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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Trek Difficulty

Moderate-Difficult

Trek Duration

7 Days/ 6 Nights

Highest Altitude

13,779 ft

Suitable For

12-62 years

Great Lakes Of Kashmir Trek

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 alpine lakes present in the stunning meadows. 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. And 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. This trek is not for beginners. Before the hike, prepare yourself physically if you’re hoping to get on this trial.

Summer is the best time to do this trek and the months from June to September are the ideal months. It remains closed during the winter season. This trek in September is least crowded. 

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.

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KGL Trek Fee

Original price was: ₹16,750.00.Current price is: ₹14,500.00.

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    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Highlights

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    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Cost

    Trek Cost14500/ Per Person.
    Transportation1800/ Per Person.
    Offloading/ Porter Service2800/ Per Bag.
    Insurance650 Per Person.

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    The Kashmir Great Lakes trek 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 Package starts from 14,500 per person. The cost is inclusive of all the trekking essentials including all meals during the trek.

    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Itinerary

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

    Our pick-up is from Srinagar and usually, we leave from Srinagar at noon. You will need to schedule your flight arrival in such a way that by 12 you are already at the pickup location. 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. We stop at a lovely location beside the Sindh River stream for lunch or a tea break.

    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 luring mountain peaks. 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.

    Note: Make sure you start taking enough water, take proper rest, and avoid smoking or taking alcohol from this day itself. In all of our treks, no drinking is allowed. We have a cloakroom facility. If any trekker has an extra bag to be kept in the cloakroom, our office will come on the way. The charge per bag is 250 rupees.

    Day 1 Of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Srinagar to Sonmarg): Sonamarg Base Camp Image

    • 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. Our usual schedule is to wake up at 6 am, have breakfast at 7 am, and leave the campsite by 8 am. The earlier we start, the better as we will get less direct sun, will reach early the campsite and can have more time to recover. After breakfast, there will be a short briefing by your trek leader before we start walking.

    Today starts with an ascend. Just after ascending a few meters, there is an army post where you will have to stop to check. You need to keep your Adhar card/passport in your daypack. It takes around one hour here for all the formalities.

    As we continue our ascent, the first stop will be at Tabletop, a beautiful plateau that is surrounded by jungle but opens wide towards the Thajwas Mountain 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.

    From Table Top, we enter a small patch of forest walk. It’s soothing during hot days to find a shade like this. It however leads to an open valley.

    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. If you are a beginner, you must take the assistance of our able guides to cross the river streams. Our 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.

    • 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. This day we will be covering the first high-altitude pass of the trek – Nichnai Pass. It’s an all-ascent to the pass. Walk steadily, keeping your feet firm. And take a moderate pace. As the valley is open and doesn’t have forest shade, take regular water breaks. And better to keep your head covered.

    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.

    Near the pass, there is a Dhaba. Take rest here, you can have Maggie or omelette or just a tea or coffee here. Make sure you keep cash with you as no network works here, no UPI or bank transfers. Also, the pricing is very high so must keep that in mind too.

    The pass also has a steep and rocky descent towards the beautiful valley on the other side. 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 stream that originates at the breathtaking Vishansar Lake.

    In the river, you will see a wide range of trout fish which are very famous here. However, fishing is forbidden here. You need to have a proper fishing license from the Fisheries Authority of Kashmir. During August month 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 3 Of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Nichnai to Vishansar Valley): Vishansar Valley   Day 3 Of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Nichnai to Vishansar Valley): Vishansar Valley   Day 3 Of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Nichnai to Vishansar Valley): Vishansar Valley 

    • 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 Kashmir Great Lakes trek. The gradient is difficult. On this day, you will cross over the highest altitude of the trek which is GadsarPass standing tall at 4,200m. This day you will cross the highest altitude of this trekking route.
    We will start early, have a proper lunch, and don’t forget to take your snacks like protein bars or fruits for 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. It is during rains that the trail of this pass disappears.

    Most of the breathtaking pictures that you see of the 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 colorful flowers and herbs. The meadow is the most colorful of this trek.

    Shortly afterward, you will see on your left a soothing, blue-colored 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.

    Note: It is on this day most of the treks get terminated during rainy days. If it rains heavily then we won’t be able to ascent the Gadsar Pass as the trail disappears and it gets all slippery and muddy. In that situation, we use the buffer day (there is an extra payment for the buffer day).

    Buffer day means we don’t trek forward, we just spend another day at the same campsite. If the weather turns good and the trail is doable the next day, we cross the Gadsar Pass. If the trail is again slippery and it is not safe to cross the pass, then we abandon the plan of going to the other side. We spend the rest of the days exploring Vishansar and Nichani Valley and then descend to Shitkadi, Sonamarg.

