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Great Lakes Kashmir Trek
Trek through seven alpine lakes in deep Himalayas-Vishansar Lake , Krishansar lake ,Gadsar Lake , Harmukh peak , Gangabal Twin Lakes .

An epic trek whose trails take you into a truly enchanted world of high altitude himalayan alpine lakes situated at the foothill of various snow clad mountains. On this 7 day trek we will pass through himalayan forests ,rolling meadows and witness out of this world landscapes.The trek is laden with expansive alpine pastures offering gorgeous views of some of the highest snow-covered mountain peaks and open valleys.

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Accomdations

3* Hotel
Home Stays
4* Hotels
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Transit Rest House
Preselected Choice of accommodation

Service Level

Upgraded

Transportation

Shared
Private

Food

Vegetarian

Age

12 to 65 years

Difficulty

Moderate

Fitness Guide

Steep mountain passes, and altitudes approaching 4200m demand a sure-foot and a good physical and mental fitness. 

  • Should be able to walk without challenges
  • Should not have Asthma or any heart conditions

High Altitude walking requires effort due to lack of oxygen and high air pressure as we gain altitude during the trek. Focus on the below for a effortless climb.

  • Breathing exercises
  • Stairs Climbing
  • Brisk Walking
  • Jogging
  • Meditation

Who is this tour for?

Solo Women, Solo Men, Young Age Couple, Middle Age Couple , Group of Couples
Tour Map

Tour Experience

Highest Altitude : 4180 Mts at Gadsar Pass | Trek distance: 68 Kms|Srinagar to Srinagar

The Great lakes trek kashmir is a moderate panoramic trek. It is living in a three dimensional himalayan world. Every day is a treat fo rthe senses ( no exaggeration here) Every valley and every lake is a picture postcard and will make you wonder why haven't you done this trail earlier. Rolling meadows, snow capped mountains, azure blue alpine lakes and unseen landscapes await you on this trail. Ecohunters works with certified and accomplished locals for treks which ensures the best camp sites , trek leaders and provides an authentic experience

What to Expect :

  • Trek: up to 7km per day.
  • Daily activity: up to 5 hours’ trekking per day.
  • Carry: up to 5kg in a day-sack.
  • Terrain: remote, uneven, snowy, icy, rocky, sometimes exposed terrain at up to 4200m.
  • Climate: Can be sunny in valleys and cold and windy at high altitudes. June and September months are cooler than those of July and August. Averages are 3000m, 1°C to 20°C.
  • Swim: not required though there will be stream crossings to make.

Highlights :

  • Premium trek owing to camp location, accommodation, transport small batches , quality of food and equipment
  • All trek leads are certified members of Kashmir tourism department
  • Tents are double fly spacious tents, with proper matting, sleeping bags, and blankets.
  • Negotiate three epic mountain passes - Nichnai, Gadsar and Zajibal
  • The trails passes through seven  alpine lakes in deep Himalayas Vishansar , Krishansar lake ,Gadsar Lake , Harmukh peak , Gangabal Twin Lakes .
  • We will come face to face with Mount Haramukh ( 5300 mts ) and the twin lakes at his foothills
  • Alluring campsites surrounded by lake on one side and snow clad mountains on the other ,especially at the Gangabal lake.
  • Explore 3 different passes , the highest at 4180 mtrs
  • Explore 5 different alpine valleys
  • All inclusive trek
  • Small group size

Equipment:

  • All trekking gear - 3 person tent on twin-sharing basis,
  • Different tents for washroom, dining/kitchen
  • Sleeping bags, mats, blankets, trekking poles, first aid kit and trek permit.
  • Staff : Guide cum cook, all cooking utensils including cooking gas.
  • Porterage: Horses for carrying backpacks.
  • Back up: 1 horse spare for ride.

