Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek




4210 m


14 Nights 15 Days


105 ​Km

Kashmir Alpine lakesThe Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek, also known as the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, is one of the Kashmir Valley’s most popular treks unwrapping the peaceful magnificence of the mountain-secluded Kashmir region.

It is one of the treks in the Indian Himalayas that takes you to a number of high-altitude lakes in India. These lakes sparkle in the middle of huge alpine meadows sprinkled with vibrant blooms.

Tarsar Marsar Lake – Vishansar Lake, Kishansar Lake, Yamsar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake, Nandkol Lake, and Gangbal Lake are just a few of the alpine, high-altitude, freshwater glacier lakes that be found throughout the trek.

Tarsar Marsar Lake – Vishansar Lake

One of the most popular treks in the Kashmir valley is the Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek. It is a trek that takes you to the stunning twin lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, which are surrounded by the Kolhai Mountain peaks.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek’s second phase begins at Sonamarg, often known as the “gold meadows,” at a height of 2,723 meters which is situated at an elevation of 2,723 meters and leads to the Nichnai Pass at a height of 3,500 meters. It is a pulsing getaway for furious trekkers. The straightforward climb passes by shepherd’s huts and fields sprinkled with vibrant blooms.

The trek takes you to Megandob, a meadow from where you can see the upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley and the Sindh Valley below. The trail rises up from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Gangbal and Nundkol Lakes. It is a magnificent experience, with the sacred peak of Harmukh rising above the lake.

Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek Itinerary

  • On arrival at Srinagar Airport, our representative and driver will receive you and transfer you to the houseboat. After check-in you will be taken to Shikara (Boat ride) around the lake, exploring the floating market and life on water overnight stay at houseboat. (houseboat)

    • Altitude: 7,958 ft (2,426 m) to 9,131 ft (2,783 m)
    • Time taken: 6 hours, 10 km
    • Trek gradient: Easy-moderate Initial gradual ascent for 30 minutes followed by a gently undulating walk.

    It is a gentle but long climb from Aru to Lidderwat, covering a distance of 10 km in 6 hours. The trail to Lidderwat starts to climb straight out of Aru village, along with the course of the Lidder River. Follow the trail path 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 valleys. (Camp)

    • Altitude: 9,131 ft (2,785 m) to 11,039 ft (3,365 m)
    • Time taken: 3 hours, 5 km
    • Trek Gradient: Moderate

    Continuously ascending trail for the first 90 minutes with a few plain levels walks in between. River crossing on the traditional logs just before Homwas followed by gradual ascent. Today is one of the shortest walks of the trek with a moderate ascent for the first 2 hours and then the trail eases into a long descent and a plain walk along the Meadows. Upon reaching Sekwas one can take an optional walk which takes an hour to see zaed sar lake a beautiful turquoise color Alpine Lake. (Camp)

    • Altitude: 11,039 ft (3,365 m) to 12,449 ft (3,794 m)
    • Time taken: 3 hours, 5 km Trek
    • Gradient: Moderate

    Continuous ascent, mostly on gradual inclines. Past Sekwas, the trail again snakes its way through the grass for a long while. The trail to Tarsar, meanwhile, climbs into a ridge that overhangs the stream. The trail tops a few false ridges, each opening up to different wondrous sceneries. Two hours later, the trail finally gives you a narrow glimpse of Tarsar. The Sheer beauty of the lake attracts people from afar with sounds of excitement echoing in its ever silent valley’s. Tarsar is a special place which seems untouched by human influence since time immemorial. Tonight your camp will be near the Lake. (Camp)

    • Altitude: 12,449 ft (3,794 m) to 13015 ft (4070 m)
    • Time taken: 4 hours, 5 km
    • Trek Gradient: Moderate

    A steep ascent through the rocks in the beginning to the pass, which follows a descent and then a gentle climb at the end to reach Sundarsar Lake. Once you cross the Tarsar pass which stands at 4000 meters The view from the other side of the pass is another terrific attraction. The grassy valley stretches out from your left to right in a never-ending stretch of beauty that boggles the imagination. Pristine Alpine valley’s and wild flowery Meadows one after the other with fragrant winds blowing along the Meadows. Once you reach the Sundarsar shores camp on the grassy Meadows and in the night enjoy the sky full of stars. (Camp)

    • Altitude: 12800 ft (3857 m) to (4130 m).
    • Time Taken: 8 Hours trek
    • Gradient: Moderate to Difficult

    Gradual After breakfast walk along the Sundarsar lake taking the nearest route to Marsar lake, which can be seen from the cliffs above Sundarsar lake. Afterward, descend back to Sundarsar plain and climb again to Yemher pass. Yemher pass at 4130 meters and then eases into a downhill walk till we reach Khemsar Lake. Today will be the highest point of the trek crossing the Yemher pass which offers a beautiful view of the surrounding Himalayan ranges upon reaching Khemsar we will camp near the shepherd shelters and next to Khemsar Lake. (Camp)

  • After Breakfast, you will start to Descend to Kulan Village, which is a long five hour descend through thick pine and fir forests, upon reaching the Kulan Village our camp will be set up next to Sindh River. Overnight in Kulan.

  • After breakfast, we will proceed to Shokdari “the meadow of gold’ along picturesque Sind river. At Shitksri we pack our load on horses and start our trek. Our trail a slightly steep passes through the meadows and enters a pine/birch forest at Shokdari before the vast and long Nichnai meadow which is our camping ground for an overnight stay. (Camp)

    • Altitude: 11,500 ft (3,505 m) to 12,000 ft (3,658 m)
    • Time: 6 hours, 12 km
    • Trek gradient: Moderate. 1.5 hours of gradual ascent followed by an hour-long climb to the pass. The steep descent from the pass for about an hour easing off into a flat walk.
    • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Nichnai. You will find sources along the trail to refill your water bottles.

