Kashmir Great Lake Trek

₹ 18999 /person | 8D - 7N | Srinagar to Srinagar

Kashmir Great Lake Trek

8D - 7N | Srinagar to Srinagar

Rs. 18999/pp

➩ Description

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek does not need for a pre-trip introduction or orientation. That is the poem itself in its entirety. Only hearing the term makes it simple to form an introduction to the topic. A journey over the Himalayas will allow you to experience the beauty and excitement of Kashmir. The Great Lakes Trek in Kashmir is sure to provide you with memories that will last a lifetime, but getting there may be quite a challenge. It is almost impossible to be unaffected by the serene atmosphere of Kashmir’s lakes and their pristine natural beauty. The mountains that are alone and coated in milky-white snow certainly make a powerful statement, even if the lakes are not the only thing that sticks out. As can be seen, this hike is situated in Kashmir, which is often referred as as “the heaven on earth.” The duration of this hike is anywhere between seven and ten days. In terms of the difficulties presented by the walk, it is somewhere in the middle. The hike has an elevation gain of around 4000 metres and is roughly 63 kilometres long. Throughout this rewarding hike, you will learn so much about yourself, on all levels, including the physical, the cerebral, and the emotional. There is nothing that can adequately prepare a trekker for the conflicted and overpowering feelings that come with questioning whether or not his body can take such demands and whether or not he will survive.

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➩ Itinerary

Distance: 90kms

Time: 3-4hrs approx

Around eleven o'clock in the morning, everyone will meet at the Tourist Reception Centre in Srinagar. Following that, we'll get in the car and go north from Srinagar towards Sonamarg, where the Shitkari village is located. Here is where we'll set up our base camp for the Kashmir big lakes hike.

Distance: 11kms

Time: 8-9hrs approx

Following a hasty breakfast, we will go on the road and make our way to Nichnai, which is where our campground lies. You will get a taste of the splendour that is Kashmir if you hike the whole trek. The route is surrounded by maple and pine trees, and as you make your way up the steady ascent, the breathtaking scenery of the whole Sonamarg Valley comes into view. Streams of water run unceasingly, creating way for the verdant meadows of Shekdur, which are bordered by Bhoj trees and are crowned with little peaks. It is a wonderful place to take a rest and marvel at the wonders of nature since it is surrounded by Bhoj trees. We will arrive at our campground by following the water of the Nichnai stream until we get there, and then we will have supper and spend the night there.

Distance: 12kms

Time: 7-8hrs approx

We shall have breakfast first thing in the morning, and then we will drive to the beautiful Vishansar lake. The lake is of the highest significance to the Kashmiri pandits, and the terrain all around it, which consists of alpine woods and gorges studded with little glaciers, makes it an interesting destination for hikers. The Nichnai pass may be found hidden behind the two imposing mountains that serve as the background to your campground. You will soon be able to make out a lake that is tucked away in the valley at the base of the mountains. After making a slow ascent into the meadows, you will eventually come into view of the pass, which will provide you with a breathtaking vista of the Sonamarg valley. When you have experienced the enchantment of this pass, you will begin your descent while taking in the scenery of flower-filled fields and rivers in the distance. After some time spent travelling, you will eventually come onto a fresh stream, and not long after that, you will witness a waterfall plunging over the edge of a mountain. We will pitch up our tents in the open area, which has a view of the lake Vishansar in the distance. The remainder of the day is at your leisure; however, you are free to participate in any enjoyable activity of your choosing. The evening will conclude with dinner, and then guests will spend the night at the campground.

We must proceed with extreme care due to the unpredictability of the weather near the Kishansar lake. In the event that the weather prevents us from moving, we will spend the day here at the campground. We will go towards the Gangbal camp location if the weather is favourable.

