Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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Nichnai Pass
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Vishansar Lake
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Gadsar Lake
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Satsar Lake
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Gangabal Lake
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Stay Included
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Sightseeing Included

Trip Highlights

  • Have an ultimate trekking adventure with the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, where you'll pass through diverse landscapes and rocky terrain to achieve great heights.

  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of Vishansar Lake, where crystal-clear waters reflect the surrounding peaks, creating a scene straight out of a dream.

  • Experience achievement standing at the Gadsar Pass, the highest point of the trek at 13,800 ft., and admire the views of the snow-capped peaks.

  • Reward yourself with the panoramic views of the two most amazing lakes of Kashmir, Gangabal and Nundkol, as you ascend to a height of 13,400 ft.

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What’s inside the package?
1 night stay in Sonamarg
1 night stay in Nichnai Pass
1 night stay in Vishansar Lake
1 night stay in Gadsar Lake
1 night stay in Satsar Lake
1 night stay in Gangabal Lake
Trek from Sonmarg to Nichnai via Shekdur
Trek from Nichnai to Vishansar Lake
Trek from Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake via Krishansar Lake & Gadsar Pass
Trek from Gadsar Lake to Satsar Lake
Trek from Satsar Lake to Gangabal Twin Lakes
Trek from Gangabal Lake to Naranag
Daily Breakfast
First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).
Trekking Permission
Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff
Expenses of a personal nature.
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions
Any personal expenses

Know Before You Go

  • Take your time adjusting to high altitudes, as the weather conditions can be different from lower areas.
  • Listen to your trek leaders or instructors carefully for a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
  • Please carry a valid ID proof.
  • No bill will be reimbursed for any missed service/facility.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the trek.
  • Please note that in the event of emergencies or natural calamities, the management reserves the right to modify the trek itinerary. However, any changes due to circumstances beyond our control is not covered in the package cost.

Additional Information

About Kashmir Great Lakes Trek:

Cuddled up cosily amidst the mountains, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is yet another hidden jewel of Kashmir as it validates Kashmir’s mythical status as heaven on earth. The beautiful Alpine and snow-clad mountains will walk through the paths, and green meadows, and rocky terrains are there to bound the journey.

Every day is a 360° panorama of wild, rugged mountains, rolling meadows and turquoise alpine lakes and you get more than seven of these lakes and five very different valleys to explore! The Kashmir Great Lakes, however, is an IMAX 3D experience – such is the grandeur of the trek. If you have not done this trek, put it on your bucket list!

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Quick Facts:

Duration: 7D/6N

Trekking distance: 72km

Maximum Altitude: 13,800ft

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Kashmir Great Lakes TrekTemperature: 17°C-20°C (Max. During Day Time) to 3°C-4°C ( Min. During Night Time)

Best Time to do Kashmir Great Lake Treks: July to September

Railway Station: Jammu is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Srinagar Airport

Start Point: Srinagar

End Point: Srinagar

Kashmir Great Lake Trek Inclusions:

Accommodation – 06 Nights Tented Accommodation on a triple sharing basis.

Meals – All Veg Meals from Dinner on Day 1st to breakfast on Day 7th.

Morning and Evening Tea/ Coffee is served with light snacks during the trek.

Camping charges – All necessary fees and permits for Indian residents are included.

Safety equipment – Basic First aid medical kits with Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi Meter.

Expert trek Leaders – Qualified and experienced Trek leaders and support staff.

Available Group Departure Dates:

➔ July: 1,8,9,13,15,22,23,24,25,28

➔ August: 2,4,5,6,11,18,20,27,28,31

➔ September: 10,17,18,25

➔ October: 7

NOTE: Date customizations are available on request.

How to Reach:

By Air: Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Indigo operate daily flights to Srinagar. Reaching Srinagar by flight from New Delhi is the most convenient way.

By Train: 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.

By Bus: Srinagar is linked by National Highway 1A to the rest of the country. J & K state road transport operates comfortable buses from Jammu.


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What is the best time to go for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

The best time to enroute a trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes is between the months of July to September. This is the time climatic conditions here are moderate and you can explore the best of natural surroundings without any hassles like a severe cold or scorching sun.

How do I get to Kashmir for the Great Lakes Trek?

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek starts from Sonmarg, which is around 80 kilometres from Srinagar and takes around 2 hours to reach. You can avail train, bus, and flight services to get to Srinagar conveniently.

