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Max Altitude

13,750 FT


Moderate To Difficult


8 Days

Trekking KM.

72 KM

Suitable for:15+ years.
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:Cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

17,300 /Person

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  • Sonmarg to Naranaag
  • Camping (Twin sharing)

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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 CampSonamarg (90 kms drive from Shrinagar, approx 3 hours)
  • Best Season
    • Monsoon Treks (Jul - Aug)
    • Autumn Treks (Sep - Mid Nov)
  • Snow More snow in the months of July
  • Services fromSonamarg to Naranag
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse

  • Region - Jammu and Kashmir
  • Duration - 8 Days
  • Grade - Moderate To Difficult
  • Max Altitude - 13750 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 72 Kms.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is in no need of an introductory treatise. It presents the proem in itself. You can draw a preface of it by just hearing its name. Kashmir is a wonderful place and if you are on a Himalayan trek you are bound to taste the natural beauty and adventure. The trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes offers a lifetime of experience of memories that are so wonderfully reminiscent. The tranquil silence of the Kashmir lakes and their virgin beauty is spellbound. Apart from the lakes, even the barren milky snow-clad mountains stand out in might and pride.

The location of this trek is Kashmir, also known as the paradise of the earth. The trek duration is around 7-9 days and this trek is often graded as moderate in regards to the trekking challenges. The elevation circles around 13000 feet and the distance paths are approximately 63 km. On such a fulfilling trek you will learn so much learn about yourself- in a trifecta – physically, mentally, and emotionally. For a trekker, nothing can replace and prepare him for those paramount and conflicting emotions that whether his body will take so much strain and whether he will make it or not. But the joy of reaching the destination is obvious. This trek will always be happy and a cherishing trek for the trekkers that comes in handy with a few preparations.

As the trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek demands physical fitness, you must take good care of your health, shape yourself well and be fit and fine. Trekkers can train themselves by working out regularly in the gym along with running, walking on an incline, cycling, cross-training, and stretching on a daily basis. Along with physical health mental fitness is important equally.

Coming to the details of the trek, it generally starts from almost 3 km out of Sonamarg, on the Srinagar road. You can find a few dhabas on your way. Its better for the trekkers to pick up short eats here for the next trace of a dwelling place will be at Naranag which would probably mark the end of the track.

A few of the trail and the trek enters a green meadow, overlooking the Sonamarg town. At the top of the meadows, trekkers reach the starting line of Maple and Pine trees. What follows is a lovey-dovey deep dense forest of Maple trees. Such an experience has always been unique to this trek in India.

You will always be amongst the meadows throughout this trek. The best time to enjoy the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is between June and September as the greenery and the blooming flowers are at their best during this calendar period. Its so that a beginner in trekking can also join this trek.

Trailing through the Maple trees uphill, trekkers can enjoy the crystal clear view of the nearby villages downhill and especially the Sonamarg village. Every bit of nature nestles to make a wonderful picture. From here the trail slopes down into yet another meadow lined by the Silver Birch trees and a few shepherd huts. Massively tiny brooks struggling through the meadows and snowy peaks of small mountains mark the land of Shekdur. Shekdur is the only campsite with trees on this trek. It is therefore an add-on to your clicks. The suns rays piercing through the forest, make it a nice show of dark and light. Further, the trail climbs back into a river valley which is the beginning of Nichanai. You have entered into a wide valley encompassed by the peaks.

After crossing a tunnel-like Nichinai pass followed up by miles of spreading meadow and the cascading waterfall comes the Vishansar Lake. The first impression that the lake imposes upon the trekker is its larger-than-life size and snow-clad mountain peaks surround the azure lake waters. It is been followed up by the Kishansar Lake which is only at a distance of 1.2 km. It has a big meadow stretching by its side. The trail follows up through a ridge. You can see the loveliest view of the two lakes that you have just crossed together from the Gadsar pass which is the highest point of this trek.

Then the time comes to descend. On the way back, the eye captures the view of Yamsir Lake, the nameless lake, and the Gadsar Lake which are all connected by streams. Further, you will come to a place called Maengandob where a few deep craters are found. The landscape ahead is magnificent as you get to visit Satsar Lakes-collection of seven Lakes and further the twin lakes among which the bigger is the Gangabal and the smaller one is Nundkol. At you arrive at your last destination, Naranag and you are greeted with awe-inspiring glaciers, meadows as well as mountain peaks.

The trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek will provide the trekkers with a perfect flavour of all hues of the Kashmiri terrain- innumerable meadows, snow-clad glaciers, pinnacles, passes, rocky barren lands, and gurgling streams. The trail to the Great Lakes is worth trekking. It does justice to all the expectations of a trekker.

While trekking, trekkers must be equipped with the necessary equipment. Apart from the professional trekking gear including a pair of trekking shoes, and a trekking pole is important specifically. Trekkers must never compromise with their body requirements. Its better to understand your bodys needs and not proceed under peer pressure if you don’t feel well. Keep your luggage as light as possible. It will be in your comfort.

Who can participate

    • Age; 15 years.
    • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 4,000m/13,100ft.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 12-16 kg backpack.


    Health Awareness

    • Pulse rate at rest must be in between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
    • Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 - 130 mm Hg)
    • Respiratory rate at rest must be in between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
    • Should not have Liver and kidney issues
    • Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Hypertension etc
    • No pacemaker implant
    • People with the Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek
    • If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.


    Government Employees {SCL}

    Government Employees can avail the benefit of Special Casual Leave (SCL) when you join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rules of the Pay Commission, Special Casual Leave can be availed  for up to 30 days in a calendar year for trekking/mountaineering expeditions through a registered organization. Trek The Himalayas is a registered adventure tour operator by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Ministry Of Tourism (MOT) 
    Trekkers have to apply for leave at least 20 days before trek departure date.



    • Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.
    • Medical & Disclaimer Form (Mandatory Documents)    Click here


Day 1 : Arrive At Sonamarg
    • Altitude: 2,400 m/ 7,800 ft
    • 90 km drive from Srinagar, approx 3 hrs
    • If booked in advance, TTH can arrange pickup from Nishant Garden, at 12 pm
    • Our campsite is near the Sindh River (Shitkadi Village)
    • Since there are no shops around ensure that you have all that you need already
    • Remember to carry your ID proof in original and 2 photocopies as we have to submit them at the army check post.



The journey to Kashmir Great Lakes begins from Shitkadi Village, which is a little ahead of Sonamarg and about a 3 hr drive from Srinagar. TTH representatives will pick you up from Sonamarg and drive all the way to Shiitkadi, where you will rest for the night before beginning your trekking adventure the next day. Before you begin your trekking adventure, you will spend the day in the beautiful surroundings of Shitkadi Village. You can spot some of the great mountain peaks like Kolahoi, Tribal, Machoi, Amarnath Peak, and Machoi Glacier. The view en route to the campsite is very scenic and all along the route, you will see the vast expanse of grasslands and meadows on either side of the road. The stay is arranged at Shitkudi Campsite. There will be a briefing session in the evening before dinner. Dine early and give your body enough rest to begin your trek tomorrow.

Day 2 : Sonamarg To Nichinai Via Shekdur
    • Altitude: 3,500 m/ 11,500 ft
    • 11 km trek, approx. 8 hrs
    • Altitude Gain: 1,100 m/ 3,700 ft
    • After breakfast, we trek to Nichinai via Shekdur
    • The trail takes you through meadows, and dense forests with Maple, Pine, and Bhoj trees.
    • After approx. half an hour, we get to 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 goes through thick forests of pine trees and will take approx. 2 and half hours
    • At Shekdur, you can indulge in instant noodles and an omelette if you wish to
    • We follow the Nichinai stream as we trek from Shekdur to Nichinai
    • We have lunch at the Nichinai stream

3 hours ascent followed by 1 hr descent and finally a gentle ascent to Nichinai (6 hrs, 9 km).

The trek starts 3 km out of Sonamarg, on Srinagar Road. Exactly at the 3 km mark, spot a lone Dhaba on the right. The place also sells packaged water, biscuits, etc., and is your last place to pick up any snacks or little bites. The next trace of civilization can be spotted at Naranang after the trek.

A jeep track diverts to the right off the main road at the shop. The track goes down to the level of the Sindh River that flows in between the mud track and the main road. The trekking trail starts along the track but quickly diverts higher up. 10 minutes into the trek, the trail bends and enters a green meadow. The meadow directly overlooks Sonamarg town. In half an hour, you reach the top of the meadow from where tree lines of Maple and Pine start. Once you reach the tree line, the trail descends until a tiny brook and then climbs up again and what follows next is a lovely dense forest of Maple trees. Walking on green beds of grass amidst the Maple cover is an experience unique to Kashmir in India.

