Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir, India
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  • Trip introduction

    The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is one of the prettiest treks in India. On this 9-day packed itinerary of the trek, you will explore the following turquoise colored Alpine lakes: Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar, Gangabal and Nundkol. This moderately difficult trek takes you along steep ascents and descents on each day. Your trails are swarming with colorful meadows, and flanked by forests of Maple, Bhoj and scented Pine trees. This is the only multi-day trek on which you get opportunities to stay in tents pitched beside the lakes, in the midst of snow-covered himalayan peaks.

    Destination

    Kashmir is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Alpine ranges of Kashmir are home to a few pristine lakes. This trek across the great lakes of Kashmir starts form Sonamarg. You will be trekking alongside lush meadows and scented pine forests throughout the trip and visit the six magnificent Alpine lakes in Kashmir. These turquoise-colored lakes are surrounded by snowy Himalayan peaks and grassy pastures. Throughout the trek, you will be staying in tents pitched at the banks of these pretty lakes.

    Destination highlights

    • Trek across the Great Lakes of Kashmir.
    • HIke through pine and maple forests, lush meadows, and blue lakes on this trek.
    • Camp at the banks of pristine lakes.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers must follow all instructions of the trek leader during Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing any general disturbance.

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 30 days or more before departure of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: 95% refund.

    For cancellations made between 15-29 days before departure of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 15 days before departure of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: No refund.

    In case of no show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Insurance is mandatory for all international as well as domestic travellers (can be arranged for INR 734)

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure the maximum safety of travellers and will not be held responsible for any accidents during Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

    The tour operator reserves the right to alter or cancel the itinerary of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek due to any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or natural calamities. Travellers will be required to bear any costs arising due to such a change in the itinerary.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Srinagar
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    Drop off point
    Srinagar
    Mode of transport
    Private shared vehicle
    Start point
    Sonamarg
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    End point
    Naranag
    Time of departure
    12:00 PM
    Time of return
    07:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    40 hours
    Total distance covered
    69 km
    Start point elevation
    11482 feet
    Maximum elevation
    13700 feet
    Minimum elevation
    7545 feet
    Average per day distance
    8.6 km
  • Day 1 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Arrival at Sonamarg

    Arrive at Srinagar airport by 12:00 hours and meet the operator. You will be driven to the campsite in Sonamarg where evening snacks will be served to you. Spend time relaxing at your campsite. Post-dinner, retire to your tents at the campsite in Sonamarg.

    Day 2 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Sonamarg to Nichnai

    The first day of your trek is a combination of ascending and descending trails. You will be passing through green meadows, forests abound with Maple, Pine and Bhoj trees. You will reach Nichnai by late afternoon. Overnight at a campsite in Nichnai.

    Day 3 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Nichnai to Vishansar via Nichnai Pass

    Today, you will start your trek early as it's a long walk through meadows. You will approach Vishansar lake via Nichnai Pass and witness the changes in scenery along the way. Vishansar lake is a beautiful Alpine lake amidst the snow-clad mountains. You will be camping at the banks of Vishansar lake.
    /Great Lakes Kashmir Jammu Srinagar Alpine Snow Mountians Trekking Adventure Travel The Great Next Overlook the magnificent Vishansar lake from your campsite.

    Day 4 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Explore Vishansar and Kishansar

    It's the lake exploration day today. Explore the two magnificent Alpine lakes: Vishansar and Kishansar. Kishansar, the lake famous for trout fishing, is located just 2 km away from Vishankar. These lakes offer a perfect background for stunning pictures. You'll return back to Vishansar lake by evening and camp beside the lake.
    /Great Lakes Kashmir Jammu Srinagar Alpine Snow Mountians Trekking Adventure Travel The Great Next Witness the spectacular Vishansar and Kishansar lakes form Gadsar Pass.

    Day 5 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake via Gadsar Pass

    After breakfast, start trekking upwards to the ridge, followed by a steep descent and a walk through the meadows. On the way to Gadsar lake via Gadsar pass, you will see plenty of small lakes and snowy peaks, and your trail will be flanked by lush meadows. At night, you will camp at the banks of Gadsar lake.
    /Great Lakes Kashmir Jammu Srinagar Alpine Snow Mountians Trekking Adventure Travel The Great Next See the beautiful Gadsar Lake.

    Day 6 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Gadsar Lake to Satsar Lake

    Your destination for today is Satsar lake. Satsar is a group of seven interconnected lakes located in a narrow alpine valley stretching from north to south. The lakes drain out into Wagnath Nallah, which is a tributary of the Sind. You'll camp by the lake for the night.
    /Great Lakes Kashmir Jammu Srinagar Alpine Snow Mountians Trekking Adventure Travel The Great Next Stay in tents beside the lake, amidst the snow-covered mountains.

