Sheshnag Lake Trek

The Most Beautiful Trek In India

Trek Difficulty


Trek Duration

8 hours

Highest Altitude

11778 ft.

Suitable For

12-62 years

Sheshnag Lake Trek

Sheshnag Lake Trek is one of the famous alpine lake treks in Jammu and Kashmir. This trek is also one of the most exotic summer treks. The water of the lake is clean and clear due to its low algae production. The lake is a pathway to the famous pilgrimage place Amarnath Yatra. During the yatra, Hindu devotees go to this Lake before visiting the Amarnath Yatra. The Amarnath cave is around 25 kilometers from this Lake. The lake is spread over an area of 1.1 kilometers in length and 0.1 kilometers in width. This exotic lake is surrounded by mountains from all sides. You can explore the entire valleys and lakes of Pahalgam through Pahalgam sightseeing.

Check also this adventure trek: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The trek trail will take you to beautiful meadows, steep ascents, stairs, and well-marked trails. Sheshnag Lake is also termed as the ‘’ King of Snakes’’. The trek is short and beautiful, one can complete the trek within one or two days. The lake is itself the prime attraction of this exotic trek. You can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the White Mountains during this trek. Sheshnag Lake is also home to several fishes, one can also enjoy trout fishing here in this Lake. The trek is an easy-moderate trek, even a beginner can do this trek.

The ideal time to do this trek is in the summer season. June to October is considered the best time to do this trek. During summer months the lake is in full bloom and the looks magnificently beautiful. In winter season the lake freezes and at that time it is difficult to access due to heavy snowfall. The views from the Pissu top are something interesting to watch out for. From this top, you will get to see the picturesque views of the Lidder Valley. The trek trail from this top contains many waterfalls.

Trek Fee

Original price was: ₹10,000.00.Current price is: ₹9,000.00.

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    What are the Highlights of the Trek?

    Sheshnag Lake Trek – A Detailed Itinerary

    • Altitude Gain: 9300 to 9780 ft.
    • Trek Duration: 1.30 hours

    Chandanwari base camp is the starting point of this trek. The famous Amarnath also starts from here. You can start your trek from the glacier point along with the Amarnath cave trail. The trek trail from Chandanwari to the Pissu top is easy and follows through the Lidder River to the Pissu top. The trail is beautiful and a straight walk from the Chandanwari base camp. Magnificent mountains and gushing Lidder River stream make it a beautiful trail.

    You have to continue walking around 1.3 kilometers on the same trail. After you reach the Pissu top, take the left and the trail will take you to the mountainsides. Take. From here, it will be sharp ascent, this part of the trek is moderate. The views from the Pissu top are stunning and you will see the entire Lidder valley from here. Spend some time here to enjoy the magnificent views.

    • Altitude gain: 9780 to 11,270 ft.
    • Trek Duration: 2 hours

    From the Pissu top, start walking to the Jojibal. The trek trail is beautifully covered with mountains from all sides. This part of the trek is stunning with the picturesque views of the Lidder Valley. After walking for around 30 minutes, you will spot a small waterfall which is called the waterfall point. From this waterfall, continue trekking around 2 kilometers on the same trail towards Jojibal. During this part, you will witness the lush green grasslands that welcome you to the Lidder Valley. Jojibal is also the second base camp for Amarnath Yatra. 

    • Altitude Gain: 11,270 to 11,885 ft.
    • Trek Duration: 8 hour

    The trek trail from Jojibal to Sheshnag is small. On this small trail, you will spot many beautiful waterfalls. The water is clean you can fill your water bottles here. From the Jojibal trek of around 2 kilometers, you will get a brief look at Sheshnag Lake. From here you have to walk again 100 metres to reach this beautiful Sheshnag Lake. The views you get from here are totally breathtaking and you will forget all your hardships. You will also witness the blooming flowers on the banks of the Lake. The stunning views of this blue alpine lake along with the blooming flowers are spectacular. 

    Descend from the same trail. It will take you around 3 hours to reach back to Chandanwari base camp. 

    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.

    Know Before You Book

    • 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.


    The lake is located at a distance of 14 kilometers from the Chandanwari. It will take you around 5 hours to reach the Sheshnag Lake from Chandanwari base camp. The ideal time to start the trek is early in the morning to complete the entire trek.

    The Sheshnag Lake trek is the easiest in Kashmir. It contains a wide variety of trout fishes and the production of algae is very low. Apart from trekking, one can also enjoy trout fishing in this lake and the lake is regarded as the shortest alpine lake in Kashmir.

    Sheshnag Lake is located at a distance of 23 kilometers from the Pahalgam and 120 kilometers from Srinagar. You can also hire ponies from Chandanwari base camp to reach Sheshnag Lake. The entire trek trail is beautiful.

    The melting of snow and the streams coming down from the mountains are the main sources of this lake. The lake is one of the popular tourist destinations in Kashmir valley. The water comes out of the streams and finally merges with the Lidder River.

    The Sheshnag Lake has special significance for Hindu devotees. There are many mythological stories related to this alpine lake and the most significant is that the Sheshnag itself lives here in this Lake. It is said that he dug the lake for himself.

    Summertime is the best time to do this trek. From May to October it is considered the ideal time to do this trek. In the winter season, the lake remains inaccessible and covered with heavy snowfall. Therefore summertime will be the perfect time to enjoy this trek.

    In the summer season, the weather remains pleasant on days, the temperature at day time ranges from 15-20 degrees Celsius and the nights are still cold with the temperature -0 to -9 degrees Celsius. In the summer season, the wildflowers are blooming on the banks of the lake which offers scenic views of this alpine lake.

    The lake is famous for its Hindu mythology. Apart from the religious significance the lake is also home to many fish species like brown trout.

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