Description

Kashmir Great Lake Trek

 

Kashmir- “The paradise on earth”. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in India. Many of the lakes on this trek are named after gods from Hindu mythology and come with interesting stories about the origin and existence. The most spectacular lakes on this trek are Gangabal, Vishansar, Krishnasar and Gadsar. The spectacular land of Kashmir still stands true in every sense. KGL trek is a trekking expedition of 68-75kms which commences from Sonamarg, reaches the highest point Gadsar Pass at 13,750 feet and concludes at Naranag at 7450 feet.

 

Highlight: 

  Duration: 7 days of trek; Srinagar to Srinagar in 8 days.

  Fixed Date: 20th to 26th July 2019

 Highest Point: Gadsar Pass ~ 4200 m/13750 ft.

  Grade: Moderate

  Length: 70 Km

  Seasons: Mid July to mid September

  Access: Trek starting point is Sonamarg, 90 Km from Srinagar

  Group Size: 15 Participates 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Srinagar to Shitkadi (Trek base 2 Km before Sonamarg) – 85 Km – 3 hours

Day 2: Shitkadi to Nichnai – 11 Km – 7/8 hours

Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar Lake vai Nichnai Pass – 12 Km – 6/7 hours

Day 4: Rest and acclimatization Day. (If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at vishansar or else move towards next camp site)

Day 5: Vishansar Lake to Gadsar vai Gadsar Pass – 14 Km – 7/8 hours

Day 6: Trek to Myangandhop via Satsar – 10 Km – 5/6 hours

Day 7: Trek to Nundkul lake (near Gangabal lake) – 8 Km – 5/6 hours – visit Gangabal lake and return – 2 hours

Day 8: Trek to Naranag – 11 Km – 5/6 hours – 70 Km drive to Srinagar – 3 hours

 

Details Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Srinagar to Shitkadi 3hr drive

We can arrange pick up vehicle from Srinagar on actual cost sharing basis. Otherwise you can reach directly at base camp Shitkadi village. Its 2km before Sonamarg town. Reporting at base camp. Stay in tent/homestay.

Day 2: Shitkadi to Nichnai – 11 Km – 7/8 hours

We start our trek today after breakfast. First 2 hour you have ascent then some part descent. The trek goes down to the level of the Sindh river which flows in between the mud track and the main road. The trekking trail starts along the track but quickly diverts higher up. 10 minutes into the trek, the trail bends left and enters a green meadow. This directly overlooks Sonamarg town.  At the tree line, the trail quickly descends to a tiny brook and then climbs again. What follows next is a lovely dense forest of Maple trees. The trail now is along the right bank of the river going upstream. Look behind to see snow-clad peaks from Sonamarg valley. Stay in Tent.

Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar Lake vai Nichnai Pass – 12 Km – 6/7 hours

Medium climb to Nichnai pass 13,500ft. Small descent followed by a long flat meadow walk ending near Vishansar Lake. The days trek is a long walk on meadows with the scenery changing for the better all along. The pass is visible at a distance from the campsite. It lies just to the right of the twin snow clad peaks as you climb notice e a small lake at the foot of the mountains. The lake is deep blue in color and you can sense your expectations rising of the main lakes to come on this trek. The pass is deceptive. The ridge seen from the meadow below is not the pass. BSNL phone network tends to work here most times. This is the last point on the trek where you get phone network. The next sign of network is only when you move beyond Gangabal. In the next hour the rocks give way to grass. Red flowers spring out next to your feet. What you see ahead is a wide green meadow stretching for miles with mountains lining the sides. A new river flows down from the pass into the meadow ahead.

Day 4: Spare /Rest and acclimatization Day.

 If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at Vishansar or else move towards next camp site. This day we have kept spare for rest and acclimatization, If weather is good the we will start our trek on next day.

Day 5: Vishansar Lake to Gadsar vai Gadsar Pass 13,759ft – 14 Km – 7/8 hours

The next lake in series is the Kishansar lake. The Kishansar lake lies just about half km away and 500ft higher than Vishansar. The Kishansar lake lies at the base of the Kishansar peak. It takes about 45minutes to reach Kishansar lake from the campsite. On the other side of the Gadsar pass stretches a long valley with 2-3 small lakes visible. Far in the distance lie a series of snow clad peaks. The peaks lie outside our Line of Control. Choose to make Gadsar you campsite for its sheer beauty but only if you can vow to leave the ground as neat as you found it to be. No one camps at Gadsar. There is a small abandoned army shelter near Gadsar. If you choose not to camp next to Gadsar, the next place to camp would be the Gadsar army camp. Continue on the downward trail from Gadsar and in half an hour the valley widens up. Spot another blue lake on the left of the valley. Notice the snow clad mountains now give way to lower barren mountains.Continue downhill and at the end of the third half hour, the army camp comes up. Gadsar army camp is just a small hut housing 5-8 army men.

