Kolahoi Glacier Trek is a classic Kashmir trek that takes us through lush green valleys, shady forest slopes fed by gushing streams, into an alpine meadow landscape and amazing views of the Himalayas all around. Kolahoi glacier is one of the longest glaciers in Jammu and Kashmir and in the past it extended for at least 35 km. in the Pleistocene there have been three advances of Kolahoi glacier and the last one of them was a major advance when the glacier extended as far as Pahalgam. Kolahoi glacier being the huge one amongst the Glaciers of the valley has its unique position.
The melt-water stream of Kolahoi glacier is known as the West Liddar River that joins the East Liddar River originating from Shesnag Lake at Pahalgam (35 km from the snout). The river Liddar merges with main river ‘Jhelum’ at village gur, Anantnag after traveling a course of about 70 km from Kolahoi to gur.
Kolahoi glacier is about 5 km long and it flows from the north-west of a neve field covering about 35 km. At one end of this neve, the field is the north-eastern cirque of Kolahoi Horn. This neve field also feeds 3 other glaciers. The easternmost of these flows northward and its meltwater enters the Sind River. The other 2 terminate within the hanging valley glaciers along the eastern wall of Kolahoi glacier. The Cirque on the north-western face of Kolahoi Horn feeds a hanging valley glacier which descends along the southern valley wall and the cirque on the southern face of Kolahoi Horn feeds a glacier which melts before it descends to the Aru Valley.
Arrival in Srinagar the Capital City of Kashmir Srinagar city is known as the Venice of the East for its unique aquatic culture. The Numerous Lakes and Rivers are all interconnected through canal ways giving rise to a unique city known for its Lavish Houseboats which are intricately designed of pine wood. You will be hosted in these houseboats which are found no where else, Once you Arrive you will be taken for a ride around the lake Exploring floating vegetable gardens and islands on the Dal Lake. Overnight stay at Houseboat.
Today After Breakfast we will Drive towards Pahalgam which is Around 100 kms from Srinagar. On the way to Pahalgam you will Get to see saffron plantation fields and Apple Orchards you will also get to see the countryside of Kashmir. By Lunch time you will arrive in Aru Valley Pahalgam which is our campsite for the night one can walk around the campsite which is a small hamlet surrounded by lofty peaks and small brooks on all sides. The acclimatisation process starts today. Overnight in Aru. Camp
It is a gentle but long climb from Aru to Lidderwat, covering a distance of 8 km in 5 hours. The trail to Lidderwat starts to climb straight out of Aru village, along the course of the Lidder River. Follow the trail past the herbal wild plant fields The trail gets into a cluster of fir trees and continues to climb. Half an hour later, the trail pops out at a clearing called Lidder Meadows gradually easing into plains offering views of serene Lidder river grazing through the valley’s. Camp.
Start Early after Breakfast and walk along the Lidder plains few hours into the walk will give you the views of mighty mount Kolhai known as Matterhorn of Kashmir for it’s imposing stature.Upon reaching Kolhai go deeper into the Glacial valley’s and explore the vast and biggest Glacier of Kashmir known as water lifeline and origin of Lidder river.In the Afternoon return to Lidderwat base camp.
Today After Breakfast it will be the return walk to Aru valley, walk at your own pace and by Afternoon or Late Afternoon you will Arrive at Aru Valley. Afterwards drive towards Srinagar by evening you will reach Srinagar. And check-in to Houseboat.
After breakfast at houseboat. Our representative will drop you at Srinagar Airport.