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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Sonamarg
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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Temprature

0-15° C

length

65 km

Altitude

13800 ft

Best Time

July-Sept

Duration

7 Days

Difficulty

Moderate

Overview

Kashmir great lakes trek aka KGL is the most beautiful and picturesque trek in India. It is a compilation of the most magnificent alpine lakes and passes in the world. It is a comprehensive package for nature enthusiasts who are constantly eager to discover new valleys and test their limits in search of hidden gems.

Kashmir great lakes trek is also known as Sonamarg-Vishansar-Naranag Trek. It is very uncommon on every trek that you get to see beautiful alpine lakes. On KGL Trek, every day you’ll see a new lake and astonishing views will take your breath away. The best time to enjoy the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is in between July and September when the floral colors and greenery are in full bloom. This journey takes about eight days, but the views will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime, and because it is a moderate level hike, it can be tackled by fit but inexperienced trekkers or even first-timers.

KGL trek covers 7 major lakes – Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar, Yamsar, Gangabal, and Nundkol. The region is surrounded by dense flora, bouquets of diverse flowers, and mountains covered with snow. The highest elevation is witnessed at 13,700 ft. which is at the top of Gadsar Pass.

So what are you waiting for, Book your Kashmir Great lakes trek with Heaven Riders India for the best Himalayan experience.

Tips for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

* Bring an ID card with you on this walk because there are a lot of army camps along the road.

* Always have a raincoat because the weather in the highlands, especially on this hike, can change at any time.

* A trekking pole is required because this walk includes many steep ascents and descents, and a trekking pole can lessen the load on the knees by up to 30%.

How to reach Kashmir Great Lakes

By Air

Srinagar Airport is well connected to all cities of the country. Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Indigo operate daily flights from Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and Kolkata. Srinagar airport is about 70 km away from Sonamarg.

By Road

Sonamarg is accessible from the other parts of the country via the National Highway 1A. From Jammu, the state of J&K offers pleasant buses. The journey takes about 10 hours to reach Srinagar, which is about 87 km away from Sonamarg.

By Rail

Jammu is the most convenient stop, with numerous buses and cabs to Sonamarg available. From Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, and Trivandrum, direct train connections are available.

Note

*Off Loading charges INR 2000 per bag for trek itinerary.

* We reserve the right to change the itinerary as per safety protocol & smoothly operation of the trek.

* KGL requires good physical fitness, prepare accordingly. Read in Health & Fitness

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Highlights

  • MOST BEAUTIFUL TREK IN INDIA
  • SEVEN STUNNING ALPINE LAKES
  • INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF SNOW-CAPPED PEAKS
  • LAKES, MEADOWS, VALLEY'S & NANGA PARBAT 8126m

Itinerary

Day 1: Getting to Base Camp

• Arrive Srinagar
• 3pm pick up & drive to Sonamarg (4 hours)
• reach base camp: Sitkadi, check-in, Tea
• orientation, briefing, know trek-mates
• dinner & stay in tents

Day 2: Trek to Nichnai (Trek 9 km, 6-7 hours, 11,838 ft)

• wake up @ 6am, get ready
• breakfast, start trek
• Table Top: army checkpost, ID verification & permits
• reach campsite, Tea
• dinner and stay

Day 3 Nichnai to Vishnusar (Trek 12 km, 7 hours, 12,011 ft)

• wake up early, get ready
• breakfast, start trek
• Cross Nichnai Pass, Maggie Point
• reach campsite, Tea & snacks
• visit to Vishansar lake
• dinner and stay

Day 4: Vishnusar to Gadsar via Kishansar & Gadsar Pass (13,850 ft). Trek - 12 km, 7/8 hours

• wake up early in the morning, tea
• breakfast & start approaching Gadsar Pass via Kishansar
• Cross Gadsar Pass, group photo
• descent to Gadsar lake, valley of flowers enroute
• reach campsite, Tea & snacks
• dinner and stay

Day 5 Gadsar to Satsar (12,100 ft)

