Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
The land of Kashmir is known for its incomparable beauty. The place doesn’t need any introduction. Doing a trek in this region can amaze anyone by its spellbound beauty. There are various treks that one can opt, out of which the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is the most popular. The trek offers great views of alpine lakes surrounded by vast meadows and snow-capped milky mountains.
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek starts from Sonamarg which is a famous tourist spot and it takes around 8 days to complete the trek. The gradient of the trek comes under the band of moderate level. One has to trek around 63 km to complete the circular journey and the maximum altitude that can be attained while on the trek is around 13000 feet. The Kashmir Great Lake trek requires a good physical fitness so that one can accomplish it by enjoying it to the fullest and without any difficulty.
The actual starting point of the trek is 3 km ahead from Sonamarg on the Srinagar highway. Here one can buy some eatables (chocolates, juices, etc.) from the Dhabas which are available here. The trail starts from a green alpine meadow followed by a dense forest having Maple and Pine trees. The valley of Sonamarg looks magnificent from this point. Trekkers will always be walking on the meadows throughout the complete trek.
Best time to go on the Kashmir Great Lake trek is from June to September. During this time, the trek is full of greenery and blooming flowers and it offers the best views
1st Day: Getting to the base camp – Sonamarg
2nd Day: Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.
3rd Day: Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass
4th Day: Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)
5th Day: Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass
6th Day: Gadsar to Satsar
7th Day: Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass
8th Day: Gangabal to Naranag. Drive to Srinagar
Itinerary (Sonamarg and Naranag)
1st Day : Getting to the base camp – Sonamarg
Altitude: 7,800 ft
Time taken: 4 hours, 80 km
Arrive at Srinagar and drive to Sonamarg, about 4 hours away. The trek begins at Sonamarg. The trek can be paced out more evenly if you make Sonamarg as your base. This gives you more trekking time on.
2nd Day : Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.
Altitude: 7,800 ft to 11,500 ft
11 kms trek, approx 8 hours
After the breakfast we trek to Nichnai via Shekdur. The trail takes you through meadows, dense forests with Maple, Pine and Bhoj trees. After approx half an hour, we get an army check post where we have to submit our ID proofs. While you are at it, you can enjoy an awesome view of the Sonmarg Valley or the Thajiwas Glacier. The trek from Shitkadi to Shekdur is goes through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx 2 and half hours. At Shekdur, you can indulge in instant noodles and an omelette if you wish to. We follow the Nichnai Stream as we trek from Shekdur to Nichnai. We have lunch at the Nichnai stream, after Shekdur.
3rd Day : Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass
Altitude: 11,500 ft to 12,000 ft via 13100 ft
12 kms trek, approx 7 hours
Trek from Nichnai to Nichnai Pass is of approx 1 and half hours ascent. At the top of Nichnai Pass you can get B.S.N.L and Airtel network, which is the last point under mobile coverage area. From Nichnai pass to Vishansar there is a descent. At Vishansar campsite, lunch will be offered.
We can visit the Vishansar Lake which is just 15 minutes walk from the campsite. The first lake of the trek and one of the most beautiful ones.
If the trek is in July, the lake will be frozen. Otherwise, we can do fishing at the lake with permission from Srinagar Fishing Department. Vishansar is visited by hoards of sheep and their shepherds are known for interesting stories. The campsite is a unique place with an open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket etc. Beware of dogs at campsite.
4th Day : Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)
You may visit Kishansar lake, which is at approx 1 and half kms from our camp site.
If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at vishansar or else move towards next camp site, rest day can be use at Gangbal camp site.
5th Day : Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass
Altitude: (12,000ft) to (12,000ft) via (13,750ft)
14 kms trek, approx 10 hours
We start the trek earlier than usual. The trail passes from Vishansar to Gadsar, via Gadsar pass the highest point of the trek. From Vishansar, the trail takes a steep ascent till Gadsar Pass. We can see the Kishansar Lake on the way. From the Gadsar pass till the camp site, we descend gradually. We can spot the Gadsar lake en route. You might also spot the Glacier of Gadsar Lake. After the Gadsar lake, we will reach the campsite in 2 hours. Just a few minutes before our campsite, we will have another army checkpoint and we will have to share our ID proofs with them. Pack lunch will be provided.
6th Day : Gadsar to Satsar
Altitude: 12,000 ft to 12,000 ft
9 kms trek, approx 6 hours trek
Mid July to mid August, the trail is laden in vibrant flowers. We need to share our IDs at another army check post en route. Moving on, we see two small lakes which are often mistaken as Satsar Lakes. We will visit the Satsar twin lakes, in the afternoon, which are approx 1.3 h. Satsar twin lakes are also known as mengen top. Those twin lakes are between the middle of the mountain.
7th Day : Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass
Altitude: 12,000 ft to 11,500 ft 13000
11 kms trek, approx 6 hours
We walk on rocky paths for approx an hour and ascend till Jazz Pass. At the pass, you can enjoy views of the 4 lakes, Mt. Harmukh and its glacier. From the pass we descend till the Gangbal lake and camp at Nandkol lake. We visit the Gangbal Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in the trek. Post dinner, a team of Kashmiri staff will perform their traditional songs and dance.
8th Day : Gangabal to Naranag. Drive to Srinagar
Altitude: 11,500 ft to 7,450 ft
15 kms trek, approx 7 hours
The trail is a descent till the last point of the trek – Naranag, so take care of your knees and ankles. The trail will pass through pine tree forests. On advance booking, GHE can arrange transport to Srinagar at a charge. After the 70 kms drive, you will reach Srinagar by 6:30 pm.
Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg) - Bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner.
Trek equipments like Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
First aid medical kits
Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide Support staff and Mules.
Transport from (TRC) Srinagar to Sonamarg and return Naranag to Srinagar. Cost 5000 per cab
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
Hotel Stay in Srinagar.
Food during the transit.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date
59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
No Show . No refund.
Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Things To Pack
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season