7N/ 8D

Departure: Fixed

You will be doing:

Hiking
Trekking
Wild life spotting
Photography
Village Walk
Jungle Walk
Hi-Altitude Camping
Glacier watching
Camping
Local Interaction
Star Gazing
Acclimatisation
Photography

You will be experiencing:

Nature
High Altitude
Village Life
Hill Station
Adventure

Itinerary

1 Welcome to Kashmir

Welcome to heaven on earth! Prepared to be mesmerised by the sheer , unflinching beauty of this landscape. We travel to Sonmarg ( our base ) for this trail. we will reach sonmarg in approximately 3 hours. We will make camp by the Sind river at 2610 Mtrs or 8,560 Ft.

  • Srinagar Airport
  • Ganderbal Villges
  • Sonmarg
100 km None
None +
Sonmarg - Camp by the Sind River
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Hi-Altitude Camping, Village Stay
Nature, Culture, Adventure
Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Hi Tea

Todays trail is mix of ascends and descends passing gorgeous rolling meadows. After these ascends we enter a pine/birch forest . After 3 hrs on this trail we arrive at Shokdari top. Enjoy bird's eye view of the Thajawas glacier and the beautiful Sonmarg town. After lunch at Shokadari top we continue on this trail, the trail turns into steep descends as we enter the massive Nichnai meadow. From here we will trek for an hour to reach our camp at Nichnai , a hot cup of Qahwa awaits our arrival.

  • Sonmarg 2610 Mts
  • Nichnai 3450 Mts
None 11 km
Nichnai
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Jungle Walk, Hi-Altitude Camping, Village Stay
Nature, Adventure
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hi Tea

Make sure you have a hearty breakfast for the extra dose of stamina. Todays trail will put your lungs and legs to test. We start our ascend to one of the three passes, the pass we will be ascending is the Nichnai Pass at 4080 mts. We start our ascend after crossing a icy stream while leaving the vast Nichnai meadow behind. We will pass through high altitude grazing pastures of goats and sheep, this is a hours hike which seems never ending. After crossing the pass we enter into the Vishanasar valley known for its various medicinal plants. Once we enter Vishnasar valley we break for a lunch before resuming our trek to vishansar lake. Our camp site is 10 minutes away from the lake.

  • Nichnai Meadow
  • Vishanasar Lake
None 11 km
Vishnasar Camp
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Jungle Walk, Hi-Altitude Camping
Nature, Adventure
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave our camp while admiring the Vishnasar lake . As we start our ascend and leave the Vishnasar behind to meet its cousin Krishnasar Lake which lies over a ridge not far from its cousin. We start our ascend towards its eastern shore also entering the highest pass on this trek - the Gadsar at 4180 mts. This ascend is steeper than Nichnai. We will take an average time of 2 hours depending on the pace to ascend this pass. Once we reach the top we get a birds eye view of the vishnasar valley situated between the twin lakes of Vishnasar and Krishnasar which are also source of Neelam river. From the top we descend into the Gadsar valley and have lunch before moving on to our camp at Kostour Kot. The Gadsar valley is a canopy of lush green mountains , rolling meadows and alpine flora. We check in to our camp at Kostour Kot.

  • Vishnasar Lake
  • Gadsar pass
  • Gadsar valley
None 14 km
Kostour Kot
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Jungle Walk, Hi-Altitude Camping
Nature, Adventure
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the shortest day of the trek ! Happy Much! The trail is relatively easy with flat paths. On leaving Gadsar pass we ascend our way to the meadow of Rasbal. The trail leads us to the fertile meadow of Rasbal and through 7 small lakes of Satsar. We will find icy rivers give us a peak and disappear underground through the boulders. We continue our trek and camp at Megandoab at the foothills of the third pass of Zajibal

  • Gadsar Valley
  • Satsar Meadows
  • Zajibal Pass
  • Megandoab
None 9 km
Foothills of Zajibal Pass
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Jungle Walk, Hi-Altitude Camping
Nature, Adventure
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A divine experience awaits us today. We come face to face with mount Haramukh at 5300 mts. The sight is to be seen to be believed, but lets first get there ! We start todays trail by criss -crossing boulders and gradually ascending to the third and final pass on this trek. The Zajibal pass at 4080 mts. It takes approx. 3 hours of alpine trekking to to reach the top of Zajibal pass. Once at the top we can view mount Haramukh in its glory towering at 5300 mts right in front of us , at its foothill lie the twin lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol. One can also view the distant Kolesar lake. We descend the pass to make camp at Gangabal lake. We indulge in Lunch at the lake and soak in the divine atmosphere.

