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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek


Tour Code : ADV/NAT - TTC Kashmi

Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

Destination Covered : Srinagar,Sonamarg,Shekdur,Nichnai,Vishansar Lake,Vishansar Lake,Gadsar,Satsar,Gangabal Twin Lakes,Gangabal,Naranag

Price (Starting From) : INR 14500 Per Person

Special Offer : Departure Dates:
July 2018: 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29
August 2018: 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26
September 2018: 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30


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Tour Detail

Max Altitude: 13750 ft.
Approx Trekking Km: 63 kms
Best Time to go: April to October
Grade: ModerateDeparture Dates:
July 2018: 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29
August 2018: 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26
September 2018: 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30GST @ 5%
Any Surface transfer during the trek.
Any Meals During Transit.
Any expenses of personal nature.
All fees and permit for Non Indian Residence are excluded.
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
Cost Escalation due to "Force Majeure" and evacuation charges

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Srinagar | Srinagar to Sonamarg

On arrival in Srinagar via land or air, travel to the beautiful ski resort of Sonamarg. The drive takes about three hours, and gives you amazing views of the mountains.After reaching Sonamarg, check-in at the guest house and relax. In the evening, relish a traditional Kashmiri dinner, and follow it up with overnight stay.

Meals : Dinner

Day 2: Sonamarg – Shekdur – Nichnai

At about 8:00 AM, travel to a roadside dhaba, about 3 km from your lodging. Relish snacks and beverages as until the Kashmir Great Lakes trek ends, this is the only place to eat and drink. The road from here turns to the right and goes down to the bank of Nallah Sindh, which is a tributary of the Jhelum River.
The hike begins from here, and almost immediately you start gaining altitude. After about 10 minutes, you turn left and enter a lush green alpine meadow. The way to its top is a gentle climb, and you can conquer it in roughly 30 minutes. You will walk through pretty forests of pine and maple trees, and from the top, a panoramic view of the hill station of Sonamarg will enthral you.
After looking at the scenery, restart your excursion as now the track descends to the bank of a scenic brook. You will start climbing again, and this section will take you through dense jungles of maple. For the following 1.5 hours, the path will be adjacent to the forest, and you should keep on following it as the other trails divert to villages below. As you reach the top of the ridge, the trees disappear and you arrive in another beautiful meadow with gentle slopes. This is the end of the ascent for the day, and further ahead, you walk on flatter tracks. They are lined with rows of birch trees and cottages of shepherds.

Trek further, and as you reach Shekdur, look to the right and see snow-covered peaks. Enjoy a nice lunch here, and then recommence your expedition towards Nichnai. Following a walk of approximately an hour, you reach a valley, from where the trail follows the right bank of the brook and heads upstream. Your onward journey will be through a wide valley, surrounded by mountains. The initial section of this walk is on an uneven and rocky terrain. After an hour, you reach another meadow with gentle gradient of slopes. You will come to a point, from where three snow-covered peaks are visible, and on a low hill near it, lies your camp site for the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with snacks during trek

Day 3: Nichnai (11500 feet) to Vishansar Lake (12000 feet)

Wake up early in the morning, and begin a long phase of this Kashmir trek.From your camp site, you will see the Nichnai Pass, which you will need to cross. You hike for around 30 minutes, parallel to a stream, and then you cross it along its left flank. Following a walk of about roughly an hour along its left bank, the track will start rising steeply through alpine grasslands. The next hour will be taken up in climbing to the summit of the pass, and you will encounter a clear blue lake on the way. From the meadow, a ridge will be seen, which is not the pass. The trail will turn deeper into the mountains twice, following which you will reach the Nichnai Pass.

