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Vishnu Marar

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Being from south India I have always wanted to visit Kashmir and when I saw this event in FB I called my friend and we contacted the guys of Liveladakh...

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Ekaling Khanna

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I was looking for some Himalayan trekking package then I ended on Kashmir Great Lakes Trek at this site. I connected with the guys from Liveladakh and ...

Overview

About the Destination:

Prepare for great surprises with the Kashmir Great Lakes trek and get enchanted with the surrealistic appearance of the cold deserts of Kashmir. No more than a fairyland this destination has been attracting travelers from far and wide every year. Tucked away from the eyes of the onlookers Kashmir great lakes trek offer each trekker an enigmatic route. Another gem hidden in this region is Srinagar which known for its refreshing gardens, lakes and houseboats. 

Pristine and untouched each lake among the great lakes named Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake or Gangabal Twin lakes are the epitomes of natural beauty. With Alpine and snow clad mountains, green meadows, rocky terrains, gurgling streams, silver birch and many more attraction on the way,  this complete trekking experience of around 63km will be an unforgettable time of your life.

Utilize the chance to rediscover serenity and uncover what makes Kashmir Great Lakes a trove for the real time adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts seeking a thrilling experience of trekking in India. July to September is considered as the best time to do this amazing trek. You will witness the competing lakes glittering in the presence of the snow-clad peaks standing tall in the background and reflecting the green colours of perfect serenity present everywhere.

The glaciers are the right kind of accompaniment on this trek in addition to the golden flowers in bloom, the dark blue sky and the lush green grass together creating the valley heaven-like.  Each day of the trek holds something new for you which you will cherish for a lifetime.

 

About the Trek:

Kashmir Great Lakes trek beckon hundreds of tourists and trekkers from all over the world since it is known as one of the greatest gems of Kashmir. This is an eight day long trek to the picturesque lakes which are the inseparable parts of the enchanting beauty of the valley. The thundering hush of the Kashmir lakes and their virgin excellence are enchanted. Aside from the lakes, even the desolate smooth snow clad mountains emerge in might and pleased. You will start this amazing trek from Srinagar and then continue exploring the beauty of the region. 

On your second day, you will start from Sonmarg. You will cover some of the most scenic places in a period of 8 days. As you continue your trek you will be rewarded with the mesmerizing views of the pictorial streams and the Shekdur Range. On your third day, you will trek from Nichnai to Vishansar Lake and come across the stunning views of the lush valleys and the small rivers on the side. Your trek will undergo a steep descend and will lead you to a cascading waterfall that joins the river. 

Behold at the captivating views of the Himalayan Range and also the Vishansar Lake during the trek. On your fourth and fifth day, you will you will trek to Vishansar and then to Gadsa which will be around 11km of trekking. Marvel at the sight of the pictorial lakes and the exotic flowers and snow on both the sides. On your sixth and seventh day, you will cover Gadsar, Satsar and then to Gangabal Twin lakes. On both these days, you will cover a distance of 12km and 9 km respectively. 

You trek will lead you to a gurgling stream and then to the beautiful lakes. Keep staring for long at the beautiful lake and also catch some trout fish while you are here. You will also pass through many small bridges and ramble on grassy land dotted with yellow flowers and pine forest during your trek. This Kashmir Great Lakes trek package is definitely the best trek for you to do in this year.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Highlights:

- Be a part of one of the most exciting treks in Kashmir which will let you explore five stunning lakes in the world at a high altitude.

- Capture the images of all the high mountain passes and the snow patches that feed the lakes. Occasionally you might also see milky white icebergs floating on the lake’s inky blue surface.

- Feel adventure while you climb the steep ascends as well as go through narrow pathways leading to some of the beautiful hamlets and the lights flickering there.

- Your trekking trail will take you through innumerable meadows, snow-clad glaciers and pinnacles passes, rocky barren lands, struggling streams.


Quick Facts:

Temperature: Day: 17°C-20°C and Night: 3°C-4°C

Trekking Distance:  72km

Maximum Altitude: 13,800ft

Difficulty Level: Moderate 

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Sankri

Railway Station: Jammu is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Srinagar Airport

Base Camp: Sonmarg

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg

    Today is your first day of the Kashmir Lakes Trek where you will spend time in the dreamlike place of Srinagar known for its refreshing gardens, lakes, and houseboats.