By Air- Srinagar airport is easily accessible from all major parts of India via air transport. It takes around 2 hours to 9 hours from the metropolitan cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, depending upon the distance and the layover duration of the flights. Once you reach there, you can get a taxi or a car to reach Sonmarg, covering around 80 kilometres in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

By Train- The nearest railway station to Srinagar is the Jammu Tawi railway station which is well-connected to nearby cities. It is situated 271 kilometres away from Srinagar, which can be covered easily via public bus transport or simply hire a cab for the same. Jammu Tawi Express, Kathgodan Garib Rath, and Jammu Rajdhani are two popular trains that can take you to Jammu Tawi railway station.

By Road- You can reach Srinagar via car from the nearby cities like Delhi, Amritsar, Pathankot, Shimla and others. Alternatively, you can reach Jammu and take a car ride from there to Sonmarg directly. Jammu and Sonmarg are situated at a distance of 322 kilometres, and your destination can be reached in approximately 8.5 hours.

What is the temperature at Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

You will experience a vast difference in day and night temperatures during Kashmir Great Lake Trek. The temperatures range from 17-20 degrees Celsius during daytime, which drops to 3-5 degrees Celsius in the night. So carry enough pair of warm clothes and good quality trekking boots so that you do not face any difficulty in acclimatization.

What is the best season for Kashmir great lakes trek?

The best time to book the Kashmir Great Lakes trek package is from Summer to monsoon, from June to October. During this time, especially in the summers, the landscapes are pristine and vibrant, offering the trekkers a fresh and bright journey. This trek is considered to be monsoon-friendly, so despite the slipper tracks and occasional showers, you are sure to have a memorable experience here during these times. The temperatures range from 20-15 degrees in the morning, and they can drop to sub-zero temperatures in the evening at higher altitudes.

Which all lakes will be covered in this trek?

The Great Lakes trek in Kashmir covers around 6 lakes spread across the entire trail of 72 kilometres.

1. Vishnusar- This is the first lake that you will encounter on your trek route. Placed in the laps of the great Himalayan peaks, it offers picturesque views that can excite the travellers to look forward to the rest of the trek.

2. Krishnasar- This is the second lake that you will encounter on the trail. Situated next to the Vishnusar lake, it provides panoramic views of the entire valley that can captivate the trekkers.

3. Gadsar- Also known as the Yamsar Lake, this is one of the most magnificent lakes that you will come across with our Kashmir Great Lakes trek package. Translating to the lake of fishes in Kashmiri, it also bears two nicknames- the Lake of the Demon, and the Lake of Death.

4. Satsar- Located in the Satsar Valley, the Satsar Lake is a collection of seven interconnected water bodies. It provides brilliant views of the Kashmir valley, amidst the Himalayan majesty.

5. Gangabal and Nundkol- Also known as the twin lakes, these mark the final lakes on the Great Lakes trek. Literally speaking, Gangabal translates to the lake of Ganga, and Nundkol translates to the lake of Nandi, and both of them are situated at the base of Mt. Haramukh.

How much will it cost to do Kashmir great lakes trek?

The price of trekking to Kashmir Great Lakes can cost you around INR 13,000 to INR 20,000 per person. The final cost of the package further depends on the inclusions as well as the types of facilities. From the type of accommodation to the travel assistance, various factors affect the overall price of the Kashmir Great lakes trekking package. 

What is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek height?

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek covers the captivating seven lakes, stunning snow-clad mountains and the beautiful valleys of maples, pine, etc. in 8 days. You will trek to the different heights on different days and will trek to the highest altitude of 13,800 ft above sea level.

Day to day height reached on this trek is as follows:

  • Sonmarg to Nichnai: 7,800 ft to 11,500 ft
  • Nichnai to Vishnasar lake: 11,500 ft to 12,000 ft
  • Vishnasar to Gadsar via Kishansar lake and Gadsar Pass: 12,000 ft to 12,500 ft via 13,800 ft (highest point)
  • Gadsar to Satsar: 12,500 ft to 12,000 ft
  • Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes: 12,000 ft to 11,500 ft
  • Gangabal to Naranag: 11,500 ft to 7,450 ft

How long is Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a mesmerizing trekking expedition of approximately 72kms that a trekker covers in a period of 7 days. The expedition starts from Sonmarg, ends at Narang and requires trekking of up to 13 Km in a day.

Day to day distance covered is as follows:

  • Sonamarg to Nichnai: 10 km
  • Nichnai to Vishansar Lake: 13 km
  • Vishansar to Gadsar: 11 km
  • Gadsar to Satsar: 12 km
  • Satsar to Gangabal Twin lakes: 9 km
  • Gangabal to Naranag: 12 km

What is difficulty level of Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

The difficulty level of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is moderate to difficult. However, beginners or people with less experience can also take part in this trek. There are certain trails that test your mental and physical strength, however, the scenery that you will encounter here is worth the stress. It is suggested to start preparing at least three months before commencing the trek.

