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Great Lakes Trek

World Famous Alpine Trail

Great Lakes Trek

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.

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.

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.  

The enchanting beauty of the trek is such that one ascends 11000ft without realising it.



Itinerary

Day 1

Srinagar to Sonamarg

  • Drive from Srinagar to the base camp at Sonamarg.
  • At Sonamarg an afternoon acclimatization walk.

Day 2

Sonamarg to Nichnai
  • A mild ascent takes us into the valley of Nichnai via famous tabletop that gives a panoramic view of a chain of mountains that includes Thajwas Mountain range and Bear Valley. The Nichnai Valley is known as the valley of wildflowers.  We camp in the flowery meadows of Nichnai.

Day 3

Nichnai to
  • We ascend into the Kishansar/Vishansar Valley—a beautiful valley with two lakes resting soothingly before two lofty mountain peaks. The lakes abound with colourful trout fish. Both of these lakes have a religious significance and they drain into Kishanganga River that meanders through Gurez valley.

Day 4

Kishansar/Vishansar Valley to Gadsar
  • We enter into the Gadsar Valley over Gadsar pass. The pass gives a wide view of both Kishansar/Vishansar valley on one side and the Gadsar valley on the other.
  • Enchant yourself with long wavy meadows dotted with multicoloured flowers. The Gadsar Valley is famous for its lake and sinking watersand.  We pitch the tents beside a shimmering canal that comes out of the Gadsar Lake. Legends say the water and fish from the Gadsar Lake have healing powers.

Day 5

Gadsar to Satsar
  • On the fifth day of the trek, the trail becomes mild and relaxing with a repetition of mild ascents and descents through large meadows that stretch along a succession of the fascinating mountain range. The Satsar valley holds seven alpine lakes; we camp for the night beside one of the canals that snake around this valley.

Day 6

Satsar to Gangbal
  •  The day takes us over the Zajibal pass-- . The pass cuts the Satsar Valley and Gangbal valley. From Zajbal one can see the glaciers above on twin lakes (Nandansar / Nundkol and Gangabal and few othe alpine lakes like Kolsar etc.
  • We cover a two hours descend that leads us to the Nundkol Lake lying judiciously at the foot of Harmukh. The Harmukh, the lake and the reflection of the Harmukh in the lake make it majestic. Gangabal is a largest alpine lake of Kashmir and the lake and Mount Harmukh (5142m) is very sacred in Shivism.

Day 7

Gangbal to Naranag via trunkhol meadow

  • The Trunkhol Meadow is encircled with snow-capped green mountains, and the camping gives a breathtaking view of Harmukh Mountain.
  • On the last day of the trek, we descend into the Naranag through the meadow and then through a knee crushing terrain of Buthshree to reach Naranag.
  • The same day we will drive to Srinagar.
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Things to follow

  • 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.
  • Strictly follow the instructions told by the trek guide.
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