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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek


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(Sonamarg to Naranag)
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Region :- Kashmir, J & K
Duration :- 8 Days
Grade :- Moderate
Max Altitude :- 13,750 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 72 Kms.

Cradled in the lap of ravishing Himalayas, lies the crowning glory of India, the land of Kashmir, which is proudly denoted as paradise on earth simply for its serene pristine beauty that till date remains unmatched to any location across the globe. The Kashmir Great Lakes in the Kashmir Valley is one of the most sought after trekking destinations as it simply unwraps the mesmerizing beauty of the region filled with sparkling high altitude lakes amidst alpine meadows and beautifully dotted with amazing colorful orchids. Covering a total distance of 72 kms the challenging trail starts from Sonamarg at 7,800 feet and reaches to a maximum elevation of 13,750 feet at Gadsar Pass and then descends back to Naranag at 7,450 feet. The trekking route majorly comprises of mountain walking and is considered as moderate difficulty level trekking which can be done by first time trekkers too. So not only for the adventure seekers, the charismatic Kashmir Great Lakes trek is ideal for the nature lovers who wishes to bask in the charming beauty of lush landscapes, verdant meadows, fresh water lakes and myriad collection of wild flora at the backdrop of stunning peaks.

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a trekking journey of 8 days and the trekking is best done during the period of July till September when the meadow track remains filled with blooming flowers and verdant greenery. After this period, touring the valley in the Sonamarg region may not be that pleasant as rains and snow may hit anytime as change of weather is pretty much unpredictable in the high altitude regions. The temperature in Kashmir Valley in July stays from 15C to 20C and in the night drops to a minimum of 1C. But if the trek is done in September, the weather can be cooler with day time temperature hovering between 15C to 10C whereas in the night it may fall to a minimum of -3C. It is one of the best monsoon treks of the country.

The beautiful Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a pulsating escape from the hustle bustle of the city life and it enables the travelers to explore some of the sacred, untouched and blissful vision of undisturbed nature. The trek requires a minimum fitness level though advance knowledge of trekking is not mandatory. Any person above 14 years of age is eligible to participate in the hiking though the maximum age is depended on the fitness level of the individual. Although the trekking trail crosses through meadows and passes there are some steep ascents and sharp descents which makes it challenging for the inexperienced trekkers.

Great Lakes trek is a high altitude trekking in Kashmir and risk pertaining to the altitude is always there which should be noted specially by the beginner trekkers. One of the most common problems faced is Acute Mountain Sickness where a hiker may feel nausea, headache and uneasiness in the body. However this is usually a temporary problem and can be solved with correct measures. Also the air in the high altitude gets lighten and with decreased air pressure there remains possibility of breathlessness and dizziness. However if the fitness standards are maintained the trek can be done without any major health issues.

About the trek
Going by the name itself, this particular trekking expedition is a journey showcasing amazing views of some of the fascinating lakes in the Himalayan Kashmir region. Initiating from Sonamarg the trekking route passes through several waterways like Gadsar, Kishansar, Vishnasar, Satsar, Gangabal, Nundkol Lakes along with some unknown smaller lakes too which happens to only accentuate the beauty of the roads. The trekking trail concludes at the Naranag village and all through it guarantees a pleasant experience that remains imprinted in the minds of hikers forever. Sonamarg is based at an altitude of 7,800 feet at a distance of about 3 hours drive from Srinagar. The first campsite is based near Sindh River in Shitkadi Village and here only one can fetch a hint of all the wonderful things that can be enjoyed by the trekkers in this trip. Passing through thick forest of maple trees it’s a wonderful journey enjoying the pictorial beauty of Kashmir valleys. The next day the trek continues to Nichnai which is based at an elevation of 11,500 feet and covers a distance of 11kms. Enjoying the mesmerizing view of verdant Sonamarg Valley one passes through Thajiwas Glacier which is one major attractions of this region. Silver birch trees and thick maple forest all provides a refreshing and rejuvenating feel that energizes the mind and body to continue further and explore more, the beauty of nature.