       

    • 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.

    Satsar means ‘seven lakes’, and this valley has remained famous for its alpine lakes. It is connected on one side to the famous Gurez Valley. It is the traditional route of Shepherd to go to Gurez from and Sonamarg or Kangan area.

    In Satsar Valley, there is an army camp and you will be asked to show your original Adhar or passport. Do not click any pictures near any of the army camps while on the trail.

    On this day, we will reach the campsite before noon, hence we will have a hot lunch at the campsite. We won’t have to carry the lunch boxes. Considering the difficulty of all other trek days on KGL, this will seem like a rest day as the walk is easy.

    Day 5 Of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Gadsar to Satsar: ) : Satsar

    • 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 glaciers that hang 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.

    Be prepared, this is the second most difficult day of the trek after the Gadsar Pass day.


    Day 6 Of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Satsar to Gangabal): Gangabal   Day 6 Of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Satsar to Gangabal): Gangabal

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

    This is the last day of the 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.

    At Trunkhol you will see the last army check post. Again you will have to show your original IDs. It takes around one hour here to finish the formalities.

    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.

    If you leave earlier than others at Narangar, we recommend you use that time to explore the Naranga ancient temple ruins.

    You will have the cab ready at Naranag, once all the trekkers descend, we will leave for Srinagar. There is a Union Transportation system in Naranag, so at times, it takes some time for them to arrange a taxi from the taxi stand. You will get either TATA Sumo or Tavera cabs from here.

    Note: For those trekking from July until mid-August, you will have to cooperate with your trek leader and leave the campsite earlier than normal. There is a check post on the way to Srinagar that we have to cross before 4 pm. That’s a police check post for Amarnath Yatris. If we delay it, then no one will be allowed to cross that post, and you will be taken to the Yatri Niwas for the night stay.

    Day 7 Of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Gangabal to Narang): Narang

    Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 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.

    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.

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    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Best Time

    Summer, lasting from July to September, is the best time for Kashmir Great Lakes trek.

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    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek in June

    Since this is a summer trek, the weather is mostly sunny in June. During the day you need to keep safe against sunburn and sunstroke. The temperature hovers around 10°C to 25°C during daytime and drops down to around 5°C to 10°C at night making them a bit colder.

    The sky is clear with moderate climate. This is one of the peak months for Kashmir Great Lakes and you will see some crowds on the roads. The trek is possible in the later days of the month as permitted by the Department of Tourism Jammu and Kashmir. 

    It is suggested to keep some cotton as well as warm clothes due to unpredictable weather of the valley.

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    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek in July

    One of the prime times when Kashmir Great Lakes is done, July marks the beginning of monsoon season.  It rains at times mostly during July but not heavily. In rain, the trail gets slippery and is a bit risky. The most difficult is to ascend and descend and at some ascents the trail vanishes completely when it rains a lot.

    You need to be prepared for this. But other than that, it is a wonderful time to undertake the trek. The temperature range is the same as June but the climate is more refreshed due to rainfall. You must pack everything in a spacious waterproof backpack so that everything remains dry and carry a raincoat to protect yourself from getting wet. the leaders at Cliffhangers India are expert and learned trek leaders, they will help you in traversing during the rain quite safely.

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    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek in August

    The most convenient time for this trek is in august as the days are most comfortable for treks with temperature fluctuating between 15 to 30°C but nights are comparatively colder with lower mercury level. 

    August promises a wonderful time throughout the trek with crystal clear views and enjoyable weather. You won’t face much climate related difficulties this month.

    The place would definitely be a bit congested but it is totally doable. Be attentive when packing as you would require cotton t-shirts and pants as well as warm clothes like thermals and jackets.

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    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek in September

    September marks the starting of autumn season in Kashmir. You can actually feel it in the air as it becomes crisp and cold. Lesser crowds can be seen, promising a peaceful time.

    You will still come across plenty of people on the way. On the trek, you will see hues cast on the meadows, plains, mountains. The leaves of the trees turn to yellow, transforming the place into a golden paradise. The temperature starts to drop now, remaining between the range of 5 to 15°C.

    Snowfall has not started but a little of it can be experienced in the high-altitude regions. You can surely plan this trek with Cliffhangers India who are known for giving best services to the trekkers.

    How Difficult is The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

    The 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 15 km for 7-8 days continuously. Every day you trek till afternoon to evening. It is physically tiring if you are not fit.

    Kashmir Great Lakes 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, located at an altitude og 4,200m. You are acclimatised by now. However, you need to follow the instructions that your trek leader will provide to finish your trek without any hiccups. In case you feel a headache, nausea, or any altitude sickness symptoms, don’t ignore the symptoms and talk to your trek leader.