• wake up, tea, ready
• breakfast & start trek to Satsar
• Nanga Parbat viewpoint
• trek through Satsar: seven lakes
• reach campsite, Tea & snacks, visit to lake
• dinner and stay

Day 6: Satsar to Gangabal (Trek 10 km, 8/9 hours, 11,651 ft)

• wake up early in the morning, long day
• breakfast & approaching Jaz Pass 13,000 ft.
• rocky area, gradual ascent to pass
• group photo, views of Mt Harmukh, Gangabal & Nundkol lakes
• hike to Gangabal lake, pictures
• reach campsite, Tea & snacks
• dinner and stay

Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag (Trek 15 km, 6-7 hours), drive to Srinagar (3 hours)

• wake up with awesome sunrise views
• visit around campsite and click pics
• breakfast, trek to Naranag
• army check-post, ID & luggage
• Maggie point, here you'll find network
• reach Naranag, drive to Srinagar
• drop & services ends here

  • Accommodation during Trek in camps on shared basis.
  • Healthy & nutritious meals while on trek (Starting from Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Breakfast).
  • Morning & Evening Tea with Cookies, Maggie/Soup in the evening.
  • Pick & drop from Srinagar Airport.
  • Camping Equipment like Tents, Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Kitchen & Dining equipment etc.
  • All necessary Forest, Camping, Trekking Permits & Entry Fees.
  • Basic First Aid Medical Kit.
  • Expert Trek leader & Support Staff (Local Guide, Cook, Porter, Mule & Helper).
  • & followed by full power fun.
  • Any services that are not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any insurance, air/train/Volvo ticket costs, hospitalisation costs, emergency evacuation costs, rescue costs, off-loading costs, personal porter costs, mule costs, and so on.
  • Any costs incurred as a result of inclement weather, road closures, or other factors beyond our control must be paid by YOU/TOURIST on the spot.
  • Any personal expenses not included in the inclusions, such as tip, mineral water, and snacks/meals.
  • Taxes.
  • Wind & Waterproof Jacket (lightweight).
  • Fleece-2, Trek Pant -2, Full Sleeve T-shirt-2, T-shirts – 2, Warm nightwear set.
  • Warmers/Thermal-1 pair (Top & Lower).
  • Woolen Cap, Neck-Warmer, Waterproof Gloves, Woolen Socks-2, Normal Socks-5, Sun Cap, Early-Dry Towel.
  • Poncho/Rain Suit (Mandatory).
  • Waterproof Trekking Shoes with Good Grip.
  • Cold Cream, Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm/ Lip Guard, Personal Toilet Kit and Toilet Paper.
  • Personal Medicines.
  • Water bottle – 2 (Mandatory).
  • Goggles – 1, Trekking Pole – 1 (Mandatory).
  • Personal Medications
  • Backpack 45 Ltrs.
  • and most important the Adventure Spirit.
Note
– Trekker has to carry his/her bagpack by own if someone requires a off-loading or personal porter, ask while bookings so we can arrange accordingly. Charges extra.
– Please don’t come with Sports Shoe, Trolley Bags, & Jeans.
– Pack light as much as you can or ask HRI expert to help you.
  • Secure Bookings: We at Team Heaven Riders India work with a safe & secure bookings gateway. Don’t worry about your credentials. Our expert team will help you to book your next Himalayan experience.
  • Safety: We breathe in the term ‘Safety’ as this is our utmost priority. A suitable environment for all members so don’t no worry in that case. We have tremendous experienced leaders where all of them are well-trained professionals. They’ve memorized the safety procedures like the back of their hands. Also, our support staff is well-behaved & they respect all.
  • Smaller Batches: We believe in the concept of Small batches’ that improves quality & focus. also helps our Leader to get connect all members.
  • Itinerary: Our team of experts crafted all the itineraries very carefully so all the travelers can acclimatize properly & refined from our experience of leading hundreds of expeditions.
  • Equipment: While organizing trekking in Himalayas Team Heaven Riders uses high-quality equipment as per the guidelines of IMF Indian Mountaineering Foundation. From tents to sleeping bags to ropes and other technical gear like roped, microspikes, and gaiters, everything is tested and certified. HRI trek leaders always carry portable Oxygen & Basic First-Aid Medical Kit, Oximeter with them.
  • Clean Trails: Team Heaven Riders is a firm believer in the Leave No Trace philosophy, and we encourage all of our riders to not toss trash or plastic rapers on our rides. Our goal is also to improve the well-being of local people and to keep the Himalayas clean and green. We value nature and are attempting to improve it at the same time.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a somewhat difficult trek. The hike ascends to a height of over 13,700 feet. There is a significant altitude gain, which necessitates excellent physical fitness and powerful lungs.