For the next hour and a half, the trail winds up through Maple trees. Stick to the trail that goes in an uphill direction as the one heading down diverts into the nearby villages. Occasionally, the trees give way to clearings. Turn around and delight in the spectacular view of the Sonamarg Valley that gets bigger and fuller as you keep gaining altitude. The Maple cover accompanies you to the top of the ridge and on one side a meadow gently slopes down. Spend a few moments on the ridge, enjoying the view of Sonamarg and the neighbouring Valley. The streams, the meadows, the pines, and the towns nestled together make a wonderful picture. The climb now gradually goes downhill as the trail slopes down towards the meadow that is lined with Silver Birch trees and a few shepherd huts. The carpet of green rolls down from the treeline all the way to the end of the 40 ft wide meadow. There are a couple of small brooks that cross the meadow, which can be your source of water. On your right, you can see a small group of peaks covered in snow. You are now in Shekdur. If you wish to keep your trek short for the day, you can also opt for pitching your tent here. From the road head, it takes 2 1/2 hours to reach Shekdur meadows, it will take about half an hour more if you decide to end your trek at the edge of the meadow.

The Shekdur Campsite is surrounded by Bhoj trees on all sides and this is the single such campsite that has tree covers thus this is a good spot to take some Instagram-worthy photographs. If you have started from Srinagar in the morning, make Shekdur your first camp. The next campsite Nichinai is at least 2 more hours away.

If you started from Sonamarg then Shekdur is just three hours away which makes it too early to camp. Having lunch at Shekdur campsite head to Nichinai campsite. The meadows of Shekdur stretch for half an hour. The gentle descent of the meadow now ends in forests of Bhoj or Silver Birch. Take the trail that goes in the middle of the forest and continue to descend gently. Watch out for sun rays making their way in between the thick foliage making it a nice show of light and dark.

In 45 minutes, you reach the end of the Birch trees and the trail goes down and climbs back into a river valley. The River Valley is the beginning of Nichinai. The trail is now along with the right bank of the river going upstream. Look behind to see the snow-clad peaks of the Sonmarg Valley. You are now in a wide valley enclosed by mountains on either side. The river, which joins the Sindh eventually flows with speed through the valley. The first 30 minutes is over rocks and if you are taking mules, they will walk very slowly over here.

An hour more into the river valley, green patches devoid of rocks open up. The river valley widens and you can see the green meadow widening in between the two mountain ranges. Far ahead lie triangular twin snow-clad peaks. At Nichinai campsite, find a clear spot to pitch your tents, ending the first day of the trek.

Day 3 : Nichinai To Vishansar Lake
    • Altitude: 3,650 m/ 12,000 ft via 4,000 m/ 13,100 ft
    • Distance: 12 km | Duration: 7 hr
    • Trek from Nichinai to Nichinai Pass is approximate 1 and half hours accent. At the top of Nichinai Pass, you can get the BSNL network, which is the last point under the mobile coverage area.
    • From Nichinai 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 go fishing at the lake, with the permission from Srinagar fishing department.
    • Vishansar is visited by hoards of sheep and their shepherds who always have some interesting stories to tell.
    • A campsite is a unique place with open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket, etc.
    • Beware of dogs at the campsite.

Moderate climb to Nichinai Pass (13,000 ft). Small descent followed by a long flat meadow walk ending near Vishansar Lake (12 km, 6 hrs).


We start the day early around 7 or 8 in the morning to begin our trek towards the first of the Great Lakes, the Vishansar Lake. The days trek is more or less a long walk on the alpine grasslands of Kashmir. Start your trek from Nichinai to Nichinai Pass, which is visible from the campsite. Half an hour into the walk and you have to cross the gurgling stream to reach its left bank. The trail starts ascending here and for the next one hour, you will climb up gradually to the Nichinai Pass. The Nichinai Pass is the highest point in today’s trek and is located at an altitude of 13,500 ft. From the pass, it’s a small descent and then a flat walk on the meadow all the way to the Vishansar Lake.


