Kashmir Great Lakes
Kashmir Great Lakes of Kashmir is India’s most beautiful Trek, there are 5 alluring Lakes in a picturesque setting, one after another and the lush green meadows are bliss for trekkers.
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Fee:
Rs 13500 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Srinagar to Srinagar)
Duration: 7 Days
Highest Points: (13,800 feet)
Best Season: July, August and September
Temperature: Day (17°C to 20°C) Night (3°C to 4°C)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Witness the Five Alpine Lakes of Kashmir
Kashmir is always compared to heaven because of its exotic beauty and fascinating places untouched and serene. The Great Lakes is an extremely beautiful trek because you get to witness Five Alpine Lakes just one after another and their beauty is incomparable. The snow patches of mountains feed this Lake and they can be seen sliding down and floating on the Lakes.
Undulating Meadows and Grassy Shores
Despite the Lakes another attraction of Kashmir is the undulating meadows and the green grassy shores of the Lakes. Camping here becomes a pure bliss for trekkers because of the picturesque setting. You will come across meadows on every day of the trek, they are of different kinds wide and narrow, some with wildflowers and other with growth of maple and pine.
Key Points of Kashmir Great Lakes
- Level is Moderate (this trek is 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.
- Winter & Post monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains the region is prone to landslides.
- Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
- Travel light
- The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
Must read about Kashmir Great Lakes
Duration – 7 Days (Srinagar to Srinagar)
Best Season – July, August and September
Level – Moderate
Highest Points – 13,800 feet
Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season
Temperature – Day (17°C to 20°C) Night (3°C to 4°C)
Day 1– Srinagar to Shitkadi via Sonamarg
Day 2– Sonamarg (7,780 feet) to Nichnai (11,838 feet) (9.5 km) (6/7 hours) via Shekdur
Day 3– Nichnai to Vishnusar (12,011 feet) (12.5 km) (6/7 hours) Explore twin Lakes (Kishansar and Vishnusar)
Day 4– Vishnusar to Gadsar (12,200 feet) via Gadsar pass (13,850 feet) (11.5 km) (7/8 hours)
Day 5– Gadsar to Satsar (12,100 feet) (8.6 km) (4/5 hours)
Day 6– Satsar to Gangabal (11,651 feet) (9.5 km) (6 hours)
Day 7– Gangabal to Naranag (7,450 feet) Drive to Srinagar (11 km) (6 hours)
Transport facility from Srinagar to Srinagar
Forest Permit and entrance fee
Accommodation in Hotel Sankri
Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
(All camping gears)
High quality tents
Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
Radio Walky Talky for Communication
Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
Crampons and Gaiters
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
Booking gets confirmed only after the Full Payment is made.
Meals We Serve
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.
Srinagar to Shitkadi via Sonamarg
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.
Sonamarg (7,780 feet) to Nichnai (11,838 feet) (9.5 km) (6/7 hours) via Shekdur
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.
Nichnai to Vishnusar (12,011 feet) (12.5 km) (6/7 hours) Explore twin Lakes (Kishansar and Vishnusar)
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.
Vishnusar to Gadsar (12,200 feet) via Gadsar pass (13,850 feet) (11.5 km) (7/8 hours)
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.<s/pan>
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.
Gadsar to Satsar (12,100 feet) (8.6 km) (4/5 hours)
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.
Satsar to Gangabal (11,651 feet) (9.5 km) (6 hours)
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.
Gangabal to Naranag (7,450 feet) Drive to Srinagar (11 km) (6 hours)
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.
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
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- 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.
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.
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)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– 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.
- If the trek is cancelled by us due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster etc.) then the refund would not be initiated but you can go on the same trek another year.
The cancellation charges are as follows –
(No bank charges deducted will be Refundable)
- Up to 30 Days – 90 precent cost is Refundable
- Between 21 to 30 Days – 50 precent cost is Refundable
- Less than 20 Days – No Refund
(Refunds are initiated in 7-8 business days)