Bodpathri Lakes Trek

The Most Beautiful Trek In India

Trek Difficulty


Trek Duration

6 Days

Highest Altitude

11,768 ft

Suitable For

12-62 years

Bodpathri Lakes Trek

Bodpathri Lakes Trek is the fantastic meadow and alpine lake trek of Kashmir. This trek is quite unique in its landscape and vast meadows which are unparallel. Even the meadows of the Great Lakes trek fall short before the pristine and huge meadows of this trek. The trek falls in the Pir Panjal Range of Kashmir. It is the first Pir Panjal Range trek that we have been doing for a decade now. The entire trail was under army surveillance and was quite a restricted area.

However, the trail and the entire Pir Panjal Range is now thrown open to trekkers. The trek starts from the famous offbeat destination of Kashmir called DoodhpathriBodpathri Lakes Trek is an easy to moderate trek which promises to mesmerize you with its utter breathtaking serenity and beauty. The trek is finished in 6 days and goes via lush carpets of grass, has an abundance of alpine lakes and the shade of forest cover.

The trek gives you a wide view of the Pir Panjal range and you get to see the lofty peaks of this range from Sunset peak to Trattakoti peak. A trekker gets to see six alpine lakes on the trail of this trek and the two lakes of them are Bodsar and Pamsar lakes. Another lake called Damamsar lake is at par in beauty with other alpine lakes of Kashmir. 

Bodpathri trek is a Himalayan traverse across the lush carpet of grass and along the fresh alpine lakes under the towering peaks of the Pir Panjal range. Imagine yourself in the middle of the meadow and they stretch as far as the eye goes and they seem to merge with the mountain range. 

Another feature of this trek is the serenity. This trek is still offbeat, and you will rarely see people around you. This makes this trek special in the time of crowded trails of Uttrakhand and other treks of Kashmir. 

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Trek Fee

Original price was: ₹17,000.00.Current price is: ₹14,500.00.

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    What are the Highlights of the Trek?

    Bodpathri Lakes Trek – A Detailed Itinerary

    • Drive Distance: 5.5 Km.
    • Drive Time: 2.5 hrs.
    • Trek Distance: 5 Km.
    • Trek Duration: 4 hours
    • Altitude Gain: 2700m to 3400m

    This is the first trekking day. The gradient of the day is easy. You will start from the Doodhpathri meadow and after crossing the dhoodhganga river you start ascending the forest cover. The ascend will take around 2 to 3 hours of mild-paced walking. The trail is definite and winds up until you reach above the tree line in the clearing called Diskal meadow. This is from where the meadows start and will be your company until the end of the trek.

    Here at Diskal meadow, you will be welcomed by a small settlement of Shepherd. The walk will then take you via some short ascends and descends until you find the mountain ridge. Start ascending this mountain ridge and once you reach the highest point of this ridge, you will see the vast Ashtaar valley in front of you spread in beauty and charm. 

    You will have to descend from the ridge towards your campsite. The descent is via boulder section and river crossing. You will be camping beside the river stream and in the vicinity of the shepherd huts. 

    • Trek Distance: 6 Km.
    • Trek Duration: 4 hours
    • Altitude Gain: 3400m to 3500m

    The gradient of the day is again easy. You will be ascending around 300m today. The day will be of gradual ascents and will have some river crossings. The trek will start with a short ascend and then a descent. The descent will have boulder patches and then there is a short ascend and then a vast meadow opening on which you will walk. This flat meadow will last for around 2 km until you will have to ascend again. Shortly afterward you will have to cross the river stream and after which is your Gurwansar campsite. 

    • Trek Distance: 7 Km.
    • Trek Duration: 6 hours
    • Altitude Gain: 3500m – 3810m

    The gradient of the day is moderate to difficult. This is the day you will see the Pamsar Lake – the vast lake tucked away in the middle of nature. This trekking day is long. It will take around 7 hours of moderate-paced trekking to reach the next campsite. 

    The day starts with an ascend on a ridge which is followed by a descent into the clearing. This day is the succession of valleys and ridges. After almost every ridge you will be seen a beautiful valley. After the descent, you will trek on a ledge for a few kilometers. Shortly afterward you will reach Pamsar Lake after ascending for around a kilometer. As the length of this lake is huge, you will have to explore it by walking along its banks to see it fully. 

