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ChalNikalPade: The Great Lakes trek from 28 July to 04 Aug 2016

Last date to Register is 15 July 2016

Great Lakes trek is 62 Km, and can be completed in 4 to 8 days depending upon your physical ability. Mesmerizing beauty all around will engulfs you. Considered as one of the best trekking trails in the world. Great Lakes trek with Chal Nikal Pade will mesmerises with some awesome memories of high altitude lakes such as Nandansar / Gangbal / Gadsar / Vishensar / Kishensar and other two small lakes at Gadsar valley). 

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Srinagar, Drive to Naranag, Acclimatization walk, Sightseeing of Ancient Temples of Shivism.
Day 2: Naranag (2275 metres) to Trunkhol Meadow (3,400 metres).
Day 3: Trunkhol Meadow (3,400 metres) to Gangbal Valley (3,572 metres).
Day 4: Gangbal Valley (3,572 metres) to Satsar Valley (3,764 metres).
Day 5: Satsar Valley (3,764 metres) to Gadsar (3,586 metres) valley.
Day 6: Gadsar Valley (3,586 metres) to Kishensar Valley (3844 metres and 3,683 metres).
Day 7: Kishensar Valley (3,844 metres) to Nichnai/Table Top (3,475 metres).
Day 8: Nichnai (3,475 metres) to Sonamarg (2692 metres) later Drive to Srinagar. 

Highlights:
Ensuring high level of safety throughout the trek. Using of best quality equipment for the trek. Hardware used is from Petzl. Which is mainly used by the world famous mountaineers to Everest and other high altitude expeditions. 
Camping gear used is imported from Europe, America, etc. from Husky, Quechua, Eureka, etc.
Load ferrying assistance will be provided to the trekkers or hikers, if required.
Extra ponies in case of any emergency assistance required by the trekkers.
Sleeping gear will be highly comfortable even in minus 15 degree.
Professional cooks to cook food for trekkers during the course of the trek.
Transportation from Srinagar to Srinagar will be provided complimentary in AC vehicles.

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1:
We pick you up post arrival in Srinagar, later drive to Naranag 2 hour drive to base camp, sightseeing (Ancient Temples of Shivism) and night stay. An acclimatization walk of three kilometres till Dhumail Valley, which has many beauties to offer like twin streams flowing from an opposite direction and forms the Wangat river, deep pine forests and hundreds of bird species. 

Day 2
Naranag to Trunkhol Meadow (07 km):- We start in the morning through Pine forests of Buthshree A three hours ascend) and then traverse through Midone top to enter the famous Meadow called Trunkhol and will stay for a night. From the camp, we will get a best northern view of Mount Harmukh. 

Day 3
Trunkhol Meadow to Gangbal Valley (05 km):- After breakfast we trek on Mild gradient to reach the first Alpine Lake of trek Nandansar Lake, which lies on the foot of Mount Harmukh. The glacial water drains from Gangbal Lake and Northern glaciers of Mount Harmukh then enters in Nandansar Lake. A half hour more hike through meadow lead us to Gangbal Valley. We establish a night camp at pristine shore of Kashmir's largest Alpine Lake which is also the main source to Wangat Stream and a tributary to River Sind. 

Day 4
Gangbal Valley to Satsar Valley (08 km):- After breakfast we start our ascend to Zajibbal Pass, which will take three to four hours to reach its summit. ZajbalPaas bisects Gangbal valley and Satsar valley, the highest point of entire trek, then a mild descend of two hours will take us to Satsar Valley. The Valley has seven small alpine lakes thus lending it the name Satsar. We shall camp here for the night. 

Day 5
Satsar Valley to Gadsar Valley (11 km ):- Fascinating trek through lush green meadows beautified by alpine flowers .This location is famous for long undulating meadows and sinking waters and a large Alpine Lake (Gadsar Lake). The campsite is beside Gadsar Lake. 

Day 6:
Gadsar Valley to Kishensar Valley (11 km ) :-To reach the Kishensar Valley trekkers get an opportunity to cross the Gadsar Pass where we can have an overview of peaks across LOC and an aerial view for both Valleys ( Gadsar Valley and Kishensar Valley). The valley is famous for its twin large Alpine Lakes (Kishensar and Vishensar Lakes) Camping at Kishensar Valley gives every trekker or nature lover a unique feeling as it is the main source of Kishenganga River which drains through Gurez Valley. 

Day 7:
Kishensar Valley to Nichnai/Table Top (11 km):-A mild gradient till Nichnai Pass and then descend through a pristine valley of wild alpine flowers of Nichnai Valley. We will camp here for the night.

