Kashmir Great Lakes Trekking Facts: Trekking Region Jammu and Kashmir , District Ganderbal ,western Himalayan Range, Trekking Duration:Seven Nights eight Days Trekking Altitude :-2800 to 4300 Meters Approx ,Trekking Distance From Sonamarg to Naranag Valley :-76 km ,Grade/Review:Cross country High altitude Difficult .Best Time for trekking Season; July To Mid September : Trail Head : Sonamarg ,Trek Ends Naranag.
Review Great Lakes Kashmir Trek: The trek passes through snow-capped mountain peak, bewitching landscapes, flaming pines and high altitude lakes. The Kashmir Seven Lakes trek is paradise on earth. It has every thing that the nature has to offer in scenic lap. Nurtures beautiful landscapes, majestic High mountain routes, lush green valleys , gushing streams ,blooming wild flowers, sparking glacier . The magnificent views of the mountains , Glacier lakes full of trout fishes , rare high altitude birds , and an encounter with wild life. Flora and fauna of the north-western Himalayas and not mention the breathtaking Harmukh Peak 5400 Meters and ancient 8th century temple ruins at Naranag valley.. The trail follows the habitual course of the Gujjars (the wandering shepherds of Kashmir) from Sonmarg to Naranag valley.
Major Attraction :Kashmir alpine lakes trek is one of beautiful cross country High Altitude trekking in Kashmir Himalayas. The trails passes through seven peerless alpine lakes in deep Himalayas Vishansar lake , Krishansar lake ,Gadsar Lake , Harmukh peak , Gangabal Twin Lakes . Nomadic tribes. Do Not forget to see Images/Photos and Videos of Great Lakes Trek Blog.
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek -Itinerary- Map-cost- Best Time
Budget Trek Kashmir will give you all the support and Guidance in your trekking expedition for Kashmir High altitude alpine lakes. We Take good care of your safety measures and serve good quality trekking equipment and specialist Mountain Guide with cheap costing 13500₹. We Have Best itinerary, approximate cost, Advance trekking Route information .Read our Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Reviews in Tripadvisor , feed Backs and Testimonials .
Day wise Itinerary for Great Lakes Trek
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek itinerary, The basic trekking is Seven Nights eight Day, To Complete the total Trekking route from Sonamarg to Naranag. There are Countless unexplored alpine lakes which needs more time to explore. Itinerary Details, The Breakfast is served around 7.30.A.M every morning. The trek starts 8.30. A.M in the morning. You will carry your pack lunch and 12.30 to 1 .pm. is lunch time. Trekking Guide and Back up horse will company you in small batches. and big batches will have Guide, co-guide and two back up horses.
Sind Valley Sonamarg Shitkadi Altitude 2800 Meters
Day 1 :Srinagar to Sonamarg : The journey Start’s after noon from Srinagar center by car up to Sonamarg 3 hours Drive. Over night foot hills of Tajwais glacier. On bank of Sind River in camps. This is very important for acclimatization. A short hike to tajwais glacier can be wonderful to get in high altitude condition.
Nichnai valley altitude 3500 Meters
Day 2 : Sonamarg to Nichnai 6 Hours Trek 11 km Distance: The Path Start from Sonamarg up to shekdur. The Trail encounters long pine trees , Vast pastures , covered with lush green grass ,white mountains , and glacier stream that will run along the way. The track directs in to silver birch forest and finally advances throughout boulders route up to Nichnai valley. This is will be your first occurrence on high altitude mountains of this trek, so headache is a common experience
Vishansar Lake Altitude 4000 Meters
Day 3 : Nichnai to Vishansar Lake 7 hours trek and 13 km Distance : The Route Start’s from Nichinai valley, The first 3 hours climb up to Nichnai pass is steep . The Pass is almost 4000 meters high. The meadows en route are carpeted with a startling array of wild flowers and incorporates the magical view of great Himalayan mountains. After Nichnai top descending gradually to the Vishansar Lake campsite. This is First Alpine lake in Kashmir Great Lakes.
Vishansar and Krishansar Lake
Day 4 : Krishansar lake:It is rest day you can make a short hiking tour up to krishansar lake , and do sight-seen around , trout angling can be option. The meadows around lakes are very beautiful .
