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Gurez Valley Trek

Jammu & Kashmir,Jammu & Kashmir
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Overview

A spectacular trek in the northernmost part of Kashmir

India ends at Gurez. The significance of this is enormous. If you look at our country as a whole, we travel upwards from Kanyakumari. There comes the point where we cannot travel any further north. That part of our country is Gurez.

The significance is that the Gurez is the last latitude of India, which is why it is very unlike any other part of Kashmir. The topography changes totally even though it is only 6 hours north of Srinagar. You will notice it in the trees especially. The trees are different, and so are the way they are laid out in the valley. The Razdan pass you cross to get to Gurez pushes you to a very different landscape. Just like how it is when you cross the Rohtang Pass in Manali. In fact, our trek in Gurez reminds us more of our treks in Kyrgyzstan and Georgia than they do of our treks in Kashmir -- so different is the landscape. We feel we are in a different locale even though we are in Kashmir.

The Gurez valley trek has astoundingly different forests, grasslands and two lovely lakes (and one we camp beside). The scenery is spectacularly unusual.

Trek Info

Trail Type : It starts and ends in Dawar

Rail Head : Jammu is the nearest railhead to the base camp

Airport :Srinagar Airport

Base Camp :Dawar

Best Season :July, August, September

Service From :Srinagar to Srinagar

Meals :Veg

Stay :Camping

Region :Kashmir

Duration :6 DAYS

Grade :Moderate

Maximum Altitude :13188 Ft

Approx Trekking KM :40 Km

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Itinerary

(Jammu & Kashmir To Jammu & Kashmir)
1
Day :1 Srinagar to Dawar by Road
    Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: Lunch, Dinner Trek Distance: 140 km, Time Taken: approx. 6 hrs. Altitude: Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meter.), Dawar (7860 ft / 2396 meters.) Altitude gain: 2660 ft / 811 meters. Trek Grade: By Road Before starting the trek, you will drive from Srinagar to Dawar, Dawar, the trekking start point. While going, you will see pine forests, quaint valleys, meadows, and the tribe of shepherds. You will also pass various panoramas of lakes like Dal Lake, Wular Lake, and Manasbal Lake. The trail will then go through Razdan Pass; after passing the pass, you will finally reach Dawar.
2
Day :2 Dawar to Dison by Trek via Gurez Valley
    Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Trek Distance: 5 km, Time Taken: approx. 5 hrs. Altitude: Dawar (7860 ft / 2396 meter.), Gurez Valley (11,540 ft / 3517 meters.), Dison (10,330 ft / 3149 meters.) Altitude gain: Dawar to Gurez Valley (3680 ft / 1121 meter.), Gurez Valley to Dison (1210 ft / 368 meters.) Trek Grade: Gradual – Moderate As we begin the trek today, a nutritious breakfast will be provided. The trek today will gradually increase in height. You will start the trek on the trail surrounded by meadows and then enter the pine forest, which is relatively dense. After crossing the zig-zag climb of the pine forest, you will reach Gurez Valley. The viewpoint from there is just 15 minutes away from where you will catch sight of Habba Khatoon Mountain and various villages on the LOC dividing India and Pakistan. After witnessing the beauty, you will descend and pass through shepherds’ huts, after which lies the camping site, Dison.
3
Day :3 Dison to Khaari by Trek
    Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Trek Distance: 8 km, Time Taken: approx. 6 hrs. Altitude: Dison (10,330 ft / 3149 mtr.), Khaari (11,299 ft / 3444 mtr.) Altitude gain: 969 ft / 295 meters. Trek Grade: Gradual – Moderate Having a hot cup of tea and watching the sun’s magic turn the green mountains into the glow of gold is the best sight to start the day. Once you have begun your trek from Dison, you will descend toward Dawar. From Dawar, you will then walk till you see shepherds’ huts. After the shepherd’s huts army camp will be visible. You will walk to the army camp. From there, the trek leads to Patalwansar Pass. Finally, you will reach Khaari, surrounded by small boulders.
4
Day :4 Khaari to Patalwansar Lake I via Patalwansar Lake II by Trek
    Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Trek Distance: 8 km, Time Taken: approx. 6 hrs. Altitude: Khaari (11,299 ft / 3444 meters.), Patalwansar Lake I (12,640 ft / 3853 meters.), Patalwansar Lake II (12,780 ft / 3895 meters.) Altitude gain: Khaari to Patalwansar Lake I (1341 ft / 409 meters.), Patalwansar Lake I to Patalwansar Lake II (140 ft / 42 meters.) Trek Grade: Moderate – Difficult With a warm breakfast in your stomach, you can now start the little arduous trek today. The trail will begin with massive boulders. You have to walk on them to cross. After crossing the boulders, you will reach a point in the mountain from where one trail leads to Patalwansar I and another to Patalwansar II. You will first go towards the Patalwansar I trail from there, and then you will proceed to the viewpoint; after you have reached the perspective and seen the lake, you will then move on the trail towards Patalwansar II, which is at an ascend. After taking in the scenic view of Patalwansar II, you will descend to Patalwansar I, where you will be camping for the night.
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Day :5 Patalwansar Lake I to Dison by Trek
    Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Trek Distance: 12 km, Time Taken: approx. 7 hrs. Altitude: Patalwansar Lake I (12,640 ft / 3853 meters.), Dison (10,330 ft / 3149 meters.) Altitude difference: 2310 ft / 704 meters. Trek Grade: Gradual – Moderate Today’s trek will be long, as you will be walking a distance of almost 12 km. The trek will begin from Patalwansar and pass through the boulders surrounding Khaari. From Khaari, you will pass through grassland until you reach the Dison campsite.
6
Day :6 Dison to Dawar Trek and Dawar to Srinagar by Road
    Stay: no stay Meal: Breakfast, Lunch Trek Distance: By Trek – 3 hrs and by road 6 hrs, Time Taken: By Trek – approx. 5 km and by road – 141 km Altitude: Dison (10,330 ft / 3149 meters.), Dawar (7860 ft / 2396 meter.), Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meters.) Altitude difference: Dison to Dawar (2470 ft / 753 meters.), Dawar to Srinagar (2660 ft / 811 meters.) Trek Grade: Moderate – Difference Today you will be trekking to the last campsite, which will be more complicated than other trails. You will climb down the trail and pass through boulders and pine trees. As you cross the pine trees, you will start seeing Dawar campsite. Upon reaching Dawar, you will be driven to Srinagar. In Srinagar, our trek leader will bid you farewell, and from there, you will be on your own and decide where you want to travel.