Post looking at the Sonamarg valley from here, you are in for another gruelling ascent. From the summit of Nichnai Pass, the track will descend sharply. It is uneven, and is filled with rocks, providing you an exciting challenge. Following a descent of around one hour, you will enter another mountainous grassland. A brook bursts out from this flower-covered green meadow, and forms a waterfall to your left. From here, the terrain becomes even and plain, allowing for a smooth tread. As you reach the end of the valley after roughly 30 minutes, you will see another beautiful stream.
Just about 100 feet above this point lies Vishansar Lake, beside which you will camp for the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with snacks during trek

Day 4: Acclimatisation

This day is reserved for you to acclimatise before heading upwards.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with snacks during trek

Day 5: Vishansar Lake (12000 feet) to Gadsar (12000 feet) via Krishansar Lake and Gadsar Pass (13750 feet)

In the morning, start the next section of your Kashmir trekking, and proceed towards Gadsar.
Hike first to Krishansar Lake, which is about half a kilometre away and roughly 500 feet higher from the camp site. You reach here after travelling for approximately 45 minutes, and you may stop to explore the area and click photos. As you continue hiking from the right bank of the lake, you will again gain altitude. Depending on your mountaineering expertise, there are a number of trails heading up, with varied gradients of ascent. The easiest way is to take the trail that heads up to a ridge, at the end of which is the Gadsar Pass.

Almost immediately, the track becomes narrow and leads up to the summit of the pass in about two hours. From here, you will get beautiful views of Vishansar and Krishansar Lakes. As there is no spot where camps can be set up, you will have your overnight stay at an Indian Army camp.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with snacks during trek

Day 6: Gadsar (12000 feet) to Satsar (12000 feet)

From the military camp, turn to the left and walk towards a mountain stream. Your next camp site at Satsar is around 10 km away, and it lies at a rough altitude of 12000 feet. After crossing a gushing river, follow the trail that ascends through the mountains. Following a trek of roughly 1.5 hours, you find yourself at an altitude of 11500 feet, where the trail becomes bisected. It now turns to the left and moves away from the valley. You now reach yet another mountainous grassland, encircled by towering mountains.

There is an army checkpost beyond a ridge, from where you will get the permit to hike deeper. Post a 15-minute trek, you reach the first of the seven lakes of Satsar.
After reaching this breathtaking glacial water body, set up camps, light a bonfire and enjoy your overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with snacks during trek

Day 7: Satsar (12000 feet) to Gangabal Twin Lakes (11500 feet)

This section of your Kashmir Great Lakes trek will keep you on the trail for about nine hours. Moving ahead from the widest part of the lake, you will need to dodge a horde of small and large boulders. Post a descent of approximately 30 minutes, you reach the point where the tree line starts, and to the left, a ridge will be visible. You again start ascending from here, and reach the top of the ridge via a zigzag track. Now you need to cross two more ridges, and the trail is steep and rocky. Here you will see huts of shepherds and two lakes lying next to each other.

The next section of the hike involves descending more than 1400 feet to Gangabal Lake, which lies below. Walking down the stony path, you will see a stream, beyond which a steep descent of 40 minutes is to be conquered. After coming down from a meadow, fir, spruce and deodar trees appear again, and you reach the base of the Harmukh peak. You now reach Nundkhol Lake, and walk further for 30 minutes to reach Gangabal Lake.
Set up tents on the bank of the tarn and enjoy an overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with snacks during trek

Day 8: Gangabal (11500 feet) to Naranag (7450 feet) | Drive towards Srinagar

Continue Kashmir trekking and meander along the river. Your path through the grassland will be dotted with yellow flowers. Now you walk through a dense forest, and gain a little elevation for about 6 km. Beyond the distance of 6 km, you will encounter a sharp descent and lose about 3000 feet of elevation in only 4 km. At the end of the descent, the village of Naranag will be visible to you. The track leading you here is stony, which is why caution should be observed while trekking along it.
On reaching the village, explore the region and afterwards, drive towards Srinagar.

Meals : Breakfast & Lunch


Inclusions

  • 07 Nights Tented Accommodation on triple sharing basis.
  • All 3 Veg Meals from Day 1st Dinner till Day 8th Lunch.
  • Morning, evening Tea/ Coffee served with light snacks during the trek.
  • All necessary fees and permits for Indian residence are included.
  • Basic First aid medical kits with Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi Meter.
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.

Exclusions

  • GST @ 5%
  • Any Surface transfer during the trek.
  • Any Meals During Transit.
  • Any expenses of personal nature.
  • All fees and permit for Non Indian Residence are excluded.
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
  • Cost Escalation due to "Force Majeure" and evacuation charges

Specific Departure Dates

Departure Dates:
July 2018: 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29
August 2018: 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26
September 2018: 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30

Payments Terms

100% payment in Advance


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