  • Satsar
  • Gangabal Lake
None 11 km
Gangabal Lake
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Jungle Walk, Hi-Altitude Camping
Nature, Adventure
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We exit these hidden valleys today and return to the urban jungle! Our trail from Gangabal is an easy one. Mostly descends and flats as we pass through the meadows of Trunkhol. We continue the descend and enter the tree line at Naranag village passing through pine forests of Bodpathri. Once we cross the pine forest we take lunch and start the drive back to srinagar. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to reach srinagar.

  • Gangabal Lake
  • Trunkhol Meadow
  • Naranag Village
  • Srinagar
100 km 15 km
Srinagar
Preselected Choice of accommodation
Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Jungle Walk, Hi-Altitude Camping
Nature, Adventure
Breakfast, Lunch

All good things come to an end! Post breakfast Ecohunters ground staff will pick you up from the hotel and drop you at the airport for departure.

  • Hotel at Srinagar
  • Srinagar Airport
10 km None
None +

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Inclusions

  • All road transport by private ac cars- For Day 1, from Srinagar airport to Sonamarg base camp; Day 7, from Naranag to Srinagar hotel and Day 8 to Airport or Bus Station drop
  • 6 nights of tented accommodation- Twin sharing; 2 persons in a 3-man-tent
  • 1 night (post trek) Hotel or Houseboat accommodation in Srinagar
    Standard, Deluxe and Premium options to choose from
  • All trekking gear included-Tents (twin sharing), dining and kitchen tent, toilet tents, sleeping bags and mats. Trekking poles (1 per person) also included.
  • Local guides and cooking staff - Languages; English, Urdu, Hindi and Kashmiri
  • All cooking utensils
  • LPG stoves
  • Offloading- Horses to carry your backpack throughout the trek (offloading) (except day pack)
  • Meal plan- Vegetarian meals including eggs and cheese, unless specified
    4 meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea snacks, Dinner).
  • Hotel or Houseboat - 2 Meals (Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Trek Permits
  • Wildlife Permits
  • Drinking Water
  • Packed bottled mineral drinking water (2 ltrs per person) on first day of the trek.
  • Boiled drinking water for the rest trek-days
  • First Aid kit
  • All trekking gear - 3 person tent on twin-sharing basis,
  • Different tents for washroom, dining/kitchen
  • Sleeping bags, mats, blankets, trekking poles, first aid and trek permit.
  • Guide cum cook, all cooking utensils including cooking gas. Horses for carrying backpacks.
  • 1 horse spare for ride.
  • International or domestic flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Any medical costs associated with a medical incident, such as your evacuation from the mountain and/ or hospitalisation (for which you should have travel insurance)
  • Optional trips or excursions
  • Tips for local staff and guides.

What to Expect :

  • Trek: up to 7km per day.
  • Daily activity: up to 5 hours’ trekking per day.
  • Carry: up to 5kg in a day-sack.
  • Terrain: remote, uneven, snowy, icy, rocky, sometimes exposed terrain at up to 4200m.
  • Climate: Can be sunny in valleys and cold and windy at high altitudes. June and September months are cooler than those of July and August. Averages are 3000m, 1°C to 20°C.
  • Swim: not required though there will be stream crossings to make.

What to Carry:

  • Passport or a valid govt. issued ID card
  • Duffel Bag 60 liters
  • One Pair Trekking Shoes
  • One Pair Trail Approach Shoes
  • Trekking Pants
  • Hooded Rain Jacket
  • Shade Hat
  • One Pair Sunglasses
  • One Pair Liner Gloves
  • Small Size Day-Pack
  • Two Pair Trekking Socks
  • One Pair Sandals
  • Extra Warm Clothes
  • Warm Hooded Down Jacket
  • Sunscreen Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Any Personal medication

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