As you continue climbing the Pass, you will see the lake down below at the foot of the mountains, it appears to be a small deep-blue enclosure. The trail that you are walking on now is not the original ridge and it will turn inwards two times before you arrive at the Nichinai Pass. The Nichinai Pass is like a big tunnel and from the top, you can observe the Sonamarg Valley down below. BSNL network is erratic here and this is the last point where you will get any network. The next traces of the network is available when you have moved past Gangabal. On the left of the pass lies the mighty peaks of the Himalayan region, whereas on the right side, there are no mountains but the ground raises up. While some may find the climb to the Nichnai Pass a little strenuous as it is a straight climb, however, there is good news as the trek post the pass is a downward climb. The trail from the pass descends rapidly and in about an hour, you will reach grassy lands from the rocky area. The meadow is a vast expanse of land spreading far and wide with snow-clad mountains surrounding the entire meadow. There’s another river flowing from the pass into the meadow ahead. To your left, you will also see a big waterfall cascading down and mingling with the river. As you walk on the meadows, you will notice two streams crossing the meadows, stick to the banks of the one on the left, and in about half an hour, you will have to make a stream crossing but be prepared as the water is going to be icy cold.



At the end of the valley, a river flows perpendicularly from left to right and this river actually originates at the Vishansar Lake. The lake is not visible yet as it is a little higher on the top. This is a good place to pitch your tents by the river. After the trek, if you have ample time, you can explore the twin lakes or wait for it until the 6th day. From your campsite, the Vishansar Lake may be about 0.5 km away and about 100 ft high. The Vshnusar Lake is nestled beautifully between 4 mountains and the Kishansar Lake beautifully reflects in the lake waters. The colour of the lake changes according to the time of the day and the cloud cover. Before sunrise, the lake is usually colourless and on a clear day, as the sun rises, the water of the lake starts getting blue on a sunny day, the water of the lake is a deep aquamarine blue. As the sun gets closer to setting, towards the end of the day and it becomes a greenish-blue towards the end of the day. This is the first lake you will see on the trek and eventually, you will check other lakes as well. Today we will camp close to Vishansar Lake.

Day 4 : Acclimatization + Rest Day (Conditions Apply)
    • You may visit Kishansar Lake, which is approximately 1 and half km from our camp site.
    • If weather is not good we will use acclimatization day at Vishansar or else move towards our next camp site, rest day can be used at Gangbal camp site.

Day 4 is reserved for acclimatization as you need to give your body enough time to adjust to the conditions of higher altitude. The next lake following the Vishansar lake is the Kishansar Lake. Kishansar is 0.5 km away from Vishansar and is situated at the base of the Kishansar Peak. It will take about 45 minutes to trek to Kishansar from  Vishansar. You can take a short acclimatization walk to Krishansar Lake for acclimatization purposes. The trail to the Kishansar Lake climbs from the right side of the Vishansar Lake. On the right-hand side of the Kishansar Lake lies a big meadow which is a perfect spot for capturing photographs.

Note: The use of acclimatization day is subject to change to weather conditions. If the weather is really good then we wont stop for acclimatization but rather move forward to the next campsite. Acclimatization day can be used layer at Gangabal campsite.

Day 5 : Vishansar Lake To Gadsar Lake Via Gadsar Pass
    • Altitude: 3,650 m/ 12,000 ft via 4,200 m/ 13,750 ft
    • 14 km trek, approx. 10 hrs
    • 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 spot the Kishansar Lake on the way
    • From the Gadasr Pas till the campsite, we descend gradually
    • We can spot the Gadsar Lake en route
    • You might also spot the glacier of the Gadsar Lake
    • After the Gadsar Lake, we will reach the campsite in two hours
    • Just a few minutes before our campsite, we will have another army checkpoint and we will have to share our IDs
    • Packed lunch will be provided during the trek

Steep 2 hours ascent followed by a steep descent following a gentle walk in the meadows (5 hrs, 10 km)


Today we will trek to Kishansar Lake via Gadsar Pass. From your campsite, you can spot a very thin line traveling through the side of the mountain, this is the trail that you need to follow today. A climb of about an hour and a half will take you to the top of a ridge, another 45 minutes in the climb and you will arrive at a spot that will totally captivate you with an amazing view. There comes a point from which you can see the Kishansar and Vishansar Lakes together in full view. This enchanting view accompanies you all the way to the top of the Gadsar Pass. The Gadsar Pass lies at an altitude of 13,750 ft and is the highest point on today’s trek. Relish the view from the top of the Gadsar Pass for a while before moving ahead. On the horizon line on one side are the snow-clad majesties of the Himalayas and on the other side, a gorgeous valley stretches with 2-3 small lakes visible from the top. The peaks that you can see from the top of Gadsar Pass lie out of the Line Of Control (LOC).



