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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek


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(Sonamarg to Naranag)
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Region :- Kashmir, J & K
Duration :- 8 Days
Grade :- Moderate
Max Altitude :- 13,750 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 72 Kms.

Irrespective of time and age, the famous quote of Mughal Emperor Jahangir “If there is heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here”, for the spectacular land of Kashmir, still stands true in every sense. Based on the northern extreme of the India, the land of Kashmir is known as an epitome of fascinating serene beauty, pristine and panoramic that it is never a mistake to conclude the place as the crowned top of the country. The spectacular beauty of the land is so famed that millions of travelers from across the globe visit the station every year to explore the magic of nature closely. Along with tours, trekking trips are also quite popular in this location. The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is one of the most popular trekking trips in this location where one can explore the treasures of nature in a whole new way. The spectacular beauty of alpine meadows and sky high snow clad mountains and shimmering lakes is a sight that pleases every heart.
Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a trekking expedition of 72kms which commences from Sonamarg at 7,800 feet, reaches the highest point Gadsar Pass at 13,750 feet and concludes at Naranag at 7450 feet. The trek is full of extensive mountain walking with some steep climbs and sharp descends. Overall the trekking trip is not considered as difficult but of moderate level though it can be quite physically demanding for which proper fitness is absolutely necessary. This trekking trip can be done by first time trekkers too and no previous experience in the field is necessary. Honestly, this particular trekking trip is not only a pleasure for the adventure seekers but it is an ideal expedition for the nature lovers too who finds it a privilege to bask in the undisturbed beauties of nature.
Being an ideal monsoon trek , the best time to conduct the Great Lakes trek is from end of June till the month of September. During this time the snow remains unavailable providing clear tracks filled with lush grasslands and plenty of wild flowers which stimulate the air with their fabulous fragrance. Any time after September is usually not preferred since the rains and snow can hit the mountains anytime without any forecast since mountain weather is absolutely unpredictable. During the end of June, temperature in the Kashmir Valley stays around 15C in the afternoon and lowers to 1C at night. But it further goes down during the month of September where the temperature at daytime stays around 10C and at night lowers to -3C.
Away from the buzzing city life, the Kashmir Great Lakes hiking trip is an ultimate answer for a stress free journey. Any traveler above the age of 14 is eligible to get on the trip. However since it is a little difficult journey, the fitness level of the trekker is very important. Along with fitness the health parameters should also be kept in note while availing the trip. The Great Lakes hike is a high altitude trek and that is why basic trekkers or the inexperienced ones can suffer from health issues like Acute Mountain sickness, nausea, headache, and dizziness. However these are temporary problems and happen due to less oxygen and air pressure at such height. In most of the cases the health issue gets resolved as travelers descend from high temperatures. However with proper fitness being maintained, these problems never affect much.
About the Trek
As the name indicates the Great Lakes trek comprises of a trekking expedition amidst some of the major lakes of Kashmir, which includes Gadsar, Vishansar, Kishansar, Nundkol and Gangabal. Apart from this one can also visualize several small lakes too which only aggravate the laden beauty of the track. The trek commences after the traveler reaches Sonamarg region which is based at a distance of 90 kms from the capital city Srinagar. It takes about 3 hours to reach Sonamarg where the first campsite is laid close to Sindh River at the beautiful Shitkadi village. The next day the trekking trip commences from Sonamarg towards Nachnai based at elevation of 11,500 feet. Passing through dense maple and pine forest and moving through verdant greenery this is a journey amidst the greatest beauty of nature. The stretch from Sonamarg to Nachnai is about 11kms and one can visualize some of best glimpses of natural treasures in the form of verdant Sonamarg Valley, long cue of silver birch trees and dense maple forest which absolutely induces a rejuvenating feeling in the mind.
The next destination of the trekking route is Nachnai Pass which is based at an altitude of 13,100 feet where the wide hollow pass is a sight to devour. From here the trekking route again descends to 12,000 feet at Vishanshar Lake where one can enjoy a lot of activities along with exploring the treasures of nature. The next leg of the trip takes the trekkers to Gadsar Pass which is again at an elevation to 13,750 feet which is the maximum altitude reached in this trekking route. From Gadsar Pass the trail becomes a little difficult with steep climbs, sharp descends and stony pathways however with no compromise on the scenic extravaganza. From Gadsar the trail moves forward to Satsar where the sight of fascinating lakes and brilliant colorful flowers at the backdrop of vast greenery is a breathtaking view to enjoy. After exploring the Satsar lakes it’s a journey of 11kms amidst rocky terrain and pine forest to Gangabal twin lakes. The sight of the gigantic Mount Harmukh can also be seen on this way. From Ganngabal twin lakes the trip concludes to Naranag village at 7450 feet through stony paths and difficult and challenging roads. From Naranag it’s again a drive back to Srinagar for an onward journey.
The trekking trip for Kashmir Great Lakes is a trip for 8 days and on each day one can explore some unique and undisturbed treasures of nature which remains imprinted in mind for ever. This is one of the best destinations for trekking in Kashmir.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Arrive at Sonamarg

