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 traditional route of the Gujjars (the nomadic shepherds of Kashmir) from Sonmarg to Naranag valley. Major Attraction of The Seven Lakes Trek : Vishansar lake , Krishansar lake ,Gadsar Lake , Harmukh peak , Gangabal Twin Lakes . Nomadic tribes.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Budget Trek Kashmir will give you all the support and advice in your trekking expedition for Kashmir High altitude alpines 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 Route information .Read our Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Reviews in  Tripadvisor , feed Backs and Testimonial .  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

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Itinerary for Great Lakes Kashmir

Day 1 : Srinagar To Sonamarg  Altitude 2800 Meters 3 Hours Drive 80 km distance

Start after noon from Srinagar to Sonamarg 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.

Kashmir great lakes trek Map

Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai valley Trekking altitude 3500 Meters 6 hours Walk 11 km distance

Start from Sonamarg up to Shukderan.  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 up to Nichnai  valley. This is your first day on high altitude so headache is common.

Day 3 : Nichnai to Vishansar Lake  Trekking Altitude 4000 Meters 7 hours Walk 13 km distance

Start from Nichinai valley  the first climb up to Nichnai pass is steep 3 hours.  The top 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 lake of vishansar campsite.

great lakes snow pass

Day 4 : Vishansar Lake 3500 Meters Altitude 

It is rest day you can sight seen around vishansar trout fishing

Day 5 : Vishansar Lake To Gadsar Lake  Trek  Altitude 4300 Meters 8 hours walk 16 km distance (Review Difficult)

This is tough day for every one in team, You need best weather to cross the pass. Start from Vishansar the first climb to Krishansar lake is easy going.  From Krishansar lake two hours very steep ascend up to Gadsar top 4300 meters. From the top the real paradise begin of magical great lakes.  On a clear day a magnificent view of the Nanga Parvat is possible.  Wild flowers, glaciers, rare herbs, wild animals are other beauty of this trail.

Day 6 : Gadsar Lake To Mengandob Trek Altitude 3400 meters 4 hours walk 10 km distance

This is easy day walking, 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 their is only permanent settlement across the  jawdora village. After reaching the campsite you can visit near by satsaran lake.

Satsar lake

Day 7 : Mengandob To Gangabal Lakes  Trek  Altitude 4000 Meters 6 hours walk 11 km distance 

The Day starts with climb from mengandob to zaji pass 3 hour.   From zaji pass you will see twin lakes of Gangabal, Nandkhol lakes and gigantic Mount Harmukh. There are other small lakes to see from the pass.  From Zaji pass it is bit diffcult descend to Gangabal campsite near the lake.

Day 8 : Gangabal lakes to Naranag Village 6 hours walk 15 km distance 

The day starts with easy  Walking up to Budshare top. From top it is difficult descend to Naranag village ,It is worth to see Naranag temple before  drive back to Srinagar.

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Package Details For Booking Great Lakes Group Treks , Basic cost 13000/ rupees.

Budget trek Kashmir As  a small local company we take  Small Batches/Groups up-to 12 persons in one Group  and private groups also.  As a Basic 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 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.

Krishansar lake

Fixed Departure 2019 Group Treks K.G.L

Trekking in July (29 June to 6 July )- (3 July to 10 July )- (6 July to 13 July)- (10 July to 17 July)-(13 July to 20 July)(17 July to 24 July)-(20 July  to 27 July  )-(23 July to 30 August )-(27 July  to 3 August)

Trekking in August (3 August to 10 august )-(6 august to 13 august)-(10 august 17 august)-(13 august to 20)       (17 august to 24 august)-(21 august to 28 august)(24 august to 31 August) ( 28 august to 3 September )

Trekking september (1 September to 8 September )-(4 September to 11 September )-(7 September to 14 September) –(11 September 18 September )– ( 14 september to 21 september )

Gadsar Lake

FAQs About Kashmir Great Lakes Trekking

How is weather and Temperature on Trekking?

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. 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.

What is a best Time for Trekking in Great Lakes?

Best time for Kashmir Great Lakes trek: 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.

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.

How Difficult Is Trekking Terrain from sonamarg to Naranag?

The Kashmir 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.

Gadsar Meadows

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 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.

How Can I prepare my fitness for high altitude trek?

Fitness Guide :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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Linked destination/connectivity : Srinagar International Airport , Sonamarg ,Kargil ,

Short Itinerary/Route  : 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.

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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by Deffna R. S on Budget Trek Kashmir
GLK experience

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...