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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Highlights:

  • This trek is one of the most beautiful treks and is the only trek where you can explore five stunning lakes in the world at a high altitude.
  • The trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers a lifetime experience of vintage memories which you will cherish for a lifetime.
  • Get a chance to witness the high mountain passes and the snow patches that feed the lakes. Occasionally you might also see milky white icebergs floating on the lake’s inky blue surface.
  • Although this trek will lead you to some steep ascend you will also get to see small hamlets and the lights flickering there.
  • Your trekking trail will take you through innumerable meadows, snow-clad glaciers and pinnacles passes, rocky barren lands, struggling streams.

Go on a Kashmir Great Lakes trek and get enchanted with Kashmir, a celestial land nothing short of a fairy tale. A surreal destination, there are many natural gems tucked away here. One of them is Srinagar, the summer capital of the state known for its refreshing gardens, lakes and houseboats. Another sought-after place here is Sonamarg. Meaning the meadow of gold this is where frosty mountains cast against the clear deep blue sky make for a postcard image. Pristine and untouched, the lakes over here be it Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake or Gangabal Twin lakes are surreal and a rare sight.

Alpine and snow-clad mountains, green meadows, rocky terrains, gurgling streams, silver birch and other untouched beauties of Mother Earth make for a varied and complete trekking experience of around 63km. Rediscover serenity and uncover what makes Kashmir Great Lakes Trek a trove for adventure and nature enthusiasts seeking a thrilling experience of trekking in India. Kashmir Great Lakes best time to visit is from July to September. This amazing trek takes you through some of the most beautiful sights that are hidden from the normal eyes. The best part about the trek is that you will get a chance to see five beautiful lakes together and each reflecting the beauty of the other.

As you continue you will find that the mountains in the background make the whole place looks majestic. Witness the beauty of the lakes with the snowflakes on the top making the lake much prettier. Adding to it the golden flowers in bloom, the dark blue sky and the lush green grass will seem like just another heaven on earth. Each day of the trek holds something new for you which you will cherish for a lifetime.

  • Theme: Trekking/ Adventure/ Mountaineering
  • Nearest Town: Sonamarg
  • Duration of the event: Eight Day/Seven Night
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult
  • Distance from Srinagar: 100 KM approx.
  • Transportation: Provided by “Miles to Trek”
  • Food: Veg Food Provided by “Miles to Trek”
  • Accommodation: First day hotel and later tent stay


Day 1: Afternoon/Evening Arrive at Sonamarg
  • Altitude: 7800 ft.
  • 90 Kms drive from Srinagar, approx. 3 hours.
  • Check in to hotel, formal introduction with Trek leader and Dinner will be provided
  • Briefing by the Trek Leader before Dinner.
  • Remember to carry your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies as we must submit them at the army check post.
Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur.
  • Altitude: 7,800 ft to 11,500 ft
  • 11 kms trek, approx. 8 hours
  • After the breakfast we trek to Nichnai via Shekdur.
  • The trail takes you through meadows, dense forests with Maple, Pine and Bhoj trees.
  • After approx. half an hour, we get an army check post where we have to submit our ID proofs.
  • While you are at it, you can enjoy an awesome view of the Sonmarg Valley or the Thajiwas Glacier.
  • The trek from Shitkadi to Shekdur is goes through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx. 2 and half hours.
  • At Shekdur, you can indulge in instant noodles and omelette if you wish to.
  • We follow the Nichnai Stream as we trek from Shekdur toNichnai.
  • We have lunch at the Nichnai stream, after Shekdur.
Day 3: Nichnai to Vishansar lake via Nachnai Pass
  • Altitude: 11,500 ft. to 12,000 ft. via 13100 ft.
  • 12 Kms trek, approx. 7 hours
  • Trek from Nichnai-to-Nichnai Pass is of approx. 1 and half hour’s ascent.
  • At the top of Nichnai Pass you can get B.S.N.L network, which is the last point under mobile coverage area.
  • From Nichnai pass to Vishansar there is a descent.
  • At Vishansar campsite, lunch will be offered.
  • We can visit the Vishansar Lake which is just 15 minutes’ walk from the campsite
  • The first lake of the trek and one of the most beautiful ones.
  • If the trek is in July, the lake will be frozen. Otherwise, we can do fishing at the lake with permission from Srinagar Fishing Department.
  • Vishansar is visited by hordes of sheep and their shepherds are known for interesting stories.
  • The campsite is a unique place with an open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket etc.
  • You may visit Kishansar lake, which is at approx. 1 and half Kms from ourcamp site.
Day 4: Acclimatization + Rest Day
  • Depending on weather, we will use the rest day at Vishansar lake and visit Kishansar Lake which is at a distance of 1.5 kms or move towards the next campsite and use the rest day at Gangabal lake campsite.
Day 5: Vishansar lake to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass
  • Altitude: (12,000ft) to (12,000ft) via (13,750ft)
  • 14 Kms trek, approx. 10 hours
  • We start the trek earlier than usual.
  • The trail passes from Vishansar to Gadsar, via Gadsar pass the highest point of the trek.
  • From Vishansar, the trail takes a steep ascent till Gadsar Pass.
  • We can see the Kishansar Lake on the way.
  • From the Gadsar pass till the camp site, we descend gradually.
  • We can spot the Gadsar lake in-route.
  • You might also spot the Glacier of Gadsar Lake.
  • After the Gadsar lake, we will reach the campsite in 2 hours.
  • Just a few minutes before our campsite, we will have another army checkpoint and we will have to share our ID proofs with them.
  • Pack lunch will be provided
Day 6: Gadsar to Satsar
  • Altitude: 12,000 ft to 12,000 ft
  • 9 Kms trek, approx. 6 hours trek
  • Mid July to mid-August, the trail is laden in vibrantflowers.
  • We need to share our IDs at another army check post en route.
  • Moving on, we see two small lakes which are often mistaken as Satsar Lakes.
  • We will visit the Satsar twin lakes, in the afternoon, which are approx. 1.3 h
  • Satsar twin lakes are also known as mengen top.
  • Those twin lakes are between the middle of the mountain.
Day 7: Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes via Zaj Pass
  • Altitude: 12,000 ft. to 11,500 ft. 13000
  • 11 Kms trek, approx. 6 hours
  • We walk on rocky paths for approx. an hour and ascend till Jazz Pass.
  • At the pass, you can enjoy views of the 4 lakes, Mt. Harmukh and its glacier.
  • From the pass, we descend till the Gangabal lake and camp at Nandkol lake.
  • We visit the Gangbal Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in the trek.
Day 8: Gangabal to Naranag ,Drive to Srinagar
  • Altitude: 11,500 ft. to 7,450 ft.
  • 15 Kms trek, approx. 7 hours
  • The trail is a descent till the last point of the trek – Naranag, so take care of your knees and ankles.
  • The trail will pass through pine tree forests.
  • After the 70 Kms drive, you will reach Srinagar by 6:30 pm.


What is included in the tour
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Vegetarian Food.
  • Trekking Equipment (Tents, Sleeping Bags)
  • Safety Equipment (First Aid,ropes,iceaxe,crampons etc)
  • Forest permits and camping charges
  • Services of Trek Leader,Guide,Cooking Staff.
What is NOT included in the tour
  • Personal Expenses of any kind.
  • Food during the Transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or Porter charges to carry backpacks
  • Anything not included in the inclusions above.

Things to Carry

  • Sports shoes or trekking shoes in good condition
  • Backpack
  • 2 liter water bottle per person
  • Energy bars, dry fruits, flavored milk, Electrolyte drinks
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