Kashmir is undoubtedly one of the most heavenly places on Earth. With beautiful breathtaking valleys, mountains that exude serenity, Kashmir is easily a trekker’s paradise. With pristine high altitude lakes such as – Gadasar, Satsar, Nundkol, Gangbal, Vishansar and Krishnasar, the trail that explores these lakes is one the most sought after treks in the region.
The trek exudes beauty like no other and validates the statement – “Kashmir is heaven on Earth”. The Kashmir Great Lakes trail is meandering and takes you superbly diverse terrains that will be etched in your memories forever. The trail was closed to civilians until a couple of years and was later opened up as a boon to the trekking community who could see the real beauty of Kashmir through its valleys and mountains.
The High-Altitude Alpine Lakes
On the Kashmir Great Lakes trek, you get to explore and camp 5 high-altitude lakes in various mesmerizing valleys. with emerald green waters, these untouched water bodies look straight out of HD wallpaper. These lakes are surrounded and guarded by tall mountains and are extremely scenic. One of the less explored lakes in this category is the Gasar lake. Not only does it require a hard trek, but it is also less visited by tourists. Gadsar is fed by a gigantic glacier near it and the trail will remind you of the Valley of Flowers trek. The meadowed grasslands and the wildflowers that grow here will make you feel like you’re in the middle of a movie set!
You get a glimpse of all 5 lakes from Gadsar pass
While the Gadsar lake is immensely beautiful, the Gadsar pass is incredibly magnificent in itself. The higher you climb, the better the view gets. Right from twin lakes – Vishansar & Kishansar, you can also get a glimpse of the three Gadsar lakes which would be located towards the right. If you have a good camera, a panoramic picture of this view will be worth millions! With lush green meadows sprawling out near the crystal blue waters and snow-clad mountains in the backdrop, this sight will make you fall in love with nature all over again. Another surprising element here is that the Gadsar pass will also show you a glimpse of many smaller lakes on the way. Don’t forget to count the lakes you’ve come across here!
Breathtaking drive from Srinagar to Sonmarg/Sitkari
The base camp for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is an enthralling hill station called Sitkari near Sonmarg. Post arrival in Srinagar, you will be driving down to Sonmarg and then to Sitkari. The drive to Sitkari will give you views of scattered forests, meandering streams, extremely treacherous roads, and incredibly majestic snow-clad mountains.
Visit Zoji La Pass & Zero Point
On your day of arrival at Sitkari, to help you acclimatize to higher altitudes, you will be driven to Zero points near Kargil and will get to travel through the super famous high mountain pass – Zoji La pass for sightseeing.
Trekking to the treeline from Gangbal
Another promising aspect of this trek is the descent from Gangbal to tree line. This picture-perfect hike will take your breath away and leave you awed. While you would leave behind the view of Harmukh peak that is engulfed by the humongous glacier near the Nundkol lake. you will begin to realize that the beauty you see in Kashmir is something you would never find elsewhere.
Gangbal – The Ganges of Kashmir
Here’s an interesting fact: The name Gangbal was derived from the river Ganges. The lake is extremely sacred to Kashmiri pandits and is also considered to be a holy pilgrimage site. They take part in what is called a Gangbal-Harmukh yatra, the annual pilgrimage to the 14,500 feet-high Harmukh-Gangbal lake shrine. It is also believed that Lord Shiva resided near the Gangbal lake which makes it religiously significant.
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After due considerations and post understanding the guidelines and precautions set by the respective State Governments and the Government of India, we have decided to resume our operations and reopen our treks, ensuring full safety and security of our Nomads and our on-ground staff.