Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

 From Alpine Meadows To Crystal Lakes

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

 From Alpine Meadows To Crystal Lakes

Base Camp

Shitkadi, Sonamarg

Region

Kashmir

Trek Grade

Moderate to Difficult

Trek Distance

74 Kms

Trek Duration

7 Days

Highest Altitude

13,700 ft

Best Season

July August September

Pick & Drop Point

Srinagar

Nearest Airport

Srinagar

Railway Station

Jammu

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₹ 18,499

₹ 16,499

+5% GST

Region

Kashmir

Base Camp

Sonmarg

Trek Grade

Moderate

Trek Distance

74 Kms

Trek Duration

7 Days

Highest Altitude

13,700 ft

Best Season

July August September

Pick & Drop Point

Srinagar

Nearest Airport

Srinagar

Railway Station

Jammu

Contact Us

₹ 18,499

₹ 16,499
+5% GST

About Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

 The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a beautiful trek that will take you to the captivating valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. In India, the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is the most gorgeous trek.It is the only Himalayan trek that packs three high altitude passes, sporting seven alpine lakes and five river valley crossings. This beautiful trek is located 75km northeast of Srinagar. Get ready to enjoy 360 degree panorama view of rolling paddocks, wild rugged mountains and aquamarine alpine lakes every day while trekking. During the trek, you will be mesmerized by the stunning views of Vishansar Lake which is also considered the color changing lake. 

Trekking to a height of 4,206m, the trail changes between ascents and descents most day, making your trek enjoyable and adventurous. The only challenge lies in developing the stamina required to tackle the long distances i.e., 10kms or more to be covered every day.  This amazing trek is almost 69kms long and is a perfect choice for beginners who wish to step up their trekking game in the stunning Himalayas. While trekking, you will go through the magic summer capital Srinagar to the ‘pasture of gold’ known as Sonmarg. The sight of Dal Lake, Gangabal, and Vishansar lake is sure to amaze you as you trek through the forest of maple & pine and the milky Himalayas in the background. This trail will further take you to Shekdur which is the only campsite amid trees with sun rays penetrating through the sky in gushes. This trek will definitely make you wonder at the untouched beauty of the hidden gems of Kashmir. The view of five beautiful lakes embellished with snowflakes is a real treat for your eyes. 

The best time for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is the summer season i.e., in the months of July-September because the weather is perfect for trekking during these months. Kashmir Great Lakes trek will offer you everything you wish for while trekking like splendid mountain passes, jungle walks, lakes, paddocks, river crossings, boulder patches, ascends, and descends. In case, you are lucky enough then you will also get the chance to see an occasional iceberg floating through the pure blues and greens of the lake. Remember trekking alpine lakes in the Himalayas dives you through the beautiful and lavish meadows of Kashmir, each one matching the other gorgeously. This trek gives you a chance to explore a new meadow every day. 

Trekking up to 13,800 ft., Kashmir great lakes trek complexity is a little bit challenging and demands a fitness routine to be followed. The fitter you are, the more you can explore while trekking. In case, you are a nature lover then you just cannot afford to miss this trek.      

The temperature here ranges from 17 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day and 3 to 4 degrees Celsius at night. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags today and get ready to trek the best place in the Himalayas i.e., Kashmir Great Lakes. 

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FAQs

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a breathtaking journey through the picturesque landscapes and mutiple lakes of the Kashmir Valley, offering stunning views of high altitude lakes, lush meadows, and snow-capped peaks.

The best time to undertake the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is from July to September when the weather is generally favorable, and the trails are accessible. However, it's essential to check weather conditions before planning your trek.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered a moderate trek in terms of difficulty. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, high altitude terrain, and varying weather conditions, requiring a good level of fitness and prior trekking experience.

The trek typically spans around 7 to 8 days, covering a distance of approximately 72 kilometers, distance and time duration depends on the route chosen and the pace of the trekking group.

Trekkers need to obtain permits from the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department to undertake the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Additionally, it's advisable to register with a recognized trekking agency for safety and support.

While Kashmir offers breathtaking landscapes for trekking, it's essential to stay updated on the current political and security situation in the region. Trekking with a reputable guide or agency and following safety guidelines can enhance the overall safety of the trek.

Accommodation during the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek typically includes camping in tents at designated campsites along the route. Trekkers need to carry their camping gear or arrange for it through a trekking agency.

Essential items to pack for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek include appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, trekking shoes, trek gear, first aid kit, water bottle, high-energy snacks, and a sturdy backpack.

