Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

duration Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 13,800 ft
visit Best time to visit July - September
age Minimum Age 7+
Camp Base Camp Shitkadi
Camp Accommodation type Tents
About the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

If there is paradise on this earth somewhere, here it is, here it is!

Inhabited by my life, my soul, and my heart, this is the place, here it is.

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If someone would have termed the trek as ‘The Gateway to the Garden of Eden’, even then it would have not done justice to what it holds. To ask you to close your eyes and imagine your own paradise on the earth is to insult the wonders this Walhalla inhabits. To believe in a place that runs across the stretch with seven distinct valleys, seven different alpine lakes, and six poles-apart colossal grasslands are to believe heaven does exist.

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Also See: Mesmerizing Tour of Kashmir

Moustache presents you with the only journey to the lost world, an expedition to an unseen site - The one and only ‘Kashmir Great Lakes Trek’. A rare chance to drift off to a voyage which you wish never to end and an opportunity to ooze out every life you contain. With vistas larger than your dreams, your imaginations, and your life, this trek symbolizes perfectly the famous saying, ‘It’s always the journey to relish not the destination to vanquish.

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a feeling to seep in, a sensation to decrypt, and a rainy eve song to listen to. It’s s a symphony of every trek which exists in India. Trudging through six different boundless grasslands, marked with flowers of every possible color is like witnessing a self-created competition amongst the all. With every passing valley, you will be stunned to eyewitness the secret challenge of beauty each one poses to the other. It’s more like transporting yourself to one of the 17th-century British tales expressed with limitless flourishing meadows of maple and leafy grasslands patched with nut-brown wild horses.

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Could you imagine yourself strolling on a warm sunny morning in the middle of lush green meadows, blooming with yellow-pink flowers, opening over broad-wide bare mountains with heavenly looking brown and white horses grazing over? We understand if you cannot, that’s the kind of undreamt dream this trek offers you.

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How many times have you peeped over a lake and not seen your dizzy reflection over it? Rather it’s mostly you going pompous over a brownish figure taking a shape!

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Well, amidst all the ethereal experience of trekking through such a poetic landscape, you will often get a chance to peep over some of the greatest lakes of Kashmir. Twin brooks Gangabal and Nandkol who sits quietly in the middle of gigantic blackish Hasmukh peak reflect their own glaciers over the water. The specialty of these startling lakes is that because they are not a natural habitat for any kind of life forms make them as blue as fresh blueberries and as transparent as a freaking glass.

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Gadsar lake, one of the great lakes of Kashmir and the most awe-inspiring lakes in the entire country is a dream to imprison. A dream you want to put on the repeat forever but which tends to slip in from your soul like grains of sand. Most of these lakes have their lineage attached to the exceptional mountains who stand just in the backdrop, occasionally dropping in some ice like a floating iceberg of the Titanic. The vastness of this landscape takes your breath away and leaves you dazed.

The unpredictable weather plays a major jack in this trek. The valleys being harshly prone to massive snow and jarring cold, you are left with very few months to trudge on this extraordinary expedition. The only months when you can plan a day out is between July to September. Therefore you must stay mindful of every reservation.

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek which is also often abbreviated to ‘KGL’ is the most embellishing trek in this entire marvelous country. If you wish to trek through meadows as vast as space, lakes as sparkling as the sun, and the landscape as astonishing as nothing in the world, hop in with us!


Why Moustache?

Moustache believes in a vision of ‘Affordable Travelling’. We believe that exposure such as such kinds should not be limited to expensive packages and inaccessible requirements rather should be affordable by all. Moustache also understands the unprecedented Covid crisis and therefore maintains the most flexible cancellation and rescheduling policy. For further details, write to us today!

Day 1: Srinagar To Shitkadi


Altitude: 7,800 ft.

Drive: 76 km (4 hours)

Meal Included: Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on sharing basis.


  • Well first get astonished to enter the heaven of our country - Kashmir. The moment you drop at the airport, a special breeze will take your heart away. Kashmir is that beauty that you can never miss to adore.
  • After you have soaked in the atmosphere of Srinagar, board your shared cab from Srinagar to Shitkadi, Sonmarg. The entire ride will take about 4 hours to complete, so sit back, relax, and enjoy a quiet charming drive.
  • Shitkadi is a small village inhabited by one of the oldest Kashmiri community. Once you reach the village, our ground team will guide you to our campsite and welcome you with a warm heart. Kashmir is indeed very hospitable.
  • If you are early, you can take a walk around the campsite, or can go to Sonmarg, which is just 20 mins away.
  • Your dinner is fixed with us, so come back by the evening and enjoy your steaming breakfast.



