Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Altitude: 4605M. 

Minimum: 6 People Group

Difficulty: Difficult-Extreme

Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Minimum: 6 People Group

Difficulty: Difficult-Extreme

Altitude: 4605M.

Barafsar Lake trek is the most scenic and high altitude trek of Kashmir. Its best feauture is that it takes you to the highest altitude lake of Kashmir called Barafsar Lake. The trek has breathtaking landscape and gives the panoramic view of the tallest mountains of Kashmir. This includes the famous Kolahoi mountain. The trek has an over spanning view of the Thajwas Wildlife Sancturay and Thajwas Mountain Range.

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Short Itinerary

Day 1  Srinagar – Sarbal Village

  • Altitude: 2,800m
  • Time taken: 3.5 hours drive

Day 2  Sarbal – Durinar Meadow           

  • Altitude: 2800m to 3,550m
  • Time taken: 6 hours

Day 3  Durinar Meadow – Durinar Lake

  • Altitude: 3550m to 4,171 m
  • Time taken: 7 hours

Day 4   Durinar Lake – Barafsar Lake & Sapphire Lake – Durinar Lake

  • Altitude: 4171 m to 4171m via Barafsar Lake 4605 m
  • Time taken: 7 hours

Day 5 Departure: Durinar Lake – Sarbal – Srinagar

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Srinagar - Sarbal Village

  • Altitude: 2,800m
  • Time taken: 3.5 hours drive

The first day of your trek journey is around 3 hours of drive to the base camp as Sarbal Village. The drive is rewarding. It starts from Sringar and then enters Ganderbal Distrcitct. The road is beside famous Sindh river. You will see snow-capped mountins on your way. This will give you the snippet of how beautiful and serene your trek will be.

As this trek is an high altitude trek, this will be your acclamatization day. Take a walk around this pristine village and get yourself acquanited with the how local live here.

You will get any market in this village. For anything, the nearest market is at Sonamarg.

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Day 2 : Sarbal - Durinar Meadow

  • Altitude: 2800m to 3,550m
  • Time taken: 6 hours

This is the first day of your trekking. You will be trekking for around 6 hours. This is all ascend through the breathtaking Durinar meadows. The altitude gain is around 750m.   This meadow is surrounded by towering cliffs and flowing glaciers on two sides. Shepherds could be seen surrounding the meadow with their sheep and goats.

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Day 3 : Durinar Meadow - Durinar Lake

  • Altitude: 3550m to 4,171 m
  • Time taken: 7 hours

On this day we will be leavin Durinar campsite early morning. After having hearty breakfast, gear yourself properly and be ready for another ascend day. The ascend is again for about 600m and it takes around 7 hours. The next campsite is at Duinar Lake. This  lake is a crystal blue lake harboured in a giant granite rock. We pitch our tents at a location that serves as summit camp for two wonderful alpine peaks, Mount Innominate and Crystal Peak and a trail to Kolahoi Pass.

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Day 4 : Durinar Lake – Barafsar Lake & Sapphire Lake - Durinar Lake

  • Altitude: 4171 m to 4171m via Barafsar Lake 4605 m
  • Time taken: 7 hours

This is again a high altitude day and it takes around 7 hours. This is an exploration day. You will be going to see the two breathtaking lakes of this trek. We trek up to view Sapphire Lake (4270m alt) and Barfsar Lake (4605m), and then push further 355 meters throgh rocky terrain. To the extreme right, we will find Mount Valehead and Kazim ridge on the left side. We descend back to Durinar Lake for an overnight stay.

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Day 5 : Departure: Durinar Lake - Sarbal - Srinagar

  • Altitude: 3550m to 4,171 m
  • Time taken: 7 hours

This is all descend day. This day puts a lot of strain on your knees and legs. Be prepared. You will go through the same trail and reach Sarbal village. From the village you will drive to Srinagar.

The gradient of the Barafsar Lake trek is difficult.

This trek is no way meant for beginners or those who live a sedantary life. This has quite a fair amount of alititde gain and the trail turns rocky around Barafsar Lake. There is rock fall as well which you wil have to be extemely careful of.

Best time to visit

Barafsar Lake trek is best done during summers only. The ideal month is July and August. The trek is completely closed in winters owing to the heavy snowfall it receives.

How difficlut is Barafsar Lake Trek

This trek is quite a difficult trek and is not meant for the beginners. It requires lot of endurance and trekking stamina. Its terrain is not easy and it takes though rough terrain with rocks and boulders.

How To Reach Barafsar Lake Trek

By Air: Srinagar has the airport which is well connected to all the airports of the country particularly to Delhi.

By Road: From Srinagar, take a shared cab to Sonamarg and then from there you will have to take another cab to Sarbal village.

By Rail: Jammu is the nearest railway station that Kashmir has. Take a train till jammu and then a shared cab or government run bus service to Srinagar. From Srinagar take a shared cab to Sonamarg and then to Sarbal.