    From the lake, there is again ascent and descent and some boulder section until you reach your campsite at Duriem. 

    • Trek Distance: 11 Km
    • Trek Duration: 8 hours
    • Altitude Gain: 3850m to 3820 via 3962m

    Today is the toughest day of the trek. It is a long day of trekking where you will have to ascend many ridges to explore the different lakes of the trek. 

    Post breakfast, start early with the proper trekking gear. Fill your water bottles and start ascending for around 3km. From here you will go to explore Bodsar Lake. You will have to come back to the point where you started going towards Bodsar Lake. From the viewpoint where you see Bodsar Lake, you will also see another lake called Lokutsar Lake. 

    After this, you will come down to the same spot where you took a trail to Bodsar Lake. From here start ascending in the boulder patch and a steep ascend. Shortly you will get to see the lake. 

    After a few ascends and descends you will walk on the ridge. And from there you will see the gorgeous Damamsar Lake, Navkansar I, and Navkansar II. These are all glacier-fed lakes. The campsite is then a complete descent from this point. The campiste is at Gadtar. 

    • Trek Distance: 11km
    • Trek Duration: 8 hours
    • Altitude Loss: 3850m to 3820 via 3962m

    This is the last day of the trek. The grade of the day is moderate. It has descents and river crossing. You will be losing altitude on this day. There is no ascent. 

    The day starts with the river crossing and then a continuous descent along the wavy landscape. Towards the end of your descent, you will be in the famous Tosamidan valley. This is unmatched in its beauty. Shortly afterward you will reach the road and the cab waiting there will take you to Srinagar. 

    • Trek Distance: 11km
    • Trek Duration: 5 hours
    • Altitude Loss: 3820m to 3070m

    This is the last day of the trek. The grade of the day is moderate. It has descents and river crossing. You will be losing altitude on this day. There is no ascent. 

    The day starts with the river crossing and then a continuous descent along the wavy landscape. Towards the end of your descent, you will be in the famous Tosamidan valley. This is unmatched in its beauty. Shortly afterward you will reach the road and the cab waiting there will take you to Srinagar. 

    What are the Inclusions & Exclusions


    • All veg meals during the trek. Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, dinner.
    • Camp accommodation on all the nights in high high-quality tents on a double-sharing basis. Sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses, dining tents, and cutlery included. 
    • Mountaineering qualified and experienced trek leaders, guides, and experienced cooks. 
    • All the necessary mountain medicine includes first aid, oxygen cylinder, etc. 
    • Passes and permits.


    • Lunch on the first day. 
    • Personal expenses.
    • Anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusion list.
    • Offloading 
    • Transportation

    If you wish to avail of our transportation service, then the extra cost will be 1500 per person. The transportation cost is to and fro. The pickup and drop place will be Srinagar. 

    Offloading charges: In case you want us to carry your backpack, the cost per bag is Rs 2200/ per bag. The maximum weight allowed is 10kg. Please note that only a proper trekking backpack will be allowed to offload. No trolly or suitcase will be allowed to offload. We strictly follow to adequately place the load on our ponies. The maximum weight on each pony will be 40kg as recommended by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. 

    Meal plan: In every meal plan, we try to provide different varieties, trying not to repeat the dishes, particularly in dinner and lunch. Here is the list of dishes and items from which we serve the clients.

    • Breakfast: eggs, paratha, chana, poha, dalia, upma, cornflakes, bread toast, butter, jam, roti, coffee, tea, kehwa, etc.
    • Lunch and dinner: we make a variety of dishes and try to serve the varied dishes. On all trek days, there will be different dishes served. We try not to repeat our dishes unless the clients say otherwise.
    • We serve veg dishes like veg biryani, veg pulaw, muttar paneer, palak paneer, aloo gobi, rajma chawal, rajma kadhai, mix veg, chana masala, kadhi chawal, dal makhni, bhindi masala, dal fry, veg korma, Kashmiri nadru, Kashmiri haakh, aloo matar, bhaingan ka bharta, dam aloo, andaburji, etc. We have both roti and rice available for dinner and lunch. We serve them with different pickles and salad. 
    • For evening snacks we have tea, pakoda, soup, noodles, maggie, veg rolls, biscuits, etc. 
    • For dessert we serve gulab jamun, phirni, halwa, custard, sewaya, fruit chaat, fruit cake, almond cake, etc. 

