7 Days/ 6 Nights

Altitude: 4200M 

Distance: 65KM

Difficulty: Moderate

 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Distance: 65KM

Altitude: 4200M

Difficulty: Moderate



Have you ever wanted to go on the best trek of India? If so, then embark on Kashmir Great Lakes Trek – a trek unmatched across India. This trek has remained now the most popular and sought-after trek during the summer months. It has quite a great variety and offers a scenic landscape. There are around a dozen turquoise alpine lakes present in the stunning meadows of this trek. It indeed has the most alpine lakes that any trek can offer. 

This trek is also called the 7 Lakes of Kashmir Trek. Owing to the many alpine lakes one sees on this trek. 

The trek starts from Shitkadi Sonamarg – the famous tourist place in Kashmir. The trek goes up through jungles, meadows, gullies, and the huge expanse of grasslands. It goes over 3 high altitude passes, different valleys, and landscapes. The trek ends at Naranag – a simple yet beautiful Village in Kashmir. 

The most followed duration of the trek is 7 days including one day for an acclimatization. However, based on your personal preference you can reduce or increase the days. 

The difficulty of the trek is moderate to difficult. It is best suited for experienced trekkers and fit beginners. Summer is the best time to do this trek and the months from June to September are the ideal months. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek in September is least crowded. It remains closed during the winter season.

Cliffhangers India offers the complete package for Great Lakes Trek. From budget to premium fixed departures, from private customized options to the college/corporate groups, we have flexibility in the services and itinerary. 



 


Trek Highlights

Meadows & Valleys: This trek has a long valley full of lakes and grassland. The valleys are lush and flowery. As you walk, you enjoy the pristine beauty of this valley. The valley like Gangabal valley, Satsar valley, and Gadsar valley are the most famous ones. 

High-Altitude Passes: This trek has beautiful high-altitude passes. These passes give you a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys and landscape. The highest of these passes is the Gadsar pass. From here you get the breathtaking view of Vishansar valley and its twin lakes. From Zajbal Pass you get to see Mt. Harmukh with its two famous lakes – Gangabal and Nundkol. 

Alpine Lakes: This trek has the most alpine lakes than any trek in India. There are around a dozen lakes in and around this trek that you can access and see. All of these lakes are glaciers and most of them have the famous fish trout present in the lake. 

great lakes of kashmir trek


Regular Fixed Departure Dates 2024

Month Date
June  22, 23, 29, 30
July 6, 7, 8 (Full),13, 14, 20, 21, 22 (Full), 27, 28
August 3, 4, 7 (Full), 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
September 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30
October 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


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July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek



Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Srinagar to Sonamarg

  • Altitude: 2,730 m
  • Time taken: 3 hours drive

Drive from Srinagar to the base camp at Shitkadi Sonamarg. While driving you will get the best highlight of the Kashmir landscape. The drive winds through villages, and farmlands and the road is between two mountain ranges. You will be driving beside the shimmering and ever-flowing Sindh River. On the way, you can stop to feel the views of these mountains and pastures. You can book the cab to the base camp via our Kashmir Taxi Service

By evening you will reach Shitkadi where you will be served with welcome drink and evening snacks, later you will be served dinner.

You will spend the night camping at Shitkadi which is surrounded by a luring mountain peak. The reason to spend the night at Shitkadi is for acclimatization. You will be briefed by your trek leader about an entire trek, and you will be given all the details about the trek.

Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai

  • Altitude: 2,730m to 3,505 m
  • Time taken: 6.5 hours, 9 km

This is the first day you will be taking your backpack and start ascending towards the next campsite.

It is a gradual ascend. Your first stop will be at Tabletop, a beautiful plateau that is surrounded by jungle but opens wide towards the Thajwas Mountian Range. This gives a fascinating wide look of the entire Sonamarg area and its mountain range. You will be able to see the famous Amarnath Peak from here.

Post this, you will trek towards Nichnai. You will be trekking beside the river canal that goes down, and after a patch of jungle, the trail opens up and gives way to tall mountains. There is a river crossing too, a small stream that cuts this valley. Your trek leader and guides will help you cross the stream.

The view becomes more and more breathtaking as you trek further towards the campsite. The trail has rocky patches as well and is dotted with maple, birch, and pine trees.

Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar Valley

  • Altitude: 3,505m to 3,650 m
  • Time: 5.5 hours, 13 km

The gradient of the day is moderate with long hours of walk. After breakfast, you will be given the packed lunch as we will be lunching on our way to the next campsite.

We will be taking our first rest spot at Nichnai Pass. The pass is after the river stream. Just before the top, crossing the ridgeline you will see the beautiful valley down that you just traversed. There is a steady ascent towards the pass, don’t forget to take regular water breaks, keeping your feet firm and pace steady.

