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KASHMIR GREAT LAKES TREK
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
Best Season             July to Mid-September
Trail Head               Sonamarg
Trek Ends               Naranag.

 

ABOUT 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 everything 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.

ALPINE LAKES TREK
Major Attraction: Kashmir alpine lakes trek is one of beautiful cross country High Altitude trekking in Kashmir Himalayas. The trails pass through seven peerless alpine lakes in deep Himalayas Vishansar lake, Krishansar lake, Gadsar Lake, Harmukh peak, Gangabal Twin Lakes. Nomadic tribes and fly fishing.

Itinary

  • 1
    Arrive at Sonamarg

    Altitude: 7800 feet
    90 km drive from Srinagar, approx. 3 hours.
    If booked in advance, GHE can arrange to pick up from TRC at 3 pm Our campsite is near the Sindh river (Shitkadi Village). Since there are no shops around ensure that you have all that you need already. Remember to carry your ID proof in original and 2 photocopies as we have to submit them at the army check post.

  • 2
    Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.

    Altitude: 7,800 feet to 11,500 feet 11 km trek, approx. 8 hours
    After breakfast we trek to Nichnai via Shekdur. The trail takes you through meadows, dense forests with Maple, Pine, and Bhoj trees. After approx. half an hour, we get an army check post where we have to submit our ID proofs. While you are at it, you can enjoy an awesome view of the Sonmarg Valley or the Thajiwas Glacier.
    The trek from Shitkadi to Shekdur is going through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx. 2 and a half hours. At Shekdur, you can indulge in instant noodles and an omelet if you wish to. We follow the Nichnai Stream as we trek from Shekdur to Nichnai. We have lunch at the Nichnai stream, after Shekdur.

  • 3
    Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nichnai Pass

    Altitude: 11,500 feet to 12,000 feet via 13100 feet 12 km trek, approx. 7 hours
    Trek from Nichnai to Nichnai Pass is of approx. 1 and a half hours’ ascent.
    At the top of Nichnai Pass you can get B.S.N.L and Airtel network, which is the last point under the mobile coverage area. From Nichnai pass to Vishansar there is a descent.
    At Vishansar campsite, lunch will be offered. We can visit the Vishansar Lake which is just 15 minutes’ walk from the campsite The first lake of the trek and one of the most beautiful ones. If the trek is in July, the lake will be frozen. Otherwise, we can go fishing at the lake with permission from Srinagar Fishing Department. Vishansar is visited by hordes of sheep and their shepherds are known for interesting stories. A campsite is a unique place with open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket, etc. Beware of dogs at the campsite

  • 4
    Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)

    You may visit Kishansar lake, which is at approx. 1 and a half km from our campsite.
    If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at Ravishankar or else move towards the next campsite, rest day can be used at the Gangbal campsite.

  • 5
    Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass

    Altitude: (12,000ft) to (12,000ft) via (13,750ft) 14 km trek, approx. 10 hours
    We start the trek earlier than usual. The trail passes from Vishansar to Gadsar, via Gadsar pass the highest point of the trek. From Vishansar, the trail takes a steep ascent till Gadsar Pass. We can see Kishansar Lake on the way. From the Gadsar pass till the campsite, we descend gradually. We can spot the Gadsar lake end route. You might also spot the Glacier of Gadsar Lake. After the Gadsar lake, we will reach the campsite in 2 hours. Just a few minutes before our campsite, we will have another army checkpoint and we will have to share our ID proofs with them.
    Pack lunch will be provided.

  • 6
    Gadsar to Satsar

    Altitude: 12,000 feet to 12,000 feet (9 km trek, approx. 6 hours)
    Mid-July to mid-August, the trail is laden in vibrant flowers.
    We need to share our IDs at another army check post end route. Moving on, we see two small lakes which are often mistaken as Satsar Lakes. We will visit the Satsar twin lakes, in the afternoon, which are approx. 1.3 h Satsar twin lakes are also known as Mengen top. Those twin lakes are between the middle of the mountain.

