Kashmir Mountain Adventures

Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek

  • Gangabal lake Overview
  • Region :- Kashmir
  • Duration :- 14 Nights 15 Days
  • Grade :- Easy
  • Highest Point: 4000 m
  • Season: June – November

Gangabal Lake TrekThe Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek also known as the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Kashmir valley that unwrap the peaceful magnificence of the Kashmir region secluded within the mountains. It’s one in all the treks in the Indian Himalayan region that whirls on the tracks to a number of the high altitude lakes of India that glitters within the midst of huge alpine meadows, which are dotted with vibrant orchids. The trek is a potpourri of alpine high altitude freshwater glacier lakes that consist of Vishansar Lake, Kishansar Lake, Yamsar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake, Nandkol and Gangbal Lake. The trek stretches from an elevation of 2,723 meters, in Sonamarg, that is commonly dubbed because of the “meadows of gold”, to an elevation of 4,300 meters, in Lul Gul pass. The Jammu and Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek is approximately 5 days of knackered knees and tortured toes however definitely worth the challenge.

Vishansar Lake on the way to Kolahoi base camp at 4,140 meters and Lidderwat at 3,050 meters

A pulsing escape for the demented travelers, the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek commences from Sonamarg, which is located at an altitude of 2,723 meters and leads to the ground of Nichnai Pass at an elevation of 3,500 meters. The simple climb passes through many shepherds’ settlements and meadows dotted with colorful orchids. Further, the trail proceeds to Vishansar Lake on the way to Kolahoi base camp at 4,140 meters and Lidderwat at 3,050 meters. As you get closer to the Kolahoi glacier the track becomes tougher and the terrain rugged, but the more and more spectacular views of the Kolahoi Peak urge you on. From here the trek heads to Gadsar Lake by means of the Gadsar Pass and passes through an untamed terrain. Moving deep into the Kashmir valley the trek leads to Megandob, a meadow that gives a bird’s-eye view down the Sindh valley to the upper reaches of the vale of Kashmir. Thence the trekking trail in the Kashmir valley climbs up to Gaj Pass, from where one can get enchanting views of the Gangbal and Nundkol Lakes. The sacred peak of Harmukh rises on top of the lake, making it a divine experience. It’s said that pilgrimages to the base of Harmukh and Gangbal long preceded the Amarnath Yatra.

Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek itinerary

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Srinagar You will arrive in Srinagar where our representative will receive you and transfer to the houseboat. after reaching the houseboat, your trek leader will provide you with some important pre-departure briefing. in the afternoon, Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 2: Reach Aru 3-4 hours drive from Srinagar.
Day 3: Trek from Aru (7,958 ft) to Lidderwat (9,131 ft); 5 hours, 10 km
Day 04: Lidderwat – Satlanjan 
Day 05: SatlanjanKolahoi Base Camp – Lidderwat
Day 06: Lidderwat – Sikewas 
Day 07: Sikewas – Tarsar 
Day 08: Sikewas – Sonmus 
Day 09: Skewas – Sonamarg 
Day 10: Sonamarg – Nichinai
Day 11: Nichinai – Krishansar
Day 12: Krishansar – Dubta Pani
Day 13: Krishansar – Gangabal 
Day 14: Gangabal Lake – Srinagar
Day 15: Depart Srinagar You will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Srinagar You will arrive in Srinagar where our representative will receive you and transfer to the houseboat. after reaching the houseboat, your trek leader will provide you with some important pre-departure briefing. in the afternoon, get pleasure from a ride in the beautifully decorated Shikara’s in the Dal or Nigeen Lake. Overnight stay at the houseboat.

Day 02: Srinagar – Aru via Pahalgam Early in the morning, get ready for a drive to Aru, a famous tourist destination to see a powerful view of the lush green pastures and delightful Katrinag Mountains in the backdrop. Afternoon time is free to give your body some rest. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 03: Aru – Lidderwat In the morning, we’ll begin the trek to the red line and then along the left of the Lidder stream. After crossing the stream, we’ll cross the foot bridge to reach out campsite. overnight stay in the camps.

