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Gurez Valley Trek

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Pickup will be from TRC Taxi Stand, Srinagar, in front of Tourism Office Building and pickup time will be in between 2 – 3 PM.

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Gurez Valley Trek

Gurez Valley Trek is a crowning valley in Kashmir, the northernmost part of India. It is at an altitude of 13,185 ft, and it takes 38 kilometers to get there. This trek is well known for the change in topography, whether landscape or trees. The trek is gradual so that beginners can go on it. The tranquility of nature and wildlife will spellbind you. The local people of the Shina tribe living authentically in their old age houses made of logs and mud are the sights you will see. It has the same vistas as any other trek in Kashmir, with green mountains and alpine lakes. From the viewpoint above Gurez Valley, you will see the Habba Khatoon Mountain and LOC separating villages into India and Pakistan.

Trek Route

Day 1: Srinagar to Dawar by Road

Day 2: Dawar to Dison by Trek via Gurez Valley

Day 3: Dison to Khaari by Trek

Day 4: Khaari to Patalwansar Lake I via Patalwansar Lake II by Trek

Day 5: Patalwansar Lake I to Dison by Trek

Day 6: Dison to Dawar Trek and Dawar to Srinagar by Road

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Priyanka

Born in Gopeshwar, Uttrakhand completed education in Dehradun, and graduated in the technical. After that, Priyanka worked for 1 year in the technical field. However, her passion was to travel so she tried to turn her career in that direction. To fulfill adventure passion, Priyanka did first trek to Kedarkanta, which was a life-changing experience for her. After this Priyanka became curious to explore more, so later she did the BramhaTal Trek, Nag Tibba Trek, and Chopta Tungnath and list goes on. Now she taken this trekking and adventure experience and converted it into a profession. Now she love to advice and guide trekkers. Make sure to get detailed help related to the Himalayan trek from her.

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Route Map, Temprature And Rain Fall Charts

Why You Should Do Gurez Valley Trek?

1. One of the many lakes you will see is Patalwansar I, an S-shaped lake.

You can enjoy the scenery with the deep blue lake, which stays very still, and the plain green mountains rising over the hills.

2. To reach Patalwansar I and II, you will pass through a vast boulder-spread path.

The site is different as you will see mountains covered in massive boulders.

3. The villages in these areas are untouched by modern civilization.

You will see houses made of mud and wood.

4. Local horse tribes can be seen on the trail.

There are still horse tribes that are still living in their old ways.

5. As you are about to reach Gurez Valley, you will see the roaring Kishanganga River.

There is a river that runs in between barren green mountains, creating a beautiful sight to behold.

Best Time For Gurez Valley Trek

The best time for you to do this Gurez Valley trek is between the changing season from Summer to Autumn, in July and August. Usually, in most of Uttarakhand’s treks during this time of year, the treks are closed due to rain. But in Kashmir and on this trek, it is different because of the Pir Panjal range, which separates Kashmir. In July, the highest places of the trek are covered in snow. And as August comes, the snow starts melting, green starts appearing in the mountains, and flowers blooming. In September, the rain slowly stops, the sky becomes apparent, and the weather becomes cold, which is delightful weather for trekking.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary Of Gurez Valley Trek

Day 1: Srinagar to Dawar by Road

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: Lunch, Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 140 km, Time Taken: approx. 6 hrs.
  • Altitude: Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meter.), Dawar (7860 ft / 2396 meters.)
  • Altitude gain: 2660 ft / 811 meters.
  • Trek Grade: By Road

Before starting the trek, you will drive from Srinagar to Dawar, Dawar, the trekking start point. While going, you will see pine forests, quaint valleys, meadows, and the tribe of shepherds. You will also pass various panoramas of lakes like Dal Lake, Wular Lake, and Manasbal Lake. The trail will then go through Razdan Pass; after passing the pass, you will finally reach Dawar.

