About Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
"Kashmir, The Heaven on Earth" is it just a myth or is it truly a heaven on Earth ? The Great Poet Amir Khusro quoted- "Agar Firdaus Baar Rooh e Zaminast....! Haminasto...! Haminastu...! Haminastu..!", Which translates "If there is a heaven on Earth, then here it is...here it is...! Here it is...!". Lot's of questions comes in every travelers,trekkers,mountain Lovers mind. But one who explored the Trails of Kashmir will definitely fall in love with it's exceptionally stunning beauty, the wide views and will definitely fall in love with Kashmir and will understand the true meaning of the Quote of Amir Khusro.
Kashmir Great Lakes is not just a trek, it's more of walking through the heaven, the green meadows with wide views all around, the picturesque valleys with small streams flowing through it. The horses, Lambs,Goats grazing in the valleys and meadows provides a feel of nomadic life, which all the mountain Lovers craves for once in a lifetime.
Kashmir Great Lakes, one of the most prettiest and picturesque trek in India is a journey to wonderland with the contrasting colours of nature, the sweetest memories of the Himalayas, the trails and campsites will always welcome the soul in the dreams as well.
Kashmir Great Lakes is one of the prettiest and dream treks which should be in every adventure enthusiasts bucket list. The amazing trek in Kashmir, takes the traveler through the alpine meadows, astonishing colorful valleys, Huge mountains, and the wide views of the Karakoram Ranges. And the Lakes ? The lakes of the trek are something which meant to be felt, the emotional attachment of the Mountains where the morning and evening shadows brings out the way life is meant to be. The beautiful Lakes like Vishnasar, Krishnasar Lakes will take you to the serene world, and the most beautiful day is when you trek from Gadsar campsite to the Satsar campsite.The trails through which you will trek, will make you feel you are in a different colorful planet, the green meadows,valleys, astonishing wild flowers throughout, the streams flowing beside, the boulder zones will be a bit challenging, but when one reaches the Zach Pass , and witnesses the beauty of Mt. Harmukh, Gangabal, and Nundkol Twin Lakes, one feels the real achievement and Beauty. It's a moderate trek, and hence one is requested to have a previous trekking experience, the distance everyday is a challenge here, apart from few boulder zones and steep uphill sections.
Reporting at Srinagar, by 12 Noon, then drive to Shitkadi(Sonmarg). On arrival in Shitkadi, briefing and registration to be completed by every trekkers and participants. Spend the evening time in beautiful Shitkadi. Overnight stay at Camp.
After early morning breakfast trek to Nichnai, which is approximately 12KMs. The trail is mostly gradual ascent with amazing wide views of the mountains, the beautiful streams will follow you throughout the trail. Trail runs through deodar trees, and chestnut. One will start to fall in love with the colors. Overnight stay at camp.
After morning breakfast, trek to Vishnasar lake, and Krishnasar Lake of altitude 3,700m. of distance 13km, the trail is Moderate to gradual ascent and descent. One witnesses the beautiful meadows, colourful valleys after crossing the Nichnai Pass. And magnificent view of high stone peaks, Vishnasar Lake and Krishnasar Lake, defintely blows the mind. Overnight stay in camp, beside the river.
After morning breakfast, trek to Gadsar Lake, via Gadsar Pass, which is at an altitude of 4200m. of distance 16 km. The trail is of steep ascent till the Gadsar Pass. Then after crossing the pass the trail is surrounded by meadows, green velvet valleys and colourful wildflower bushes. One could view beautiful Gadsar Lake surrounded by the high stone peaks. Overnight stay at Camp.
After breakfast, trek to Satsar Lake, of Altitude 3610m with distance of 10km, with steep ascent, till the Satsar Pass. Today is the most beautiful day with amazingly stunning and astonishing view, one could have ever witnessed through out. Satsar Lake, combines of seven small lakes joined with a common stream, with a huge Lake, which is mainly known as Satsar Lake, the views around the lake takes the traveler to some another planet of amusement and wanderland. Overnight stay at camp.
After early morning breakfast trek to Gangabal and Nundkol Twin lakes, which lies at an altitude of 3575m with a distance of 16 km, the trail today is steep till the Zach Pass, just as one reaches the summit of the Zach Pass, the wide view of superficial Gangabal and Nundkol Lake at the Foothills of Mt. Harmukh opens and mesmerizes the trekkers. Mt Harmukh, resembles somewhere like Mt. Kailash. After Zach Pass the trail is entirely downhill and through the beautiful green meadows. Overnight stay at camp.
Buffer day (Note:- Buffer day is kept mainly for the weather issues since Kashmir Great Lakes in a monsoon trek, so the buffer day is generally used if it rains too heavily. Otherwise the buffer day is not utilized, depending upon the weather conditions and trail conditions, decision is to be made by the Trek Leader).
After early morning breakfast trek to Naranag of distance 12km, the trail is entirely easy and descent. After reaching Naranag, drive to Srinagar City, we will drop you to the City, (Dal Lake/Lal Chowk). Driving time to Srinagar may increase due to of heavy traffic. Make your further travel plan from Srinagar after 8:00 pm. Or one can opt to stay in Srinagar at their own cost.
Cost of transportation from Srinagar to Srinagar
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Evening Tea to Day 8:- Breakfast)
Technical Camping equipments:- Tents(sharing basis), Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Utensils, Microspikes, Technical climbing equipments
Guide,Support staff,cook, Supporting crew.
Cost of Permit fees.
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter for offloading
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. Only breakfast will be provided in Last day (Day 8)
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion.
Cost of stay in Srinagar.
Prepaid Sims/Numbers don't work in Srinagar(Kashmir), Requested to carry personal Postpaid Sim/Number
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.