    Bodpathri Lakes Trek Cost & Package

    This trek is for 6 days. The complete Bodpahtri Lakes Trek cost is 13500 INR. The Trek package includes all of the trekking facilities which have four times meals, camping gear, sleeping bags, passes and permission, guide support, medical first aid, etc. Cliffhangers does the customized trek for Bodpathri with the services as per the client’s preferences. 

    The complete package of Bodpathri will include services like transportation, premium tents, flexible menu at an extra cost. Please ask our trek representative for all these details before you book the trek with us. 

    Know Before You Go

    • Experienced Trek Leaders: We provide the best and experienced trek guides to ensure safety during the trek. Their knowledge can improve your trekking adventure and guarantee enjoyment and safety all along the way. All of our trek leaders are Medical First Responders.
    • Safety: Cliffhangers India is known for its emphasis on safety. We provide high safety standards, necessary equipment, medical support and well-trained persons to ensure emergencies are catered during the trek.
    • Well-organised Itinerary: We create the trek itinerary very well, taking into account the difficulty levels, acclimatisation, trekking routes and the breathtaking beauty. We make sure that everyone has a well-rounded and entertaining experience.
    • Good Quality Hiking Equipment: We provide good quality hiking equipment like waterproof tents, hiking poles, -15 sleeping bags and other trekking gears. Trekkers will have a more pleasant and comfortable journey through this.
    • Affordable Prices: We are transparent about pricing, describing the expenses and the contents of the package, this helps trekkers to travel according to the budget they have.
    • Customer Reviews: An important consideration when selecting Cliffhangers India can be the positive evaluations and testimonies of prior hikers. Many people base their assessment of the calibre of services received on the experiences of others.
    • Educational Appeal: We frequently include educational elements in hikes, giving details about the local flora, wildlife, and geography. This gives the walk a more instructive and rewarding element.

    Since this trek is the summer trek, July to September is the best time to do this trek. This is the best summer trek in entire India. During winters, owing to the snow the trek closes and remains inaccessible. After October, the temperatures drop and there are chances of snowfall which make it impossible for porters and ponies to cross the passes.

    However, if you want to finish this trek with some snow still on the passes and mountain tops, then do it in June. Cliffhangers is the only company that starts this trek in early June and ends it in mid-October.  

    This is what most of the trekkers ask. It should be noted that this is a moderate to difficult trek. It is not a beginner’s trek. This is recommended to only seasoned trekkers or fit beginners. During the rain, it becomes slightly more challenging. If you are living a sedentary/nonactive life, you need to hit the gym and prepare yourself for this trek.

    The trek has long days of walking. It passes over three mountain passes; the trail is a mix of ascends and descends all along. It has boulder and rugged sections as well where you will be hopping from one boulder to another, and you will have to cross the river streams – sometimes walking on the log bridge or fording the stream through it. 

    The most difficult ascend is the climb to Gadsar Pass. The ascend is sharp and is the test of stamina and endurance. Immediately after reaching this pass, it has a steep and long descent and then a long walk in the meadow to the campsite. 

    The most difficult descent is on your last day. There is a sharp descent of around 1000m which will cause stress on your knees, ankles, and toes. This gives a challenge to most of the trekkers as they are about to finish the trek.

    Kashmir Great Lakes trek gets more difficult during rain. The trail gets blurry and at times vanishes at all. The ascend and descend then gets tricky and you will have to be extra careful while putting your next step. However, you will be all safe as Cliffhangers India’s trek leader will guide you through how to walk and will help you cross the passes. You need to strictly follow his instructions.

    There are boulder sections. You just have to be careful here as well, as the fall in the boulder section can give you an injury. Especially it gets difficult during rainy days.

    One of the best attractions of this trek is its campsite. Here is the brief about the campsites of KGL. 