How can I prepare myself for this trek?

The difficulty level of this trek is moderate, so for those of you who lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a 9 to 5 desk job, it is necessary to undergo some physical training to prepare for the trek. Start training at least a month before the trek starts. Work out leg and calf muscles, as you will spend a lot of time walking and climbing on the trail. The training should focus on endurance and strength workouts to make your body accustomed to the arduous journey. You should also consult your doctor if you have any physical ailments and get medications accordingly.

What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

Kashmir Great lake trek is a moderate trek and anyone with physical fitness can do this trek. During the trek, you will come across many steep paths and rocky terrain which will require some stamina. But for that, you need to prepare yourself. For this, you can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Always take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. Also, start with brisk 10 minutes walk every day and then some physical exercise like stretching. You can also do some yoga every day to regulate your breathing properly. There are high passes which you will have to pass during the trek so you need an optimum level of fitness. Also, keep yourself hydrated which will later help you during your trek.

Can I go for the Kashmir Great lakes trek in June?

Yes, you can go for the Great Lakes trek in Kashmir in June. Marking the summer season, you can experience hot days and chilly nights in June, and there remains a possibility of rain and fog as well. The weather in Kashmir, especially at the higher altitudes is unpredictable, so it is safer to undertake the journey with proper precautions. On the brighter side, this period is safe, especially for the first timers, and you can witness the landscapes blanketed in colourful blooms and vibrant greenery.

How many days are enough for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

You need to have a minimum of 7-10 days in hand for completing the Kashmir Great Lakes trek itinerary. Thrillophilia offers this trek with a duration of 7 days and 6 nights, at affordable prices and with impeccable services.The trek is around a week long, leaving you with one-two days more for resting, and exploring Srinagar and Sonmag which are considered to be two of the most popular Kashmiri cities.

Can I do this trek alone?

You can definitely undertake the Kashmir Great Lakes trek solo if you want. Although traveling with a group can be cost-effective, if that is not a problem for you, you can definitely go alone. The trek is breathtaking right from the start, and you will find several options for accommodation and food here, unlike the treks in some of the remote parts of Himalayas. So it is possible to undertake the journey alone if you plan the trip well. It is also advisable to take a guide who knows local geography and culture enough, in case there is an emergency.

Is Kashmir great lakes trek safe to do?

This is one of the safest treks in Kashmir, with a difficulty level easy to moderate. It is well suited for those of you who are going hiking for the first time. Although the area has political tensions in certain cities, the path of the trail itself is quite peaceful. If you are traveling with a group of people or an experienced guide, you will face no problems. It is not recommended to travel alone if you are going here for the first time. It is prudent to check the state of the region in terms of political unrest before planning your trip.

How to prepare for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

Proper preparations are important, especially for the travellers embarking upon the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. As the difficulty level of this trek is moderate to difficult, you need to ensure your physical fitness, stamina, strength, and endurance levels.

1. Start exercising regularly, at least three months before the trek. 

2. Practise climbing stairs, running, and walking regularly. 

3. Smoke less so that you have an increased stamina while walking, and do not get tired easily.

4. If you have any physical ailments, it is important to consult your doctor before undertaking the trek. 

5. You can also ask your doctor for any suggestions to improve your physical fitness.

6. Pack your clothes, essential gears and equipment properly, so that you do not face any inconvenience during this trek.

What clothes and equipment should I carry?

Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.

Which type of shoes will be required for the trek?

Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.

What about the trek guides and leaders accompanying the trek?

Accompanying you is a professional Trek leader who complete Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course.

What should I keep in mind before going for Trekking at Kashmir Great Lakes?

  • From staying in the sight of your group to following all the rules and regulations, you are required to follow various guidelines to enjoy the best of your trekking experience. 
  • Do not litter or dispose of garbage without consulting first, you will be passing through various reserved areas where littering is prohibited. 
  • Make sure that your shoes fit properly, have proper grip and are waterproof as this can act as a really big factor for your whole journey. 
  • Pack some snacks which are rich in protein, like energy bars, dry fruits and others.

Which are some of the best Himalayan treks that We can book from Thrillophilia?

Here is the list of other best Himalayan treks that you can book via Thrillophilia:

  1. Kedarkantha Trek
  2. Sar Pass Trek
  3. Prashar Lake Trek
  4. Everest Base Camp Trek
  5. Singalila Trek
  6. Tholung Trek
  7. Green Lake Trek