Inclusions

Stay: 5 Nights of tented accommodation at respective campsites on sharing basis.

Meals: Veg

Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.

Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black form mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.

Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.

Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee

Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.

Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules to carry all trek equipment, ration, and vegetables.

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Exclusions

GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
Any insurance
Any Meals/accommodation besides the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
Transportation
Personal Medical expenses, do carry your medication.
Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
Any still / video camera fee
Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot.
Mules or porter charges to carry personal baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
Any emergency evacuation charges
Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section

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What to carry

Shoes and backpack

  • Trekking shoes with ankle support
  • Backpack with rain cover

Warm Layers and Clothes

  • Warm layers (PaddedJacket)
    - 3 layers if you're trekking in spring, summer and monsoon (1 woollen sweater, 1 fleece, 1 padded jacket)
    - 4 layers if you're trekking in autumn (1 woollen sweater, 2 fleece, 1 padded jacket)
    - 5 layers if you're trekking in winter (1 pair of thermals, 1 woollen sweater, 2 fleece, 1 padded jacket)
  • 3 Collared T-shirts (Wear one, carry two)
  • 2 quick-dry trek pants (Wear one, carry one)

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cap with flaps
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Balaclava
  • Woollen socks (3 pairs)
  • Headlamp
  • Trekking pole
  • Rain jacket + pants / poncho

Toiletries:

  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturiser
  • Light towel
  • Lip balm or vaseline
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Reusable plastic covers (for used clothes)
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How to reach

By Air:- Most air carriers such as Indian Airlines (www. Indian airlines.nic.in) Jet Airways (www.jetairways.com ) have regular flights to Srinagar. Getting to Srinagar by flight from New Delhi is considered the most conceivable.

By Train:- Jammu may be the closest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is nicely attached to other main towns in India by rail. Direct Rails are available from Delhi, Trivandrum, Bangalore and also Chennai.

By Bus:-Srinagar is connected through the National Highway 1A to all over the country. J & K transportation has regular comfy buses from Jammu. The Journey captures approximately ten hrs to arrive at Srinagar.

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FAQs

Ques: 1 Where does the Gurez Valley Trek start from and how to reach?

Ans: 1 The Gurez Valley Trek or the Patalwan Lakes Trek starts from Dawar town. Dawar is small town is located in the Gurez Tehsil of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir. It is about 140 Kms from Srinagar city and takes about 5-6 hours to reach by road. We will arrange a comfortable car pick up for you from a designated point in Srinagar, which will directly transfer you to the base camp of the trek. At the end of the trek, we will again arrange transport to drop you back to Srinagar.

Ques: 2 What is the nearest road head for the Gurez Valley Trek?

Ans: 2 The nearest motorable town for the Gurez Valley Trek is Dawar village.

Ques: 3 Is the Gurez Trek safe?

Ans: 3 The Gurez Valley Trek starts from and ends at Dawar, which is the headquarters of the region. It is perfectly safe and secure especially with the presence of a huge Army brigade in the town and multiple army camps and posts all around the valley. The Army is on very good terms with the local population, always providing much-needed assistance with medical and other emergencies, especially in the harsh winter months. As the region opens up now after being off-limits for many years, the hospitable and friendly locals are welcoming more and more trekkers and visitors every year. This not only has boosted the local economy, providing a good source of employment to local homestays, guides, porters and other service provides but has also offered adventure enthusiasts a chance to experience an unexplored wonderland.

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Cancellation policy

Life is unpredictable and we understand sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavour to make it as easy possible for you. However, please understand we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of programme. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below-

Cancellation prior to 30 days from start of the event: Get monetary refund with 15% of cancellation charges on trek fee.

Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of event: 50% on trek fee is non refundable and the remaining 50 % will be given as cash voucher which is valid for 1 year.

Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of event: No refund.

Please note cancellation will be only accepted by email.

Note: The Himalayan Daredevils reserves the right to cancel a programme before departure in the event of logistical problems arriving due to natural calamities, strikes, wars on any other circumstances that makes the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.

Itinerary changes & trip delays:

We plan itineraries based on the information at the time of planning and in rare circumstances, there are subject to change. In the event that the itinerary is changes or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, landslides etc. We will always aim to give you the best experience possible. However The Himalayan Daredevils are not be held responsible for the cost of delay or changes.

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