Day 2: Dawar to Dison by Trek via Gurez Valley

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Trek Distance: 5 km, Time Taken: approx. 5 hrs.
  • Altitude: Dawar (7860 ft / 2396 meter.), Gurez Valley (11,540 ft / 3517 meters.), Dison (10,330 ft / 3149 meters.)
  • Altitude gain: Dawar to Gurez Valley (3680 ft / 1121 meter.), Gurez Valley to Dison (1210 ft / 368 meters.)
  • Trek Grade: Gradual – Moderate

As we begin the trek today, a nutritious breakfast will be provided. The trek today will gradually increase in height. You will start the trek on the trail surrounded by meadows and then enter the pine forest, which is relatively dense. After crossing the zig-zag climb of the pine forest, you will reach Gurez Valley. The viewpoint from there is just 15 minutes away from where you will catch sight of Habba Khatoon Mountain and various villages on the LOC dividing India and Pakistan. After witnessing the beauty, you will descend and pass through shepherds’ huts, after which lies the camping site, Dison.

Day 3: Dison to Khaari by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Trek Distance: 8 km, Time Taken: approx. 6 hrs.
  • Altitude: Dison (10,330 ft / 3149 mtr.), Khaari (11,299 ft / 3444 mtr.)
  • Altitude gain: 969 ft / 295 meters.
  • Trek Grade: Gradual – Moderate

Having a hot cup of tea and watching the sun’s magic turn the green mountains into the glow of gold is the best sight to start the day. Once you have begun your trek from Dison, you will descend toward Dawar. From Dawar, you will then walk till you see shepherds’ huts. After the shepherd’s huts army camp will be visible. You will walk to the army camp. From there, the trek leads to Patalwansar Pass. Finally, you will reach Khaari, surrounded by small boulders.

Day 4: Khaari to Patalwansar Lake I via Patalwansar Lake II by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Trek Distance: 8 km, Time Taken: approx. 6 hrs.
  • Altitude: Khaari (11,299 ft / 3444 meters.), Patalwansar Lake I (12,640 ft / 3853 meters.), Patalwansar Lake II (12,780 ft / 3895 meters.)
  • Altitude gain: Khaari to Patalwansar Lake I (1341 ft / 409 meters.), Patalwansar Lake I to Patalwansar Lake II (140 ft / 42 meters.)
  • Trek Grade: Moderate – Difficult

With a warm breakfast in your stomach, you can now start the little arduous trek today. The trail will begin with massive boulders. You have to walk on them to cross. After crossing the boulders, you will reach a point in the mountain from where one trail leads to Patalwansar I and another to Patalwansar II. You will first go towards the Patalwansar I trail from there, and then you will proceed to the viewpoint; after you have reached the perspective and seen the lake, you will then move on the trail towards Patalwansar II, which is at an ascend. After taking in the scenic view of Patalwansar II, you will descend to Patalwansar I, where you will be camping for the night.

Day 5: Patalwansar Lake I to Dison by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Trek Distance: 12 km, Time Taken: approx. 7 hrs.
  • Altitude: Patalwansar Lake I (12,640 ft / 3853 meters.), Dison (10,330 ft / 3149 meters.)
  • Altitude difference: 2310 ft / 704 meters.
  • Trek Grade: Gradual – Moderate

Today’s trek will be long, as you will be walking a distance of almost 12 km. The trek will begin from Patalwansar and pass through the boulders surrounding Khaari. From Khaari, you will pass through grassland until you reach the Dison campsite.

Day 6: Dison to Dawar Trek and Dawar to Srinagar by Road

  • Stay: no stay
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Trek Distance: By Trek – 3 hrs and by road 6 hrs, Time Taken: By Trek – approx. 5 km and by road – 141 km
  • Altitude: Dison (10,330 ft / 3149 meters.), Dawar (7860 ft / 2396 meter.), Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meters.)
  • Altitude difference: Dison to Dawar (2470 ft / 753 meters.), Dawar to Srinagar (2660 ft / 811 meters.)
  • Trek Grade: Moderate – Difference

Today you will be trekking to the last campsite, which will be more complicated than other trails. You will climb down the trail and pass through boulders and pine trees. As you cross the pine trees, you will start seeing Dawar campsite. Upon reaching Dawar, you will be driven to Srinagar. In Srinagar, our trek leader will bid you farewell, and from there, you will be on your own and decide where you want to travel.