  • Altitude: 7800 ft
  • 90 kms drive from Shrinagar, approx 3 hours.
  • If booked in advance, TTH can arrange pick up from TRC at 3pm
  • 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 photo copies 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 kms 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 is goes through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx 2 and 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 kms 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 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 do 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.
  • The campsite is a unique place with an open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket etc.
  • Beware of dogs at campsite

Day 4:- Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)

  • You may visit Kishansar lake, which is at approx 1 and half kms from our camp site.
  • If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at vishansar or else move towards next camp site, rest day can be use at Gangbal camp site.

Day 5:- Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass

  • Altitude: (12,000ft) to (12,000ft) via (13,750ft)
  • 14 kms 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 see the Kishansar Lake on the way.
  • From the Gadsar pass till the camp site, 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 kms 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 kms 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 the 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 kms 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 kms 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 photo copies.
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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 :- Arrive at Sonamarg

Being one of the most sought after trekking destination,Kashmir Great Lakes trek is known for its amazing natural extravaganza, perplexing scenic panorama, and mesmerizing pictorial beauty along with thrilling adventurous experience that gives some sure adrenaline rush. The exciting trekking expedition begins from the beautiful town of Sonamarg based at a distance of around 90kms from the exciting capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, the beautiful Srinagar. The only way to travel from Srinagar to Sonamarg is by hiring a cab from Srinagar TRC which will take around 3 hours to reach the destination at an altitude of 7,800 feet. Though there are plenty of rental cabs available here, we can also arrange for the services and for a scheduled pick up from TRC at 3pm, if the booking is done on an advance basis. Since the journey is only of 3 hours one can enjoy a lot of time exploring Srinagar after reaching the city. There are amazingly beautiful destinations like the charismatic Dal Lake, the historic Mughal Gardens, the royal fountains, various heritage gardens like Nishat bag, Naseem Bag and many others. Some of the best shopping centres and delicious cuisine remains available here. Before setting on for a journey to Sonamarg one must take care of few things, one, purchase of all necessary goods that may be of requirement in the trek and secondly, carrying necessary ID proofs both in original and photocopy to produce in front of the army authorities as and when required. The journey to Sonamarg is quite a delightful journey with loads of excitement and thrill. The road on its way shares eye catching views of forested lands, sky high mountains, meandering rivers and beautiful brooks. The road to Sonmarg comprises a lot of sharp bends and turns which helps to provide a thrilling ride amidst the beauty of nature. Though the roads are usually snow free it is the sharp turns that demand an experience driver to travel in these roads for a safe ride.
After reaching Sonamarg, our representative welcomes you to the trekking trip and guides you to the campsite area for freshening up and relaxing. The campsite in Sonamarg is based in Shitkadi Village which is based on the banks of Sindh River. Since the river is quite close one can hear the gushing of waters all night long. Warm traditional cuisine which is suitable for the changing climate is provided to the trekkers so that they can enjoy good health and also feel warm in the high altitude. After dinner, the trek leader guides on the trekking route and briefs on what to expect during the trek. With good guidance from the captain of the ship and with loads of excitement for the coming days, get a good night sleep at the campsite.

