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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:

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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

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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Naranag Mahlish Trek

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Naranag Mahlish Trek

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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Naranag Gangabal Trek

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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Kolahoi Glacier Trek

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Kolahoi Glacier Trek

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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Pahalgam – Tarsar Marsar Trek

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Pahalgam – Tarsar Marsar Trek

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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Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek

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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Sonmarg Vishansar Naranag Trek

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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"the experience was awesome. The whole thing organized by Thrillophilia was great. Our tour operator Jigmet sir and the whole crew were 1 no. SHAMAAASS. Julley.
11 July 2019
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We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there, we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi about whom I have read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there for which I thought the best way would be to write at thrillophilia reviews.
05 October 2017
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First, I would like to say thank you to shyam@thrillophilia.com for their coordination and cooperation by writing my thrillophilia reviews.The trip was well planned and executed extremely well by the tour operators, I am very happy with the services provided by thrillophilia during this trek. 1) Our trek leaders Salman and Stenzin are really a wonderful Guys, they were very helpful and supportive all the time during trekking.Other staff members were also supportive and helpful. 2) Food quality and quantity was good. 3) Accommodation was good, camps were in good shape, neat and clean and quite spacious. Let's review the Trek about which I had read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. No doubt Stok trek was awesome as well as difficult. It would not be correct if I will say Stok trek is the most beautiful trek ???? but there is something which makes this trek different from all other treks and which is the main reason to attract tourist from every corner of the word, that is its height. At 20,500 feet Stok Kangri is the highest trekkable summit in India (6,153 m), what google says but when I googled it bit more and try to find if there is any other trek exist in this word which is above Stok, I did not get any information so I assume this is the highest trekkable summit in world ???? Highlights of this Trek 1) Trekking till base camp is not very tiring, which itself a big achievement as you would be able to achieve the height of 16300 feet ???? and the best part what I found in this trek is “you don’t need to walk too many hours to reach base camp” 2-4 hours walk a day is max you will walk. 2) Leh treks are totally different from Himachal and Uttrakhand treks in terms of scenic beauty, it’s a different experience, you would be able to see some splendid views of the Stok mountain ranges. 3) The last day “Summit day” will give you a totally different experience. You start your trek at night time which generally don’t happen in other treks. Moreover, you will get a chance to do snow trekking in summers as well “Only in summit Day”. Here is a great saying "the best view comes after the hardest climb" Very True!!! Preparation: I should say this is not a trek for first time trekkers but still if someone wants to give a try, Start your preparation at least 2 months before this trek as last day “Summit Day” is really a challenging one, compare to other days where you have to just walk 2-4 hours max here on final day you have to walk for a 12 – 14 hours and Trekking at night on Snow is bit tricky task and it becomes more challenging when you have to walk by putting Crampons on your shoes as rightly suggested by many people at thrillophilia reviews. a) Aim for 5 km running in 30 minutes b) Do breathing exercise which helps you a lot during this trek especially. c) Drink as much as water you can.
12 July 2018
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From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey.
It had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ice sheet right in front of my eyes. We were walking on ice, we were drinking those ice (of-course the boiled one), but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme condition. Thank to these amazing group of people I was travelling with. The support staff, the organiser and each and every people related to this trip were an amazing host. They made us feel at home, they fulfilled almost all our demands. I had done 2 treks before with other organizations, but these people were the best. The fun we had is quite vivid with this picture, but trust me nothing can be explained in words, you just have to feel it. Keep yourself fit and go for it . It will change the way you see nature , it will change your perception towards people and many more things. Stay happy and keep trekking
It was one of the best trips of my life, it was a 7 days trip and covered all the major attractions like sonamarg, gulmarg and the famous dal lake and also visited vaishno devi on this tour. Highly recommend it
I visit here for the first time in my life and it was an unforgottable experience. Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the best holy places in whole world. Tour was very well organised and our driver was very professional and friendly.
I visited Vaishno devi with my family from Delhi. The journey was so beautiful from Jammu airport to Katra. Driver was waiting for us as soon as we moved out of the airport. Later, we visited temple for darshan. It was a spiritual journey for me with my family.
I went for the Vaishnodevi darshan by helicopter for the first time ever in my life. I could easily enjoy the beautiful aerial view from the helicopter and One of the experienced wish fulfilling temples have ever visited.
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It was an unforgottable experience. Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the best holy places in whole world. I visit Vaishno Devi temple for the first time. Tour was very well organised and our driver was very professional and friendly.

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