    We leave Nichnai meadow and immediately start ascending one of the three passes of the trek the Nichnai Pass (4000m). We ascend through beautiful Alpine meadows which are full of wild sheep, grazing on these endless pastures. After crossing the pass we enter into the Vishansar Valley “the valley of medicinal plants”, we descend gradually through the alpine flower valley and camp at Vishansar Lake for an overnight stay. (Camp)

    • Altitude: 12,000 ft (3,658 m) to 12,500 ft (3,810 m) via 13,800 ft (4,206 m)
    • Time taken: 5 hours, 10 km
    • Trek gradient: Moderate. 1.5-2 hours of steep ascent followed by 1 hour of a steep descent, easing off into a level walk.
    • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Vishnusar. You will find sources along the trail to refill your water bottles.

    After discovering Vishansar Lake we head towards its sibling the Krishansar Lake which lies just over a ridge. We take its eastern shore to ascend the second and the highest pass of the trek the Gadsar Pass (4200m). On the top of the pass, we have the aerial view of the whole Vishansar valley among it are situated the twin lakes of Vishansar and Krishansar “the source of Neelam River”. We descend through Gadsar valley and lakes and camp at Kustoor Kout for an overnight stay. (Camp)

    • Altitude: 12,500 ft (3,810 m) to 12,000 ft (3,658 m)
    • Time taken: 6 hours, 12 km
    • Trek gradient: Moderate; 1.5 hours of steep ascent followed by a level walk.
    • Water sources: Carry at least 2 liters of water from Gadsar. You will find rivulets along the trail but the water might not be suitable to drink.

    We ascend Kostur Kout leaving Gadsar valley and enter the meadow of Rasbal. It’s the Rasbal where a flowing river disappears underground. We continue our trek through seven small lakes of Satsar and camp at Megandoab at the foothills of the third pass of Zajibal for an overnight stay. (Camp)

  • We ascend the last pass of our trek ‘Zajibal Pass (4180m)’. We forget all our tiredness when reaching atop because of the views, the scenery it provides. We see Mount Haramukh (5300m) just standing at our face and at its footsteps lie the twin beautiful alpine lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol. We descend the pass and reach Gangabal Lake for an overnight stay. (Camp)

  • Explore twin lakes of Gangabal and surrounding of Mount Harmukh which are famous for its picturesque setting. Enjoy the day around and have the lunch at the bank around Gangabal lake even return back to camp. (Camp)

  • We leave Gangabal and Nundkol Lakes and trek through the meadows of Trunkhun and descend to Naranag village through the pine forest of Bodpathri. Here ends our walking. We take our car and drive back to Srinagar for an overnight stay at Houseboat.

  • After breakfast at houseboat. Our representative will drop you Airport.

Your trek includes

  • Pick Up and drop off from Srinagar Airport.
  • 2 Nights stay in Houseboat with Breakfast and dinner.
  • Transfers from Srinagar to Trekking Start Point and return.
  • Qualified Guide, and Support staff.
  • Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg).
  • Trekking Permits.
  • First-aid medical kits.
  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance.
  • Mules or porters to carry personal extra luggage. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  • Something not specifically mentioned under the pinnacle.
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Things to Carry

  • Trekking Shoes (Do not carry sneakers/ sports shoes. Carry shoes that has good grip and ankle support)
  • Backpack (40 -60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for a backpack is essential.
  • Daypack 20 litres: On the day of the summit, you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack.
  • Layers/Warm Clothes/Thermals
  • Trek Pants/T-shirts/Undergarments as per your convenience. Carry the actual number required and stay light Sunglasses, Suncap, sunscreen.
  • Hand gloves, socks 2 pairs and woollen socks
  • Headlamp/LED Torch is mandatory
  • Trekking Pole
  • Poncho/Raincoat
  • Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. (Mandatory)
  • Personal Medikit
  • Toiletries: moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes. One 1 litre water bottle.
  • Plastic covers: carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. Make sure you take them back and not litter the mountains.

Health & Safety

  • Before starting the trek, calculate your BMI (Ideal BMI should be between 18.5 and 24.9)
  • Health and Safety checks mentioned below should be made before getting prepared for the trek
  • A balanced mind and body is the first thing that should be given importance before taking off, because this is what will bring out the best of you in every condition.
  • Your body should be fit enough to cover the entire trek with the backpacks on your back along with your body weight. That is why proper stamina and strength is needed. Also because trekking is done in uneven multi terrains and not on smooth paths. So in order to gain leg strength, perform simple squats.
  • Flexibility is very important when it comes to trekking. A good flexibility will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Attain flexibility by simple stretching or yoga.
  • As the Himalayan treks are basically ascending and descending the slopes, you will need a proper transmission of Oxygen from the lungs and heart to the body muscles. For this, trekkers should have a good cardiovascular endurance that can be gained by doing cardio exercises like running, swimming, cycling etc.

Cancellation Policy

It is good to make your booking two months prior in advance. In the event of cancellation of any trek/adventure activity due to any reasons, it is compulsory to notify us in writing. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we receive your request in writing.

If the trek is cancelled by us due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster etc.) then the refund would not be initiated but you can go on the same trek another year. Kashmir Mountain Adventures Family is always with you, Thanks The cancellation charges are as follows:

  • (No bank charges deducted will be Refundable)
  • Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable
  • Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable
  • Less than 20 Days – No Refund
  • (Refunds are initiated in 7-8 business days)