Best Treks in Kashmir 2020

Best Treks in Kashmir 2020
Best Treks in Kashmir 2020

Best Treks in Kashmir 2020

 

Kashmir is abound with scenic trek trails. The trekking in Kashmir gives the trekkers other-worldy vibe, it in unparallel in its meadows, alpine lakes, mountain ranges and grasslands. Although Kashmir has many beautiful treks, ordering them is difficult. But below are some of the best treks that we have put in order to make choosing your next trek a bit easy.

 

 1. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Arguably the best trek in India. It is the most pristine and beautiful trek as it offers a bouquet of five large alpine lakes (total 11 lakes) surrounded by wavy meadows and snow-peaked mountains. Meandering through the North-West Himalayas, this trek is a kaleidoscope of nature. Great Lakes trek is nothing short of a lifetime experience: walking on the lush green meadows, seeing flocks of sheep dotting them, beholding the lofty mountains carrying glaciers that melt to form the undulated lakes; trekking parallel to the canals and rivulets that cut through mountains and waking up in the morning to see the clouds drifting around your camps. On the way, one gets a glimpse of Mount Harmukh, Gadsar peak and Mount Vishu and varied Himalayan animals like Common Leopard, Himalayan Marmot, Black Bear and many wildflowers and birds. The enchanting beauty of the trek is such that one ascends 11000ft without realising it. Trekking in Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

Best time to visit Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is best done in the summer season. The lush meadows, lofty peaks and shimmering brooks make this trek a memorable trek for life.

How to reach the Base Camp

Once you land in Srinagar, the cab will take you to the Sonamarg Base Camp which serves as the starting point of the trek.

 Safety and Expertise

 Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is an easy to moderate trek. However, this trek does not require any mountaineering expertise or any trekking credentials. This trek is safe for all groups.

 

 2. Barfsar Trek (Frozen Lake Trek)

This trek starts from the last village of Kashmir Valley which lies towards the north-east. The village is famous for porters that take devotees to the holy Amaranth cave. The trek has three alpine lakes on its route, and one being the highest altitude (4605) lake in Kashmir. On the way, one experiences two alpine meadows, Kolahoi Pass (highest in Sind valley), eight technical cliffs, six glacier beds and Thajwas wildlife sanctuary. Barafsar Trek has a unique blend of lakes, meadows, snow-clad mountain peaks and wildlife sanctuary.

Best time to do Barfsar Trek

The best time to do this trek is in from June to September.

How to reach the Base Camp

  • After landing in Srinagar, the cab from Cliffhangers India will ferry you to the base camp situated near Sonamarg.

Safety and Expertise

  • Barfsar Trek is a moderate trek. It requires some trekking experience and a fair fitness level. There is no technical climbing or advanced mountaineering involved. Someone with zeal to see the highest altitude lake of Kashmir and a good fitness level is best to do this trek. 

 

3. Tarsar Sonmos Trek

This is the traditional trek that the trekkers across the world have taken for centuries now. Apart from two beautiful alpine lakes (Tarsar Lake, Marsar Lake) which have been popular since the 20th century, this trek offers the magnificence of Mountains, Meadows, Brooks and Forests.

Best time to visit Tarsar Sonmos Trek

Tarsar Sonmos Trek is a summer trek. Once the sun is shining, the greenery of the meadows and mountains, the splashes of rain and the gushing of water streams makes this trek a lifetime trek. 

How to reach the Base Camp 

Once you land in Srinagar, a cab will take you to Sumbal which serves as the starting point of this trek. 

Safety and Expertise 

Tarsar Marsar Trek is a beginner’s trek recommended for beginners and experts alike. This trek does not require any mountaineering credentials or expertise and is safe for all age groups.

 

4. Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar-Marsar is a world-famous trek for its two beautiful alpine lakes; the trek is in vogue since 20th century. Generations have visited the twin-lakes that sit in the lap of luscious meadows and enchanting mountains. The place holds religious significance, too, with saints and priests renouncing life (in old times) and going into this valley for meditation and peace. The water of Tarsar Lake forms the Lidder River.

Best time to do Tarsar Marsar Trek

The best time to do this trek is from June to September. 

How to reach the Base Camp

After landing in Srinagar, the cab from Cliffhangers India will ferry you to the base camp situated near Pahalgam.

Safety and Expertise

Tarsar Marsar Trek is an easy trek. There is no technical climbing or advanced mountaineering involved. It is recommended for all age groups.

 

5. Harmukh Valley Trek

Harmukh Valley trek is an amazing alpine trail and considered as a most beautiful trek in Kashmir. Camping beside the Gangbal Lake (the largest alpine lake of Kashmir) and beholding the lofty Mount Harmukh towering at the height of 5142 meters, 4th highest mountain of Valley. Known as the Eiger of Kashmir, it was from Mount Harmukh that Thomas Montgomery, a great trigonometric surveyor, first discovered K1 and K2 Mountains in 1865. Gangbal Lake is considered the river Ganges in Shivism.

Best Time to Visit Harmukh Valley Trek

This trek is done in both summers and winters. If you want to see the Mighty Harmukh draped in Snow & Gangbal Lake, the largest alpine lake of Kashmir, frozen and snowy then visit this beautiful trail in winters. But if you want to feel the sun and wind and clouds gathering around you then summer is the season for you.

 How to reach the Base Camp

Once you land in Srinagar, the cab will take you to the Naranag which serves as the starting point of the trek.

 Safety and Expertise

Harmukh Valley Trek is an easy trek recommended for beginners and experts alike. This trek does not require any mountaineering credentials or trekking expertise and is safe for all age groups.

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