Day 2:- Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.

With bubbling energy and uncontrollable emotions the second day commences for a trekking trip to Nichnai, located at an altitude of 11,500 feet passing through Shekdur region. In true terms the trekking trip starts from this day promising a life time experience amidst the beautiful location which is often termed as heaven on earth. The complete trekking route for the day is not more than 11kms and can be easily completed within an approximate time of 8-9 hours. Inhabitation is last seen in these areas of Sonamarg before the trekkers move forward along the Sindh River. After sometime the trekking track takes a sharp turn to lush green meadows and verdant greenery. One can enjoy the view of Sonamarg Valley from here at its best. In the next phase of the trek, the trail moves amidst fascinating maple forests and rows of pine trees making it an equally beautiful location. After marching through the pine forest and savouring the scented air, the pine forest come to a end giving its way to a open space from where trekking enthusiast can fetch a lifetime up close view of the ever beautiful Sonamarg Valley. Apart from this, the Thajiwas Glacier is also visible from this location which is considered as one of the prime attractions of Sonamarg Valley. Up next the trail moves forward to Shekdur where travellers can enjoy the sight of many small peaks engulfed with snow. The distance from Shitkad to Shikdur takes about a little more than two hours. Approaching Shikdar can be well identified as the place remains well surrounded with thick growth of beautiful Bhoj trees and avid green plantation spread across the area. This is an ideal location to enjoy some light snacks and quick refreshments before trekking forward amidst silver birch trees till the end of the forested region. The track soon opens up to Nichnai which on its course manages to connect with the Sindh River flowing from Sonamarg area. On reaching the destination, travellers can enjoy lunch and some relaxing time at the banks of the stream. The rest of the day is provided for enjoying the fabulous campsite, the nearby areas and exploring trekking in Kashmir in a complete new way.

Day 3 :- Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass

On the third day of the trek, it is important to start early as the trail for the day is more challenging and longer than the ones done so far. The destination for the day is decided at Vishansar Lake which will be reached enroute Nachnai Pass. After having breakfast and loaded with full of energy the trekking trip begins for a total distance of 12kms which will approximately take around 7 hours to complete. The route today is a mix of both climbing up and also coming down since to visit Nachnai Pass the trekkers needs to ascend to an altitude of 13,100 feet and after that to reach Vishanshar Lake it’s a descend to 12,000feet. As the journey begins the trekkers need to walk along the banks of the river after crossing the same. After walking for few minutes, the hikers need to climb for the Nachnai Pass. It’s a challenging climb and one it takes more than an hour to do the same. While climbing up one can enjoy the sight of natural extravaganza and also experience sights of deep blue lake which is only a reflection though. The sight of the pass looks quite close but in real terms it’s about two big turns before the hikers reach the beautiful and giant Nachnai Pass. Its a wide pass covered on all sides with beautiful snow clad mountains that together makes it a spectacular sight for the onlookers. The height of Nachnai Pass is quite high which can result into complicated health issues like mountain sickness, shallow breathing, too much headache, nausea and vomiting. However these are temporary issues which will get resolved after descending the altitude. Though other mobile networks are not available in this region, BSNL network remains available till this far. After this point mobile phone coverage can again be fetched near Gangabal area. After reaching Nachnai Pass one can enjoy the fascinating views of mountains as well as the beautiful sight of the Sonamarg Valley. After spending some time at the top, it’s time to descend for Vishansar Lake. The way to descend is again a difficult terrain with rocky pathways that quite hard on the feet. It is an almost an hour of this torturous rough terrain before the soft grasslands are reached again. The sight of the lavish greenery and avid bloom of wild flowers reenergizes the mind of the hikers and gives them a boost to move forward. Enjoying the view of the Nachnai valley and the fascinating waterfall the trekkers cross the valley to reach the campsite close to Vishansar Lake. The campsite is about 15 mins away from the lake and amidst spectacular sights of nature. It is the first lake site after the trekking is being commenced and it is based on a huge area. After having lunch the rest of the day is for relaxing in this wonderful setting.

