KASHMIR GREAT LAKES

  • Starting from ₹16,500
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  10-Aug-2024 - 17-Aug-2024

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a popular trekking route in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, pristine alpine lakes, lush meadows, and panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains. The trek takes you through a series of high-altitude lakes, each with its unique charm.

Highlights
  • Experience the natural beauty of the Kashmir Valley.
  • Witness the picturesque landscapes of the Indian Himalayas.
  • Visit breathtaking natural beauty, pristine alpine lakes, lush meadows,
  • Itinerary (Day Wise)
    • DAY – 1 DRIVE FROM SRINAGAR TO SHITKADI (TREK BASE 2 KM BEFORE SONAMARG) – 85 KM – 3 HOURS
      We will arrange pick up vehicle from Srinagar to reach our base camp Shitkadi village. Its 2km before Sonamarg town. Since there are no shops around ensure that you have all that you need already. 
      Reporting at base camp Stay in tent.
      •       Dinner, Evening Snacks
    • DAY - 2 SHITKADI TO NICHNAI – 11 KM – 6/7 HOURS
      We start our trek today after breakfast. First 2 hour you have ascent then some part descent. The trek goes down to the level of the Sindh river which flows in between the mud track and the main road.
       The trekking trail starts along the track but quickly diverts higher up. 10 minutes into the trek, the trail bends left and enters a green meadow. This directly overlooks Sonamarg town. 
      At the tree line, the trail quickly descends to a tiny brook and then climbs again. 
      What follows next is a lovely dense forest of Maple trees. The trail now is along the right bank of the river going upstream. Look behind to see snow-clad peaks from Sonamarg valley. 
      Stay in Tent.
      •       Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
    • DAY - 3 NICHNAI TO VISHANSAR LAKE VAI NICHNAI PASS – 12 KM – 6/7 HOURS
      Medium climb to Nichnai pass 13,500ft. Small descent followed by a long flat meadow walk ending near Vishansar Lake. The days trek is a long walk on meadows with the scenery changing for the better all along. The pass is visible at a distance from the campsite. It lies just to the right of the twin snow clad peaks as you climb notice e a small lake at the foot of the mountains. 
      The lake is deep blue in color and you can sense your expectations rising of the main lakes to come on this trek. 
      The pass is deceptive. The ridge seen from the meadow below is not the pass. BSNL phone network tends to work here most times. 
      This is the last point on the trek where you get phone network. The next sign of network is only when you move beyond Gangabal. 
      In the next hour the rocks give way to grass. Red flowers spring out next to your feet. 
      What you see ahead is a wide green meadow stretching for miles with mountains lining the sides. A new river flows down from the pass into the meadow ahead.
      •       Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
    • DAY 4 - VISHANSAR LAKE TO GADSAR VAI GADSAR VAI GADSAR PASS – 14 KM
      The next lake in series is the Kishansar lake. The Kishansar lake lies just about half km away and 500ft higher than Vishansar. The Kishansar lake lies at the base of the Kishansar peak. 
      It takes about 45 minutes to reach Kishansar lake from the campsite. On the other side of the Gadsar pass stretches a long valley with 2-3 small lakes visible. Far in the distance lie a series of snow clad peaks. The peaks lie outside our Line of Control. 
      Choose to make Gadsar you campsite for its sheer beauty but only if you can vow to leave the ground as neat as you found it to be. No one camps at Gadsar. 
      There is a small abandoned army shelter near Gadsar. If you choose not to camp next to Gadsar, the next place to camp would be the Gadsar army camp. 
      Continue on the downward trail from Gadsar and in half an hour the valley widens up. Spot another blue lake on the left of the valley. 
      Notice the snow clad mountains now give way to lower barren mountains.Continue downhill and at the end of the third half hour, the army camp comes up. 
      Gadsar army camp is just a small hut housing 5-8 army men.
      •       Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
    • DAY 5 - TREK TO MYANGANDHOP VIA SATSAR – 10 KM – 5/6 HRS
      From the army camp move left towards the stream. The trail crosses the stream and heads up the mountain. The altitude at the stream is 10,600ft. 
      The Satsar camp is at 12,000ft and almost 10 kms away. Crossing the stream is the easiest way to trek. If one really wants to avoid getting their feet wet in the icy cold water, then head to the bridge which a kilometer away and cross the stream. The climb up is steeper if one goes to the bridge. 
      The landscape ahead is captivating. It is the 3rd line of defence from the LOC. The same process of ID checking, collection and questioning repeats here too. 
      Finish this today so that tomorrow is a clean day of trekking. Ten minutes out of the army camp is the first of the Satsar lakes.
      •       Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
    • DAY 6 - SATSAR TO GANGABAL TWIN LAKES VIA ZAJ PASS
      The day’s trek goes up and down replicating the trek as a whole which mostly goes up and down. Trek up half an hour out of camp, to reach the biggest Satsar lake. 
      The terrain is bouldery and it is more of a boulder hopping exercise than anything else. The Nundkhol lake lies at the base of the Harmukh peak. 
      The Harmukh glacier hangs on the the sides of the rocky edges of the mountain. Both the Gangabal and Nundkhol are famous for trout fishing.The Gangabal lake is about 20 minutes away from Nundkhol. 
      A fiery stream flows on the right of the two lakes connecting them. 
      The stream has to be crossed to go to Gangabal from Nandkol. Gangabal is huge. 
      A parikrama of either of the lakes will easily take an hour.
      •       Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
    • DAY 7 - TREK TO NARANAG– 11 KM DRIVE TO SRINAGAR – 3 HOURS
      The day’s trek is a killer on your toes and knees. From the Gangabal campsite head down along the stream towards the tree line. 
      The Harmukh peak looks impressive when you look back. The green meadow has little yellow flowers growing all over and you start walking gingerly to avoid stepping 
      over them.
      It is not rare to spot lot of people trekking up here from Naranag headed only to Gangabal. Naranag slowly comes in sight at around 8500ft but there is quite a bit more to go. 
      The last stretch of the last day does become an endurance test but soon the stone paved village trek comes up and in no time you enter the main road of Narnag.
      •       Breakfast
    • DAY 8 - BUFFER DAY
      If the weather will be not good, then we will use buffer day at any day else move towards next camp. For all your travel plans include a buffer day to 
      accommodate bad weather on the trek/political instability. This depends completely on the circumstances on the trek and situation in Kashmir.
      •       Breakfast


    Tour Information
    • Accommodation During The Trek
    • Srinagar to Srinagar travel By private vehicles.
    • Meals – (Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner). We provide simple, nutritious Veg/Jain food on all days of the trek
    • Trekking equipment – High quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
    • Safety equipment – First aid kit, oxygen cylinders, oximeter etc. will be with guide/trek leader and at campsite as well to deal with emergencies.
    • Expert trek Leaders – All our trek leaders are at least qualified in basic / advanced mountaineering and first aid course.
    • Expert Trek support team – The mountain staff on this trek consists of certified guides, cooks, helpers and porters.
    • Camping charges– All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
    • GST 5%.
    • Meals during road journeys
    • Srinagar Stay
    • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
    • Any kind of personal expenses
    • Porter/mule-charges (Personal), Backpack offloading charge
    • Unscheduled or extended stay due to road blocks, landslides, bad weather and snowfall.
    • Cost of evacuation in-case of an emergency.
    • Any other services or meals which are not mentioned in the "Includes" section.
    • Expense of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, telephones, beverages etc.
    • Camera Charges.

    Packages

    Package Name

    Price

    Kids Discount

    Group Discount

    Srinagar To Srinagar
    ₹16,5000%5%

    Things To Carry List


    • Backpack (50 to 60 liters) with good support and Rain cover 

    ▪️ Small 20-30 ltr backpack to keep daily stuffs

    ▪️ Good Trekking Shoes (Snow proof recommended)

    ▪️ Fleece/Winter Jacket to manage cold

    ▪️ Thermals - west and lower

    ▪️ Extra Pair of clothes 

    ▪️ Sun cap

    ▪️ Water Bottle 2 LTR

    ▪️ Rain Poncho

    ▪️ Head Torch ( With Extra Pair Battery )

    ▪️ Thermos

    ▪️ Sun protection cream 

    ▪️ Cold Cream and Lip balm

    ▪️ UV Protection Sunglasses

    ▪️ Knee Cap ( If Required )

    ▪️ Slippers/ floaters

    ▪️ Woolen Gloves

    ▪️ Trekking Pole

    ▪️ Woolen socks 2 pairs

    ▪️ Dry fruits, Dates, ready to eat snacks, Enerzal/ Glucon D and chocolate bars/ energy bars

    ▪️ Pancha/ quick dry towel

    ▪️ Personal Toiletry Items (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, soap, etc.)

    ▪️ Carry Personal Medical Kit with consultation of your doctor.

    ▪️ Mandatory Documents

    • Please carry the documents given below

    ✓ Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc.)

    ▪️ Passport size Photographs 3

    ▪️ Power Bank



    Payment Policy & Our Scope of Services

    For confirmation, You can confirm the package/seat by paying 50% for the tour amount.


    Use below account details/UPI for making the advance payment.


    • BANK NAME - TEAM RAAHI TREKKERS & Outdoors Pvt Ltd

    • ACCOUNT NUMBER - 5245312314

    • IFSC CODE - KKBK0001803

    • BRANCH - SAHAKARNAGAR BRANCH


    ♣ UPI id – raahitrekkers@kotak


    For any query, Please contact us on below number for more details,

    ◘ Kshitij – 9370704070

    ◘ Raahi OutDoors - 9699872996



    Cancellation Policy & Airline Cancellation Policy

    ◘ Date of booking to 30 days before travel the cancellation charges will be 25% of the tour cost

    ◘ 30 to 15 days before travel - cancellation charges will be 50% of the tour cost

    ◘ 15 to 7 days before travel - cancellation charges will be 75% of the tour cost

    ◘ 0 to 7 days before travel - cancellation charges will be 100% of the tour cost. No refund shall be given

    ◘ Incase, tour is cancelled due to any kind of lockdow restrictions your paid amount shall be carry forwarded to any of our future trek or tour


    If this trek/tour is cancelled due to Covid Lockdown or natural calamity

    • In case the tour gets cancelled because of local lockdown or natural phenomena or any other reason beyond our control, we shall arrange for alternative treks or tour to a different place[Subject to availability].

    • In case, due to Government lockdown restrictions we are unable to continue with any of the plan, your only tour amount will be carry forwarded and travel amount will be refunded as per the travel operator standard refund process.

    • If the participant is unwilling to go for the alternative tour/trek, there would be no refund or voucher issued as for this tour. All the services have to be arranged beforehand and cannot be shifted to any other date.

    • No show and tour changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.

    • No money shall be refunded in case a person is rescued and brought back to thebase camp before the said date.

    • If the travelers need to return before the trip ends, they shall have to bear all the expenses for accommodation and meals at respective or any other place.

    • The services on the tour are arranged for even if they go unused.


    In Case of Injury / Casualty


    If any traveler feels unwell and has to be brought back to the base camp, all the charges, including the rescue fees, medication, Ambulance / Transport, accommodation apart from the scheduled itinerary, Meals or any other medical or Miscellaneous expenses will have to be borne by the traveler.

    P.S. We are only liable to offer the services mentioned as per the itinerary and inclusions.


    Unused Services

    We shall not offer or pay any discounts or refunds for missed or unused services which weremissed or unused by the client due to no fault of ours, or our representatives, which shall include any termination of the client’s participation in the tour product due to the client’s own fault, negligence or

    breach of these terms.


    Airline Cancellation Policy:

    Your flights cancellation will be based on flight cancellation policy levied by respective carrier. In the event of cancellation, you will get any refund as per there policy.

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      25 People

      10-Aug-2024 - 17-Aug-2024


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