Day 2: Shitkadi to Nichnai, via Shekdur


Altitude: 11,500 ft.

Trek: 11.6 km (6-7 hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • Today is going to be an exciting day for you, as you will enter the valley for the first time. Wake up refreshed in the morning and have your luscious breakfast. Get ready to embark on the prettiest trek of the entire India.
  • The moment you enter the valley, you will see a world only made up of glowing grassland and blooming meadows. It will be something you have never seen in your whole life.
  • The trail to Nichnai takes you through the vast meadows, dense forest of Maple, Pine, and Bhoj trees. Right after about 40 minutes, you will cross the first army check post. Here you will submit your ID proofs.
  • Trek for some more time and suddenly you will have the greatest views of massive Sonmarg valley and white as milk Thajiwas glacier.
  • The specialty of this trek is the desire to keep walking. Right from the first day you wouldn’t want the day or the walk to end. You will feel like keep walking through the verdant meadows and enjoy the heavenly views. On the way to Nichnai, you will also pass through the Nichnai river flowing quietly and glittering under the glowing sun.
  • When you will reach Nichnai, you will have your campsite somewhere in the middle of vast grassland and meadows. Settle yourself and enjoy the rest of the meals.
  • It’s important that you take the trek slow and soak in every feeling. KGL is all about the feels and pretty sensations.



Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar Lake, via Nichnai pass


Altitude: 12,000 ft., via 13,100 ft.

Trek: 12 km (6-7 hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • We hope you had one of the best nights yesterday. Wake up satisfied with the stunning natural beauty and do your scrumptious breakfast.
  • One of the unique things about this trek is that almost every day, you ascend over the mountain pass for a while and then later descend to reach the campsite. Similarly, today you are going to ascend to the Nichnai pass which is about an hour-long steep ascend and then later pass on through the vast maple meadows.
  • If you feel tired after ascending over the Nichnai pass, take a short break and then start descending down towards Vishansar campsite.
  • By afternoon, you will reach the campsite and if you are hungry, eat your tasty lunch immediately.
  • Today’s highlights are the astonishing Vishansar and Kishansar lake. It is a small 20 minutes trek from the campsite to the Vishanasar lake and another about 20 minutes to Kishansar lake.
  • Here will be the first introduction to the breath taking lakes of Kashmir. Vishansar Lake stays frozen from October to July and is startling blue. Similarly, Kishansar lake being a twin lake also stays frozen and reflects amazingly blue throughout the year.
  • This place is also greatly visited by the local shepherds, therefore you might also see several herds of sheep grazing around. If you like interacting with new people, go around and have small chit chat with them. You might get to know an interesting story share later!



Day 4: Vishansar to Gadsar, via Gadsar Pass


Altitude: 12,500 ft., via 13,800 ft.

Trek: 16 km (5-6 hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • Wake up, stretch yourself and go for a short run to wake up from the slumber. Today is going to be pretty long trek. So buckle up and refresh yourself.
  • Typically, first you will ascend to the Gadsar pass from Krishnasar. The climb is going to be steep and exhausting, so brace yourself before hand. But apart from all of that, the trail is going to be surprisingly very beautiful and dazzling. Also, Gadsar pass is the highest point of the entire trek which is 13,800 ft.
  • Because there is not even a single tree on the pass, you can actually view the entire green valley from there.
  • From the Gadsar pass, you will trek down towards the famous Gadsar lake. The route from the pass to the lake is unbelievably beautiful with a narrow lake flowing just beside the route.
  • Depending upon your pace you will reach the stunning Gadsar lake. All the great lakes of Kashmir are so breathtaking that you will want to spend all day long just sitting beside the lake. Spend some time to your own convenience and then start the trek to your campsite.
  • It will take about 2 hours to reach from the lake to the campsite. Also just a few meters before the campsite, you will have the second army check post to signup. Carry your official government ID to have a hassle free pass.
  • Once through the check post, reach the campsite and settle down. This campsite is also phenomenal in terms of beauty and the surrounding. Spend the rest of the day strolling around the grassland and have a good luscious dinner at night.



