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Kashmir Great Lakes

7 Days

Treknical Details

  • Sonamarg
  • 13,750 ft
  • July - Mid November
  • Moderate | Level 3
  • 74.4 km
  • All Meals Included
  • 15
  • 65

Overview

Embrace on a breathtaking journey to explore the enchanting Kashmir Great Lakes, a trekker’s paradise nestled in the pristine Himalayan region. This awe-inspiring trek takes you on a mesmerizing adventure through lush green meadows, azure alpine lakes, and snow-capped peaks, offering a surreal experience like no other.

The trek commences from the picturesque Sonamarg, a quaint town known as the “Meadow of Gold,” and winds its way through verdant valleys, passing by iconic landmarks like Nichnai Pass, Vishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake, and Satsar Lake. Each day unfolds with stunning landscapes that seem straight out of a painting.

As you ascend through the untouched wilderness, you’ll be captivated by the glistening waters of the alpine lakes, mirroring the majestic surroundings. The grand finale awaits at the mesmerizing Nundkol Lake, surrounded by towering mountains and serenity that touches the soul.

Kashmir Great Lakes trek is not only an enchanting visual treat but also a challenging yet fulfilling adventure, leaving trekkers with lifelong memories of nature’s grandeur.

Trek Highlights

  • Step into your adventure in Sonamarg, a doorway to the enchanting Great Lakes
  • Trek through Shekdur's mesmerizing landscapes to unveil the hidden path leading to Nichinai
  • Let your senses be enchanted by the alpine magic of Vishansar Lake, where the mountains whisper secrets to the water
  • Conquer the formidable Gadsar Pass and claim your reward - the breathtaking Gadsar Lake, cradled in the heart of the peaks
  • Embark on a journey through the mystical Satsar lakes, and cross the challenging Zaj Pass to unveil the pristine beauty of Gangabal Twin Lakes

Itinerary

Altitude: Sonmarg – 7,800 ft
Srinagar to Sonmarg: 3 hours (90km) via taxi

Venture on your thrilling Kashmir Great Lakes trek as you arrive at the charming town of Sonamarg, surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks.

Experience the warm hospitality of the locals and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of this Himalayan paradise.

Marvel at the lush green meadows and glistening streams that set the stage for the adventure ahead.

Prepare for the breathtaking landscapes and the unique blend of alpine beauty that awaits you in the coming days.

Relax and acclimatize to the high altitude, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey through the pristine landscapes of Kashmir.

Capture the essence of this captivating region, where every step promises a new revelation of natural wonders.

Get ready to explore the unspoiled beauty of the Kashmir Great Lakes, where each day will bring you closer to the heart of this stunning trekking experience.

Altitude: Nichinai – 11,500 ft
Sonmarg to Nichinai via Shekdur: 6 hours (11.6 km) by trek

Begin your exhilarating journey from Sonamarg, as you venture into the heart of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek.

Traverse through picturesque meadows and enchanting landscapes that will leave you spellbound.

Experience the thrill of crossing the Shekdur Pass, a challenging yet rewarding ascent that offers panoramic vistas.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the region, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Witness the changing colors of the valley as you pass through dense forests and meandering streams.

Discover the beauty of Nichinai, a hidden gem known for its stunning views and serene ambiance.

Camp under a blanket of stars, surrounded by the pristine beauty of nature, as you prepare for the next day’s adventures.

Altitude: Vishansar Lake – 12,100 ft

Nichinai to Vishansar Lake: 6 hours (13.5 km) by trek

Embrace on a scenic trek from Nichinai, leaving behind lush meadows to enter a world of alpine wonders.

Traverse through rocky terrains and charming landscapes, with the glistening Vishansar Lake as your destination.

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the valley, surrounded by towering peaks and pristine wilderness.

Capture the reflection of snow-capped mountains mirrored in the crystal-clear waters of Vishansar Lake.

Witness the vibrant colors of wildflowers that adorn the trail, adding a touch of vibrancy to the journey.

Experience the serenity of the campsite near Vishansar Lake, a perfect spot to unwind and embrace nature’s tranquility.

Marvel at the starry night sky as you rest beside the shimmering lake, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Altitude: Gadsar Lake – 13,750 ft
Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake: 5 hours (16 km) by trek

Venture on an exhilarating journey from Vishansar Lake, ascending towards the majestic Gadsar Pass.

Traverse through rugged terrain and witness awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

Gadsar Pass offers a thrilling experience, where you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

Descend into the Gadsar Valley, a hidden gem with picturesque meadows and pristine lakes.Gadsar Lake awaits, with its mesmerizing turquoise waters, reflecting the grandeur of the mountains.

Explore the enchanting landscapes surrounding Gadsar Lake, making it a photographer’s paradise.

Experience the tranquility of the wilderness as you camp near the serene Gadsar Lake, under a blanket of stars.

Altitude: Satsar – 12,000 ft
Gadsar to Satsar: 6 hours (11.3 km) by trek

Begin your trek from Gadsar, immersing yourself in the stunning beauty of the Kashmiri landscape.

