How Difficult is Kashmir Great Lakes Trek


Kashmir Great Lakes Trek welcomes the trekkers with a bouquet of around a dozen alpine lakes. It has lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains, different valleys, and varied Himalayan Wildlife. This trek is, as is said, the crown of trekking in Kashmir. Trekking in India is incomplete without Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, let’s us admit, is versatile. It is scenic and has variations in natural beauty. This trek offers not only mountains but meadows and lakes too. The meadows are both wavy and flat. It holds Kashmir’s largest alpine lake – Gangbal Lake. It has breathtaking snow-clad mountains and en route gives a view of some of the best peaks of Kashmir. This trek is a must when one thinks of trekking in India.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a moderate to difficult trek. The trek trail is in the Sonamarg area of Kashmir. The trek reaches the highest altitude of around 4200m at Gadsar Pass and has a mix of both ascends and descends. However, the altitude gain is gradual, allowing the trekkers to acclimatize easily. If the trek starts from Sonamarg then it is on the 4th day that one reaches the highest altitude of this trek which gives enough time and distance for the trekker to adjust to the altitude. The duration of the trek is 7 days.

Trek Highlights

  • Duration: 7D/6N
  • Distance: 70kms
  • Altitude: 4200m
  • Grade: Moderate to Difficult
  • Base Camp: Sonamarg, Kashmir.
  • Best Time to Visit: July, August, September
  • Main Attractions: Krishansar & Vishansar Lakes, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake, Gangbal Lake, Nichnai Meadow, Trunkhol Meadow, Gadsar Pass, Zajbal Pass, Mount Harmukh, etc.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Trail has no life-threatening wildlife nor any rock-falling mountains. It is a mixture of solid green mountains, meadows, and alpine lakes. In case any emergency arises while on the trek, the descent to the motorable road and the nearest medical facility is less than a day away. On the trek, unlike other treks, the luggage is not carried by porters but by ponies which makes this trek quite light on the shoulders.

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