    If you wish, you can take an iconic shikara experience at Dal Lake or amble through Mughal Gardens that unravels many beauties along the way.

    Leave by the evening and be driven to Sonamarg by night.

    Spend overnight at a campsite in Sonamarg.

  • Day 2 - Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur (9 to 10 km)

    Today will be the first day of this enthralling Kashmir great lakes trek!

    After having breakfast at the guesthouse, start with a 3-4km trek from the Sonamarg and reach a roadside eatery, from where you can bag up all the required commodities for the day.

    Here onwards, the trek will be a gradual one and alongside the Sindh River, it will take you through maple and pine forests.

    Completing the hike through the forests, you will be rewarded with the stunning views of the Sonamarg Valley and pictorial streams.

    The trek will descend down and will take you to the snow-covered Shekdur Range.

    Relax around the vicinity for a while before you start trekking towards the Nichnai, which is located at around 11,500ft above the sea level.

    Upon arrival in Nichnai, check-in into the campsite and enjoy your dinner.

    Overnight stay in the camp.

  • Day 3 - Nichnai to Vishansar Lake (13 km)

    Today you will start early in the morning around 08:00 AM and start the trek towards the Nichnai Pass and enjoy the stunning views of the lush valleys and the untouched beauty of the region.

    Continue hiking through the banks of the river and arrive at the Nichnai Pass or the Vishansar Berry.

    Arriving at the pass, which is located 13,500m above the sea level, witness and enjoy the meticulous beauty of the pass and the snow-covered peaks all around it.

    The trek will undergo a steep descend and will lead you to a pictorial meadow of colourful flowers; while on this trek, you can also catch glimpses of a cascade that finally joins a river.

    Continue with the hike and upon arriving a flat valley and continue towards its end and arrive at the campsite.

    You can also behold captivating views of the Himalayan Range and also the Vishansar Lake.

    Overnight stay in the camp.

  • Day 4 - Acclimatization day in Vishansar

    This day of the Lakes in Kashmir Trek would be a light one as you acclimatise yourself to the weather and rest at Vishansar.

    Overnight stay at Vishansar.

  • Day 5 - Trek from Vishansar to Gadsar (via Kishasar and Gadsar Pass) (11km)

    Start the trek for the day towards the lakeside and reach the Kishansar Peak, which is situated around 500ft above the campsite.

    Ascend to the other side of the water reservoir. The trek till here comprises of both easy and tough terrains.

    Later part of the day, trek towards the Kishansar Lake and finally make it to the Gadsar Pass that is perched at a height of 13,800ft and is the highest point of this trek.

    From the pass, pass through a flowery meadow and some of the pictorial lakes; Yamsar is one of these lakes continue with the descent and after crossing Iris, reach the Gadsar Lake.

    A picturesque lake, it is adorned with the stunning beauty of exotic flowers and snow on both the sides.

    Arriving at the lakeside, report to the nearest Army Camp and complete the formalities of getting permission to pass Gadsar; ID proofs are a must for this.

  • Day 6 - Gadsar to Satsar (12 km)

    Today your day will begin with a walk from the army camp towards the stream. Today your trek will be from moderate to easy one.

    Take a short break at Maengandob that is fringed by mountains.

    Reach the first of Satsar lakes, which is a group of seven different lakes.

    Set camps near the surreal first lake of Satsar after you are done with the procedures.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

  • Day 7 - Satsar to Gangabal Twin lakes (9 km)

    Start hiking downwards for half an hour till you arrive at the forest line and then again start ascending upward and reach an altitude of 13,400ft; during this climb, you can witness several ridges at different heights and the quaint Gujjar huts as well.

    From the summit, you can also behold the fascinating views of the twin lakes: Gangabal and Nundkol, that are connected to each other by a picturesque stream and are known for trout-fishing.

    Trek through a sharp and rocky trail and make it to a gurgling stream, passing which, you will reach a lush meadow that advent towards the Nundkol Lake.

