The Warwan Valley Trek is a Himalayan Crossover Trek from the Suru Valley in Ladakh to the Kashmir Valley. Considered as one of the eight ancient trans-Himalayan traverses, the Warwan valley was used by locals for trading reasons. Being one of the most thrilling treks in Kashmir, the Warwan Valley Trek takes you through the untouched and unexplored Warwan Valley which is often regarded as the captivating lost world where the locals of the valley are the closest to the actual Kashmiris. From the barren landscape of Zanksar to the verdant meadows of Kashmir, the Warwan Valley Trek will take you across out-of-the-world beauty, straight through the heart of Kashmir. From luxuriant meadows, rocky moraines, lengthy glaciers, chilling stream crossings to a thrilling pass, the Warwan Valley trek is meant for all nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Though this is a moderate grade trek, it can be done by first-timers as well but only with proper preparation since this trek involves long walks each day over a varying landscape and a narrow strenuous trail. The Warwan valley, sandwiched between Ladakh and Kashmir, has been able to keep itself hidden and unknown even to the locals of Kashmir. Traversing this supreme trail will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to those who wish to venture into the unknown yet divinely beautiful Himalayan landscapes. Stay on this page for more information on the Warwan Valley Trek - Itinerary, FAQs, Route, Temperature and Precipitation charts.
Arrival at Leh
Arrive in Leh and check into your hotel. The rest of the day shall be spent resting and exploring the local markets. Explore the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This will make you familiar with the town and also help in acclimatize to the weather. Leh is the centre point of Laddakh and also a major town from where all expeditions begin. It is also a culturally rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. They are located in and around the town. Enjoy the local cuisines which are major attraction for travellers.
Acclimatization in Leh
Spent the day resting and explore the busting town of Leh. This will also help you to acclimatize to the high altitude.
Leh to Panikhar (280 km, Drive)
Today we will drive from Leh to Panikhar via Kargil. Overnight in guesthouse/hotel.
Panikhar to Sumdo (3764 M) - 16 km
We start the trek from Panikhar across the Panikhar Nala. We will continue till we reach and army checkpost. The trail snakes along stunning meadows with a gradual ascend to reach the campsite of Sumdo. Overnight in tents.
Sumdo to Kalapari (3917 M) - 4 km
We begin by crossing a handful of streams and reach the other end. After that, we stick to the right of the river and begin trekking through the left hand side valley. Soon, another bunch of streams awaits to take us across to the other end of the basin. The trail now evens out a little, and a wise verdant meadow pops up, which commands fantastic views of Sumdo and Denora. Continue trekking through the meadow and upwards to Kalapri meadows. Set camp here, ride beside a gurgling stream. We cross numerous streams today and cross over a basin as the valley opens up and the trail takes you to a lush meadow with fantastic views of Sumdo and Deonora. The trail ascends to reach the meadows of Kalapari. We camp here for the night.
Kalapari to Kaintal (3505 M) via Lomvilas Gully (4410 M) - 21 km
Today's trek will be a long one as we cross the Lomvilas Gully and a black glacier as the trail unfolds along a lake with icy moraines guarded by the humongous Kalapari Summit. We cross a crevassed glacier and continue our trek towards Kiantal Valley across moraines and boulders. The trail evens out as we reach Kaintal, our campsite for the night.
Kaintal to Humpet (3322 M) - 19 km
Today we start our trek over a trail that follows along the river as we cross several streams and a river basin eventually trekking across huge meadows across grassy humps of Sar. We leave behind the Kaintal glacier as we trek towards the campsite of Humpset which is a blend of Ladakh's rugged landscape and Kashmir's lovely greenery.
Humpet to Sukhnai (2804 M) - 19 km
Today we trek towards the stunning grasslands of Sukhnai. The trail goes along a mountian ridge as we see the Kaintal Nala gushing through the gorges as we enter the tree line. We have now entered the actual Warwan Valley. We continue descending down the valley as the trail kisses the meandering river. We reach the campsite of Sukhnai. Overnight in tents.
Sukhnai to Chaudraiman. Drive to Srinagar.
Today we descend down to Chaudraiman where our vehicles will take you to Srinagar via Pahalgam.
The Warwan Valley Trek is a moderate plus trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to a height of 4410 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 3700 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with Warwan Valley Trek. The trek also involves long walks on uneven harsh terrain each day which demands a good physical and mental endurance. On Bikat scale Warwan Valley trek difficulty level is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
One should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in his/her kitty. Warwan Valley Trek is more than 4400 meters, a person must have prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters.
One should be familiar with the following:
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
The best Season for Warwan Valley Trek is from June to October.
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The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by 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.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Panikher is a quaint village in the Suru Valley of Zanskar, Ladakh. There are hardly any shops where you can buy. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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