The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is just amazingly beautiful, gorgeous beyond words. everyday it used to get better and beautiful. the pristine lakes, the endless meadows, the scenery, the view of twin lakes of gangabal and nandkul from 14000 ft zaj pass is all lifelong experience. this is the kashmir that one cant see on normal tourist itinerary and the hardwork is totally worth it . Our local operator has organized it pretty well, the trek lead and 2 guides were friendly, supportive and professional in their conduct. the food was just too good and never expected to have such yummy food on such remote high altitude trek. we were group of 13 n bonded really well. our batch was during the kashmir lock-down period but i'm glad that we didnt cancel it. the long walks were moderately tough so you definitely need prepare a bit for fitness but its totally manageable. the descent was daunting but thats always the case in my experience.
we did face issues with accommodation n return transport on last day due to the curfew situation and operator could have done better job in co-ordinating it rather than just leaving us on our fate. that was the only sore point of the whole experience.
I highly recommend this trek to anyone who wish to experience the real beauty of Kashmir and why its called jannat on the earth.
kashmir, the haven on earth is my favorite destinations and trekiing there was just like icing on the cake... really enjoyed my trek.. camping was also something I was looking forward to and it turned out to be awesome as well.... planning to go for another trek soon..
"Srinagar is beautiful more than what we heard. My family also wanted to join the trip but since it was bike trip I could not take them with me. But next season, I will take my whole family also. The entire region was so cold but the natural beauty was really a surprise and one of a kind experience also."
We were a group of ten people, so we had to split after meeting at Manali. Only seven people were allowed in the Tata Sumo. I am a passionate photographer as well. So the whole place looked like a haven for me, my camera was continuously clicking until its battery was drained. I don’t think, anywhere in India, you can experience the toughest roads as you face in Ladakh. An offbeat trip for many of the days.
A complete tour of Ladakh, the land with the utmost beauty was this one. Very clear surroundings, but with cracky roads and high top hills were amazing to see from the jeep. We took a stop at Khardung La Pass, which was stunning, enjoyed the view so much and then we continued. We have come across a lot of monasteries as well where we found Buddhist images and paintings. The whole trip was arranged so well so that we did not have to be worried about anything, be it the food, accommodation and transportation. The driver was excellent and it was obvious that he was doing this job for past some years, that well he knew the route. Excellent package and worth spending every single penny.
The most worry free, comfortable and simultaneously adventurous bike trip i had. ladakh was not a vacation it was an experience and it is best experienced with thrillophilia.
"Filled with exhilarating sights, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks. A very good experience from the trek expedition organizers."
Though we are familiar with the beauty of Kashmir from pictures and stories, watching them with the naked eyes was really exciting for me. I am not a regular traveler type but I like traveling. Last time, when I got one long weekend, I took three more days leave and went to Kashmir. Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake and one more lake were there in the package. We trekked to these places and many of the climbs were tough for me. I was feeling the adrenaline rush in me when I was looking from the top of a hill to the valleys down. But I should agree to a fact that, the entire location is a fairy tale kind of place. I was wondered to see the glittering mountain ranges and the utmost beauty prevailing in each village. Dal Lake was the most beautiful attraction in the whole region, I felt. Such an extensive lake with a lot of traditional boats decorated with flowers. That sight was really appreciable from the shores. We stayed in one of the hotels in Leh watching the nearby areas from the windows and the next days, we visited the monasteries located near to Leh. From Srinagar, we went to Sonamarg also. The availability of food was limited during the trekking trip to Sonamarg and the walking along the Sindh River was captivating. The river looked so pretty with many trees on its either side. Vishansar Lake is another bundle of beauty with full of flowers and green meadows around. There are a lot of hilly regions near to it. They make the lake so amazing in the middle. No doubt why people call Kashmir the paradise on Earth. Such beautiful places are not existing in any parts of the world.
Kashmir Great Lakes trek was something beyond our expectations. I and my husband were going to visit Leh and other major parts in Kashmir. Two days in between, we have done the Great Lakes trekking as well. It was so amazing and the mountain ranges, rough valleys, tall trees, the villages were all looking so incredible. The blue, green lakes in the centre of the mountains had some extra ordinary charm, I felt. The trekking towards the Great Lakes were through some of the pine forests and along many streams and rivers. Some of the roads were really tough. We went alone, so that we found it difficult to reach the destination easily. But some travelers who were going after the activity helped us take the easiest routes. There was no shops or houses near the lakes but you have to come walking a lot to a stop where you can get some water at least. Hence, you should carry some water with you along with biscuits or energy bars. Camping was also done somewhere near and the night picture was superb. The wind was cold though it was not the time of an extreme climate. Dal Lake was also an amusement for us. We did a shikara ride along the lake and mind blowing it was. Overall, the trip was filled with pure joy. We continued to visit the other places near Kashmir.
"I was a bit nervous to do the bike trip because I have never done a ride on bullet through off roads or such a great height. But the guides and my fellow team members encouraged me and I started the ride. I remember, many times I was hesitating to continue the ride. But only because of the people around me I did not stop the journey in between. If I had stopped the trip in the middle, it would have been a great loss of my life I think. Such a beautiful place is Ladakh. It is surrounded by the tall peaks everywhere. Only a few people we saw on the journey may be the tribals. We tried the native food from one of the villages, I forgot the name of it. It was so different. The Chai they gave us was also different. But the people were so friendly and happy to see us. They were talking about their village and nowadays, a lot of people are coming to see the place and all. 11 days went like 11 hours I felt, may be because we were riding for long distance. It is a must visit place atleast once in your lifetime."