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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Basics Gear
2. Be comfy at the trek
3. Personal Utilities
4. Think about your head
5. Mind your step
6. Keep these handy
7. Mobile and Camera charging system
*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.
Emergency during trek
Drinking and Smoking