Day 5: Gadsar to Satsar


Altitude: 12,000 ft.

Trek: 10 km (5-6 hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • We hope you had a wondrous night yesterday. Wake up early in the morning and experience the marvelous Kashmir valley dawn. Today is going to be a moderate trek of about 10 km long, so you can exercise in the morning accordingly.
  • After you have done your breakfast, get ready to move again. Haven’t you noticed how amazingly different is each day. Even the grasslands change according to the valley and the day. Today’s grassland is going to be equally lush green but patched with blooming flowers.
  • Trekking through these meadows, its very difficult to express what you feel. Kashmir Great Lakes trek is so incredible that putting the experience in the words is almost impossible.
  • Few more meters into the trek, you visit the 3rd army post of the trek. Submit your ID proof copies here again. As you hike ahead, the valley will suddenly wide open with the views of the Satsar lake.
  • After spending an ample time at the lake, proceed to the campsite and relax. Walking the entire route might be exhausting and tiring, so take this opportunity and chill for the rest of the day.



Day 6: Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes


Altitude: 11,500 ft.

Trek: 9 km (5-6 hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • Wake up early and enjoy a quiet sunrise. Go for a short run and exercise a bit. Get ready for another beautiful trail. Today we will be proceeding from Satsar to Gangbal twin lakes. The route is mostly rocky and stony.
  • The trail is a steep incline to Zaj pass and from there you trek down to Gangabal lake and camp near the Nandpol lake. One of the specialty of these lakes is that they sit quietly with the massive Harmukh peak sitting just behind them.
  • While you observing the beautiful lakes, you will also see their glaciers sitting on the Harmukh peak. In large, this scene is amazingly beautiful and breathtaking.
  • After you have had enough time around twin lakes, trek back to the campsite and relax. You will have evening snacks to savor and a nice luscious dinner to eat.



Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag and to Srinagar


Altitude: 7,450 ft.

Trek: 15 km (7-8 hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Today is going to be the last day of the trek. Make the most out of it. Wake up as early as possible, stream in fresh air and go for a short job to freshen up.
  • The best thing about the last day is that you will have the most astonishing view the longest route. After a tasty breakfast meal, get ready to embark on the last day.
  • The trail today is mostly descending and you stay active on the movements of knees & ankles. The route will be crossing the dense forest of Pine and descending down to an altitude of 7,450 ft.
  • After you have reached Naranag, our this journey to the heaven ends today. Its time for us to say goodbye to each other and cherish the memories we have made over the couple of days. Moustache sincerely thanks you for choosing us. We hope to see you soon for yet another amazing experience.



Day 8: Buffer Day


  • This is going to be your buffer day, as in the Kashmir Great Lakes trek there can be chances of interventions from the weather or from the political side. Keeping this in mind we can consume this day on any day of the trek.

Air: Take a flight to Srinagar airport and take a shared cab to Shitkedi, if not possible you can book a flight to Delhi or Pathankot airport and board a volvo to Srinagar.

Road: The volvo transfers are available to Srinagar from Delhi as well as from Pathankot. From Srinagar take shared or private cab to reach Shitkedi.

Rail: Take a train to Jammu Tawi railway station and from there book a private or shared cab to Srinagar. From Srinagar take shared or private cab to reach Shitkedi.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -3.

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood.

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater.

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower),Scarf/muffler.

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs).

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended).

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers.

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel.

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!).

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face.

11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole.

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries).

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication.

14. Personal toiletries.

15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planing to offload your regular backpack.

16. Hand Sanitizer.

17. Extra face masks.

18. 5 - 6 Copy of valid Government ID proof.

Inclusions:

 1. You will be greeted by our trek team on your arrival to Shitkadi campsite.

2. All stays included from Shitkadi campsite to Naranag in tents on a sharing basis:

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 8 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route.

5. Hot water for drinking purpose shall be provided on request.

6. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

7. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

8. Transportation from Srinagar to Srinagar.

9. All trek essentials included–

(i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc

(ii) Safety equipment - as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

(iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

Exclusions:

 1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials –

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages.

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

4. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

5. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

  1. If cancellations are made within 2 days prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.
  2. If cancellations are made between 3-7 days prior to the start of the trek, EITHER 75% of total package amount will be returned to the guest (25% of total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.
  3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of the total advance will be refunded.
  4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of the booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case, your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.
  5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.
  6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.
  7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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