Once you reach the Gadsar Pass, it is a steep descent below and en route, you will first spot the Yamsar Lake, a quaint little lake not very popular among the people. Yamsar Lake can serve as the first landmark that takes you to Kishansar Lake. Continue from Yamsar and about an hour of descent will bring you again to flat grasslands or meadows of the beautiful Kashmir Valley. This time the valley is a bit narrower, the mountains surrounding the meadow on either side. Multi-colored flowers line the green grass of the valley and give it an ethereal look. Once you have arrived at the area near the blue Irises, Gadsar is not far away. Soon you will reach Gadsar, one of the prettiest alpine lakes you have ever seen. Gadsar Lake lies at an altitude of 12,000 ft and the sheer beauty of it will leave you speechless. Gadsar is located at the base of mighty snow-covered peaks. On the one side, you will see snow blocks cascading down to the lake from the mountains, and on the other side, you can see colorful flowers and greenery making for a mesmerizing sight.


Gadsar Lake area will be our campsite for the day, although not many people camp here. If you are camping near Gadsar, make sure that you leave the campsite as clean as you found it. If you do not opt for camping by the lake then continue your climb further downhill to the Gadsar army camp. About half an hour into the trek, the narrow valley opens up and becomes wider, you can see another blue lake on the left-hand side of the valley. As you move on, you are losing a considerable amount of altitude. Continue for another half an hour and you will start noticing the Shepherd huts lining the edge of the valley, keep walking and after about half an hour you will arrive at the army camp. The army camp is a small hut that houses 5-8 army men and to move further beyond the camp, you will have to obtain permits from the army headquarters. The headquarter is located three miles from the checkpoint, follow the tree line into the village to find the HQ. The Gadsar army camp communicates with walkie talkie and the HQ is equipped with a satellite phone. A pro tip: When you are near the army camp, report as quickly as possible as it takes about 2 to 3 hours for the green signal to come through from the headquarters. Your ID proofs will be checked, collected, and recorded before you can proceed further.

Day 6 : Gadsar To Satsar
    • Altitude: 3,650 m/ 12000 ft
    • Distance: 9 km | Duration: 6 hrs
    • Mid-July to mid-August, the trail is laden with vibrant flowers
    • We need to share our IDs at another army check post en route
    • Moving on, we see two small lakes which are often mistaken for Satsar Lakes
    • We will visit Satsar twin lakes in the afternoon, which are approx. 1.3 hr apart
    • Satsar Twin Lake is also known as Mengen Top
    • The twin lakes are situated in the middle of two mountains.

Gentle descent or 1 hr followed by a steep ascent for 3 hrs followed by a flat meadow walk (6 hrs, 12 km)

From the army camp, move left towards the stream, to head up into the mountain. You are now above the tree line and you can see the tree cover and the rivers below you. The climb continues for an hour and a half and you gain an altitude of 1,100 ft. Once you cross past the 11,500 ft mark, the climb transforms into a traverse and bends towards the left leaving the river valley. Once you are out of the river valley, you will be walking on a flat meadow surrounded by mountains on all sides. This section of the trail is called Maegandob and you may also spot a few craters to your right. Soon you will spot first of the Satsar Lakes. The name Satsar translates to ‘Sat’ meaning seven and ‘Sar’ meaning lake. Satsar is a collection of seven lakes which justifies the significance of the name.

If Gadsar Lake was your last camping spot, you can choose to camp here. However, if you camped in the army camp then it is justifiable that you trek a little further and camp near one of the Satsar Lakes. Out of all the lakes, you may find 4 to 5 lakes with water, depending on the season you are visiting Kashmir in. Once you cross the bridge, you will come across another army check post, this will be the third check post on your route, and the same process of checking, collecting, and recording your ID and information will continue. After the procedures are done, you can continue on your trail and after 10 minutes of walking, you will arrive at the first of the Sat Sar lakes. The lake is set in a picturesque setting with lush greenery and mountain views, and the emerald-blue color of the lake changes hues with time.

Satsar Lake is our camping ground for the day. Find an ideal spot for camping near the lake and pitch your tents. Retire early in your tents and give your body the rest it deserves after a long day of hiking.

