Kashmir Great Lake
₹ 14000 (8 person)
8 Days / 7 Nights
Pickup and Drop available from Srinagar (Optional)
Moderate to Difficult
Best Time to Visit
Pickup to Drop
Srinagar to Srinagar
Overview: Why you should choose this Trek
Well, when the word Kashmir is associated with any trek, we can only say one word. Wow Kashmir is simply heaven on earth.
Kashmir Great Lake Trek starts from the place which is situated 75 km northeast of Srinagar. In total of time duration spanning over six days you get all types and kinds of various landscape in this KGL Trek.
This trek is spread over six days covering beautiful alpine meadows and the scenic valleys of the Gadsar, and the Satsar. It is an amazing trek over meadows full of wildflowers and breathtaking alpine lakes. The trek is moderate when it comes to those who had already some experience of High Altitude trek.
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in India. This trek is located above Sonamarg (or Sonmarg), which lies on the Srinagar-Leh highway just before the Zozila Pass. The true beauty of Kashmir lies in the hidden valleys that are not accessible by road. Until a few years ago this trek was also not accessible to civilians and has innumerable beautiful alpine lakes throughout its trails. It takes around eight days to do this trek, but the vistas leave you with memories that would last a lifetime, and since it’s a moderate level trek, it can be taken up by fit but amateur trekkers or even some first-timers.
Many of the lakes on this trek are named after gods from Hindu mythology and come with interesting stories about the origin and existence. The most spectacular lakes on this trek are Gangabal, Vishansar, Krishnas, and Gadsar.
If you are looking for green meadows filled with colorful wildflowers, pristine color changing water lakes, meandering streams, and amazing Himalayan views from high passes, then the Kashmir Lakes Circuit trek is the most highly recommended trek.
Brief Trek Itinerary
Day 1 : Getting to base camp – Arrive at Shitkadi
Day 2 : Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur
Day 3 : Trek from Nichnai to Vishnusar Lake
Day 4 : Trek from Vishnusar to Gadsar Via Kishansar lake & Gadsar Pass
Day 5 : Trek from Gadsar to Satsar
Day 6 : Trek from Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes
Day 7 : Trek from Gangabal to Naranag, Drive to Srinagar
Some Important Facts:
Gadsar Pass, Summit, and Satsar Lake
The trek to Gadsar on day 5 is about 14 km long and includes a steep ascent to the Gadsar Pass. At 13,750 ft., this is the highest point of the trek, height with a stunning view of the Gadsar Lake. The descent to the Gadsar campsite is fairly gradual in comparison.
Satsar Lake is 9 km away from Gadsar at a lower elevation of 12,000 ft. and it might take between 6 and 7 hours to reach. The trail is decorated with wildflowers in the summer months. Staying at the Satsar campsite overnight, in tents, surrounded by mountains is an adventure in itself. Depending on the season, you are likely to come across wild strawberries growing along the trail.
Twin Lakes – Gangbal and Nandkol
Climb up to 13,000 ft again for a visit to the twin lakes of Gangbal and Nandkol. This 11 km trek involves climbing through rocky terrain to the Zaj Pass. From here you can view several lakes, Mt. Harmukh, and its glacier. You will then descend to Gangabal Lake, which is the largest of the seven lakes. This trail affords the most spellbinding views of lakes and mountains.
The trek from Gangabal to Naranag, the last point of the trek, is about 15 km long. These trails are full of fragrant pine forests. From here you will be driving on to Srinagar which is 70 km away.
Even after the conclusion of the trek, you may visit yet another gorgeous lake in Srinagar. The Dal Lake. Here you may enjoy living in a boathouse and experiencing the local delicacies from the many floating restaurants.