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KASHMIR GREAT LAKES




 
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KASHMIR GREAT LAKES

Situated in the middle of Himalayan Range, Kashmir is the dream of every traveler. Its high mountains, deep valleys, numerous lakes, snow clad mountain peaks, thick forests and sparkling rivers attract adventure lovers from all over the world.  Trekking in Kashmir provides the opportunity to witness the flora & fauna and the stunning landscape. The trail itself is so refreshing that despite the physical exertion during the day, the views will blow your mind (figuratively speaking)!  Walking through alpine meadows and shores of turquoise lakes, the Kashmir Great Lakes trek will appeal to every adventure enthusiast. Every year numerous trekkers ascend the high mountains of this trek. This trekking holiday in Kashmir, you can spot FIVE magnificent lakes, and standing at their shore is a memory you'll cherish for your life. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered by far one of the best trekking experience with its breathtaking beauty of the Kashmir Himalayas.

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  • On the high mountains of Kashmir, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Srinagar) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

On this holiday we will be constantly at an altitude of more than 3000m and you will be crossing one high pass at 4200m pass. Therefore, it will help that you acclimatize well in order to make the best of the week. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated, walk slow and steady and eat well. Even then it is not a hard trek and first time trekking enthusiasts can also join in this adventure holiday. There is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A decent level of fitness will help you enjoy the trekking holiday better.

  • Walk in the beautiful alpine highlands of Kashmir
  • Witness the beauty of 5 high altitude lakes
  • One of the most scenic treks in India

  • Local guide
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • Private group toilet
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Personal gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe along with eggs, paranthas, etc. For lunch there will be a variety of local food , or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Srinagar Airport to Sonamarg. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights by 12 noon. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Srinagar Airport at 9 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 9 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Srinagar Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip the group will spend 1 nights in Srinagar and 7 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
  • 9 Days, 1 nights hotel, 7 nights camping
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • max group size: 10

LAND IN SRINAGAR. DRIVE TO SONAMARG (2377m)

UFO representative will pick you up from the Srinagar airport at 12 noon. We will then drive towards Sonamarg and our campsite is just bit further than the town at Shitkadi.  It will take us 4 hours to reach the campsite. We will meet our trekking crew and check into our tents for the night after dinner. An early night will get us ready for the next day to start our trek.  The first day is reserved for acclimatization and you will be advised to rest and drink water as much as possible. 


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  Time
4 hour drive

WALK FROM SONAMARG TO NICHNAI (3505m)

After early breakfast, we get on the trail for our first day of the trek. We head out towards Nichnai, walking an old jeep track. You will be walking through wide green alpine meadows,  lovely dense forest of Maple, Birch and Bhoj trees with some stunning views of the Sonamarg valley.  



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Camping
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BLD
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6-7 hrs walking(12-14 kms)

TREK FROM NICHNAI TO VISHNUSAR LAKE (3658m)

Today we will be walking in vast green meadows and our first challenge. We will cross Nichnai pass (4000m) which is a medium climb and take in the views of the day. We will now be gaining altitudes, so walk slow and steady and keep drinking water. After crossing the pass we are again walking in the meadows and camp next to a stream for the night.



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Camping
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6-7 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

EXPLORE VISHNUSAR AND KISHANSAR LAKE. ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Today will be a rest day and you can spend it exploring the twin lakes of Vishnusar and Kishansar. Get up early morning to catch the sunrise, walk the meadows of Kishansar, read a book and watch the sun go down on a beautiful day. The campsite is in a beautiful meadow and offer opportunities to explore and see flowers growing at high altitude. 



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VISHNUSAR TO GADSAR (3810m) VIA GADSAR PASS (4200m)

After a hearty breakfast, we follow a thin trail traversing the mountain side next to Kishansar lake side to the top of the ridge. You will have the views of the twin lakes till you reach the top of the pass, Gadsar. This will be the highest point ont he trek. You will come across two-three small lakes after you cross over the pass. The first small lake that is seen on the left is the Yamsar lake. The locals believe that lord Yama has some association with the lake! Beyond Yamsar is another nameless lake.  Nestled under snpw capped peaks is Gadsar Lake , one of the most beautiful lakes on the trek. Choose to make Gadsar your camp site for its sheer beauty but only if you can vow to leave the ground as neat as you found it to be. Usually no one camps at Gadsar. There is a small abandoned army shelter near Gadsar.

If you choose not to camp next to Gadsar, the next place to camp would be the Gadsar army camp. Continue on the downward trail from Gadsar and in half an hour the valley widens up. Spot another blue lake on the left of the valley. Notice the snow clad mountains now give way to lower barren mountains. You have lost considerable altitude again. In  another half an hour down the trail, a few shepherds’ huts come up. Continue downhill and at the end of the third half hour, the army camp comes up. Gadsar army camp is just a small hut housing 5-8 army men. To move beyond the army camp, one needs permission from their Headquarters. The Headquarters  is 4.8 km further away down into the tree line near a village. The Gadsar camp communicates with the HQ through walkie-talkies. The HQ is equipped with a satellite phone for the army. If you are near the Gadsar army camp, it is best to report to them as soon as possible. It takes 2-3 hours for their green signal to come through. All details of the trekkers and staff, including original identity cards, are recorded, collected and checked.



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6-7 hrs walking(12-14 kms)

TREK FROM GADSAR TO SATSAR (3658m)

Another beautiful day. You will now notice the change in the landscape with green meadows giving way to barren hills. You are still above the tree line and they can be seen below, walking on a flat trail surrounded by mountains on a meadow.  To your right are a few deep craters. This place is called as Maengandob. The landscape ahead is captivating. Isolated mountains stand in front. Towards the right is a small ridge. In between is a flat green bed with a stream flowing through. Choose to camp here if Gadsar lake was your last camp. If the army camp is where you started, it makes sense to cover a little more distance today and camp near the first of the Satsar lakes. Satsar is actually a collection of 7 lakes. You can find 4 or 5 lakes with water, depending on the season. Beyond the ridge, on the right, is the Satsar army check post. It is the 3rd line of defence from the LOC. The same process of identity checking, collection and questioning repeats here. Finish this today so that tomorrow is a clean day of trekking. Ten minutes out of the army camp is the first of the Satsar lakes. The lake is pretty big and looks picturesque in its green setting with mountains in front. Choose a place to camp here for the day.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

SATSAR TO GANGBAL TWIN LAKES (3505m)

Today will be another challenging day. Mild ascent followed by gradual descent followed by long steep ascent and long steep descent followed by gradual up and down walk. The day’s trek goes up and down replicating the trek as a whole which mostly goes up and down. Your destination is either the Gangabal or the Nandkol. The Nandkol lake lies at the base of the Harmukh peak. The Harmukh glacier hangs on the the sides of the rocky edges of the mountain. Both the Gangabal and Nandkol are famous for trout fishing. The Gangabal lake is about 20 minutes away from Nandkol. 



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Camping
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5-6 hrs walking(9-10 kms)

GANGBAL TO NARNAG .DRIVE TO SRINAGAR.

After an early breakfast, we head out back to civilization. This day will take a toll on your toes and knees with a steep descent. The last 4 km will see you dropping almost a 1000m. We reach the town of Narnag where our transport will be waiting for us to go back to Srinagar. This will be a 1.5 hour journey and we should be in Srinagar by 7 pm. Stay in hotel for the night. Evening at leisure.



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Hotel
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BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(10-11 kms); 1.5 hr drive

TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

After an early breakfast we will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport by 10 am.



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