The Great Lakes Kashmir Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the Indian Himalayas. This popular week long trek passes alpine lakes and wildflower filled meadows that highlight the magnificent beauty of this part of the Himalaya. This is one of the best trout fishing regions of the Himalaya. If you are interested in fishing on the trek let us know and we can arrange a license in advance. While not a high elevation trek by Himalayan standards it’s certainly alpine in character as the region receives significant snowfall. Due to the heavy snowfall the trekking season is only between July and late September. The trek starts from Sonamarg which is 3 or 4 hour drive from Srinagar. The trek climbs through maple and pine before forests before climbing to Nichanni Pass (4080m) and descending to Vishansar Lake on the other side. Continuing from Vishansar we climb Gadsar Pass 13,800ft passing Kishansar Lake enroute and descends to Gadsar Lake on the other side of the pass from Gadsar we continue to Satsar which is a group of 7 seven lakes surrounded by beautiful meadows and snow capped peaks. Continuing from Satsar lakes the trail descends to the pine forests at an elevation of 11,500ft before climbing another pass (13,400ft) and descending to the beautiful lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol. The last leg of the trek is a gradual decent to the village of Naranag where we will find our vehicle waiting to take us back to Srinagar.
We'll take an early morning flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, transfer to hotel for breakfast and some rest. After short rest, we'll take same day morning flight to Srinagar. From here our Kashmir Great Lake Trek adventure will start. Srinagar is Summer capital of Kashmir, which is located on the foothill of Himalayas, where tourist enjoy living in Houseboats which are anchored on famous Dal lake. After lunch, we'll take a boat ride on the lake. Dinner & overnight at Dal Lake.
After breakfast, drive to Sonamarg (Gold Path) with pack lunch. This 86km drive passes along the Sindh river, enroute stop at Kangan town to witness the mountain people engaged in various activities. On reaching Sonamarg check in at camp near Shitkari bridge. Later take a short easy trek to Thajiwas Glacier. Dinner & overnight stay in Camp.
After breakfast, we start our trek from Shitkari to Nichnai base for overnight stay. The trail is well defined, and leads to a number of Gujar settlements (Mountain People) halfway up the hill side. Once you reach Shokhadri meadow you will discover the real delights of trekking, with views back to the mountains behind the Thajwas Glacier, and across to the main Himalaya and east to the mountains beyond the Zojila. From the meadow the trail leads along a small ridge through birch groves. The trail descends to the valley floor and the campsite is two & half km away. There are number of excellent camp sites amid flowered meadows and bubbling streams. Nichnai is surrounded by Glaciers. Overnight camp.
Start an early morning and immediately start ascending to Nichnai pass (above 4000m), which takes about 2 hours trek.The pass is just under 4000m, and is normally under snow until early July. After crossing the pass, the descent is steep at first then across a series of grassy plateaus with the trail leading down the right hand side of the valley, from here shepherds trails over to Vishnasar Lake at 3850m. Vishnasar area is surrounded by lofty mountains, enjoy the alpine beauty and see lots of Alpine flowers all around. In Vishnasar you will see lot of shepherds and nomad families with their herds of Goats and Sheep, the scenes are spectacular all around. If lucky have Trout Fish for Dinner. Explore the lake and its surrounding, covered with wild flowers, you can do rainbow trout fishing in the lake, and have chit-chat with Nomadic and shepherds people, who are around with their flock of sheep. Dinner and over stay in Camp.
Start the trek of 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 13,800ft 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 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. Overnight at Camp.
We 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.
After early breakfast, trek down for about half and hour, and the trail ascends up to Zajibal Pass (4180m). At the top, you'll see Mount Harmukh just standing at your face and at its footsteps the twin beautiful lakes of Ganagabal and Nundkol. Descend gradually to reach Ganagabal. You may catch rainbow trout for dinner here in the lake, you may enjoy the wonderful lake surrounding and with mount Haramukh in front of you standing at 5,000 meters looking very massive. Dinner and Overnight in Tents.
Leave Ganagabal and trek through the meadows of Bodpathri, Trunkol and descend through a pine forest to reach Naranag. Visit Vishnu Temple, a holy site, said to be constructed by emperor Lalityaditya. Later drive to Srinagar (1.5hrs), check in to Houseboat. Afternoon enjoy the serene beauty around houseboat you may want to take Sunset cruise on Dal Lake, and look for paper mache souvenirs or walnut wood work. Farewell Kashmiri Dinner and overnight stay in Houseboat.
Early morning visit Floating market, return to houseboat for breakfast. After breakfast enjoy front porch of your houseboat and see the world goes bye and later transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi and enjoy shopping in Delhi local markets. Thereafter transfer to International Airport for flight to Singapore.
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