    Nichnai Campsite: This campsite is your first campsite after your first day of walk. The campsite is in the middle of a beautiful mountain landscape with snow-capped mountains surrounding you all the time. The grass is greener and lush. However, the campsite is small and gets crowded with the flow of trekkers. 

    Vishansar Campsite:  You will be camping beside the river stream and just below some meters of Vishansar Lake. The campsite again is beautiful. One way of this campsite leads to Gurez Valley. In the river stream, you will see a lot of trout fish dancing. 

    Gadsar Campsite: This campsite again is just near the river streams, in a small valley surrounded by mountain ranges. The campsite has some shepherd houses and in its vicinity is an army check post. 

    Satsar Campsite: This campsite is just down the Zajbal Pass and is enclosed by mountains.

    Gangabal Campsite: This is the prettiest and the expansive campsite of the Great Lakes of Kashmir. You will be camping by Nundkol Lake. From your tent, you will have a beautiful view of Nundkol Lake and towering Mount Harmukh. The campsite is quite expansive with a long meadow surrounding you. 

    By Air: Srinagar has an airport that has an airway service from all the states of India. The most convenient and short way to reach Srinagar is from New Delhi. 

    By Train: Kashmir doesn’t have a railway facility that connects to the other parts of the country. The nearest railway station is in Jammu. Jammu station is very well connected to the other major railway stations of the country. From Jammu, take a shared cab or bus to Srinagar. 

    By Bus: Srinagar has an NH1 highway that connects it to the rest of the places in India. There are regular bus and cab services from Delhi or Jammu. You will reach within a day from Jammu to Srinagar. 

    From Srinagar take the Cliffhangers shared taxi service to Sonamarg Campsite. 

    • Clothing: Wear warm clothing to protect yourself from the cold at night, such as fleece, thermals, and heavy jackets.
    • First Aid: Must have a first aid pack that contains all the prescription drugs and bandages that you will need for the walk, as well as medications for fever, headache, diarrhoea, cold, flu, and non-alcoholic beverages.
    • Hiking Shoes: For the hike, high ankle hiking shoes are a good choice because they offer the right balance of comfort and durability on a range of terrain and activities.
    • Woollen capes: Gloves and a woollen cap for the night.
      Sunscreens: Cold cream and lip balms.
    • Backpacking: To carry all your equipment, it is necessary to carry a good quality of backpack with a minimum capacity of 50-60 litres.
    • Electronic Equipment: Carry trekking poles which include torch, mobile phones, sunglasses, power bank, water bottle, Bluetooth, camera and some kind of music system.
    • Toiletry: personal toiletry which includes towels, toothbrushes, toilet papers, tissues, nail slipper, sanitary pads for female travellers, shampoo and your personal essentials that you utilise every day.
    • Sleeping Bags: Pack a sleeping bag that is small, light and appropriate for the temperatures you expect to experience on your hike.

    Make sure this list fits your needs before starting your trek by adjusting it for the length of your trip and the requirements of your destination. While preparing for your adventure, keep comfort, safety, and the least amount of negative environmental impact in mind.

    We often get this question from our trekkers, wherein they are apprehensive and want to know how safe it is to go for the great lakes of Kashmir trek. Here are some of the points that we have tried to explain to trekkers.

    At first, do know that this Trek is not easy. Its gradient is moderate to difficult. The trek is long and around 70 km, it has three passes and there are days when you will have to ascend a steep ridge and walk around more than 15km. Every day you trek till afternoon to evening.

    The Terrain: The landscape no doubt will give you everything that you can ask for in mountains – it has jungle walks, meadows, boulder patches, ascends, descends, mountain passes, river crossings, and lakes.

    However, to enjoy all this beauty you need to be prepared for tough trek days. There are boulder sections where you will have to hop from one boulder to another. Also, few river crossings, at times over a bridge, the log bridges and at times when the water level is high you will have to ford the streams by making a line.

    There are steep ascends. The steepest you will encounter while going up to Gadsar Pass, this is the most tiresome day both length-wise and ascend-wise. Immediately after ascending Gadsar Pass, it has a sharp and long descent and then a long walk to the campsite.

