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10 Days Trekking tour itinerary for Sonmarg & Srinagar: Witness The Beauty Of The Great Lakes Of Kashmir

Sonmarg, Srinagar

Trekking
Trekking Tour
Camping
Camping Tour
Glacier
Glacier Tour
Witness the beauty of the Great lakes of Kashmir

houseboats on the lake

Srinagar-India

Do steep climbs and treks, interact with shepherds and get to see diverse landscapes of valleys, grasslands, scattered forests and snow-covered mountains on this Kashmiri tour. The best of all is the scenic lakes that you will see; Satsar lakes (7 lakes),  Kishansar, Vishansar and Gadsar Lake.

DAY 01

ARRIVE at SRINAGAR

  • Upon arrival at Srinagar airport, meet and greet with your guide and get transferred to a houseboat.

  • In the evening, enjoy a Shikara ride.

  • Overnight stay in Srinagar.

DAY 02

SRINAGAR - SONMARG

  • From Srinagar, get transferred to Sonmarg (2,800 m, 87 km). This will be a scenic drive from Srinagar and you will see a wonderful mix of grasslands, scattered forests and snow-covered mountains.

  • Overnight stay will be in tents at Sitkari, which is about 3 km away from Sonmarg.

DAY 03

Trek from Sitkari village to Nichnai (3505 m, 13 kms)

  • Begin the trek with an ascend towards the Shokdhari campsite on a route lined with Maple and Pine trees. The highlight of the day’s trek will be the enchanting view of Sonmarg and the sprawling glaciers surrounding Sonmarg. The day ends after we descend into the Nichnai grazing ground (Shepherd’s valley) through a Silver Birch forest.

  • Overnight stay in tents. 



DAY 04

Trek from Nichnai to the Vishansar lake (3657m, 15kms)

  • Today’s trek comprises of a steep and gruelling ascent to cross the Nichnai Pass which stands tall at 4,080 m and the descent towards the Vishansar and Kishansar Lakes and into the Vishansar campsite. Visit the Vishansar lake situated at about 1 km from the campsite. Nothing that we say or write can prepare you for the beauty of this alpine high-altitude lake. Surrounded by mountains and being hard to access, the waters of the lake are crystal clear and changes colour as the day proceeds. You are guaranteed to start feeling rejuvenated just by sitting by the lake and listening to the lapping sounds of the water and soaking in the scenic beauty.

  • Overnight stay in tents.

DAY 05

Trek from Vishansar lake to Gadsar lake (4191m, 13kms)

  • Begin the day with a steep 250 m climb to the Krishansar lake which is about 1/2 km from the Vishansar Lake. Despite being close in distance, the twin lakes can be seen together only from the top at Gadsar Pass. Getting to the Gadsar Pass at 4,191 m is no easy task and is going to take a toll on your legs and back. However, the scintillating views at the top of the pass will act as compensation for all the efforts. From the pass, a descent into flat meadows covered with brightly colored wildflowers to reach the Gadsar Lake.

  • Overnight stay in tents. 

DAY 06

Trek from Gadsar lake to Mengandob / Satsar lake (3600m, 12km)

  • Yet another two-hour steep climb up welcomes us in the early morning, as we enter into flatlands known as Mengandob. We will continue the trek, cross an army camp and get close to the Satsar lakes. The Satsar Lakes are a collection of 7 lakes in a cascade formation. Fed by melting snow, a couple of these lakes dry up in summer and autumn.

  • Overnight stay in tents.     

DAY 07

Trek from Satsar lakes to Gangbal twin lakes (3505 m, 10 kms)

  • You will be physically and mentally challenged today as you cross rocky and boulder ridden terrain, cross few ridges and climb mountains to arrive for a break on a ridge at 3570 m. Thereon, we proceed further up to reach the final ridge at 3,000 m. From here, you can view the twin lakes of Gangbal and Nundkol. What follows is a steep rocky descent, few ups and downs, and entry into green meadows which lead to the Nundkol Lake and Gangbal Lake.

  • Overnight stay in tents.        

DAY 08

DAY FOR THE REST

  • Today you get to relax by the lakes, explore surrounding meadows, soak in the magnificent mountains’ cape, uncover a few local legends about the lakes, share travel stories, meditate, exercise your photography skills and do anything that soothes your soul. This day can alternatively be also used as an adjustment day in case if the weather plays foul and the group is required to spend an additional night at any of the previous campsites.

  • Overnight stay in tents.         

DAY 09

Trek from Gangabal to Naranag (7,450 ft) (11 km, 6 hrs.)

  • Today is the last and final day of Kashmir Great Lakes trek, you must be tired and exhausted. Start trekking towards the tree line alongside the stream and then through Pine forest and grassy land to reach our final destination of Naranag where our jeeps would be waiting for us and transfer to Srinagar for overnight stay.       

DAY 10

Srinagar – Departure

  • Today you will be transferred to the airport/TRC Bus stand for your onward journey.

  • 22000.00 INR Per Person (* 06 to 12 persons)
  • 23000.00 INR Per Person (* 05 to 06 perons)
  • 24000.00 INR Per Person (* 03 to 05 persons)
  • 25000.00 INR Per Person (* 02 to 03 persons)
  • 07 Nights / 08 Days trek.

  • Airport pickup and drop off in Srinagar.

  • Transport Srinagar to Aru Base and Sumbal to Srinagar.

  • 02 Nights’ accommodation in Srinagar.

  • Deluxe category Houseboat in Srinagar.

  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel in Srinagar.

  • Accommodation in tents during the trek.

  • Meals while on trek (Veg & non-veg).

  • Continental breakfast during the trek.

  • Trek equipment like a sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent.

  • Trekking Permits.

  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.

  • Qualified & experienced Kashmiri (Indian) Trek Leader, Guide, and Support staff.

  • Ponies to carry your stuff and luggage.

  • Food during the transit.

  • Insurance.

  • Something not specifically mentioned under the pinnacle

  • Flight tickets.

  • Personal expenditures.   

Sonmarg, Srinagar

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