Day 4:- Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)

The next day can be used as acclimatization day only if the climate is not favourable for further progress. If the weather is good the rest day can be shifted further after reaching Gangabal campsite. However if the fourth day is considered as acclimatization day at Vishansar Lake then the trekkers would find a lot of activities to enjoy in this location. If the trek is done is done in the month of July then maybe the Vishansar Lake can turn frozen but apart from that the cool stream is ideal for fishing. However there is a small permission that needs to be fetched from Srinagar Fishing Department. Meeting the shepherds and their hoards of ship grazing here is also an experience on its own. Apart from this a little nature and exploring the nearby areas can be quite an interesting affair. At a distance of about one and a half kilometre from the campsite lies Kishansar Lake which can be visited on this day or it can be shifted to the next day schedule. The area before the Vishansar Lake is huge like the lake itself and there remains plenty of space to enjoy various games like volleyball, cricket, football etc. However in rare times wild dogs attack the area so it is preferred to stay in groups and keep a watch for them.
Another spectacular vision that can be enjoyed here is the sunset amidst mountains. Showing off its crimson red colours and shedding of its light on the top of the snow clad mountains and the crystal waters of the lake, it is a breathtaking view which is impossible to trade for with any worldly objects. In fact the ambience in that peaceful setting in itself is quite relaxing and full of contentment. One can enjoy Photography here to capture some of these scenic vistas

Day 5:- Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass

The destination fixed for the fifth day of the trek is at Gadsar which is based at an altitude of 12,000 feet. However before reaching the same the trekking trail crosses the famous Gadsar Pass which is based at 13,750 feet. The trail for the day comprises of all kinds of challenges of steep ascends, risky descends, lush greenery walks and not to forget conquering the highest altitude of the trek at the Gadsar Pass. If the Kishansar Lake is not visited the previous day one can check out the same while visiting the pass. Travelling for more than a kilometre and ascending up the ridge the trekkers can enjoy the beautiful sight of the twin lakes the Vishansar and Kishansar Lake. After enjoying the sights, it’s a steep climb to Gadsar Pass which is quite challenging and laborious especially for the stony pathways and sharp ascends. Once the spot is reached one can enjoy the sights of the nearby mountains and vision of small lakes that is absolutely eye arresting. Another awe striking feature of Gadsar Pass is the avid bloom of Iris flowers which come mainly in the shades of white and red. Later take the trail for the gradual descent from Gadsar Pass to Gadsar crossing the beautiful Gadsar Lake and its glacier. It’s an eye catching view especially with the blue flower beds that encircles the lake. The trekkers can enjoy some rest time here and have the pleasure of clicking some beautiful snaps. From here the Gadsar campsite is about another 2kms. Before reaching the campsite one needs to produce the ID proofs in original and the copies of it to the authorities of the army camp and seek the permission to proceed. After doing all the needful paperwork, gets settled in the campsite and have packed lunch. The rest of the day can be enjoyed on own exploring the nearby areas. One cannot go too far since to cross the area; special permission is required from the army authorities as the place is close to LOC. After enjoying a full day, retire at the campsite and get prepared for an adventurous trek for the next day.