Yamsar and Gadsar Lake Altitude 4300 Meters
Day 5 : Vishansar to Gadsar Lake 8 Hours Trek and 16 km Distance: This is a Difficult day for every one in team, You need best weather to cross the Gadsar pass.The Track Start’s from Vishansar the first climb to Krishansar lake is easy going. From Krishansar lake two hours very steep ascend up to Gadsar pass 4300 meters. From the pass the real paradise begin of magical great lakes. On a clear day a magnificent view of yamsar lake and the Nanga Parvat is possible. Wild flowers, glaciers, rare herbs, wild animals are other beauty of this trail.
Mengendob Satsar Lake Altitude 3400 meters
Day 6 : Gadsar to Mengendob 4 hours trek and 10 km Distance: The trail starts from Gadsar campsite. After crossing the snow bridge it is a moderate ascends up to Kustoorkut, on the opposite of Kustoorkut there is a lone permanent settlement of Nomadic helmet is called Jawdora . After Kustoorkut you will take left curve to arrive at the Satsaran campsite. While reaching the campsite you will visit the satsar lake.
Harmukh Peak and Gangabal Lakes Altitude 4000 Meters
Day 7: Megandob To Gangabal Twin lakes 6 hours trek and 11 km Distance: The Track starts with climb from Mengandob to zaji pass 3 hour. From zaji pass you will spot twin lakes of Gangabal and Nandkhol with the clear view of Mount (Harmukh 5400 meters altitude) including Khoulsar lake. There are other small lakes to view from the pass. From Zaji pass it is bit difficult descend up to the Gangabal campsite near the lake..
Naranag Village and Temple Altitude 2200 Meters
Day 8 : : Gangabal to Naranag valley 6 hours Trek and 15 km Distance: The path starts with easy Walking up to Trundkhul, Budshare ridge, from the ridge a difficult 4 hours descend begin up to the Naranag valley. After reaching the Naranag, you will visit 4000 years old Naranag temple ruins and drive to Srinagar.
Book Kashmir Great Lakes Group Trekking 2020 Package Cost 13500₹
Package Details: Budget trek Kashmir As a small local company takes limited trekkers up to 12 people in one Batch. Private Group tour also. As a Basic trekking cost includes 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, Blankets. Toilet tent, Trekking permit, First aid kit.
Food Menu During The trek: Breakfast, Pack lunch, Dinner, afternoon Tea, Coffee, Kashmiri Kawa, Vegetarian and non vegetarian meals. Chicken Some time Trout fish.We Carry different type of vegetables. We serve fresh and Delicious veg and non veg food . Vegetarians can join and Jain trekkers can take private trek.
Additional Services:If you want add Transport from Srinagar to Sonamarg and back from Naranag to Srinagar it will cost you 500₹ one Way. if you want us to carry your personal bag up to 10 kg by horse, It will cost you 1500₹ for seven days trek. If you carry you backpack your self. And arrange transport by your self there will only basic cost. No tax no hidden charges.
expert Advice: Expert Advice: The K.G.L. trek is a high elevation trekking, for skilled trekkers, carrying a 15 kg backpack will make your walking slow and you will reach roughly two hours late at campsites. So it is advisably let the horse carry your 10 kg bag and a small backpack carries by yourself. Grand Total 16000 rupees.
K.G.L. Trek Fixed Departure 2020 Group
Trekking in July 2020- (27 June to 4 July )- (4 July to 11 July )- (11 July to 18 July)- (18 July to 25 July)-(25 July to 1 August)
Trekking in August 2020- ( 1 August to 8 August )-(9 august to 16 august)-(12 august 19 august)-(22 august to 29) (29 August to 5 September)
Trekking September 2020- (5 September to 12 September )-(12 September to 19 September )
Best Time for Kashmir Great Lakes Trekking
Best time: Month of June/ July, The Trek normally begins from ending June or starting July depending upon the snow condition. The staring period trekkers will experience lot of snow on high passes and clear/dry campsites. It is the best time for snow lovers and adventure lovers.
Month Of August; It is the middle season of trek, Little bit snow in pockets of trails ,Clear passes and lot of wild flowers around Vishansar and Krishansar lakes.
Month of September: The beginning of September is very beautiful the meadows around Gadsar are in full bloom. From second week of September the autumn begins everything turns dry the mountains change color to yellow and red it is best time for Photography. The trekking normally closes in the starting of October, the shepherds return back the temperature drops to minus.