    Day 7 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Satsar Lake to Gangabal Lake

    Today's trail is mostly downwards and is abound by huge boulders, followed by a pleasant hike through the meadows. The view of the twin lakes, Gangabal and Nundkol is absolutely fascinating from the top. Camp beside Gangabal lake for the night.
    /Great Lakes Kashmir Jammu Srinagar Alpine Snow Mountians Trekking Adventure Travel The Great Next Rejoice at the stunning views of the Gangabal twin lakes.

    Day 8 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Gangabal to Naranag

    The trail on the last day is a steep descent through the pine forests and meadows full of yellow flowers. You will reach the roadhead of Naranag. Drop-off to Srinagar airport will be arranged by the operator. Your Kashmir Great Lakes trek ends here.

    Day 9 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Reserve day

    Please note that this day will be utilized in case of bad weather and any unexpected delays during the trek.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Srinagar
    End point
    Sonamarg
    Day start time
    12:00 PM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Sonamarg
    End point
    Nichnai
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 km
    Trekking time
    6 hours

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Nichnai
    End point
    Vishansar
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    11 km
    Trekking time
    7 hours

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Vishansar
    End point
    Vishansar
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    2 km
    Trekking time
    1 hour

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Vishansar
    End point
    Gadsar Lake
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 km
    Trekking time
    6 hours

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gadsar Lake
    End point
    Satsar Lake
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 km
    Trekking time
    7 hours

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Satsar Lake
    End point
    Gangabal Lake
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    13 km
    Trekking time
    6 hours

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gangabal Lake
    End point
    Srinagar
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    11 km
    Trekking time
    5 hours

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    End point
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • ID card
    • Rucksack bag with rain cover
    • Day backpack
    • Torch with spare batteries
    • Sunglasses (UV protected)
    • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each
    • Woolen cap
    • Sun-shielding hat
    • Pair of waterproof, warm gloves
    • Rainwear
    • Personal toiletries kit
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Lip Balm
    • Utensils like lunch box, plate, spoon, etc.
    • Dry snacks
    • Personal medicines
      Excludes
    • Any kind of insurance
    • Personal expenses like extra meals, water bottles, etc.
    • Porters for carrying personal backpack

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Quick-dry warm lower or track pants
    • Full sleeve t-shirts/sweatshirts
    • Thick woolen socks
    • Thermal Body warmer
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery and gadgets
    • Denims, jeans, capris or shorts
    • Sandals and floaters

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Accommodation in tents on twin/triple sharing basis on all days
    • Sleeping bags and mattress in tents
    • Safety gear for trekking
    • First Aid kit including oxygen cylinder
      You need to get
    • ID card
    • Ruck sack bag with rain cover
    • Day bagpack
    • Torch with spare batteries
    • Sunglasses (UV protected)
    • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each
    • Woolen cap
    • Sun shielding hat
    • Pair of waterproof, warm gloves
    • Rain wear
    • Personal toiletries kit
    • Sun screen lotion
    • Lip Balm
    • Utensils like lunch box, plate, spoon, etc.
    • Dry snacks
    • Personal medicines

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Arrival at Sonamarg

    Overnight in tents at Sonamarg campsite.

    Transfer from Srinagar to Sonamarg. You will be staying in Alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis. Meals for today include lunch and dinner.

    Day 2 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Sonamarg to Nichnai

    Overnight in tents at Nichnai campsite.

    Trek to Nichnai. Meals for today include breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will be staying in Alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis.

    Day 3 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Nichnai to Vishansar via Nichnai Pass

    Overnight in tents at Vishansar campsite.

    Trek to Vishansar Lake. You will be staying in Alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis. Meals for today include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 4 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Explore Vishansar and Kishansar

    Overnight in tents at Vishansar campsite.

    HIke to Kishansar Lake and return to Vishansar for the night. You will be staying in Alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis. Meals for today include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 5 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake via Gadsar Pass

    Overnight in tents at Gadsar campsite.

    Trek to Gadsar Lake. You will be staying in Alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis. Meals for today include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 6 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Gadsar Lake to Satsar Lake

    Overnight in tents at Satsar campsite.

    Trek to Satsar Lake. You will be staying in Alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis. Meals for today include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 7 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Satsar Lake to Gangabal Lake

    Overnight in tents at Gangabal campsite.

    Trek to Gangabal Lake. You will be staying in Alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis. Meals for today include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 8 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Gangabal to Naranag

    Your trip ends today.

    Trek to Naranag. Meals for today include breakfast and lunch only.

    Day 9 of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Reserve day

    Today is a buffer day for your trek.

    No meals will be offered today. You are supposed to buy meals at your own expense.

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