Kashmir Great lakes trek
Will lead you to turquoise lakes, via high altitude passes thru the breathtaking scenery of the Kashmir Himalayas. Based on the northern extreme of the India, the land of Kashmir is known as an epitome of fascinating serene beauty, pristine and panoramic that it is never a mistake to conclude the place as the crowned top of the country. The spectacular beauty of the land is so famed that millions of travelers from across the globe visit the station every year to explore the magic of nature closely. Along with tours, trekking trips are also quite popular in this location.
Kashmir Great lakes is one of the most popular trekking trips in this location where one can explore the treasures of nature in a whole new way. The spectacular beauty of alpine meadows and sky high snow clad mountains and shimmering lakes is a sight that pleases every heart. Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a trekking expedition of 72 km. which commences from Sonamarg at 7,800 feet, reaches the highest point Gadsar Pass at 13,750 feet and concludes at Naranag at 7450 feet. The trek is full of extensive mountain walking with some steep climbs and sharp descends. Overall the trekking trip is not considered as difficult but of moderate level though it can be quite physically demanding for which proper fitness is absolutely necessary. This trekking trip can be done by first time trekkers too and no previous experience in the field is necessary. Honestly, this particular trekking trip is not only a pleasure for the adventure seekers but it is an ideal expedition for the nature lovers too who finds it a privilege to bask in the undisturbed beauties of nature.
The trekking trip for Kashmir Great Lakes is a trip for 10 days and on each day one can explore some unique and undisturbed treasures of nature which remains imprinted in mind for ever. This is one of the best destinations for trekking in Kashmir.
Departure TimeAny time
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeTrekking ecuipment
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.
Overnight in Houseboat.
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.
Overnight in Houseboat
Day 3: Drive to Sonamarg
Day 4: Trek to Nichnai
After the breakfast we trek to Nichnai via Shekdur. The trail takes you through meadows, dense forests with Maple, Pine and Bhoj trees. After approx half an hour, we get an army check post where we have to submit our ID proofs. While you are at it, you can enjoy an awesome view of the Sonmarg Valley or the Thajiwas Glacier. The trek from Shitkadi to Shekdur is goes through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx 2 and half hours. At Shekdur, you can indulge in instant noodles and an omelette if you wish to. We follow the Nichnai Stream as we trek from Shekdur to Nichnai. We have lunch at the Nichnai stream, after Shekdur.
Overnight in camp.
Day 5: Trek to Vishansar lake
Trek from Nichnai to Nichnai Pass is of approx 1 and half hours ascent. At the top of Nichnai Pass you can get B.S.N.L network, which is the last point under mobile coverage area. From Nichnai pass to Vishansar there is a descent. At Vishansar campsite, lunch will be offered. We can visit the Vishansar Lake which is just 15 minutes walk from the campsite. The first lake of the trek and one of the most beautiful ones. If the trek is in July, the lake will be frozen. Otherwise, we can do fishing at the lake with permission from Srinagar Fishing Department. Vishansar is visited by hoards of sheep and their shepherds are known for interesting stories. The campsite is a unique place with an open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket etc. Beware of dogs at campsite.
Overnight in camp.
Day 6: Aclimatization day
Day 7: Trek to Gadsar
Day 8:Trek to Satsar
Day 9: Trek to Gangabal twin lakes
Day 10: Trek to Naranag, Drive to Srinagar
Day 11: Final departure.
History Of The City
Srinagar is lies 900 km north of Delhi.
Circular residential pits around Srinagar date the settlement back to 4,000 years. Recorded history suggests the origin of Srinagar in the 3rd century B.C. under the domain of Emperor Ashok. History has shaped the development of Srinagar, but it was the lakes and the river that have always remained at the center of all activity. Initially laid out to the north-eastern bank of the river Jhelum, Srinagar soon spread across to the opposite bank, the two sides linked by cantilevered bridges. Some of these bridges still retain their builders' names, as Zaina Kadal, named after an enlightened benevolent Afghan monarch.
The river Jhelum and the Dal and Nagin lakes dominate Srinagar and its life and activities. Here, lush wild gardens of lotus and water lily flower amidst bustling lanes. By the lakeside spread the gardens of the Mughals in patterned beauty. And the people move with a tranquility borne of a history laden pulse of activity. lf legends are to be believed, the Kashmir valley was once a lake as large as a sea, and here lived an abominable demon who was killed, after most of the lake had been drained, with the collective help of Brahma's grandson, Kashyap, and the goddess Parvati. She it was who finally stilled the demon by dropping upon him a mountain, and thereby crushing him to death.
On the western shore of the Dal, opposite Nishat Bagh, stands Hazratbal, a monument which houses a holy relic of the Prophet. A great festival is held here annually. The oldest and largest of mosques of Kashmir are also in Srinagar. Shah Hamdan Masjid, a wooden structure with fine paper mache workmanship on its walls and ceilings, is the oldest, with five facets, each of which has five arches, signifying the daily five prayers offered to Allah. Jamia Masjid, another wooden mosque in Indo-Saracenic is the largest, built in 1400 by Sultan Sikander.
In the heart of the city, rises the 304 meters high Shankaracharya Hill. It offers a panoramic view of the city, the valley and the Pir Panjal rang. On the northeastern side is Hari Parbat, another sacred mount which has a fortification built by Emperor Akbar in 1592, surrounded by fragrant almond orchards. A Durga temple stands nearby at Chakreshwari. Then there are the Pather Masjid built in l620 by the Empress Noor Jehan, the Madani Masjidbuilt by Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin, the poet- musician-ruler of Kashmir, the single greatest influence on the artistic heritage of the land.
No destination is quite so romantic, no setting as enchanting as Srinagar. More or less in the center of Kashmir, at an altitude of 1,730 meters above sea level, Srinagar's allure changes with the passing of each season. Srinagar is as much imagination as it is fact, for every season offers new vistas to this city of great antiquity.
Spring breathes life again into a frozen world, and the air is heady with the fragrance of a million flowers that blossom on trees, shrubs and creepers. Summer heightens the effect, and autumn is poignant in its colors of warm introspection. Winter brings with it snow, sometimes the Dal Lake freezes, and beneath a leaden sky, roasted chestnuts turn the atmosphere aromatic with the promise of warmth and comfort. Spring, which extends roughly from March to early May, is when a million blossoms carpet the ground. The weather during this time can be gloriously pleasant at 23C deg. chilly and windy at 6C deg. This is the season when Srinagar experiences its rains, but showers are brief.
Summer extends from May until the end of August. In higher altitudes night temperatures drop slightly. Srinagar at this time experiences day temperatures of between 21C deg. and 30C deg. At this time, the whole valley is a mosaic of varying shades of green rice fields, meadows, trees and Srinagar with its lakes and waterways is a haven after the scorching heat of the plains.
The onset of autumn, perhaps Kashmir's loveliest season, is towards September, when green turns to gold and then to russet and red. The highest day temperatures in September are around 23C deg. and night temperatures dip to 10C deg. by about October, lower by November when heavy woolens are essential. December through to the beginning of March is yet another mood of Srinagar. Bare snow covered landscapes being watched from beside the warmth of a fire is a joy that cannot be described to anyone who has not experienced it. Some houseboats and hotels remain open throughout winter these are either centrally heated or heated with bukharis, a typical Kashmiri stove kept alight with embers of wood, marvelously effective in the winter. In the luxurious living room of a houseboat.