    After trekking for around 20 minutes from the Nundkol Lake, you will finally arrive at the Gangabal Lake and by crossing the bridge across the lake; you will arrive at the campsite;

    Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in the camp.

  • Day 8 -

    Trek from Gangabal to Naranag (12 km, 7 hours)

    On your final day of the Kashmir Lake Trek, start from the Gangabal camp, ramble on grassy land dotted with yellow flowers and pine forest. Descend are reach Naranag, the last leg of your trek. Reach Naranag Village in Ganderbal District. If you wish, you can visit Naranag Temple. Be driven back to Srinagar and unwind in guest house for the night.

Stay

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  • Camps

Meal

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  • Veg and Egg food

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Trek equipment such as Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
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  • Permits required for the trek
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  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
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  • Charge of qualified trek leader, guide and support staff

Things To Carry

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  • An identification card along with a photocopy
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  • Trekking shoes
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  • Full sleeve sweater/fleece jacket
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  • Woollen monkey cap
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  • Thermal innersLight weight rain coat/poncho
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  • Sun glasses, Sun cap and/or head-scarf
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  • Trekking pole
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  • Cold cream and sun screen lotion
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  • LED Torch with extra set of cells
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  • Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper
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  • Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string
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  • Personal medicine

Advisory

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  • Do not bring non-bio gradable materials
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  • Pay heed to the instructions given by the trek leader and guide
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  • Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited
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  • Do check with your doctor if you are medically fit for the trek
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  • Though transportation from Srinagar-Sonamarg and Naranag to Srinagar is not included in the package, it can be arranged at an additional cost on prior notice.
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  • In case you do not want the Srinagar-Sonamarg pick-up, inform us at least 15 days prior to the starting date as there are fix transportation timings in Srinagar.

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Vishnu Marar

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    Being from south India I have always wanted to visit Kashmir and when I saw this event in FB I called my friend and we contacted the guys of Liveladakh. They really did a great job in clearing my all doubts and concerns and I also got good discount from them. The rooms in Srinagar were quite great with some great views of snow capped Himalayas. It was a beautiful day in Srinagar when we reached, after freshening up we also visited the famous Mughal Gardens. In the evening we reached Sonmarg from where our trek started. Talking about the trekking route, they are from easy to moderate. Me and my friend were trekking for the first time in Himalayas but we did not face any problem there. As our contact person from Liveladakh told us on how to prepare for Himalayan treks. A really good trekking experience in Himalayas. Looking forward to go on more such Himalayan treks in near future.

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    Story by Ekaling Khanna

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    I was looking for some Himalayan trekking package then I ended on Kashmir Great Lakes Trek at this site. I connected with the guys from Liveladakh and they helped me booked the package. We reached Srinagar on our first day and then went for a Shikara in the Dal lake. For food and accommodation arranged by the team I can give 3.5/5. Most of the days the food was rice, dal and some sabji, also roti was there. During our trek we covered Sonamarg Valley, Nichnai Pass which was really beautiful. Out of the three lakes Vishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake and Gangabal Twin lakes I liked the most. It was such a beautiful place and the views were really amazing. Camping was another great thing about the trek, we were provided with some good spacious camps. Overall the entire trek was really great. (Visited 12th July 2016)

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the fitness level required for the Kashmir Great Lake Trek?

      Kashmir Great Lake Trek is a relatively moderate trek across alpine lakes, snow patches and lush valleys so it requires trekkers with experience of walking long distances as the expedition comprises of 72 kms. The trek which starts at Sonamarg located at 7800 feet and concludes at Narang located at 7450 feet also includes visit to Gadsar Pass located at 13750 feet so it requires trekkers with good fitness levels with prior high altitude trekking experience to have a less stressful experience.

    2. What about the trek guides and leaders accompanying the trek?

      There will be one Trek Lead and 2 guides with every group of trekkers to help them with accommodation, food, transport and converse with locals whenever required. The trek is really enjoyable as the guides and leaders know the best locations to enjoy stunning views of the lakes, forests and countryside. All leaders and guides have experience on this trek route and are certified in providing first aid for minor accidents.