  • 7
    Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass

    Altitude: 12,000 feet to 11,500 feet 13000 (11 km trek, approx. 6 hours)
    We walk on rocky paths for approx. an hour and ascend till Jazz Pass.
    At the pass, you can enjoy views of the 4 lakes, Mt. Harmukh, and its glacier. From the pass we descend till the Gangbal lake and camp at Nandkol lake. We visit the Gangbal Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in the trek. Post dinner, a team of Kashmiri staff will perform their traditional songs and dance.

  • 8
    Gangabal to Naranag Drive to Srinagar (80 Km 8 Hour)

     Altitude: 11,500 feet to 7,450 feet (15 km trek, approx. 7 hours)
    The trail is a descent till the last point of the trek – Naranag, so take care of your knees and ankles. The trail will pass through pine tree forests.
    On advance booking, GCA can arrange transport to Srinagar at a charge. After the 70 km drive, you will reach Srinagar by 6:30 pm.

     

    *Please note that prepaid sim cards do not work in Kashmir. Don’t forget your ID proof in original and 2 photocopies. On Day 8, you’ll reach Srinagar between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm. 

Inclusion

  • Accommodation. (Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg) Bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner.
  • Trek equipment’s like Sleeping bag, liner, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
  • Trekking Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide Support staff, and Mules.

Exclusion

  • Transport a part from Program
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. 250/per day
  • Hotel Stay in Srinagar. 3000 / 2
  • Food during the transit

Things to Carry

1. Basics Gear

  • Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 liter) with comfortable shoulder straps
  • 1 pack + rain cover (20 – 30) liter (If hire a mule or porter)
  • Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
  • Head torch 1 Nos.
  • Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each People who use hydration pack
  • 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  • Carry at least one thermos flask
  • Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electoral /ors
  • Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor

2.  Be comfy at the trek

  • T-shirts2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
  • Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
  • Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woolen sweater)
  • Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
  • Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
  • Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair
  • Trek pants2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Poncho1 Nos.

3.  Personal Utilities

  • Sunscreen cream, Hand sanitizer
  • Moisturizer Antibacterial powder
  • Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lip balm Quick dry towel

4.  Think about your head

  • Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
  • Woolen cap 1 Nos.
  • Balaclava 1 Nos.
  • Neck-gaiters1 Nos.
  • Sun glasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
  • People who wear spectacles-
  • (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  • (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.

5.  Mind your step

  • Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
  • Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair (Optional)
  • Cotton socks 5 pairs
  • Woolen socks3 pairs
  • Gaiters1 Pair (GHE  team will notify you if required)

6.  Keep these handy

  • Waterproof gloves1 Pair
  • Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair.

7.  Mobile and Camera charging system

  • Power bank and extra batter

*Please note that prepaid sim cards do not work in Kashmir. Don't forget your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies. On Day 8, you’ll reach Srinagar between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

Booking

Sonmarg to Sonmarg

Rs. 11500 Booking

Shrinagar to Shrinagar

Rs. 14500 Booking

Terms & Condition

Payment

  • Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking, Cheque/draft or cash are accepted. 50% of the trek cost will be advance payment for the booking of seat and balance amount must be paid 20 days’ prior of the event to confirm the booking.

Cancellation Policy

  • Before 20 days to the start of the trek — 20% Refund
  • Less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund
  • If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike etc.) no amount will be refunded.

Accommodation 

  • Stay on all days will be in tents. Tent will be allotted separately to males and females and will accommodate people. High altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees.

Emergency during trek

  • in case of any emergency Gujarat Adventure Club will take necessary measures for your return to the base camp. A staff will accompany you. He may not be some trained personnel. Doctors do not go along with a Team. ‘Gujarat Adventure Club’ leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. Registering for this trek is an understanding that you are aware of related difficulties on a high-altitude trek

Safety 

  • Our camp leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, bp. Camp leader reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with our camp leaders. Your trek leader will also be carrying medical kit which includes basic first aid and high-altitude sickness medicines and will also be carrying an oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. Route change / postponement/ delay / completing the trek earlier Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage.

Non-liability

  • ‘Gujarat Adventure Club’ is not responsible for any loss / damage of your gears / equipment or other belongings on the trek.

Drinking and Smoking

  • Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited. Buying drugs or any illegal material is strictly prohibited; the participant will be detained and handed over to the government authority.

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