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About Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek on of the fascinating trek in India and popular among trekkers, as Kashmir known as Heaven on Earth and trek through that region becomes more attractive and gives unforgettable experience of life.  This trek of 8 days starts from sonmarg pass through beautiful meadows Kashmir, scenic lakes, waterfalls, water streams.

It´s simply magnificient. Of course you will get to see a lot of cultural highlights as well. One for sure is to meet some shepherds with their families and herds druing our trek. On your way from Srinagar to Sonamarg and as well on the houseboat you will get an idea of the local culture, food and religion in Kashmir. Everything is very colourful and you will get to see a lot of mosques and religous people on your way. Our other trek routes are Goechala Trek, Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, Rachela (Neora Valley) Trek, Phoktey Dara Trek, Uttarey Dzongri Round Singalila Trek, Varsey Phalut Trek, Tosar Lake Trek etc.

How to Reach

By Air :-

Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines (www.indian-airlines.nic.in) Jet airways (www.jetairways.com) and Indigo operate daily flights to Srinagar. Reaching Srinagar by flight from New Delhi is the most convenient way.

By Train :-

Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail. Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

By Bus:-

Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1A to the rest of the country. J & K state road transport operates comfortable buses from Jammu. The Journey takes about 10 hours to reach Srinagar.

You can hire a personal cab directly to Sonmarg from Jammu or you can rent a share taxi from Srinagar. The distance is over 100km and would take three hours to reach Sonamarg from Srinagar.

Trek Details

Duration                               : 7 Night /8 Days

GRADE                                  :  Moderate

Altitude                                 :  Gadsar Pass : 4200 meter

Region                                    : Kashmir, India

Best season                           :  June to Sep

 

 

Itineraries

Day 01

Arrive Srinagar Airport and Transfer to Sonmarg : 90 km Drive : 3 Hours

The first day of the Kashmir Lakes Trek, spend time in the dreamlike place of Srinagar known for its refreshing gardens, lakes and houseboats. If you wish, you can take an iconic shikara experience at Dal Lake or amble through Mughal Gardens that unravels many beauties along the way. Leave by the afternoon and be driven to Sonamarg by evening. Spend overnight at a campsite in Sonamarg.

Day 02

Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur : 11 km Trek : 7 Hours

Today will be first day of this enthralling Kashmir great lakes trek! After having breakfast at the guesthouse, start with a 3-4 km trek from the Sonamarg and reach a roadside eatery, from where you can bag up all the required commodities for the day. Here onwards, the trek will be a gradual one and alongside the Sindh River, it will take you through maple and pine forests. Completing the hike through the forests, you will be rewarded with the stunning views of the Sonamarg Valley and pictorial streams. Here onwards, the trek will descend down and will take you to the snow-covered Shekdur Range. Relax around the vicinity for a while before you start trekking towards the Nichnai, which is located at around 11,500 ft above the sea level. Upon arrival in Nichnai, check-in into the campsite; dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

Day 03

Nichnai to Nachini pass -Vishansar Lake : 13 km : 7-8 Hours

Starting early in the morning; around 08:00 AM, start the trek towards the Nichnai Pass and enjoy the stunning views of the lush valleys and the untouched beauty of the region. Hereafter, cross the river and continue hiking through the banks of the river and arrive at the Nichnai Pass or the Vishansar Berry. Arriving at the pass, which is located 13,500 m above the sea level, witness and enjoy the meticulous beauty of the pass and the snow-covered peaks all around it. Hereafter, the trek will undergo a steep descend and will lead you to a pictorial meadow of colorful flowers; while on this trek, you can also catch glimpses of a cascade that finally joins a river. Here onwards, continue with the hike and upon arriving a flat valley, continue towards its end and arrive at the campsite. Gazing on the left of this trail, you can also behold captivating views of the Himalayan Range and also the Vishansar Lake; overnight stay in the camp.

Day 04

Acclimatization day in Vishansar

Today is acclimatization day, Explore Vishansar lake today.

Day 05

Trek from Vishansar to Gadsar (via Krishansar and Gadsar Pass) : 13 km : 7-8 Hours

This chilly morning, witness the Kishansar Peak casting its reflection on the azure lake waters. Start the trek for the day towards the lakeside and reach the Kishansar Peak, which is situated around 500ft above the campsite. Here onwards, ascend to the other side of the water reservoir. The trek till here comprises of both easy and tough terrains. Later part of the day, trek towards the Kishansar Lake and and finally make it to the Gadsar Pass that is perched at a height of 13,800 ft and is the highest point of this trek. From the pass, pass through a flowery meadow and some of the pictorial lakes; Yamsar is one of these lakes. From here, continue with the descend and after crossing Iris, reach the Gadsar Lake. A picturesque lake, it is adorned with the stunning beauty of exotic flowers and snow on both the sides. Arriving at the lakeside, report to the nearest Army Camp and complete the formalities of getting permission to pass Gadsar; ID proofs are a must for this.

Day 06

Gadsar to Satsar : 12 km – 6 Hours

Your day will begin with a walk from the army camp towards the stream. Brace yourself for varied terrains from super steep, flat and even land. Take a short break at Maengandob that is fringed by mountains. Reach the first of Satsar lakes, which is a group of seven different lakes and follow the same procedure of yesterday with the army officials and set camps near the surreal first lake of Satsar.

Day 07

Satsar to Gangabal Twin lakes : 9 km : 5-6 Hours

A true test of caliber, this is the day when you will have you push your physical and mental limits! Trudge through rocks and boulders ridden terrain, pass the last of the Satsar lakes, and start hiking downwards for half an hour till you arrive at the forest line. Here onwards, start ascending upward and reach an altitude of 13,400 ft; during this climb, you can witness several ridges at different heights and the quaint Gujjar huts as well. From the summit, you can also behold the fascinating views of the twin lakes: Gangabal and Nundkol, that are connected to each other by a picturesque stream and are known for trout-fishing.

Day 08

Trek from Gangabal to Naranag & then Srinagar drop : 12 km - 7 hours

On your final day of the Kashmir Lake Trek, start from the Gangabal camp, ramble on grassy land dotted with yellow flowers and pine forest. Descend are reach Naranag, the last leg of your trek. Reach Naranag Village in Ganderbal District. If you wish, you can visit Naranag Temple. Be driven back to Srinagar and unwind in guest house or will drop to Airport.
  1. Accommodation: As per the current availability over there we can provide you Dormitory room at Yoksum & you will be accommodated in Tents / Trekkers hut during the trek.
  2. Meal Plan : Day 1 Lunch to Day 08 Lunch.

      ​3. Transportation:  Srinagar Airport to Srinagar Airport  on 8th  Day ( Sumo / Sumo Gold / Spacio / Mahindra                 Maxx / Similar ).

  1. All Car Permits, Parking, Toll-Taxes, Tips / Bata for the said vehicle & driver.
  2. Entry fees & forest camping charges
  3. Trek Leader, Guide , Cook, Helper
  4. Local Porters,Yak / Mule / Horse for ration & equipment carrying only.
  5. Sleeping bag, Mattress, Tents and other required equipment’s
  6. First Aid medical kit

*   Any Airfare / Train fare / Bus fare.

*   Any extra porter for personal luggage.

*   Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.

*   Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary.

*   Still Camera / Video camera fees at any sightseeing points.

*   Any meals / food during transit outside menu or other than those mentioned above.

*   Any expenses of personal nature like Room Heater charges / Hot Water Bag charges / Mobile charging fees   etc.

*   Any kind of Entry Tickets / Fees at sightseeing points/ Monument / Parks / Boating Points / Museum / Zoo / Any Excess Waiting Charges or Parking charges at any Riding point, Example –  Ropeway, Boating, Horse Riding points etc.

*   Any portage at airport / rail station / hotels / on the way / during trek / or anywhere, all Tips / Bata, Any Insurance / Travel Insurance, Beverages & Soft drinks, Mineral water, Telephone charges etc and all items of personal nature.

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