Distance: 14kms

Time: 9hrs approx

After our morning brew and breakfast, we will get on the road and go to our next destination. Kishansar Lake, which is situated at an elevation of 500 feet and is located directly above Vishansar Lake. This is a sight to see since it has a wonderful combination of sceneries, including lush meadows and crystal blue lakes. You won't have to wait long before you can make out the ridge that marks the entrance to Gadsar Pass. After continuing your walk for a little bit farther, you will come across a tiny lake known as the Yamsar lake. This lake is related with the Hindu deity Yama, who is revered as the god of death, and has a mythical importance. When you continue moving ahead and the base of the snow-covered cliffs come into view, you will see a clear lake, which is the Gadsar lake. After taking in the breathtaking scenery, we will continue our hike and then proceed to set up our campground, after which we will have dinner and spend the night in our own campers.

Distance: 12kms

Time: 7hrs approx

Following our morning tea and breakfast, we will pack up and leave the campground to make our way to our next destination, Satsar camp, which is located at an altitude of 12,000 feet and is home to seven lakes, the majority of which are visible during certain times of the year depending on the weather. You will go through verdant valleys and valleys filled with rivers as you make your way into the wilderness. After travelling through landscapes that include imposing mountains in the background, you will eventually come to a ridge that serves as the entrance to Satsar. Beyond this ridge is the third line of defence from the line of control (LOC), as well as the Satsar Army camp. We are going to enjoy the tranquilly and solitude by establishing our tent only a few metres away from this location. After dinner, participants will spend the night in their own camps.

Trek distance: 11km

Drive: 7hrs approx

When we have finished our breakfast, we will begin our hiking adventure, which will include both steep ascents and descents. The path is full of unexpected features, such as uncountable peaks and lakes without names. After making your way through each one of them, you will eventually get to the lake that is the largest of them all, which is Gangabal, and Nundkol will be located directly next to it. The Nundkhol lake may be found tucked away in the valley that lies at the foot of the Harmukh peak, close to where the Harmukh glacier hangs over the sides of the mountain. After supper, we will return to Nundkol to put up our tents and spend the night there.

Trek distance: 11kms

Time: 7hrs approx.

When we have finished eating breakfast, we will get ready to leave the Gangabal campground and begin our descent. You will see that the route is lined by verdant canopies, and you will start to notice signs of human habitation. About 8500 feet in elevation, the meadows are replaced by wooden cottages, and Naranag gradually comes into view. This marks the beginning of the Naranag road. From here, we shall embark on the journey back to Srinagar via car. As they get to Srinagar, the gang will break up and go their own ways. Finishing off the Tour

➩ Inclusion

  • 8 days premium trek
  • Double sharing basis of tents through the trek.
  • Srinagar to Sonmarg & Return Transport in Tempo/Bolero/Sumo Vehicle
  • All meals – vegetarian
  • Campfire at Camps (If Available)

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➩ Exclusion

  • Pickup from your place
  • Luggage carries charges
  • Food during travel
  • Any kind of personal expenses


➩ Fitness

As you climb to higher altitudes, the air grows thinner and less oxygen is present. The amount of oxygen in our blood is equivalent to the proportion of haemoglobin that is saturated with oxygen. At altitudes above around 2,100 metres (7,000 feet), the amount of oxygen carried by our blood starts to decrease. At the same time, the human body possesses both immediate and long-term adaptations to altitude that help it somewhat compensate for the shortage of oxygen.

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➩ Safety

Points to remember for safety in the trek:

  • It is essential that you arrive at the starting point of any hike or excursion in the best possible physical condition and readiness.
  • The hike is not tough; in fact, if you can keep both your feet and your mind calm and strong during the journey, you will discover that the hike is rather simple.

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➩ How to Reach

Directions to go to Srinagar:

  • By Air: Srinagar International is the domestic airport that serves Srinagar, and it receives frequent flights from the main metropolises located across India.
  • Traveling by Train: The Jammu railway is the closest railway station, and it has excellent connections to major cities located around India.
  • By Road: The road network in and around Srinagar is extensive and convenient. To get to Srinagar from Jammu or any of the other surrounding cities, you have the option of either driving there yourself or hiring a cab or taxi. In addition, there is a consistent bus service between  Srinagar and the surrounding areas because of the extensive road network.