Food Provided by Us During Gurez Valley Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Gurez Valley Trek

Trekking with us for Tarsar Marsar Trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Gurez Valley Trek

A memorable and enjoyable trek would only be completed by keeping some essential things in mind while you are trekking. It would be best to travel during the monsoon season to have an enthralling experience in the lush green hills and countless waterfalls. For trekking in the monsoon season, you need to be prepared accordingly. Some of the essential things that the trekker needs to carry are provided below.

  1. Poncho / Raincoat – Poncho is made of such fabric, which is waterproof and dustproof; you can even adjust your rucksack in a poncho. Raincoats are also made of waterproof material; it also is breathable.
  2. Waterproof Jacket / Windcheater – Waterproof Jacket keeps you dry from the heavy downpour and protects you from sweating. Windcheater protects trekkers from strong wind and heavy rain by keeping them dry and is also light in weight.
  3. Trekking Poles – An essential accessory that is required throughout the trek but is most needed in the monsoon season as it helps balance and walk on rough terrain (wet rocks, muddy trail).
  4. Trekking Boots – Another of the necessary accessories required on a trek. But especially in the monsoon season, you need water-resistant boots.
  5.  Extra Pair of socks and undergarments – Carry extra socks and undergarments, as they may get wet. Walking in wet pairs may cause many problems, and you must change the wet to dry ones.
  6. Waterproof Socks – Waterproof Socks are also available in the market; you can buy them. These socks are designed to have three layers which make them durable, stretchable, and keep your feet dry.
  7. Trekking Pants – The fabric of which pants are made so that they do not absorb or let water touch the body.
  8. Bag Cover’ – In the monsoon season, you may expect rain which might get you wet; to protect the bag, you need a bag cover that will not let the rucksack get wet.
  9. Electronic gadget waterproof casing – One must carry a waterproof case; it will protect electronic devices like mobile phones, power banks, cameras, lenses, etc. Some phone casings allow the trekker to use the phone in a waterproof case.
  10. Quick Dry outfits – You should buy Quick Dry outfits like a nylon T-shirt which will not let you get wet, as other material T–shirts might get wet and cause a lot of problems for you on the trek.
  11. Mosquito Repellent – In the rainy season, the chances of mosquito bites are higher, so you must carry mosquito repellent to protect yourself. The cases of malaria and dengue are there if you get bitten by a mosquito, which is why having mosquito repellent is essential.
  12. Anti-Bacterial and anti-fungal Cream – Anti-bacterial cream protects the skin from bacterial skin infections which may be caused due to rain. On the other hand, anti-fungal cream would protect the skin from any fungus due to rainwater.
  13. Water Bottle – While trekking, the trekker needs to keep themselves hydrated, for which you must carry a water bottle. As in the rainy season, you won’t be able to fill bottles at many places due to rain, for which you need to carry a bottle that you can serve at the company-recommended spots.
  14. Rucksack or Backpack – You can buy waterproof backpacks that protect your things from getting wet in the rainy season.
  15. Plastic bags – Carry extra plastic bags if you need to keep anything else to protect from water or get wet.

Trek Cost Inclusion

Stay: 6 Nights of tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on sharing basis.

Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Lunch on day 07 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)

Transport: Aru to Srinagar, and then upon returning, you will be going via road on sharing jeeps.  

Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.

Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black form mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    

Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.

Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 

Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.

Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules to carry all trek equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusion

GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
Any insurance (Trekup India recommends each trekker get insurance)
Any Meals/accommodation besides the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point
Personal Medical expenses, do carry your medication.
Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
Any still / video camera fee
Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot.
Mules or porter charges to carry personal baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
Any emergency evacuation charges
Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section

How To Reach Srinagar?

By Air:- Most air carriers such as Indian Airlines (www. Indian airlines.nic.in) Jet Airways (www.jetairways.com ) have regular flights to Srinagar. Getting to Srinagar by flight from New Delhi is considered the most conceivable.

By Train:- Jammu may be the closest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is nicely attached to other main towns in India by rail. Direct Rails are available from Delhi, Trivandrum, Bangalore and also Chennai.

By Bus:-Srinagar is connected through the National Highway 1A to all over the country. J & K transportation has regular comfy buses from Jammu. The Journey captures approximately ten hrs to arrive at Srinagar.

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