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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

₹19,435 (Flat 40% Off)

14,950

(Shitkadi to Naranag)
Service Tax @ 5% (GST)
Add Ons
 + FTG (100% Refundable*): ₹ 3,000
 + Single Tent Occupancy: ₹ 2,000
 + Backpack Offloading: ₹ 2,500

Inclusion/Exclusion:
  Free Trekking Gear (FTG)
  Accommodation
  Meals
  All Permits
  Expert Trek Leader & Guide
  Expenses to and from the base camp
Batch Availability
 Region: Jammu and Kashmir
 District: Ganderbal
 Duration: 7 Days
 Difficulty Level: Moderate To Difficult
 Highest Altitude: 4,180 M / 13,715 Ft.
 Trekking Distance: 74.5 Kilometers
 Trek Temperature: In summer (June-August) - Daytime temperature: 10°C to 20°C and Night time temperature: -2°C to 6°C. In winter (September - October) – there is always a possibility of snowfall.

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a popular destination for those looking to explore the natural beauty of India. With its stunning alpine lakes, snowy mountains, and picturesque landscapes, it's no wonder that so many people choose to embark on this adventure. And with Trekkaro, you'll have all the necessary information and resources to plan your trip. Find out about the itinerary, dates, costs, and more with our comprehensive guide.

The Great Lakes of Kashmir trek is a popular hiking route in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The trek takes hikers through stunning alpine meadows, past crystal-clear lakes, and over high mountain passes. The trek is known for its breathtaking scenery and is a must-do for any avid hiker or nature enthusiast visiting the region.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is an exploration of a heavenly side of the region not seen before. This trek in the Himalayas offers the unique experience of traversing across three high-altitude passes and five river valley crossings, complete with seven picturesque alpine lakes in their radiant shades of green, blue, and turquoise – all in just 7 days! Every day, you can be surrounded by an incredible amount of opulence - azure skies and gigantic mountain panoramas; lush fields with wildflowers; river crossings, and hopping between stones. The KGL trek is sure to spoil you with its plethora of views! The trail ascends to an apex of 4,180 M, with altitudes that fluctuate between climbs and dips throughout. Despite the changes in terrain, it's relatively easy to follow - the only hiccup is having the stamina to cover 10 km or more each day. The Trek, at 74.5 km long, is a great selection for hikers wanting to up their game in the Himalayas. Experienced trekkers alike would appreciate it for its stunning visuals and luxurious trekking experience. The most opportune period for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is from July to September. On this page, you can find a comprehensive itinerary, route map, and photos of the KGL trek.

Best Time :- The best time to go on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is from July to September, when the weather is mild and the trekking conditions are favorable. However, it is important to note that the region can experience sudden weather changes, so it is always best to be prepared for any conditions.



Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Shitkadi (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.) from Srinagar; 85 Km, 3 hrs

Shitkadi, or the Meadow of Gold, is where the KGL trek begins. To ensure a smooth journey, opt for the transport with Trekkaro, boarding no later than 12:00 PM from Nishant Garden in Srinagar. If you are traveling independently, ideally aim to reach Sonmarg by 3-4 PM. We advise you to arrive at the base camp before 3:00 PM, providing you with an opportunity to get acquainted with the grandeur of Kashmir National Park. You can easily witness four majestic peaks Sirbal Peak, Kolahoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, Machoi Peak, and the Machoi Glacier from this location. The journey from Srinagar to Sonmarg may be short, but it's an enjoyable ride. Once you leave the city limits, there is little-to-no traffic and lovely natural scenery takes over instead. About thirty kilometers into the drive, picturesque snow-capped mountains pop up on the horizon with rolling green meadows on either side of the road. It's definitely worth your while to take a day trip from Srinagar to admire these stunning views! We will base ourselves in camps for the day, with a Team introduction after tea in the evening followed by dinner.

Day 2: Shitkadi (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.) to Nichnai (3,538 m / 11,607 ft.); 11.5 Km, 6:30 hrs

Leaving Shitkadi at 8:00 AM, we will be hiking up and down the trail. The gradient is moderate, and there will be plenty of water sources for refilling water bottles along the way. We follow a vehicle track that descends all the way down to the Sind River, where the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek begins. When the trailhead is reached, it quickly rises. About ten minutes into the trek, the trail unexpectedly enters a patch of green meadows overlooking Sonmarg. It is at this point that civilization as we know it ends, and the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek begins! This is a breathtaking view of the Sindh river glistening in the early morning sunshine as she makes her way through this tiny town surrounded on either side by gorgeous mountains. This view only gets fuller and more resplendent as you ascend further up the trail. It takes 30 minutes to reach the top of the meadow. Maple trees, pine trees, and silver birch trees dot the landscape. The climb up to Nichnai, your campsite for the day, takes you through vibrant meadows dotted by clear brooks and streams!

Day 3: Nichnai (3,538 m / 11,607 ft.) to Vishansar Lake (3,661 m / 12,011 ft.) via Nichnai Pass (4,032 m / 13,229 ft.); 13.5 Km, 7 hrs

Despite the moderate gradient, be prepared for long hours of walking. We will break camp early for the day and start at 8 a.m. Through the day, the scenery shifts winningly, from a leisurely stroll through expansive meadows to a leisurely stroll along the banks of a river to a moderate climb up the Nichnai Pass, followed by a sharp descent. As you walk along the river running through the Nichnai Campsite, look for feasible spots where you can cross it. The Nichnai Pass is located on the other side of the river. The Pass (which can be seen from the campsite itself) can be reached once you reach the other side of the river bank. After a couple of bends along the ridge, the trail ascends steadily for about an hour to the top of the ridgeline that was visible from the meadow below. However, this isn't the actual pass. The actual pass begins after a couple of bends along the ridge. On the left, snow-covered mountains line the passageway. On the right, the land rises, giving the impression of walking through a tunnel. You descend quickly and steeply on rocky terrain from the top of the Pass to the meadows below. You will notice that colorful little flowers dot the grass here. A new river flows into this region from the Pass. The horizon is filled with numerous, narrow trails.

