|Duration:||8 Days / 7 Nights||Language:||Hindi English Punjabi Himachali Urdu|
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||Best Time to Visit:||Jun Jul Aug Sep|
|Primary Activities:||Camping Hills & Mountains Photography Trekking||Other Activities:||Rock Climbing River Crossing|
|Nearest City:||Srinagar Sonamarg Nichnai Shekdur Vishnusar lake Kishansar Lake Gadsar Satsar Gangabal Naranag||Nearest Airport:||Srinagar Airport ( Srinagar SXR )|
|Nearest Railway Station:||Srinagar Kashmir ( SINA )||Activity Level:||Basic|
|Traveler:||Domestic International||Transportation:||Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail. Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum. Book Taxi:- 095 83 83 83 83|
|Trip Code:||J &/Sri/adm/024||Wild Tour:||Adventures Group Hill Station|
Kashmir outstand all the stunning places on earth. Srinagar, set around the infamous andmagnificent Dal Lake, has house boats, Shikaras, which are one of the tourist attractions in Kashmir. Hence, Kashmir makes the idlest place for trekking. Kashmir gives the trekkers a feeling of sheer joy and pure calmness. Kashmir has many astounding lakes which gives an additional beauty to the valley. Few of the lakes frequented by the trekkers are Dal, Nagin, Anchar, Ganbar, Wular, Manasbal Lake and the twin Lakes Vishansar and Krishnasar.
Upon your arrival at Srinagar airport/ railway station, our representative will receive you. There will be arranged your trip as per flight / rail schedule. The trekkers will spend the time in Srinagar. The Srinagar is a capital of Jammu & Kashmir, is situated in Kashmir valley. It’s one can take a short trip to Dal Lake, which is known for its beautiful Shikaras. The Srinagar is also famous for Mughal Gardens that includes Chashma Shahi, the royal fountain Pari Mahal, Fairies' palace, Nishat Bagh, the garden of spring; Shalimar and Naseem Bagh. After sightseeing you will start drive to Sonamarg base camp to reach by evening . Camping is in tents.
This day is most energetic day for the trekkers. The trek would be start 3 to 4 kms out of Sonamarg, on the Srinagar road. You would come across an isolated clean dhaba on the right side . The place also sells packaged water, biscuits etc and is your last place to pick up short eats. The track goes down to the level of the Sindh river 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. The meadow directly overlooks the Sonamarg town. In half an hour you are at the top of the meadow where Maple and Pine trees start. 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. Walking on the green bed of grass amidst the Maples is an experience unique to Kashmir in India. For the next hour and a half, the trail winds up through the Maple trees. Stick to the trail heading uphill as the ones going down head to some of the nearby villages. The trees give way to clearings in between. Turn around and see the view of the Sonamarg valley which gets better and fuller as you gain height. The Maple forest ends at the top of the ridge and the other side a meadow gently slopes down. Spend a few moments at the ridge taking in the views of the Sonamarg and its neighboring valley. The streams, the meadows, the pines and the town nestled make a wonderful picture. The climb is now over and the trail slopes down into a meadow. The meadow is lined on the left by Silver Birch trees and a few shepherd huts. The carpet of green rolls down from the trees to the end of the 40ft wide meadow. Small brooks which cross the meadow serve as water sources. On the right are small peaks with snow powdered on top of them. This is Shekdur. If you plan to have a short days trek on day one, this is where you pitch your tents for the day. It takes an average trekker about some hours to reach the meadow from the road head and add another half an hour if you decide to break the days trek at the end of the meadow. Shekdur is a beautiful campsite surrounded by Bhoj trees. This is the only campsite with trees on this trek and therefore adds a good variety to your moments and photographs. Shekdur is a collection of small peaks powdered with snow. And another three hours trek will take us to meadows of Shekdur surrounded by Bhoj trees. It is the ideal place to rest for sometime before further continuing. The descent will end in bhoj forest or silver birch. The golden setting sun is worth watching from here. After the silver birch trees, the trail will lead us up towards a river, which is the beginning of Nichnai. The river here is connected to Sindh River from Sonamarg. The river, which joins the Sindh eventually flows in speed through the valley. The first 30 minutes is over rocks and your mules will walk very slowly over here. An hour into the river valley green patches devoid of rocks open up. The river valley widens and you can see the green meadow widening in between the two mountain ranges. Far ahead lie triangular twin snow clad peaks,Nichnai is 11, 500 ft above sea level and choose a flat ground to pitch tents and end the first days trek. Overnight in camp.
