushing through the gorges. We enter the tree line, decked up with tall trees of silver birch. Soon, the trail follows a descending path towards the valley, lined by coniferous trees on either sides. After about 2 hours, we continue towards a spot down as Police kotha, from where the trails for Sheshnag and Amarnath are clearly visible. It is now that you have entered the actual Warwan Valley. As we begin descending towards the valley, the trail tapers down and shadows the snaking river below. The trail is quite trick here, but nothing that cautious steps can’t overcome. Now, another stream awaits you, and the trail then enters another tricky section which gives you the first views of Sukhani. Soon the trail dips towards the river and leads to a quiet little clearing on its side which is the perfect spot for lunch. Post lunch, we resume descending towards Sukhani, and the trail widens up. Another 2 -2.5 hours land us at the stunning campsite of Sukhani.
Altitude: 2,804 m
Distance: 19 km
Time Taken: 8 hrs
Day 8 Buffer Day
Day 9 Depart from Srinagar
- 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 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
Whom is the trek for?
The trek falls into the ‘challenging’ category of treks, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should ideally stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key here, which helps you better adjust to the high altitude and lower oxygen levels during the trek.
Which is the best season to attempt this trek?
July to September is an ideal season for this trek, as the weather conditions are considerably more pleasant and stable, as opposed to harsh winters.
How to reach Srinagar?
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. By Rail The Jammu Tawi Railway station is the most convenient stop, from where frequent buses and cabs are available for Srinagar. By Road The Srinagar Bus Stand is well connected to Delhi, Chandigarh, and Jammu. Frequent overnight buses ply from these cities to Srinagar.
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.