 

On your left, you will see snow-clad mountains, while on your right, there are stretches of barren and rugged mountain faces. Continue walking along one of these trails and continue walking forward. In addition to the sharp contrast in scenery, the dewiness of the grass and flowers at your feet make this one of the most beautiful meadows walks on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Our campsite for the day is located two hours away beyond yet another river crossing and not far from an alpine lake with startlingly blue waters that are bound to have you hooked right from the moment you lay your eyes on it. Vishansar Lake is just a short distance from Kishansar Lake, another famous lake.

Day 4: Vishansar Lake (3,661 m / 12,011 ft.) to Gadsar Lake (3,263 m / 10,706 ft.) via Gadsar Pass (4,180 m / 13,715 ft.); 16 Km, 8 hrs

Our trek today consists of a steep two-hour ascent followed by a steep two-hour descent and then a gentle walk through the meadows. We will have plenty of water sources along the way for refilling water bottles. The trail begins with the climb of a pencil-thin ridge along the mountainside near Kishansar Lake. It takes about an hour and a half to reach the top of this ridge. The mountains unfold a stunning view of the Kishansar and Vishansar lakes together about halfway up your ascent! Once you reach the top of the ridge, the trail descends steeply for an hour before opening up into a valley surrounded by mountain ranges. Aside from the bright red, yellow, purple, and blue flowers popping out of the green grass, these meadows are by far one of the brightest on the trek. After climbing up the pass, this meadow makes you want to flop down and catch a nap. Gadsar Lake lies beyond this meadow. Because Gadsar lake is the least visited of the seven alpine lakes, it has the most piercing blue waters. Quite a few make weekend trips from Sonamarg to Vishansar and Kishansar, but most make the trip from Naranag to Gangabal on the other side of the trail. In spite of this, Gadsar remains untouched due to its location at the highest point of the trek, making it difficult to reach. An Indian Army camp near our campsite will collect, check, and record all of our original ID cards one and a half hours away from Gadsar lake.

Day 5: Gadsar Lake (3,263 m / 10,706 ft.) to Satsar Lake (3,653 m / 11,985 ft.); 11.5 Km, 4.30 hrs

The gradient for the day is mostly moderate barring the first one and half hours of steep ascent. Post that, it is a level walk all the way up to the next campsite. The landscape on today’s trail stands in sharp contrast to the river valleys we have been trekking through till now. The terrain is rugged, desolate, and captivating in its isolation. Meadows are scant and are marked by scattered patches of white flowers. Boulders and rocky terrain dominate the landscape with an occasional brook cutting through them. We will be crossing an army camp today as well where our original ID cards will be collected, checked, and recorded before letting us cross. Rolling grasslands once again take over the terrain beyond the army camp. Ten minutes away lay the first of the Satsar Lakes. Satsar is actually a group of seven inter-connected lakes situated in a narrow alpine valley stretching north to south. The lakes drain out into the Wangath Nallah which is a tributary of the Sindh. Big and picturesque in its greenery and backdrop of the mountains, we will be setting up camp here for the day.

Day 6: Satsar Lake (3,653 m / 11,985 ft.) to Gangabal (3,501 m / 11,486 ft.) via Zaj Pass (4,047 m / 13,276 ft.); 9 Km, 6 hrs

We begin by taking the trail heading out of the Satsar Campsite. This section of the trail is exciting mainly because it is dominated by boulders. Most hikers, we have noticed, are comfortable getting down on all fours when jumping from boulder to boulder. You should also be careful not to lose your balance by jumping on loose rocks. After traversing these boulders, we come upon the largest and last Satsar Lakes. It is then time to gain altitude again, so be prepared for a steep climb over the next three and a half hours. We descend for a good 30 minutes until we are confronted by ridge lines that run across the mountains. As we climb from the base, the terrain becomes increasingly rocky and barren. This is probably why KGL treats you to the most theatrical view of the trek on this ridge- a vertigo-inducing view of Gangabal and Nandakol lakes nestled snugly in a valley to make up for the starkness of the landscape. You are compelled to take a break to watch the spectacle unfolding in front of you as mist and fog playfully flit into and out of the scene concealing and revealing the twin lakes. From the top of the ridge to the campsite, it is a very long descent from Gangabal lake.

 

Trekkers and tents are more common here than they are at the other campsites. Nandakol and Gangabal are well known for trout fishing in the region. The lake at Nandakol's base is bewitching in its setting. It is fascinating to observe how light and clouds interact on the glacier. A jagged glacier clings to the slopes of the Harmukh Peak. Take some time to explore Gangabal lake once you've set up camp at Nandakol. The lake is a short walk away from the campsite and you will notice that it is less crowded and more tranquil than Nandakol. There are colorful pebbles on the waterbed near the banks. The lake is surrounded by a mountain. Remnants of a glacier rest at its base, feeding it. The banks are long and pleasant to walk along. Make sure you return to your campsites before dark once you have explored.

Day 7: Gangabal (3,501 m / 11,486 ft.) to Naranag (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.); 13 km; 6 hrs

Today we will be descending to the Naranag road head, which is where our trek ends. The distance is long and the trail becomes steep towards the end. The ridgeline runs downstream from Gangabal campsite towards the trees. It takes about an hour to reach the treeline. Continue walking along its fringe. For the first 7 Km, you don't really lose altitude. There are gentle ascents followed by flat walks through lush meadows. On the way, you see a few huts dotting the landscape. It makes you wonder what it would be like to live there. Once you reach 7 Km, the trail starts to drop sharply. The trail is mostly muddy and runs under pine trees. Naranag appears to be in sight after one or two kilometers, but there is still a long way to go. We should reach Naranag by the afternoon. Our vehicles to Srinagar will be waiting there. We should arrive in Srinagar around 6 PM. To account for any delays on your way, make sure your transport leaves the city post 9 if you plan to leave Srinagar the same day.

Day 8: Buffer Day

If the buffer day is used, you will need to pay Rs 1,800 per day + 5% GST. The money will be collected by the trek leader only if we use the buffer day.

From Srinagar's airport, which is connected to all major airports in India, you can reach Nishant Garden in 45 to 60 minutes via taxi.