Day 6 :- Gadsar to Satsar

The sixth day of the trekking trip is a journey to Satsar based at an altitude of 12000 feet. The distance from Gadsar to Satsar is about 9kms and it takes about approximately 6 hours to reach the destination. The journey begins by moving towards the running stream based close to the campsite. The altitude of this stream is about 10,600 feet. Hikers either can enjoy the cool waters of the stream while crossing the same or they can hike up to take the bridge above to move to the other side of the stream. The only hustle is the steep climb to the bridge. After moving to the other side it’s a long walk amidst avid greenery with lines of pine trees bordering the path. Colourful stretches of wild flowers also mark the road especially if the same is a monsoon trek during the months of July and August. Soon after the hikers will reach the Satsar army check post where they need to again show off their ID cards for further authentication and permission to move forward. At a distance of few minutes from the army camp one can visualize the amazing beauty of the first Satsar Lake. Satsar twin lakes is one of the popular destination here and the place is also named as Mengen Top. Encircled by gigantic mountains the serene waters of the long stretched lakes is a divine destination that is beyond words to describe. The simplicity of the location along with its extravagant beauty in itself fills the heart with sheer bliss. Not leaving the site of the ten lakes the Satsar campsite is based much close to the twin lakes at a distance of not more than 1.3 kms. The area where the campsite is decided is huge so the hikers gets plenty of land to arrange several recreational activities like different type of games to enjoy the rest off the day. Photography is a good option as the travellers can get a lot of moments and natural surroundings to try their hands on. Chilling winds are quite common here especially during night time. One of the best ideas to beat the cold and still have a good time is to ignite a fire and enjoy chatting and entertaining friends and co travellers. Enjoy the night sky of this region filled with glittering stars and retire for the night for a much more exciting day coming on the next day.

Day 7:- Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass

The next day begins by having a fun filled breakfast at the Satsar campsite and getting ready for the next leg of the trip, the Gandabal twin lakes which is based at an altitude of 11,750 feet. The trekking trip for the day is one of the most challenging one as the trip on this day involves moving through rough bumpy roads and an absolute difficult terrain. The total distance to be covered is about 11kms and the expected time to cover the same is about 6 hours or a little more. The trekking trail for the road have stony pathways, rugged boulders all through the track and the hikers may have to constantly hop, struggle and jump over the craggy roads. But it is not long before the stony path comes to an end and the forested areas were about to begin, one can catch the sight of a ridge about 1000 metres high. The way up is not an easy task since the track is filled with heavy boulders and sharp stones in a zig zag way, which lessen the pace of the journey. For the beginners essentially this is a difficult route. Leg pains and torturing feet s quite common here but the spirits can only be kept high with the amazing scenic extravaganza which comes in sight with each step upwards. The sight of the lakes Gangabal and Nundkol from the ridge is truly magnificent that makes all the pain worth, the climb. The lakes are about 1400 feet below the ridge and the climb down to reach the next campsite to Gangabal twin lakes is an equally difficult one with craggy pathways filling the whole track down. It is important to take proper precaution while coming down to avoid hurting the leg or twisting it. As one reaches the base, the sight of green fields is a pleasant welcome. Though greenery comes into view the campsite for the day is still far away. But the next phase of journey is quite comfortable as the trekkers move through lush grasslands and amidst soft bed of wild flowers. On the journey towards Gangabal one can enjoy the sight of Nundkol Lake and also mark the gigantic Mount Harmukh. The sight of the glaciers here is absolutely eye catching. Descending further the trekkers reach the beautiful Gangabal Lake and in a few mins distance from the lake the campsite for the day is set. The trekkers get their much deserving rest in this location and all enjoy the scenic panorama of this site. Be it the cascading water of the lake, the sights of the mountains at the backdrop or the verdant greenery, every part of the region is awe striking.

Day 8 :- Gangabal to Naranag Drive to Srinagar

The last day of the trip holds some quick and sharp descend from the Gangabal Lake at 11,500 feet to Naranag village at 7450 feet. The journey for the day can be quite tiring and laborious because it’s a total trekking journey of 15 kms and the expected time to complete the same is around 7 hours. The best part of the descending journey for the day is that the mobile network returns only within an hour of starting from Gangabal. The returning track remains well marked with rows of wild flowers on each side of the road. Even Mount Harmukh comes in full view while descending from Gangabal. The roads are quite better with soft grasses and lovely flowers on the way making it easier to move. Moving much further, even the sights of small villages at the distance come in view. For the next 6 kilometres the track is quite good and not so difficult to cover. However the difficult part is the last 4 kms where the trekkers descend at a stretch about 3000 feet. This can be quite difficult considering the change of temperature and weather as well the rocky terrain that remains available here.
From here the trekkers can visualize the sight of the last village covering which soon the hikers reach the main road. Undoubtedly this is a physically demanding trek, but the pleasure of being so close to nature and experiencing its beauty is a pleasure on its own.
From Naranag, one can take a cab to Srinagar or the same can be arranged from TTH. The expected time of arrival at Srinagar is from 6:30 to 7:30 in the evening. The onward journey from Srinagar can be booked after 8pm.

How to Reach

By Air :-
Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines (www.indian-airlines.nic.in) Jet airways (www.jetairways.com) and Indigo operate daily flights to Srinagar. Reaching Srinagar by flight from New Delhi is the most convenient way.

By Train :-
Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail. Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

By Bus:-
Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1A to the rest of the country. J & K state road transport operates comfortable buses from Jammu. The Journey takes about 10 hours to reach Srinagar.

Cost Terms

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 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.

Transportation: The cost of transport from Srinagar to Sonmarg and return from Narnag to Srinagar has to be borne by the participant. Trek The Himalayas has arrangements with local transporters to pick up trekkers from Srinagar. The vehicles will leave Srinagar at 3.00 pm and reach Sonamarg by 6.00 pm.

Srinagar Accommodation: The stay at Srinagar on the last day is not included in the trek fee. However we can assist you in booking a hotel or a houseboat for the same. Most participants opt for the Trek The Himalayas pick up – and we assume the same in your case. In case you do not want the Trek The Himalayas pick up, please let us know at least 15 days in advance to the start of the trek. Intimation is by email only at info@trekthehimalayas.com

Note : Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to mule, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee: The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book: It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 14-10 Days :- 50% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days :- No refund

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July to September. More snow in the months of July.

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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Fixed Departure

Brief Detail

Day 1 :- Arrive at Sonamarg
Note:- If booked in advance, TTH can arrange pick up from TRC at 3pm

Day 2:- Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.

Day 3 :- Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass

Day 4:- Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)
Note:- If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at vishansar or else move towards next camp site

Day 5:- Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass

Day 6 :- Gadsar to Satsar

Day 7 :- Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass

Day 8 :- Gangabal to Naranag Drive to Srinagar

Please note that prepaid sim cards do not work in Kashmir.
Don't forget your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies.
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.

Trek Info

Region: Kashmir, J & K

Duration: 8 Days

Grade: Moderate

Max Altitude: 13,750 Ft.

Trekking Km: 72 Kms.

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

Air Port: Srinagar airport

Base Camp: Sonamarg (90 kms drive from Shrinagar, approx 3 hours.)

Best Season: July to September. More snow in the months of July.

Batch Size: 18-22 trekkers including Male and female.

Services from: Sonamarg to Naranag

Food: Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)

Stay: Camping

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Posted By: PRARTHANA, on 

Very very good trek. Especially the passes and ascent was worth a climb. Fellow horse guys, kitchen staff, local guides and trek leader were EXCELLENT Read More

Posted By: Debashish Panda, on 

I had a week of a time. Beyond expectations almost all aspects, the leader, the food and after all the beauty of Kashmir will take this unforgettable memory trek Read More

Posted By: Suvojit Dutta, on 

The overall experience is beyond imagination. The entire staff, Javed, cook, porter are very trendy and protective. Their constant support and help has really made this trek a wonderful experience Read More

Posted By: Mohit Gupta, on 

Beautiful place, with best trek leader and team Read More

Posted By: Subhash Agarwal, on 

Loved it, will trek with TTH again Read More

Posted By: Krutika vernekar, on 

It was my first trek and it was amazing, would love to trek with TTH Read More

Posted By: Rahul Agarwal, on 

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Posted By: Diwakar Nagaraj, on 

Trek leader Chaman, Pushkar were excellent in their work and making us climb. Chaman was charming and encouraging Pushkar was smiling and gave great support to all comes of support. Read More