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Kashmir with its unparalleled beauty, postcard perfect scenes and almost European vistas frankly needs no introduction. The Kashmir Lakes Circuit trek traverses some of the hidden jewels in the Kashmiri mountainscape – the pristine alpine high altitude lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar, Gadsar, Satsar. Nundkol and Gangbal.

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Kashmir Lakes Circuit

Kashmir with its unparalleled beauty, postcard perfect scenes and almost European vistas frankly needs no introduction. The Kashmir Lakes Circuit trek traverses some of the hidden jewels in the Kashmiri mountainscape – the pristine alpine high altitude lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar, Gadsar, Satsar. Nundkol and Gangbal. If you are looking for green meadows filled with colourful wild flowers, pristine colour changing water lakes, meandering streams and amazing Himalayan views from high passes, then the Kashmir Lakes Circuit trek is the most highly recommended trek. Starting from the popular hill station Sonamarg, the trail follows ancient routes taken by the gujjars, the nomadic shepherds of Kashmir. Every day on the trail, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of rugged snowcapped mountains, colourful grasslands, and trout filled crystal clear lakes. There are also high passes to be crossed, the highest being at 4191m and rocky terrains to be navigated frequently. It goes without saying that it is a physically and mentally challenging trek and would require the trekkers to be physically fit and to have a penchant for the Himalayan remoteness to enjoy this trek.

 

SHORT ITINERARY

Srinagar -> Gagangir -> Sitkari ->Nichnai -> Vishansar lake -> Kishansar lake -> Gadsar lake -> Satsar Lake -> Gangbal twin lakes -> Naranag -> Srinagar.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Trek Itinerary

Day 1– 12th July/19th July/26th July – Drive from Srinagar to Sitkari/Sonmarg (2800m, 87kms).
 You are expected to assemble at the Sitkari village(3km from Sonmarg) by 6pm. To reach Sitkari, take a shared taxi from the Srinagar Tourist Reception Center at the latest by 2pm. A taxi from Srinagar to Sitkari should cost approx. INR 2300-2800.
 ADVENTURE24X7 can also arrange for taxis on request and trekker expense to pick you from the Srinagar TRC and drop you at Sitkari. Please let us know during registration if you would like to opt for the pick-up service.
 It is a scenic drive from Srinagar to Sitkari and has a wonderful mix of grasslands, scattered forests and snow covered mountains.
 Overnight stay in tents.
 Meals: (Tea& Snacks, Dinner)

Day 2– 13th July/20th July/27th July – Trek from Sitkari village to Nichnai (3505m, 13kms)
Begin early morning and start ascending towards the Shokdhari campsite on a Maple and Pine tree lined route. Enjoy beautiful views of Sonmarg and the glaciers enroute and from the campsite.
 Descend into the Nichnai grazing ground (Shepherd’s valley) through a Silver Birch forest.
 Overnight stay in tents.
 Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea& Snacks, Dinner.

Day 3– 14th July/21st July/28th July – Trek from Nichnai to the Vishansar lake(3657m,15kms)
 Today’s trek will comprise of a steep and grueling ascent to cross the Nichnai pass standing tall at 4080m and a descent towards the Vishansar & Kishansar lakes and into the Vishansar campsite. Trek Itinerary
 Visit the Vishansar lake situated 1km from the campsite. Nothing that we say or write can prepare you for the beauty of the alpine high altitude lake. Surrounded by mountains and being hard to access, the waters of the lake are crystal clear and change colour as the day proceeds. You are guaranteed to start feeling rejuvenated just sitting by the lake and listening to the lapping sounds of the water and soaking in the scenic beauty.
 Overnight stay in tents.
 Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea& Snacks, Dinner

Day 4– 15th July/22nd July/29thJuly – Trek from Vishansar lake to Gadsar lake(4191m,13kms)
 Trek up 250m to the Krishansar lake which is about 1/2km from the Vishansar lake. Despite being close in distance, the twin lakes can be seen together only from the top at Gadsar pass.
 Getting to the Gadsar pass at 4191m is no easy task and is going to take a toll on your legs and back. However the scintillating views at the top of the pass more than compensate for it.
 From the pass, descent into flat meadows covered with brightly coloured wild flowers to reach the Gadsar lake.
 Overnight stay in tents.
 Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea&Snacks, Dinner.

Day 5– 16th July/23rd July/30th July – Trek from Gadsar lake to Mengandob/Satsar lake(3600m, 12km)
 Today, you begin with a two hour steep climb up the mountains to enter into flat lands known as Mengandob.
 Trek ahead, crossing an army camp, to the Satsar lakes. The Satsar lakes are a collection of 7 lakes in a cascade formation. Fed by melting snow, couple of these lakes dry up in summer and autumn.
 Overnight stay in tents.
 Meals -Breakfast, Lunch, Tea& Snacks, Dinner

Day 6– 17th July/24th July/31st July – Trek from Satsar lakes to Gangbal twin lakes(3505m, 10kms)
 You will be physically and mentally challenged today as you cross rocky and boulder ridden terrain, cross few ridges and climb mountains to arrive for a break on a ridge at 3570m. After a quick break, keep going up to reach the final ridge at 3000m. From here, you can view the twin lakes of Gangbal and Nundkol.
 What follows is a steep rocky descent, few ups and downs and entry into green meadows which lead to the Nundkol lake and Gangbal lake.
 Overnight stay in tents.
 Meals -Breakfast, Lunch, Tea& Snacks, Dinner

