Kashmir Great Lakes trek is one of the most beautiful treks in India. You can draw a preface of it by just hearing its name. Kashmir, heaven on the earth and if you are on a himalayan trek you are bound to taste the natural beauty and adventure. It is nothing sort of a lifetime experience, and will provide to the trekkers a perfect flavour of all hues of terrain- innumerable meadows, snow clad glaciers and pinnacles, passes, rocky barren lands, struggling streams. The enchanting beauty of the trek is such that one ascends 11000 ft without realizing it. It does justice to all the expectations of a trekker. It is a path to heaven and its virgin serenity. The trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers a lifetime experience of vintage memories that are so wonderfully tiring. The thundering silence of the Kashmir lakes and its virgin beauty is spellbound. Apart from the lakes, even the barren milky snow clad mountains stand out in might and proud.
You will always be amongst the meadows throughout this trek. The best time to enjoy the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is in between the June and September as the greenery and the blooming flowers are at their best during this calendar period. It's so that a beginner in trekking can also join this trek.
Drive from Srinagar to the base camp at Sonamarg. Take an acclimatization walk in the evening.
Actual trek starts 3 kms outside of Sonamarg, on the Srinagar road. There spot a lone Dhaba on the right, place also sells packaged water, biscuits etc and it is your last place to pick up short eats. The first day of Kashmir great lakes trek is a good combination of ascent & descent. For the initial 3 km, the trail is uphill, next 2 km is descent and finally, there is a gradual ascent of 5 km which takes us to the valley of Nichnai via a famous table top that gives a panoramic view of chain of mountains includes Thajiwas Mountain range amf Bear valley. Nichnai is known as the valley of wildflowers. On the trail, you will see beautiful meadows, dark forests with trees of Maple, Pine, and Bhoj. Reach Nichnai by afternoon. We Camp in flowery meadows of Nichnai.
Break camps early & start the trek by 8 AM as today it's a long walk through meadows. We ascend into the Vishansar Valley __ a beautiful valley with two lakes resting soothingly before two lofty mountain peaks. The scenery keeps changing all the ways which are a treat for the senses. Once you cross the Nichnai pass towards Vishansar Lake you have reached your destination for the day. The lake abounds with colourful trout fish. Both of these lakes have a religious significance and they drain into Kishanganga River that meanders through Gurez valley. The banks of this lake make the perfect campsite. Camp here for the night.
Trek upward to the top of the ridge from Kishansar lake. Initially, the trek is a steep ascent which is followed by a steep descent & a gentle walk through the meadows. 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. Cross Gadsar pass. On the other side of the pass, Gadsar valley is famous for its lake and sinking water sand. We pitch the tents beside a shimmering canal that comes out of the Gadsar Lake. Camp for the night at Gadsar.
On this day, the trail becomes mild and relaxing with a repetition of mild ascents and descents through large meadows that stretch along a succession of a fascinating mountain range. Satsar is a group of seven interconnected lakes situated in a narrow alpine valley stretching north to south. The lakes drain out into the Wangath nallah which is a tributary of the Sind. Camp here for the night.
Trek takes us to the Zajibal pass, the pass cuts the Satsar valley and Gangbal valley. Today's trek is easy & mostly descending. After a trek of a few minutes from the campsite, you reach the biggest of Satsar lakes. The trail is dominated by Boulders. Be careful of loose rocks while trekking. The view of Gangabal and Nandkol twin lakes from the top is something to look forward to. We cover a mild gradient that leads to the Nundkol Lake lying judiciously at the foot of Harmukh. The Lake and the reflection of the Harmukh in the lake make it majestic.. Pass through Nandakol lake & reach our destination for the day; Gangabal lake. Camp here for the night.
On the last day there is a steep descent into the Narang Valley.. Be careful while trekking as most injuries happen on descents. You will see the most beautiful pine forests today. The trail passes through a meadow with pretty yellow flowers. Finally, we reach the road head of Naranag. The same day we will drive to Srinagar for the night stay
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