Drive from Srinagar to the base camp at Shitkadi Sonamarg. At Sonamarg, afternoon acclimatization walk.
A gradual ascend takes us into the valley of Nichnai via famous tabletop that gives a· panoramic view of a chain of mountains that include Thajwas Mountain range and Bear Valley. The Nichnai Valley is known as the valley of wildflowers. We camp in the flowery meadows of Nichnai.
Meals: B, L, D
We ascend into the Kishansar/Vishansar Valley—a beautiful valley with two lakes resting soothingly before two lofty mountain peaks. The lakes abound with colourful trout fish. Both of these lakes have a religious significance and they drain into Kishanganga River that meanders through Gurez valley.
Meals: B, L, D
We enter into the Gadsar Valley over Gadsar pass. The pass gives a wide view of both Kishansar/Vishansar valley on one side and the Gadsar valley on the other. Enchant yourself with long wavy meadows dotted with multi-coloured flowers. The Gadsar Valley is famous for its lake and sinking watersand. We pitch the tents beside a shimmering canal that comes out of the Gadsar Lake. Legends say the water and fish from the Gadsar Lake have healing powers.
Meals: B, L, D
On the fifth day of the trek, the trail becomes mild and relaxing with a repetition· of mild ascends and desceds through large meadows that stretch along a succession of a fascinating mountain range. We camp for the night in this enchanting valley.
Meals: B, L, D
The sixth day takes us over Zajibal pass. The pass cuts Satsar Valley and Gangabal Valley. We cover a mild gradient that leads us to the Nundkol Lake lying judiciously at the foot of Harmukh. The Harmukh, the lake and the reflection of the Harmukh in the lake make it majestic.
Meals: B, L, D
Drive to Srinagar [70 km] On the last day of the trek, we descend into the Naranag valley. The same day we will drive to Srinagar.
Meals: B, L
Transport from Srinagar to Sonamarg and return Naranag to Srinagar
Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). From dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7
Accommodation is on Camp (Day 1 to Day 7)
Accommodation on twin sharing basis (We provide three men tent for two people)
All the necessary staff - trek leader, cook, guides, ponymen etc
Common equipment (Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent)
Personal equipment (Sleeping bag & Sleeping mattress)
Any permit/ entry free
First Aid Medical Kits and Oxygen Cylinder
Hotel Stay in Srinagar
Food during the transit
Travel Insurance and Rescue and other Emergency Expenses
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage (available at extra cost of INR 2500 per person)
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, and Bottled Water etc
Note: As per the government rules, Medical certificate, Government Photo ID card, Vaccination certificate or RTPCR is mandatory to summit before the trek in Kashmir.
A. Booking Terms
1. If booked more than 15 days before the trip start date, advance of 10% of the total booking value is payable at the time of booking. Balance amount shall be paid no later than 15 days before the trip start date.
2. If booked less than 15 days prior to the trip start date, the full booking value is due at the time of booking.
3. If the due amounts are not paid as per the payment schedule, bookings shall stand cancelled.
B. Cancellation Policy
1. If cancelled more than 15 days before the trip start date, the advance shall be refunded net of a 5% transaction fee.
2. If cancelled after full payment between 15 to 10 days before the trip start date, 25% cancellation fee of the total booking value.
3. If cancelled less than 10 days prior to the trip start date, the booking amount shall not be refundable.
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Challenging, diverse, and breathtakingly beautiful, the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a high effort, high-reward adventure. The trail is relatively quiet compared to other Himalaya routes, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy large sections of the trek in total peace. This trek offers unparalleled views of the great lakes, making it the best option for hikers looking to see them.
Be warned, the weather in this region is unpredictable. One day it will be blisteringly hot, the next it will be cold with high winds and rain. Because of this, it's necessary to have various types of clothing.
The Great Lakes trek will take you past several Army checkpoints so make sure you've got your identity documents with you.
There are numerous types of terrain on the trail, so stretching exercises, endurance exercises, climbing stairs, and half an hour of running every day are all good ways to prepare.
You may consider taking Diamox a day before the trip to aid in acclimatization, but consult your doctor before taking it.
The Great Lakes Trek can be classified as a moderate to difficult trek. The trek duration is 8 hours on average each day, which can become physically arduous and straining. The trails are steep and require high strength and fitness. However, with a dedicated amount of training and guidance, anybody can embark on the trip and witness the unmatched splendor of Kashmir.
The enchanting Satsar Lakes, a group of seven lakes, is the prime attraction of the Great Lakes Trek. But besides these seven lakes, the Great Lakes Trek oversees many other majestic alpine lakes with their turquoise blue waters and serene ambiance. They are the Vishansar lake, Krishansar lake, the twin lakes- Gangabal and Nundkol, Yamsar lake, the nameless lake (during the descent from Gadsar Pass), and the Gadsar lake.
Yes, it is safe to trek in Kashmir as long as you keep in mind some pointers and follow the directives of the tour guide or your trek leader. While in the base camp, do not stray from your group, stay in places permissible for tourists, and avoid going to downtown areas.
Even though in Kashmir itself, both these treks offer their own unique scenery, making it difficult to choose one over another. The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a popular choice among trekkers, whereas the Tarsar Marsar Trek is more remote and secluded. The former has rocky trails and varied landscapes, but the latter offers a very diverse range of green.
However, the KGL trek is a moderate to difficult trek, whereas the latter is a moderate trek. Depending on your physical resilience as a trekker, you can decide which trek you want to do first.
You need a government photo ID proof (Aadhaar card, Passport, Driving license), a signed copy of the declaration certificate, and a medical certificate (both originals and photocopies of all the documents) for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.
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30 September, 2021
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