Day 7 : Satsar To Gangabal Twin Lakes Via Zaj Pass
    • Altitude: 3,500 m/ 11,500 ft via 3,950 m/ 13,000 ft
    • Distance: 11 km | Duration: 6 hours approx.
    • We walk on rocky paths for approximately an hour and ascend to Jazz Pass
    • At the Pass, you can enjoy views of the 4 lakes as well as Mt. Harmukh and its glacier.
    • From the pass, we descend till Gangabal Lake and camp at Nandkol Lake
    • We visit the Gangabl Lake, which is one of the largest lakes on the trek

Mild ascent followed by a gradual descent followed by long steep ascent long steep descent followed by gradual up and down walk. (6 hours, 9 km)


The trail follows the same pattern of going up and down. From our campsite, we will begin our trek and after half an hour of climbing, you will arrive at the biggest of the Satsar Lakes and also the last one in the sequence. The terrain is mostly rocky and filled with boulders. From the lake, the trail keeps descending and continues for about half an hour on this trail and you will arrive at the first forest line. On your right is a ridge and on your left is the forest line. From here, you will again gain altitude through a zig-zag trail to the top of the first ridge you have to climb two more ridges to reach the top and the terrain from the base to the ridge top is barren and rocky. On the opposite side, you can spot some Gujjar huts and some greenery that is in stark contrast to the barrenness of the trail you are on.


An ascent of about two hours will bring you to the top of the third ridge, which is approximately 13,000 ft. From the top of the ridge, you get an amazing view of two lakes with the stream taking water from the higher lake to the lower, which is one of the most wonderful sights to behold. Look more closely and you will see two more lakes on either side, the name of the smaller lake is not known while the biggest lake amidst all of them is Gangabal with its companion Nandkol. The route descends and ascends as you climb down about 1,400 ft to the lake.



There are no water sources on the ascent, during the descent, you will come across a stream, and crossing the wooden bridge, you will arrive at Nandkol your camping site for the night. Nandkol campsite is a popular camping ground and as such a Green Trails Hotspot. You can spot remnants of camping here and there. A lot of people come from Naranang to Gangbal for a weekend outing and that leaves the places with a good deal of waste. Nandkol and Gangbal are also famous fishing destinations, especially trout fish. The Gangbal Lake is at a distance of 20 minutes from Nandkol and a stream connects both of them. We have to cross the stream to reach one lake from the other. Avoid crossing the stream from the lower level, instead, go all the way to Gangbal and you will find a bridge laid out. Gangbal Lake is a big one and circling it will take at least an hour.

Day 8 : Gangabal To Naranag, Drive To Srinagar
    • Altitude: 2,250 m/ 7,450 ft
    • Distance: 15 km | Duration: 7 hrs approx.
    • The trail is a descent till the last point of the trek - Naranang, so take care of your knees and ankles.
    • The trail will pass through pine tree forests
    • On advance booking, TTH can arrange transport to Srinagar at a charge


    * Please Note that prepaid sim cards do not work in Kashmir

    Don’t forget your ID proof in original and 2 photocopies

    On Day 8, you’ll reach Srinagar between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm

Gradual descent followed by steep descent (6 hrs, 11 km)

Although today is a complete downhill climb the steep descent is going to be hard on your knees so be prepared. From your Gangabal campsite, climb down through the ridge following the stream towards the tree covers. 30 minutes into the trek and the airtel network begins to catch network, you can inform your home that you have made it down safely! As the ridge ends, you arrive at a flat meadow. From here you can look back and see an impressive image of Harmukh Peak, standing tall and mighty.

An hour into the trek and you will begin to enter the treeline, which mostly consists of Pine trees and you will also begin to see signs of civilization as a log hut comes into view. For about 6 km you will keep making your way in and out of the forest not really losing much altitude. After two-thirds of the distance is covered, the trail begins to descend and it is a really steep descent. The trail here is muddy and well-trodden and through thick pine covers. The last 4 km of the trek is a huge drop where you lose an altitude of more than 3000 ft. You may even spot a lot of trekkers on your way down, they are trekking from Naranang to Gangabal. Naranang slowly comes into sight, a little bit more to go. The last part can be a test of your endurance as it is quite steep. A little further and stone-paved path comes along and in a few minutes, you enter the village of Naranang.  From here, you will drive to Srinagar. Expect to reach Srinagar by 6:30 pm. From here on you can book your further travel ahead.



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.

  • Pick-up and Drop is not included in the cost, which is Rs1,700
  • 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)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
3. Trek equipments like Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
4. Trekking Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff

1. Transport from Srinagar to Sonmarg and Narnag to Srinagar (Rs1,700)
2. Hotel Stay in Srinagar.
3. Food during the transit.
4. Insurance (Mandatory).
5. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things)

1- Satellite phone/setphone - is a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) - is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.

3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) - are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly

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 2100/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 2400/- if you inform us after reaching Sonmarg
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 transportation and trek permit costs.

