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Kashmir Great Lakes

Jammu & Kashmir,Jammu & Kashmir
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Overview

Most Beautiful Himalayan Trek to Experience!
The Great Lakes Trek commercially known as Sonamarg-Vishansar-Naranag Trek is an alpine Himalayan high-altitude trek in Kashmir Valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. We trek through many high-altitude alpine lakes situated at the foothills of different snow-clad mountains.
The most famous lakes are Vishansar and Gangabal Lakes, in this trek we cross streams, plenty of colorful alpine meadows, and ascend three mountain passes with an average altitude of 4000m above sea level. The highest mountain peak of the trek which dominates the second part of the trek is Mount Haramukh standing at 5300 meters above sea level.

Trek Info

Trail Type : Cross over trail | Start in one valley, traverse the pass, and ends in another valley.

Rail Head : Jammu Railway Station

Airport :Srinagar Airport

Base Camp :Sonmarg (90 Kms drive from Srinagar,approx. 3 hours)

Best Season :July | August | September |

Service From :Sonmarg to Naranag

Meals :Veg

Stay :Camping

Region :Jammu and Kashmir

Duration :7 Days

Grade :Moderate

Maximum Altitude :13650 Ft

Approx Trekking KM :74 Km

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Itinerary

(Jammu & Kashmir To Jammu & Kashmir)
1
Day :1 Getting to base camp –Srinagar to Sonmarg (3 Hours Drive)
    Drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg, which is the starting point of the trek. The drive takes you through picturesque countryside and small villages. On arrival, we will be staying in our campsite
2
Day :2 Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur (3 to 4 Hours Trek)
    After breakfast, start the trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai, which is the first campsite on the trek. The trail initially goes through a dense forest of maple and pine trees before emerging into the open meadows of Shekdur. From there, it's a steep climb to the Nichnai Pass (13,000 ft) from where you'll get stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Descend to the campsite at Nichnai.
3
Day :3 Trek from Nachani 11,838 to Vishnusar 12,011 ft (12km, 7hr)
    Today's trek takes you through the beautiful Vishansar Valley. The trail goes past several streams and waterfalls before reaching the Vishansar Lake, which is a high-altitude alpine lake. Set up camp near the lake and spend the evening exploring the surroundings.
4
Day :4 Trek from Vishnusar 12,011 ft to Gadsar via Gadsar pass 13,850 ft (13km, 8hr)
    Trek from Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake, which is another high-altitude lake surrounded by mountains. The trail goes over the Gadsar Pass (13,800 ft), which is a steep climb. From the pass, you'll get panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Descend to the campsite near Gadsar Lake.
5
Day :5 Trek from Gadsar 12,011 ft to Satsar 12,100 ft (8km, 4hr)
    Today's trek takes you through some of the most beautiful sections of the trek. You'll pass through meadows of wildflowers, cross several streams and walk through dense forests. The trail goes over the Satsar Pass (12,000 ft) from where you'll get stunning views of the Satsar Lakes. Set up camp near the lakes.
6
Day :6 Trek from Satsar 12,100 ft to Gangabal 11,651 ft (9km, 6hr)
    Trek from Satsar Lakes to Gangbal Lake, which is the largest and most beautiful lake on the trek. The trail goes over the Zajibal Pass (13,400 ft) and takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes of the trek. Set up camp near Gangbal Lake.
7
Day :7 Trek from Gangabal 11,500 ft to Naranag 7,450 ft and drive back to Srinagar (11km, 6hr)
    Today's trek takes you over the Trunkhol Pass (12,000 ft) and through some beautiful meadows before descending to the village of Naranag. From there, drive back to Srinagar.

Inclusions

All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tent/homestay
All meals during the trek vegetarian
Tent sleeping bags and all other camping gear
Safety equipment (medical kit oxygen cylinders oximeter etc.)
Cooks, Helpers, Guides, Porters, mules
Trekking permits and forest camping charges

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Exclusions

1. Any kind of personal expenses.

2. Food during the transit.

3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

4. GST– Tax on trek fee (5% )

5. Transportation ( Srinagar to Srinagar)

4. Insurance.

5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

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What to carry

  1. Trekking shoes: A good pair of trekking shoes is essential for a comfortable and safe trek. Look for shoes that are sturdy, provide good ankle support, and have a good grip on different types of terrain.
  2. Backpack with rain cover (50-60 ltr): A backpack is necessary to carry all your gear. Make sure it's the right size for your trek, and comes with a rain cover to keep your belongings dry in case of rain.
  3. Thermals (upper and lower): Thermals are lightweight and comfortable base layers that help regulate your body temperature in cold weather. Bring both upper and lower thermals to keep warm.
  4. 3 T-shirts (advisable quick dry): Choose quick-drying T-shirts made from breathable and moisture-wicking materials. This will help keep you cool and dry during your trek.
  5. 2 trek pants: Choose lightweight and comfortable trek pants that are easy to move in and can dry quickly if wet.
  6. Jacket (-10 degrees): A warm jacket is essential for cold weather. Choose a jacket that is waterproof and windproof, and provides good insulation.
  7. Fleece or hood (2): Fleece jackets or hoodies are great mid-layer options to keep warm. Bring at least two, as they can also be used as an extra layer at night.
  8. Sunglasses (UV protected): Protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays with sunglasses that are designed for outdoor activities.
  9. Sun cap: A sun cap or hat with a brim will protect your face and neck from the sun.
  10. Hand gloves: Bring a pair of lightweight gloves to keep your hands warm and protected from wind and sunburn.
  11. Woolen cap: A woolen cap will keep your head and ears warm at night or in cold weather.
  12. Socks (3 pairs min): Bring at least three pairs of good quality socks that are moisture-wicking and provide good cushioning and support for your feet.
  13. Headlamp: A headlamp will come in handy if you're hiking in low-light conditions or need to find your way in the dark.
  14. Trekking pole (if needed): Trekking poles can help reduce strain on your legs and provide additional support on steep terrain.
  15. Rain cover\poncho: A rain cover or poncho will keep you and your gear dry during unexpected rain showers.
  16. Day pack (if you plan to offload your bag): If you plan to offload your backpack during the trek, bring a smaller day pack to carry essentials like water, snacks, and a first aid kit.
  17. A toiletry kit: Bring a small kit with personal hygiene items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
  18. Lunchbox, cup, spoon: If you plan to bring your own food, bring a lunchbox, cup, and spoon to carry and eat your meals.
  19. 2 one-liter bottles: Staying hydrated is crucial, so bring at least two one-liter bottles to carry water.
  20. 2-3 plastic covers to keep your wet or used clothes: Plastic bags are useful for keeping wet or dirty clothes separate from the rest of your belongings. They can also be used to pack out any trash or waste you generate during the trek.
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How to reach

By air: The nearest airport to is the Srinagar International Airport, which is well-connected to major cities in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai.

By train: The nearest major railway station to Srinagar is in Jammu, which is about 300 km away. From Jammu, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Srinagar.

By road: Srinagar is well-connected to major cities in Jammu and Kashmir by road. You can take a taxi or bus from Jammu,

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FAQs

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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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