Great Lakes trek is 75 km long trek and can be completed in 4 to 8 days depending upon your physical ability. It is the most pristine and beautiful treks in India. This trek offers a bouquet of five large alpine lakes surrounded by wavy meadows and snow-peaked mountains. Meandering through the North-West Himalayas, this trek is a kaleidoscope of nature.This beautiful trek route with its mesmerizing beauty will engulfs you to the core of your heart. Considered as one of the best trekking routes in the world.Great Lakes trek is nothing short of a life time experience: walking on the lush green meadows, seeing flocks of sheep dotting them, beholding the lofty mountains carrying glaciers that melt to form the undulated lakes; trekking parallel to the canals and rivulets that cut through mountains, and waking up in the morning to see the clouds drifting around your camps. The enchanting beauty of the trek is such that one ascends 11000ft without realising it.The trek could be completed in the reverse direction (instead of climbing from Nara Nag to Sonamarg, it could be trekked the other way round). Do not litter. Always throw the trash in the bins that will be handy along the trek. On the way, one gets a glimpse of Mount Harmukh, Gadsar peak and Mount Vishu and varied Himalayan animals like Common Leopard, Himalayan Marmot, Black Bear and many wild flowers and birds.Strictly follow the instructions told by the trek guide.
Upcoming Event Dates: Both days Included
14 July – 21 July 2018 (Last date to register 25 June 2018)
11 August – 18 Aug 2018 (Last date to register 01 August 2018)
20 Aug – 28 August 2018 (Last date to register 10 August 2018)
08 Sep – 15 Sep 2018 (Last date to register 30 August 2018)
We pick you up post arrival in Srinagar, later drive to Naranag 2 hour drive to base camp, sightseeing (Ancient Temples of Shiva) and night stay. An acclimatization walk of three kilometers till Dhumail Valley, which has many beauties to offer like twin streams flowing from an opposite direction and forms the Wangat river, deep pine forests and hundreds of bird species.
Naranag to Trunkhol Meadow (07 km):- We start in the morning through Pine forests of Buthshree A three hours ascend) and then traverse through Midone top to enter the famous Meadow called Trunkhol and will stay for a night. From the camp, we will get a best northern view of Mount Harmukh.
Trunkhol Meadow to Gangbal Valley (05 km):- After breakfast we trek on Mild gradient to reach the first Alpine Lake of trek Nandansar Lake, which lies on the foot of Mount Harmukh. The glacial water drains from Gangbal Lake and Northern glaciers of Mount Harmukh then enters in Nandansar Lake. A half hour more hike through meadow lead us to Gangbal Valley. We establish a night camp at pristine shore of Kashmir’s largest Alpine Lake which is also the main source to Wangat Stream and a tributary to River Sind.
Gangbal Valley to Satsar Valley (08 km):- After breakfast we start our ascend to Zajibbal Pass, which will take three to four hours to reach its summit. ZajbalPaas bisects Gangbal valley and Satsar valley, the highest point of entire trek, then a mild descend of two hours will take us to Satsar Valley. The Valley has seven small alpine lakes thus lending it the name Satsar. We shall camp here for the night.
Satsar Valley to Gadsar Valley (11 km ):- Fascinating trek through lush green meadows beautified by alpine flowers . This location is famous for long undulating meadows and sinking waters and a large Alpine Lake (Gadsar Lake). The campsite is beside Gadsar Lake.
Gadsar Valley to Kishensar Valley (11 km ) :-To reach the Kishensar Valley trekkers get an opportunity to cross the Gadsar Pass where we can have an overview of peaks across LOC and an aerial view for both Valleys ( Gadsar Valley and Kishensar Valley). The valley is famous for its twin large Alpine Lakes (Kishensar and Vishensar Lakes) Camping at Kishensar Valley gives every trekker or nature lover a unique feeling as it is the main source of Kishenganga River which drains through Gurez Valley.
Kishensar Valley to Nichnai/Table Top (11 km):-A mild gradient till Nichnai Pass and then descend through a pristine valley of wild alpine flowers of Nichnai Valley. We will camp here for the night.
Day 8: Nichnai to Sonamarg (09 km) we start the descend through Pine and Burj forests of Table Top and trekkers get an opportunity to have an aerial view of Thajiwas Mountain range and Bear Valley. The trek ends here at Sonamarg and we drive down to the city.