    Another pass that you will be ascending is the ridge of Zajibal Pass. This will take around 3 hours and then it also is followed by a long descent.

    The sharpest and hardest descend in on your last day. There is a steep descent that is very much heavy on your knees. This day you will feel the stress on your knees, ankles, and even toes while descending to Naranag.

    Altitude Gain: This trek has an altitude gain of around 2000m. You will expose yourself to altitude sickness in case you make your itinerary short. The ideal duration for this trek is 7 to 8 days. This has been developed to keep many things in consideration including altitude sickness. 

    The Kashmir Great Lakes trek starts at around 2700m, you are first made to spend the night at this altitude, and it is only after three days of the trek you will be gaining the highest altitude of this trek i.e. Gadsar Pass. By this time your body is well acclimatized to the altitude.

    However, you need to follow the instructions that your trek leader will provide to finish your trek without any hiccups. Take plenty of water, both while trekking and at the campsite. You need to take frequent water breaks even if you are not thirsty and not let yourself dehydrate. Take small steps and have a moderate pace.

    In case you feel a headache, nausea, or any altitude sickness symptoms, don’t ignore the symptoms and talk to your trek leader.

    The Weather: Since this is a summer trek, weather is mostly sunny. During the day you need to keep the safety against sunburn and sunstroke.

    However, it does rain at times mostly during July. In rain, the trail gets slippery and is quite risky. The most difficult is to ascend and descend and at some ascends the trail vanishes completely when it rains a lot. You need to be prepared for this.

    It is times like this when the trek becomes difficult. However the leaders at Cliffhangers India are expert and learned trek leaders, they will help you in traversing during the rain quite safely. If the roping is required, they will make sure that it is done. From your side, you need to follow the instructions that the trek leader provides you must have sturdy trekking shoes.

    Exit Points: In case you are feeling sick and feel you won’t be able to finish the trek, the best expert suggestion would be to exit the trek before going to Gadsar. You need to take a call till you are at the Vishansar campsite. It is a quick and easy evacuation from Vishansar or before that. However, if you cross over to Gadsar Pass, you reach almost the middle of the trek which makes the evacuation hard, although not impossible.

    Once you reach the base camp Shitkadi, the nearest hospital is just around 4km from there at Sonamarg market.


    Bodpathir likes its high-altitude trek. The maximum altitude of the trek is 3980m. However, we don’t camp at this altitude. It is just a mountain pass that one has to cross to go over to the other valley. In terms of altitude gain, this trek has many ascends and descends that one has to traverse.

    This is quite a frequently asked question about this trek. The Bodpathri lakes trek is moderate. It is best recommended for trekkers or fit beginners. What makes it a moderate-level difficult trek is the multiple ascends and descends.

    This trek is moderately lengthy. The total distance of the trek is 49km. This one covers 5 days of the duration. The distance is almost evenly distributed. The first day of the trek is for acclimatization.

    Bodpathri Lakes is a summer trek. The best time to do this trek is from July to September. Other than these months, the climate and temperature don’t suit trekking in this region. In winter, the trek is closed.

    The total duration of the Bodpathri trek is 6 days. In this one day is kept for acclimatization. So total 5 days of trekking. The 6 days of the trek include going and coming from the base camp to Srinagar.

    Doodhpathri is the starting point for the Bodpathri Lakes trek. Doodhpathri is a very famous tourist place in Kashmir. It is an extremely beautiful place that has long wavy meadows with the pine forest surrounding these meadows. The place is best known across the world for its lush meadows.  

    Yes, a beginner can do the Bodpathri trek. It is perfect for fit beginners. It doesn’t have any technical climb or any safety concerns. It just needs your moderate fitness level, and you are good to go for this trek.   

    This trek is completely safe for all trekkers. There are no cliffs or technical climbs. The trail is definite and the evacuation is safely done. It has multiple exit points like Tosmaidan, doodhpathri, etc. One can go for the Bodpathri trek solo as well.  

    It is completely worth doing the Bodpathri trek. It has one of the best meadows in Kashmir, some of the best alpine lakes, and amazing mountain ranges on the way. The meadows are unending and like a carpet, the lakes are glacier-fed and completely crystal clean. 

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