Kashmir Great Lakes Trek welcomes the trekkers with a bouquet of around a dozen alpine lakes. It has lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains, different valleys, and varied Himalayan Wildlife. This trek is, as is said, the crown of trekking in Kashmir. Trekking in India is incomplete without Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, let’s us admit, is versatile. It is scenic and has variations in natural beauty. This trek offers not only mountains but meadows and lakes too. The meadows are both wavy and flat. It holds Kashmir’s largest alpine lake – Gangbal Lake. It has breathtaking snow-clad mountains and en route gives a view of some of the best peaks of Kashmir. This trek is a must when one thinks of trekking in India. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a moderate to difficult trek. The trek trail is in the Sonamarg area of Kashmir. The trek reaches the highest altitude of around 4200m at Gadsar Pass and has a mix of both ascends and descends. However, the altitude gain is gradual, allowing the trekkers to acclimatize easily. If the trek starts from Sonamarg then it is on the 4th day that one reaches the highest altitude of this trek which gives enough time and distance for the trekker to adjust to the altitude. The duration of the trek is 7 days. Trek Highlights Duration: 7D/6NDistance: 70kmsAltitude: 4200mGrade: Moderate to DifficultBase Camp: Sonamarg, Kashmir.Best Time to Visit: July, August, SeptemberMain Attractions: Krishansar & Vishansar Lakes, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake, Gangbal Lake, Nichnai Meadow, Trunkhol Meadow, Gadsar Pass, Zajbal Pass, Mount Harmukh, etc. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Trail has no life-threatening wildlife nor any rock-falling mountains. It is a mixture of solid green mountains, meadows, and alpine lakes. In case any emergency arises while on the trek, the descent to
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek has many attractions. It is scenic enough to qualify for the best trek in India. Unlike other treks in India, this trek holds unparalleled variations in beauty and landscape. It welcomes the trekkers with a bouquet of around a dozen alpine lakes, lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains, different valleys, and varied Himalayan Wildlife. This trek is, as is said, the crown of trekking in Kashmir. Trekking in India is incomplete without Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Here is why you should choose Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 1. Pristine Alpine Lakes One of the biggest attractions of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is the number of lakes it offers. These alpine lakes range in size, shape, and altitude. Gangbal Lake: This is the largest alpine lake in Kashmir. This lake is serene and deep and is fed by Harmukh Glacier.Nundkol Lake: This forms one of the twin lakes of Gangbal. The lake is a short walk away from Gangbal Lake and is near Trunkhol Meadow. This lake rests adjacent to Mount Harmukh and takes its water from Harmukh Glacier.Gadsar Lake: Gadsar Lake is a small but beautiful lake in Gadsar Valley. It has many myths surrounding it and according to one of those myths, nobody has ever dipped into its depth.Kishansar & Vishansar Lakes: These twin lakes rest just below two magnificent peaks: Kishansar and Vishansar Peaks. These lakes are abounding with colorful trouts that come down dancing into the stream that comes out of these two lakes. The other alpine lakes that one can see en route this trek are: Shoqsar Lake, Atmas Lake, Kaalsar Lake, Kulsar Lake, Nichnai Lake. 2. Lush Green Meadows This trek connects different valleys and all have lush green meadows. The best wavy meadows are seen in Satsar Valley. Satsar Meadows look heavenly,
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek has caught the imagination of generations. Before this trek was in vogue throughout India, it had held the local population's interest. This has led to different legends and myths surrounding it. There is a story about every mountain peak and lake that this trek has. Kashmir is shrouded with mythology. Even its origin has a story. As per Hindu mythology, Kashmir was a big lake that was de-watered by Kashyapa, son of Brahma the creator god. All these myths and legends add a historical and curious feather to trekking in Kashmir. Mount Harmukh Sir Walter Lawrence, the Settlement Commissioner of J & K State, writes in his book "Valley of Kashmir" (the book was written in 1895) that there is a belief among people that Mount Harmukh treasures rubies and jewels. He further writes that the local population believes that this peak has a calming effect and it renders poisonous snakes ineffective in the places from which Mount Harmukh is visible. This mountain is named Harmukh because from all sides it looks the same. The peak holds religious significance to Kashmiri Hindus and is visited by them frequently. It is believed to be the adobe of Lord Shiva. Many hermits and seekers of Lord Shiva have over the years tried to climb this peak to get the vision of Lord Shiva. Prof. C. L. Sadhu writes that a hermit tried to scale this peak for 12 years to get a glimpse of Lord Shiva but every time he failed in his attempt. On one of these journeys, he saw a Gujjar climbing down from the summit. The hermit asked the Gujjar what the latter saw there at the peak. The Gujjar narrated that he saw a couple who milked a cow and drank that in a human skull.
