The ethereal beauty of Kashmir Ghati has earned it comparisons to heaven, with its exotic landscapes and serene allure captivating the hearts of all who visit. The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, a captivating journey through stunning alpine meadows, high-altitude lakes, and spectacular mountain passes, is unquestionably the diamond in its many riches. This trek, offering a series of eight alpine lakes, stands tall at an altitude of 13,850 feet, making it one of India's most cherished and picturesque hiking routes.
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a popular choice for adventurers seeking an unparalleled experience in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It offers an amazing tour through the beauties of the Himalayas with its magnificent panoramas of unspoiled nature. When they travel through the alluring landscapes and take in the grandeur of places like Tarsar Lake, Gangabal Lake, and Nundkol Lake, among others, nature enthusiasts will be enchanted. Trekkers are moved by the unearthly atmosphere created by these azure jewels amidst the towering hills.
Each step of the trip provides a beautiful backdrop as the route meanders through lush alpine meadows dotted with many pine and maple trees. Crossing the Nichnai Pass and the Gadsar Pass provides an opportunity for trekkers to witness the panoramic majesty of the Himalayan range, with 70-degree views that leave one breathless.
The best time to embark on this journey of a lifetime is from July to September, when the weather is pleasant, and the conditions are favorable. However, it is essential to stay informed about weather updates due to the region's occasional landslides and flash floods. Taking the necessary precautions ensures a safe and memorable experience.
Our Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Package offers an itinerary filled with daily adventures, each more perfect than the last. From exploring lavish meadows to gazing upon aqua-green alpine lakes, the journey is a symphony of wonders waiting to be uncovered. Vishansar and Kishansar Lakes stand out as twin marvels reflecting the snowy peaks, while Tarsar Lake captivates with its pristine waters embraced by lush green meadows.
The trek culminates in the charming hill station of Sonamarg, where nature's grandeur welcomes weary trekkers with open arms. This magical adventure comes to a fitting finish in the picturesque Sonamarg landscapes, which are famous for their skiing and trekking experiences.
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is an experience of a lifetime, an odyssey through nature's untouched splendor. Travelers are left with memories that will always have a special place in their hearts since it perfectly captures the spirit of heaven on earth.
Trail Type : : A cross over trail through passes. The trek starts at Sonmarg and ends at Naranag
Rail Head : Jammu is the nearest rail head to the base camp
Airport :Srinagar Airport
Base Camp :Sonmarg (90 Kms drive from Srinagar,approx. 3 hours)
Best Season :July, August and September
Service From :Sonmarg to Naranag
Meals :Meals while on trek( Veg, Egg)
Region :Jammu and Kashmir
Duration :8 Days
Maximum Altitude :13650 ft
Approx Trekking KM :74 Km
Day :1 Getting to base camp – Srinagar to Sonmarg (3 Hours Drive)
Day :2 Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur (3 to 4 Hours Trek)
Day :3 Trek from Nichnai to Vishnusar Lake (6 to 7 Hours Trek)
Day :4 Trek from Vishnusar to Gadsar Via Kishansar lake & Gadsar Pass (6 to 7 Hours Trek)
Day :5 Trek from Gadsar to Satsar (5 to 6 Hours Trek)
Day :6 Trek from Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes (6 to 7 Hours Trek)
Day :7 Trek from Gangabal to Naranag, Drive to Srinagar (6 to 7 Hours Trek)
Day :8 Buffer day
1. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg).
2. All necessary entry fees and permits.
3. Accommodation :- Guest house, Homestay, camping during Trek.
4. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook, and Support staff.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher, and oxygen cylinder.
6. Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent , kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils, and crampon (if required)
7. Staff Insurance.
8. Porters/mules to carry central equipment.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during transit.
3. Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
7. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things)
1- Satellite phone/set phone - a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth’s surface
2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) - is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.
3- AtUS (Automated Externa Detiorilators - are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpected
The Great Lakes trek in Kashmir begins from the town of Sonamarg, which is located about 80 km from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Here's how you can reach the basecamp of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek:
By air: The nearest airport to Sonamarg is the Srinagar International Airport, which is well-connected to major cities in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Sonamarg.
By train: The nearest major railway station to Sonamarg is in Jammu, which is about 300 km away. From Jammu, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Sonamarg.
By road: Sonamarg is well-connected to major cities in Jammu and Kashmir by road. You can take a taxi or bus from Srinagar, which is about 80 km away, or from Jammu, which is about 300 km away.
Q: 1 What is the best time to go for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?
A: 1 The best time to enroute a trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes is between the months of July to September. This is the time climatic conditions here are moderate and you can explore the best of natural surroundings without any hassles like a severe cold or scorching sun.
Q: 2 What is the temperature at Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?
A: 2 You will experience a vast difference in day and night temperatures during Kashmir Great Lake Trek. The temperatures range from 17-20 degrees Celsius during daytime, which drops to 3-5 degrees Celsius in the night. So carry enough pair of warm clothes and good quality trekking boots so that you do not face any difficulty in acclimatization.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Himalayan Daredevils must be notified of the same in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
5% deduction of the trek fee
100% cash voucher for any trip for one year
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days before the start of the Trip
30% deduction of the trek fee
100% cash voucher for the same trip for one year
85% cash voucher for any trip for one year
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days before the start of the Trip
Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch 50% deduction of the trek fee
80% cash voucher for the same trip for one year
70% cash voucher for any trip for one year
Cancellation less than 9 days before the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
No cash refund
20% cash voucher for the same trip for one year
10% cash voucher for any trip for one year
If by a rare consequence Himalayan Daredevils calls off/cancels a trek:
At Himalayan Daredevils, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, Himalayan Daredevils will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee.
The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us
The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is canceled or called off on behalf of Himalayan Daredevils.
In the rare event that Himalayan Daredevils shift a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favorable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by Himalayan Daredevils. We hold the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers
Cash Voucher Terms:
This is a non-transferable voucher
The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer from Himalayan Daredevils
The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Himalayan Daredevils in India
To avail of the voucher please use your registered phone number or e-mail id
All the other Terms of booking a trek with Himalayan Daredevils are applicable to the voucher
Himalayan Daredevils holds right to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. 'Himalayan Daredevils" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people, or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which HD or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. HD reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.