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KASHMIR GREAT LAKES TREK

8 D | 7 N

 

Overview

Region :- Kashmir

Duration :- 8 Days
Grade :- Moderate To Difficult
Max Altitude :- 13,750 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 72 Kms.


The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is in no need of an introductory treatise. It presents the proem in itself. You can draw a preface of it by just hearing its name. Kashmir is a wonderful place and if you are on a himalayan trek you are bound to taste the natural beauty and adventure. The trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers a lifetime experience of vintage memories that are so wonderfully tiring. The thundering silence of the Kashmir lakes and its virgin beauty is spell bound. Apart from the lakes, even the barren milky snow clad mountains stand out in might and proud.

The location of this trek, as obvious, is Kashmir, also known as the paradise of the earth. The trek duration calculates around 7-9 days and this trek is often graded as moderate in regards to the trekking challenges. The elevation circles around 13000 feet and the distance paths approximately 63 kms. On such a fulfilling trek you will learn so much learn about yourself- in a trifecta – physically, mentally and emotionally. For a trekker, nothing can replace and prepare him for those paramount and conflicting emotions that whether his body will take so much of strain and whether he will make it or not. But the joy on reaching the destination is obvious. This trek will always be happy and a cherishing trek for the trekkers that comes in handy with a few preparations.


ITINERARY

Day 1:-Srinagar-sonamarg (3 hrs drive)

 

On arrival at Srinagar airport or bus station , our car will receive you and transfer you to Sonmarg “the meadow of gold” along picturesque Sind River. After reaching you will be transferred to your hotel where you will spend your 1st night.Remember to carry your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies as we have to submit them at the army check post.


Day 2: – Sonamarg – Nichnai (5 hrs trek).


After breakfast at your hotel our trek will start at Shitksri we pack our load on horses and start our trek. Our trail a slightly steep passes through the meadows and enters a pine/ birch forest at Shokdari before the vast and long Nichnai meadow which is our camping ground for an overnight stay.


Day 3: – Nichnai – Vishnasar – Krishansar Lake (6 hrs trek).


We leave Nichnai meadow and immediately start ascending one of the three passes of the trek the Nichnai Pass (4000m). We ascend it through long grazing pastures sheep. After crossing the pass we enter into the Vishansar Valley “the valley medicinal plants”, we descend gradually through the alpine flower valley and camp at Vishansar Lake for an overnight stay.


Day 4: – Krishansar – Gadsar (6 hrs trek).


After discovering Vishansar Lake we head towards its sibling the Krishansar Lake which lies just over a ridge. We take its eastern shore to ascend the second pass of the trek the Gadsar Pass (4050m). On the top of the pass we have the aerial view of the whole Vishansar valley among it are situated the twin lakes of Vishansar and Krishansar “the source of Neelam River”. We descend through Gadsar valley and lakes and camp at Kustoor Kout for an overnight stay.


Day 5: – Gadsar – Satsar Lakes – Megandoab (5 hrs trek).


We ascend Kostur Kout leaving Gadsar valley and enter the meadow of Rasbal. It’s the Rasbal where a flowing river disappears underground. We continue our trek through seven small lakes of Satsar and camp at Megandoab at the foothills of the third pass of Zajibal for an overnight stay.


Day 6: – Satsar – Gangabal lake (6 hrs trek).


We ascend the last and the highest pass of our trek ‘Zajibal Pass (4180m)’. We forget all our tiredness when reaching atop because of the views, scenery it provides. We see Mount Haramukh (5300m) just standing at our face and at its footsteps lie the twin beautiful alpine lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol. We descend it to reach Gangabal Lake for an overnight stay.


Day 7: – Gangabal – Naranag. (6 hrs trek)


We leave Gangabal and Nundkol Lakes and trek through the meadows of Trunkol and descend to Naranag village through the pine forest of Bodpathri. Here ends our walking. We take our car and drive back to Srinagar houseboat for an overnight stay.


Day 8: – Departure day. Our representative will drop you at airport or bus station. 


* Please note that prepaid sim cards do not work in Kashmir.
* Don't forget your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies.
The stay at Srinagar on the last day is not included in the trek fee.

 

PACKAGE COST.

          Rs 21,000 ( per person )

 

 

Inclusions :-


1. Accommodation. (Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
3. Trek equipments like Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
4. Trekking Permits
5. First aid medical kits.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.

7.  Transport from Srinagar to Sonamarg and Naranag to Srinagar.


TREK ESSENTIALS:

 

Basics Gear

 

Back pack & rain cover

(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps

Day pack + rain cover

20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)

Walking stick

Advisable (At least one)

Head torch

1 Nos.

Water bottle/Hydration pack

2 bottles of one litre each


People who use hydration pack


1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter


Carry at least one thermos flask

Snacks

Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors

Personal Medical Kit

Consult your doctor


Be comfy at the trek


T-shirts

2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)

Fleece T-shirts

1 Nos.

Fleece jacket

1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)

Down feather / Hollofil jacket

1 Nos.

Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)

1 Pair

Thermal inners (upper and lower)

1 Pair

Trek pants

2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)

Poncho

1 Nos.

Personal Utilities


Sunscreen cream

Hand sanitizer

Moisturiser

Antibacterial powder

Toilet Paper & wipes

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Lip balm

Quick dry towel

Think about your head


Sun cap

1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)

Woolen cap

1 Nos.

Balaclava

1 Nos.

Neck-gaiters

1 Nos.

Sunglasses

Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.


People who wear spectacles-


(A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)


(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.

Mind your step


Trekking shoes

1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)

Floaters/flip-flops

1 Pair (Optional)

Cotton socks

5 pairs

Woollen socks

3 pairs

Gaiters

1 Pair (GO GULMARG ADVENTURES)


Keep these handy


Waterproof gloves

1 Pair

Fleece/woollen gloves

1 Pair

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