Many trekkers are apprehensive about taking Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Solo. This trek is as safe for solo trekkers as any safe trek can be. En-route this trek, there will be many solo trekkers that you will meet. It has no threatening wildlife, no thick and dark forest, and a clear trek trail that any trekker can safely follow. On the way, one sees an abundance of water and grassland and enough open space for camping and relaxing. You are good to go for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek only if you have a basic know-how of this scenic trek. And what things are essential to take along when you are on a solo trek. The advantages of solo trekking are that you save yourself from both high budget and crowd. Checklist before going for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 1. Knowing the weather forecast You must be aware of the weather. Depending upon the month in which you take this trek, temperatures vary. In August the temperature remains around 25 degrees Celcius and can go down to 5 degrees Celcius. However, it can go further down if there is precipitation which is likely to happen. In other months like July and September, the temperature is lower than that of August. Even if the weather looks sunny at the start of the day, it only takes a little time to get the weather rough and rainy. So prepare yourself in advance that wind and rain are part of this trek. 2. Know how to read the map Get a paper map or digital, preferably both. You must learn how to navigate by reading maps. Read the map thoroughly before starting this trek. You can avail yourself of the maps from the tourism department. The trail of Kashmir Great Lakes is easy and
Sonamarg Trekking is trekking in Kashmir. It is the best adventure here in Kashmir. Known as the 'Meadow of Gold', Sonamarg is an ideal place for adventure. It is the favourite place for trekking, mountaineering, camping, and rafting. The Sind River that flows in Sonamarg abounds with trout and mahseer. The place has dense forests that inhabit alpine flowers, silver birches, firs, pines, and streams. It hosts Thajwas wildlife sanctuary which is home to the brown bear, common leopard, Himalayan marmot, Himalayan ibex, Himalayan fox, and many other bird species. Sonamarg also hosts over a dozen challenging mountaineering peaks with extreme backcountry skiing. Sonamarg is one of the best trekking destinations if one looks for trekking in India. Trekking in Kashmir is mostly clustered around Sonamarg. Its towering mountain peaks, lush meadows and beautiful alpine lakes make it the best trekking destination in Kashmir. Famous Treks in Sonamarg Kashmir Great Lakes Trek This is without any doubt the best trek in Sonamarg trekking. This famous trek starts from Sonamarg and is the most pristine and beautiful trek in India. This trek has around 11 alpine lakes. The lakes are surrounded by wavy meadows and snow-peaked mountains. Meandering through the North-West Himalayas, this trek is a kaleidoscope of nature. Great Lakes trek is a life time experience. While on this trek you will be walking on the lush green meadows. The meadows have flocks of sheep grazing. On most of the days you will be trekking parallel to the canals and rivulets. The stream cross through its meadows. The trek gives the fantastic view of Mount Harmukh, Gadsar peak, and Mount Vishu. The enchanting beauty of the trek is such that one ascends 11000ft without realizing it. This trek is the crown of trekking in Kashmir. Want to go for Kashmir
We receive many trekkers who are passionate to embark on a trek. They, however, are beginners and novices in trekking and want to know how to prepare for a trek. If you are a couch surfer and your life is sedentary but you want to go for a trek you need to build yourself up for your first trek. This blog is all about guiding you toward preparing for the trek. How to prepare for a trek is a must guide before you go to any trek. Preparing for the trek is an essential part of the trek itself. Taking the below-mentioned tips into practice you will be ready to go for your first trek. Remember the training that a trek preparation needs is not vigorous. It’s just a change in a few routine habits along with taking little exercises that one can get fit for an easy to moderate trek. These steps will help you in preparing for trekking anywhere including trekking in Kashmir. Take the stairs instead of Elevators This is an essential part of your preprations. This is something that you will have to make part of your daily routine. Just from now stop using elevators or escalators. Take the stairs and pavements. If your office is a couple of kilometers away, take a walk. At the office don’t get glued to your desk chair, take short walks around. Take a walk around small hills around your locality If you happen to live in a place where there are small hills around, then start scaling them. Take a walk around woods as that will have short ascends and descends. You should start day hikes and prefer the hikes that has an ascent and descent. Carry your backpack Once you take a tour around a nearby forest or
