Great Lakes of Kashmir trek, India

About the Great Lakes region

The beauty of Kashmir is legendary and is a dream destination for every nature lover. Poets have written about Kashmir, photographers declare that they've never seen anything so beautiful and for every traveller, the first time they visit Kashmir, it’s love at first sight. From the bright wildflowers to the wide blue skies, Kashmir is a true paradise on earth. And with the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir through the landscape, you're witnessing it up close.

About the Kashmir Great Lakes trek

Set in an almost heavenly arena of the high mountains, endless pastures, and of course, the great lakes, this Great Lakes trek will lead you through its blue-green lakes, climbs over high altitude passes and offer you one of the most memorable experiences. Kashmir's beauty is unparalleled and the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir takes you into the heart of Kashmir's gorgeous landscape. Participants will trek and camp near 5 of Kashmir's Great Lakes - Vishansar, Kishnasar, Gadsar, the cascading lakes of Satsar and the twin lakes of Gangabal.

This Great Lakes trek is a fairly challenging one, because there are some long trekking hours to cover 63 km and you'll experience altitudes of 13000 ft, but the rewards are spectacular. You'll pass through high altitude meadows, pine and maple forests, have a chance to go trout fishing, scramble over huge boulders around the lakes, and camp beside lakes at night. While the Great Lakes trek sounds challenging, it is of moderate intensity and can be completed easily by first-time trekkers too, making it an ideal destination for adventurers, photographers and nature lovers alike. Try to arrive a day early so you have a chance to acclimatize. This trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir is designed for energetic and flexible people with a spirit of adventure. Previous experience in the outdoors helps, but is not necessary.

What you’ll see and do on the Great Lakes trek

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek rewards you with a palette of colours on every single day that you walk on this trail. It also allows you to get a taste of the local culture and food of Kashmir. On the Great Lakes Trek, you will witness first-hand the beauty and magnificence of Kashmir. The trek is not just for hard-core adventure or nature lovers, but should be on every trekker's and photographer's to-do list.

During the day, you’ll walk through maple trees, lush meadows full of blossoming flowers, and see trout swimming in clear rivers. At night, you’ll set up camp on the banks of pristine lakes under a blanket of stars. You’ll also visit the borders of the country, and experience the hospitality and cuisine of Kashmir, with an overnight stay on a houseboat.

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir
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The trek to the great lakes of Kashmir offers a rare opportunity to explore some of the most spectacular lakes in the country. The calm environs and pristine lakes are edged by the snow-clad mountains, leaving you spellbound.

This 8-day trek is a fairly challenging one, because there are some long trekking hours to cover 63 km and you'll experience altitudes of 13000 ft, but the rewards are spectacular. You'll pass through high altitude meadows, pine and maple forests, have a chace to go trout fishing, scramble over huge boulders around the lakes, and camp beside lakes at night. It's the complete adventure experience! Try to arrive a day early so you have a chance to acclimatize.

IMPORTANT: Being close to the border, a few of the lake camps will require you to submit your original IDs at the military camps.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation (guest house, home stay, camping)
  • Meals as specified
  • Trek equipment
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
    Exclusions
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during the transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the price includes section
  • Transportation to from Srinagar to Sonamarg OR from Naranag to Srinagar (approximately INR 2000 for transport)
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The Great Lakes of Kashmir
Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir
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A trek that goes by the name of 'the great lakes of Kashmir', is bound to be as legendary as it sounds. Set in an almost heavenly arena of the high mountains, endless pastures, and of course, the great lakes, this trek is all you need in a mid-year adventure. The Great Lakes of Kashmir trek will lead you through its blue-green lakes, climbs over high altitude passes and offer you one of the best trail experiences to remember for a lifetime.

This trip is designed for energetic and flexible people with a spirit of adventure. Previous experience in the outdoors helps, but is not necessary.
    Inclusions
  • All travel from Srinagar and back to Srinagar by road as applicable (by non AC car / coach)
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip, accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels
  • All group camping gear
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 10
  • Professional guide fee / peak fee / sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
  • All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team
  • Camp staff, cook, etc.
    Exclusions
  • Flights to Srinagar and back
  • Any stay and meals in delhi
  • Meals enroute upto reaching first day's destination and back on the last day (due to road journey being 5 hrs or more)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, insurance, camera fee
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions
  • Any other circumstances beyond our control.
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The Great Lakes Trek
Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir
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However clichéd it may sound, Kashmir is heaven on earth and this trek proves it to the doubters. On the Great Lakes Trek, you will witness first-hand the beauty and magnificence of Kashmir. This moderate intensity trek will take you to the banks of some pristine high-altitude lakes that are nestled among alpine meadows.

The 8-day trek is not just for hard-core adventure or nature lovers, but should be on every trekker's and photographer's to-do list. After all, who would want to miss an opportunity to travel to the heart of Kashmir and admire nature in all its glory?

IMPORTANT: This is a private trip and requires a minimum pax size of 6 persons for booking confirmation.
    Inclusions
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Jain food can be made available on request)
  • Pick up and drop (to and from the airport)
  • Accommodation in tents on a twin/triple sharing basis
  • 1 night accommodation in a houseboat (twin-sharing basis)
  • Garden entry pass
  • Shikara ride in Dal Lake
  • Trekking permissions
  • Transportation in private cars
  • Mules for carrying items
  • Porters for trekking
  • Horses for carrying backpacks
  • Camp crew/kitchen staff during trek
  • First aid
    Exclusions
  • Insurance
  • Drinks of any kind
  • Fishing Permit
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Trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir
Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir
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Immerse yourself in the beauty of Kashmir, “heaven on earth”, in this 8-day trek to its Great Lakes. The spectacular Himalayan lakes of Gadsar, Vishansar, Kishansar and Gangabal lie scattered across alpine meadows, surrounded by mighty snow-clad peaks.

Far away from motorable roads, this off-the-beaten-track trek offers you the opportunity to explore the hidden valleys, grasslands and steep rocky stretches of Kashmir. It is a moderately easy trek, considered to be a beginner’s delight, and is also the best way to witness the rugged majesty of this region.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents/guest-houses on trippple sharing basis during the trek
  • Vegetarian meals during the trek
  • All permits for Indian nationals
  • First aid medicine
  • Qualified and experienced trek leaders and support staff
    Exclusions
  • Meals during transit to Sonamarg and Srinagar
  • Mineral water or soft drinks
  • Transportation of any kind
  • Rise in cost due to natural conditions
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide
  • Personal porters
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