Altitude sickness can be a concern during the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek due to the high altitude terrain. It's crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers opportunities to spot various wildlife species such as Himalayan marmots, ibex, and occasionally even the elusive snow leopard. Trekkers should maintain a respectful distance and refrain from disturbing the wildlife.

Weather conditions during the trek can vary significantly, ranging from warm and sunny days to cold and rainy or snowy weather, especially at higher altitudes. It's essential to be prepared for sudden changes in weather and pack accordingly with layers of clothing, waterproof gear, and sun protection. Checking the weather forecast before starting the trek and staying updated throughout the journey can help trekkers adapt to changing conditions and ensure a comfortable experience.

Yes, carrying a medical fitness certificate is mandatory for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. This requirement ensures participants are in suitable health for the challenges of the trek, enhancing safety measures and preparedness for the journey's demanding terrain and high altitude conditions.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a journey through the pristine beauty of the Himalayas, showcasing a series of captivating alpine lakes, each with its own allure and charm.

1. Vishansar Lake - Known as the "Lake of Vishnu," Vishansar Lake mesmerizes trekkers with its expansive turquoise waters, framed by lush meadows and towering peaks. Its serene ambiance and stunning reflections make it a favorite spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

2. Gadsar Lakes - Tucked amidst rocky terrain and verdant landscapes, the Gadsar Lakes offer a tranquil retreat for weary trekkers. The crystal-clear waters of these lakes mirror the surrounding beauty, creating a picturesque setting for camping and relaxation.

3. Satsar Lake - Comprising a series of seven interconnected lakes, collectively known as Satsar, this alpine oasis enchants trekkers with its remote location and pristine wilderness. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows, Satsar Lake provides a serene haven amidst the rugged terrain.

4. Gangabal Twin Lakes - Nestled at the base of Mount Haramukh, Gangabal Lake holds deep spiritual significance and natural beauty. Encircled by towering peaks and glaciers, the lake offers trekkers a sense of awe and reverence, inviting moments of introspection and contemplation.

These lakes, with their breathtaking scenery and tranquil ambiance, form the heart of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, providing trekkers with unforgettable moments of serenity and awe-inspiring beauty amidst the Himalayan wilderness.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Drive: 90km, 3 hours

Depart from Srinagar in the morning around 11 AM, embarking on a scenic drive to Sonamarg covering a distance of 90 km, which typically takes around 3 hours. Arrive in Shitkadi village, Sonamarg, a picturesque town known as the "Meadow of Gold," nestled amidst stunning Himalayan peaks. Spend the rest of the day exploring the serene surroundings, perhaps taking a leisurely walk along the Lidder River or indulging in local cuisine.

Trek : 12 km, 7-8 hours

Altitude : 11,600 ft

Begin your trek from Sonamarg towards Nichnai via Shekdur, covering a distance of 12 km. The trek offers breathtaking views of lush meadows, dense forests, and cascading waterfalls. Reach Nichnai, situated at an altitude of 11,600 ft, by late afternoon or early evening, and set up camp for the night.

Trek : 13 km, 7 hours

Altitude : 13,200 ft

Resume your trek from Nichnai towards the pristine Vishansar Lake, traversing a distance of 13Km. The trail takes you through alpine meadows, rocky terrain, and possibly snow patches, offering spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains. Arrive at Vishansar Lake, located at an altitude of 13,200 ft, and spend the night camping by the tranquil waters.

Trek : 15 km, 8-9 hours

Altitude : 13,700 ft

Today's trek involves crossing the challenging Gadsar Pass as you make your way from Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake, covering a distance of 15 km. The ascent to Gadsar Pass rewards you with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, glaciers, and meadows. Descend towards Gadsar Lake, situated at an altitude of 13,700 ft, and camp beside its azure waters, surrounded by towering mountains.

Trek : 11 km, 6 hours

Altitude : 12,000 ft

Depart from Gadsar Lake and trek towards Satsar, covering a distance of 11 km. The trail meanders through lush valleys, crossing streams and meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers. Arrive at Satsar, a cluster of seven interconnected alpine lakes, situated at an altitude of 12,000 ft, and set up camp for the night.

