Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is one of the most admired High altitude Alpine Lakes Trek in Kashmir. The KGL route go behind the consistent direction of the Gujjars the migrant shepherds of Kashmir. Starts from Sonamarg to  Naranag valley,Sind valley is Paradise for short and long treks. Transient four  scenic high altitude lakes with stunning mountain landscape.  flourished campsites and trout angling. Day first takes the hikers to the grazing land of ShokhDharan. With panoramic sights of mount Zozila and Sonamarg. Then the track ascends to the Nichinnai Pass at 4000 meters, where the achievement for hard work is constant views of the Baltoro Glacier in the area of K2.

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Kashmir alpine Seven Great Lakes Trek: From the the Nichinai top the track go down throughout flourishing meadows carpeted with wildflowers to the sparkling Vishansar alpine Lake. The Vishansar Lake has tremendous trout fishing opportunities. From the Vishansar Lake, the track ascends to the Krishansar alpine Lake throughout breathtaking marshland up to Gadsar pass at 4,300 meters. In a sunny day a wonderful view of the Nanga Parvat is likely from here. The track gradually descends to the hamlet of Gadsar and hikers be able to use the night in one of the Gujjar huts that pounce up here in the summer. After crossing above a stable snow bridge, after the snow bridge the track ascends hard climb beside the Satsaran edge and downhill along the open meadows to the hamlet of Jowdor. 

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Vishansar Alpine Lakes

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This is the only permanent village in the region and the nomadic comes from Gurais valley depends on farming for their living. The atypical Musk deer and the Kashmiri 12 singa stag were frequently sighted close by the village. From Jowdor the path smoothly reaches to Megandob. And the trail suddenly ascends to Zach pass 4000 meters, then descends to the Alpine lakes of Gangabal and Nudhkhol. Just ahead of the Harmukh valley. It presents a stunning view of Mount Harmukh. Gangabal is the greatest lake on this trek for trout angling fly fishing. The government fisheries guide will assist you to recognize the finest sites and the mainly efficient flies.

You have the opportunity of mountaineering to the south crest of Mount Harmukh to get a open sight of the valley of Kashmir. On the next phase, the track goes down steeply from NundhKohl to Naranag throughout thick forests. The 9th century Naranag temple is open for visitors and drive to Srinagar read more solo Kashmir great lakes trek.

Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek
Gangabal Lake

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Solo Package

The Kashmir Great Lakes 8 nights 9 days private trekking package. Trek Kashmir Mountain Travel will arrange your solo trekking package, Includes. Mountain guide, cook, tents, sleeping bags,  sleeping  mats, cooking gears, kitchen tent,  vegetarian, Non vegetarian fresh cooked meals,  toilet tent, Baggage horses, back up horse , transportation, Srinagar accommodation) Budget trekkers might look in to fixed departures for Great Lakes.

Sind valley Sonamarg

Day: 1(Srinagar to Sonamarg 9200 feet 3 hours drive) you will be picked up by car from airport or from your accommodation in Srinagar and drive to Sonamarg after camping near Shutkar village. A warm-up hike around Tajiwais glacier.

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Gadsar Meadows

Nichnia Valley

 Day:2 (Sonamarg to Nichnia valley 11482 feet elevation 6 hours trekking)
The trail inclines fairly steep beside the Gujjar tracks. Ascending 1100 meters the path unlocks at the paddock of the Shokdharan valley. And offers close views back in the direction of the Zojila and Sonamarg. The route then carry on across the grazing land and throughout jungle before a little stable ascends over the bolder track to Nichnai valley.

Vishansar Krishansar Alpine Lakes

Day:3 (Nichnai to Vishansar Lake 4000 meters altitude 5 to 6 hours walk)The  climb to Nichinni pass is quite steep .The Nichnai top just around 4000  meters is usually beneath snow up to mid July. on the other hand the shepherds generally drove their herds up the vale by end June and clear a bit of track. The opening course from Nichinni crosses the rivulet and goes after the right side of the watercourse. The normal trek time to the top is about 4 hours. From Nichnai pass, the downwards to Vishnasar lake from beginning to end are covered with varieties of wildflowers up to the Vishansar campsite.

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Sonamarg Campsite

 Day 4: It is rest day with lot of option obtainable, a hike to Krishansar lake, or trout angling on Vishansar lake.

Gadsar Alpine Lake

Day 5: (Vishansar to Gadsar lake altitude 4300 meters 5 to 6 hours walk) The route ascents to the open meadows and wildflowers between Vishansar and Krishensar lakes. From Krishensar lake it is hard and steep climb up to the Gadsar top 4300 meters. From the top on a sunny day a view of Nanga Parbat  is possible. The descent to  the gadsar lake  is gradual and a fine campsite alongside of the  nomadic huts.

Satsar Alpine Lakes

Megundub Day: 6 After Crossing the Gadsar rivulet above the Snow Bridge and track to kustoorkut is a steep climb up to the meadows of satsar lakes. After Satsar it is smooth but difficult bolder route all along to Megandub campsite.

Gangabal Nudhkol Alpine lakes

Day: 7 (Megundub to Gangabal twin lakes (5-6 hours walk)The ascent up to Zachpass  takes up to three hours. From the top there are striking views of mountain Harmukh 5755 meters and the lakes of  Gangbal and nudhkol. The first descent to the lake is quite vertical and gorgeous .Camping beside the lakes and trout angling is possible here.  

 Naranag Valley

Day: 8 Gangabal to Naranag (5-6 Hours walk)
starting from  gangabal campsite it is a easy walk up to the Budshire mountain top. From the summit descent to naranag is very vertical in woods. After reaching the Naranag a 1600 BC temple has significance to see and drive to Srinagar.

Day 9: Morning shikara tour and drop at Srinagar airport. 

KGL Trek route Map

Great Lakes Trekking Map
Great Lakes Trekking route Map

Weather for Great Lakes Trekking Route

The weather remains refreshing during July , August, September but there are always chances of unpredictable rains, hales, and at some places snow.Temperature: Days 20/0°c to 25/0°c and nights are about 10/0°c.

Best Time/Distance for Great Alpine Lakes Trek

July, August , September / Trekking Distance 76KM

Grade: High altitude Difficult, need basic fitness, for beginners try to do Tarsar Marsar alpine lakes trek
Trekking Route:  Sonmarg to Nichinni , Nichinni to Vishansar Lake , Vishansar to Gadsar, Gadsar to Megandob, Megandob to Gangabal, Gangabal  to Naranag. Contact us for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.