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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Package

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Embarking on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers an unforgettable journey through nature’s wonders. Commencing with a scenic drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg, travelers are immediately immersed in the beauty of the region. Transitioning into trekking, each leg of the journey unveils new marvels. Moreover, from the lush meadows of Shitkadi to the majestic Vishansar and Gadsar Lakes, every step brings fresh vistas.

Moreover, along the way, transition points like Satsar and Gangbal Twin Lakes provide tranquil respites amidst the rugged terrain. Furthermore, as the trek concludes with a descent to Naranaag, memories of this remarkable expedition linger, showcasing the timeless allure of the Kashmir Great Lakes.

Highlights of Trek

The trek features seven beautiful emerald lakes, each with its unique charm and breathtaking scenery. Furthermore, these lakes offer trekkers a serene escape into nature, providing moments of tranquility amidst the stunning surroundings.

Additionally, it passes through diverse landscapes, including snow-clad mountains, lush green meadows, and rocky terrains.

Along the way, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, thus making it a truly unforgettable experience. Additionally, these awe-inspiring vistas provide trekkers with moments of awe and appreciation for the natural beauty of the landscape.

Moreover, camping in open meadows and valleys provides a chance to connect with nature on a deeper level.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Trek Details

Route  Srinagar – Sonamarg – Nichnai – Vishansar – Gadsar – Satsar – Gangbal – Naranaag – Srinagar
Grade  Moderate to Difficult
Duration  7 Days/ 6 Nights
Altitude  13,750 ft

Trek Cost

Trek Cost 16,500/ Per Person.
Transportation Included in the package
Offloading/ Porter Service 2800/ Per Bag.
Insurance 499 Per Person.
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What’s included in the package?

Accommodation: Throughout the trek, find rest in cozy alpine and dome camps on a triple sharing basis, offering secure shelter.

Transitioning to meals, from dinner on the first night to breakfast on the last morning, indulge in nourishing vegetarian meals. Coupled with breakfast, lunch, evening tea with snacks, and dinner, these meals replenish your energy after each day’s adventure.

Moreover, rely on the expertise of a professional and experienced certified trek guide who will lead the way, ensuring your safety and providing valuable insights into the trekking route and surroundings. Additionally, the guide will be available to offer assistance and support whenever needed, enhancing your overall trekking experience.

Lastly, take advantage of the opportunity to connect with fellow trekkers and share experiences during meal times and breaks. Moreover, this camaraderie adds to the sense of adventure and camaraderie throughout the journey, fostering lasting memories and friendships.

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What’s not included in the package?

Personal Expenses: Additionally, it’s important to note that any costs not mentioned in the inclusions, such as personal purchases, souvenirs, or unforeseen emergency expenses, are not covered during the trip.

In terms of Personal Trekking Gear: Furthermore, participants must bring their own trekking gear, including trekking poles, shoes, ponchos, gloves, warm caps, bags, and jackets, to ensure comfort and safety throughout the trek.

Regarding Mules or Porters: Moreover, if needed, mules or porters can be arranged at an extra cost to assist with carrying personal luggage.

However, this service is not included in the package and must be arranged separately. Additionally, it’s advisable to confirm the availability of mules or porters in advance and to discuss any specific requirements or preferences.

Insurance is not included in the package; nonetheless, it can be arranged separately for an additional cost. Furthermore, considering the unpredictable nature of outdoor adventures, having insurance safeguards trekkers against various risks, including accidents, medical emergencies, loss of belongings, or trip disruptions. Therefore, investing in insurance offers a prudent approach to ensure a worry-free trekking experience.

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Fitness Tips & Importance For Trek

Firstly, preparing for this trek demands a range of skills, from navigating steep ascents to traversing rugged terrains and streams. Secondly, prioritize building endurance and cardiovascular health through regular jogging and strength training.

Furthermore, it’s essential to focus on strengthening your upper body, core, and legs. Additionally, maintain a clean diet to support your fitness efforts. Moreover, ensure proper acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness, allocating extra days in Srinagar or Sonmarg for this purpose. Additionally, be diligent about hydration and listen to your body’s signals throughout your preparation.

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Itinerary of Kashmir trek

Day 1 - Drive From Srinagar To Sonamarg (Drive : 76 km, Duration: 4 hrs, Altitude: 9,100 ft)

Commence your Kashmir Great Lakes trek adventure by meeting our representative at Srinagar at 01 PM for a smooth transfer.

Subsequently, embark on a picturesque 76 km drive to Sonamarg, spanning approximately 4 hours.

En route, take in the sights of Srinagar’s iconic Dal Lake and Mughal Gardens, enhancing your journey with their timeless beauty.

Upon arrival in Sonamarg in the evening, settle into camps just outside the town, signaling the beginning of your trek.

Overnight, immerse yourself in Sonamarg’s scenic beauty. Preparing for the thrilling adventure ahead while relishing the anticipation of what lies ahead amidst nature’s embrace.

Day 2 -Trek from Shitkadi To Nichnai (Trek : 11 km, Duration: 6 hrs, Altitude: 11,500 ft)

Embark on your great lakes trek starting from Shitkadi, a short distance outside Sonamarg. Begin your journey at a roadside Dhaba, where you can grab packed meals to fuel your adventure. Additionally, stocking up on provisions ensures you’re fully prepared for the trek ahead.

Follow the trail alongside the picturesque Sindh River, winding through Maple and Pine tree groves.