➩ FAQ's

The months of July through September are ideal for embarking on a hike to Kashmir's Great Lakes because of the pleasant weather. This is the time of year when the weather in this region is temperate, and you can take advantage of the opportunity to explore the natural surroundings without having to contend with any unfavourable circumstances, such as extreme cold or high temperatures.

During your time hiking the Great Lakes of Kashmir, you will notice a significant drop in temperature between the day and night. The daytime temperatures vary from 17 to 20 degrees Celsius, while the nighttime temperatures range from 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. Hence, it is essential that you have a enough amount of warm clothing as well as hiking footwear of a high quality in order to avoid any difficulties associated with acclimatisation.

A visit to the Kashmiri Great Lake is an exciting excursion that visitors can look forward to enjoying as they take in the peaceful flow of the lakes in the area. This excursion will take you to a number of different lakes, including Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake, Gangabal and Nundkol Lake, Azure Lake Waters, Yamsar Lake, Gadsar Lake, and Satsar Lakes, to name a few (group of seven lakes). That is an excessively joyful experience, and at the same time, it is going to be an exciting journey to traverse. Just ensure that you are well-prepared and have made proper plans before travelling to these locations.

If you wish to, you may go on the Kashmir Big Lakes hike by yourself. This is not a problem. Although while going on vacation with a large group might reduce your expenses, if you don't care about saving money, you should feel free to go by yourself. In contrast to hikes in more inaccessible regions of the Himalayas, this one begins with a stunning panorama right from the get-go, and it also has a diverse array of lodging and dining opportunities along the way. Hence, if you carefully plan the trip, you will be able to travel by yourself without any problems. In the event that there is an unexpected problem, it is wise to go with a guide who is familiar enough with the local topography and culture.


With a difficulty level that ranges from simple to intermediate, this is one of the most secure treks in Kashmir. Those of you who are going trekking for the very first time will find that it is an excellent choice. In spite of the fact that several cities in the region are experiencing political problems, the route itself is a rather calm environment. There will be no challenges for you to overcome if you are going with a large group of people or an experienced guide. If this is your first trip to this location, you should probably avoid travelling by yourself as much as possible. When making plans for your vacation, it is a good idea to research the level of political upheaval in the area where you will be going.

Hikers can begin their journey through Kashmir's Great Lakes any time between the months of July and September. This is the case since Kashmir is subject to harsh weather throughout the other months of the year, which makes travelling over the snow a difficult endeavour.

You will have access to portable toilet tents while you are on the walk. Since wet wipes cannot be broken down in natural processes, we ask that you refrain from using them. During the course of the walk, there won't be access to any restrooms.

If you have a prepaid mobile phone in Kashmir, your SIM card will not work since the government there has limited roaming due to security concerns (postpaid connections are fine). Only postpaid connections in Srinagar are able to work properly. As you are on your travels, you can come across a few BSNL, Vodafone, or Airtel calling networks here and there. There may or may not be access to the internet.

At every given moment, we place the utmost importance on both our safety and our security. So, it is not a risk for women and girls to come with us on our hikes and trips. Our trek leaders stay with the group at all times, and each of our campsites has been checked to ensure that it is secure and safe for guests to stay there. On most of our hikes, we are also accompanied by female trek leaders who are also our guides.

The fact that both of these treks take place in Kashmir itself does not change the fact that they both have their own distinctive landscape, which makes it impossible to choose one over the other. The Kashmir Big Lakes Trek is one of the most well-known routes for hikers, whereas the Tarsar Marsar Trek is known for being less travelled and more isolated. The former has rough paths and a variety of sceneries, while the later provides access to a wide variety of lush vegetation.

The KGL trip, on the other hand, ranges from moderately tough to difficult, while the later walk is just moderate. You have the ability to choose whatever journey you want to undertake first, but it will depend on how physically resilient you are as a hiker.

➩ Note

In the normal course of things, IndianTreks anticipates that you will be the one to carry your own personal gear; but, if you want to unload your backpack, you may give it to the mule.

