10 treks of Jammu and Kashmir, India

10 treks of Jammu and Kashmir

The surreal beauty of Jammu Kashmir is well known, and the state is famous for its heavenly landscape of green trees, fruit orchards, and sparkling lakes and rivers. While there are plenty of ways to explore this state, the top treks in Kashmir will take you to some of the lesser-known destinations so you can get a complete experience of the state.

When it comes to top treks in Kashmir, most of them are also top treks in Ladakh. Ladakh is famed for its high passes, brackish water lakes, deep blue skies and a landscape that is larger than life. This magnificently stark high-altitude desert kingdom is a hub of exhilarating activities like white water river rafting, mountaineering, and camping in Leh.

In the winters, the trails of the top treks around Leh are covered with snow, making the experience of trekking even more remarkable. Out of the many challenges of trekking in this region, one of the tasks is acclimatizing to the weather at such an altitude. Some of the top treks in Kashmir include the Chadar Trek, Stok Kangri and Markha Valley.

1. Chadar trek

The thrill of trekking over the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh makes this a top trek in Kashmir that is known around the world. In the summer, this raging river offers ferocious rapids for those looking for whitewater rafting. But in winter, the river freezes over, and when the roads are covered in snow, the river is the only access route for locals. You’ll trek along this river, between the soaring walls of the river valley, carefully negotiating your way over the ice and looking at the bubbles that are frozen underneath. You’ll see waterfalls that have frozen over in mid-fall, and drink hot tea in ancient caves with walls darkened by thousands of campfires. This top trek in Ladakh is not for beginners, but is an A-lister on the top treks around Leh.
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Chadar Experience - 5 Day Itinerary
Leh, Jammu Kashmir
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New Year Camping at Pavna Lake
Lonavala, Maharashtra
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Chadar 9 Day Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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2. Kashmir Great Lakes trek

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a must on every trekkers list. Situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet, these lakes offer stunning views. One of the top treks in Kashmir, mainly for of the views of pristine mountain lakes, fields carpeted with flowers, lush green pine forests, alongside snowy Himalayan peaks. The Gangabal and Satsar lakes with their clear blue-green waters make for ethereal photographs. A challenging trek, with rewards unbound, one must be fit to take on the exhaustive trail. Get a chance to camp near a mountain lake or in an army camp.
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8
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir
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The Great Lakes of Kashmir
Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir
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The Great Lakes Trek
Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir
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3. Stok Kangri trek

Close to the stunning town of Leh, this top trek in Kashmir takes you to the highest peak of 20,182 feet! The early section of the trek takes you through beautiful mountain scenery, and you'll camp at gorgeous campsites. From base camp the climb becomes steep and the air thins, posing a thrilling challenge for trekkers. While it involves some rock-climbing, you don’t need to have any technical mountaineering skills to get to this altitude, which makes it one of the top treks in Kashmir.
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Expedition to Stok Kangri
Leh, Ladakh
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4. Markha Valley trek

The Markha Valley trek is one of the top treks in Ladakh, because it gives you a glimpse into the daily life of the Ladakhi people and their land. The arid terrain of Ladakh makes the tiny Markha village look like an oasis, offering remote gorges, vast undulating grounds for grazing, several streams, and a mesmerizing view of the Markha River. Markha village consists of only about 25-30 houses. You’ll be trekking past old stone mills, a hilltop monastery, an ancient castle and plenty of green fields, and camping in the middle of this gorgeous land.
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Trek to Markha Valley
Leh, Ladakh
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