Srinagar | Gagangir | Sitkari | Nichnai | Vishansar lake | Kishansar lake |Gadsar lake | Satsar Lake | Gangbal twin lakes | Naranag | Srinagar.
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek traverses some of the hidden jewels in the Kashmiri mountainscape – the pristine alpine high altitude lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar, Gadsar, Satsar. Nundkol and Gangbal.
Starting from the popular hill station Sonamarg, the trail follows ancient routes taken by the Gujjars, the nomadic shepherds of Kashmir. Every day on the trail, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of rugged snow-capped mountains, colourful grasslands, and trout filled crystal clear lakes.
There are also high passes to be crossed, the highest being at 4191m and rocky terrains to be navigated frequently. It goes without saying that it is a physically and mentally challenging trek and would require the trekkers to be physically fit and to have a penchant for the Himalayan remoteness to enjoy this trek.
Srinagar | Sitkari | Nichnai | Vishansar lake | Kishansar lake | Gadsar lake | Satsar Lake | Gangbal twin lakes | Naranag | Srinagar.
Day 1 – Drive from Srinagar to Sitkari/Sonmarg (2800m, 87kms).
# You are expected to assemble at the Sitkari village(3km from Sonmarg) by 6 pm. To reach Sitkari, take a shared taxi from the Srinagar Tourist Reception Center at the latest by 2 pm. A taxi from Srinagar to Sitkari should cost approx. INR 2300-2800.
# we can also arrange for taxis on request and trekker expense to pick you from the Srinagar TRC and drop you at Sitkari.Please let us know during registration if you would like to opt for the pick-up service.
# It is a scenic drive from Srinagar to Sitkari and has a wonderful mix of grasslands, scattered forests and snow covered mountains.
# Overnight stay in tents.
Meals: (Tea& Snacks, Dinner)
Day 2 – Trek from Sitkari village to Nichnai (3505m, 13kms)
# Begin early morning and start ascending towards the Shokdhari campsite on a Maple and Pine tree-lined route. Enjoy beautiful views of Sonmarg and the glaciers en route and from the campsite.
# Descend into the Nichnai grazing ground (Shepherd’s valley) through a Silver Birch forest.
Day 3 – Trek from Nichnai to the Vishansar lake(3657m,15kms)
# Today’s trek will comprise of a steep and gruelling ascent to cross the Nichnai pass standing tall at 4080m and a descent towards the Vishansar & Kishansar lakes and into the Vishansar campsite.
# Visit the Vishansar Lake situated 1km from the campsite. Nothing that we say or write can prepare you for the beauty of the alpine high altitude lake. Surrounded by mountains and being hard to access, the waters of the lake are crystal clear and change colour as the day proceeds. You are guaranteed to start feeling rejuvenated just sitting by the lake and listening to the lapping sounds of the water and soaking in the scenic beauty.
Day 6 – Trek from Satsar lakes to Gangbal twin lakes(3505m, 10kms)
# You will be physically and mentally challenged today as you cross rocky and boulder ridden terrain, cross few ridges and Climb Mountains to arrive for a break on a ridge at 3570m. After a quick break, keep going up to reach the final ridge at 3000m. From here, you can view the twin lakes of Gangbal and Nundkol.
# What follows is a steep rocky descent, few ups and downs, and entry into green meadows which lead to the Nundkol Lake and Gangbal Lake.
# Today you get to relax by the lakes, explore surrounding meadows, soak in the magnificent mountainscape, uncover a few local legends about the lakes, share travel stories, meditate, exercise your photography skills and do anything that soothes your soul (without disturbing others trekkers/nature)
Day 8 – Trek from Gangbal twin lakes to Naranag (11kms)
# On the final day, we trek past a tree line, some grassy lands and towards the pine forest cover. Follow the forest line for about 6-7kms and descend into the Naranag village.
# Cabs can be arranged on request and trekker expense to take you to Srinagar from the village. Please let us know during registration if you would like to opt for the dropped service to Srinagar.
# Meals: (Breakfast)
1.What would be the temperature range ?
Daytime 15 to 25 degree, Night 3 to 7 degree.
2.Is it posible to experience snow ?
Only on possible during early July.
3. What is the age limit ?
10 years and above.
4. Water points?
Streams that you pass through the trek
5. Mobile connectivity ?
Only postpaid connections work from other states, Prepaid sims do not work,
BSNL and Airtel have good network. BSNL network at Nichnai Pass during the trek, else no
network thought the trek up to Naranag.
6. Dress code?
Army camouflage clothing strictly not allowed,since The weather will be cold and it’s highly advisable to wear thermal wears & proper winter clothing.
7. Original Id cards should be carried all the time.
8. Smoking and drinking not allowed.
Health & Fitness Requirements:
This trek does not require you to have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. We do however highly recommend having an adventurous spirit and willingness to undergo the joys & hardships of outdoor camping, in addition to good physical and mental fitness, to completely enjoy the trek. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial ailments, we advise you against participating since most treks happen in remote areas with limited access to medical services & hospital facilities.
Itinerary Changes &Trip delays:
We plan itineraries based on the information available at the time of planning and in rare circumstances, they are subject to change. In the event that the itinerary is changed or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, transportation delays, government intervention, landslides etc., we will always aim to give you the best experience possible. However, The Western Mountains cannot be held responsible for the cost of delay or changes.