Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes is one of the most beautiful treks in India. No question. It validates Kashmir’s mythical status as heaven on earth. This is because the trek is set on a canvas that’s larger than life. It is situated 75 km northeast of Srinagar. Every day is a 360° panorama of wild, rugged mountains, rolling meadows, and turquoise alpine lakes. And you get more than six of these lakes and five very different valleys to explore! The range of landscape makes it a moderate-difficult trek spanning over six days. This means it has long trekking days with steep ascents and descents with no easy exit points. So, it’s not meant for a beginner who hasn’t been exposed to high-altitude treks.



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/homestay.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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. 


- Accommodation in Tent/Home Stay on Triple/twin sharing basis.

- All meals from day 1 to 8 Breakfast and Dinner(MAP)

- Srinagar to Srinagar travel - Permissions, inner line permits, Wild life Fees, red cross Fees, parking etc.

- Tour leader and tour guide - Inner line permit as per itinerary.

- Road tax, toll tax NGT tax.


- Any kind of Personal Expenses or Optional tour/ Extra Meals Ordered.

- Lunch on all days and Food during flight/Volvo travel not included in Package.

- Monastery Fees, Guide fees, Camera fees, tips, Laundry charges or any personal shopping.

- Medical and Travel insurance.

- Any changes you may choose to make during your tour.

- Any change in plan or direct cost due to any climate changes, road blockage is not considered in package.

- Delhi Airport pick/drop - 5% GST not included.

- Additional costs not included due to flight cancellation, road blocks, political disturbances etc,


• Sequence of the day-wise tour program may Change depending upon traffic schedules/restrictions on some roads and other unforeseen travel-related conditions.

• If there is any unprecedented hike in the cost of transport (including fuel surcharge) or accommodation it will also affect the cost

• We shall not be responsible for any change in the itinerary due to landslides, flight cancellations, weather conditions or any unforeseen circumstances.

• The additional cost incurred will be in addition to the cost

Pickup Points

  • Shrinagar

Terms & Conditions

Payment Policy:

• 1st installment - 30% at the time of booking the seat.

• 2nd installment - 45 - 30 days prior to tour 40% payment.

• 3rd installment - 29 - 15 days prior to tour 20% payment.

• Final installment - 15 days prior to tour 10% payment.

Cancellation Policy:

• Cancellation after booking tour: 30% of the tour cost

• 30 days or more prior to start of tour: 60% of the tour cost

• 29-15 days prior to start of tour: 80% of the tour cost.

Covid cancellation Policy:

Total Paid tour cost will be non-refundable incase for any pandemic restrictions. However, paid amount will be carry forwarded to any of our next tour/trek which registered participant would be interested. With validity 3 years from start date of registered event/batch.

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Important Notes


 Any extra transfers required during the tour will be charged extra.

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 Airport transfers and coach tours are based on all guest traveling together in same flight, any additional transfers will not be provided if guest travel on different airlines.

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 Any changes in itinerary or upgrade in hotel /s will be charged extra, over and above the given cost. (which will be informed to the customer in advance for final acceptance and payment)

If tour is cancelled due to Covid Lockdown or natural calamity

 In case the tour gets cancelled cause 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. In case, due to Government lockdown restrictions we are unable to continue with any of the plan, cancellation/refund will be done as per covid cancellation policy mentioned above. If the participant is unwilling to go for the alternative trek/tour, there would be no refund or voucher issued as for this tour/trek, all the services have to be arranged beforehand and cannot be shifted to any other date.

 No show and trek/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 the base 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 location or any other place. The services on the trek are arranged for even if they go unused.

In Case of Injury / Casualty

 If any trekker 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 trekker. We have one Backup plan by which people unwilling to continue to carry on with the trek can accompany the person heading back to the base camp with the team only once. If in case a second emergency occurs, the complete trek will be terminated, and all the participants shall be immediately dropped back to the base camp.

 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 were missed 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.