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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.

    Activity Details

    10609

    12443

    7550

    159 kms

    49 hrs

    19.8 kms

    Trip details
  • 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.

    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 1 Milestone

    Leh

    Leh

    08:00 AM

    Food

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Veg|Non-veg
    Day 2 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Acclimatisation day in Leh
    Day 3 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Drive from Leh to Sonmarg
    Day 4 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek to Nichnai camp
    Day 5 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek to Vishansar lake
    Day 6 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Explore Vishansar
    Day 7 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Vishansar to Gadsar
    Day 8 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Gadsar to Satsar
    Day 9 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Satsar to Gangbal
    Day 10 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Gangbal to Naranag, return to Sonmarg
    Day 11 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Drive to Leh
    Day 12 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Depart from Leh
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  • 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.

    Rules on 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.

    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.
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    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
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    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
    • Great Lakes of Kashmir Trekking Jammu Ladakh Camping The Great Next
  • 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
    • Not to wear - Expensive watches or jewellery
    • Expensive electronic devices
    • Carry your luggage in a backpack
    • Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    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.