Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek:- 

Kashmir Great Lakes
Kashmir Great Lakes

Day 1 Getting to base camp – Sonamarg. The transport will be arranged at 2:30 PM from TRC Srinagar. Cost of cab is Rs. 2,500. The amount is shared between trekkers.

Day 2 Sonamarg (7,800 ft) to Nichnai (11,500 ft); 9 km, 6 hours

Day 3 Nichnai (11,500 ft) to Vishnusar (12,000 ft); 12 km, 6 hours

Day 4 Explore Vishnusar and Kishansar Lakes

Day 5 Vishnusar (12,000 ft) to Gadsar (12,500 ft) via Gadsar Pass (13,800 ft); 10 km, 5 hours

Day 6 Gadsar (12,500 ft) to Satsar (12,000 ft); 12 km, 6 hours

Day 7Satsar (12,000 ft) to Gangabal twin lakes (11,500 ft); 9 km, 6 hours

Day 8 Gangabal (11,500 ft) to Naranag (7,450 ft); 11 km, 6 hours. Drive to Srinagar – you will reach by 6:00 PM

Day 1
Getting to the base camp – Sonamarg
Altitude: 7,800 ft
Time taken: 4 hours, 80 km
Arrive at Srinagar and drive to Sonamarg, about 4 hours away. The trek begins at Sonamarg. The trek can be paced out more evenly if you make Sonamarg as your base. This gives you more trekking time on.

Available Date
11-Jul to 18 Jul -2018
20-Jul to 27 Jul -2018
29-Jul to 05 Aug -2018
07-Aug to 14 Aug -2018
16-Aug to 23 Aug -2018
25-Aug to 01 Sep -2018
03-Sep to 10 Sep -2018
12-Sep to 19 Sep -2018

(Exclusive) – Transport and backpack

(Includes all costs of the trek from Sonamarg to Naranag).


The Cost of Rs 12500 including  all facilities and GST base camp to base camp.

Personal luggage charge per day per bag 250 (wt10 kg).

Transport Srinagar to Sonamarg 2500 and return Naranag to Srinagar 2500 per Cab. Including Union fees

Kashmir Great Lakes
Kashmir Great Lakes

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :– Arrive at Sonamarg
Altitude: 7800 ft
90 kms drive from Shrinagar, approx 3 hours.
If booked in advance, GHE can arrange pick up from TRC at 3pm
Our campsite is near the Sindh river (Shitkadi Village).
Since there are no shops around ensure that you have all that you need already.
Remember to carry your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies as we have to submit them at the army check post.
KGL trek. Day 2

Day 2:- Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.
Altitude: 7,800 ft to 11,500 ft
11 kms trek, approx 8 hours
After the breakfast we trek to Nichnai via Shekdur.
The trail takes you through meadows, dense forests with Maple, Pine and Bhoj trees.
After approx half an hour, we get an army check post where we have to submit our ID proofs.
While you are at it, you can enjoy an awesome view of the Sonmarg Valley or the Thajiwas Glacier.
The trek from Shitkadi to Shekdur is goes through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx 2 and half hours.
At Shekdur, you can indulge in instant noodles and an omelette if you wish to.
We follow the Nichnai Stream as we trek from Shekdur to Nichnai.
We have lunch at the Nichnai stream, after Shekdur.

Kashmir Great Lakes
Kashmir Great Lakes

KGL trek. Day 3

Day 3 :– Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass
Altitude: 11,500 ft to 12,000 ft via 13100 ft
12 kms trek, approx 7 hours
Trek from Nichnai to Nichnai Pass is of approx 1 and half hours ascent.
At the top of Nichnai Pass you can get B.S.N.L and Airtel network, which is the last point under mobile coverage area.
From Nichnai pass to Vishansar there is a descent.
At Vishansar campsite, lunch will be offered.
We can visit the Vishansar Lake which is just 15 minutes walk from the campsite
The first lake of the trek and one of the most beautiful ones.
If the trek is in July, the lake will be frozen. Otherwise, we can do fishing at the lake with permission from Srinagar Fishing Department.
Vishansar is visited by hoards of sheep and their shepherds are known for interesting stories.
The campsite is a unique place with an open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket etc.
Beware of dogs at campsite

Kashmir Great Lakes

Day 4:- Acclimatization + Rest Day. (Condition Apply)
You may visit Kishansar lake, which is at approx 1 and half kms from our camp site.
If the weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at vishansar or else move towards next camp site, rest day can be use at Gangbal camp site.

Day 5:-  Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass
Altitude: (12,000ft) to (12,000ft) via (13,750ft)
14 kms trek, approx 10 hours
We start the trek earlier than usual.
The trail passes from Vishansar to Gadsar, via Gadsar pass the highest point of the trek.
From Vishansar, the trail takes a steep ascent till Gadsar Pass.
We can see the Kishansar Lake on the way.
From the Gadsar pass till the camp site, we descend gradually.
We can spot the Gadsar lake en route.
You might also spot the Glacier of Gadsar Lake.
After the Gadsar lake, we will reach the campsite in 2 hours.
Just a few minutes before our campsite, we will have another army checkpoint and we will have to share our ID proofs with them.
Pack lunch will be provided.