    3. Do I always have to carry my own luggage?

      Trekkers can always hire a mule or porter to carry personal luggage but the same has to be conveyed to the organization that is arranging the trek so they can make necessary arrangements. But you will have to carry at least part of your most personal belongings that could be around 5 – 8 kg as porters generally do not walk alongside trekkers and may walk ahead or behind the group.

    4. What is the best time to go to Kashmir Great Lake Trek?

      The best time to do the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is between June to September which takes trekkers on an 8 day tour across the most mesmerizing locations of Kashmir valley. Though the exploratory journey is to view some of the most pristine lakes of Kashmir like Vishusar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar, Gangabal and Nandkol the sight of silver birch forests, sparkling streams and snow-clad peaks is equally enchanting.

    5. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      As the participants have to trek across some steep locations like the Vishansar Pass located at 4000 meters and the trek across rough mountain terrain is not easy one would have to be physically fit to walk several kilometers a day without getting fatigued. Ideally an individual without chronic illnesses or breathing issues with perfect body mass with some amount of high altitude trekking experience would be the best fit .

    6. What clothes and equipment should I carry?

      Full sleeve sweater or fleece jacket with hood, Woolen monkey cap and ear muffs to keep out the chill wind 3. 4 pairs of shirts and trousers, Thermal inner wear 2 – 3 pairs, Rain coat with water proof pants, Sunglasses, sun cap or head scarf, Trekking Pole, Trekking shoes, 2-3 pairs of thermal socks and 2 pairs of cotton socks, Gloves – One pair each of waterproof and woolen ones along with quick drying towels.

    7. Which type of shoes should I buy/carry?

      Waterproof ankle length hiking boots with good grip. Try walking around on sand or rocky surface with these shoes and if you are not comfortable with ankle length boots then try on regular hiking boots with strong grip.

    8. What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

      Vegetarian meals with egg will be provided during the trek. Water has to be carried by trekkers and ideally each person should carry around 2 liters of water on his/her person in the backpack along with dry fruits and snacks like biscuits to meet sudden hunger pangs on the trek.

    9. Which all lakes will be covered in the Kashmir Great Lake Trek?

      As the journey starts from Srinagar trekkers can begin their journey with a Bollywood style shikara boat experience on the picturesque Dal Lake. Other lakes that will be covered during this trek are Vishansar Lake, Kishansar Lake, Yamsar Lake, beautiful Gadsar Lake followed by Satsar Lake. The last section of the trek is to twin Gangabal lakes at an altitude of 13400 feet that are connected to each other by a sparkling stream.

    10. Will there be mobile connectivity during the trek?

      Mobile connectivity during the trek is not possible and trekking groups rely on walkie-talkies to communicate between base camps and other groups. If trekkers have BSNL then they may be able to connect with family members at Nichnai Pass which is the last location covered by mobile network.

    11. What is difficulty level of the Kashmir Great Lake Trek?

      The difficulty grade of Kashmir Great Lake Trek is moderate.

    12. How much do we have to trek each day?

      Usually trekking groups travel between 9 – 12 kms on a daily basis on this trek depending on the difficulty of the stretch and condition of the participants at the end of the day. As the entire trek comprises of 72 km that has to be completed within 7 to 8 days, adequate distance has to be covered each day that is not burdensome on the participants.

    13. Can we customize Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

      The trek can be customized if all the participants agree to the change of locations and the service provider is willing to accept the change in cost. If the entire group consists of members that know each other or are part of the same family then it becomes easier to customize the trip according to their wish. However, this wish for customization has to be conveyed to the trekking trip organizer and the team lead several days in advance before commencement of the trip for them to make necessary arrangements about stay, travel and food.

    14. Can we consume alcohol if it's really cold during the trek?

      No. Consumption of alcohol and any intoxicating substances is strictly prohibited during the trek.

    15. Will there be frozen lakes too on this trek?

      As the trek is conducted during the summer and rainy season there is not likely to be any frozen lakes during this trek. Even the lakes at a height above 13000 feet are in free flowing states due to temperature levels.

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