Kashmir Great Lake

Kashmir Great Lakes

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 Grandeur of Kashmir

Kashmir has always been compared to heaven because of its exotic beauty and fascinating places; untouched and serene. The Kashmir Great Lakes is an extremely beautiful trek because of “Five Alpine Lakes” in a series. Their beauty is incomparable! During the trek, go through the lavish meadows, get panorama views of the mountains and explore the aqua-green alpine lakes.Certainly, each day on this trek is perfect!

The bliss are the heavenly meadows of Kashmir. A number of pine and maple trees grow here. Further, below Gadsar pass wildflowers grow in abundance and ahead the fields of Satsar are plain. Moreover, the lakes are fed by snow patches.

So, experience the grandeur of Kashmir Great Lakes trek and add it in Diary of your Himalayan Journey!

Kashmir Great Lakes

 

Get Amazed On Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

All of the lakes are amazing but Gadsar amongst all is untouched because of its high altitude. It lies against a glacier and surrounded by a meadow where wildflowers grow in abundance. Therefore, it perfectly adds beauty to the picturesque valley.

The high Gadsar Pass offers lovely valley views and offers the sight of Vishansar and Kishansar – The twin Lakes. On the other hand lies lavish grasslands of Gadsar valley.

 

Kashmir Great Lakes

 

Unusual Attractions of KGL

The meadows of Satsar are surreal and a stream flows through them. The Satsar Lake is an addition to the beauty of valley. In addition, another attraction of this trek is the descent from Gangabal. During the downhill trek get the most surpassing views. Look backwards and spot lofty Harmukh peak.

Further witness yellow flowers growing together and a single hut, this setting is idyllic. These settings can only be found in Kashmir.

 

Key Points of Kashmir Great Lakes

  • Level – Moderate (good for beginners)
  • Proper conditioning & training of body required
  • Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
  • Shoes are the single most important equipment.
  • High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
  • Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
  • Travel light
  • The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.

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Trek Fee: Rs.13500 Per Person (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Srinagar to Srinagar )

Duration: 7 Days

temperatureTemperature : Day (17°C to 20°C) Night (3°C to 4°C)

altitudeAltitude: (13,800 feet)

Best Time:JJuly, August and September

Level: Moderate

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Overview

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1– Drive from Srinagar to Shitkadi via Sonamarg

Altitude – 2,377 m/7,800 ft

Distance – 112 km

Time taken – 4 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 2– Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur

Altitude – 3,505 m/11,500 ft

Distance – 11.5 km

Time taken – 6/7 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 3– Trek from Nichnai to Vishnusar. Explore twin Lakes (Kishansar and Vishnusar)

Altitude – 6,258 m/12,000 ft

Distance – 13.5 km

Time taken – 6/7 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 4– Trek from Vishnusar to Gadsar via Gadsar pass
Altitude – Gadsar Pass (4,206 m/13,800 feet) Gadsar (3,810 m/12,500 ft)

Distance – 16 km

Time taken – 6/7 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 5– Trek from Gadsar to Satsar

Altitude – 6,258 m/12,000 ft

Distance – 11.5 km

Time taken – 5/6 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 6– Trek from Satsar to Gangabal

Altitude – 3,505 m/ 11,500 ft

Distance – 9 km

Time taken – 5/6 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 7– Trek from Gangabal to Naranag and Drive to Srinagar
Altitude – 2,271 m/7,450 ft

Distance – 13 km

Time taken – 5/6 hours

Night stay – Camps

Kashmir Great Lake Rainfall Chart of Kashmir Great Lake

The trek package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this package?Items that are included in the cost of trek price.

✅ Transport facility from Srinagar to Srinagar
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gear)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Mattress
✅ Liner
✅ Pillow
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Porters
✅ Helper
✅ Mules
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

❌ Personal Insurance
❌Medical Certificate
❌Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

NOTE :

Full payment confirms your booking

We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek FAQ’s

The accommodation will be in camps throughout the trek.

We provide tents on twin share basis and 3 people can also accommodate.

The best time to do Kashmir Great lakes trek will be in the month of July, August and September.

The tents are waterproof and if it rains while trekking then use rain cover for your backpack and poncho will keep you dry.

Yes, it is a great trek for beginners and the child should be above 5 years to do this trek.

We provide a variety of healthy and delicious food. Check the food menu here – Food Menu

Yes, you can rent jackets, trekking shoes, hiking pole and backpacks.

For some reason you are unable to carry your backpack then you can keep it at the office. Applicable charges are Rs 300 per Backpack for per day.

Srinagar is the last point where you will find ATM and ahead your device may receive BSNL and Vodafone signals at Sonamarg but the signal strength is intermittent.