Day 6: Trek to Myangandhop via Satsar – 10 Km – 5/6 hours

From the army camp move left towards the stream. The trail crosses the stream and heads up the mountain. The altitude at the stream is 10,600ft. The Satsar camp is at 12,000ft and almost 10 kms away. Crossing the stream is the easiest way to trek. If one really wants to avoid getting their feet wet in the icy cold water, then head to the bridge which a kilometer away and cross the stream. The climb up is steeper if one goes to the bridge. The landscape ahead is captivating. It is the 3rd line of defence from the LOC. The same process of ID checking, collection and questioning repeats here too. Finish this today so that tomorrow is a clean day of trekking. Ten minutes out of the army camp is the first of the Satsar lakes.

Day 7: Trek to Nundkul lake (near Gangabal lake) – 8 Km – 5/6 hours – visit Gangabal lake and return – 2 hours

The days trek goes up and down replicating the trek as a whole which mostly goes up and down. Trek up half an hour out of camp, to reach the biggest Satsar lake. The terrain is bouldery and it is more of a boulder hopping exercise than anything else. The Nundkhol lake lies at the base of the Harmukh peak. The Harmukh glacier hangs on the the sides of the rocky edges of the mountain. Both the Gangabal and Nundkhol are famous for trout fishing.The Gangabal lake is about 20 minutes away from Nundkhol. A fiery stream flows on the right of the two lakes connecting them. The stream has to be crossed to go to Gangabal from Nandkol. Gangabal is huge. A parikrama of either of the lakes will easily take an hour.

Day 8: Trek to Naranag – 11 Km – 5/6 hours – 70 Km drive to Srinagar – 3 hours

The days trek is a killer on your toes and knees. From the Gangabal campsite head down along the stream towards the tree line. The Harmukh peak looks impressive when you look back. The green meadow has little yellow flowers growing all over and you start walking gingerly to avoid stepping over them.

It is not rare to spot lot of people trekking up here from Naranag headed only to Gangabal. Naranag slowly comes in sight at around 8500ft 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 trek comes up and in no time you enter the main road of Narnag.

 

Cost Inclusion:

Trek Cost: Sonamarg to Naranag

Rs.12500/- per person

Rs.12000/- WSR Member

 

Inclusion:

ü All Meals ( vegetarian/egg) during the trek (breakfast, hot/packed lunch, dinner, tea/coffee/soup

ü Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff

ü Trek equipment: Tent, Sleeping bag, matt, kitchen tent, toilet tent.

ü Trek permits

ü First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder

Exclusion:

ü Transportation from Srinagar to Sonamarg and from Naranag to Srinagar back

ü If you prefer to offload your bag and carried by our horse/porter then an additional Rucksack offloading charge

ü Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit

ü Hotel Stay in Srinagar.

ü Food during the transit.

ü Anything is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature

 

Payment details:

To Confirm your Seats please deposit Rs.5,000/- in the bank details mentioned below.

ICICI Bank Account No: 363401000047

Type: Saving

Name: Harshal Modi

IFS code: ICIC0003634

Once payment is done, please send an email to wanderingsoulriders@gmail.com with Transaction ID, Participant Name, Email ID, Cell Number

 

Photo link:Check Photo album of Kashmir Great Lake Trek 2018

https://photos.app.goo.gl/icTCd1V5Gqrh7PxZ8

 

For more inquiries and Registrations, please contact Team WSR:

Harshal: 9173664008 /9967899156

Deepak: 8830325868

if not reachable do sms or watsapp.

Email id: wanderingsoulriders@gmail.com

Website: www.wanderingsoulriders.jimdo.com

 

Cancellation and Refund:

1. If cancellation done prior to 45 Days of outing 75% will be refunded.

2. If done prior to 30 Days of outing 50% will be refunded

3. After that no refund will be provided

 

Medical Disclaimer:

It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind and disclose the same and your medical history to the organizers of the trip so that best possible arrangements can be carried out post approval. As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselve.