The Great Lakes of Kashmir
Srinagar, Uttarakhand, India
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2019
Sat, 29 Jun, 2019
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Fri, 12 Jul, 2019
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2019
Sat, 29 Jun, 2019
15
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15
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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    Arguably one of the best ways to witness the beauty of Kashmir, the trek rewards you with a palette of colours on every single day that you walk on this trail. The trek is moderate but goes to a height of 13,000 ft at the passes. The terrain however, is very scenic, with mountains and lakes and rolling meadows.

    On this trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir, you'll start in Leh, and will spend one morning visiting Shey Palace and Thiksey monastery, as well as Leh market. The next day, you'll be driven to Sonmarg, allowing you to take in the stunning landscape around. From Sonmarg, your trek begins. You end at Sonmarg, and will be driven back to Leh to catch your return flights. You can expect to experience the culture and cuisines of Leh and of Kashmir.

    Destination highlights

    • Sign up for a scenic trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir.
    • Walk through maple trees, lush meadows and rivulets.
    • Camp on the banks of some of the most spectacular lakes of Kashmir.
    • Explore Shey Palace and Thiksey monastery in Leh.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    There will be a lean crew on this trip, but all participants will be expected to help setting up tents, cleaning dishes, and helping at camp.

    The trip leader's decision will be final.

    Cancellation policy

    If cancellation takes place 45 days or more before departure of the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir: 75% of the total package cost will be refunded.

    If cancellation takes place 30-44 days before departure of the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir: 50% of the total package cost will be refunded.

    If cancellation takes place 0-29 days before departure of the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting transaction charges.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator reserves the right to cancel this trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir prior to departure (including, but not limited to, by reason of too few people booking on any tour) in which case participants will be given a refund in full. However, you will not be entitled to make any further claim for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes).

    If you have any medical problems, please make them known to the operator well before departure. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial disorders, or if you are a severe asthmatic, or have high blood pressure, you are strongly advised against participating.

    Please be aware that this trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir takes place in remote areas where there is little or no access to normal medical services or hospital facilities for serious problems. Where necessary, evacuation can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Medical and evacuation expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Leh airport
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    Drop off point
    Leh airport
    Mode of transport
    Non AC-car/coach
    Start point
    Sonmarg
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    End point
    Sonmarg
    Time of departure
    08:00 AM
    Time of return
    08:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    49 hrs
    Total distance covered
    159 kms
    Start point elevation
    10609 feet
    Maximum elevation
    12443 feet
    Minimum elevation
    7550 feet
    Average per day distance
    19.8 kms
  • Day 1 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Arrive in Leh

    You'll land at Leh airport in the morning, and will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. You'll be served welcome drinks and breakfast. After that, you'll spend the rest of the day in your room or in the garden, acclimatising to the altitude. Overnight in the hotel.

    Day 2 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Acclimatisation day in Leh

    After breakfast today, you'll spend the day visiting Shey Palace and Thiksey monastery, and exploring Leh market. This will give you some gentle exercise and help you acclimatise completely. Overnight in the hotel.

    Day 3 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Drive from Leh to Sonmarg

    Today you'll eat an early breakfast and then leave Leh behind for Sonmarg. There's plenty to see on the drive: the confluence of the Zanskar and the Indus, Basgo fort, the caves at Saspol, the Lamayuru gompa, as well as the two famous passes of Fotu La and Namik La. After you go through Zoji La, you'll start to see the landscape change to the greener meadows around Sonmarg. It's almost 350 kms, and should take about 8 hours to get to Sonmarg. You'll check in to a hotel in Sonmarg for the night.

    Day 4 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek to Nichnai camp

    After breakfast, there's a short drive to the start point of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek. You'll start the ascent through maple trees, going past lush meadows and rivulets till you reach Shekdur, just in time for lunch. Shekdur pasture is lined with silver birch trees, dotted with shepherd huts and surrounded by the mighty mountains. After lunch, you'll traverse a rocky section and move upto a very pretty meadow. This is Nichnai, where your camp is set up. You'll enjoy your first night of camping here.

    Day 5 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek to Vishansar lake

    You'll have a fun day today, with the route climbing up to Nichnai Pass at 13,500 ft, and then descending to a river crossing. You'll be walking past a waterfall, through meadows dotted with alpine flowers, and finally you'll get to Vishansar, the first of the Great Lakes of Kashmir. The lake is 1 km long, and half a km wide. You'll be camping beside the stream that feeds the lake. Overnight in tents.

    Day 6 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Explore Vishansar

    Today you'll be staying beside Vishansar lake, to give you time to acclimatise and rest. You'll explore the pretty trails around the campsite, and will practise the steep climb to the nearby Kishansar lake. Tomorrow you'll be climbing to Gadsar Pass, which at 13,800 feet, is the highest point on your trek. Make sure you are rested and ready for tomorrow. Overnight in tents.

    Day 7 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Vishansar to Gadsar

    Today you set off to tackle the steep climb you practised yesterday, on your way to Kishansar lake. Make sure to look behind you as you climb, to get stunning views of Vishansar lake. You'll set your sights on Gadsar Pass after this, and will conquer 13,800 feet. After spending some time at the pass, you'll begin the easier descent to Gadsar Lake. This is a scenic spot, with irises under your feet and meadows all around. You'll be camping here, a little beyond Gadsar lake, close to an army camp. Overnight in tents.

    Day 8 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Gadsar to Satsar

    Today you'll be passing the tree line as you trek, and will be dealing with a good climb on your way to Satsar. But by now you're going to be feeling great, and your muscles will carry you easily. You'll get to Satsar, which is a series of seven small lakes connected to each other. It's a very scenic spot, and is well worth the climb. You'll be camping nearby, close to the first of the lakes.

    Day 9 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Satsar to Gangbal

    Today you set off to climb to Zajibal Pass, which stands at about 13,000 ft and offers you views of Harigandan lake, Harmukh lake, Harmukh mountain (16,500 ft.) as well as the big and small Gangbal lakes. After admiring the views, you'll proceed onwards to Gangbal lake. You'll be camping here for the night.

    Day 10 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Gangbal to Naranag, return to Sonmarg

    Today's the last day of trekking for your Great Lakes of Kashmir trek, and it's all downhill from here. The 4000 feet descent will take time, and you'll be relieved to see vehicles waiting for you in Naranag. You'll be driven back to Sonmarg, and can rest your legs for the short 60 kms drive. You'll check into a hotel in Sonmarg for the night.

    Day 11 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Drive to Leh

    Today there's nothing to do but relax in the vehicle as you're driven back to Leh. You can enjoy the views or doze off, and by evening, you'll be checking into your hotel in Leh. Overnight in hotel.

    Day 12 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Depart from Leh

    Today you'll be driven to the aiport to board your flight. Your trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Sonmarg
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Sonmarg
    End point
    Nichnai
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    6 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Nichnai
    End point
    Vishansar Lake
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Vishansar Lake
    End point
    Vishansar Lake
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Vishansar Lake
    End point
    Gadsar lake
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gadsar lake
    End point
    Satsar lake
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Satsar lake
    End point
    Gangbal Lake
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 10 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gangbal
    End point
    Sonmarg
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    11 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 11 - Milestone

    Start point
    Sonmarg
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM

    Day 12 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    08:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Airport transfers in Leh
    • All transport as per itinerary in non-A/C vehicle
    • Accommodation on twin-sharing basis in hotel in Leh and Sonmarg
    • Camping in tents on twin-sharing basis in alpine tents during trek
    • All meals from breakfast on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12
    • Professional guides and camping crew
    • Drinking water during trek
    • Porters for your personal luggage (up to 15 kgs)
    • Permits and fees if applicable
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Sleeping bags
    • Any flight costs or tickets
    • Items of personal clothing, gear
    • 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 control of the operator

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
    • Trekking pants
    • Good quality windproof jacket
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive watches or jewellery
    • Expensive electronic devices
    • Carry your luggage in a backpack
    • Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Private vehicle for all transfer as per itinerary
    • Tents for camping nights
    • Camp staff, cook, etc.
      You need to get
    • Backpack (at least 70 litres) with raincover
    • Day pack with raincover
    • Sleeping bag
    • Water bottle (1 litre)
    • Good hiking shoes
    • Wind- and rain-proof jacket
    • Down jacket
    • Fleece sweater
    • Long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt
    • Trousers
    • Thermal layers (upper and lower)
    • Spare sandals to use at camp
    • Cotton socks for trekking
    • Woollen socks for the night
    • Gloves
    • Flashlight/headlamp with spare batteries
    • Sun cap
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
    • Lip balm
    • Insect repellent
    • Personal toiletries
    • Towel
    • Camera with charger/batteries
    • Personal medication, if any

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication only.
  • Day 1 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Arrive in Leh

    Overnight in hotel in Leh.

