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Bodpathri Tosamaidan Trek

Max Altitude

13,100 FT

Grade

Moderate

Duration

7 Days

Trekking KM.

50 KM

Suitable for:10+ years.
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:Cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

14,800 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Srinagar to Srinagar (including transport)
  • Camping (Twin sharing)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeA cross over trail through passes. The trek starts at Sonmarg and ends at Naranag
  • Rail HeadJammu is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • AirportSrinagar airport
  • Base CampDoodhPathri (55 kms drive from Shrinagar, approx 2.5 hours)
  • Best Season
    • Monsoon Treks (July, August)
  • Snow More snow in the months of July
  • Services fromSrinagar to Srinagar (Including Transport)
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse


  • Region - Jammu and Kashmir
  • Duration - 7 Days
  • Grade - Moderate
  • Max Altitude - 13100 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 50 Kms.

While Kashmir Great Lakes and Tarsar Marsar are two popular treks in Kashmir, not many people know about the wonderful Bodpathri Trek. It is one of the lesser-known destinations in Kashmir that doesn’t receive much tourism but showcases the immense natural beauty and plenty of peace and tranquility. Located about 55 km away from Srinagar, this offbeat trek is a great choice if you want to experience the raw and seemingly untouched beauty of Kashmir.

Kashmir is known for its beautiful meadows, and the Bodhpathri Trek is undoubtedly one of the best scenic splendors of Kashmir. Lying under the shadows of the Pir Panjal Range and the Shailganga River cutting across the valley, the Bodhpathri Trek is full of beauty and peacefulness. The trail follows this beautiful River to its source near the Ashtar Glacier, with lush carpets of undulating green as far as eyes can see.

The Doodhpathri Trek lets you experience 7 wonderful lakes, which are so beautiful that they will completely enchant you. This region of Kashmir was out of bounds until a couple of years ago and now you have the opportunity to explore the unexplored part of Kashmir – its forests, valleys, meadows, streams, rivers, and lakes.

Along this trek, you will so see some of the most majestic valleys like Ashtar Valley, Gurwansar, Pamsar, and Gadtar valleys. Each has a distinctive beauty of its own. With so much of nature’s abundance, Doodhpathri Trek is a must-do for anyone who is not scared to go a little off-grid!

 

About The Trek

Bodhpathri is a 6-day long trek that starts from the Doodpathri Valley near Srinagar. Doodhpathri is a less-encountered stretch of Kashmir, which holds in itself a raw and pristine natural scenery. From Doodhpathri, you will journey towards the Ashtar Valley followed by camping at the Gurwansar Lake.

On Day 4, you will trek from Gurwansar to Duriem via the beautiful Pamsar Lake. The next day holds a lot of scenic wonders as you will trek from Duriem to Gadtar and spot lake Bodhsar, Trastar Lake, Navkansar I, II amp Damamsar Lake on the way. On the final day of the trek, you will trek from Gadtar to Tosamaidan and drive back to Srinagar, thus ending the wonderful journey in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir.

What Can You Expect At The Trek?

Bodhpathri is a newly opened trek by us in the Kashmir Valley. Until recently, these parts of Kashmir were out of bounds and as such, this trek gives you an introduction to the untouched corners of Kashmir with their beauty unspoiled by commercialization. Being an off-grid trek, you can expect much less crowd in this region as compared to other popular treks.

Along the trek, you can see 6 major high-altitude lakes, which are no less in beauty than those of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek or Tarsar Marsar Trek. The Doodhpathri Valley and its adjoining forests are quite enticing and fill you with a sense of wonder. The end of the trek with Tosamaidan is like a cherry on the top.

The Bodhpathri Lake Trek is a moderate-difficult trek and as such a good deal of physical stamina is essential for properly enjoying this beautiful trek. On average, you will be trekking 7 to 8 km every day. However, there are very few technical sections and easy exits, in case of emergencies.

There are some boulder sections in the trek, which can make it a little difficult. Make sure to follow the trek leader’s advice to cross these difficult sections. The last part has a steep descent which can be quite difficult on your legs. Having a trekking pole and a knee cap is quite beneficial.

On the Bodpathri Lakes Trek, you go up to an altitude of 13,100 ft. our itinerary is designed in a way that you do not gain too much altitude too quickly. However, you could be hit by AMS as you are at a high altitude. If you see any signs of altitude sickness, report to the team immediately so that adequate actions can be taken to prevent or reduce the symptoms of AMS.

The best time to do Bodpathri Trek is from the beginning of July to the middle of September. At other times the trek is buried deeply in snow and trekking here is not possible. July to September is the time when peak summer transitions to Autumn and therefore the best time to trek in Kashmir. The landscape comes alive during this period.

Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 4 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 14 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 14 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive From Srinagar To Doodhpathri
    • Drive distance: 55 km | Drive Duration: 2.5 hours
    • Pick-up point: Srinagar
    • Stay: in tents (twin sharing)

The trek begins from a place called Doodpathri, which is approximately 55 km from Srinagar. Our representatives will pick you up from Srinagar around 10 in the morning and drive you all the way to the Doodhpathri campsite. Doodpathri is a relatively undiscovered spot for tourists, however, it is a beautiful picnic, and camping spot for the locals of Kashmir. The beautiful green meadows of Doodhpathri are quite similar to that of Gulmarg and the river flowing through the meadow gives you the hint of a similar scenery as that of Pahalgam. Tall pine trees loom around the meadows, making the meadows a perfect spot to camp for the night. You might even catch a few shepherds grazing their cattle around the meadows. You can roam around the meadows at your leisure in the evening and after a hearty dinner, retire to your camps for the night.

Day 2 : Trek From DoodhPathri To Ashtaar Valley
    • Trek Distance10.5 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
    • Altitude gain: 8,900 ft to 11,525 ft
    • Easy-Moderate. A gradual ascent through forests, meadows, and ridge.

Today is the first day of your trek and you begin with a gradual ascend from Doodhpathri towards Ashtar. Ashtar Valley is a rangeland located near the foothills of Mt. Tatakoti. Tatakoti is the highest point of the Pir Panjal Range, which comprises numerous mountain peaks. You may observe the Shali Ganga River flowing through the valley, which flows to Doodhpathri and joins the Doodh Ganga River around Wathoora. The River flows from the Ashtar glacier, which you can see on your right-hand side once you reach the valley. During July, the entire valley is covered in yellow and red blooms. From Ashtar Valley, it’s a level walk of about 2 km before you reach the Ashtar campsite.

Day 3 : Trek From Aashtar Valley To Gurwansar
    • Trek distance: 7.1 km | Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
    • Altitude gain: 11,525 ft to 12,514 ft
    • Moderate. Long gradual Ascents on meadows along with river crossing

Today is also a fairly easy day of trekking as we trek to Gurwansar Lake. The trek is not difficult per se but what makes it a little tiring is that even though the ascent is gradual but the ascents are very long.

 

You cross some beautiful meadows and come across some river crossings on your way to Gurwansar Lake. The meadows are surrounded by a dense cover of pine trees, a beautiful sight to behold. This part of the trek is also great to spot a range of birds including the Golden Oriole. You will spot numerous sheep and lambs in the meadows herded by shepherds in the meadows. As you gain altitude, you will get inside cloud covers making for a surreal experience. The more you inch towards the lake, you will begin to see patches of snow depending on the time you are going on the trek.

 

The Gurwansar Lake sits in the middle of a meadow. In the month of May, the meadow is covered with floral bloom, especially Irish flowers. You can see a stream flowing from the Gurwansar Lake running through the middle of the valley creating a picturesque setting. During the winter months, the lake remains frozen. On the right of the Gurwansar, you can see a panoramic view of the Ashtar Valley that you had just crossed to reach up to the lake. We will camp by the lakeside tonight and in the vicinity of the campsite, you can spot numerous herbs like Saussurea costus, Taraxacum officinale, and Rheum Emodi. Enjoy your stay at this campsite marveling at its beauty of it.

Day 4 : Trek from Gurwansar to Duriem via Pamsar Lake
    • Trek Distance: 9 km | Trek Duration: 7 hrs
    • Altitude gain: 12,514 ft to 12,621 via 13,060 ft
    • Moderate: Difficulty. Long walks, steep ascents through boulder sections

From Gurwansar campsite, it’s 9 km to Duriem. We will start the day as early as we can, as we have a long distance to cover and the trail is also moderately difficult. Follow the slope towards the west of Gurwansar Lake to head to Duriem via Pamsar Lake.  About 20 minutes into walking, you will come across a bouldered section. The boulder section can be quite thrilling and gives an adventurous feel to the trek, although, you definitely need a good deal of fitness to cross this section. Be mindful while you cross the boulders as some of the rocks may be loose and shift disrupting your balance. After a gradual hike through the boulder, Pamsar Lake becomes visible.

 

It is a huge lake and you may not see it all at once. As you slowly inch closer to the lake, it begins to reveal itself. The beautiful lake is surrounded by a serenity that will soothe your sense. Sit down, and relish a few quiet moments here before you head onwards on your journey towards Duriem.

 

From the lake, you have to ascend a ridge to reach Duriem. You will ascend through a boulder section to reach a ledge. Continue walking until you reach the top of the ridge and once you reach the top, you can start your descent towards Duriem. Before you arrive at your campsite, you will have a stream crossing, which is quite a refreshing experience after a tiring day. We will pitch our tents after the stream crossing and retire for the night after dinner. Today has been a long day so rest well and recover for the next day’s trek.

