Charinag Lakes Trek

The Most Beautiful Trek In India

Trek Difficulty


Trek Duration

4 Days

Highest Altitude

13638 ft.

Suitable For

12-62 years

Charinag Lakes Trek

ashmir trekking is famous all over India for its high number of alpine lakes. If you spot a mountain line anywhere here in Kashmir, you are probably looking towards an alpine lake. The lakes here are glacier-fed and clean and many of these lakes are home to varied fish and water life. The fantastic feature of some of these alpine lakes is accessibility. Many of these you finish within a day or it takes only a couple of days to see more than one lake.

Lidder valley and its surrounding is such a famous place that has many alpine lakes. Locals and tourists throng these places in summer to savor the serenity of these lakes and trekking that they involve. You probably must have already heard about some of the famous lakes here like Sheeshnag and Tulian Lake. However, more lakes are equally luring and mesmerizing. They somehow have remained offbeat and less known in the travel community. Which, however, makes them less prone to exploitation. 6 of those breathtaking lakes are covered in Charinag Lakes Trek.

Among such less known offbeat lakes are Charinag and the lakes in its close vicinity. There are a total of 6 lakes in this area that are close to each other. They are tucked far away from hustle bustle into the calmness of nature. These 6 lakes are glacial lakes and remain open throughout the summer.

The trail runs through jungle and meadow with breathtaking panoramic views, river crossings and mountain range. Two lakes fall in the name category of Charinag – Charinag I and Charinag II. Close to these twin lakes is a gorgeous small lake called Zeesar Lake. Further it leads to the three beautiful lakes of Dudcharan – Dudcharan I, Dudcharan II, and Dudcharan III

Trek Fee

Original price was: ₹15,000.00.Current price is: ₹14,000.00.

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    What are the Highlights of the Trek?

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    Charinag Lakes Trek– A Detailed Itinerary

    The first day of the trekking journey is a drive to the Batkoot Village. The drive from Srinagar to this village is quite scenic. It first follows the NH1 national highway and then turns left towards Anantnag villages. The drive takes you through the beautiful villages of Kashmir. It passes through thick apple orchards which are very much famous. Stop near these orchards and get the taste of pure and fresh apple juices. You will handpick the apples from the orchard yourself. The drive then runs parallel to the famous Lidder river. It gives way to the fascinating snow-covered landscape of the Pahalgam area. You will see towards your left and right the thick jungles rising high and vast.

    Your campsite is at this quaint Batkoot village. This is a small village and around 6 km from Pahalgam. The village stands at an altitude of around 1900m. This is your acclimatization day. Walk around the campsite, see how the local population lives here and get the pure local feel of the place.

    This is the first trek day. Post your hearty breakfast, get yourself in trekking gear and start for the long ascend. The trail is definite and goes beautifully under the canopy of the jungle. This is a long walk and has a steep ascend. It is highly recommended that you have a fair level of fitness. The jungle trail runs for around 10 km until it opens onto a beautiful flat patch of land. It is a mini meadow that is perfect for camping. The evening breeze here is refreshing. It smacks you out of the exhaustion and puts you in relief.

    Wake up early morning in the pleasant weather of this patch of heaven. Post breakfast, get ready to see the 6 gorgeous alpine lakes. The first lake is around 4 km from the campsite. The trail is rough and goes over rocky terrain. You will be trekking above the tree line. Keep your water bottles filled and take regular water breaks. The sun will be directly over you. As you are nearing the lake, you will behold the eternal gorgeous Charinag Lake I. The lake is large and around 1 km in length. The altitude of the lake is 3800m. Take a snack break here and immerse yourself in the beauty that surrounds you. Just adjacent to this lake there is a mountain pass called Charinag Pass. You will have to ascend this pass and then descend towards Charinag Lake II. The lake is visible from the Pass, get near to it and feel its refreshing waters.

    Post this lake, take a right turn, and just less than a kilometer distance you will see another beautiful lake called Zeesar Lake. The altitude of the lake is around 3950m. The trail after Zeesar Lake is all descend. Just a kilometer from this lake, two lakes of Dudcharan Lakes are visible. Then further trek down you will see Dudcharan III. The three lakes are closely located and have an altitude fall of around 100m each. Once you have reached Dudcharan III, take a lunch break here. Stop and relax and try your hand at photography. Capture the moments all along to cherish later at your home.

    The trail that connects all these lakes is rough and rocky. It is open in sun and has ascends and descends.

    Once you have seen all 6 lakes, descend further down towards an opening that serves as your campsite. Enjoy the evening meals and the joy of seeing the awesome alpine lakes. The distance of the day is around 8km. The highest altitude that you will reach is around 4157.


    This is the last trek day. Enjoy the walk descending through the jungle. You will walk on the same trail that you took on the day first and finish the trek in the same village.

    What are the Inclusions & Exclusions


    • All meals. Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, dinner. We provide nutritious veg food and try not to repeat the dishes. 
    • Camp stay on all nights in high-quality tents on a double-sharing basis. Sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses, and dining tents.
    • Mountaineering experienced trek leaders, guides, and experienced cooks. 
    • All the 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.
    If you wish to avail of our transportation service, then the extra cost will be 1800 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 2800/ 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.


    The Charinag Lakes Trek is difficult. There is an altitude gain of around 2000m. The altitude gain, distance, and rough terrain make this trek a difficult one. Prepare well before going for this trek, if you are a beginner you need to hit the gym. For seasoned trekkers, this is doable.

    You will reach around 4157m on your third day. That’s the pass bifurcating Charinag I and Charinag II. The altitude gain is high and it can make you prone to altitude sickness.

    A total of 11 lakes are traversed in Kashmir Great Lake treks, including Gangabal Lake, the largest Alpine Lake in Kashmir, Nundkol Lake, Kishansar, Satsar Lake, Gadsar Lake & Vishansar Lake. This hike will be with you forever because of the verdant meadows, and high peaks. Other than this, depending on when you arrive, you might see a few more lakes.

    The best time to do this trek is summer. In winter all the lakes are covered in snow and the trail becomes risky. The gradient of the trail rises and there are risks of slips and falls. The more riskier patch is after the Jungle which has a rocky trail and goes over ascends and descends.

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