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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 Nara Nag
  • Drive from Srinagar to the base camp at Naranag.
  • At Naranag an afternoon acclimatization three-kilometers-trek around the ancient temples to the Dhumail Valley.

Day 2

Nara Nag to Trunkhol Meadow
  • The first day of the Great Lakes Trek.
  • A three-hour ascent through a dense pine forest and then a short steady walk leading to the famous Trunkhol meadow. The meadow gives a breathtaking view of Mount Harmukh.
  • A night-stay at the Trunkhol meadow.

Day 3

Trunkhol to Gangbal 
  • On the second day we start early morning trek after breakfast.
  • We cover a mild gradient that leads us to the first lake of the trek, the Nandansar Lake lying at the foot of Harmukh. The Harmukh, the lake and the reflection of the Harmukh in the lake makes it majestic.
  • A half an hour walk takes us into Gangbal Valley where we pitch the tents for the night stay.

Day 4

Gangbal to Satsar
  • On the third day of the trek we cross over the Zajball pass, the highest altitude in the entire trek. The pass turns the Gangbal valley into Satsar Valley. The trek is a repetition of ascents and descents till we reach the Satsar valley holding seven alpine lakes; we camp for the night beside those pristine lakes.

Day 5

Satsar to Gadsar
  • Enchant yourself with long wavy meadows dotted with multicolored flowers. The Gadsar Valley is famous for its lake and sinking river. We pitch the tents beside the Gadsar Lake.

Day 6

Gadsar to Kishansar/Vishansar
  • We ascend the Gadsar pass that overlooks the two lakes (Kishansar and Vishansar) having both religious and historical significance. The lakes drain into Kishanganga River that meanders through Gurez valley. The Gadsar pass will give us a panoramic view of the mountain chain crossing over to the other side of Kashmir.

Day 7

Kishansar/Vishansar Valley to Nichnai Valley

  • A mild ascent followed by a long descent will take us into the valley of Nichnai, the valley of wild flowers. We camp in the flowery meadows of Nichnai.

Day 8

Nichnai to Sonamarg

  • On the last day of the trek, we descend into the Sonamarg valley. On the way, we get the view of the Thajwas mountain range and Bear Valley that nourish snow leopards and Himalayan Marmots.
  • The same day, we will drive to the hotel for the night.
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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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