5 Nights 6 Days
Kashmir great lakes trek is a piece of heaven in the mist of the Himalayas. Surrounded by breath taking Mountains and the beautiful nature, it’s a place one would love to get drenched in. Kashmir Great Lakes, as the name depicts, is a 40 kms of stretch that starts from Naranaag all the way till Sonamarg. The trail would reveal the lush green valleys, the forest blocks and cluster of pristine Alpine lakes. We at MULTIDESTINATIONS offer you a 9 days hiking experience for the Kashmir Great Lakes.
Reach Shitkadi (4 hours drive)
The trek begins at Shitkadi, which is a few kilometres ahead of Sonamarg. You will have to reach Srinagar on your own and meet the Multi Destinations pick up team at 2.30 pm. The drive to the base camp will take around 4 hours.
Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur (6 hours, 9 km)
The trek starts 3 km out of Sonamarg, on the Srinagar road. Shekdur is a beautiful meadow surrounded by Bhoj trees. Sonamarg to Nichnai (11,482 feet ) -10 km . The first day of Kashmir great lakes trek is a good combination of ascent & descent. For the initial 3 km, the trail is uphill, next 2 km is descent and finally, there is a gradual ascent of 5 km up to Nichnai. On the trail, you will see beautiful meadows, dark forests with trees of Maple, Pine, and Bhoj. Reach Nichnai by afternoon. Camp in Nichnai.
Nichnai to Vishnusar lake. Explore Vishnusar & Kishansar twin lake (6 hours, 12 km)
The next part of the trek is from Kishansar lake side to the top of the ridge. You see a pencil thin line traversing through the mountain side. That is your track to follow. The view of the twin lakes lasts till you reach the ridge top or the Pass. This is called the Gadsar pass – altitude 13,800 ft – the highest point on this trek. The trek is a steep 2 hour ascent followed by a steep descent followed by a gentle walk in the meadows.
Gadsar to Satsar (6 hours, 12 km)
After crossing the stream, take the trail that goes up the mountain. The trail now looks like a typical western ghats trail. The terrain feels very similar. You are just above the tree line. Trees and the river valley are visible below you. The hour and a half long climb takes you up by 1,100 feet. Once beyond the 11,500 feet altitude, the climb graduates to a traverse. The trail bends round to the left and leaves the river valley. You are now walking on a flat trail surrounded by mountains on a meadow. To your right are a few deep craters. This place is called as Maengandob. Satsar is actually a collection of 7 lakes. You can find 4 or 5 lakes with water, depending on the season.
Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes (6 hours, 9 km)
Trek is easy & mostly descending. After a trek of few minutes from the campsite, you reach the biggest of Satsar lakes. Today the trail is dominated by Boulders. Be careful of loose rocks while trekking. The view of Gangabal and Nandkol twin lakes from the top is something to look forward. Last few km are through Meadows. Pass through Nandakol lake & reach our destination for the day; Gangabal lake. camp here for the night.
Gangabal to Naranag (6 hours, 11 km)
The day’s trek is a killer on your toes and knees, it is a gradual descent followed by steep descent. From the Gangabal camp site head down along the stream towards the tree line.
Naranag slowly comes in sight at around 8,500 ft but there is quite a bit more to go. The last stretch of the last day does become an endurance test but soon the stone paved village track comes up and in no time you enter the main road of Naranag. Drive to Srinagar and reach by 6.30 pm. Stay overnight at Srinagar.
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