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 [email protected]  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


In the unlikely event that TTH cancels a trek prior to the scheduled departure date:

While it is extremely rare for TTH to cancel a trek, we understand that unforeseen circumstances or natural disasters may occasionally require us to do so before the scheduled departure. These circumstances could include continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that poses a risk to the safety of our trekkers. Additionally, unforeseeable events such as local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any similar situations that compromise the safety of the trekking experience may also necessitate a cancellation.

In the event of such a cancellation, TTH will provide you with a voucher equivalent to the amount you paid for the trek. This voucher can be redeemed for any of our treks within the next year, allowing you to still enjoy an adventure with us at a later date.


  • The issuance of a voucher is not applicable in situations where you are required to descend from the trek for any reason. The trek leader may make the decision to send you down from the trek due to factors such as insufficient fitness level, symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), high blood pressure, exceeding the designated turn-around-time, health concerns, or if you are found smoking, drinking, or violating the rules set for the trek. In such cases, the provision of a voucher does not apply.


In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

We would like to emphasize that weather conditions in high-altitude areas are highly unpredictable and can undergo sudden changes at any time, irrespective of the day. Additionally, circumstances beyond our control, such as natural disasters, political unrest, pandemics, and lockdowns, may impact the feasibility of conducting a trek. In cases where we are unable to proceed with an event due to such circumstances that are beyond our direct control, we will make every effort to provide you with an alternative trek that is safer and more suitable.

In such situations, we will issue a voucher to offset the cost difference between the originally scheduled trek and the alternative trek. This voucher can be redeemed at any time within one year from the date of issue. Please note that a refund fee or reimbursement of the cost difference is not applicable in these cases.


  • 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:

  1. This is a non-transferable voucher
  2. The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  3. The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  4. To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  5. All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  6. 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 regime for:

Moderate To Difficult

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of accommodation we’ll get in this trek?

We do camping throughout the trek. We provide twin sharing tent all season tent .

Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?

Yes, we will provide sleeping, tent, mattress. It is among the central equipment.

What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

During trekking day time is always pleasant as temperature stay between 15C-22C throughout the season. At night time, temperature varies between 8 C to 0 C. Our morning, evening and nights are quite cold so you need to be prepared by wearing layers around camp. In early July, high chances of getting snow at Nichnai Pass and Gadsar pass and around. From July mid to August, almost snow melts by July end. And then around August end to September mid expected night temperature around 4 C to 0 C and one can expect snowfall around 2nd week of September. Do expect light shower around evening time.

How do we reach Srinagar?

Pick-up location is TRC: Tourist Reception Center in Srinagar, Once you reach TRC, TTH will take care of your further travel arrangements.
Options to Reach Srinagar: We advise you to reach Srinagar one day before trek date and by flight only. Better to avoid road route.
If you are planning to take a bus, you can reach ISBT in Srinagar from any major city. It will take 1 hour to reach TRC from ISBT.
If you are planning to fly to Srinagar which is well connected to all major airports in India, you can reach TRC within 10 to 15 minutes via taxi.
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.

Where and what time do we have to reach in Srinagar?

Reporting point is Tourist Reception Center in Srinagar and Reporting time is 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on trek date.

Whom should I call once I reach in Srinagar?

We always share driver and vehicle number 1 days prior the trek date, so you can call him on your arrival if you’re having problem with finding vehicle.

If we come prior the trek date, Do you provide accommodation?

No. We don’t but we can suggest you good hotel/Stay nearby pick up location.

How many trekkers do you take in a group?.

To run a batch we need 12 people and maximum batch size 20 to 24 people.

How do we reach to basecamp and get back after the trek?

You can take out transport service; do contact your trek coordinator to book transport service. We use Sumo/Bolero/Max or equivalent (shared by 6 people)/Tempo Traveller. We arrange vehicle depending on availability and final batch size.

What is the best time to do Kashmir Great Lakes?

Best time to do Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is July, August and September 2nd week. One can see lush green meadows, alpine lakes and beautiful colourful flowers. To enjoy it’s beauty, it is advisable to plan this trek July and August month. In September time one can see green meadows turning brown and flowers also changes its colour, but still this change in scenery is pleasing to watch.

Are trek poles, Jackets and other equipment available for rent from Trek The Himalayas?

Yes, we do provide gears on rent. You can book it using you TTH account directly.

Is this a good trek for a first timer?