Day 7– 18thJuly/25th July/1st August –Rest day.
 Today you get to relax by the lakes, explore surrounding meadows, soak in the magnificent mountainscape, uncover a few local legends about the lakes, share travel stories, meditate, exercise your photography skills and do anything that soothes your soul (without disturbing others trekkers/nature)  Overnight stay in tents.
 Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner

Day 8– 19th July/26th July/ 2nd August – Trek from Gangbal twin lakes to Naranag (11kms)
 On the final day, we trek past a tree line, some grassy lands and towards the pine forest cover. Follow the forest line for about 6-7kms and descend into the Naranag village.
 Cabs can be arranged on request and trekker expense to take you to Srinagar from the village. Please let us know during registration if you would like to opt for the drop service to Srinagar.
 Meals : (Breakfast)

Trek Dates

12th July – 19th July
19th July – 26th July
26th July – 2 nd August

ADVISORY

Trek Facts

Grade: Moderate/Difficult.

Altitude: Max. altitude at Gadsar pass at 4191m

Temperature: One can expect the temperature to range from 25 degree Celsius during the day and drop down to as low as 5 degree Celsius during the night. Do note that due to wind chills, it can feel a lot colder especially during evenings and nights.

Trek Duration: 8 days.

Trek Season: June – September

Base Camp: Sitkari

How to reach Base camp:

Sitkari is situated at a distance of 87kms from Srinagar and can be reached in approximately 4 hours. To reach Srinagar, you can take a train to Jammu and take a taxi/bus ride for the rest of the journey. You can also take the flight to Srinagar from Delhi or Mumbai with or without a stopover at Jammu. By bus, Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1A to the rest of the country.
Nearest Airport / Rail line / road connectivity:
The nearest airport is the Sheikh ul Alam airport, also known as the Srinagar airport. Jammu is the nearest rail connectivity point and is well connected to all major cities by train.

Introduction to Camping & Survival workshop

Trekking as we see it is not a guided march from one campsite to another. There are a lot of aspects involved in the making of a true Trekker. To start with, a trekker must be able to take care of his/her basic needs such as pitching of camping tents, basic first aid knowledge, how to walk on snow etc. During the trek, the trekkers will be guided on some of these aspects through our workshops conducted by our experienced Trek Leaders.

THINGS TO CARRY

  • Warm clothes, Raincoats, thermals, jackets
  • Gloves, Trekking shoes, socks
  • Water bottles, glucose, energy bars
  • Caps, towels, Umbrella, sunglasses
  • Medications and personal toiletries
  • Waterproof Sleeping and backpack

INCLUSION

Cost : INR 11,750/-(inclusive of taxes)

Cost Inclusions:
 Accommodation in dome tents (2/3 per tent).
 Meals mentioned in the itinerary on a fixed menu/ buffet basis.
 Internal transportation cost as per itinerary.
 Camping Equipment: Tents, Sleeping bags, mats, gaiters.
 All charges for guides and permits.

EXCLUSION

Transportation cost from Srinagar to Sitkari and Naranag to Srinagar.
 Backpack offloading: Trekkers are expected to carry their own backpacks. If the trekker cannot carry his/her backpack due to physical inability, and chooses to offload on mules, this will be on additional cost.
 Air fares, airport taxes and anything not mentioned in the inclusions and itinerary.
 Meals, tea, coffee, mineral water, tips, transfers not mentioned in the itinerary.
 Doctor, telephone, laundry and other personal expenses.
 Cost of personal emergency exit or expenses due to external factors such as climatic conditions.

TERM & CONDITIONS

Cancellation Policy

Life is unpredictable and we understand that sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavor to make it as easy as possible for you. However, please understand that we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore, any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of the programme. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below –

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the event: Full refund as cash
Cancellations between 30days and 15 days to the start of the event: 50 % refund as cash.
Cancellations less than 15 days to the start of the event: No refund.
Cancellations will be accepted only by email.

 Note: ADVENTURE24X7 reserves the right to cancel a programme before departure in the event of logistical problems arising due to natural calamities, strikes, wars or any other circumstances that make the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.

Itinerary Changes &Trip delays:
We plan itineraries based on the information available at the time of planning and in rare circumstances, they are subject to change. In the event that the itinerary is changed or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, transportation delays, government intervention, landslides etc., we will always aim to give you the best experience possible. However, ADVENTURE24X7 cannot be held responsible for the cost of delay or changes.

Health & Fitness Requirements:
This trek does not require you to have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. We do however highly recommend having an adventurous spirit and willingness to undergo the joys & hardships of outdoor camping, in addition to good physical and mental fitness, to completely enjoy the trek. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial ailments, we advise you against participating since most treks happen in remote areas with limited access to medical services & hospital facilities. Our Trek Leaders are experienced mountaineers and we trust their judgments. If during the trek, the Trek Leader advises you against continuing on the trek, we request you to respect his judgment and follow his instructions.

Interested ? Join us !

ADVENTURE24X7 is committed to decreasing our footprint on the mountains and preserving the natural beauty of the pristine Himalayas. And one of the ways we do this is by restricting the number of trekkers in a single trek batch to 12 or less. The slots in a batch are filled on a first come first serve basis.

If we have got your adrenalin pumping already and you are eager to sign up or have some enquiries, email us at info@adventure24x7.com or say hello at the below numbers:

Nitin Tyagi : #9289033086, 9412715220

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