If you are planning on taking the train, there are two railway stations nearby. Jammu station is about 260 km away and you can expect an 8 hour bus ride to your destination. Udhampur is slightly closer at 200 km and requires only a 6 hour journey by bus to reach Srinagar.

Nishant Garden can be reached by bus from any major city in Srinagar. From the bus stand, it will take about 30 minutes to reach the garden.

• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)

• Trekking Shoes (included in FTG)

• Trekking Pole (included in FTG)

• LED Torch/Headlamp

• Two Water Bottle (one liter each)

• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)

• Trekking Jacket (included in FTG)

• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers

• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)

• Two collared t-shirts

• Thermals

• Sunglasses

• Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50/70)

• Lip Balm (SPF 30)

• Sun cap

• Synthetic hand gloves

• Two pairs of Socks

• Raincoat/Ponchos

• Daypack (20 liters), if you opt to offload your backpack

• Toiletries

• Cutlery

• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)

• Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license, or voters ID)

How long is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a 7-day trek covering a distance of approximately 74.5 kilometers. It is a moderate to difficult level trek, with altitudes ranging from 7,800 feet to 13,715 feet.
How difficult is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, with some challenging sections. It involves hiking for 7 days, covering a distance of approximately 74.5 km. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, and trekkers need to be in good physical condition. However, with proper preparation and a positive attitude, even beginners can complete this trek.
How fit do I need to be for Kashmir Great Lakes?
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, so it is recommended that you have a good level of fitness before embarking on this adventure. You should be able to walk for several hours a day, climb steep inclines, and be comfortable with high altitudes. It is also recommended that you do some training and preparation before the trek to ensure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenge.
Is the Kashmir Great Lakes trek Safe?
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is generally considered safe, but like any outdoor activity, there are risks involved. It's important to go with a reputable trekking company, follow safety guidelines, and be prepared for changing weather conditions. It's also recommended to check the current security situation in the region before planning your trip.
How many months in advance should I book the Kashmir Great Lake trek?
It is recommended to book the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek at least 1-2 months in advance, especially if you plan to go during peak season (July to September). This will ensure that you get the best deals on accommodations and transportation, and that you secure a spot with a reputable trekking company like Trekkaro.
Will I get a mobile network and charging points during the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?
While there may be some areas with limited mobile network coverage during the Kashmir Great Lakes trek, most trekkers have reported being able to get a signal at some point during the trek. As for charging points, some campsites may have charging facilities available for a free, but it's always a good idea to bring a portable charger
Can I keep extra luggage at the base camp?
It is recommended to keep your luggage to a minimum on the trek, but if you do have extra luggage, you can leave it at the base camp with the support staff. However, it is important to note that the company is not responsible for any damaged items.
Should I do Kashmir Great Lakes or Hampta Pass Trek?
Answer: Both treks offer stunning views and unique experiences, but the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is known for its pristine alpine lakes and the Hampta Pass Trek for its dramatic mountain landscapes. Ultimately, the choice depends on your personal preferences and fitness level. Trekkaro Company offers guided tours for both treks.
I am more than 58 years old. Can I do this trek?
Answer: The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offered by Trekkaro Company is a moderate to difficult trek, with high altitude and steep ascents and descents. It is not recommended for senior citizens or those with health issues. However, if you are in good physical condition and have experience with high altitude trekking, you may be able to do this trek. It is best to consult with your doctor and the trek organizers before making a decision.
Is offloading available for Kashmir Great Lakes?
Yes, offloading is available for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with Trekkaro Company. They offer the option to hire a porter to carry your backpack for you, allowing you to enjoy the trek without the added weight on your shoulders. The cost of offloading on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is Rs 2,500 for the trek.

1- Free Trekking Gear: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C), and Pole.

2- Accommodation: Full-load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent and tables. Stay from Day 1 to Day 6 (Shitkadi to Gangabal). In Shitkadi, Stay will be in a Camp on sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (3 people per tent).

3- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7. (Simple Nutritious Vegetarian food)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.

4- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).

5- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders are assisted by certified and experienced local guides.

6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters, etc. as required.

7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.

1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Nishant Garden, Srinagar to Shitkadi and drop you back from Shitkadi. This will cost approx. Rs. 8,500/- both side for 5-6 seat vehicle(tentatively). You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers. 

2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.

3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 2,500/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last-minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Shitkadi.

4- Anything apart from inclusions.

 

 

Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.

In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at info@trekkaro.com

1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund

2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund

3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund

4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one OR apply for TREKCASH Voucher 10 days before your trek date which comes with 2-year validity.


Note:-

a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.

b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements laid down by Trekkaro.

c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

Refund Policy The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeem it with 2 years on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 10 working days and sent to your email address by us.

Note: In the instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher for your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.

Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...

1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek) :- We go on treks which feature a different lifestyle to the one we typically lead. Everyday living generally overlooks healthy habits, yet when it comes to trekking and surviving in an unfamiliar environment for more than a day, our bodies must adapt. Oxygen saturation measures the ratio of oxygen-saturated hemoglobin to total hemoglobin in the bloodstream. To ensure everyone remains in good health, our team will carry out oxygen saturation and pulse readings before we set off. It is important that everyone is conscious of their wellbeing.

2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit :- During high-altitude treks, the body does not get enough oxygen. It isn't always that you cannot survive high-altitude treks, but to be safe, we are always prepared with oxygen cylinders in case you are not accustomed to the environment. On the trek, one of our team members carries an oxygen cylinder and all the essential medicines.

To prevent high altitude conditions - Exercise, cycle, and swim more to prevent high altitude conditions. The more you practice, the easier it will be.

3. Stretchers on every campsite :- Even though we are physically and mentally prepared for the environment, accidents or uncertain situations still happen. In those cases, we have stretchers at each camp site, so in case of emergency porters will drop you safely to base camp where we can do further treatment.

4. High-Quality Trek Gears and Equipment :- High-Quality Trekking Gears and Equipment Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world that provides Free Trekking Gear (FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Trekking Poles, Crampons, and Gaiters are some of the more expensive FTG. Now, before registering for the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gear, and also, you do not have to buy or rent expensive trekking gear to go on a trek.

