Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

13750

Sonamarg to Naranag

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Brief Description

Kashmir, a word that evokes a thousand emotions of love, grandeur, exotic and in the words of Firdaus, heaven. Some say it is a paradise on earth, others say it is a paradise by itself, but indeed Kashmir outstand all the stunning places on earth. Pristine and untouched, the lakes over here be it Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake or Gangabal Twin lakes are surreal and a rare sight.On this trek we explore the most pristine of combination of alpine lakes, far-reaching meadows, high altitude passes and the vast unexplored vistas of Kashmir Himalayas. Best time to vist Kashmir Great Lakes is from July to September.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

 

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrival at Sonamarg (9,186 ft)
2 Day 2
Sonamarg to Nichnai (11,482 feet ) -10 km
3 Day 3
Nichnai to Vishansar Lake (12,139 feet ) via Nichnai Pass (13,615 ft) - 11 km
4 Day 4
Explore Vishansar and Kishansar (12,467 ft) - 2 km
5 Day 5
Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake (11,811 ft) via Gadsar Pass (13,697 ft) - 10 km
6 Day 6
Gadsar Lake to Satsar Lake (11,482 ft ) - 12 km
7 Day 7
Satsar Lake to Gangabal Lake (11,482 ft) - 13 km
8 Day 8
Gangabal to Naranag (7,545 ft) - 11 km
9 Day 9
Reserve Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Kashmir Great Lakes is a moderate level trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than easy level treks. It is recommended that you first gain an experience of trekking to altitudes higher than 3000 metres, and then move one level up with this trek. However, if you are a beginner but committed to prepare, then you need at least 2-3 months to prepare physically & mentally for this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale.

Eligibility: Experience required

You must have done a small trek of 2-3 days before and hiked to an altitude of more than 3000 meters.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 4 Kms in 35-40 mins or Walk continuously for 8 Kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 25-30 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tet, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails.
  • Basic mountain mannerisms.

Packing List: What to pack



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About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Kashmir Great Lakes is perfect for those who want to explore far-reaching meadows, alpine lakes, high altitude passes and the vast unexplored vistas of Kashmir

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

June - August

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base of Kashmir Great Lakes trek is Sonamarg. Sonamarg is 80 km away from Srinagar and can be reached by taxi or bus. To get to Srinagar -
By Air: There are multiple flights daily directly from Delhi to Srinagar, or connecting flights from all major cities. This is the easiest way to reach Srinagar.
By Rail: Although Srinagar has a railway station, it is not linked to the Indian Railway network. The closest national railway station is Jammu Tawi, from where Srinagar is 270 km away. There are multiple trains from Delhi and Chandigarh to Jammu Tawi. From Jammu, you can make the road journey to Srinagar either via private or state run buses or private taxi.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Srinagar is 800 km if you are taking a taxi or driving down in a private vehicle. Direct buses to Srinagar are available from Jammu.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

All major networks have coverage in Sonamarg and Naranag. However, all outstation prepaid connections do not work in J&K. You will need either a postpaid connection or a local prepaid connection.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Dal Lake: The jewel of Srinagar, the Dal lake is synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and almost a visual definition to the town. Spread over a straggling 26 sq.kms, it is the most photogenic stretch of this instance of paradise on earth and undoubtedly also the most sought after of attractions.
Mughal Gardens: Built in the Mughal era, donning its majestic architecture, are the Mughal gardens. The garden is a combination of the Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Gardens & Chashm-e-Shahi. The most prominent feature of the gardens its long stretches of cascading fountains makes this a must see for every traveler.
Nishant Bagh: Laid out in 1633, the Nishant Bagh fondly known as the Garden of Joy. Its beauty is enhanced by the well-manicured landscapes, long avenues of Chinar & cypress trees, rare flowering plants, 12 terraces & several bubbling fountains that's cover the whole expanse of the garden.
Shankaracharya Temple: Visit this effulgent, age old temple in Srinagar to feel closer to the gods. Situated at a height of about 1100 feet on the south-east of the city, this sacred temple offers splendid views of the valley and the snow clad mountains of the Pir Panjal range.
Hazratbal: Hazratbal Mosque, situated on the western shore of the pristine Dal Lake, is a very sacred Muslim shrine in Hazratbal. Hazratbal's special significance is derived from the fact that it houses a heir of the prophet Muhammad, a relic, titled Moi-e-Muqqadas. The relic is only displayed to the public on religious occasions, usually accompanied by colourful fairs afterwards. The shrine commands a grand view of the lake and the mountain beyond, especially when its pristine white marble elegance is reflected in the waters of the lake.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Meals during the trek - Starting evening snacks on Day 1 till Lunch on Day 8
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping tents (Twin/Triple sharing), Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification & customized rescue course from NIM
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder

What's not Included

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Portage of personal backpack

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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