From Nichnai at 11,750 feet, the next destination is Nichnai Pass which is nestled at an elevation of 13,100 feet and from there it’s a descent to Vishansar Lake at an altitude of 12,000 feet. The total trek for the day is a cover of 12kms and takes about 7 hours to complete the whole journey. The campsite for the third day would be at the banks of Vishansar Lake where one can plenty of activities at the backdrop of scenic extravaganza. In July however sometimes the lake turns frozen but otherwise its apt for fishing. The next destination is Gadsar Pass at an altitude of 13,750 feet which is the highest point of the trek. The trail can be quite challenging with steep ascents, winding roads and sharp turns. The trail passes through Gadsar Lake on its way and can savor the beauty of Gadsar Glacier. From Gadsar it’s again a 9kms trek to Satsar where one can enjoy the sight colorful wild flowers marking the way with amazing and unique fragrance. The sight of Satsar Twin Lakes is truly beautiful here. From here it’s a trek of 11kms to reach Gangabal twin Lakes via Zaj Pass. It’s a rocky terrain of an hour to Zaj Pass from where one can enjoy the awe striking views of Lakes, Mt Harmukh and the glacier. The day ends after visiting the Gangbal Lake and camping on the banks of Nandkol. The last day of the trip is a sharp descent from 11,500 feet to 7,450 feet to Naranag crosses stretches of deep pine forests. From Naranag it’s a drive back to Srinagar for an onward journey. In a whole it’s a physically demanding and laborious trek but with the treasure of the pristine beauty it is effort worth taken in every sense.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Arrive at Sonamarg

  • Altitude: 7800 ft
  • 90 kms drive from Shrinagar, approx 3 hours.
  • If booked in advance, TTH can arrange pick up from TRC at 3pm
  • 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 photo copies as we have to submit them at the army check post.

Day 2:- Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.

  • Altitude: 7,800 ft to 11,500 ft
  • 11 kms trek, approx 8 hours
  • After the 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 goes through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx 2 and half hours.
  • At Shekdur, you can indulge in instant noodles and an omelette 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.

Day 3 :- Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass

  • Altitude: 11,500 ft to 12,000 ft via 13100 ft
  • 12 kms trek, approx 7 hours
  • Trek from Nichnai to Nichnai Pass is of approx 1 and half hours ascent.
  • At the top of Nichnai Pass you can get B.S.N.L network, which is the last point under 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 do fishing at the lake with permission from Srinagar Fishing Department.
  • Vishansar is visited by hoards of sheep and their shepherds are known for interesting stories.
  • The campsite is a unique place with an open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket etc.
  • Beware of dogs at campsite

Day 4:- Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)

  • You may visit Kishansar lake, which is at approx 1 and half kms from our camp site.
  • If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at vishansar or else move towards next camp site, rest day can be use at Gangbal camp site.

Day 5:- Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass

  • Altitude: (12,000ft) to (12,000ft) via (13,750ft)
  • 14 kms 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 the Kishansar Lake on the way.
  • From the Gadsar pass till the camp site, we descend gradually.
  • We can spot the Gadsar lake en 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

Day 6 :- Gadsar to Satsar

  • Altitude: 12,000 ft to 12,000 ft
  • 9 kms trek, approx 6 hours trek
  • Mid July to mid August, the trail is laden in vibrant flowers.
  • We need to share our IDs at another army check post en 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
  • Stasar twin lakes are also known as mengen top.
  • Those twin lakes are between the middle of the mountain.

Day 7 :- Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass

  • Altitude: 12,000 ft to 11,500 ft 13000
  • 11 kms 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.

Day 8 :- Gangabal to Naranag Drive to Srinagar

  • Altitude: 11,500 ft to 7,450 ft
  • 15 kms 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, TTH can arrange transport to Srinagar at a charge.
  • After the 70 kms 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 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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 :- Arrive at Sonamarg

