8 Best Treks in Kashmir | Trekking in Kashmir
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Known as the “Paradise on Earth”, Kashmir justifies its identity with the astounding beauty which you can experience while trekking in Kashmir. The land has retained its old-world charm, enabling you to time-travel into the beautiful world of poetry and music nestled in the Himalayas. Along with the enchanting beauty of the mountains, the Himalayas also serve as an adventurous outing option for thrill enthusiasts who want to test their mettle. While the summer treks promise a mesmerizing sojourn into the mountains, the winter treks are everything you desire if you are a snow enthusiast and/or thrill seeker.

The treks in the Himalayas are an ideal sojourn for those who are on a journey of self-exploration into the mountains. The diversity of land along the route promises to keep you hooked to its beauty. You can trek to the best lakes in Kashmir including the Dal Lake, which is an iconic tourist attraction in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Get mesmerized by exploring the best lakes of Kashmir nestled in mountains, explore the picture-perfect meadows along the route as the fascinating landscapes mesmerize you when you trek in Kashmir.

With its prominent presence in the northern part of India, the Himalayas are an excellent place to unleash yourself and allow your adventurous self to express. Alongside its enchanting beauty, the Himalayas also serve as a destination for exciting adventure activities such as mountain climbing, river-crossing, trekking, camping and much more!

Experience life in the “Paradise on Earth” by trekking the land of mountains and lakes, and we promise you that you will not want to return to your routine life. 


Here are some of the best trekking places in Kashmir:

01

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The lakes in Kashmir have contributed greatly to the quaint identity that the place has earned over the decades. These lakes, nestled in the hills in Kashmir, have added unparalleled charm to the mystic land. 

Trekking in Kashmir was never so beautiful as you trek to the most popular as well as unexplored lakes in Kashmir to get an insight of the culture of Kashmir in these serene places. Including the iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar, it’s one of those treks in Kashmir which you want to take to awaken the artist inside you. 

Romance with the beauty of nature with the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek and get enchanted like never before.

Location: Srinagar, Vishansar, Gangabal, Naranag, Satsar, Gudsar and more.

Altitude: 4191metres/13,750 feet (Gadsar Pass).

Duration: 7-9 days.

Difficulty level: Moderate. 

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Tarsar Marsar Trek

Realising your dream of finding yourself surrounded by the most mesmerizing meadows is the Tarsar Marsar trek. Velvety grasslands and enchanting surroundings of the Kolahi Mountains make trekking in Kashmir’s Tarsar Marsar a delightful experience. 

The twin lakes and their pristine waters ensure that you have an unwinding experience in the lap of nature. Trekking by the twin lakes is an experience to behold as it is an ideal place for you to visit for a laid-back sojourn into the mountains to explore the calm side of the mighty Himalayas. Beginners can sign up for this trek to get bamboozled by the beauty of nature in the heart of Kashmir.

Location: 5 km from Sundarsar.

Altitude: 4114.8m/13,500 feet.

Duration: 7 days.

Difficulty level: Easy.

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03

Naranag Mahlish Trek

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The Narang Mahlish Trek is one of the few treks in Kashmir which promises a captivating trail round the year. Trekking to the twin alpine lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol, located in the foothills of Mount Harmukh, promises scenic views of picture-perfect meadows and mountains. 

The trek passes through thick pine forests, allowing you to experience a walk in the lush greenery that the trek offers to delight nature lovers. The best part about the trek is its different return route which allows you to explore more of Kashmir. Walk in the pine forest of Butsheri before the trek starts testing your mettle. 

Up your adrenaline by visiting the trek in winter and get a pinch of adventure coupled with calmness as you walk into a different world adorned with unmatchable beauty.

Location: Naranag-Trunkhol-Gangabal-Naranag.

Altitude: 3800m/12467.192ft.

Duration: 6 days.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

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Naranag Gangabal Trek

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Nestled in the foothills of Mount Harmukh, Gangabal Lake promises a picture-perfect view of the majestic lake against the backdrop of the mighty mountain. Trekking to Gangabal Lake promises a delightful sojourn across the meadows of Naranag, which are captivating for nature lovers as well as photography enthusiasts. 

The trail comprises beautiful gorges and ridges, challenging you as the surroundings constantly enchant you with changing the landscape and a pleasant weather all along the trek. Visit this trek if you are a nature lover as it promises to be one of the most enthralling treks in Jammu and Kashmir.

Location: Naranag-Trunkhol-Butsheru-Gangabal-Naranag.

Altitude: 3600m/11811.02ft.

Duration: 5 days.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

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05

Kolahoi Glacier Trek

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Being the perennial origin to major rivers like Lidder and Jhelum, the Kolahoi Glacier is also referred to as the “Goddess of Light”. The historic valley glacier captures the essence of Kashmir as the trail takes you to the most fascinating streams, lakes, forests and riverbanks of Lidder. 

As the gushing waters fill the air with a feeling of victory, experience rejuvenation in the lap of nature as you will walk through sprawling valleys in the Himalayas.

The trek tests your mettle with its whopping altitude and exciting terrain, allowing you an adventurous outing in the lap of nature.

Location: The 5km long hanging glacier is located just below the Kolahoi Mountain and above the Lidder Valley.

Altitude: 3840.48/12,600 feet.

Duration: 5 days.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

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06

Pahalgam – Tarsar Marsar Trek

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Starting from Srinagar, then Pahalgam – Tarsar Marsar Trek takes you to the most exquisite landscapes in Aru Valley along the riverbanks of Lidder. Trek to the majestic twin lakes of Tarsar Marsar as the magnificent views of the Mount Kolahoi leave you spellbound.

During the trek, enjoy camping by the lakeside of Tarsar as the pristine waters promise to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul for the steep trekking to reach Marsar, promising you adventure goals.

Location: Srinagar

Altitude: 13582.68/4140 metres.

Duration: 8 days.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

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Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek

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Taking you to the high-altitude lakes nestled in the Himalayas is the Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek. The trek promises a sojourn to the most majestic lakes in the mystifying land, including the Dal Lake in Srinagar. 

Trekking in Kashmir to these lakes promises a rejuvenating trail into popular as well as unexplored lakes, namely Vishansar Lake, Krishnasar Lake, Yamsar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake, Nandkol and Gangabal Lake and many more. Trekking in Kashmir to these pristine lakes is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it promises to help you build lifelong memories as you set off in the mountains.

Location: Sonamarg.

Altitude: 4140 metres/13582.68.

Duration: 15 days.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

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Sonmarg Vishansar Naranag Trek

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Taking you to Vishansar and Naranag via Nichnai Pass is the enthralling Sonmarg Vishansar Naranag Trek. Nestled in the mighty Himalayas, the Sonmarg Vishansar Naranag Trek offers picture-perfect views of snow-clad mountains, colorful meadows and alpine forests along the trail. 

Starting from Sonmarg, the trek takes you to high-altitude passes which offer breathtaking views of the Valley. Set off from Srinagar to the high-altitude passes via Sonmarg. Explore the enchanting Vishansar Valley, also known as “valley of medicinal plants” and spend time by the azure Krishansar Lake.

Conclude your trek by descending through the flower valleys and colorful meadows. The trek takes you through more lakes in Gadsar, Satsar, and Gangabal, allowing you to experience tranquillity in the heart of nature.

Location: Srinagar.

Altitude: 13713.91/4180 meters.

Duration: 8 days.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

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