Day 04: Lidderwat – Satlanjan The trek begins with a climb to the Nichinal Pass. Here you’ll be certainly mesmerized to see the mind-blowing views of the mountains. The path goes through the flower-strewn meadows towards the Vishansar and Krishansar Lakes. When crossing the little stream, we’ll reach the Vishansar Lake to spend 2 nights in the camps.

Day 05: Satlanjan – Kolahoi Base Camp – Lidderwat Early in the morning, we’ll begin hiking towards the Kolhai Base Camp where you will see the majestic Kolahol Peak. In order to get the picture-perfect view of the Kolhai Peak, you’ll be required to climb a bit higher towards the opposite side of the ridge. The return trek is relatively is very straightforward as we trail back to Lidderwat via Satlanjan. Overnight stay at the camps in Lidderwat.

Day 06: Lidderwat – Sikewas In the morning, we cross the stream to trek towards the Poshpatri (Valley of Flowers) to get the amazing view of the Karakoram Mountains. When reaching the saddle at Mangadub, we start to trek towards the Zagibal Peak. The climb to the Zagibal Peak is extremely difficult, however also very rewardable as we get a wonderful chance to see the astounding views of the Gangabal Lakes and Hurmukh Peak. When a brief trek, we have a tendency to reach the Gangabal Lakes for a two-night camp stay.

Day 07: Sikewas – Tarsar Lake The day is totally free to have some rest and re energize your body. During the free time, you’ll be able to either enjoy a refreshing walk around the lake or rainbow trout fishing. You also have an alternative choice to trek up to the Lul Gul Pass and find an astonishing view of the Nanga Parbat Mountain.

Day 08: Sikewas – Sonmus Early in the morning, we’ll begin the day by undertaking a brief trial as we follow the Tarsar stream to reach our camp at the Sikewas meadow.

Day 09: Skewas – Sonamarg After the hearty breakfast, we’ll trek through the dense forest, Gujjar Villages and terraced rice fields to reach the road head at Sumbal. After a few of hour’s drive on the Sindh stream, we’ll reach Sonamarg. Overnight stay at the camps in Sonamarg.

Day 10: Sonamarg – Nichinai A short trek through the lush pine forests will take you to a steel bridge that has been built over the Sindh stream. From the bridge, we’ll climb steeply to Shkoder, an ideal point to see the beautiful view of the glaciers and Sindh valley. After spending some enjoyable moments in the valley, we’ll trek up to the Nichinai to get pleasure from an overnight stay in the camps.

Day 11: Nichinai – Krishansar We begin our day with a trek to the Nichinai Pass. Here you’ll be captivated by the majestic views of the mountains. From here, we’ll trek towards the Vishansar and Krishansar Lakes. 2 nights stay close to the Vishansar Lake.

Day 12: Krishansar – Dubta Pani After the breakfast, we start a trek towards the breathtaking Gadsar Pass. The pass provides a splendid view of the fascinating Karakorum Mountains. After reaching the Gadsar Pass, our trek then moves past the pristine Gadsar Lake where our overnight camps have been created near the stream.

Day 13: Krishansar – Gangabal Lake In the morning, we trek towards the Poshpatri (Valley of Flowers) to reach the saddle at Mangadub; we start to trek towards the Zagibal Peak. The climb to the Zagibal Peak is extremely difficult, however also very rewarding as we get an exquisite chance to see the astounding views of the Gangabal Lakes and Hurmukh Peak. After a short trek, we reach the Gangabal Lakes for two-night camp stay.

Day 14: Gangabal Lake – Srinagar We will spend the day beside the Gangabal Lake and see the majestic panoramic views of nature. Rest of the day is free for your own activities.

Day 15: Depart Srinagar You will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination.

Inclusions:-

  • 1. Transport Srinagar to Aru Base and Sumbal to Srinagar
  • 2. Accommodation. (Camping)
  • 3. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
  • 4. Trek equipment like sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
  • 5. Trekking Permits
  • 6. first aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • 7. Qualified & experienced Trek Leader, Guide, and Support staff

Exclusions:-

  • 1. Hotel stays in Srinagar.
  • 2. Food during the transit.
  • 3. Insurance.
  • 4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • 5. Something not specifically mentioned under the pinnacle