The pass has a steep and rocky descent towards the beautiful valley. The meadow below is dotted with wildflowers. You will be walking in this quiet and serene meadow with joy and delight. In the surroundings, you will see a long stretch of mountains to both the left and right sides of you. Towards the right, the mountain range is rugged, to your right the mountain line in contrast is snow peaked.

After walking for a couple of kilometers you will cross the river and reach our campsite. The campsite is beside the river streams that originate at the breathtaking Vishansar Lake. 

In the river, you will see a wide range of trout fish which are very famous here. However, fishing and catching fish are forbidden here. You need to have a proper fishing license from the Fisheries Authority of Kashmir. During August month, which is the kashmir great lakes trek best time, the entire valley is full of flowers. 

Relax beside the lake and take your evening snacks that you will receive as you reach the campsite.

Day 4: Vishansar Valley to Gadsar

  • Altitude: 3,650m to 3,810m via 4,200m Gadsar Pass
  • Time taken: 8 hours, 16 km

This day is the longest and toughest day of the trek. The gradient is difficult. On this day, you will cross over the highest altitude of the trek, which is Gadsar Pass standing tall at 4,200m. Kashmir great lakes trek altitude is highest on this day,

Your trek leader will guide you and start you early in the morning for the day. The first attraction and the best attraction of the trek will be visible within an hour of your trek. Behold the two gorgeous lakes cozily and calmly adjacent to each other: Vishansar and Kishansar Lakes. 

The lakes are famous for their blue water and abundant trout fish. You will see trout fish swimming around. The fish are of different colors. Both of these lakes have a religious significance, and they drain into the Kishanganga River that meanders through Gurez Valley.

After the lakes, start the ardent steep ascend to Gadsar Pass. It has a narrow and sharp trail. Ascend carefully and steadily. It takes around 2 hours to reach the top of the pass.

Most of the breathtaking pictures that you see of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek route are shot from this pass. Take some rest here for some time. Click your videos and pictures here to cherish the memories later on.

From the pass is a steep and a bit long descent. Place your steps carefully. The descent then finishes and merges into a long, lush meadow called Gadsar Meadow. The meadow is wavy breathtakingly placed between the two mountain stretches. It has lush grass and varied colourful flowers and herbs. The meadow is the most colourful of this trek.

Shortly afterward, you will see on your left a soothing, blue-coloured lake – Gadsar Lake. The lake is the least visited and is an essential part of the Great Lakes Trek. Since it is almost in the middle of this trek, this lake is the least visited and explored and is one of the best alpine lakes that you will see on the trek.  

Legends say the water and fish from the Gadsar Lake have healing powers. The campsite is just a small walk from the lake. 

Day 5: Gadsar to Satsar

  • Altitude: 3,810m to 3,600 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours, 12 km

The gradient of this day is easy. Only around one hour is an ascend until the trail opens on the Satsar Meadow. Then the walk turns into an easy walk on lush grass and trail.

The trail has small rocky patches amidst the lush meadow and some water-filled grassland. The landscape of the mountain is mostly rugged and desolate. The valley in total holds seven alpine lakes. The seven lakes are one of the sources of the famous Wangath River that you will be seeing on the way going towards Srinagar after finishing the trek. 

Afterward, shortly, we will reach our campsite which is in the vicinity of the river stream.

Day 6: Satsar to Gangabal

  • Altitude: 3,600m to 3,587 m
  • Time taken:5 hours, 9 km

This day is moderate to difficult and starts with a patch of boulders and rocky terrain. The boulder section will dominate the day, with the hopping from one boulder to another. The trail goes up and reaches the Zajibal Pass. There is a sharp ascend towards the pass for about 3 hours and then an equally long descent. The trail then has a succession of ascends and descends until it goes into Gangabal Valley. On the way comes the biggest of the Satsar Lakes. The lake is bigger and more gorgeous.

After the ascend, one reaches the highest altitude of the day at the top of the ridge called Zajibal Pass. The pass stands at an altitude of 4000m. However, the best part of this pass and the treat to the eyes is the first look you get of twin lakes: Nundkol and Gangabal Lakes.

After the descent from the pass, you will be walking in the narrow meadow after which there are small ups and downs in the terrain until you reach the twin lakes of the valley.

Both the lakes are glacial lakes and get the water from the melting of glacier that hangs on Mount Harmukh. You will be camping beside the Nundkol Lake which has this gorgeous Mount Harmukh in the background. Gangabal Lake is almost 25 minutes from Nundkol Lake. Both the lakes are abundant in trout fish.

Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag to Srinagar

  • Altitude: 3,587m to 2,271 m
  • Time taken: 6.5 hours, 13 km

This is the last day of great lakes kashmir trek. The gradient of this day is difficult. You will be leaving in the early morning after breakfast. The trek towards Naranag i.e. the endpoint of the trek is first a gradual descent and then a sharp descent through the jungle.

The gradual descent is through the meadow of Trunkhol. This is where you will see the government hut and wavy meadows in the middle of the surrounding mountains. The grass is lush and dotted with yellow flowers. And the land stretches far ahead of you. Take a rest at Trunkhol Meadow Hut. You will see a lot of shepherd houses made of mud and brick. You can stop, if time allows, to sip the local tea here in the mud houses.

Post-Trunkhol meadow, the trail immediately goes through the jungle. After walking for half an hour you will reach Butsheri Top, and it is from here a 3-hour steep descent starts. It is heavy on your knees. Make sure you tie your laces ankle-high, if you have kneecaps wear them. The trail isn’t tricky or dangerous but hard on your legs. After descending halfway, you will begin to see the houses below. It further takes a hard descent to reach the end of the trek. 

At Naranag take some rest before leaving for your destination further. A cab from Naranag will ferry you to Srinagar. 

a trekker walking in the kgl meadow


Inclusion 

  • 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.

Exclusions:

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

Extra Services:

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. 



Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Package and Cost

The Great Lakes Trek of Kashmir Package covers the total cost involved for the trek. The total cost includes all the camping equipment, transportation, meals, all qualified staff, medical facility on the trek, and other associated essentials. At Cliffhangers, you will get the most affordable package with the best of the services. Our high star rating is a testament to the blend of the best cost and services.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Cost starts from 13999 per person. The cost is inclusive of all the trekking essentials including all meals during the trek.



Best Time for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

Since this trek is the summer trek, the best time for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is from July to September. 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.  



How Difficult is Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

This is what most of the trekkers ask. It should be noted that the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 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.

The 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.



Campsites on the Trek 

One of the best attractions of the 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 Cmpsite:  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 campsite by the 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. 

kashmir great lakes campsite



How to Reach

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. 


Is Great Lakes Trek Safe? 

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 of the trek:

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 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 during the trek

Since this is a summer trek, kashmir great lakes 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 Kashmir Great Lakes 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.

 


FAQs

How Difficult is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

The most common question among travelers is the difficulty level. Please note that the Kashmir Gate Lakes trek is a moderate to difficult trek. We don’t recommend this trek to beginners. Fit people and regular trekkers can embark on this challenging trek. If you want to get fit be prepared physically before the trek.

Which Season is Best for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

This is a summer trek. So, the best time is from July to September. During winters, snow accumulates on the trekking path, and it remains closed. You may also have a chance to explore this trek at the beginning of October. Overall, Summer is an ideal time for this trek.

What are the 5 Great Lakes of Kashmir?

The lakes that are included in Kashmir Great Lakes are Vishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake, Gangabal Lake, and Nundkol. All these lakes offer the best views of Kashmir valley. You will walk through Nichnai Pass and valleys like Vishansar Valley, and Gadsar Valley surrounding these lakes during your trek.

What is the Age Limit for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

Kashmir Gate Lakes Trek follows the strict age limit in our tour packages. The participants should be above 12 years of age. They should be physically fit for this challenging trek and should undergo a fitness test by organizers before starting the trek. It is advisable to not consider children as they may find the trek challenging due to distance and altitude.

Is the Great Lakes Trek Difficult?

Regarding Kashmir Great Lakes Trek difficulty, the trek is rated as moderate to difficult. There are some high climbs and descents on the track, which consists of a mixture of rocky trails, meadows, and ridges. It does not, however, call for any particular technical knowledge or tools. To take this expedition, participants must be in good physical condition.

How Long is the Great Lakes trek?

This trek is around 65 km. A beautiful landscape can be found along this trail, which includes three high-altitude passes, around a dozen gorgeous alpine lakes with varying shades of green, blue, and turquoise, and unending views of untamed meadows and jagged mountains. This trek can be finished in seven days, covering a portion of the area each day.

Can a beginner do the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

One must be aware that Kashmir Gate Lakes trek is a moderate to difficult trek. If you are just starting and wish to plan to go to the Kashmir Great Lakes, we do not advise novices to attempt this trek. Before the hike, prepare yourself physically if you’re hoping to get on this trial.

Which Lake in Kashmir is Very Famous?

Gadsar Lake, one of the highest and most beautiful lakes in Kashmir, is a secret treasure that must be reached by an alpine hike. The Gadsar Lake boasts an exceptionally stunning backdrop. It is situated in the “Valley of Flowers,” 28 kilometers from Sonamarg. Apart from this, Dal Lake, Gangabal Lake, and Vishansar Lake in Kashmir.

