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Kashmir Great Lakes trek 8 days trip from Srinagar

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Duration

7 Night 8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Itinerary

Itinerary Day 1:- Arrive at Sonamarg
  • Altitude: 7800 ft
  • 90 km drive from Srinagar, approx 3 hours.
  • If booked in advance, can arrange to pick up from TRC at 3 pm
  • Our campsite is near the Sindh river (Shitkadi Village).
  • Since there are no shops around ensure that you have all that you need already.
  • Remember to carry your ID proof in original and 2 photocopies as we have to submit them at the army check post.
Day 2:- Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.
  • Altitude: 7,800 ft to 11,500 ft
  • 11 km trek, approx 8 hours
  • After the breakfast, we trek to Nichnai via Shekdur.
  • The trail takes you through meadows, dense forests with Maple, Pine and Bhoj trees.
  • After approx half an hour, we get an army check post where we have to submit our ID proofs.
  • While you are at it, you can enjoy an awesome view of the Sonmarg Valley or the Thajiwas Glacier.
  • The trek from Shitkadi to Shekdur will be through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx 2 and a half hours.
  • At Shekdur, you can indulge in instant noodles and an omelette if you wish to.
  • We follow the Nichnai Stream as we trek from Shekdur to Nichnai.
  • We have lunch at the Nichnai stream, after Shekdur.
Day 3:- Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass
  • Altitude: 11,500 ft to 12,000 ft via 13100 ft
  • 12 km trek, approx 7 hours
  • Trek from Nichnai to Nichnai Pass is of approx 1 and half hours ascent.
  • At the top of Nichnai Pass, you can get B.S.N.L network, which is the last point under the mobile coverage area.
  • From Nichnai pass to Vishansar, there is a descent.
  • At Vishansar campsite, lunch will be offered.
  • We can visit the Vishansar Lake which is just 15 minutes walk from the campsite
  • The first lake of the trek and one of the most beautiful ones.
  • If the trek is in July, the lake will be frozen. Otherwise, we can go fishing at the lake with permission from Srinagar Fishing Department.
  • Vishansar is visited by hoards of sheep and their shepherds are known for interesting stories.
  • A campsite is a unique place with open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket etc.
  • Beware of dogs at the campsite
Day 4:- Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)
  • You may visit Kishansar lake, which is at approx 1 and a half km from our campsite.
  • If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at vishansar or else move towards next campsite, rest day can be used at Gangbal campsite.
Day 5:- Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass
  • Altitude: (12,000ft) to (12,000ft) via (13,750ft)
  • 14 km trek, approx 10 hours
  • We start the trek earlier than usual.
  • The trail passes from Vishansar to Gadsar, via Gadsar pass the highest point of the trek.
  • From Vishansar, the trail takes a steep ascent till Gadsar Pass.
  • We can view beautiful Kishansar Lake on the way.
  • From the Gadsar pass till the campsite, we descend gradually.
  • We can spot the Gadsar lake en route.
  • You might also spot the Glacier of Gadsar Lake.
  • After the Gadsar lake, we will reach the campsite in 2 hours.
  • Just a few minutes before our campsite, we will have another army checkpoint and we will have to share our ID proofs with them.
  • Pack lunch will be provided
Day 6:- Gadsar to Satsar
  • Altitude: 12,000 ft to 12,000 ft
  • 9 km trek, approx 6 hours trek
  • Mid-July to Mid-August, the trail is laden in vibrant flowers.
  • We need to share our IDs at another army check post en route.
  • Moving on, we see two small lakes which are often mistaken as Satsar Lakes.
  • We will visit the Satsar twin lakes, in the afternoon, which are approx 1.3 h
  • Stasar twin lakes are also known as mengen top.
  • Those twin lakes are between the middle of the mountain.
Day 7:- Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass
  • Altitude: 12,000 ft to 11,500 ft 13000
  • 11 km trek, approx 6 hours
  • We walk on rocky paths for approx an hour and ascend till Jazz Pass.
  • At the pass, you can enjoy views of the 4 lakes, Mt. Harmukh and its glacier.
  • From the pass, we descend till the Gangbal lake and camp at Nandkol lake.
  • We visit Gangbal Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in the trek.
  • Post dinner, a team of Kashmiri staff will perform their traditional songs and dance.
Day 8:- Gangabal to Naranag Drive to Srinagar
  • Altitude: 11,500 ft to 7,450 ft
  • 15 km trek, approx 7 hours
  • The trail is a descent till the last point of the trek – Naranag, so take care of your knees and ankles.
  • The trail will pass through pine tree forests.
  • On advance booking, TTH can arrange transport to Srinagar at a charge.
  • After the 70 km drive, you will reach Srinagar by 6:30 pm.
* Please note that prepaid sim cards do not work in Kashmir. Don't forget your ID proof in original and 2 photocopies. On Day 8, you’ll reach Srinagar between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

Included/Exclude

  • Things to Carry
  • Backpack & 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 a hydration pack
  • 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one litre
  • Carry at least one thermos flask
  • Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
  • Personal Medical Kit: Consult your doctor
  • 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 denim, capris)
  • Poncho: 1 Nos.
  • Personal Utilities
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Moisturiser
  • Toilet Paper & wipes
  • Lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibacterial powder
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Sun cap 1 Nos: (One that covers the neck as well)
  • Woollen 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)- Photochromatic glasses.
  • 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 (TTH team will notify you if required)
  • Waterproof gloves: 1 Pair
  • Fleece/woollen gloves: 1 Pair

  • Inclusions
  • 1. Accommodation. (Camping)
  • 2. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
  • 3. Trek equipment like Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
  • 4. Trekking Permits
  • 5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  • 6. Qualified & experienced Trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
  • Exclusions
  • 1. Transport from Srinagar to Sonmarg and Narnag to Srinagar
  • 2. Hotel Stay in Srinagar.
  • 3. Food during the transit.
  • 4. Insurance.
  • 5. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • 6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

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