Sheshnag lake trek




3590 m


4 Days


19 Km

An altitude of 3590 meters above sea level, Sheshnag Lake is an oligotrophic lake (water body with low protoctist content and high-quality clear water), home to many fish species along with brown trout. The lake appears green in color thanks to its lush green meadows that surround it creating it a wide-ranging beauty to admire. With a measurement of 1.1 kilometers long and 0.7 km wide, the lake is considered as one of the most stunning sights of Jammu and Kashmir tourism.

Sheshnag Lake is especially fed by the streams and snow mountains on top of it and it always freezes in winter. In addition to its scientific importance, the lake also has special significance for Hindu followers. There are numerous mythological stories associated with the lake, but the most commonly believed is that Sheshnag Lake belongs primarily to Sheshnag, the Lord of the Snakes, and is alleged to have been dug by the Lord himself. Since its presence on the way to the Holy Amarnath Cave, Sheshnag Lake is also a sacred pilgrimage site. Travelers will simply trek this must-visit Pahalgam tourist place from Chandanwadi valley, that is simply about 7 miles away. Between June and September it’s best to go to this lake when it’s simply accessible and at the best of the scenery.

Sheshnag lake trek Itinerary

  • Early in the morning we start our day tour from Pahalgam to Chandanwari to Sheshnag Lake. The trail passes through some of the most beautiful maple and pine forests along the Lidder River during the trek. After a 9-10 km walk up soft slopes, the trail enters Chandanwari’s beautiful valley. You may stop for lunch between the green mountains. Then starting again, the trail ascends initially for a few kilometers to Pissu Top (11,000 feet) from where you get amazing views all around. Zojibal is 5 km from Pissutop. It’s a straight rocky walk from Pissutop. Overnight stay at Zojibal.

  • The distance between Zojibal and Nagakoti is about 2 KM and has a moderate climb. In these 2 Kms, altitude increases by 300 feet. There are some beautiful streams of mountains between these points. In more than an hour we covered this short distance with the courtesy of some photo session. Some part of this 2KM distance is very narrow and Yatris is not allowed to travel on ponies. They must walk through this narrow path. Our next and last destination for today was the Sheshnag Lake after Nagakoti. Sheshnag Lake is the origin of beautiful East Lidder River. From Nagkoti, the Sheshnag yatra camp is 2 km away and you can enjoy the amazing views of this charming lake just after 1KM. After the lake’s first glimpse, you will forget all the journey’s tiredness. The lake’s first scene is small light blue colored water appearing between two small hills and a small stream flowing through the gap between those two hills. Overnight stay at Sheshnag.

  • It’s time to head back to Pahalgam after spending the night on the shores of the lake.Follow the same trail for about 4 hours to Chandanwari.  The trail passes Pissu Top and a spectacular, primeval countryside. Take a break after reaching Chandanwari and then start trekking again, and this section will take you through dense maple jungles. Follow the same trail to reach Pahalgam. Stay at either Pahalgam for the night or board a vehicle and head to Srinagar.

Your trek includes


  • Qualified & experienced Trek Leader, Guide, and Support staff.
  • Accommodation in Srinagar Deluxe Houseboat.
  • Transportation
  • Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg).
  • Trekking Permits.
  • Quality trekking & safety equipment
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  • All charges for guides, cook, helpers, horses and permits.


  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Something not specifically mentioned under the pinnacle.

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)