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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Jammu & Kashmir,Jammu & Kashmir
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Discover the Beauty 0f Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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.

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Trek Info

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)

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, check into the camp and spend the rest of the day exploring the town.
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 Nichnai to Vishnusar Lake (6 to 7 Hours Trek)
    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 to Gadsar Via Kishansar lake & Gadsar Pass (6 to 7 Hours Trek)
    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 to Satsar (5 to 6 Hours Trek)
    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 to Gangabal twin lakes (6 to 7 Hours Trek)
    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 to Naranag, Drive to Srinagar (6 to 7 Hours Trek)
    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

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.

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Exclusions

1. Any kind of personal expenses.

2. Food during transit.

3. Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.

4. Insurance.

5. Transport

6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

7. 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: 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

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.

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FAQs

Ques: 1 What is the best time to go for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

Ans: 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.

Ques: 2 What is the temperature at Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

Ans: 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.

Ques: 3 There are many other operators conducting this trek. How is your trek different from them and why should I choose you?

Ans: 3 Good question. With rise in its popularity, there are many operators nowadays who organise the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. At Himalayan Daredevils, we believe an extraordinary trek like the Kashmir Great Lakes should be as comfortable as it is unforgettable. It should be trekked in style with the best arrangements possible in such harsh mountainous terrain. With top-of-the-line camping setup, expert guides, delicious quality food, all important safety equipment and personalized attention to detail, we ensure you not only accomplish a lifetime adventure but also do so in style, with a superior level of comfort. Our certified mountain leaders plus our highly experienced local guides will hand-hold & guide you through the pristine meadows, wildflower-laden paths and breathtaking alpine vistas, while ensuring your safety and comfort at every turn. Join us to discover the magic of remote and unseen Kashmir and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Ques: 4 How difficult is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek? Is it suitable for Beginners?

Ans: 4 The Great Lakes of Kashmir trail is considered a moderately challenging route. The multi-day camping trek involves covering a distance of about 70 Kms in 7 days (including one rest/buffer day), with an average trek duration of 6-7 hours daily. With 3 high-altitude Pass crossings, there is considerable altitude gain as well and requires proper acclimatization to be factored in the itinerary. The highest altitude reached on the route is 13750 ft above mean sea level. The fairly long route coupled with average daily trek duration along with the altitude factor makes the KGL trek an adventure that should not be taken lightly or casually. It is ideal for hikers with prior trekking and camping experience but is also suitable even for the beginners or people who are just starting to trek, provided they have good physical fitness and have prepared well before the trek departure.

Ques: 5 Is there phone network and internet connectivity on the trek?

Ans: 5 As we start the trek and move deeper on the trail, no phone network or internet connectivity will be available. The trek takes you through some of the remote and isolated regions of Kashmir, where the signal coverage can be sporadic or mostly non-existent. It’s important to be prepared for the possibility of no phone network or internet connectivity during all sections of the trek. Therefore it’s advisable to inform your family and friends back home about the potential communication limitations during the trek days. While you may encounter limited or no phone network and internet connectivity during the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, the experience provides you an excellent opportunity to disconnect from technology and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Ques: 6 What Documents to carry for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

Ans: 6 There are a few important and mandatory documents and forms to fill in and bring in order to process your trekking permissions: Original Govt. ID proof along with 3 Photocopies (Aadhaar/Passport/Driver’s License) Health Certificate/Medical Form attested by a doctor (We will share the format with you) Signed Copy of our Waiver Document (We will share the format with you) Trek Insurance document These documents willl be required to process your mandatory trek permits. Documents submission and processing is a simple process. We will explain all the details to you on our Pre-Trip Call with all participants.

Ques: 7 Is it necessary to hire a guide on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek or can I do the trek independently?

Ans: 7 It is not recommended to trek independently without an experienced guide. The high-altitude trail passes through very remote and isolated mountain valleys and is dotted with multiple Army checkposts. An experienced guide who is knowledgeable on navigating the region, aware of proper safety support, weather conditions as well as altitude sickness remedies is a must on this challenging route.

Ques: 8 Is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek safe?

Ans: 8 The Great Lakes of Kashmir is a gorgeous alpine trail that many people would like to experience. But one of the first questions that comes to their minds is that, is the Kashmir Great Lakes trek safe. Kashmir has indeed been a disturbed region for quite some time and disturbances, unrest and curfews have been common in the past. These have come down significantly and whenever nowadays a situation builds up, it is invariably far away from touristy places in distant towns and villages. The kashmir Great Lakes trail starts from the famous Sonamarg area and goes deep into the remote mountains. The local economy and the residents there are heavily dependent on tourism and trekking and in their own interest always ensure complete safety for all travellers. The security is also heightened during the Amarnath Yatra times which coincide with KGL trek season. It is also important to note that the great lakes trail has multiple army camps and posts along the way. The alert army men do continuous and strict patrolling every day ensuring a safe passage for all trekkers every year. Thousands of trekkers have traversed this route so far and there has not been a single incident on this trail. The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is therefore completely safe and must be experienced by all nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts.

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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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