The walk to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek necessitates a high level of cardiovascular endurance. And you might be wondering how to strengthen your lungs. To begin, go for a jog every day. Begin jogging slowly and gradually increase your speed. As a result, cardiovascular endurance exercises are highly vital for making your lungs stronger than before.

  • Walking with a 10kg rucksack strapped on your back is a terrific way to shape your legs and body. It aids in the burning of calories, the reduction of excess weight, and the strengthening of your body.
  • For high ascents, stair climbing is the finest workout. Include it in your training routine.
  • Jogging can help you live longer by strengthening your lungs and improving your life. It’s a high-intensity aerobic activity that necessitates a lot of oxygen. This is an excellent activity for preventing weight and maintaining good health.
  • Squats are the most effective functional exercise for improving balance. Legs, thighs, hips, and hamstrings are also strengthened.
  • Pull-ups, push-ups, sprints, mountain climber, burpee, jumping jacks, and 60-second plank (3-5 sets each).
  • Pushing your body upstairs after stair climbing is another fantastic cardiovascular exercise. This is often considered to be the most effective workout for improving strength and power. Carrying an 18kg pack also helps a lot.
  • Finally, remember to pamper your body with some breathing exercises, Yoga, and Meditation.
  • For the best outcomes, eat well, stay hydrated, and get enough of rest.

Remember to bring appropriate clothing, remain hydrated, and stay warm to properly acclimate.

We totally understand that unforeseen circumstances might need you to change plans, and so HRI cancellation policy makes it easier to do that. Please read them very carefully.

  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date – 10% deduction (payment gateway & bank charges).
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure – 50% deduction.
  • There will be no refund if you cancel within 15 days before your departure.
  • In any case, the Booking money is non-refundable under the partial payment arrangement.

In case of any unforeseen weather conditions, government restrictions, road blockage or any other unavoidable circumstances beyond our control, certain activities during the expedition or the event itself may be cancelled/skipped, or there could be change in the itinerary.

In such instances, we will do our utmost to find an alternative activity or offer you with a voucher (in the case of event cancellation or rescheduling).

However, there would be no financial refund for the same. You will receive a full refund if the trip is cancelled by us due to a lack of a minimum number of individuals in the batch. Additionally, if you purchased trip insurance, rentals, off-loading, or other activities, you will not receive a refund. The booking cost is non-refundable in any case while using the partial payment mechanism.

All refunds will be sent to the same bank account or credit card account that was used to make the purchase. Within 10 working days, the refund amount will be completed. The amount of the refund will always be computed based on the net amount paid* for the event booking and the Base Price of the event. (excluding all additional services transport, rent, portage, etc.). Any voucher issued would not include the service tax amount paid while making the booking. For more info : Terms & Condition

Itineraries are subject to change and are dependent on information available at the time of preparation. As conditions permit, “Heaven Riders India” retains the right to change expedition dates, people, or itinerary. The cost of delays and/or other changes is the responsibility of the participant if a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which HRI or its agents cannot make provision. For any reason, HRI reserves the right to refuse or accept any individual as a tour member.

