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THE KASHMIR GREAT LAKES TRAIL

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Day 1: Arrive at Sonamarg

Pass By: Sonamarg, Srinagar India
Depart to Sonamarg in the afternoon. It is a 3 hrs drive from Srinagar. Transport will be arranged at 2:00 PM from Srinagar. The cost will be shared between trekkers.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camping with dry toilets

Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur

Pass By: Sonamarg, Srinagar India
We begin the first day of the trek from Sonamarg and goes to Nichnai – a total distance of 9km. The beginning will be a very steep climb that goes on for 3 hours and then a 1-hour moderate climb, followed by a 3-4 hour (depending on your speed and fitness) ascent to Nichnai. The camp will be set up here at 11,500 feet

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camping with dry toilets

Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass

Pass By: Sonamarg, Srinagar India
The second day is when you get to see the first Kashmir Lake – Vishnusar, at 12,700 feet and if you like fish, it is also the day you get to enjoy fresh trout from this lake! The trail on this day crosses the Nichnai Pass at 13,100 feet and is very different from the previous day. You will walk for around 6-7 hours, during which you will ascend and descend and cover vast meadows before finally making camp at a plain area, a hill away from Vishnusar Lake.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camping with dry toilets

Day 4: Acclimatization + Rest Day + Explore Vishnusar and Kishansar Lakes.

Pass By: Sonamarg, Srinagar India
The day is easy one. There are two lakes nearby Vishansar & Kishansar. Today is for the exploration of these lakes. The lakes are famous for trout fishing but one has to get prior permission from Srinagar for fishing here. Camp for the night at Vishansar.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camp for the night at Vishansar.

Day 5: Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass (7/8 hrs)

Pass By: Sonamarg, Srinagar India
Day 5 is tough, 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. Cross Gadsar pass, at 13,750 feet. On the other side of the pass, there are a couple of small lakes & peaks outside the LOC can be seen from here. The beauty of flowers & Meadows en route is something you should look forward to. You will reach Gadsar Lake by early afternoon. All details of the visitors including original ID cards are checked in the army camp which is nearby. Camp for the night at Gadsar.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camp for the night at Gadsar.

Day 6: Gadsar to Satsar (5/6 hrs)

Pass By: Sonamarg, Srinagar India
Today is a breeze compared to the others. There are only four hours of walking from the Gadsar to the Satsar Lakes. Around 20 minutes before Satsar, you’ll have to check in at an Army camp. They’ll look at your IDs, jot down some details and move you along. Camp, as usual, is made next to a water source.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camp, as usual, is made next to a water source.

Day 7: Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass (6/7 hrs)

Pass By: Sonamarg, Srinagar India
Day 7 is one of the most exciting days. Not only do you get a gorgeous sighting of the Gangabal and Nandkol twin lakes, but you finally also camp near a lake. You will walk 9 km in around 6 hours to reach Nandkol Lake. The highest point you’ll trek up to will be Zaj Pass at a height of 13,500 feet.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 8: Gangabal to Naranag Drive to Srinagar (6/7 hrs)

Pass By: Sonamarg, Srinagar India
The final day is mostly down. And a long, crazy, knee-hurting descent. You start with crossing some hillocks and later get on to a trail in a beautiful pine forest. After walking for around 3 hours, you’ll come to a point where the downward rocky path will begin. This part of the trek will be full of big and small rocks and slippery sand that will make the walk exhausting.

But when you finally reach the end, the sense of achievement at having completed the trek will make the pain worth it. You will have reached Naranag today after walking 11 km and Srinagar is a 3-hour car ride away. Drive to Srinagar. The cost will be shared between trekkers. You will reach Srinagar by 7 PM.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Hotel
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Important Information
Departure Point
Sonamarg
Duration
8 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • Stay –Camping from Day 1 evening to Day 7 evening.
  • Dinner from Day 1 to Lunch on Day 8 (Veg)
  • Trekking equipment like Tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Inner line permits. (Do carry your Photo ID for forest permission)
Exclusions
  • Transportation to and from Basecamp (Sonmarg).
  • Snacks / Beverages
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc
  • Anything other than above mention inclusions
  • Backpack Offloading:
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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