During the trek we set up separate toilet tents for ladies and gents. There will be a deep pit, use it and cover it with help of a shovel. (Use toilet paper instead of wet wipes).

There are some risks on every trek but Kashmir Great Lakes is safest because there are no landslide prone areas or scary river crossing.

– Sonamarg (7,800 ft)

– Nichnai (11,500 ft)

– Vishnusar (12,000 ft)

– Gadsar (12,500 ft)

– Satsar  (12,000 ft)

– Gangabal  (11,500 ft)

– Naranag ( 7,450 ft)

  1. Day 1 Drive from Srinagar to Shitkadi via Sonamarg

    Altitude – 2,377 m/7,800 ft

    Distance – 112 km

    Time taken – 4 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Shitkadi is few km away from Sonamarg and the trek starts from there, you have to reach Srinagar and vehicles will be arranged for you from there. Reach your base camp in 4 hours.

  2. Day 2 Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur

    Altitude – 3,505 m/11,500 ft

    Distance – 11.5 km

    Time taken – 6/7 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    The trek will begin 3 km away from Sonmarg on Srinagar Road. Today you have to ascend for three hours and descend for 1 hour and then finally ascend towards campsite Nichnai.

    After 10 minutes of trekking you will enter a blooming meadow and from here Sonamarg town will be clearly visible. Reach the top and trek through thick forest of Maples. There are small forest clearings and ahead the sight of Sonamarg valley is waiting, the sight gets clearer with the gain in altitude. This forest ends at ridge top and on the other side is a meadow downwards.

    From the ridge top have a look at the beguiling valleys. Now, start trekking through the meadow and on the left side are shepherds’ huts and Silver Birch trees. The meadow is wide and the green carpet is amusing, there are small streams which are along the trail. Reach Shekdur, a meadow with Silver Birch trees, spend some time here have lunch and head for Nichnai.

    Descend and reach the end of trees and this trail leads to the beginning of Nichnai (River valley). Follow the right bank of river and enter a beautiful wide valley surrounded by mountains. The river flows through this valley, trek for 30 minutes and then come to the wider part amidst mountain ranges. Setup your camps at desired area, spend your night in this beautiful setting.

  3. Day 3 Trek from Nichnai to Vishnusar. Explore twin Lakes (Kishansar and Vishnusar)

    Altitude – 6,258 m/12,000 ft

    Distance – 13.5 km

    Time taken – 6/7 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Today you will trek through the meadows and witness the change in landscapes. Start early and first you have to reach Nichnai Pass it is visible from the campsite. Walk along the river and then move towards left bank, keep following it for one hour and the trail ascends through the meadows. Reaching the pass will take one hour and the meadow walk ends near Vishnusar Lake.

    Reach Nichnai Pass (13,500 feet) and you can see Sonamarg valley and the trail is visible. On the left are snow covered mountains and on the right is raised land. The trail rapidly starts descending from here through rocky area and after half an hour of trek you will reach the grassy section. The beautiful red flowers looks are overwhelming and ahead a wide meadow stretching long can be seen. The flowery meadow and the view of peaks look perfect together. On the left is a huge waterfall, it joins the river which flows through the meadow.

    Walk on the flat meadow on carpet of grass and amidst two mountain ranges. Reach the end and come across a stream, it originates from Vishnusar Lake. The lake isn’t visible not even from the campsite, setup your camps and now if you want, you can go and explore the twin Lakes. Vishnusar Lake is 0.5 km away and you can reach there in 10 minutes. The lake looks beautiful and the mountain reflections can be seen, the colour of the lake changes according to the weather and time. Now trek towards Kishansar it is 0.5 away, it is big and bluish in colour the views are enthralling the meadow and lake looks picture perfect. Spend some time at the meadows of Kishansar and then get back to your camp.

  4. Day 4 Trek from Vishnusar to Gadsar via Gadsar pass 

    Altitude – Gadsar Pass (4,206 m/13,800 feet) Gadsar (3,810 m/12,500 ft)

    Distance – 16 km

    Time taken – 6/7 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Start your trek and in half an hour you will reach the ridge top (Gadsar Pass) and the views of twin lakes Vishnusar and Kishansar together are rewarding. Ascending is steep for two hours with a steep descend and walk through the meadows. Other side of Gadsar Pass is a wide valley which has small lakes and you can have views of snow covered from a distance.

    Descend towards valley and the first lake visible is Yamsar Lake, trek for an hour and reach the flat meadows. The valley gets narrow and colourful flowers look captivating, now you are about to reach Gadsar. It is one of the most beautiful and divine lake of this trek, blue flowers glow on the side and snow slides into the lake from mountains.