– STRICTLY NO LITTERING take belongings back
– Carry original and copy of valid ID
– Insurance is mandatory for all
– Participants should be 15+ years old.
– Leader’s decision is final, and will have to be followed by all the climbers
– Behave well with staff and respect the locals & also their beliefs & rituals
– consumption of alcohol and smoking is prohibited during the trip/expedition/trek.
– Any tax/entry fee imposed by the Govt. budget, Administration, or new policy.
– On Expeditions, at Base Camp, ration and equipment equally distributed among the climbers for load ferry.
– All Technical Gears will be UIAA Certified. Any loss/damage will be charged @1.5 times of actual value to cover up shipping and custom duties OR you can arrange by you
– No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable
– In case reserve day for summit attempt is utilised, an additional amount would be charged.
– Our team reserves the right to change the plan/itinerary in case there is danger involved.
– Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations, cost of rescue will have to be borne by the climber/you.
– Carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t wish to carry it, you can give it to the porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay extra on the basis of per day per bag.
– Extreme Himalayan Trips require a good amount of physical fitness, stamina and endurance so prepare accordingly.
– In case of bad health, sickness/illness, AMS the participant would be sent back and no refund to be provided. Participant has to bear all the cost beyond.

For any further clarifications ask while bookings

FAQs

What documents I have to carry?
You must have to carry both original & copy of valid Govt. Id (Passport/Aadhar card/Driving License), NOC form (by participant), Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor), 2 passport size photos along with you and submit them to Trek Leader at base camp briefing on day 1. also send soft copy through email.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
There will be three persons accommodating in one tent. If you want tent for One or Two, please ask while bookings. Customization available on extra cost.
I'm the solo female traveler, is it safe?
Girls safety is important to us. Our entire mountain staff & guides are extremely trust worthy. Many solo woman travelers trek with us so there's no worry about it. We would advise all to take care of your belongings.
Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. Always buy .5 or 1.0 extra size for better results. You can buy trekking shoes from Decathlon which includes brands like Quechua.
Is Diamox advisable and I should bring some medicines with me?
No but in case you are having so please consult with doctor bcz there are lot's of myths about Diamox.

Yes personal medicines are advisable during any trekking expedition weather organizers carrying it or not.
What kind of toilet facility you are providing?
Toilet tents would be there at campsite. Basically, we use dry toilets which is one of the best way to answer nature call in the wilderness. Dry toilets means, we dig a pit and keep mud & shovel so once you are done with your business you can cover it up using mud. It is the most hygienic way.You should carry toiletries as we mentioned in the things to carry/essentials.
What type of food is served during trek?
We serve nutritious Indian vegetarian food with eggs. Jain food also available on request please ask while bookings.
How big are the groups?
We at HRI believe in the concept of Small batches' that improves quality & focus. Max 15 members of group strength that helps trek leader to get connect all members. For private groups there's no limit of group size.
How much weight do I have to carry?
Your load will depends on things that are packed by you in the sack. On an average trekker's carry between 7-10 kg of weight with clothing’s, cameras, energy bars, dry fruits, water bottle etc. Off-loading option available on extra cost. Please ask while bookings.
What if an emergency occurred?
In any case of any emergency our mountain staff is skilled and trained for such situations held at high altitude. Our team always carry first aid kit, oximeter and portable oxygen with us and in any emergency we'll rescue the trekker till the road head. All of the costs of rescue/evacuation, hospitalization is to borne by the trekker. All and all it is trekkers responsibility to get a certified medical fitness document before coming for the trek, which certifies that the trekker is fit for the trek. We advise you to come with insurance.
Can I charge my phone on the trek?
No you won’t find any charging point. You have to carry a power bank to charge your phone & digital camera.
Can I do calls during the trek?
No you wouldn’t find any network during trek. Please share this with anxious family members in advance.
Can take or have smokes or liquor on the trek?
No, absolutely not. Smoking & Liquor is strictly not allowed during the trek. This causes dehydration on higher altitude which is an invitation to Acute Mountain Sickness. We recommend you not to take such things along with or you would be disqualified and sent back to road head in between of the trek.
What if the trek is cancelled due to natural calamities?
Trek preparations are already done previously. We will be offering you any alternate trek or voucher having similar value for money in case of natural calamities. In case of non-completion of trek due to weather conditions etc there wont be any refund.

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Sonamarg

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