The enthralling expedition of Kashmir Great Lakes trek commences from Sonamarg region based at a distance of 90kms from the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar. From here it’s a 3 hours drive to Sonamarg nestled at an altitude of 7,800 feet. The drive can be arranged independently by booking a cab from Srinagar TRC or if the booking with TTH is done way in advance, the arrangement can be done from our side for a pick up from TRC at around 3pm. It is completely the choice of the traveler that they can drop in a day early to Srinagar and enjoy its wonderful locations in the lap of Kashmir Valley. Be it the Mughal Gardens, the royal fountain, Pari Mahal, Nishat Bag, Naseem Bag and many others. One can also take a small trip to Dal Lake if time permits. It is important to take all the necessary goods from Srinagar only as in Sonamarg there are practically no shops to even buy the necessary and immediate requirements. So it’s better to be prepared and purchase accordingly. Also do remember to carry any Government ID proof in original as well photocopies of the same as the trek passes through several army camps where it is necessary to show them for legal and authorized passes. After lunch around noon time take a drive to Sonamarg and on the way enjoy the enticing views of mountains, forest, cascading lakes and brooks. The road from Srinagar to Sonamarg is quite good without snow but filled with sharp bends and tight corners which can turn out to be a thrilling ride for the travelers. The drivers of the cabs are highly experienced and are aware of the slightest turns which make it safe to ride here. After reaching Sonamarg, our representative leads you to the campsite which is based close to Sindh River in the Shitkadi Village. Here all the arrangements are available for decent stay so setting up the camp it’s a relaxing day to enjoy the mesmerizing view of Sonamarg valley. Here the trek leaders would guide on the basic guidelines for the trek, share knowledge on how to stay warm, in line with other trackers, set up tents and other basic informations so that trekkers can enjoy the trail in a much better way. Traditional dinner is served here which is suitable in the climate and helps to remain warm and adoptable to the new climatic conditions.

Day 2:- Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.

The second day is the most refreshing and energizing day since it marks the commencement of a fascinating journey of continuous 7 days amidst the awe striking beauties of nature that will keep all captivated. The destination for the day is to reach Nichnai which is based at an elevation of 11,500 feet. The total trekking trail for the second day stretches for a distance of 11kms and takes about 8 hours to reach the final point for the day. The journey commences after having breakfast in the morning amidst beautiful scenic locations. Sonamarg ideally is the last inhabited location after which one can only get in touch with civilization at the end of the expedition in Naranag village. The road that travels towards Nichnai initially follows the Sindh River. The track after few minutes of commencing takes a steep ascend and soon after takes a turn towards fascinating greenery and lush meadows. With perfect climate and avid growth of maple and pine forest on the way one can enjoy scenic panorama at its best. The Sonamarg town can be visualized from here in full view. As the pine forest and its scintillating sweet scented air gives way to a clearing and marks the end of the forest one can enjoy the breathtaking view of Sonamarg valley with clear lines marking its geographical assets and giving way to an astonishing picture. Even the sight of one of the greatest attractions of Kashmir, the Thajiwas Glacier can also be fetched from here. While trekking in Kashmir, the travelers get to come close with the scenic beauty of the land and its changing spirits and glamour, which is believed to be one of the prettiest places on earth. Once the maple forests ends it marks the route for descending towards Shekdur which is a location filled with small peaks covered with snow. It’s a two and a half hours trek from Shitkad to Shekdur amidst dense growth of pine trees. As the meadows of Shekdur are reached, one can bask in the beautiful greenery surrounded by thick crowd of Bhoj trees. It’s a wonderful place to spend some time at the lap of Mother Nature and have some refreshments before continuing further. From here amidst silver birch trees it’s a descending till the end of the birch forest where the trekking trail gives way to Nichnai. This river on its course connects the Sindhi river flowing through Sonamarg region. Here the trekkers can enjoy lunch beside the flowing stream of Nichnai and enjoy Kashmir in a new way. The rest of the day is for rest. Overnight stay at campsite in Nichnai.