Charge of offloading Backpack 

  1. 2500 INR (Indian Rupees), provided that the payment is made online ten days in advance
  2. INR 3000/- If you inform us after reaching Sonmarg.
  3. There is a need for a waterproof cover on the backpack; luggage and stroller bags are not permitted.

Special offers 

  1. You just need to make one payment, and you may go on the tour as many times as you want.
  2. If you schedule a trek with Indiantreks and are unable to finish that trek, or if you have successfully completed that journey and wish to do it again, you are free to repeat that trek an unlimited number of times without incurring any additional fees for doing so.

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➩Trek Departure

24 Jun - 1 Jul ( OPEN ) 7% off

1 Jul - 8 Jul ( OPEN ) 3% off
8 Jul - 15 Jul ( OPEN )
15 Jul - 22 Jul ( OPEN )
22 Jul - 29 Jul ( OPEN )
29 Jul - 5 Aug ( OPEN )

5 Aug - 12 Aug ( OPEN ) 18% off
13 Aug - 20 Aug ( OPEN )
19 Aug - 26 Aug ( OPEN ) 20% off
26 Aug - 2 Sep ( OPEN ) 20% off

2 Sep - 9 Sep ( OPEN ) 17% off
9 Sep - 16 Sep ( OPEN ) 20% off
16 Sep - 23 Sep ( OPEN ) 20% off
23 Sep - 30 Sep ( OPEN ) 11% off
30 Sep - 7 Oct ( OPEN ) 6% off

➩ Things to carry


  • 50–60 ltrs backpack
  • Strong hiking boots: a leather upper is best because it gives your ankles more support. If you don’t have a pair yet, you should get one as soon as possible and wear it a lot so that it breaks in well. This will help keep blisters from forming.
  • Tennis shoes or sandals that are light enough to wear in camp

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➩ Why choose us for Kashmir Great Lake Trek

We think that going on outdoor excursions in small groups is the greatest approach to fully appreciate what the landscape has to offer. We don’t leave our urban homes to visit some distant fish monger.

We use a concept called fixed departures to keep the cost of your adventure vacation down. We guarantees all of its clients a departure date regardless of weather or other unforeseen circumstances (known as “Force Majeure”).

We provide very comfortable stay throughout the trek. Proper and good quality tents and sleeping bags are provided with double and triple sharing basis. Tents and sleeping bags are always neat and clean to use.

As a company, Indiantreks is committed to helping people rediscover their personal and spiritual connections to the natural world by encouraging them to put down their phones and other modern gadgets. Connecting with oneself and one’s environment is possible only when one leaves behind all of their cares, concerns, and possessions.

These unspoiled natural settings should remain untouched for future hikers. Leave no trace is our policy to guarantee this (LNT). We take special care to eliminate any traces of our camping activities by properly disposing of waste at each campground. This is one of Indiantreks’ fundamental beliefs.

Indiantreks has taken the Eco-Tourism Pledge, demonstrating our commitment to sustainable practises in all of our operations.

We are firm believers in eco-friendly vacations. As a rule, we prefer to work in remote rural locations where infrastructure has not yet been significantly established. Our mission is to help the residents of these rural areas get the confidence and resources they need to feel like they have a stake

Indian Trek’s team are highly dedicated in safety but as well as giving proper hygenic food throughout the trek. They will not take anything lightly when it comes to good food. Proper washable utensils are using everytime and serving area will also be neat and clean.

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➩ Trekker Stories And Experiences With Indiantreks

It was a wonderful adventure, and Indian Treks offered excellent service. The staff members had a wealth of expertise and understanding, such as how to manage large groups and ensure the safety of individual trekkers.

Gauri Walanju

The organisation for the hike was excellent. Indian Treks is very adaptable, which is a huge asset in the event that our travel plans need to be altered. The most memorable experience for me was getting endless hot gulab jamun.

Akshar Raval

Our wonderful trek guide, together with Sir Vijay Rana and Sir Vivek Rana, as well as the rest of the wonderful staff, made our walk a wonderful experience and easy throughout the trek. Everything went smoothly Thank you very much.

RJ Rajesh

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