How Many Lakes One Sees on Kashmir Great Lakes ?

A total of 11 lakes are traversed in Kashmir Great Lake treks, including Gangbal 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. 

How Many Days is Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

It takes about 7–8 days to finish this trek and it begins at Sonamarg. In terms of the difficulties of trekking, it is a relatively challeging trek for beginners. The trek is around 65 kilometers long and rises to an altitude of about 13000 feet. On this rewarding journey, you will discover quite a bit about yourself on the physical, mental, and emotional levels.

Is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek worth it?

Indeed, it is well worth the effort. Although it can be slightly challenging, the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek provides a lifetime of priceless experiences. The serene and pristine beauty of the Kashmiri lakes can’t help but fascinate you. It has around a dozen alpine lakes, long wavy meadows and multiple river streams. 

What is the Best Time for Kashmir’s Great Lakes trek?

Travelers can only access these lakes during a designated period of the year. This hike is in the summer. July through September are the finest months to visit. The trekking path becomes blocked by snow accumulation in the winter and is closed. You may get to experience this hike in early October. All in all, the summer is the best season to do this hike.

How much does the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek cost?

The kashmir great lakes trek cost is 14500 per head. This price includes camping, meals during your trek, trekking equipment, permits, and insurance for Indian trekkers. You will also be accompanied by a certified trek leader. We advise you to book your trek through our official Cliffhangers India website.

What is the Starting Point of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

The Great Lakes in Kashmir is the most beautiful and pristine trek in India. This trek starts from Sonamarg and usually lasts seven days. The campsite is six hours away from Shitkadi Village, which is close to the Sindh River. 

Can we Swim in the Lakes?

You can enjoy swimming in the lakes of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek only if you are a seasoned swimmer. One should also take good consideration of the fragile environment. These lakes are fresh and glacier-fed. You will have to be extra careful not to spoil the lakes of great lakes.

Is August the Best Time to Do Great Lakes?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek in august attracts a lot of crowds. Most of the trekkers come for this trek in the middle part of this month. The day temperature is hot and the night temperature is pleasant. The weather is mostly dry.  

Can we do this Trek in October?

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek in October is the blend of summer and snow peaked mountains. October is the last month in which you can do this trek. After October there comes snowfall in the high passes of this trek. In this month the temperature is cold in the nights and pleasant during the day. The weather is dry and has least chances of rain. However, in the upper reaches it can snow anytime. 

Can we do the Trek in June?

In June the mountain peaks are covered in snow and the meadows are fresh and green everywhere. The lakes are clean with some snow still covering the lakes. Hence, you can do Kashmir Great Lakes Trek in June and it has a breathtaking blend of summer landscape and snow in the upper reaches. The temperature during this month is sunny during the day and slightly cold during the night. The weather remains mostly dry. 

Can We Do the Trek in July?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek in July has the best of summer features. The entire landscape is full of greenery and the rivers are full of dancing water. All the alpine lakes are open and full of trout fish. This is the least crowded month to do this trek. 

Is Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Crowded

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is crowded in August. If you want to see less crowd then do the trek at the end of June or the end of September. During these times you will see the least crowd for this trek. Also, at the end of June, you will see snow in the upper reaches and passes.

Do I need a permit to do this trek?

Yes, you will need a permit to undertake the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. The permission is granted by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. 

Is Trekking Insurance a must for KGL?

Yes, the trekking insurance is mandatory for Kashmir Great Lakes. The tourism department will not issue any permission for the trek without insurance and a medical fitness certificate. 

Are there any age or health restrictions for the trek?

While there is no strict age limit, participants should be in good physical health and should acclimatize properly to the high altitudes. It’s recommended to consult with a doctor before joining this trek, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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5.00 based on 3 reviews
December 21, 2021

We went to Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with Cliffhangers India. The arrangements were fantastic with great people to guide. Highly recommended!!

December 21, 2021

If you are looking for Kashmir Great Lakes trek options, then you can blindly choose Cliffhangers India. They are educated, trained and experienced in what they do and they make sure you get everything you want and make your trek unforgettable experience.

February 16, 2024

Hi Cliffhangers!
We are a group of 15 pax. We want the premium great lakes trek but don’t want any extra person to be added. We tried to contact you also via WhatsApp.

Please do call ASAP. We are planning to come in August.

Regards
Meenakshi L

February 16, 2024

Hi Meenakshi,
Thanks for writing to us. In our premium treks, the group size is around 13 only. So, if you are already 15 trekkers, rest assured no extra trekker will be added in your group. The cost and facilities will remain the same as is in our premium kashmir great lakes trek.

Regards
Team – Cliffhangers India

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