Sonamarg Over view:This is a picturesque region north of Srinagar through which the street to ladakh passes, The Zoji la pass denotes the limit from the sind valley into ladakh. Sonamarg,at 2740 meters, is the last significant point in Kashmir and a great base for trekking .Its name implies knoll of gold, which could get from the spring blooms or from the vital exchanging position it once enjoyed.The modest town of baltal is the last place in Kashmir, comfortable foot of the Zoji la.The Zoji la is the watershed among Kashmir and ladakh .on one side you have green, rich view of kashmir while on the opposite side everything is fruitless and dry.
Major Attraction: Thajiwas Glacier, Gadibal Fish point, Baltal Base camp ,Rafting in river Sindh , Vishansar and Kishansar high altitude lakesand Zojila Pass.
Trekking routes : Seven Lakes trek, Gangabal lake , Vishansar lake, Satsar , Krsiansar, Gadsar lake.
Sonamarg Location: 81 Km in north- east direction from Srinagar at a Height of 2700 Meters. Sonamarg can be the base point for some of best trekking routes.A trek in this locale offers terrific mountain view wonderfully bloomed campgrounds and superb angling.it is a perfect expansion for a trek between the lidder and sindh valley and gives first Base camping for Sonamarg to Naranag Trek.Historically sonamarg was gateway of ancient silk road.And was important place for foreign traders coming from centre Asia.
Trekking in Sonamarg
Sonamarg lies underneath of zojali high mountain pass in great Himalayas. and gives rise of three great Himalayan peaks and glaciers. sirbal peak 5230 meters, Amaranth peak 5180 meters and machoi peak 5450 meters. machoi glacier, thajiwas glacier. Sonamarg has some popular alpine lakes Vishansar lake,krishansar lake and virgin lakes too. Sonamarg serves as primary adventure and hiking sports destination for trekking in Kashmir. Some of the famous sports in sonamarg are ,river rafting in sind river, mountaineering ,fly fishing ,horse riding , glacier trekking ,winter sports ,Sonamarg have some of the best short hikes to vishansar lake and other adjoining area. Must experience trekking to the high altitudes lakes of krishansar , vishansar ,tajwais glacier .
Kashmir Naranag valley
Naranag valley Situated on the left bank of the Wangath river Naranag is additionally known for its beautiful glades. It is additionally base camp for trekkers to the Mount Harmukh, Gangabal Lake and Satsar lake. There are likewise long separation treks to Gadsar lake, Vishansar Lake and the Krishansar Lake.Naranag mesmerizes tourists with its sprawling meadows, dense forests, and a river flowing alongside the spot. Naranag is one of the best places, in fact bases for trekking and adventure tours.
Kashmir Sarbal valley
Sarbal valley is 10 km from sonamarg a beautiful valley offers nice campsite and trekking one of the highest alpine lakes trek to dunrinar lakes trek.
sonamarg has small village shutkar and has non permanent settlement and lives seasonally during winter they shift to gagangear. sonamarg remains close in winter about four months due to heavy snow fall and avalanches. sonamarg is easy accessible from Srinagar three hours drive by car and 87 kilometers distance other local transport is also available.the best season for exploring sonamarg is month of April sonamarg looks like Iceland snow carpet meadows snow tunnels on way to sonamarg.
Note: Trekking in Sonamarg needs basic equipment’s ,and some treks needs trekking permission, you take customize Sonamarg trekking package to explore Sonamarg , Transport ,trekking equipment’s, cooking gear ,catering ,will be carried by horses. Tourist reception center is available at Sonamarg , guest house , hotel ,restaurants ,and market is avaible in sonamarg .