Discovering the Beauty of Kashmir: Embark on the Adventure of a Lifetime with the Great Lakes Trek
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The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a popular multi-day trekking route in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is known for its stunning alpine scenery, crystal-clear lakes, and snow-capped peaks. The trek typically takes 7-8 days to complete and covers a distance of approximately 70 kilometers.
The trek starts from the scenic mountain town of Sonamarg and passes through a series of high-altitude lakes such as Vishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake, and Gangbal Lake, each with its own unique beauty. The trail also takes trekkers through lush meadows, dense forests, and rocky terrain, providing a diverse and challenging experience.
Arrival Reception at Srinagar airport/bus station.
On arrival at Srinagar airport or bus station, our representative cum driver will receive you and drive to Sonamarg for an overnight stay in a tented camp. We have tea or kahwa before dinner at the evening. The drive through Ganderbal villages takes maximum 3 hours to cover a distance of around 100 kms. Sonamarg is the last town with a market before the start of the trek.
Sonamarg – Nichnai (7 hrs trek).
After breakfast at the campsite, we pack our load and backpacks on horses and start our trek. Our trek is a slightly steep ascends the meadows and enters a pine/ birch forest at Shokdari. There’s a army check post where we have to produce our ID cards or passports. The process takes not more than 10 minutes to tally the ID’s with the trek-permits which we had acquired well in advance. The officials are very friendly and the short break is worth to have a distant sight of the Thajwas glacier and the vibrant Sonamarg town. We trek pine forest for 3 hours and have our lunch at Shokdari Top. After the lunch our trek enters birch forest a slight descend trek, very comforting in walking as we enter the vast and long Nichnai meadow. It takes another hour or two to reach our camping ground to have our tea or kahwa and finally the dinner and an overnight stay.
Nichnai – Vishnasar – Krishansar Lake (7 hrs trek).
After the breakfast, we leave Nichnai meadow crossing a small icy-water stream, we start ascending one of the three passes of the trek the Nichnai Pass (4080m). The pass will test our legs and most importantly our stamina. The trek which takes an hour of some steep hiking looks never-ending. We ascend the pass through grazing pastures of sheep and goats. After crossing the pass we enter into the Vishansar Valley which is also called as “the valley of medicinal plants”, due to its sheer varieties of alpine flowery plants. We take our lunch and trek all the way down to Vishansar Lake. We take our tea or kahwa and the dinner at the campsite. Vishansar Lake is just a 10 minutes walk away from our campsite.
Vishansar – Gadsar (8 hrs trek).
After the breakfast, we start our day’s trek looking over and over to Vishansar Lake while we ascend to Krishansar Lake. The Krishansar Lake is a sibling of the former, it lies just over a ridge. We take its eastern shore to ascend the second and the highest pass of the trek the Gadsar Pass (4180m). The pass-trek is steeper than that of the Nichnai. It takes 2 hours to ascend the pass. On the top of the pass, we have the aerial view of the whole Vishansar valley among it are situated the twin lakes of Vishansar and Krishansar “the source of Neelam River”. We trek-down the Gadsar valley and take our lunch at the Gadsar Lake. The valley is also full of the flowery alpine plants and the green carpeted mountains look fabulous with their snow-clad tops. Our alpine pasture trek is full of Kashmir sheep, while walking down the trek it looks never ending as finally we arrive our camping ground at Kostour Kot. Before few years there used to have another army check-post, but luckily they are gone. Now no more checking at Gadsar. We take our tea or Kahwa and have our dinner at the evening.
Gadsar – Satsar Lakes – Megandoab (5 hrs trek).
After the breakfast we ascend Kostur Kout leaving Gadsar valley, it takes 2 hours of a trek to enter the meadow of Rasbal. At the Rasbal a flowing river disappears inside the boulders and flows underground. The trek follows a fertile meadow. We continue our trek through seven small lakes of Satsar and camp at Megandoab at the foothills of the third pass of Zajibal for an overnight stay. Today we take our lunch at the campsite as this is the shortest day of the trek.
Satsar – Gangabal lake (6 hrs trek).
After the breakfast at the campsite we start our trek by criss-crossing boulders. We ascend the last pass of our trek ‘Zajibal Pass (4080m)’. It takes maximum 3 hours of alpine trekking. As we reach atop, all our tiredness falls apart by looking at the views and the mountain scenery of the Mount Haramukh (5300m) just standing in the front and at its footsteps lie the twin beautiful alpine lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol. There is also a clear view os the distant Kolesar Lake. We descend the pass and reach our campsite at Gangabal Lake for an overnight stay. We take our lunch at the lake and tea and dinner at the campsite.
Gangabal – Naranag. (6 hrs trek) – Srinagar (2 hours drive).
We leave Gangabal and Nundkol Lakes and trek down the meadows of Trunkhol. We may need to produce our permits and show our ID cards at the Army check-post at the Trunkhol. We continue our trek down and enter the tree-line. We trek down to Naranag village through the pine forests of Bodpathri. Here ends our 6 days of walking. We take our lunch at a Restaurant and take our car drive back to Srinagar houseboat or hotel for an overnight stay. Dinner and breakfast at the houseboat or the hotel.
Our representative will drop you at the airport or bus station for the departure
Highlights of the Trek:
Boat-house stay at Dal Lake
Drive from Srinagar to Sonmarg
Camping on the beautiful meadows in Kashmir
Witness the great lakes of Kashmir.
Porter for your extra luggage during the trek
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Back in 2016, we set off on the trails with a small group of young explorers and one mission: To see nature more closely than we ever have, to feel and have loads of fun along the way. Today our ethos and zeal have only increased. We are here to promote a safe and eco-friendly trekking experience to all nature admirers out there. We have done more than 50 treks covering Himalayas, Western Ghats, Nilgiris and Sahyadhri’s. We have a team of experienced Outdoor leaders who have hosted numerous high altitude treks and led the groups successfully to the summit. At Treks Unlimited safety and quality is of paramount importance to us. We believe that too much luxury goes against the spirit of trekking. Tents are not meant to be rooms - they are mere roofs over our heads. In the larger scheme of things, trekking is supposed to be about minimalist living. We don't like the idea of 'glamping.' (glam camping).
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Beautiful hills and Dudhsagar falls with an ambience to kill for. Went trekking here with a group of high energy techies who really loved the weather and the guides with an awesome falls view. Nice idea for a quick weekend getaway guys. Worth the money!!! go for it everyone!!!
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Dhanush R M
This is my first ever formal trek with @treksunlimited and the expereince from intial chatting to drop off after the hike is always excellent. I couldn't have chosen a better group of people to go with. I learnt a whole lot during the trek and had great fun and made some great friends on this trip. Vini and team made sure that everyone was engaged even after the trek and we got to know each other well. This is one group I will surely tell my friends to go for treks with and I will surely try my best making it for all the trek as these guys are all about trek and adventure. I have never been on treks where it rains. And it started raining heavily as we descended. Right from the start boarding the bus, traveling in local train, auto, hiking together, chit-chat about everything, eating together, walking and running for 22km, getting drenched in rain. The feeling was just amazinggggggg. I’ve made so many memories in those two days Will stay with me for a long time. Kudos to @vini @praveen and @aditya
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My first trek and that's Dudhsagar waterfalls, no words was just too awesome , start of with guides they were perfect good support , resort , accomodations and food too good. When it comes to trek , we were a team of about 21, Enjoyed a lot. Place around the way was awesome eye filled. Thanks to guides they got us back safe ! With loads of memories!
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Rajesh Varma R
amazing group.. very friendly.. what inspired me was when Vasudha & Vini started picking up plastics left behind by other travellers in the otherwise lush green n forest area. We all followed them and we collected two large bags of plastic waste by the end of the day. cheers guys. 🙂👍
1-night stay in House Boat, with Breakfast and Dinner
Backpack Offloading Charges
Permits and Taxes
All Accommodations (tent & houseboat) during and after trek
All Meals during the trek | Egg, and Veg
Trekking Equipment (Crampons, Gaiters, Sleeping bag & Mat)
First Aid medical kits and Oxygen Cylinder
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Food during travel
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