Yes, we recommend this trek to first timer as well as experienced one. Make sure that you should have good fitness. People suffering from Bronchitis, Asthma, High blood pressure, Epilepsy (got faints), TB , Heart problem or on higher BMI side are strictly not allowed to go on any Himalayan trek. Apart from this if you had any medical history, please let us know.

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Yes, Offloading facility is available. You should book it in advance and pay us Rs.2100/- in total or book it after reaching there, and for that you need to pay Rs.2400/- in total. Bag weight should not more than 11 kgs.

What is the age limit?

We allow minimum 15 years kid in this trek and maximum depend on trekker’s fitness.

Who will be with us on the trek from Trek The Himalayas?

Mountaineering qualified Experienced and first aid certified Trek Leader, First Aid Certify local guide, Cook, helpers and supporting staff.

What kind of toilet facility you are providing us?

Toilet tents would be there. Basically we use dry toilet which is one of the best way to answer nature call in forest. Dry toilet means, we dig a pita and keep mud and shovel so once you are done with your business you can cover it up using mud. It is most hygienic way. You should carry toiletries as we mention in essential.

Can you give us brief details about served food while on trek?

We serve Indian vegetarian food with occasional eggs while on trek, to give you general idea it is like this, Dal sabji roti, rice in lunch & dinner and daliya, poha, sandwich etc in breakfast with morning & evening tea.

Do we get enough water for drinking?

Yes, trekker must carry 2 water bottles 1 litre each so they can refill it at campsite for drinking and keep themselves hydrate.

Is there mobile network on this trek?

No network while trekking. Idea, Airtel and BSNL networks available in Sonamarg and after that you will not get any network during the trek. Only post-paid connection works in Kashmir.

Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

There isn’t any charging point. And you need to rely on your power bank or batteries.

What kind of shoes we should buy for this trek?

You should buy shoes which has these three features –Good grip, Ankle Support and additional water resistant layers. Generally, we advise Quechua Trek 100, MH 500 and MH 100.

Is Trekking pole necessary?

Yes, it is necessary. It is additional support which helps you reduce tiredness and give you strength and balance.

When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?

No. Alcohol and smocking isn’t allowed while on trek. It is totally misconception that it will keep you warm. Your body need to acclimatize properly and for that eat properly and drink enough water; these things will keep you warm.

How do I manage the lower temperatures on the trek?

Layer Up From Head To Toe
Eat Full Meals, never sleep empty stomach
Use sleeping bag in right way and don’t leave free space in sleeping bag.

For upper body
– Thermal layer
– T-shirt (full-sleeves preferred)
– Fleece layer
– Thick Jacket
– Waterproof or Windproof jacket (outermost layer when it is snowing or raining)
For Lower Body
– Thermal layer
– Hiking pants (normal) or only one Winter hiking pants can work

Based on how warm you feel you can skip any of the above layers.

What all do I need to carry on the trek?.

A) Mandatory documents: 2 xerox of ID having address (addhar card/driving license), 2 Passport size photograph, Medical form signed & sealed by doctor and soft/hard copy of vaccination certificate and Adventure Insurance.
B) Essential list:
Upper body warmer - 1
Quick dry t-shirts -3
Fleece jacket -1
Down feather/hollow fill jacket -1
Rain poncho/rain proof jacket- 1
Lower body warmer - 1
Quick dry convertible trek pants - 3
Rain proof water pants/poncho - 1
Suncap- 1
Woollen cap/Balaclava - 1
Sunglasses (UV protected with side cover)- 1
Neck gaiter/muffler - 1
Cotton trekking socks 4-5 pair
Woollen socks 2-3 pair
Waterproof high ankle trekking shoes -1 pair
Waterproof hand gloves with fleece layer inside- 1 pair
Woollen gloves -1 pair
Head torch- 1
Lunch box -1
Water bottle- 2(1 litre each)
Extra batteries for head torch
Toiletries (toilet paper, wet tissue, sanitizer, tooth brush, tooth paste, hand wash, sunscreen lotion)
Menstrual hygiene kit for female trekkers.

Is it safe to trek with Trek The Himalayas ?

Yes, it is totally safe. Our leading staffs has years of experience in Trekking and known about the situation we may face while on treks because of weather or emergency and take action accordingly.

How your cancellation policy work in case of cancellation?

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected]. 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
• Refund after 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
• Refund after 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
• Refund after 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
• 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year
To know more check cost terms in website.

Do you provide crampon/micro spikes and gaiters?

We provide micro spikes and gaiters, if required.

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