Trek : 10 km, 6 hours

Altitude : 13,275 ft

Begin your trek towards Gangabal twin lake via Zaj Pass, covering a distance of 10 km. Traverse through rocky terrain, steep ascents, and possibly encounter patches of snow as you make your way towards the twin lakes. Reach Gangabal twin lake, nestled at an altitude of 13,275 ft, and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Trek : 13 km, 6-7 hours

Drive : 50 km, 2 hours

Conclude your trek by descending from Gangabal twin lake towards Naranag, covering a distance of 13 km. The trail descends through lush forests, offering glimpses of local flora and fauna along the way. Upon reaching Naranag, embark on a scenic drive back to Srinagar, covering a distance of 50 km, which typically takes around 2 hours. Arrive in Srinagar by late afternoon, concluding your unforgettable trekking adventure in the stunning Kashmir Valley.

A reserve day is crucial during treks to account for unforeseen weather conditions. A reserve day is crucial during treks to account for unforeseen weather conditions.

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THINGS TO CARRY

BASIC GEARS

Inclusions

Exclusions

POLICY

Booking Confirmation Policy

• The customer receives a Booking confirmation receipt immediately via Email and WhatsApp of a successful booking.

Cancellation policy

In the event you cancel your trek, cancellation policy we follow :

• Cancellation 20 days before the starting date of the trek – Refund with 10% cancellation charges.

FAQs

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a breathtaking journey through the picturesque landscapes and mutiple lakes of the Kashmir Valley, offering stunning views of high altitude lakes, lush meadows, and snow-capped peaks.

The best time to undertake the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is from July to September when the weather is generally favorable, and the trails are accessible. However, it's essential to check weather conditions before planning your trek.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered a moderate trek in terms of difficulty. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, high altitude terrain, and varying weather conditions, requiring a good level of fitness and prior trekking experience.

The trek typically spans around 7 to 8 days, covering a distance of approximately 72 kilometers, distance and time duration depends on the route chosen and the pace of the trekking group.

Trekkers need to obtain permits from the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department to undertake the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Additionally, it's advisable to register with a recognized trekking agency for safety and support.

While Kashmir offers breathtaking landscapes for trekking, it's essential to stay updated on the current political and security situation in the region. Trekking with a reputable guide or agency and following safety guidelines can enhance the overall safety of the trek.

Accommodation during the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek typically includes camping in tents at designated campsites along the route. Trekkers need to carry their camping gear or arrange for it through a trekking agency.

Essential items to pack for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek include appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, trekking shoes, trek gear, first aid kit, water bottle, high-energy snacks, and a sturdy backpack.

Altitude sickness can be a concern during the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek due to the high altitude terrain. It's crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers opportunities to spot various wildlife species such as Himalayan marmots, ibex, and occasionally even the elusive snow leopard. Trekkers should maintain a respectful distance and refrain from disturbing the wildlife.

Weather conditions during the trek can vary significantly, ranging from warm and sunny days to cold and rainy or snowy weather, especially at higher altitudes. It's essential to be prepared for sudden changes in weather and pack accordingly with layers of clothing, waterproof gear, and sun protection. Checking the weather forecast before starting the trek and staying updated throughout the journey can help trekkers adapt to changing conditions and ensure a comfortable experience.

Yes, carrying a medical fitness certificate is mandatory for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. This requirement ensures participants are in suitable health for the challenges of the trek, enhancing safety measures and preparedness for the journey's demanding terrain and high altitude conditions.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a journey through the pristine beauty of the Himalayas, showcasing a series of captivating alpine lakes, each with its own allure and charm.

1. Vishansar Lake - Known as the "Lake of Vishnu," Vishansar Lake mesmerizes trekkers with its expansive turquoise waters, framed by lush meadows and towering peaks. Its serene ambiance and stunning reflections make it a favorite spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

2. Gadsar Lakes - Tucked amidst rocky terrain and verdant landscapes, the Gadsar Lakes offer a tranquil retreat for weary trekkers. The crystal-clear waters of these lakes mirror the surrounding beauty, creating a picturesque setting for camping and relaxation.

3. Satsar Lake - Comprising a series of seven interconnected lakes, collectively known as Satsar, this alpine oasis enchants trekkers with its remote location and pristine wilderness. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows, Satsar Lake provides a serene haven amidst the rugged terrain.

4. Gangabal Twin Lakes - Nestled at the base of Mount Haramukh, Gangabal Lake holds deep spiritual significance and natural beauty. Encircled by towering peaks and glaciers, the lake offers trekkers a sense of awe and reverence, inviting moments of introspection and contemplation.

These lakes, with their breathtaking scenery and tranquil ambiance, form the heart of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, providing trekkers with unforgettable moments of serenity and awe-inspiring beauty amidst the Himalayan wilderness.

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