Day 3 :- Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass

The third day of the expedition begins much earlier in compare to the last day since the trek trail for the day is a bit longer and will take more time to reach the destination. Inhaling in the sweet scented meadows and morning air it’s an energized beginning for a 12km trek to Vishansar lake at 12,00feet enroute Nichnai Pass at 13,100 feet, The trek for the day is a combination of ascend and then descending back to 12,000feet and it takes a total time of seven hours to complete the journey. So as the trek commences after morning refreshments it’s a challenging climb up to Nichnai Pass which takes about 1 and half hour to reach the destination. The road for Nichnai Pass initially begins by crossing the river and then walking on the banks of it and then afterwards it’s a climb up which may take almost an hour. On the way up one can see the magical scenic panorama of a deep blue lake but the ridge is actually not the pass and it twists at least two times after this location before the Nichnai pass is reached. It is a wide hollow like pass with slow clad mountains encircling the area providing quite a visual treat to the eyes. Even one can enjoy the sight of Sonamarg valley from this location. Till here one can access BSNL network as beyond this till Gangabal getting any kind of mobile coverage can be a difficult task. Since the altitude of the location is quite high, reaching Nichnai Pass one can feel health problems like headache, dizziness and shallow breathing. This happens due to the lower oxygen levels but as one descends the problem resides. From Nichnai Pass the next destination is a descend to Vishansar Lake at 12,000 feet. This is quite an undulating terrain full of rocky outgrowths that are strong and can be quite torturing for the feet. This rough and rugged terrain continues for an hour after which the soft grasslands comes in view. Colourful wild flowers and lavish green meadows encourage the spirit as one crosses the beautiful Nichnai valley. On this way one can also come across the beautiful waterfall which meets the river. One can capture some of the amazing pictures of nature in this route till the end of Nichnai Valley. From here it’s only half a km distance to the Vishansar Lake. This is the place for campsite for the 3rd day which is about 15minutes walking distance from the lake. After reaching here one can enjoy lunch and take the rest of the day for relaxing amidst the beauty of nature.

Day 4:- Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)

The fourth day of the expedition can be utilized as acclimatization day if the weather is not favourable or else the rest day can be shifted to the next camping area, the Gangbal campsite. However if trekkers needs to stay at Vishansar Lake campsite for one more day, there are plenty of activities that can be enjoyed here. This is gigantic lake spread over a huge area. If it is not the month of July then the waters will not be frozen and one can enjoy the cool streams and fishing in its waters after seeking permission from the Srinagar Fishing Department. One can also have the pleasure to meet the shepherds and their hoards of sheep and listen to the untold stories and facts of this region. The area is so big with large open fields that trekkers can even try out a game of volleyball or cricket in this ground and enjoy making some quick runs. The area can be hounded by wild dogs so it is always better to beware and remain in groups to scare the animal away.
The site at the Vishansar Lake is truly a fascinating destination to relax and rejuvenate the mind and make it completely stress free away from all worldly affairs. The brilliant sunset amidst the mountains is an equally beautiful in its unique crimson shades. Photography can be best enjoyed here with enough scenic panoramas to capture in.

Day 5:- Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass

The trekking trail continues on the fifth day where the destination is decided at Gadsar at 12,000feet after visiting the charming Gadsar Pass at 13,750 feet from the sea level. The next leg of the trek comprises of steep ascent, sharp descends and much of greenery walks. The first stop on the way to Gadsar Pass is the Kishansar Lake which is about 1 and a half kilometres away from the Vishansar Lake campsite. This can either be visited on the day before or on the fifth day while travelling to Gadsar Pass. While visiting the Kishansar Lake and way up to the top of the ridge one can treat the eyes with the magnificent view of the enchanting twin lakes Vishansar and Kishansar. From here it’s a steep climb to Gadsar Pass which is quite challenging specially for the beginner trekkers. However though physically demanding it is not impossible and once reached it is definitely worth the effort. The Gadsar Pass is the highest point of the trek. One can enjoy enchanting views from this location and even spot small lakes in the distance. One of the unique features of Gadsar Pass is that one can find avid bloom of white and red Iris flowers in this region. The descent from Gadsar pass to Gadsar is a gradual journey where it crosses the amazing Gadsar Lake and even the glacier of it. It is one of the most sparkling and charming lakes of the region covered with blue flower beds make it absolutely eye arresting. The trekkers can spend some resting time here and enjoy the beauty of nature at its full extent. After having small refreshment its further a trek of 2 km before the Gadsar campsite is reached. Just before the campsite is reached the trekkers will come across the army campsite where all travellers need to produce their original ID cards for personal identification and authenticity before they are allowed to move in. Once settled in the campsite, all will be provided packed lunch. The rest of the day is off for relaxation. However it is not advisable to go much further from the campsite as one need to take permission from the army authorities to trek further or cross Gadsar. Overnight stay will be at Gadsar campsite before the next adventurous trek, the following day.

