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
Day 1: Arrival in Sonamarg
2 Day 2
Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai ( 11,500 feet ) , 9 kms, Approx 6 hours
3 Day 3
Day 3: Nichnai to Vishnusar lake ( 13500 feet ),12 kms, Approx 7 hours
4 Day 4
Day 4: Explore Vishnusar and Kishansar twin lakes
5 Day 5
Day 5: Vishnusar to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass (13,700 feet), Approx 6 hours
6 Day 6
Day 6: Gadsar to Satsar, 11 Kms , Approx 5 Hours
7 Day 7
Day 7: Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes (11500 feet), 8 Kms , Approx 5 hours
8 Day 8
Day 8: Gangabal to Naranag (7400 feet), 10 Kms, Approx 5 hours

Big 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)
  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

Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.

  • Trekking Gear
    • A rucksack with rain cover
    • A water bottle or a hydration pack
    • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
    • UV protection Sunglasses
  • Clothing
    • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 1
    • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts- 1 or max 2
    • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 1
    • Fleece jacket- 1
    • Full sleeves sweater- 1
    • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
    • Woolen sock - 1 pair
    • Cotton Socks- 1 or 2 pairs
    • Undergarments - 1 for every day 3 days of trekking
    • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
    • Woolen cap - 1
    • Sun cap or Biker Scarf for protection from sun- 1
  • Footwear
    • Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) - 1 pair
    • Lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair
  • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose of non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
  • Utensils
    • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box - preferably aluminum
    • A plate and a spoon
    • A mug - preferably aluminum
  • Miscellaneous
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Epi-Pen - If you are allergic to a common ingredient and have a history of reaction, then please inform us. Carrying an EpiPen helps in case of any accidental intakes.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Meals during the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping tents, Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage

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

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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