Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Great Lakes Trekking reservation Solo and fixed departure Dates 2024

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Facts: Trekking Region Jammu and Kashmir , District Ganderbal ,western Himalayan RangeTrekking 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.

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Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek

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 and fly fishing. Do Not forget to see  Images/Photos and Videos of Great Lakes Trek Blog for Thailand Trekkers Information Video Link.

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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 basic costing 20000₹. You can take private trekking Package here and Ladakh tour Package.

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Vishansar lake

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 alpine Great 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 alpine Great 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 .

Gadsar Lake
Gadsar Meadows and wild flowers

Yamsar and Gadsar Lake   Altitude 4300 Meters 

Day 5 : Vishansar to Gadsar alpine Great 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.

Satsar Lake Altitude 3400 meters

Day 6 : Gadsar to Satsar alpine Great lakes 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 alpine great 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.

Sonmarg first base camp.

Kashmir Great Lakes trek Package

The basic cost includes 8 days trekking from Sonamarg shutkari to Naranag. without transport from Srinagar and offloading your personal bag.

Booking Kashmir Great Lakes Group Trekking  2024 Package basic  Cost 20000₹

Package Details: Budget trek Kashmir As a small local company takes limited trekkers up to 12 people in one Batch.  Private Trekking package 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 2200 . if you want us to carry your personal bag up to 10 kg by horse, It will cost you 2800₹ 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 25000 rupees. no tax no extra charges.

Contact us For KGL trek

Contact: Riyaz Ahmed Pakhtoon (trekking guide) for booking the trek: (dazpakhtoon@hotmail.com) Book Now Read Terms.

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Milky way view Vishansar campsite

KGL Trek Fixed Departure and Dates 2024 Group with Price 25000₹

July Group Dates 2024- (1 July to 8 July )- (9 July to 16 July )- (17 July to 24 July)- (25 July to 1 August )

August Group Dates 2024- ( 2 August to 9 August )-(10 August to 17 August )-(18 August to 25 August)-(26 august to 2 September )

September Group Dates 2024- (3  September to 10 September )-(11 September to 18 September )

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Frozen Gadsar lake

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 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 and get information about AMS.

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.

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Meadows of Himalayas


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 14cold 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, 22, Hand Gloves, According jk tourism guide lines A medical certificate is must to get trekking permit. Medical certificate format.

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Wild flowers ascending gadsar

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 read news. More about District Ganderbal government help lines.

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 KGL trek

The drinking water we get from fresh water streams which are very safe for drinking , and can benefit your health. You will get boiled water if needed.

Network in Kashmir Great lakes trek

Jio is very fast network up to Sonamarg, BSNL gets some signal up to Vishansar pass, rest of trek up to last day Budshire has no network.

Great lakes trekking Map And Summary

Great lakes trekking map
Sonamarg To Naranag Wangat Trekking Map

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.

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Adventure Activities: Camping ,Fly Fishing , Horse Riding , Wildlife Photography, Night sky Photography, trudge.  All the baggage/trekking gears are carried by Horses/Mules during the Kashmir great lakes trek.