Day 5 : Trek from Duriem to to Gadtar via Bodsar Lake, Trastar Lake, Navkansar I,II & Damamsar Lake
    • Trek Distance: 10.5 km | Trek Duration: 8 hrs
    • Altitude gain and loss: 12,621 ft to 12,545 via 13,000 ft
    • Moderate - Difficulty. Long walks, steep ascents & descents through boulder sections en route to Bodhsar Lake & Navkansar

Today is going to be a long and interesting day as you spot not one or two but five beautiful lakes. Today also we will start the day early. From the campsite, you will start ascending towards to reach the first lake. After climbing for about 2.5 km, you will reach a point where you will go off the trail. From here you will start trekking towards Bodhsar Lake viewpoint.  The viewpoint is about half a kilometer away towards the left. From this viewpoint, you can see the Duriem campsite.  Also, keep an eye out for Tratsar Lake, also known as Lokutsar Lake.

 

After you have spent some time taking in the views and enjoying the beauty of the lakes, you will return back to the point where you started hiking toward Bodhsar Lake. Now you will ascend in the opposite direction through a bouldery section. The ascend becomes steep pretty soon. And continues for about a kilometer until you reach a flat portion of the ridge. This is a picturesque vantage point that unfolds a panoramic view of the lakes in front of you. Spending some time here, you will begin descending from the ridge and after about an hour of descending, you will begin to ascend again until you reach Damamsar Lake. The highest point of the ridge will give a beautiful bird’s eye view of Damamsar Lake as well as Navkansar I and II. This is a wonderful sight. One that stays with you for a long time. The lakes are formations from the snow that has melted from the surrounding mountains. Rejoicing in this captivating view for some time, we will descend all the way to the Gadtar campsite.

Day 6 : Trek from Gadtar to Tosamaidan. Drive to Srinagar
    • Trek Distance: 11 km | Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
    • Altitude loss: 12,545 ft to 10,080 ft
    • Drive Distance: 80 km | Drive Duration: 3.5 hrs
    • Difficulty: Moderate. Gentle descents all the way along with river crossing on rocks.

Today is the last day of trekking, albeit also the longest. Start early as you have quite a long distance to cover.  The trek starts with a wonderful river crossing post which you start ascending to a grassy ledge. There will be a couple of stream crossings today. You will mostly stay around the same altitude as you make ascends and descends until you reach the top of the ridge. Once you reach the top, you will again descend towards the second river crossing of your day followed by a mud trail. This trail also connects to the Tosa Maidan side.

 

Follow the trail and you will come across a water source and the third stream crossing for the day. This is the last leg of your trek after the river crossing. You can rest for a while if you want.  The Tosa Maidan region starts at the end of the descent and it unfolds a very gorgeous vista in front of you, which is a pure treat to the eyes. Now, you will ascend for a short stretch of about 200 meters followed by a U-turn, and then again begin descending towards the diversion. Follow this trail and you will reach the road head soon. Once you reach the road head, mobile networks also start working.

 

From here, you will be driven to Srinagar, ending this beautiful sojourn in the mountains.

Day 7 : Buffer Day

    For all your travel plans include a buffer day to accommodate bad weather on the trek/political instability. This depends completely on the circumstances of the trek and the situation in Kashmir. The buffer day is mandatory to keep in your itinerary.

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How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

Everyone needs to reach Srinagar
Pick-up location: Nishant Garden in Srinagar, once you reach at pick up location TTH will take care of your further travel arrangements. We advise you to come by air and avoid journey by bus. Do reach Srinagar one day before your trek date for safer side.
 Pick- up Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Options to Reach Srinagar:
1.    If you are planning to take a bus, you can reach bus stand in Srinagar from any major city. It will take approx. 30 minutes to reach Nishant Garden from bus stand.
2.    If you are planning to fly to Srinagar which is well connected to all major airports in India, you can reach Nishant Garden by 45 to 60 minutes via taxi from airport.
3.    If you’re coming by train, there are two railway stations.
-   Jammu railway station is about 260 km away and takes around 8 hours by bus.
-    Udhampur is 200 km away and from there it is 6 hours bus journey to Srinagar.

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.

Trekkers will be dropped at Srinagar Nishant Garden by 06:00 PM, for onward journey from Srinagar it is advised to make arrangements for next day.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

1. Accommodation. (Camping, two in one tent)

2. Transport from Srinagar to DoodhPathri and back

3. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)

4. Trek equipments like Sleeping bag, Mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils, crampon(if required)

5. Trekking Permits

6. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.

7. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff

8.TTH Staff insurance.    

9.Mules to carry the central luggage

1. Hotel Stay in Srinagar.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1800/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 2000/- if you inform us after reaching Doodhpathri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 10 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Special Offers

Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.

If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.

Terms and conditions

  • This offer is a non-transferable.
  • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
  • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
  • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
  • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for the transport cost.

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
 

Cancellation terms:

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.
  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cove20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woolen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters1 Nos.
SunglassesDark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woolen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Moderate

Calculate Your BMI :


Your BMI value is

24.22

Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!

BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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