Tulian Lake is the most exotic lake in Pahalgam. This lake throws tranquility and charm to whosoever visits it. The lake is situated at around 15 km from Pahalgam and is situated at an altitude of 3700m above sea level. This is the main highlight of Pahalgam. This lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains on three sides. In winters it is covered in snow and in summers it gorgeously tempts the trekkers with its colorful and clean water. On one side of the lake is Zanskar Range and on the other is Pir Panjal Range. Make your Pahalgam trip memorable by taking a trek to this gorgeous lake. Are you interested in the most popular treks of Kashmir given below?➜ Click here for great lakes of the Kashmir trek➜ Click here for tarsar marsar trek To do this trek, you will have to reach Pahalgam first. You will get a direct/shared cab from Srinagar easily. Spend the first night in the Pahalgam that will acclimatize you for the altitude. The actual trek will start the next day with a short drive to the base of the Tulian lake trek. The trek is an all ascend towards the tulian valley. You will spend your night in this valley in camps. The next day is the lake day when you will ascend 2km to see the beautiful Tulian Lake. Descend to tulian valley after seeing the lake and spend the night in the Tulian valley. The last day of the trek is an all descent from the Tulian valley to Pahalgam. The Tulian lake stands at an altitude of 3700m. Tulian Lake Trek Itinerary Day 1: Pahalgam – Tulian Valley Trek Distance: 9km Altitude Gain: 1300m Trek Duration: 8 hours. The first day of the trek starts with a drive from Pahalgam.
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The Shikar ride is the most famous in Kashmir. It is a unique boat ride in the famous dal lake and nigeen lake in Srinagar. The tourists throng and love the Shikara ride. The ride in the breathtaking waters of Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake is quite scenic. You will have the range of Zabarwan mountains in the background. This ride is famous here for centuries and every tourist who sets foot here rides in Shikara at least once. It has a gorgeous vibe and romantic aura. The ride gives you a serene feel of the breathtaking landscape and the calm waters of the lakes. What is a Shikara? Shikara boat Kashmir is a wooden boat rowed with a wooden paddle. The boat is of strong deodar wood which is quite resistant to decomposition in the water. The size of the boat ranges between 25 to 40ft. The two extremes of the boat are pointed and in the middle is a broad section for sitting. The boat rowers sit at the extreme ends of it while the tourists sit in the middle. The sitting portion has a comfortable layer of bedding and carpets. Over the head, it has a canopy that shields the tourists from rain and direct sun. To all the sides, the shikara is open and has sometimes curtains drawn. The shikars are in beautiful colors, but the most frequently used color is yellow. They form the cultural identity of Kashmir and its tourism. Not only do tourists use these shikaras, the locals who live on the banks of the lake, use them for ferrying and daily commute. You will see school children, office goers using shikaras to get from one side of the lake to the other. The most famous and frequently used lake of shikara ride
Skiing in Gulmarg Kashmir is a lifetime experience. The slope reaches the thrilling backcountry with pine trees, open alpine bowls, and virgin peaks. Gulmarg ski is at one of the highest altitudes in the world reaching 3,979 meters in two phases. The first phase is from Gulmarg at 2,600m to Kongdoori at 3,080m. The second phase which has 36 cabins and 18 towers takes passengers to a height of 3,979m on the Apharwat Peak. A chair lift system connects Kongdoori with Mary’s shoulder at 3400m for taking skiers to Alpine. The snow quality in Gulmarg is absolutely unique. It is due to its high altitude and the very southern exposure of the continent at around 35° latitude. The seasonal snowfall in Gulmarg is almost double that of the Alps in Europe. Skiing in Gulmarg is safe and guided by well-trained patrolling teams. Gulmarg ski patrol is a team of Avalanche Forecasters and well-trained Ski guides with brilliance in timely rescue. Ski patrol updates daily snow forecasts and avalanche advisories. This adds safety to Gulmarg skiing and makes skiing the best experience in India. In Gulmarg, enjoy the fascinating snow-covered mountains and the pristine valley. The beauty of Gulmarg leaves one wordless for expression. The prime attraction of Gulmarg Skiing is Mount Apharwat which one reaches in two phases. It starts from Gulmarg Ski Resort that rests at 10,076 ft altitude. This is the same spot where Gulmarg Gondola, Asia's highest-altitude cable car, kicks off. The cable car ferries people up 1,348 ft vertical rise to the Kongdoori station. Kangdoori station is heaven for a basic skiing course and ideal for beginners. It has many skiing slopes with mild steepness. The second phase starts from Kongdoori and the cable car takes up 4,482 ft to the Apharwat peak. Gulmarg has a