Kashmir does not have Monsoon spills so Great lakes are best trekking during the Monsoon in India.
Weather:The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek starts from Sonamarg about 2800 meters from sea level. The weather remains unpredictable during the trek. The Short time showers are common on this trek and low hail storm along with den fogs are expected during high elevation passes. It is advisable to avoid further proceeding during the bad weather. Temperature: Days are warmer 20/0°c to 25/0°c and nights are about 10/0°c. The higher we go the Temperature drops and cold winds at evening drops down the temperature.
Great Lakes Trek in Kashmir Difficulties and Fitness Guide
Difficulties:The Great lakes trek has three major passes about 4000 meters elevation, the trek needs physical and mental strength to complete the trek. The average walking in a day is about 7 hours. The trek is moderate Difficult.Having any major health issue for example Asthma, hearth deceases ,over weight ,it is advisable to avoid the trek. Having minor health issues it is advisable to take customize riding horse for precautions. I would suggest it to anyone with a basic fitness and a few days acclimatization. If you are beginner for high altitude Himalayan Trekking without any experience, then you can do a less elevated Tarsar marsar trek. . I would recommend it to anyone with a modicum of fitness and a few days acclimatization. If your beginner for Himalayan Treks with no experience then Tarsar marsat trek is best choice.
Fitness Tips:The trekkers need month preparation to enjoy high altitude trek. Regular running up to 3 to 5 km daily. Start with gradually and surpass the pace day by day wise. Do a few squats and extends to expand your stamina. Food has parcel to do with your stamina. Home cures have awesome result, take garlic soup each dinner, use ginger tea in breakfast. The high elevation passes needs essential Fitness as the trekkers need to run over the challenges,trekkers need to adjust before endeavoring the trek.
What trekking gears i should pack for personal use?
Trekking Gears : 1. Day pack 20 liters. 2. Good trekking shoes no sports shoes 3. water bottle 4. sun glass for snow and glaciers 5. rain cote unpredictable rains some time. 6. sweaters 7. full jacket with cap 8. inner trouser 9. tracking pants 10. trekking poles 11. torch 12. slippers 13. thick sock two pairs 14. cold creams and lips cream 15. Lunch box and spoon 16. Carry on your passport or ID card during the trekking 16 Mixed Dry Fruits 18. Hat or turban 19. Sun cream 20. Extra Camera batteries or power bank, According jk tourism guide lines A medical certificate is must to get trekking permit. Medical certificate format.
How Safe Is Great Lakes Kashmir Trek
The Great lakes trek is consider one of safest trek in Kashmir. After reopen A decade ago there have not been any untoward incident. The Trekkers growth increases every year and trekkers come around the globe to enjoy this beautiful trek. In rare case The strikes may affect the trekking schedules timings , That will be handle by advance information by trek organizer. The Trekking in Kashmir is safe and secure.
Can great lakes be prepared Solo/Without Guide?
The trekking trail is well marked from Sonamarg to Naranag. There are many nomadic shepherds who can give you directions to the trail. All you need trekking permit, tent and food to carry.
How safe is drinking water during the K.G.L. Trek?
The drinking water we get from fresh water streams which are very safe for drinking , and can benefit your health.
Great lakes trekking Map And Summary
Linked destination/connectivity : Srinagar International Airport , Sonamarg ,Kargil , Leh Ladakh.
Short Itinerary/Height 2800 To 4300 Meters : Srinagar to Sonamarg 90 km drive 3 hours . Sonamarg to Nichinaya 12 km 6 hours Trek , Nichinaya to vishansar lake 14 km 7 hours Trek. Vishansar to Gadsar 17 km 8 hours Trek, Gadsar to megandob 8 km 4 hours Trek. Megandob to Gangabal lakes 14 km 7 hours Trek, Gangabal to Nranag 15 km 7 hours Trek, Naranag To Srinagar 2 Hours Drive, Elevation chart.
Adventure Activities: Camping ,Trout Angling , Horse Riding , Wildlife Photography, Night sky Photography, trudge. All the baggage/trekking gears are carried by Horses/Mules during the Kashmir great lakes trek.
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The food was so good, fresh and the most important is "balanced food" credit goes to chief Cook Mr Taariq (riyaz brother) for the unexpected yummy food.
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