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  • Trip introduction

    Immerse yourself in the beauty of Kashmir on this 8-day trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir. The spectacular Himalayan lakes of Gadsar, Vishansar, Kishansar and Gangabal lie scattered across alpine meadows, surrounded by mighty snow-clad peaks, waiting to be explored.

    Far away from motorable roads, this off-the-beaten-track adventure offers you the opportunity to explore the hidden valleys, grasslands and steep rocky stretches of Kashmir. It is a moderately easy trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir, considered to be a beginner’s delight, and is also the best way to witness the rugged majesty of this region.

    Destination

    Located at an altitude of 11,500 feet and above, the Great Lakes of Kashmir are stunning, to say the least. Surrounded by the lofty Himalayas, these lakes often reflect the mountains and the sky in them. The route also offers panoramic views of the valleys and the various snow-clad peaks.

    Climbing through forests of maple and pine, making your way across quick flowing Himalayan streams, rocky terrain and lush green meadows, the journey is as exciting the destinations.

    This high altitude trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir is best undertaken during the monsoon months, from June till September. During this time, the trails are cleared of snow, the flowers are in full bloom, and the skies are bright as you make your way towards each of the lakes.

    Destination highlights

    Trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir. | Explore pine and maple forests, lush meadows, and blue lakes on this trek. | Walk along the ancient Sindh river. | Fine-tune your photography skills on this scenic trek. | Dip your feet in icy cold lakes and glacier-fed streams. | Tackle the rocky terrain on your way to Gangabal.

    Activity Details

    11250

    12500

    10000

    90 km

    42 hrs

    10-15 km

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg

    You will be picked up from Srinagar and driven to Sonamarg. It's a scenic drive of about 90 kms and will take about 2 hours. By early evening, you'll be in Sonamarg, and will settle down at the campsite, a little away from the town. Dinner and overnight at campsite.

    Accommodation in either tents or guest-houses.

    Participants sleep in sturdy tents or clean guest-houses on triple sharing basis. Couples are always accommodated on twin sharing basis.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Srinagar

    Sonamarg

    10:00 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai
    Day 3 of Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Nichnai to Vishansar Lake
    Day 4 of Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Explore Vishansar Lake
    Day 5 of Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Vishansar Lake to Gadsar
    Day 6 of Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Gadsar to Satsar
    Day 7 of Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Satsar to Gangabal
    Day 8 of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek: Trek from Gangabal to Naranag
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 24 days or more before departure for the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir: 95% of trek cost will be refunded.

    For cancellations made between 14-24 days before departure for the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir: 70% of trek/tour cost will be refunded.

    For cancellations made between 8-14 days before departure for the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir: 50% of trek/tour cost will be refunded.

    For cancellations made less than 7 days before departure for the trek to the Great Lakes of Kashmir: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refund amounts will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Participants must adhere to the instructions of the team leader during the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek.

    Smoking, consumption of alcohol, narcotic drugs etc. is strictly prohibited on the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator reserves the right to change the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling, it will be borne by the trekker.

    Please note that sometimes an unforeseen event may force changes in the itinerary of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek. In such cases, your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

    All the arrangements for the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek are pre-planned and prepaid. In case of non completion of the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services. Any extra expense due any alteration has to be paid extra.
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    • Kashmir Trekking Adventure Great Lakes Jammu Kashmir Trekking
    • Kashmir Trekking Adventure Great Lakes Jammu Kashmir Trekking
    • Kashmir Trekking Adventure Great Lakes Jammu Kashmir Trekking
    • Kashmir Trekking Adventure Great Lakes Jammu Kashmir Trekking
    • Kashmir Trekking Adventure Great Lakes Jammu Kashmir Trekking
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • 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

    Excludes

    • 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

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Poncho, rain coat
    • 2 pairs of quick dry tees Track pants
    • 3 pair of socks
    • Full sleeve sweater or fleece jacket
    • One heavy jacket
    • Not to wear - Expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items
    • 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

    • Technical equipment if required
    • First-aid kit

    You need to get

    • Backpack (min 55 ltr)
    • Floaters or sandals
    • Trekking shoes
    • Trekking poles (one is must)
    • Sun cap
    • One scarf
    • Light towel
    • Lip balm
    • Cold cream and sun screen (SPF 40+)
    • Water bottle 1 ltr
    • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
    • Personal toilet kit and toilet paper
    • Personal medicine kit
    • Dark sunglasses
    • Gloves

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.