    You can camp at Gadsar but most people don’t camp here so you can follow the downward trail for half an hour and another valley opens up and on its left side is a blue lake. Then comes army camp of Gadsar, moving further this camp needs permission from the Headquarters and it takes 2-3 hours to get the permit. Id proofs, details of the team and trekkers are checked.

  5. Day 5 Trek from Gadsar to Satsar 

    Altitude – 6,258 m/12,000 ft

    Distance – 11.5 km

    Time taken – 5/6 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Cross a stream and go uphill, you will reach above the tree line but the trees and river will be visible below. As you go higher the altitude is gained and by trekking further you exit the river valley. Walk on the meadow surrounded by barren mountains and to your right is Maegandob.

    Further is a landscape which looks attractive with mountains in front, look toward right there is a small ridge and in between is a flat land all green with a stream flowing through it. You can camp here if your last camp was at Gadsar Lake but if the camping site was army camp then you can camp near Satsar Lakes.

    Satsar Lakes are 7 Lakes and water can be found in 4-5 lakes but it depends on the season. Ahead is a Satsar army check post here also all the details original id proofs everything is checked. When you move ahead the army camp then you will get to see the first of Satsar Lakes. The lake is big with Mountain View in front, here you can choose a place to camp.

  6. Day 6 Trek from Satsar to Gangabal 

    Altitude – 3,505 m/ 11,500 ft

    Distance – 9 km

    Time taken – 5/6 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Today’s trek will be combination of ascends and descends, after half an hour of trekking you will come across the biggest and last Satsar Lake. The trail is through boulders, when you reach the last lake the trail starts descending and after 30 minutes you will reach the forest line. On the right is a ridge line climb the top of ridge, take some rest breaks and now you have to cross two more ridges.

    After ascending for two hours you will reach the top of third ridge, its altitude is 13,400 feet. The views offered are surprising, you will see two lakes next to one another. At a distance two clear blue lakes are visible the smaller lakes have no names but the biggest one is Gangabal. The one with Gangabal is Nandkol, the route first descends then ascends towards the lake.

    After a steep descend you reach green meadows these aren’t wide but stretches long. The tree line becomes visible and the shore is at a distance, climb for a short while, descend and after crossing the stream you will reach the Nandkol Lake. You can camp around this lake, there is a lot of camping space.

    This lake is at Harmukh peak’s base. Gangalbal Lake can be reached from here in 20 minutes, on the right a stream flows which connect the two lakes. If you have to go Gangabal then you have to cross this stream. Go to the bank of Gangabal, there is a bridge for crossing the stream.

  7. Day 7 Trek from Gangabal to Naranag and Drive to Srinagar

    Altitude – 2,271 m/7,450 ft

    Distance – 13 km

    Time taken – 5/6 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Today’s trek is going to be knee breaking because descends are steep. Head downwards from the campsite along the stream, at the end of ridge descend towards meadow on right. Have a look at Harmukh peak which lies behind and the meadow has beautiful yellow flowers on the green grass.

    When you come downwards see the pine trees on side of the meadows and the civilization is visible. Climb up to the pine forest and enter it, descend begins now and it gets gentle. Now you lose altitude and Naranag can be seen, come up to the village and then you enter the main road of Naranag. From here drive to Srinagar and you can reach there between 6:30 – 7:00 pm.

Things to Take

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
  • Risk Certificates

Trekkers must bring :

  • Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
  • Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
  • Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
  • Daily wear socks
  • Thermals are very important
  • 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
  • Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
  • 1 raincoat or poncho
  • Jacket
  • Thick gloves
  • Trek pants
  • Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Personal toiletry items

ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-

ATM POINT: You can withdraw money at Srinagar. Kangan in route Sonmarg is the last point where you will find ATM. .

Mobile Connectivity: Prepaid SIM cards don’t work in Kashmir.

The signal strength is very poor after Srinagar, so make sure you finish all your important work and calls before the trek.

We Have a Money Saving Announcement for all the Trekkers.
Now You Can Get Your Trek Gear on Rent by Spending Less

Trekking demands a good investment and this extremely expensive activity is the passion of many, so we have a great announcement to make which will be a great relief to your pockets. Now get your Trek Gear on Rent and all you have to do is make a special renting request while booking your trek. That’s it! We have kept it simple for you.

Rent Equipment

We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.

 

(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

 

– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)

– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)

– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)

– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)

– Avil – (it treat allergies)

– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)

– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)

– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

– ORS

– Band aid

– Cotton

– Stretchable/elastic bandage

– Gauze

 

Note-

 

– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.

– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.

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Cancellation Policy?

- Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

- If the trek gets cancelled from our side due to natural disaster,rainfall, heavy snowfall or any other reason then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.

The cancellation charges are as follows –

(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)

  • Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable
  • Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable
  • Less than 20 Days – No Refund

(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)