    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. One other thing that makes this trek difficult is the unpredictability of weather here. The best option to solve it would be to plan it from July to September, although you may experience rainfall during this time of the year.

     You need good cardiovascular health and endurance to complete the trek without any discomfort. Practise some jogging or running from 2-3 months prior to the trek to build a habit. Carry all the essential trekking gears and wear comfortable clothes that are full-sleeved. 

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    Campsites On The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

    Sonmarg: This is from where the trek starts and Sonmarg acts as a base point for Kashmir Great Lakes trek. Trekkers spend some time here for acclimatisation before going up the high-altitudes. Sonmarg is an ideal location for all the outdoor enthusiasts who want to soak in all the beauty of vast vistas here and snowy mountains. Carry all the camping gears like tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and other things necessary.

    Nichnai Campsite: Pitching a camp amidst the vast meadows with mountains in the surrounding is a cathartic experience. This is the first campsite of Kashmir Great Lakes. The natural setting here is just perfect for rest and moments of tranquillity. Nichnai campsite has numerous streams too where you can for a leisurely walk. When you are here, you are camping at an altitude of around 11,500ft. Which is something to wonder about.

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    Vishansar Lake: One of the most exotic lakes of the trek, Vishansar lake is also a campsite where trekkers relax for the night and get rejuvenated. You can enjoy slow walks by the lake or do some light yoga and meditation. At night, unwinding under the clear skies is a perfect setting for stargazing and makes the whole experience quite memorable. The whole atmosphere is just serene and could not get better than this.

    Gadsar Lake: This pristine lake is a sight to behold where you can see alpine meadows from your tents and lying under the star-studded sky is just majestic. It is one of the chosen campsites in the trek due to its remote location and the mesmerising sight that it offers. As earlier mentioned, it is located at quite a height and acclimatisation is very crucial before going up there.

    Satsar Lake: Kashmir great lakes trek has more than 5 lakes and Satsar is one of them. It is another option to set up your camps here and enjoy the mesmerising view. As the name suggests, Satsar means seven lakes, so when you are camping here, you will come across seven smaller lakes that dot the region and will allure you with its natural beauty. The whole arena here with breathtaking landscapes is a sight to behold. You can call it a day here and spend the night under the celestial canopy.
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    Important Tips to Plan Your Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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    How To Reach KGL trek Base Camp?

    By AirThe base camp of Kashmir Great Lakes trek is Sonmarg.  
    First of all, reach Srinagar. You can either take a flight to Srinagar Airport and then from the airport hire a cab or taxi to reach the city. Book your seats in advance, somewhat 2-3 months before the trek to reduce the chances of cancellation and save some money. 

    By  TrainIf you are travelling via a train, then Jammu Tawi Station is the nearest one. From the station, you can take government owned or private buses to reach Srinagar. The distance to be covered is approximately 270 kilometres which will take 7-8 hours.

    By Road:  Once you are in Srinagar, you have to be in Sonmarg. The distance between these two places is approximately 80 kilometres, which would take 2 to 3 hours to cover the distance. 

    You can either hire a taxi or share a can with other trekkers to reach here or depending on the preference in your tour package that you have picked. 

    The base camp is by the initial lakes’ shore like that of Vishansar or Gangbal. It is on the basis of your itinerary. You must spend some time at your base camp to get acclimated to avoid high-altitude sickness. 

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    Things To Carry For KGL Trek

    Suitable Clothing: You must carry enough warm clothes like thermals and winterproof and waterproof jackets as it is cold at higher-altitudes. Carry a good-quality rain-coat in case it rains. You need other accessories like trekking pants, trekking boots, a few pairs of socks and extra undergarments. You must choose clothes that get dry quickly. 

    Essentials: there are some essentials that you can’t miss. Carry a reusable water bottle, power snacks, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, moisturiser, antibacterial and antifungal cream in a spacious and waterproof backpack.

    Medicines: carry some basic medicines like painkillers for headaches, stomachaches, bodyache etc. and personal meds too if any.  First-aid kit is a must thing to pack. 

    Gadgets: you won’t find any power there so keep a power bank and a satellite phone as the network is limited and very non-existent in high-altitude regions. 

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    Fitness Tips & Importance for KGL Trek

    It is very important to be fit and healthy to undertake this trek and complete it successfully. The trek requires a different set of a skill to move further from steep ascents, rugged terrains, streams, passes and what not. 

    You need to build a good body endurance and have excellent cardiovascular health as the trek is long and requires trekking for a long distance almost every day. 

    Try to be injury-safe before the trek and go for a jog everyday prior to a few months of the trek. Do some strength training to gain power in your upper body, core and specially legs. Above all a clean diet is everything. You can workout seven days a week but if you feed your body garbage, then it’s all worthless and you won’t be completely suitable for such a long trek. 