Package details and costs:
02 Persons Rs 25000.00 Per Person
03 Persons Rs 21000.00 Per Person
04 Persons Rs 18000.00 Per Person
05 Persons Rs 15000.00 Per Person
06 Persons Rs 14000.00 Per Person
07 Persons Rs 13000.00 Per Person
08 Persons Rs 12000.00 Per Person
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How to make a payment?
One needs to deposit full payment into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
Bank Name: State Bank of India, Carter Road Branch
Account No: 30011210106
Account Name Muhammed Yahya Virani
IFSC Code: SBIN0007780
Once the payment is made please send us the full name of the participants, age, contact number, email address, and emergency contact number via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Participation contribution is non-transferable. Minimum 2 participants will be required to conduct the event.
What’s in it for me?
– Offbeat high altitude trekking.
Missing any items from the recommended things to carry?
Call us and we shall help you in getting the best cameras, zoom lenses, telephoto lenses on hire (hire charges to be paid by the participants separately).
Inclusions for this trek offered:
Accommodation during the trek (camping), Trekking permits and forest camping charges
Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, etc), Safety equipment, Services of an expert trek leader and mountain guide, Services of an expert trek support team (cooks, helpers, porters/mules), Transport from Srinagar to base camp and from base camp to Srinagar
All meals on trekking days will be VEG only
Breakfast: Tea / Kahwa / Biscuit / Bread / Jam /Butter / Cornflakes etc.
Lunch: Rice / Chapattis / Veg
Evening Snacks / Chips / Tang Juice
Dinner: – Rice / Chapattis / Veg
MANDATORY DOCUMENTS required for this event.
1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Voters ID, etc.) – 2 copies (Scan and email it prior)
2. Medical Certificate, and disclaimer (to be filled by the trekker).
GEAR to be brought along by the trekker
* Backpack (50-60 litres): Backpack with sturdy straps and the supporting frame. Rain cover for your backpack is essential.
* Day-pack (20 liters capacity): It is mandatory to carry a day-pack if you choose to offload your backpack. If you decide to carry your backpack, day-pack bag is not required.
Trekking shoes: No sports shoes. The shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. Do not wear a new shoe to a trek. It might cause blisters. Before bringing them to trek, wear it for a week so that your feet get use to it. We recommend QUECHUA FORCLAZ 100, 500, and 600 or any other brand of equal or higher quality.
Other important things to carry:
Socks (3 pairs): 2 cotton pairs, 2 woollen pairs (mostly to be used on campsites and while sleeping. Keep them dry.) CLOTHES – REGULAR, First layer should be polyester / synthetic
Warm upper and lower Fleece
Warm Jackets / Down and Warm Hiking Pants
Rainproof Jackets and trousers ACCESSORIES
Balaclava: The cap must cover your ears and neck. You may also use scarves.
Synthetic hand gloves: Ensure that the gloves are waterproof.
Sun cap: Caps or hats to your face protect from direct sunlight.
Sunglasses: Curved ones will cover your eyes well and should be UV protect glasses.
Sunscreen: To protect body from sunburn.
Toiletries (Sunscreen – SPF 50+, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm/chap stick, small soap, toilet paper, wet tissue)
Repair kit (needle & thread). Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory. Camera: Carry all accessories – spare batteries, charger, etc.
Cutlery: Carry a plate, spoon, coffee mug & a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. To save weight, you may use your lunch box to have food in it and also carry it. (Not Mandatory)
Water bottles: To carry bottles for drinking water while hiking.
Trekking pole: Trekking pole is mandatory. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Best time to trek
The best season for Kashmir’s The Great Lakes trek is first week of July to last week of September.
What is the expected Temperature?
July day time 15C to 25C and night 7C to 1C August day time 15 C to 25 C and at night around 7C to 0 C
September day time 15C to 22C and night 5C to -3C
What is the cancellation policy?
50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 30 days prior to the event date
No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 30 days. No show No Refund.
Can I pay on the spot?
We do not accept cash payment. Confirmation only after bank fund transfer.
How can I speak to the event coordinator?
Call Muhammed Yahya Virani +919768143706 / +919970043706
What is the event disclosures on medical conditions and Event Risk Profile?
It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind and disclose the same and your medical history to the organizers of the trip. As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselves. The cost mentioned above is for Indian citizens ONLY payable in Indian Rupees. We recommend you to please take care while walking / climbing / trekking. Wearing of any valuables, ornaments, jewelry etc. is prohibited. Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner. We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside. Do not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR. We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking expedition. Note, this trek route does not have any fixed/proper/appropriate washrooms or bathrooms.