Great Lakes 10 Day Trek

The Great Lakes Trek is one of the most beautiful in Kashmir. This popular week long trek passes alpine lakes and wildflower filled meadows that highlight the magnificent beauty of this part of the Himalaya. This is one of the best trout fishing regions of the Himalaya. If you are interested in fishing on the trek let us know and we can arrange a license in advance. While not a high elevation trek by Himalayan standards it’s certainly alpine in character as the region receives significant snowfall. Due to the heavy snowfall the trekking season is only between July and late September. The trek starts from Sonamarg which is 3 or 4 hour drive from Srinagar. The trek climbs through maple and pine before forests before climbing to Nichanni Pass (4080m) and descending to Vishansar Lake on the other side. Continuing from Vishansar we climb Gadsar Pass 13, 800ft passing Kishansar Lake enroute and descends to Gadsar Lake on the other side of the pass from Gadsar we continue to Satsar which is a group of 7 seven lakes surrounded by beautiful meadows and snow capped peaks. Continuing from Satsar lakes the trail descends to the pine forests at an elevation of 11,500 feet before climbing another pass (13,400 feet) and descending to the beautiful lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol. The last leg of the trek is a gradual decent to the village of Naranag where we will find our vehicle waiting to take us back to Srinagar.

    What's Included?

  • Airport Pickup and drop in Srinagar
  • Accommodation in Srinagar
  • Optional Day Tour in Srinagar to Dal Lake and Gardens
  • Guide and Cook
  • Ponies for carrying luggage
  • All meals while trekking and while in Srinagar
  • Transport by private vehicle to the trail ahead
  • Accommodation in Sonamarg at the trail head
  • Tent, Sleeping bags and other gear as needed

Day 1: Arrive Srinagar

Your guide will pick you up at the airport and deliver you to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or take a boat ride on Dal Lake or visit the beautiful gardens.

Day 2: Drive to Sonamarg Night stay in Camp

We leave Srinagar in the morning for the 4 hour drive to Sonamarg from where we will commence the trek the following day. Optional day hike to the nearby Thajiwas Glacier.

Day 3: Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur

9 to 10 kms, 7 hours
Climb through maple and pine forests before camping in a beautiful meadow just short of Nichnai Pass.

Day 4: Nichnai to Vishansar Lake

13 kms, 8 hours
Ascend Nichnai Pass (4080m , 13500 feet) and descend into the valley and camp near Vishansar Lake. This relatively large alpine lake is surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains.

Day 5: Acclimatization + Rest Day at Vishansar

We spend a rest day at Vishansar Lake and can day hike to explore the surrounding peaks and alpine meadows.

Day 6: Vishansar to Gadsar

11 kms, 6 hours
Climb to Gadsar Pass 13, 800ft via Kishansar Lake and decend to Gadsar Lake where we will set up camp.

Day 7: Gadsar to Satsar

12 kms, 7 hours
The trail continues from Gadsar to Satsar which is a group of 7 seven lakes surrounded by beautiful meadows and snow capped peaks.

Day 8: Satsar to Gangabal Twin lakes

9 kms, 7 hours
The hike continues pass the Satsar lakes and descends to the pine forests at an elevation of 11,500 feet before climbing another pass (13,400 feet) and descending to the beautiful lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol.

Day 9: Gangabal to Naranag and back to Srinagar

12 kms, 7 hours
We gradually descend from the alpine meadows near Gangabal back into the pine forests and eventually reach the small village of Naranag where we will find our vehicle waiting to take us back to Srinagar. Accommodation in Srinagar.

Day 10: Srinagar

This is the final day. We can arrange transfer to airport or onward transport to Leh.
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