Kolahoi Glacier Trek

The Pahalgam-Kolahoi Glacier-Pahalgam trek  takes 6 days and covers approximately 70 km. At the Kolahoi glacier the  trekker can catch a glimpse of the Kolahoi Peak and see the source of  the Lidder River. Excursions to the Tarsar and Marsar lakes in the Upper  Dachigam area can also be made from here if the trekker has an  additional two days. The first stage of this trek. From Pahalgam to Aru,  can be done by vehicle. It is, however, recommended that the trail be  walked to acclimatize ahead of the tougher routes to follow. This trail  follows the Lidder River to the open meadows at Aru, where excellent  campsites as well as private hotels are available.

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Kolahoi Glacier trek

Aru to Kolahoi Glacier Trek

The short trek from  Aru to Lidderwat runs through thick pine forests to undulating meadows.  Where the trekker can see the local shepherds grazing livestock. From  Lidderwat the trail follows the west bank of the Lidder through Gujjar  encampments to the largest nomadic village in the area at Satlanjan. The  Kolahoi peak (5,734 metres) is usually clouded over by mid morning. So  it is wise to start early from Satlanjan. The trekker does not have to  go to the glacier to view Kolahoi. You also have the choice of ascending  the ridge opposite Kolahoi and see Basmai Lake, or climbing to Dodsar after fording the  Lidder stream. You can return to Lidderwat the same day, or leave the  next morning for Aru and then Pahalgam.

Pahalgam Kolahoi glacier trek

Season: May to October. 
Duration: 6 nights.
Grade: Moderate.
Stages:  Pahalgam to Aru (11 km), Aru to Lidderwat (11 km), Lidderwat to  Satlanjan (4 km), Satlanjan to Kolahoi to Lidderwat (14 km), Lidderwat  to Am (11 km), Aru to Pahalgam (11 km).
Note: Ponies will be hired at Pahalgam or Aru. A cook will travel with you. Aru and Lidderwat have accommodation.