Day 8: Nichnai to Sonamarg (09 km) we start the descend through Pine and Burj forests of Table Top and trekkers get an opportunity to have an aerial view of Thajiwas Mountain range and Bear Valley. The trek ends here at Sonamarg and we drive down to the city. 

Package details and costs:
00 – 02 Participants: Rs 20000.00
03 – 05 Participants: Rs 17500.00
07 – 10 Participants: Rs 13000.00

How to make a payment?
One needs to deposit full payment into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
Bank Name: State Bank of India
Account No: 30011210106
Account Name Muhammed Yahya Virani
IFSC Code: SBIN0007780

*** One the payment is made please send us the name of the participants, age, medical form duly signed and sealed /stamped by a doctor. Participation contribution is non-transferable. Minimum 2 participants will be required to conduct the event.

What's in it for me?
- Adventure
- Photography
- Offbeat high altitude trekking.

Missing any items from the recommended things to carry?
Call us and we shall help you in getting the best cameras, zoom lenses, telephoto lenses on hire (hire charges to be paid by the participants separately).

INCLUSIONS for this trek offered:
* Accommodation during the trek (camping)
* Trekking permits and forest camping charges
* Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, etc.)
* Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders)
* Services of an expert trek leader and mountain guide
* Services of an expert trek support team (cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
* Transport from Srinagar to base camp and from base camp to Srinagar
* All meals on trekking days
* Breakfast: Tea / Kahwa / Biscuit / Bread / Jam /Butter / Cornflakes etc.
* Lunch: Rice / Chapattis / Veg / Non Veg
* Evening Snacks / Chips / Tang Juice
* Dinner: - Rice / Chapattis / Veg / Non Veg etc.

MANDATORY DOCUMENTS required for this event.
1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.) - 2 copies (Scan and email it prior)
2. Medical Certificate, and disclaimer (to be filled by the trekker)

GEAR to be brought along by the trekker
* Backpack (50-60 litres): Backpack with sturdy straps and the supporting frame. Rain cover for your backpack is essential.
* Daypack (20 litres): It is mandatory to carry a daypack if you choose to offload your backpack. If you decide to carry your backpack, daypack bag is not required. FOOTWEAR
* Trekking shoes: No sports shoes. The shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. Do not wear a new shoe to a trek. It might cause blisters. Before bringing them to trek, wear it for a week to make it softer. We recommend QUECHUA FORCLAZ 100, 500, and 600 or any other Brand.

Other important things to carry:
* Socks (3 pairs): 2 cotton pairs, 2 woollen pairs (mostly to be used on campsites and while sleeping. Keep them dry.) CLOTHES - REGULAR
* First layer should be polyester / synthetic
* Warm upper and lower Fleece
* Warm Jackets / Down and Warm Hiking Pants
* Rainproof Jackets and trousers ACCESSORIES
* Balaclava: The cap must cover your ears and neck. You may also use scarves.
* Synthetic hand gloves: Ensure that the gloves are waterproof.
* Sun cap: Caps or hats to your face protect from direct sunligh.
* Sunglasses: Curved ones will cover your eyes well and should be UV protect glasses.
* Sunscreen: To protect body from sunburn. OTHERS
* Toiletries (Sunscreen - SPF 50+, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm/chap stick, small soap, toilet paper, wet tissue)
* Repair kit (needle & thread)
* Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
* Camera: Carry all accessories - spare batteries, charger, etc.
* Cutlery: Carry a plate, spoon, coffee mug & a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. To save weight, you may use your lunch box to have food in it and also carry it. (Not Mandatory)
* Water bottles: To carry bottles for drinking water while hiking.
* Trekking pole: Trekking pole is mandatory.
* Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

What is the expected Temperature?
July day time 15C to 25C and night 7C to 1C August day time 15 C to 25 C and at night around 7C to 0 C
September day time 15C to 22C and night 5C to -3C

What is the cancellation policy?
50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 30 days prior to the event date
No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 30 days. No show No Refund.

Can I pay on the spot?
We do not accept cash payment. Confirmation only after transfer.

How can I speak to the Event Coordinator?
Call Muhammed Yahya Virani +919768143706 / +919970043706

What is the event disclosures on medical conditions and Event Risk Profile?
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. 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 themselves. The cost mentioned above is for Indian citizens ONLY payable in Indian Rupees. We recommend you to please take care while walking / climbing / trekking. Wearing of any valuables, ornaments, jewelry etc. is prohibited. Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner. We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside. Do not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR. We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking expedition. Note, this trek route does not have any fixed/proper/appropriate washrooms or bathrooms.

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