Kashmir Great Lakes Trek planner
Kashmir the golden gates of paradise Region:North India Jammu and Kashmir , District Ganderbal ,Himalaya Range, Duration:Seven Nights eight Days Trekking Elevation:-4300 Meters Approx ,Trekking Distance:-76 km ,Grade:Cross country High altitude Difficult .Best Time for trekking Season; July To Mid September :Starting point : Sonamarg ,Trek Ends Naranag . Review journey to Kashmir Great lakes is exquisite glimpses of paradise.the day journey are very beautiful as the trekkers come a cross the open alpine valley ,wild flower gardens,glacier lakes,nomadic shepherds ,snow covered mountains ,glacier streams,rugged passes,and lot more for spiritual feelings .
The nights at camp sites are more beautiful the stars are so close you can feel that your are in sky full moon and falling stars make it unforgettable dream of life. .Expedition to seven wonder lakes are bunch of high altitude alpine lakes ,the prime lakes is gangabal along with vishansar lake,krishansar lake is the source of neelam river,gadsar lake the highest altitude lake in Kashmir region, yamsar lake the lake of death angle.
Sonamarg to Gangabal lakes Trek
Led you over various ascents and descents.The principal pass has an elevation four thousand three hundred meters and highest peak is Harmukh peak 5400 meters in the region .
Kashmir great lakes trek reaches the higher elevation of the Himalayas and produces the rare wild life, snow- leopard ,black bear ,brown bear Himalayan mammals , Himalayan meerkat, mask deer,along with others,wild flowers are other charm of great lakes trek some of rare herbs and plants are found on these higher elevations .
The charm of these high altitude lakes does not consist in their beauty only, but the alpine pastures high altitude meadows and rugged passes converge its extreme beauty.Kashmir Alpine lakes expedition opens the doors for adventure sports as the lakes are high altitude oligotrophic and produce large amount of different spices of trout fishes, and offers great deal for trout angling,fly fishing .
Best time for trekking ,The trekking has short season about three months , the beginning of July are mostly snow passes August is much clear passes and lot of wild flowers, to ending September.Climate short rains, hails or low-speed storms are expected during the high pass of the trek. and den fogs are also expected.
how to reach, Srinagar is base point for all the trekking and sight seen for Kashmir,the Srinagar is well-connected by road air to rest of the country.From Srinagar you can hire a customize jeep, share basics taxi or take local or tourist bus up to Sonamarg. Minimum time to complete trek 4 nights 5 days.Minimum age from 10 years i have taken from 6 years old for this trek.
Our company takes small group maximum 10 persons and customize groups also As a Group Rates no tax no extra charges ,The rates include seven nights eight days trekking,from Sonamarg to Naranag, Mountain Guide,Cook,Cooking Helpers,Back up Horse for any emergency ,Camps,Sleeping Bags,Sleeping Mats, Blalnkets ,Toilet tent,Breakfast, Dry lunch, Dinner ,Tea, Coffee ,Veg and non veg meals, Chicken Some time Trout fish, Baggage Horses .and your personal.
baggage up to ten kg carry by horse ,
note IT is very difficult to carry your bag pack of 15 kg as trek is high altitude even if you are experienced trekker it will take you extra 2 hours to reach campsite .still it is advisably to let the horse carry your bag and a small bag pack carry your self.
Solo trekkers and self trekkers information
The trekking trail is well marked from sonamarg to naranag, There are manny nomadic shepherds who can give you directions to the trail .all you need tent and food to carry,
Cost Details Basic cost 12500 rupees
Transport cost 800 rupees from Srinagar to Sonamarg and back Naranag to Srinagar. Baggage charges up to ten kg carry by horse for seven days 1200 rupees. Total cost 14500 rupees, if you carry you backpack your self and arrange transport by your self there will only basic cost. no tax no hidden charges.
How to prepare beginners
The beginners need at least months preparation to enjoy the trek,regular jogging up to 3 to 5 km daily,start with slowly and exceed the pace by daily wise,do some squats and stretches to increase your stamina.food has lot to do with your stamina ,home remedies have great result,take garlic soup every dinner,use ginger tea in breakfast.
The high altitude passes needs basic Fitness as the trekkers have to come across the challenges,trekkers need to acclimatize before attempting the trek.
Regarding any health issues or normal check up the health centers are in Sonamarg and Naranag
If you are looking more easy trek then Tarsar Marsar lakes trek is ideal trek for beginners in Himalaya.
Detailed itinerary for Kashmir Great Alpine lakes trekking package
The trekking is normally for week to explore the lakes need more than one week.the trekking itinerary is as follow.
Day 1 Srinagar to Sonamarg ( 2800 meters)
Drive about 3 hours from Srinagar center via Ganderbal District,Kangan the old silk route over night on bank of Sind river near Shutkar village in camps. Highlight of the day, Four hours trip to thajwais glacier.
Day 2 Sonamarg to Nichinni (3500 meters)(5-6 hours walk)
from the road bridge follow the left hand trail.the route ascents quite steeply along the gujjar trails. After 1000 meters the trail opens out on the meadow at Shokdharan m providing panoramic views back towards the Zojila and Sonamarg. the trail then continues across the open meadow and along through forest before a short steady climb over the bolder fields to nichinni. Highlight of the Day: Pine forest, nomadic village,Sind river branch.
Day 3 Nichinni to Vishansar (4000 meters 5-6 hours walk)
The ascent to Nichinni bar is quite gradual .The pass just below 4000 meters is generally under snow until mid July. However the shepherds usually herd their flocks up the valley by mid June and clear something of trail.The initial route from Nichinni crosses the stream and follows the right side of the nallah or stream.
The average trekking time to the pass is about 3 hours. From Nichinni bar ,it is possible to climb the gully to the south.The climb should take about two hours on snow and is rewarded with an unimpeded view to the north -east of baltoro region and k2. No technical climbing is necessary ,but an ice-axes come in very handy for cutting steps.
The descent to vishnasar lake is through open meadows covered in wildflowers trout fishing is possible here. Highlight of the Day : Small ice lake on top of Vishansar pass,wild flowers valley,Vishansar stream,Vishansar Lake.
Day 4 Sight seen in vishansar lake and or rest at camps, Highlight of the Day : Trout Fishing, sightseen,
Day 5 Vishansar to Gadsar via Krishensar(5-6 hours walk)
The trail crosses the open marshland between Vishansar and Krishensar lakes.From Krishensar lake there is a steep and slippery climb to the pass 4300 meters from where are views of nanga parbat ,
the descent to the small turn to gadsar is gradual and a good campsite besides the gujat encampment. Highlight of the Day : Krishansar lake,Gadsar top 4300 meters,Yamsar lake, Gadsar lake.
Day 6 Gadsar to Megandob via kustoorkut satsaran lakes (5 hours walk)
Cross the gadsar stream over the permanent snow bridge and follow the kustoorkut trail up along the satsaran lakes,a steep climb of about i hour before the trail winds through open pastures
.the valley at the head of pastures marks the northern end of megandob. Highlight of the Day: Kustoor kut meadows, in sunny day a beautiful view of Nangaparbat 8000 meters peak, Satsaran lakes.
Day 7 Megandob to Gangbal lakes (5-6 hours walk)
From Megandob the trail descends for half kilometer before climbing goat track.
The ascent takes up to three hours.From the pass there are impressive views across to mountain Harmukh 5755 meters and the lakes of Gangbal and nudhkol. The initial descent to the lake is quite steep and beautiful .
Camping all along the lakes and trout fishing can be done. Highlight of the Day : Zach pass 3800 meters, Beautiful view of Four Lakes, Gangabal, Nundkhol,Kholsar lake, and a small lake,can be viewed in sunny day.
Day 8 Gangabal to Naranag via turndkund (5-6 Hours walk)
From gangabal is sweet walk up to the Budshire mountain top. From the top descent to naranag is very steep in a forest.The wangath temple in naranag is worth to see of 3rd centure bc.And drive back Srinagar. For more information of the trek. Highlight of Day : Pine forests, Naranag temple,naranag village.
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Stages : Srinagar to Sonamarg 90 km drive 3 hours , Sonamarg to nichinaya 12 km 6 hours walk, Nichinaya to vishansar lake 14 km 7 hours walk, vishansar to gadsar 17 km 8 hours walk, Gadsar to megandob 8 km 4 hours walk, Megandob to Gangabal lakes 14 km 7 hours walk, Gangabal to Nranag 15 km 7 hours walk,
Note : Guest house hotels are avaible at sonamarg, Naranag all the baggage and trekking gears will be carried by horses.