Day 6 :- Gadsar to Satsar

The next day of the trek is scheduled for a journey to Satsar which is again based at 12,000 feet only. Having delightful breakfast at the campsite the journey begins for a stretch of 9km which takes about 6 hours to reach the destination. From the campsite the trekkers needs to move towards the stream which is based at an elevation of 10,600 feet. Crossing the stream is the easiest way to move ahead for the next campsite but if the icy cool water of the stream really gives the scare then there remains the option of heading towards the bridge where the climb is a little steeper. After crossing the stream the trekking trail is absolutely impressive with chains of tree line that moves up to the altitude of 11000 feet. One can also view the fascinating collection of mountain flowers if the place is visited during the months of July and August On the way the trekkers may need to again show their ID proof to the authorities at the army camp of Satsar army check post to proceed further. It is the third line of defence for the country. So, necessary permissions should be taken before moving ahead. Moving on from the army camp and walking for another ten minutes will let the trekkers come across the first Satsar Lake. Satsar is a collection of multiple lakes and the place where Satsar twin lakes become visible is known as Mengen Top. Based in the middle of the mountains this beautiful twin lake is a natural beauty that fills the heart with pleasure. However this twin lake of Satsar is based at a distance of 1.3kms from the Satsar campsite so the trekkers can visit the place very well in the afternoon. The Satsar lakes are quite big and stretch over a giant area. Lush greenery borders the banks of the lakes and chilling winds can be experienced in this region during night time. This is one of the most pleasant and thrilling place to camp and enjoy good times with friends and co travellers and share the high and lows of the journey so far. Enthusiasts can also arrange for a campfire before the campsite and enjoy nature music and the fascinating beauty of night sky in the beautiful Kashmir, famed for being heaven on earth. Enjoy open air warm dinner and night stay at the camp site.

Day 7:- Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass

The next day trek can be quite tiresome as one need to travel through difficult roads to reach the destination Gangabal twin lakes based at an altitude of 11,750 feet. The journey for the day is a trek of 11kms and takes about 6 hours or more to reach the destination. The pathway for the destination is quite rocky and filled with rugged boulders making it quite difficult to cross the area. The roads go up and down and the trekkers need to do a lot of hoping exercise over the rough boulders. After the rough path comes to an end and the forest line comes in view one can visualize a ridge about 1000meters higher. To reach the top of the ridge one needs to travel through rocky hard terrain which can lower the speed of travelling. Leg aches and foot pain are quite common in this route though the scenic beauty of the lavish mountains amidst pine trees never loses the sight. From the top of the ridge one can enjoy the breathtaking spectacular views of Gangabal Lake along with Nundkol spreading an aura which speaks for its own. The location of the lakes are about 1400 feet below so one should be prepared for a sharp descent to reach the next campsite. Though descending may seem much easier from above, in contrast to the efforts already placed rising to this location, but the actual scenario is not so. Descending the terrain is equally full of hurdles one should extra precaution while climbing down the stony path. This laborious journey ends as the trekker reaches the greenery again after the rocky barren lands. After reaching the base the journey continues through pleasant greenery which rejuvenates the energy again for the rest of the path. On the way to Gangabal, while passing the green meadows the travellers also come across the sight of beautiful Nundkol Lake just below Mt Harmukh. Fascinating view of its glaciers make it more eye arresting for the onlookers. From here it’s a further descend to Gangabal Lake taking the help of the man made bridge which facilitates to reach the starting location of the lake. The much awaited campsite is based here and the trekkers can avail their deserving rest amidst scenic extravaganza that is absolutely unparallel to any tourist destination. For the enthusiast travellers, it’s a perfect location to have some nature walk or enjoy the running waters of lake. Photography is also a good pastime here.