    You'll be picked up at Leh airport and driven to your hotel, where you'll check in to twin-sharing rooms with an attached washroom. At the hotel, you'll be served a welcome drink and breakfast, and then will have the rest of the day to rest and acclimatize. Make sure you don't tire yourself today. Take a nap, read a book, stay hydrated, and go for a short walk in the evening. All meals are included in today's package.

    Day 2 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Acclimatisation day in Leh

    Overnight in hotel in Leh.

    You'll head out to explore Leh after breakfast today. In the first half, you'll visit Shey Palace and Thiksey monastery, and will return to the hotel in time for lunch. After a nap, you can walk to Leh market to explore the quaint shops and cafes. Dinner will be served at the hotel, and you'll retire to your comfortable rooms for the night.

    Day 3 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Drive from Leh to Sonmarg

    Overnight in hotel in Sonmarg.

    After an early breakfast today, you'll board vehicles to be driven to Sonmarg. It's a long drive of about 10 hours, but there's plenty to see. You'll arrive in Sonmarg by late evening, and will check into a hotel for the night. You'll be staying in twin-sharing rooms with attached washrooms. Today's package includes all meals.

    Day 4 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek to Nichnai camp

    Overnight in tents in Nichnai.

    You have a short drive to the start point of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek. You'll trek to Nichnai today, stopping in a pretty meadow for lunch. After that, you'll trek to your first campsite on this trip. You'll be camping in the middle of a meadow tonight. You'll be provided with twin-sharing tents, but you'll use your own sleeping bag. Today's package includes all meals.

    Day 5 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek to Vishansar lake

    Overnight in tents in Vishansar.

    Today you'll trek to Vishansar lake and will be camping close by. A small stream runs past the campsite, and you'll enjoy the views from here. All meals included today.

    Day 6 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Explore Vishansar

    Overnight in tents in Vishansar.

    You'll be spending one more night at your Vishansar campsite today. This gives you time to acclimatize before a big climb tomorrow. You'll spend the day exploring the scenic trails around your campsite, and will return to camp for lunch and dinner. Overnight in tents.

    Day 7 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Vishansar to Gadsar

    Overnight in tents in Gadsar.

    Today you'll be climbing to Gadsar Pass, and then descending to the camp near Gadsar lake. You'll be happy to reach camp by evening, and will enjoy the views all around. All meals are included today.

    Day 8 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Gadsar to Satsar

    Overnight in tents in Satsar.

    Today you'll trek towards Satsar, where you'll camp beside one of the seven connected lakes. This is a very scenic spot, so make sure you have batteries for your camera. All meals are included today.

    Day 9 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Satsar to Gangbal

    Overnight in tents at Gangbal.

    You'll be wrapping up your Great Lakes of Kashmir trek shortly, so make the most of your last couple of days of camping. You'll be camping at Gangbal today, close to the lake. All meals are included today.

    Day 10 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Gangbal to Naranag, return to Sonmarg

    Overnight in hotel in Sonmarg.

    Today you'll trek to Naranag, where vehicles are waiting to take you back to Sonmarg. It's a short drive, and you'll check into a hotel. You can enjoy a hot shower and a comfy bed, after days of camping. All meals are included today.

    Day 11 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Drive to Leh

    Overnight in hotel in Leh.

    Today you don't have to do anything except sit in the vehicle and admire the views. It's a long drive to Leh, but the landscape around is spectacular. All meals are included today. You'll check into a hotel in Leh.

    Day 12 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Depart from Leh

    Trip ends today.

    Today after breakfast, you'll be dropped off at the airport. Your Great Lakes of Kashmir trek ends here.

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