Traverse through alpine meadows, dense forests, and charming streams on your way to Satsar.

Marvel at the enchanting Satsar Lakes, a collection of seven interconnected alpine lakes.

Each Satsar Lake boasts its unique charm, surrounded by lush greenery and snow-capped peaks.

Indulge in the serene ambiance, as you take a moment to reflect beside the crystal-clear lakes.

Keep an eye out for local wildlife, such as the Himalayan marmots and various bird species.

Capture unforgettable moments as you camp near Satsar, making memories under the starlit sky.

Altitude: Gangabal Twin Lakes – 11,500 ft
Satsar to Gangabal Twin Lakes: 6 hours (9 km) by trek

Start off an exhilarating trek from Satsar towards the picturesque Gangabal Twin Lakes.

Conquer the challenging Zaj Pass, rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views.

Be enchanted by the changing landscapes, from lush meadows to rocky terrains.

Arrive at the serene Gangabal Twin Lakes, nestled amidst towering peaks.

The larger Gangabal Lake reflects the grandeur of Mount Harmukh, a sacred peak in Kashmir.

Take a refreshing dip in the cool, pristine waters of the lakes, rejuvenating both body and soul.

Witness the local shepherd’s huts, adding cultural charm to this wilderness.

Camp beside Gangabal Lake, savoring the tranquility and the magnificence of the surrounding nature.

Altitude: Naranag – 7,450 ft
Gangabal to Naranag: 6 hours (13 km) by trek
Naranag to Srinagar: 2 hours (50 km) by taxi

Bid farewell to the captivating Gangabal Twin Lakes as you begin your descent to Naranag.

Traverse through enchanting meadows, dense forests, and charming hamlets.

Admire the distant snow-capped peaks that guard the Kashmir Valley.

Arrive at Naranag, an ancient archaeological site boasting impressive temples from the 8th century.

Take in the historical significance and architectural beauty of the Naranag temples.

Capture last glimpses of the majestic landscapes and memories of the trek.

Conclude your extraordinary adventure and embark on a scenic drive back to the lively city of Srinagar.

Reflect on the incredible experiences, unforgettable vistas, and the serenity of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Trek Inclusions

  • Accommodation during the trek includes stay in base camp and tent stay
  • Accommodation on Triple/Quad sharing basis
  • Supporting Team - cooking staff, local guides, porters etc.
  • Supporting Gears for trek- tent, mattress, sleeping bag, toilet tent, crampons/micro spikes, and gaiters (as required)
  • Entry Permit Fee, Forest Fee, Camp Fee, and Guide Fee
  • Best Quality vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner
  • Trekking with an experienced, english-speaking, and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek leaders
  • Certified First Aid assistance
  • Oxygen Cylinder (All Campsite and Trek leader)All government, local taxes, and service charges
  • INR 300 Travaura Cash
  • 24*7 Chat Assistance
  • Dedicated Customer Care Representative
  • 5% GST
  • Travaura Goodies
  • Your contribution toward nature (We promote sustainable tourism and thus dedicate a part of your trek charge towards amelioration of nature and its resources)v

Trek Exclusions

  • Tips for guide, chef, porter, etc (calculated per person)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Offloading Charges
  • Local sightseeing and entrance fee, camera fee, etc
  • Extra meals apart from inclusions
  • Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
  • All personal, medical, evacuation, and emergency expenses like extra day stay or vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, and evacuation.
  • Any early return travel costs or accommodation except for the days as per the itinerary.
  • Any expenses for medical treatment of injury or accident before, during, or after the trek
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Packing List

Before heading off on any trek, it is essential to make sure you have all the necessary gear and equipment. This packing list will help make sure you have everything you need for a successful and enjoyable trip.

Clothing:
Hiking pants or trousers
Shorts (for warmer days)
T-shirts (preferably moisture-wicking)
Fleece jacket or pullover
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Warm hat and gloves
Hiking boots (with good ankle support)
Socks (preferably wool or moisture-wicking)
Sandals or comfortable shoes (for when you’re not trekking)

Gear:
Backpack (with rain cover)‚Äč
Trekking poles
Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
Sunglasses (with UV protection)
Sunscreen (with high SPF)
Water bottle or hydration system
Personal first aid kit (with basic medications, bandages, and blister pads)
Trekking map or guidebook
Whistle (for emergency situations)
Multi-tool or knife
Plastic bags (for trash and dirty clothes)

Optional Gear:
Camera and spare batteries
Binoculars
Portable charger for electronic devices
Insect repellent
Quick-drying towel
Earplugs (for sleeping)
Buff or scarf (for protection against dust and wind)
Portable water filter or purifier (in case of emergency)

Note: Keep in mind that you will have to carry all of your gear yourself during the trek, so it’s important to pack light and only bring what is necessary. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast and trail conditions before you leave to ensure that you have the appropriate gear and clothing for the conditions you will encounter.

Treknical Details

  • Sonamarg
  • 13,750 ft
  • July - Mid November
  • Moderate | Level 3
  • 74.4 km
  • All Meals Included
  • 15
  • 65