Kashmir Great lakes trek Overview: with 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 advice 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 13000₹. We Have Best itinerary, approximate cost, Advance trekking Route information .Read our Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Reviews in Tripadvisor , feed Backs and Testimonials . 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.
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 trail leads through silver birch forest and finally leads through boulders route up to Nichnai valley. This is your first day on high altitude so headache is common.
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 easy ascend up to Kustoorkut. Then turn left to satsaran lakes this is only permanent settlement of Nomadic tribes of Dards, across the jawdora village. After reaching the campsite you can visit near by 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 see twin lakes of Gangabal and Nandkhol Twin lakes with the clear view of Mount Harmukh 5400 mt and khoulsar lake. There are other small lakes to view from the pass. From Zaji pass it is bit diffcult descend to 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 top. From top it is difficult descend to Naranag village ,It is worth to see Naranag temple before drive back to Srinagar.
Book Kashmir Great Lakes Group Trekking 2020 Package Cost 13500₹
Trekking Package Details:Budget trek Kashmir As a small local company we take Small Batches in Groups Package tours, up-to 12 persons in one Batch, Solo trekkers and 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 Itinerary During The trek: Breakfast, Pack lunch, Dinner ,after noon Tea, Coffee ,Kashmiri Kawa, Veg and non veg 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.
Advice: 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. Grand Total Cost 16000₹
Fixed Departure 2020 Group Treks K.G.L
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 July , The Trek begins normally from first of July the passes are under snow and campsites are clear and dry. It is best time for snow lovers and adventure lovers. Month Of August; It is 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 the Autumn begins every thing turns dry the mountains change color to yellow it is best time for Photography.
Weather:The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek starts from Sonamarg about 2800 meters from sea level. The weather remains unpredictable , short rains ,hails , low speed storms , den fogs are expected during high passes. It is advisable to avoid further proceeding during bad weather on trek.Kashmir does not have Monsoon. So Great lakes is idle trek during Monsoon in India. 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 Tips
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.
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 or hot bowl 16. keep your passport or id card with you during trekking 17. 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?
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 do we Get Drinking water during The 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.
Note : Telecom, Bsnl , Air tel ,Jio ,only postpaid are working up to Sonamarg with Internet. Kangan and Sonamarg Has ATM for any cash Transition, You can obtain Directly trekking permit from Sonamarg Tourists office. Guest house hotels are available at Sonamarg and Naranag. All the baggage and trekking gears will be carried by horses during the Kashmir great lakes trek.
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Me and my group done the GLK for 8D+7N with Mr Riyaz Pakhtoon. It was very short to enjoy the hills and mountains(that was exactly happen to me). Trek has been an awesome experience with breathtaking views of valley, river & mountains. Everything was beautiful and fresh during trek. The hospitality of Mr Riyaz service was incredible. We have no issues an accommodation.
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.
All the crew was amazing and FUN!! We really enjoy with them. All of them humble, professional, friendly & supportive. Thank you Riyaz crew for taking care of us during the trek. Mansoor our guide know the best spots to take the photo. I love every picture that i have. Credit goes to Mansoor for the great picture. Overall the tour was amazing & filled pure of joy. This is the moment that i remember for the rest of my life because of the great lake.
Highly recommended to Mr Riyaz Pakhtoon services. This is "Truly customer service" God bless the whole Riyaz family...