Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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₹ 15,250 ₹16,500

Duration

7D/6N

Height

13,750ft

Distance

70kms

Pick Up & Drop

Srinagar

Overview

An adventure that lasts for seven days and takes you into the heart of the Kashmir Himalayas is called the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Along the way, you will go through five valleys and six alpine lakes, which will provide you with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, verdant meadows, and waterways that are crystal clear. Beginning the journey is the little village of Sonamarg, which is situated 90 km to the northeast of Srinagar. Nichnai, a tiny town situated in the Lidder Valley, is the destination of the first day of the trip, which is a walk that is not too difficult. Vishansar Lake is the first of the six lakes that are included on the walk, and it is reached by ascending the next day. The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is an excellent opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Kashmir Himalayas mountain range. It is also a fantastic chance to learn about the history and culture of the area; this may be accomplished via the journey. It is highly recommended that you choose the Kashmir Great Lakes journey if you are seeking for a journey that is both tough and rewarding.

Trek Plan

From Srinagar to Sonmarg

The trekkers are going to get together at the Tourist Reception Centre in Srinagar around eleven in the morning. In the next step, we will begin our journey by travelling from Srinagar to Sonamarg, where the Shitkari village is located. This village is the perfect base camp for the Kashmir great lakes trek.

From Sonmarg to Nichnai via Shekdur

We will leave for Nichnai, which is our campground, once we have finished our meal in the early hours of the morning. You will get a taste of Kashmir, which is a piece of heaven, along the whole trek. The route is lined with pine and maple trees, and as you steadily rise, the breathtaking panorama of the whole Sonamarg Valley becomes visible out of the side of the trail. The constant flow of water gives way to the verdant meadows of Shekdur, which are ornamented by tiny peaks and surrounded by Bhoj trees. This makes it a stunning halt where one may take a rest and marvel at the natural wonders that surround them. We will arrive at our campground by following the flow of water from the Nichnai stream. Once we arrive, we will stop for dinner and then spend the night there.

From Nichnai to Vishansar Lake

Following our breakfast in the early hours of the morning, we will leave for the beautiful Vishansar lake. The lake is of the highest significance for the Kashmiri pandits, and the scenic scenery that surrounds it, which consists of gorges filled with miniature glaciers and alpine forests, makes it an intriguing location for outdoor enthusiasts. The twin peaks that are boldly standing in the background of your campground are the Nichnai pass, which is located behind them. A lake will come into view as you approach the mountain range that is nestled at the base of the mountains. You will eventually be able to see the pass as you make your way gradually up into the meadows, which will provide you with a breathtaking perspective of the Sonamarg valley. The view of beautiful fields and rivers will be in the background as you begin your descent after you have had the opportunity to experience the enchantment of this pass. You will soon be able to see a waterfall that is gushing down from a mountain cliff, and after you have been hiking for some time, you will then be able to see a fresh stream. The Vishansar lake will serve as a background for our camps, which will be built up wherever there is open space. You have the remainder of the day at your leisure, and you are free to participate in any enjoyable activity that you want. A dinner is followed by a stay at the campground for the following night.

From Vishansar Lake to Gadsar

We will go to our next destination once we have had our morning tea and brunch.
Vishansar lake is located directly above Kishansar lake, which is located at an elevation of 500 feet as well. It is a sight to see because of the combination of breathtaking sceneries, which include lakes that are crystal clear and verdant meadows. In a little while, the ridge that corresponds to Gadsar Pass will become visible to you. After continuing your journey for a little farther, you will come across a tiny lake that is known as Yamsar lake. This lake is significant in Hinduism because it is linked with Yama, the deity of death. You would notice a lake that is completely untouched if you continue to travel ahead, and that lake would be Gadsar lake. The snow-covered cliffs may be seen in the background. We are going to travel a little farther and then set up our camping when we have finished taking in the breathtaking scenery. After dinner, we continued our stay in the camps for the night.

From Gadsar to Satsar

Immediately after the consumption of our morning tea and breakfast, we will depart from the campground in order to go towards our subsequent destination, Satsar camp. This camp is situated at an elevation of 12,000 feet and is comprised of seven lakes, the majority of which may be seen depending on the time of year. There will be rivers and valleys below you as you go through the verdant woods that are covered with vegetation. Following the traversal of terrains that include gorgeous mountains in your line of sight, you will soon come across a ridge that serves as the entrance to Satsar. Beyond this ridge, you will find the third line of defence from the line of control as well as the Satsar Army camp. In order to take advantage of the tranquilly and quiet, we will put up our tent a few metres away from this location. After dinner, we continued our stay in the camps for the night.