The third day of the trek is bit longer than the previous day and hence, it's best to start a little early by 8am. The days trek is a long walk on meadows with the scenery changing for the better all along. You will get enough time en route to enjoy the meadows. Your first destination for the day is to cross the Nichnai pass or Vishnusar Berry. The pass is visible at a distance from the campsite. It lies just to the right of the twin snow clad peaks. After half an hour of walking along the river, cross the river to move to its left bank. The next hour walk on the left bank. The following one hour is a climb to the pass. As you climb, notice a small lake at the foot of the mountains. The lake is deep blue in colour and you can sense your expectations raising of the main lakes to come on this trek. The pass is deceptive. The ridge seen from the meadow below is not the pass. The trail turns inwards twice and only then does the Nichnai pass come up. From the Nichanai pass, watch the Sonamarg valley and the trail you came from. Nichnai pass feels like a wide tunnel. On the left stand a series of snow clad peaks. There are no peaks on the right but the land raises on the right too. Nichnai pass is at an altitude of 13,500 ft above sea level and is a steep climb . But once we reach the highest peak, the trail descends rapidly from here. 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. Stop here and take in the view of the peaks, the river below and the flowery meadow. Your left a big waterfall splashing down the mountain cliff and joining the river.Starting the waterfall, the rapid descent ends and you are now walking through the flat wide meadow. On the left side are the classic snow clad Himalayan mountains but see on your right side, the grey and barren mountains resembling the Ladakh ranges. You walk along in between the two ranges over the lush green carpet of grass. Two main streams flow through the valley. Stick close to the stream on the left. In half an hour, brace yourselves for another stream crossing for the day. The water is icy cold. Continue in the meadow for you reach the end of the valley. Another stream flows perpendicularly from your left to your right side . This stream originates at the Vishnusar lake which is a bit higher on your left. You can camp for the day anywhere near the stream. One can take a view of the Vishansar Lake by walking along the stream, seven minutes from the camp site. The lake is maginifently large and is nestled in between four mountains.
The Vishnusar lake lies half a km to the left and 100ft higher from the campsite. Head left and follow the stream without crossing it. The lake is two mounds away and takes about minutes to reach. The lake starts getting its colors when the sun shines. On a clear sunny morning, the water is absolutely blue. Clouds and the evening sun make it look greenish blue. The lake looks wonderful. These lakes are full of trout’s fishing is popular. Obtain a permit from Srinagar for fishing. The Kishansar lake lies just about some km away and 500ft higher than Vishnusar. The Kishansar lake lies at the base of the Kishansar peak. Start move right towards the stream and cross it where it is easy. There are multiple tracks here. For those keen on photography, the one going up is more attractive as you get the view of the meadow and the lake from a height. Though the two lakes are only 1.2 km. The Kishansar meadows photographing the lake from various angles. Overnight in Camp.
Early morning you start next part of the trek is from Kishansar lake side to the top of the ridge. see a pencil thin line traversing through the mountain side, that is your track to follow. Keep stick to the one going higher though any them will take you to the top for 45 minutes to perceive climb an out of the world sight of the twin lakes, Vishansar and Kishansar lakes are in full view together. From here, you climb further up to reach the Gadsar pass altitude 13,800ft the highest point on this trek. The other side of the Gadsar pass stretches a long valley with 2-3 small lakes visible. The descent is straightforward. The first small lake that is seen on the left is the Yamsar lake. The locals tend to believe that lord Yama has some association with the lake. Beyond Yamsar is another nameless lake. Some time descent leads you into flat meadows again. This valley is narrower with two ranges running on your either sides. Notice the multicolored flowers growing up out of the green grass. It starts with red and moves on to blue and purple Iris flowers. When you are in the blue Iris area, you are almost at Gadsar which is one of the prettiest Most of the lakes on this trek. Gadsar is at the base of snow clad cliffs. Blue flowers spring up one one side and snow slabs fall into the lake from the mountain on the other side. Look ahead to see the green blue valley gently slope down. The Yamsir, the nameless lake and Gadsar are all connected by a stream as water flows from the higher lake to the lower. There are not one camps at Gadsar. There is a small abandoned army shelter near Gadsar. You have to report at the army camp along with our ID proofs so as to acquire permission to pass Gadsar.