Day 6 :- Gadsar to Satsar
Altitude: 12,000 ft to 12,000 ft
9 kms trek, approx 6 hours trek
Mid July to mid August, the trail is laden in vibrant flowers.
We need to share our IDs at another army check post en route. .
Moving on, we see two small lakes which are often mistaken as Satsar Lakes.
We will visit the Satsar twin lakes, in the afternoon, which are approx 1.3 h
Stasar twin lakes are also known as mengen top.
Those twin lakes are between the middle of the mountain.

Kashmir Great Lakes
Kashmir Great Lakes

Day 7 :- Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass
Altitude: 12,000 ft to 11,500 ft 13000
11 kms trek, approx 6 hours
We walk on rocky paths for approx an hour and ascend till Jazz Pass.
At the pass, you can enjoy views of the 4 lakes, Mt. Harmukh and its glacier.
From the pass we descend till the Gangbal lake and camp at Nandkol lake.
We visit the Gangbal Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in the trek.
Post dinner, a team of Kashmiri staff will perform their traditional songs and dance.

Day 8 :- Gangabal to Naranag Drive to Srinagar
Altitude: 11,500 ft to 7,450 ft
15 kms trek, approx 7 hours
The trail is a descent till the last point of the trek – Naranag, so take care of your knees and ankles.
The trail will pass through pine tree forests.
On advance booking, GHE can arrange transport to Srinagar at a charge.
After the 70 kms drive, you will reach Srinagar by 6:30 pm.

* Please note that prepaid sim cards do not work in Kashmir.
Don’t forget your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies.
On Day 8, you’ll reach Srinagar between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Camping)

2. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)

Bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner.

3. Trek equipments like Sleeping bag,
mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent

4. Trekking Permits

5. First aid medical kits

6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide Support staff and Mules.

Exclusions :-

1. Transport from Srinagar (TRC).Sonamarg and return Naranag to Srinagar.
Cost 5000 per cab

2. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

3. Hotel Stay in Srinagar.

4. Food during the transit.

5. Insurance.

6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Transportation: The cost of transport from Srinagar to Sonamarg and return from Naranag to Srinagar has to be borne by the participant. GHE has arrangements with local transporters to pick up trekkers from Srinagar. The vehicles will leave Srinagar at 3.00 pm and reach Sonamarg by 6.00 pm.

Kashmir Great Lakes
Kashmir Great Lakes

1. Basics Gear

Back pack & rain cover(50 – 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps

Day pack + rain cover20 – 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)

Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)

Head torch1 Nos.

Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one litre each

People who use hydration pack

1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter

Carry at least one thermos flask

SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors

Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor

2. Be comfy at the trek

T-shirts2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)

Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.

Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)

Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.

Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair

Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair

Trek pants2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)

Poncho1 Nos.

3. Personal Utilities

Sunscreen creamHand sanitizer

MoisturiserAntibacterial powder

Toilet Paper & wipesToothbrush and toothpaste

Lip balmQuick dry towel

4. Think about your head

Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)

Woolen cap1 Nos.

Balaclava1 Nos.

Neck-gaiters1 Nos.

SunglassesDark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.

People who wear spectacles-
(A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)

(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.

5. Mind your step

Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)

Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair (Optional)

Cotton socks5 pairs

Woollen socks3 pairs

Gaiters1 Pair (GHE  team will notify you if required)

6. Keep these handy

Waterproof gloves1 Pair

Fleece/woollen gloves1 Pair.

7. Mobile and Camera charging system

Powerbank  and extra battery.



KGL trek. Facilities available

Gear & Food

Here is the basic information of the gear we use while camping.

Tents : 3 people can comfortably sleep in these tents. Made out of polyethylene these are dome shaped and water proof. we use tents by top manufacturers like Quechua, Vaango Sleeping bags : made out of polyfill these are mummy shaped bags which keeps a person warm up to -5 degrees. we use sleeping bags by manufacturers like Quechua,Carry Mats: these are 6feet by 3 feet foam mats which are used to sleep on. It helps insulate the body from the cold underground. Kitchen and dining tents : made out of aluminum poles these are large marquees which can house more than 10people at a time. Typically they are A-shaped and have an outer covering to keep of the rain. Toilet tents : these are stand alone tents which act as a room to enclose the mud-pit which is used as a toilet. The pit is dug up to a depth of 3 feet and is filled by mud later on:

Here are the details of the kind of food we provide on treks.

BREAKFAST : Upma, poha, porridge, aloo paratha , boiled eggs , ommlettes , scrambles eggs , bread butter jam , honey , pickle , cut fruits , banana pancakes Lunches [Packed] : Fruits like apple/orange/banana , fruit drink like appy/frooti/real juices , butter & jam sandwich , boiled egg , vegetable sandwich , plain paratha-sabzi, biscuits , chocolates DINNER: Soup, starters , salad , papad, vegetable , roti’s , rice , daal , sweet dish like fruit custard/caramel custard/sevaiyya/sweet bread, 1 local vegetable like mushrooms or green vegetables.