From Satsar to Ganganal twin lakes via Zai Pass

After we have finished our breakfast, we will get ready to go on our hiking journey, which will have both ascents and descents. The path is full of unexpected features, including a large number of peaks and lakes without names. After travelling through all of them, you will eventually get to Gangabal, which is the largest lake among them all. Nundkol is located right next to Gangabal. At the foot of the Harmukh peak, where the Harmukh glacier is hanging on the mountain’s sides, the Nundkhol lake may be found tucked away with its protected location. Our campground will be put up here at Nundkol, and we will spend the night here when we have finished eating dinner.

From Ganganal to Narang to Srinagar

We will begin our descent from the Gangabal campground when we have finished drinking our breakfast. Along the path, you will see that there are green canopies, and you will also begin to notice signs of civilization around you. At an elevation of around 8,500 feet, the meadows give way to wooden cottages, and Naranag gradually comes into view, followed by the road that leads to Naranag. From here, we shall make our way back to Srinagar via car. In the event that they arrive in Srinagar, the party will disperse. The tour has come to an end.

What’s Included

What’s Excluded

Things To Carry

When embarking on a trek with Global Events Travels, there are certain items you need to bring yourself. These are divided into five categories: Trekking Gear, Footwear, Clothing, Toiletries, Utensils, and Miscellaneous. All items listed are essential, unless marked as optional.

Trekking Gear

  • Rucksack with rain cover
  • Day pack bag, Recommended for treks with a summit day
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • UV protection sunglasses
  • Water bottles: Two 1-liter bottles

Footwear

  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes: 1 pair
  • Lightweight slippers or sandals: 1 pair
    Clothing
  • Quick-dry warm lower or track pants: 2
  • Full-sleeve T-shirts/sweatshirts: 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Thick woolen socks: 1 pair for every 2 days of trekking
  • Thermal body warmer (upper & lower): 1 set
  • Undergarments: 1 for each day of trekking
  • Warm jacket (closed at wrist & neck): 1
  • Full-sleeve sweater: 1
  • Rainwear (jacket & pants): 1 set
  • Waterproof, warm gloves: 1 pair
  • Woolen cap**: 1
  • Sun-shielding hat: 1

Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries kit: Small towel, toilet paper, paper soap, bar soap, toothbrush,
    toothpaste, cold cream, etc.
  • Sunscreen lotion: Small pack
  • Lip balm: Small pack

Utensils

  • Small, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box: 1
  • Plate: 1
  • Spoon: 1
  • Tea/coffee mug (plastic): 1

Miscellaneous

  • Camera: (Optional)
  • Personal medicines: Bring plenty if needed; consult your doctor before the trek.
  • Dry fruits, nuts, chocolate bars (Optional)

FAQ's

The best time to do the Kedarkantha Trek is typically from December to April when the region experiences snowfall and the landscapes are beautifully covered in snow. However, the trek can also be done during the summer months, from April to June, when the weather is milder and the snow has melted.

The Kedarkantha Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. It involves trekking through varying terrain, including forests, meadows, and snow-covered trails. While it's suitable for beginners, some prior trekking experience and a reasonable level of fitness are recommended.

The Kedarkantha Trek typically takes around 5 days to complete. This includes trekking from Sankri village to the Kedarkantha summit and back, with overnight stays at various campsites along the way.

The summit of Kedarkantha Peak stands at an altitude of approximately 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) above sea level.

Accommodation during the Kedarkantha Trek typically consists of tents or guesthouses at various campsites along the route. Some operators also offer fixed tented camps with basic amenities like sleeping bags, mattresses, and meals.

Essential items to pack for the Kedarkantha Trek include appropriate clothing (layers for cold weather), trekking shoes, a sturdy backpack, water bottles, energy snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, personal medications, and a first aid kit. It's also advisable to carry a trekking pole and a good quality sleeping bag.

While the altitude of Kedarkantha Peak is not extremely high, some trekkers may experience symptoms of altitude sickness, especially if ascending too quickly. It's important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. If symptoms persist or worsen, it's advisable to descend to a lower altitude.

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