After a few hours of walking, take a moment to admire the breathtaking view of the Sonamarg valley behind you.

Cover a trekking distance of 11 km, reaching an altitude of 11,500 ft, as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings.

Day 3 - Trek From Nichnai To Vishansar Lake (Trek : 13 km, Duration: 6 hrs, Altitude: 12,000 ft)

Set off on your trek from Nichnai, following the renowned Kashmir Great Lakes route.

Enjoy the journey through lush green meadows, immersing yourself in nature’s beauty.

Ascend to the majestic Nichnai Pass, offering awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks.

Descend to reach the breathtaking Vishansar Lake, a serene destination for exploration.

Covering 13 km over approximately 6 hours and reaching an altitude of 12,000 ft, revel in the wonders of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek.

Day 4 - Trek From Vishnusar Lake To Gadsar Lake (Trek : 16 km, Duration: 5 hrs, Altitude: 13,750 ft)

Start your day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on the trek from Vishnusar Lake to Gadsar Lake. Additionally, fueling up with a nutritious meal provides the energy needed for the day’s trekking activities.

Along your scenic route, you’ll pass through Kishansar Lake on your way to Gadsar Pass, a pivotal point of the journey. Furthermore, this leg of the trek offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, adding to the allure of the adventure.

Plan to spend around 2 to 3 hours reaching the summit, adjusting your pace as needed. Additionally, it’s important to listen to your body and take breaks as required to ensure a safe and enjoyable ascent.

Once at the summit, brace yourself for breathtaking vistas, offering panoramic views of Vishnusar Lake and Kishansar Lake below.

Gadsar Lake, a highlight of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek, eagerly awaits your arrival.

Nestled amidst snow-capped cliffs and lush green meadows, it provides a serene retreat.

Covering a trekking distance of 16 km over approximately 5 hours and ascending to an altitude of 13,750 ft. Fully immerse yourself in this unforgettable adventure.

Day 5 - Trek From Gadsar Lake To Satsar Lake (Trek : 12 km, Duration: 6 hrs, Altitude: 12,000 ft)

Firstly, the day begins with invigorating deep breathing exercises, setting the tone for the adventure ahead. Following this, trekkers indulge in a hearty breakfast at the campsite, fueling themselves for the day’s trekking activities.

Afterward, cross the river to start your trek towards Satsar, feeling the excitement as you dip your toes into the refreshing waters.

Satsar boasts seven interconnected lakes, each showcasing its unique beauty depending on the season.

Opt for a campground near the first lake for a picturesque and comfortable camping experience amidst nature’s tranquility.

Explore the beauty of each lake at Satsar, immersing yourself in the serenity of the surroundings.

Finally, unwind in the tranquility of the wilderness, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and stunning vistas. That will captivate you throughout your journey.

Day 6 - Trek From Satsar Lake To Gangbal Twin Lakes (Trek : 9 km, Duration: 6 hrs, Altitude: 11,500 ft)

Prior to our departure, take a moment to prepare yourself for the demanding day ahead. Furthermore, we’re gearing up for a lengthy hike across rugged terrain scattered with stones en route to Gangbal.

As we set our sights on this destination, we’ll begin our descent after crossing the final Lake of Satsar.

Expect the trail to be rugged, demanding concentration and endurance as we navigate through the landscape.

Despite the challenges, the promise of awe-inspiring scenery and a profound sense of achievement awaits us at Gangbal.

So, stay focused, maintain your pace, and let’s embrace the adventure ahead with determination and resilience.

Day 7 - Trek From Gangbal To Naranaag And Drive To Srinagar (Trek: 13 km, Duration: 6 hrs, Altitude: 7,450 ft)

Today signifies the end of our trekking adventure, marking the final leg of our journey. We’ll commence by tracing the creek until reaching the tree line, then continue through pine forests and grassy areas.

At last, our ultimate destination is Naranaag, where our SUVs will be ready to transport us back. Let’s savor the last moments of the journey, soaking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding nature.

Finally, as we conclude our trip here, let’s reflect on the memories we’ve made together.

How To Reach Base Camp?

To commence your unforgettable Kashmir Great Lakes trek, your starting point is Sonmarg, the base camp nestled amidst stunning natural beauty.

If you’re opting for air travel, ensure to secure your flight tickets to Srinagar Airport well in advance. Upon landing, arranging a cab or taxi from the airport to the city is straightforward.

Alternatively, for those preferring the charm of train travel, Jammu Tawi Station is your gateway. From there, board a government or private bus bound for Srinagar, covering a distance of approximately 270 kilometers over a 7-8 hour journey.

Once you arrive in the enchanting city of Srinagar, the final stretch to Sonmarg awaits. Along the way, you’ll be treated to mesmerizing vistas and serene landscapes.

Moreover, the road trip spans around 80 kilometers and typically takes 2 to 3 hours, offering glimpses of breathtaking landscapes along the way. This journey provides ample opportunities to soak in the beauty of Kashmir’s natural scenery before embarking on your trek.

Tips and Recommendations

The best time to visit is during July to September when the weather is pleasant and the trek is less crowded. Additionally, during this season, the landscapes are adorned with vibrant colors, further enhancing the allure of the journey. Furthermore, the mild weather during these months ensures a comfortable trekking experience, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Furthermore, ensure you have a good physical condition and high-altitude experience before attempting this trek.

Additionally, it’s crucial to bring necessary gear, including trekking shoes, bags, and warm clothing, to ensure a safe and comfortable journey.

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