Walk from the army camp move left towards the stream. The trail crosses the stream and heads up the mountain. 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. After crossing the stream, take the trail that goes up the mountain. You are just above the tree line. Trees and the river valley are visible below you. The hour and a half long climb graduates to a traverse. The trail bends round to the left and leaves the river valley. You are now walking on a flat trail surrounded by mountains on a meadow. This place is known as Maengandob. The landscape ahead is captivating. Isolated mountains stand in front. You will found in between is a flat green bed with a stream flowing in between. If want to choose to camp here if Gadsar lake was your last camp. If the army camp was your start, it makes sense to cover a little more distance today and camp near the first of the Satsar lakes. Satsar is actually a collection of 7 lakes. You can actually find 4 or 5 lakes with water, depending on the season you choose to trek. We can notice the Army check post, which is 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 lake is beautiful, with mountains overlooking the water. Its surrounding gives a pleasant inner feeling and a peaceful night to sleep.
Mentally and physically you will be challenged. The only way to keep going is the zeal to complete the wonderful trek to reach the biggest Satsar lake. The biggest of the Satsar lakes is also the last in the sequence. After the last lake the trail starts to descend. Continue for half an hour on the main trail until you see the forest line ahead to your left. You would climb up the mountains to reach the desired altitude of 11,800ft. Take the zig zag pony track to climb up to the top of the first ridge. Some minute trek with limited breaks will see you on top of the first ridge. Once on top, you see two more ridges to climb. The trail from the base to top is barren and rocky. Looking behind at the opposite mountains, spot the Gujjar huts amidst the tall pines. You will not fail to notice the bareness of the mountains here and the greenery on the other side. A total two hour ascent brings you to the top of the 3rd ridge. The altimeter reads about 13,400ft. The best part of the day 6's journey lies in here. From the top of the ridge, You will witness the view of the amazing twin lakes, Gangabal and Nundkol. The bigger one is the Gangabal. The lakes are connected with each other by a stream. On either side of the lakes, at a distant are two smaller lakes, names unknown. From here, we will face a steep rocky descent. You will cross a stream in between. An hour and half, a few ups and downs later you would enter green meadows. By following the meadows and a stream, you will finally get to Nundkol Lake. Many people from Gangabal and Naranag come here for weekend outing. You can see the Hurmukh peaks from the lake side. The twin lakes are famous for fishing. Trout fishes are popular here. Ganagabal Lake is twenty minutes from Nundkol Lake and to get there you will have to cross the stream by a man made bridge. We shall camp at the banks of Gangabal Lake for the overnight.
After having breakfast you will start today is the final day of your trekking expedition and the days trek is a killer on your toes and knees. From the Gangabal campsite head down along the stream towards the tree line. Don’t walk beside the stream but walk along the ridge on the right. The ridge ends and you descend to a green flat meadow on the right. The Harmukh peak looks impressive when you look back. After a half hour walk the green meadow has little yellow flowers growing all over. After few km you will hit the fringes of the tree line. Pine trees line the meadows and you also see traces of civilization with the presence of a log hut . Do not walk into the forest directly but stick to its fringes and walk towards the right. Now start to climb up a bit. You drop to 10,800ft at the tree line but climb again to 11,000ft. Walk for the next 6 kms you never really lose altitude and you are forever around the 10,800ft mark making your way in and out of the Pine forest and finally entering it fully. After walking for 2/3 of the distance does the true descent begin. The descent is now really steep. The trail is a well trodden muddy one through the thick of the pines. The last 4 kms and arrive at Naranag. This is the last leg of the trek. Few more meters and would finally reach our trek destination, Naranag Village, Ganderbal District. The last stretch of the last day does become an endurance test but soon the stone paved village track comes up and in no time you enter the main road of Narnag. Drive to Srinagar and stay overnight at Srinagar.