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Gangabal lake trek

Srinagar is both the starting and finishing points of the trek to Gangabal 3,570 m., which takes 7 days to complete. Gangabal lake trek is flagged off from the capital city Srinagar and cutting and crossing Sonmarg, Nichinai, Krishansar and Dubta Pani, one finally reaches the pristine Gangabal Lake. Needless to mention that Gangabal Lake is among the most beautiful places in Kashmir.

Gangabal Lake (Lat: 34.4333, Long: 74.925) is situated at the foot of the northeastern glacier of Mount Harmukh, at an altitude of about 3570 Meters (Francis Brunel, the author of ‘Kashmir’ puts the altitude at 3657 Meters). It is said to be the true source of Kashmir Ganga and is hence known as ‘Uttarganga’. It is the final goal of great ‘Haramuktaganga’ pilgrimage. Lake’s turquoise colored sheet of water lends a subtle charm to the valley which is known as the ‘Hardwar of Kashmir’. Water from glaciers collects into the Gangabal Lake, which subsequently flows down to another lake nearby called Nundkol (Lat: 34.4166, Long: 74.9333) and then into the Sindh River at Kangan. Gangabal is the most enchanting trekking destination in the entire Kashmir valley and can be reached from Sonamarg via Kishansar and Vishansar (about 4 days trek), from Kangan via Wangath and Narain Naag – 1 day trek, and from Chattergul via Mahalish and Brahmasar 1-2 days

7 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Srinagar, Kashmir
  • Departure Time

    Any time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking Equipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    City tour
    Departure Taxes
    Domestic flights
    Local staff and porters
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    Alcohol and cold drinks
    Entry visa
    Hotel
    International flights
    Mandatory travel insurance
    Personal trekking equipment
    Tips for trekking staff and driver
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Day 1: Arrive in Srinagar

Upon your arrival in Srinagar, our representative will pick up you from the airport and take you to your houseboat. In the afternoon, we may take a rest.
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Day 2: Srinagar City tour

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Srinagar. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Mughal Gardens - Chashme Shahi Garden, Pari Mahal, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh , Hazratbal Shrine.
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Day 3: Drive to Naranag.

Naranag – Trunkhol (3 hrs drive/ 5 hrs trek). After breakfast at houseboat we drive to Naranag and we pack our load on horses and start our trek. Our trail a slightly steep, passes through pine forest of Butsheri and through the meadows of Bodpathri we camp at Trunkhol for an overnight stay in camp.
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Day 4:Trunkhol – Gangabal Lake (4 hrs trek).

We leave Trunkhol meadow and walk through grassy fields. We camp at Gangabal Lake for an overnight stay. These are two lakes Gangabal and Nundkol situated at the foothills of Mount Haramukh.
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Day 5 Gangabal lake

Rest Day. Today is a well deserved rest day. You can enjoy a pretty walk around the lake, rainbow trout fishing or, if you have a little more energy, head up to Lul Gul pass for a breathtaking view of Nanga Parbath.
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Day 6: Trek to Trunkol, Drive to Srinagar

After a leisurely breakfast our trail leads us past the two small villages of Nunkol and Trunkol, followed by a steep descent through a beautiful dense pine forest to Naranag. Here we visit a Buddhist monastery, where the 3rd world conference of Buddhists was held.This will be our finishing point of Gangabal Lake trek. We will be transferred by a chartered coach/car to a houseboat for our overnight stay.
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Day 7: Departure day

You will be transferred to the airport.

Tour Location

Gangabal lake trek

Gangabal Lake (Lat: 34.4333, Long: 74.925) is situated at the foot of the northeastern glacier of Mount Harmukh, at an altitude of about 3570 Meters (Francis Brunel, the author of ‘Kashmir’ puts the altitude at 3657 Meters). It is said to be the true source of Kashmir Ganga and is hence known as ‘Uttarganga’. It is the final goal of great ‘Haramuktaganga’ pilgrimage. Lake’s turquoise colored sheet of water lends a subtle charm to the valley which is known as the ‘Hardwar of Kashmir’. Water from glaciers collects into the Gangabal Lake, which subsequently flows down to another lake nearby called Nundkol (Lat: 34.4166, Long: 74.9333) and then into the Sindh River at Kangan. Gangabal is the most enchanting trekking destination in the entire Kashmir valley and can be reached from Sonamarg via Kishansar and Vishansar (about 4 days trek), from Kangan via Wangath and Narain Naag - 1 day trek, and from Chattergul via Mahalish and Brahmasar 1-2 days
Most difficult part of the trek, when going via Narain Naag is Buth Sher, which is very steep and difficult to climb. Trekking routes to Gangabal are open from July to October. For rest of the year, the area is covered with very thick layer of snow, making it inaccessible. Gangabal Lake is famous for rainbow trout fishing. The fishing season is from March to October.
The trekking route from Sonamarg across Nichinai pass meanders along a number of lakes namely Kishansar, Vishansar, Yamsar, Gadasar, Satsar and Nundkol. Kishansar, Vishansar and Nundkol lakes are also stocked with trout fish. Since ancient times, the Gangabal trek has been the most sacred pilgrimage of Hindus.
An annual fair is held here in the third week of August. However post eruption of militancy in 1990, the route was closed by the government to stop infiltration and exfiltration into and out of the Valley. Kalhana Pandit has mentioned in Rajatarangini that the Gangabal trail had been used in ancient times by many Kashmiri rebels including famous King Bhoja to take shelter in the Dard area of Gurez and Tilel.
Gangabal Lake is 2.70 km. long and about 1.00 km at the widest point. It is in the shape of Shivas foot. Maximum depth of the lake is 83 Mtrs. Nundkol is 1.25 Km. long and about 400 Meters at the widest point. There are a number of peaks atop Mount Harmukh. The ancient name of the peaks is Haramukta. Hindus believe that these peaks are the abode of Lord Shiva. A Kashmiri tradition stoutly maintains that human feet can never touch the Harmukh summit. It is said when Sir Aurel Stein scaled the peaks along with some Kashmiri Muslim coolies in 1894, he experienced great difficulty in convincing his Brahman friends, who just would not believe. The argument they offered was simple; if anybody scaled the peaks, then it cannot be Haramukta. Sir Aurel Stein says that on reaching the top, one gets confused as there are many similar summits and it is difficult to tell which one is the real top.

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