You can survive in extreme cold with Trekkaro's quality tents and sleeping bags. Our sleeping bags can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degrees Celsius. Tents are always warmer, so Trekkaro can provide you with quality shelter.

In spite of the fact that we are prepared for the storm, you should let us know if anything concerns you regarding safety.

5. Radio (for communication between camps and guides) :- Our camps are a bit far from each other. But they connect through radio, although there is a problem with the network in the hills. If you miss anything, if the weather is bad, or if we require medical help from the base, we can still communicate via radio.

6. Technical team on all snowy slopes All treks come with an adventure. However, safety is an important aspect of all treks. We ensure the turn with our technical team whenever we find risky slopes or areas. We already mentioned that our team is well-trained and knows how to handle hassles in emergencies.

When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.

Your Expectations

• Safety Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.

• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.

• The Best Guides If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean a feat to entertain, cook, guide, and facilitate, but our guides, handle it with grace, and all the while the attention is on you.

• The Best Itineraries It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a lot of moving parts and the potential for things to go awry. For the last year, we’ve balanced on the tightrope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility, and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.

• Value We’re not in the business of making money and providing you with nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money, and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.

Our Expectations

It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), and you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others in your small group.

• Attitude This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face, and readiness for the unexpected.

• Physical preparedness Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair to yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear, and be physically and mentally prepared.

• Know who’s in charge As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.

Ketan Patel
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It was an amazing experience, the trek guides were so friendly and made difficult paths so easy, no problems in eating too, I usually do not write reviews but this trek made me do so Thank you Laxman and TK Team
Anand Kumar
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Mayank Sharma
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Well managed with experienced trek leaders. Provides safe but at the same time adventurous trekking experience. The food provided is tasty, especially considering the location and geography of campsites.
Anubhav Tyagi
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It was nicely managed by trek leader Laxman Sir.
Hrishikesh Sulay
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Madhukar Dhuri
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Vinit Gala
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When I went with Trekkaro I wasn't sure what to expect. My parents are Indian but I have lived my entire life in the UK and my grasp on Hindi is not great. However, the hikes ended up being one of the best experiences of my entire life. I has a lot of fun, got to meet a lot of great people, and left with great memories. I highly recommend it.
Naveen Kumar
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Megha Shivaprasad
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Nishanth Krishnamurthy
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Trekking with Trekkaro will remain one of the most memorable experiences of my life. We were part of a group that trekked Kashmir Great Lakes trek. Trekkaro did a fantastic job of managing the logistics at a very high altitude. They were also environmentally conscious and educated the group on sustainable trekking. Can not wait to trek again with this passionate organisation!
Chetan Verma
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Rajneesh Singh
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Sana Parveen
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It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. The trek was well-planned, organized, and Trekkaro provided all the necessary resources for a successful journey. The scenery was breathtaking and I would highly recommend Trekkaro's services to anyone looking to explore this beautiful region.
Hina Khan
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I recently completed the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with TrekKaro and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The landscapes were breathtaking, the food amazing, and I felt safe and secure the entire time. I would highly recommend this trek to anyone looking for adventure in India.
Arbaaz Khan
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I recently took the Kashmir Great Lakes trek with Trekkaro, and I was so impressed by their organization and dedication to making sure everyone had a safe and enjoyable experience. They provided all of the necessary information about the trek, as well as tips on how to prepare for it. The scenery was simply breathtaking, and I recommend this trip!
Kirti Verma
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The Kashmir Great Lakes trek was an amazing experience and I am so glad I chose Trekkaro to help me plan my trip. Their team was knowledgeable and helpful, providing accurate information about the itinerary, dates, cost and more. The trek was breathtaking with its alpine lakes, snowy mountains, and picturesque landscapes.
Kavindra Rajput
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I recently went on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek with Trekkaro and it was one of the best trips I have ever taken. The scenery was breathtaking, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the entire experience was unforgettable. Trekkaro made sure everything went smoothly and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great adventure in India!
Neeta Saxena
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Our group of 13 bonded really well, and while the long walks were moderately tough, they were totally manageable with a bit of preparation. Overall, I highly recommend this trek to anyone who wants to experience the real beauty of Kashmir and understand why it's called "jannat on the earth." With Trekkaro, you'll have the best food, the best experience, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Vimal Choudhary
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Nice experience
Anita Sharma
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After our trek with Trekkaro, we can confidently say that they are the best trekking company in India. The experience was unforgettable, and we felt safe throughout the moderate to difficult trek. The food was also a highlight, with delicious meals every day. We especially loved the noodles on the last day! We highly recommend Trekkaro and encourage everyone to explore the KGL trek with them.
Vikash Kumar
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Trekkaro is hands down the best trekking company in India! From the stunning views of the gods to the helpful and friendly trek team, every moment of the 7-day trek was an unforgettable experience. The trek had everything from picturesque lakes and meadows to breathtaking views of the Milky Way. And let's not forget the delicious food and great company! I would love to go on another trek with Trekkaro in the future.
Shubham Kerketta
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Trekkaro's Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a must-do for any avid trekker. The stunning views and breathtaking landscapes make it one of the most beautiful treks out there. And with the help of the experienced and knowledgeable expedition organizers, the entire experience is sure to be a memorable one. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure!

Brief Description

 Region: Jammu and Kashmir
 District: Ganderbal
 Duration: 7 Days
 Difficulty Level: Moderate To Difficult
 Highest Altitude: 4,180 M / 13,715 Ft.
 Trekking Distance: 74.5 Kilometers
 Temperature: In summer (June-August) - Daytime temperature: 10°C to 20°C and Night time temperature: -2°C to 6°C. In winter (September - October) – there is always a possibility of snowfall.

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a popular destination for those looking to explore the natural beauty of India. With its stunning alpine lakes, snowy mountains, and picturesque landscapes, it's no wonder that so many people choose to embark on this adventure. And with Trekkaro, you'll have all the necessary information and resources to plan your trip. Find out about the itinerary, dates, costs, and more with our comprehensive guide.

