The Nafran Valley Trek will take you on a memorable tour of Kashmir's beautiful Nafran Valley. This trek is a gateway to experiencing the pristine beauty of the alpine lakes of Kashmir and much more. Nestled amidst the breathtaking Himalayan landscape, Nafran Valley is a hidden gem waiting to be explored by adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike.
A 7-day adventure packed with breathtaking sights and activities is what the Nafran Valley Trek, also known as the Nafran Valley Trek Kashmir, offers. Located in the captivating region of Kashmir, the trek starts from the TRC Srinagar and takes you through a 40-kilometer route of natural wonders. The moderate to difficult difficulty level ensures that you are both challenged and rewarded at every step.
The trek begins at the base camp in Aru, where you'll find yourself surrounded by picturesque landscapes and lush greenery. As you venture further into the valley, the journey is accompanied by the majestic Kolahoi Glacier, which breathes life into the meadows with its pristine waters. From July to September, the valley comes alive with vibrant colors as the meadows bloom with a kaleidoscope of red, blue, violet, purple, white, yellow, and more.
Some of Kashmir's most beautiful grasslands can be seen in Nafran Valley; they resemble a glossy green carpet that stretches as far as the eye can reach. The shepherd soldiers, who temporarily occupy the valley to tend to their cattle, graze their animals on these rich meadows. Living in mud houses alongside gushing river streams, these shepherds offer a glimpse into their rustic lifestyle, deeply connected with the rhythm of nature.
The highlight of the Nafran Valley Trek is the opportunity to camp amidst the vast meadows, an experience unlike any other. The soothing meadows provide a serene atmosphere to unwind and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. In the evenings, the sparkling stars are reflected in the pristine Harbhagwan Lake and Harnag Lake, providing an amazing sight for astrophotography aficionados.
The trek also provides a chance to savor the authentic Kashmiri cuisine prepared by the locals. Delicacies like Kashmiri Haak, a local green leafy vegetable, and Kashmiri Pickle tantalize your taste buds with their unique flavors.
As you walk the trails of Nafran Valley, you'll be captivated by the untouched beauty of the landscape. The trek's terrain allows for swift progress, ensuring that you reach the turquoise-blue alpine lake, akin to the Kashmir Great Lakes, with ease. The experience is made more grand by being next to the Kolahoi Glacier, which is similar to the well-known Gaumukh Glacier.
Trail Type : One way trail. The trek starts and ends at Aru
Rail Head : Jammu is the nearest rail head to the base camp
Airport :Srinagar Airport
Base Camp :Aru
Best Season :Monsoon Trek ( July - August)
Service From :Aru to Aru
Meals :Meals while on trek ( Veg and Egg)
Stay :Homestay/ Camping
Region :Jammu and Kashmir
Duration :7 days
Grade : Moderate to Difficult
Maximum Altitude :13800 Ft
Approx Trekking KM :40 Km
Day :1 Day 1 : Drive From Srinagar To Aru
Day :2 Day 2 : Trek From Aru To Gagad Pathri
Day :3 Day 3 : Trek From Gagad Pathri To Nafran Valley
Day :4 Day 4 : Acclimatization Day At Nafran Valley | Visit Harnag Lake Via Harnag Pass
Day :5 Day 5 : Trek From Nafran Valley To Aaram Pathri
Day :6 Day 6 : Trek From Aaram Pathri To Bhaj Margi
Day :7 Day 7 : Trek From Bhaj Margi To Aru And Drive Back To Srinagar
1. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg).
2. All necessary entry fees and permits.
3. Accommodation: - Guest house, Home stay, 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 & dinning 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 the transit.
3. Mules or porter 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/setphone - is 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
Q: 1 What is the best time to do Nafran Valley Trek?
A: 1 Nafran Valley Trek is a pure summer trek. The trek is inaccessible and not doable during winter, spring or autumn. Owing to its high altitude, the entire trail of Nafran Valley Trek remains under the snow throughout the winter. In Spring, the snow doesn’t melt fully on its trail Towards the start of summers like in May and June, the passes of the trek are still covered in snow which makes the ponies cross them difficult and quite dangerous. The autumn makes this trek difficult because of the drop in temperature which the ponies can’t bear at high altitude, also by the time autumn fully arrives, the grass in the grasslands of Nafran Valley dies down which is the main source of food for the ponies. Hence Nafran Valley is not doable in Winter, Spring, and Autumn. The best months to do this trek are July, August, and September.
Q: 2 How difficult is Nafran Valley Trek
A: 2 Nafran Valley Trek is a moderate to difficult trek. To embark on this trek, you need to have a fair level of fitness. The trek has some steep ascents. It has boulder and rocky sections which one has to maneuver. The toughest ascent is on the day one goes over the famous Harnag Pass which is full of large boulders and gets slippery with the water that runs down over it. For a beginner, this trek will require some pre-trek fitness preparations. Beginners should hit the gym, try cardio and stretching along with moderate to tough squat exercises. The trek will put a strain on our knees and ankles. The main reason for the trek being moderate to difficult is that it gains altitude with a short distance that makes it steeper.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Himalayan Daredevils must be notified of the same in writing at email@example.com 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 trek fee
100% cash voucher for any trip till one year
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
30% deduction of trek fee
100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
85% cash voucher for any trip till one year
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch 50% deduction of trek fee
80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
70% cash voucher for any trip till one year
Cancellation less than 9 days to 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 till one year
10% cash voucher for any trip till 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 cancelled or called off on behalf of Himalayan Daredevils.
In the rare event that Himalayan Daredevils shifts 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 holds 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 of Himalayan Daredevils
The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Himalayan Daredevils in India
To avail the voucher please use your register 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 rights 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 HDD or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. HDD reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.