    Last but not the least, not acclimating properly can literally ruin your plans. The high-altitude regions have low-oxygen and sudden exposure to it leads to high-altitude sickness. Keep one-two days extra off your itinerary for acclimatisation only either in Srinagar or Sonmarg. 

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    Photography Spots on Great Lakes Trek

    Every place and spot is suitable for photography throughout the Kashmir Great lakes trek. It is every photographer’s delight. But here are some specific ones where you can capture amazing shots of nature and its surroundings. 

    The serene LakesThe lakes like Gangabal lake, Gadsar lake, Satsar lake, the twin Vishansar and Kishnasar lakes and Nundkol lake are very picturesque. You can even stand in front of them and get clicked by your fellow trekkers to have a memory of a lifetime. You even spot smaller lakes especially at Satsar which seem as magical as the big ones. Although every season has its own charm, autumn is the perfect time for snapshotting. 

    The magnificent passes and meadows:  You can click perfect pictures at Zaj Pass and Nichnai Pass. crossing them adds a winning feather to your touristy cap and having a memory of it lasts lifetime.

     The meadows are stunning in their own way against the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. Don’t forget your cameras and you can have a nice relaxing photography experience here. One thing to add to this is be respectful of the local people and don’t click them without their permission and don’t exploit  your surroundings while doing so. 

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    Facts About Kashmir Great Lakes trek

    Some Secrets to KnowWell there are some secrets that people talk about Kashmir Great lakes trek. One of them is that Vishansar and Kishansar lake have the same water flowing in them and they are called twin lakes for a reason. You don’t see any form of algae here at these lakes which means no life can be supported here or ultimately survive or live. But this is the reason why trout fishes are found in them. Fishing has become a common activity at these pristine lakes.  Algae growth can be seen in abundance at Gadsar lake, the highest point of the trek, making the water of the lake appear green. 

    History of Harmukh Mountains: It is said that the melting water of Harmukh mountains is the source for many lakes, primarily Gangabal Lake. religiously significant as the abode of Lord Shiva, Harmukh mountains are at an altitude of 16,000ft.  This still-to-be resolved mystery is so powerful that once a man tried to climb the mountain to meet Lord Shiva. He put in 12 years. He could only go up to the final destination but achieved Nirvana ultimately and then never seen again. Hindus do a Yatra where pilgrimages have to climb up to 14,000 ft. for worshipping Lord Shiva.  Thomas Montgomerie was the first person to do the expedition in 1856 for the Trigonometric Survey. It was during this survey that the historic K2 was discovered. Not even locals knew about its existence. 

    Popular Naranag Temple: Some believed that it was built in honour of God Shiva while some think that it was for the divine Nagas(snakes). The Kayastha Naga Karkota Dynasty whose king, Lalitaditya Muktapida built this temple was a great worshipper of Lord Shiva and the Nagas. The style of the construction is in Aryan Style.  Although it is available in ruins only, the place is also important as a famous archaeological site. 

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    • Mountains in the Backdrop: whether it is a meadow, or a lake or a river or a vista, these snow-laden mountains in the background are just magnificent and add extra charm to the whole scenery.

    • Diversity: Kashmir great lakes gives you experience of witnessing varieties of meadows and valleys and lakes, each day throughout the trek. You will never get bored of the same thing. Everyday is wrapped in new wonders and excitements.

    • Umissible Slow Walks: Walking on the grasslands of this trek barefoot is a surreal experience and is one of the reasons why people love doing this trek. There are more than 5 grasslands where you stroll around and feel connected to mother nature.

      Some of them are Shekdur meadows, Vishansar grassland, Nichnai grassland,Gadsar meadow, Gangabal meadows. They are adorned by peaks in the background. 

    • Pristine Lakes: The name of the trek is for a reason as the whole journey takes you to different calm and serene lakes. They just look so dreamy and like a painting on a canvas.

    Dislikes

    • Dumps: Trekkers have started using the shores of the lakes as a dumpster, living things behind and now carrying them back. It is really disappointing to see this as it harms our nature and compromises with the beauty of the trek.

    • Unpredictable Difficulties: The trek throws at you unexpected challenges throughout the trek for which you can’t prepare in advance. But this is what makes this experience adventurous and exciting. Don’t panic in such a situation and just follow your trek leader to cross it.

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    Why Choose Us for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
    • 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.

    How Safe Is Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

    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

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    FAQ's

    This trek is 65 km long. 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.
    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.
    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.
    You can enjoy swimming in the Great Lakes, 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.
    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.
    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.
    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 this 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.
    The 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.
    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.
    Yes, you will need a permit to undertake the trek. The permission is granted by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department.
    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.
    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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