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

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek – The Lakes of Paradise

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is among one of many reasons, why Kashmir is entitled as the Paradise on earth.

Well, it's hard to justify the great lakes Kashmir trek. Call it ‘The Gateway to the Garden of Eden’, this trek stays above all wonders on this planet. Imagine your own paradise on the earth that stretches with seven distinct valleys, seven different alpine lakes, and six poles-apart colossal grasslands. A living proof of heaven does exist. It’s the great Kashmir lake trek.

The Kashmir great lakes trek map is the journey to the lost world. The expedition to the great lakes of Kashmir, trudges through the twin brooks Gangabal and Nandkol who sits quietly in the middle of gigantic blackish Hasmukh peak. Reflect their own glaciers over the blue crystal clear water. Then, there is Gadsar Lake which is a dream to imprison. A total ethereal & poetic experience that comes with the Kashmir great lakes trek cost.

Besides, with every passing valley, you will be stunned to eyewitness the secret challenge of beauty each one poses to the other. Trekking Kashmir great lakes is 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.

The Kashmir great lakes trek guide lets you live you imagination. A dream of you strolling in the middle of lush green meadows, on a warm sunny morning. Lost in the bloom of yellow-pink flowers, opening over broad-wide bare mountains with heavenly looking brown and white horses grazing over. Sounds ‘Heavenly’, isn’t it? Well, it definitely is.

Best time to do Kashmir great lakes trek

Googling Kashmir great lake trek best time? You must know that 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 that we suggest as the best time for Kashmir great lakes trek begins in the end of June. It covers the month of July, August, and September.

There are just a few treks available in Kashmir during the winter months (October, November, December till March), such as the Naranag and Gangabal Lake hikes. In the beginning of October, hikers might attempt the well-known Tarsar and Marsar Lakes Trek.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Srinagar to Shitkadi

Altitude: 7,800 ft.

Drive: 76 km (4 hours)

Meal: Dinner

Stay: Shared Tent Stay

After at Srinagar and get transferred to Shitkadi, Sonmarg on Shared Cab.

Enjoy the charming 4 hrs. ride to Shitkadi, inhabiting one of the oldest Kashmiri community.

Meet our ground team who’ll guide you to our campsite.

Arrived early? Stroll around the campsite, or can go to Sonmarg (just 20 min away).

Return back for dinner and rest at campsite.

Day 2: Shitkadi to Nichnai, via Shekdur

Altitude: 11,500 ft.

Trek: 11.6 km (6-7 hours)

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Shared Tent Stay

Wake up, get fresh and have your breakfast.

Trail to Nichnai, crossing 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 you’ll have the greatest views of massive Sonmarg valley and milky white Thajiwas glacier.

Reach Nichnai, and camp and spend overnight in the middle of vast grassland and meadows.

Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar Lake, via Nichnai pass

Altitude: 12,000 ft., via 13,100 ft.

Trek: 12 km (6-7 hours)

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Shared Tent Stay

Wake up and have your scrumptious breakfast.

Today, you’ll ascend to Nichnai Pass and later pass through the vast maple meadows.

Rest at Nichnai pass and descend down towards Vishansar campsite.

Reach campsite by afternoon, enjoying the astonishing Vishansar (20 min) and Kishansar Lake (20 min).

Day 4: Vishansar to Gadsar, via Gadsar Pass

Altitude: 12,500 ft., via 13,800 ft.

Trek: 16 km (5-6 hours)

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Shared Tent Stay

Today you’ll be trekking for long. So breakfast well and buckle up.

First ascend to Gadsar Pass from Krishnasar and later trek down to the famous Gadsar Lake.

Spend some time at the lake and trek back to your campsite.

Just a few meters before the campsite, you will have the second army check post to sign up. Carry your official government ID to have a hassle free pass.

Once through the check post, reach the campsite and settle down.

Day 5: Gadsar to Satsar

Altitude: 12,000 ft.

Trek: 10 km (5-6 hours)

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Shared Tent Stay

Wake up early to experience the marvellous Kashmir valley dawn.

Start trekking after breakfast. Observe the grasslands change to lush green, patched with blooming flowers.

Few more meters into the trek, you visit the 3rd army post of the trek. Submit your ID proof copies here again. A few meters and the valley wide opens with the Satsar Lake view.

After spending an ample time at the lake, proceed to the campsite and relax.

Day 6: Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes

Altitude: 11,500 ft.

Trek: 9 km (5-6 hours)

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Shared Tent Stay

Wake up for breakfast over a quiet sunrise.

Trek on a steep incline to Zaj Pass to reach the twin Gangabal Lake.

Camp near the Nandpol Lake enjoying the massive Harmukh Peak view right 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.

Take your time soaking the view and return back to the campsite.

Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag and to Srinagar

Altitude: 7,450 ft.

Trek: 15 km (7-8 hours)

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Wake up fresh and freshen up for breakfast.

Trek through the dense Pine forest, descending to an altitude of 7,450 ft.

Once arriving Naranag, this journey to the heaven ends.

Day 8: Buffer Day

It’s your buffer day. The great lakes Jammu and Kashmir trek can be intervened by weather or from the political side. However, we can consume it on any day of the trek, accordingly.

How to Reach Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Base Camp?

Air: Take a flight to Srinagar airport and then a shared cab to Shitkedi. Or, book a flight to Delhi or Pathankot airport and on-board 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.

Things to Carry on Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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 planning to offload your regular backpack.

16. Hand Sanitizer.

17. Extra face masks.

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

Inclusions in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek:

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. 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 in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek:

 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.

6. Transportation from Srinagar to Srinagar.

Cancellation Policies for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Package

1. If cancellations are made 26 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 25% of the total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee.

3. If cancellations and rescheduling are made within 7 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. Guest can reschedule the tour/trek/activity between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity (Depending on the availability), after this period no rescheduling can be done and no amount can be refunded.  

5. Rescheduling of the tour/trek/activity is applicable only once, after that if you want to cancel or reschedule the trek/tour/activity again, it will not be possible and no refund will be processed.

6. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 26 days from the 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.

7. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

8. In case if your tour/trek/activity gets cancelled because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes between 0-7 days from your date of travel, you will be eligible to reschedule the date of your trek/tour/activity or you can get a credit note of the amount paid, however no cash refund will be possible in this case.

9. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

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

FAQs about Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

How difficult is Kashmir great lakes trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is moderate difficult. The trail is completely safe & straightforward. As you switch easily between ascents and descents throughout the trek on any typical day.

How long is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

The total great lakes of Kashmir trek distance is 75 KM. One can cover it in 6-8 days.

Is Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Worth It?

With some breath-taking views of valleys, lakes, rivers, and snow-capped mountains, the Great Lakes Trek has been an amazing experience. The walk was vibrant and energetic, starting with the trip from Sonamarg to Naranag. Even though it can be bitterly chilly, it's worth it.

Can Kashmir Great Lakes Trek be done solo (Alone)?

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