Day 8 :- Gangabal to Naranag Drive to Srinagar

The last day of the trekking trip is scheduled for a sharp descend from 11,500 feet to Naranag at 7,450feet. The journey is quite long of 15kms which needs to be covered in an approximate time of 7 hours. Starting early, the journey continues along the stream and about an hour later one can see the signs of the mobile network being back. While going down one leaves behind the fascinating scenery of gigantic Mount Harmukh and rows of yellow flowers bloomed with passion all through the stretched fields. The region is so filled with flora that there remains always a scare of stepping and ruining the spectacular arena. As the hikers move downwards the traces of inhabitation comes into view in midst the dense pine forests. The terrain here is quite less steep which enables the hikers to move cautiously to avoid any physical harm. For 6 kilometres the gradual descending continues which hardly gives the feeling of coming down from an altitude. But the feeling gets lost in the last 4 kilometres, descending about 3000 feet, where the road suffers a sudden descent making it difficult to combat the irregular and drastic change of difficult roads, climate and altitude.
It is from here that the travellers can visualize the last location of the trip, Naranag though actually the destination is still far. The last lap of the trek again pulls one through stony roads of the Naranag village and finally to the main road. It’s a tiring and demanding trek but surely it is the most serene and blissful journey that provides huge pleasure to every heart. The seven day monsoon trek is always a pleasant memory for every trekker for lifetime.
On reaching Naranag, one can take a cab to Srinagar which is again a drive back of 70kms. If the booking is in advance, TTH will make all the arrangements but will charge for the same. The schedule time to reach Srinagar is 6:30 in the evening but the timing may change in case of road traffic or other unavoidable conditions. However it is safe to book an onward journey after 8pm to be on the safe side. Travellers can also enjoy one more night in the beautiful Kashmir valley by staying back at any hotels in the city and travel anytime the next day enjoying more of the capital city.

How to Reach

By Air :-
Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines (www.indian-airlines.nic.in) Jet airways (www.jetairways.com) and Indigo operate daily flights to Srinagar. Reaching Srinagar by flight from New Delhi is the most convenient way.

By Train :-
Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail. Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

By Bus:-
Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1A to the rest of the country. J & K state road transport operates comfortable buses from Jammu. The Journey takes about 10 hours to reach Srinagar.

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
3. Trek equipments like Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
4. Trekking Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff

Exclusions :-
1. Transport from Srinagar to Sonmarg and Narnag to Srinagar
2. Hotel Stay in Srinagar.
3. Food during the transit.
4. Insurance.
5. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Transportation: The cost of transport from Srinagar to Sonmarg and return from Narnag to Srinagar has to be borne by the participant. Trek The Himalayas has arrangements with local transporters to pick up trekkers from Srinagar. The vehicles will leave Srinagar at 3.00 pm and reach Sonamarg by 6.00 pm.

Srinagar Accommodation: The stay at Srinagar on the last day is not included in the trek fee. However we can assist you in booking a hotel or a houseboat for the same. Most participants opt for the Trek The Himalayas pick up – and we assume the same in your case. In case you do not want the Trek The Himalayas pick up, please let us know at least 15 days in advance to the start of the trek. Intimation is by email only at info@trekthehimalayas.com

Note : Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to mule, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee: The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book: It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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July to September. More snow in the months of July.

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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Brief Detail

Brief Detail

How we runs the trek ?

Our trek lead by mountaineering and wilderness first aid certified trek leader along with cooking staff and supporting staff.

Best Time to Trek-

The best season for Kashmir Great Lakes trek is last week of June to second week of September. After that chance of rain in Sonmarg region and snow fall at the high mountain.

Transportation :-

The cost of transport from Srinagar to Sonmarg and return from Narnag to Srinagar has to be bear by the trekkers. Trek The Himalayas has arrangements with local transporters to pick up trekkers from Srinagar. The vehicles will leave Srinagar at 3.00 pm and reach Sonamarg by 6.00 pm and after the trek we will drop you at Sringar Airport or central place in Sringar from Naranag.


June End to July day time 15C to 20C and night 7C to 1C August - September , day time 15C to 10C and night 5C to -3C

Mode of Transport-

Transport from Srinagar to Sonmarg base camp and return Srinagar from Naranag by Tata Sumo, Quails or equivalent and in each vehicle share by the seven (6) participant.

Batch Size and age group -

In each fix departure batch there will be 18-22 trekkers including Male and female. Minimum age for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is 14 years and maximum depends on fitness level.

Pick Up and Drop Point:-

Our pick up point is Srinagar TRC center or Near Dal Lake at 3.00 pm in the afternoon and after the trek we drop at Srinagar Airport or central place in Srinagar by 5:00 PM in the evening. The best way to reach Srinagar by flight from Delhi.

Level of Trek:-

Great Lakes trek is Moderate and trek goes to Max altitude 13750 Ft.

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