Duration: 4 Days/ 3Nights

Altitude: 2130M to 3587M

Pickup: Srinagar

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 4 Days/ 3Nights

Pickup: Srinagar

Altitude: 2130M to 3587M

Difficulty: Moderate

Gangbal Lakes Trek is the best all-season trek in India. Unlike other treks in India, this trek offers a bouquet of lakes,  lush meadows, thick jungle walk, snow-covered peaks.  The trek is famous for many attractions. It has one of India’s largest alpine lakes (which is Kashmir’s largest alpine lake), Gangbal Lake, in its trail. The lake is fed with water by the glacier of Mount Harmukh, a legendry mountain considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva.  Mount Harmukh (towering at the height of 5142 meters) is 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.

The trek has Trunkhol meadow, too, where the mud huts of Gujjar community comfortable rest. The camping location is unique in this trek, it gives a panoramic view of mountians that circle the Gangabal Valley and hold more than six alpine lakes each within a day of distance.

The trek has a religious signifiance, too, and is called Ganges in Shavism.

Accommodation in tents/ homestays on twin sharing basis.Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mattresses, Toilet Tents & Kitchen Tents.Staff(Trek Leaders, Cooks & Helpers
Daily meals (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)Passes and Permits.Basic Medical / First Aid Kit.
Personal Expenses Like Calls, Camera, Alcohol etc.Offloading
Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses.Transportation

Things to Carry:-

Backpack & rain cover, trekking shoes preferably high-ankle one, day pack to carry on-the-trek essentials like a lunch box, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, protein bars etc, headlamp/torch, trekking pole, personal medical kit.

Thermals, fleece jacket, down feather jacket, waterproof pants, sun cap, woollen cap: toiletries: sunscreen, lip balm, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand towel, sanitary napkins etc.


Day 1: Srinagar – Naranag

  • Altitude: 2,130m
  • Time taken:3 hours drive

A three hour drive from Srinagar to Naranag base camp. An acclimatization walk around the base camp and an overnight stay.


Day 2: Naranag – Trunkhol Meadow

  • Altitude: 3,200 m
  • Time taken:5 hours

This day starts with a three hour trek up through the pine forest till Trunkhol via Butshree Top which is at an altitude of 3200m and 0pens onto a beautiful meadow Trunkhol Meadow (3400m). We camp at Trunkhol meadow that cosily sits in the forest beside a bakerwal house made of mud and logs. The place is serene and gives the view of surrounding thick mountains of pine.


Day 3: Trunkhol – Gangabal

  • Altitude: 3,400 m
  • Time taken: 3 hours drive

This day we start with a mild trek that winds further into the Gangabal Valley. First, we get to see a calm and fascinating Nundkol Lake just at the hem of Mount Harmukh. We see the might Harmukh standing tall in the valley with its glaciers that feed the lake.

On the same day we trek for a short distance to see the eternal beautiful Gangabal Lake (3587m). Gangabal Lake is one of the largest alpine lakes in India and the biggest in Kashmir.  The lake is abound with trout fish having varied colours and taste. We see the summit route of Harmukh this day.


Day 4: Departure: Gangabal – Naranag – Srinagar

  • Altitude: 2,130 m
  • Time taken: 6 hours

We trek down to Naranag and then drive to Srinagar.

Best time to do Gangabal Lake Trek

  • The best time to do this trek is from June to November. 

How to reach the Base Camp

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

Safety and Expertise

  • There is no technical climbing or advanced mountaineering involved. It is recommended for all age groups.