The Great Lakes of Kashmir trek is a popular hiking route in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The trek takes hikers through stunning alpine meadows, past crystal-clear lakes, and over high mountain passes. The trek is known for its breathtaking scenery and is a must-do for any avid hiker or nature enthusiast visiting the region.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is an exploration of a heavenly side of the region not seen before. This trek in the Himalayas offers the unique experience of traversing across three high-altitude passes and five river valley crossings, complete with seven picturesque alpine lakes in their radiant shades of green, blue, and turquoise – all in just 7 days! Every day, you can be surrounded by an incredible amount of opulence - azure skies and gigantic mountain panoramas; lush fields with wildflowers; river crossings, and hopping between stones. The KGL trek is sure to spoil you with its plethora of views! The trail ascends to an apex of 4,180 M, with altitudes that fluctuate between climbs and dips throughout. Despite the changes in terrain, it's relatively easy to follow - the only hiccup is having the stamina to cover 10 km or more each day. The Trek, at 74.5 km long, is a great selection for hikers wanting to up their game in the Himalayas. Experienced trekkers alike would appreciate it for its stunning visuals and luxurious trekking experience. The most opportune period for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is from July to September. On this page, you can find a comprehensive itinerary, route map, and photos of the KGL trek.

Best Time :- The best time to go on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is from July to September, when the weather is mild and the trekking conditions are favorable. However, it is important to note that the region can experience sudden weather changes, so it is always best to be prepared for any conditions.



Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Shitkadi (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.) from Srinagar; 85 Km, 3 hrs

Shitkadi, or the Meadow of Gold, is where the KGL trek begins. To ensure a smooth journey, opt for the transport with Trekkaro, boarding no later than 12:00 PM from Nishant Garden in Srinagar. If you are traveling independently, ideally aim to reach Sonmarg by 3-4 PM. We advise you to arrive at the base camp before 3:00 PM, providing you with an opportunity to get acquainted with the grandeur of Kashmir National Park. You can easily witness four majestic peaks Sirbal Peak, Kolahoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, Machoi Peak, and the Machoi Glacier from this location. The journey from Srinagar to Sonmarg may be short, but it's an enjoyable ride. Once you leave the city limits, there is little-to-no traffic and lovely natural scenery takes over instead. About thirty kilometers into the drive, picturesque snow-capped mountains pop up on the horizon with rolling green meadows on either side of the road. It's definitely worth your while to take a day trip from Srinagar to admire these stunning views! We will base ourselves in camps for the day, with a Team introduction after tea in the evening followed by dinner.

Day 2: Shitkadi (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.) to Nichnai (3,538 m / 11,607 ft.); 11.5 Km, 6:30 hrs

Leaving Shitkadi at 8:00 AM, we will be hiking up and down the trail. The gradient is moderate, and there will be plenty of water sources for refilling water bottles along the way. We follow a vehicle track that descends all the way down to the Sind River, where the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek begins. When the trailhead is reached, it quickly rises. About ten minutes into the trek, the trail unexpectedly enters a patch of green meadows overlooking Sonmarg. It is at this point that civilization as we know it ends, and the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek begins! This is a breathtaking view of the Sindh river glistening in the early morning sunshine as she makes her way through this tiny town surrounded on either side by gorgeous mountains. This view only gets fuller and more resplendent as you ascend further up the trail. It takes 30 minutes to reach the top of the meadow. Maple trees, pine trees, and silver birch trees dot the landscape. The climb up to Nichnai, your campsite for the day, takes you through vibrant meadows dotted by clear brooks and streams!

Day 3: Nichnai (3,538 m / 11,607 ft.) to Vishansar Lake (3,661 m / 12,011 ft.) via Nichnai Pass (4,032 m / 13,229 ft.); 13.5 Km, 7 hrs

Despite the moderate gradient, be prepared for long hours of walking. We will break camp early for the day and start at 8 a.m. Through the day, the scenery shifts winningly, from a leisurely stroll through expansive meadows to a leisurely stroll along the banks of a river to a moderate climb up the Nichnai Pass, followed by a sharp descent. As you walk along the river running through the Nichnai Campsite, look for feasible spots where you can cross it. The Nichnai Pass is located on the other side of the river. The Pass (which can be seen from the campsite itself) can be reached once you reach the other side of the river bank. After a couple of bends along the ridge, the trail ascends steadily for about an hour to the top of the ridgeline that was visible from the meadow below. However, this isn't the actual pass. The actual pass begins after a couple of bends along the ridge. On the left, snow-covered mountains line the passageway. On the right, the land rises, giving the impression of walking through a tunnel. You descend quickly and steeply on rocky terrain from the top of the Pass to the meadows below. You will notice that colorful little flowers dot the grass here. A new river flows into this region from the Pass. The horizon is filled with numerous, narrow trails.

 

On your left, you will see snow-clad mountains, while on your right, there are stretches of barren and rugged mountain faces. Continue walking along one of these trails and continue walking forward. In addition to the sharp contrast in scenery, the dewiness of the grass and flowers at your feet make this one of the most beautiful meadows walks on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Our campsite for the day is located two hours away beyond yet another river crossing and not far from an alpine lake with startlingly blue waters that are bound to have you hooked right from the moment you lay your eyes on it. Vishansar Lake is just a short distance from Kishansar Lake, another famous lake.

Day 4: Vishansar Lake (3,661 m / 12,011 ft.) to Gadsar Lake (3,263 m / 10,706 ft.) via Gadsar Pass (4,180 m / 13,715 ft.); 16 Km, 8 hrs

Our trek today consists of a steep two-hour ascent followed by a steep two-hour descent and then a gentle walk through the meadows. We will have plenty of water sources along the way for refilling water bottles. The trail begins with the climb of a pencil-thin ridge along the mountainside near Kishansar Lake. It takes about an hour and a half to reach the top of this ridge. The mountains unfold a stunning view of the Kishansar and Vishansar lakes together about halfway up your ascent! Once you reach the top of the ridge, the trail descends steeply for an hour before opening up into a valley surrounded by mountain ranges. Aside from the bright red, yellow, purple, and blue flowers popping out of the green grass, these meadows are by far one of the brightest on the trek. After climbing up the pass, this meadow makes you want to flop down and catch a nap. Gadsar Lake lies beyond this meadow. Because Gadsar lake is the least visited of the seven alpine lakes, it has the most piercing blue waters. Quite a few make weekend trips from Sonamarg to Vishansar and Kishansar, but most make the trip from Naranag to Gangabal on the other side of the trail. In spite of this, Gadsar remains untouched due to its location at the highest point of the trek, making it difficult to reach. An Indian Army camp near our campsite will collect, check, and record all of our original ID cards one and a half hours away from Gadsar lake.

Day 5: Gadsar Lake (3,263 m / 10,706 ft.) to Satsar Lake (3,653 m / 11,985 ft.); 11.5 Km, 4.30 hrs

The gradient for the day is mostly moderate barring the first one and half hours of steep ascent. Post that, it is a level walk all the way up to the next campsite. The landscape on today’s trail stands in sharp contrast to the river valleys we have been trekking through till now. The terrain is rugged, desolate, and captivating in its isolation. Meadows are scant and are marked by scattered patches of white flowers. Boulders and rocky terrain dominate the landscape with an occasional brook cutting through them. We will be crossing an army camp today as well where our original ID cards will be collected, checked, and recorded before letting us cross. Rolling grasslands once again take over the terrain beyond the army camp. Ten minutes away lay the first of the Satsar Lakes. Satsar is actually a group of seven inter-connected lakes situated in a narrow alpine valley stretching north to south. The lakes drain out into the Wangath Nallah which is a tributary of the Sindh. Big and picturesque in its greenery and backdrop of the mountains, we will be setting up camp here for the day.

Day 6: Satsar Lake (3,653 m / 11,985 ft.) to Gangabal (3,501 m / 11,486 ft.) via Zaj Pass (4,047 m / 13,276 ft.); 9 Km, 6 hrs

We begin by taking the trail heading out of the Satsar Campsite. This section of the trail is exciting mainly because it is dominated by boulders. Most hikers, we have noticed, are comfortable getting down on all fours when jumping from boulder to boulder. You should also be careful not to lose your balance by jumping on loose rocks. After traversing these boulders, we come upon the largest and last Satsar Lakes. It is then time to gain altitude again, so be prepared for a steep climb over the next three and a half hours. We descend for a good 30 minutes until we are confronted by ridge lines that run across the mountains. As we climb from the base, the terrain becomes increasingly rocky and barren. This is probably why KGL treats you to the most theatrical view of the trek on this ridge- a vertigo-inducing view of Gangabal and Nandakol lakes nestled snugly in a valley to make up for the starkness of the landscape. You are compelled to take a break to watch the spectacle unfolding in front of you as mist and fog playfully flit into and out of the scene concealing and revealing the twin lakes. From the top of the ridge to the campsite, it is a very long descent from Gangabal lake.

 

Trekkers and tents are more common here than they are at the other campsites. Nandakol and Gangabal are well known for trout fishing in the region. The lake at Nandakol's base is bewitching in its setting. It is fascinating to observe how light and clouds interact on the glacier. A jagged glacier clings to the slopes of the Harmukh Peak. Take some time to explore Gangabal lake once you've set up camp at Nandakol. The lake is a short walk away from the campsite and you will notice that it is less crowded and more tranquil than Nandakol. There are colorful pebbles on the waterbed near the banks. The lake is surrounded by a mountain. Remnants of a glacier rest at its base, feeding it. The banks are long and pleasant to walk along. Make sure you return to your campsites before dark once you have explored.

Day 7: Gangabal (3,501 m / 11,486 ft.) to Naranag (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.); 13 km; 6 hrs

Today we will be descending to the Naranag road head, which is where our trek ends. The distance is long and the trail becomes steep towards the end. The ridgeline runs downstream from Gangabal campsite towards the trees. It takes about an hour to reach the treeline. Continue walking along its fringe. For the first 7 Km, you don't really lose altitude. There are gentle ascents followed by flat walks through lush meadows. On the way, you see a few huts dotting the landscape. It makes you wonder what it would be like to live there. Once you reach 7 Km, the trail starts to drop sharply. The trail is mostly muddy and runs under pine trees. Naranag appears to be in sight after one or two kilometers, but there is still a long way to go. We should reach Naranag by the afternoon. Our vehicles to Srinagar will be waiting there. We should arrive in Srinagar around 6 PM. To account for any delays on your way, make sure your transport leaves the city post 9 if you plan to leave Srinagar the same day.

Day 8: Buffer Day

If the buffer day is used, you will need to pay Rs 1,800 per day + 5% GST. The money will be collected by the trek leader only if we use the buffer day.


How To Reach

From Srinagar's airport, which is connected to all major airports in India, you can reach Nishant Garden in 45 to 60 minutes via taxi.

If you are planning on taking the train, there are two railway stations nearby. Jammu station is about 260 km away and you can expect an 8 hour bus ride to your destination. Udhampur is slightly closer at 200 km and requires only a 6 hour journey by bus to reach Srinagar.

Nishant Garden can be reached by bus from any major city in Srinagar. From the bus stand, it will take about 30 minutes to reach the garden.


Things To Carry

• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)

• Trekking Shoes (included in FTG)

• Trekking Pole (included in FTG)

• LED Torch/Headlamp

• Two Water Bottle (one liter each)

• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)

• Trekking Jacket (included in FTG)

• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers

• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)

• Two collared t-shirts

• Thermals

• Sunglasses

• Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50/70)

• Lip Balm (SPF 30)

• Sun cap

• Synthetic hand gloves

• Two pairs of Socks

• Raincoat/Ponchos

• Daypack (20 liters), if you opt to offload your backpack

• Toiletries

• Cutlery

• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)

• Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license, or voters ID)


FAQ's

How long is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a 7-day trek covering a distance of approximately 74.5 kilometers. It is a moderate to difficult level trek, with altitudes ranging from 7,800 feet to 13,715 feet.
How difficult is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, with some challenging sections. It involves hiking for 7 days, covering a distance of approximately 74.5 km. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, and trekkers need to be in good physical condition. However, with proper preparation and a positive attitude, even beginners can complete this trek.
How fit do I need to be for Kashmir Great Lakes?
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, so it is recommended that you have a good level of fitness before embarking on this adventure. You should be able to walk for several hours a day, climb steep inclines, and be comfortable with high altitudes. It is also recommended that you do some training and preparation before the trek to ensure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenge.
Is the Kashmir Great Lakes trek Safe?
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is generally considered safe, but like any outdoor activity, there are risks involved. It's important to go with a reputable trekking company, follow safety guidelines, and be prepared for changing weather conditions. It's also recommended to check the current security situation in the region before planning your trip.
How many months in advance should I book the Kashmir Great Lake trek?
It is recommended to book the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek at least 1-2 months in advance, especially if you plan to go during peak season (July to September). This will ensure that you get the best deals on accommodations and transportation, and that you secure a spot with a reputable trekking company like Trekkaro.
Will I get a mobile network and charging points during the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?
While there may be some areas with limited mobile network coverage during the Kashmir Great Lakes trek, most trekkers have reported being able to get a signal at some point during the trek. As for charging points, some campsites may have charging facilities available for a free, but it's always a good idea to bring a portable charger
Can I keep extra luggage at the base camp?
It is recommended to keep your luggage to a minimum on the trek, but if you do have extra luggage, you can leave it at the base camp with the support staff. However, it is important to note that the company is not responsible for any damaged items.
Should I do Kashmir Great Lakes or Hampta Pass Trek?
Answer: Both treks offer stunning views and unique experiences, but the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is known for its pristine alpine lakes and the Hampta Pass Trek for its dramatic mountain landscapes. Ultimately, the choice depends on your personal preferences and fitness level. Trekkaro Company offers guided tours for both treks.
I am more than 58 years old. Can I do this trek?
Answer: The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offered by Trekkaro Company is a moderate to difficult trek, with high altitude and steep ascents and descents. It is not recommended for senior citizens or those with health issues. However, if you are in good physical condition and have experience with high altitude trekking, you may be able to do this trek. It is best to consult with your doctor and the trek organizers before making a decision.
Is offloading available for Kashmir Great Lakes?
Yes, offloading is available for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with Trekkaro Company. They offer the option to hire a porter to carry your backpack for you, allowing you to enjoy the trek without the added weight on your shoulders. The cost of offloading on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is Rs 2,500 for the trek.

Terms & Conditions

1- Free Trekking Gear: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C), and Pole.

2- Accommodation: Full-load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent and tables. Stay from Day 1 to Day 6 (Shitkadi to Gangabal). In Shitkadi, Stay will be in a Camp on sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (3 people per tent).

3- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7. (Simple Nutritious Vegetarian food)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.

4- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).

5- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders are assisted by certified and experienced local guides.

6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters, etc. as required.

7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.

1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Nishant Garden, Srinagar to Shitkadi and drop you back from Shitkadi. This will cost approx. Rs. 8,500/- both side for 5-6 seat vehicle(tentatively). You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers. 

2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.

3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 2,500/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last-minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Shitkadi.

4- Anything apart from inclusions.

 

 


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.

In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at info@trekkaro.com

1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund

2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund

3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund

4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one OR apply for TREKCASH Voucher 10 days before your trek date which comes with 2-year validity.


Note:-

a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.

b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements laid down by Trekkaro.

c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

Refund Policy The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeem it with 2 years on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 10 working days and sent to your email address by us.

Note: In the instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher for your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.


Expectations

When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.

Your Expectations

• Safety Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.

• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.

• The Best Guides If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean a feat to entertain, cook, guide, and facilitate, but our guides, handle it with grace, and all the while the attention is on you.

• The Best Itineraries It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a lot of moving parts and the potential for things to go awry. For the last year, we’ve balanced on the tightrope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility, and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.

• Value We’re not in the business of making money and providing you with nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money, and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.

Our Expectations

It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), and you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others in your small group.

• Attitude This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face, and readiness for the unexpected.

• Physical preparedness Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair to yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear, and be physically and mentally prepared.

• Know who’s in charge As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.


Gallery of this trek


Safety

Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...

1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek) :- We go on treks which feature a different lifestyle to the one we typically lead. Everyday living generally overlooks healthy habits, yet when it comes to trekking and surviving in an unfamiliar environment for more than a day, our bodies must adapt. Oxygen saturation measures the ratio of oxygen-saturated hemoglobin to total hemoglobin in the bloodstream. To ensure everyone remains in good health, our team will carry out oxygen saturation and pulse readings before we set off. It is important that everyone is conscious of their wellbeing.

2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit :- During high-altitude treks, the body does not get enough oxygen. It isn't always that you cannot survive high-altitude treks, but to be safe, we are always prepared with oxygen cylinders in case you are not accustomed to the environment. On the trek, one of our team members carries an oxygen cylinder and all the essential medicines.

To prevent high altitude conditions - Exercise, cycle, and swim more to prevent high altitude conditions. The more you practice, the easier it will be.

3. Stretchers on every campsite :- Even though we are physically and mentally prepared for the environment, accidents or uncertain situations still happen. In those cases, we have stretchers at each camp site, so in case of emergency porters will drop you safely to base camp where we can do further treatment.

4. High-Quality Trek Gears and Equipment :- High-Quality Trekking Gears and Equipment Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world that provides Free Trekking Gear (FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Trekking Poles, Crampons, and Gaiters are some of the more expensive FTG. Now, before registering for the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gear, and also, you do not have to buy or rent expensive trekking gear to go on a trek.

You can survive in extreme cold with Trekkaro's quality tents and sleeping bags. Our sleeping bags can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degrees Celsius. Tents are always warmer, so Trekkaro can provide you with quality shelter.

In spite of the fact that we are prepared for the storm, you should let us know if anything concerns you regarding safety.

5. Radio (for communication between camps and guides) :- Our camps are a bit far from each other. But they connect through radio, although there is a problem with the network in the hills. If you miss anything, if the weather is bad, or if we require medical help from the base, we can still communicate via radio.

6. Technical team on all snowy slopes All treks come with an adventure. However, safety is an important aspect of all treks. We ensure the turn with our technical team whenever we find risky slopes or areas. We already mentioned that our team is well-trained and knows how to handle hassles in emergencies.


People Reviews

Ketan Patel
It was an amazing experience, the trek guides were so friendly and made difficult paths so easy, no problems in eating too, I usually do not write reviews but this trek made me do so Thank you Laxman and TK Team
Anand Kumar

Mayank Sharma
Well managed with experienced trek leaders. Provides safe but at the same time adventurous trekking experience. The food provided is tasty, especially considering the location and geography of campsites.
Anubhav Tyagi
It was nicely managed by trek leader Laxman Sir.
Hrishikesh Sulay

Madhukar Dhuri

Vinit Gala
When I went with Trekkaro I wasn't sure what to expect. My parents are Indian but I have lived my entire life in the UK and my grasp on Hindi is not great. However, the hikes ended up being one of the best experiences of my entire life. I has a lot of fun, got to meet a lot of great people, and left with great memories. I highly recommend it.
Naveen Kumar

Megha Shivaprasad

Nishanth Krishnamurthy
Trekking with Trekkaro will remain one of the most memorable experiences of my life. We were part of a group that trekked Kashmir Great Lakes trek. Trekkaro did a fantastic job of managing the logistics at a very high altitude. They were also environmentally conscious and educated the group on sustainable trekking. Can not wait to trek again with this passionate organisation!
Chetan Verma

Rajneesh Singh

Sana Parveen
It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. The trek was well-planned, organized, and Trekkaro provided all the necessary resources for a successful journey. The scenery was breathtaking and I would highly recommend Trekkaro's services to anyone looking to explore this beautiful region.
Hina Khan
I recently completed the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with TrekKaro and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The landscapes were breathtaking, the food amazing, and I felt safe and secure the entire time. I would highly recommend this trek to anyone looking for adventure in India.
Arbaaz Khan
I recently took the Kashmir Great Lakes trek with Trekkaro, and I was so impressed by their organization and dedication to making sure everyone had a safe and enjoyable experience. They provided all of the necessary information about the trek, as well as tips on how to prepare for it. The scenery was simply breathtaking, and I recommend this trip!
Kirti Verma
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek was an amazing experience and I am so glad I chose Trekkaro to help me plan my trip. Their team was knowledgeable and helpful, providing accurate information about the itinerary, dates, cost and more. The trek was breathtaking with its alpine lakes, snowy mountains, and picturesque landscapes.
Kavindra Rajput
I recently went on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek with Trekkaro and it was one of the best trips I have ever taken. The scenery was breathtaking, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the entire experience was unforgettable. Trekkaro made sure everything went smoothly and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great adventure in India!
Neeta Saxena
Our group of 13 bonded really well, and while the long walks were moderately tough, they were totally manageable with a bit of preparation. Overall, I highly recommend this trek to anyone who wants to experience the real beauty of Kashmir and understand why it's called "jannat on the earth." With Trekkaro, you'll have the best food, the best experience, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Vimal Choudhary
Nice experience
Anita Sharma
After our trek with Trekkaro, we can confidently say that they are the best trekking company in India. The experience was unforgettable, and we felt safe throughout the moderate to difficult trek. The food was also a highlight, with delicious meals every day. We especially loved the noodles on the last day! We highly recommend Trekkaro and encourage everyone to explore the KGL trek with them.
Vikash Kumar
Trekkaro is hands down the best trekking company in India! From the stunning views of the gods to the helpful and friendly trek team, every moment of the 7-day trek was an unforgettable experience. The trek had everything from picturesque lakes and meadows to breathtaking views of the Milky Way. And let's not forget the delicious food and great company! I would love to go on another trek with Trekkaro in the future.
Shubham Kerketta
Trekkaro's Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a must-do for any avid trekker. The stunning views and breathtaking landscapes make it one of the most beautiful treks out there. And with the help of the experienced and knowledgeable expedition organizers, the entire experience is sure to be a memorable one. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure!
Short itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival at Shitkadi (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.) from Srinagar; 85 Km, 3 hrs

Transportation will be arranged from Nishant Garden, Srinagar at 12:00 noon. The cab costs Rs 8,500 per vehicle (both side) and has to be paid directly to the driver.


Day 2 : Shitkadi (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.) to Nichnai (3,538 m / 11,607 ft.); 11.5 Km, 6:30 hrs

Day 3 : Nichnai (3,538 m / 11,607 ft.) to Vishansar Lake (3,661 m / 12,011 ft.) via Nichnai Pass (4,032 m / 13,229 ft.); 13.5 Km, 7 hrs

Day 4 : Vishansar Lake (3,661 m / 12,011 ft.) to Gadsar Lake (3,263 m / 10,706 ft.) via Gadsar Pass (4,180 m / 13,715 ft.); 16 Km, 8 hrs

Day 5 : Gadsar Lake (3,263 m / 10,706 ft.) to Satsar Lake (3,653 m / 11,985 ft.); 11.5 Km, 4:30 hrs

Day 6 : Satsar Lake (3,653 m / 11,985 ft.) to Gangabal (3,501 m / 11,486 ft.) via Zaj Pass (4,047 m / 13,276 ft.); 9 Km, 6 hrs

Day 7 : Gangabal (3,501 m / 11,486 ft.) to Naranag (2,378 m / 7,800 ft.); 13 km; 6 hrs

Day 8 : Buffer Day

If the buffer day is used, you will need to pay Rs. 1,800/- per day + 5% GST. The money will be collected by the Trek Leader only if we use the buffer day.


ATM point and Mobile connectivity

Sonmarg has the last ATM point before you reach Shitkari (Basecamp) of Kashmir Great Lake Trek or Great Lakes Trek if you need to withdraw money.
Shitkari is the last place before starting your trek where you’re likely to get a stable mobile signal (Postpaid Sim Only). Finish all your important phone calls here and inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity.

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