Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Heaven On Earth

Trek Grade

Moderate to Difficult

Highest Altitude

13750 ft

Base Camp

Sonamarg

Best Time

July - Mid Sept

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek , a journey that stands out for its unique features, is a trek that speaks for itself. Its name alone evokes images of breathtaking beauty and adventure. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Kashmir is a haven for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. This trek offers a one-of-a-kind experience that will imprint unforgettable memories. The pristine lakes and snow-capped mountains are a sight to behold; their tranquillity and majesty will leave you in awe. The trek is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Kashmir and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Kashmir, known as the earth’s paradise, is the location of this trek, which lasts around 7-9 days and is considered moderately challenging. The elevation reaches 13000 feet, and the distance covered is approximately 63 km. This trek provides an opportunity for self-discovery on multiple levels – physical, mental, and emotional. The experience of pushing one’s body to its limits and overcoming doubts about completing the trek is a challenge like no other. While the journey may be tough, the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the destination is unparalleled. This trek can be a happy and memorable experience for trekkers with proper preparation.

To embark on the challenging journey to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, it’s crucial to prioritize your health and well-being. Ensure you’re in top physical condition by engaging in regular gym sessions and incorporating activities like running, walking on an incline, cycling, cross-training, and stretching into your daily routine. Mental fitness is equally vital, so cultivate a positive mindset and practice stress-reducing techniques to help you cope with the demands of the trek. This preparation will not only make the trek more enjoyable but also increase your chances of successfully completing it.

Along the Srinagar road, the trek begins approximately 3 kilometres outside Sonamarg. You’ll encounter a few roadside restaurants and dhabas where you can grab snacks or light meals. It’s recommended that trekkers stop here to stock up on provisions, as the next opportunity for food and shelter won’t be until Naranag, which marks the end of the trail.

The path winds through a picturesque meadow with lush green grass, offering breathtaking views of the Sonamarg town below. As trekkers ascend, they reach the threshold of a dense forest, where towering Maple and Pine trees stand sentinel. The ensuing trail unfolds into a romantic paradise, with the dense canopy of Maple trees creating a dreamy, intimate atmosphere that is singular to this trek in India. This unique beauty of the trek is sure to intrigue and excite any adventure enthusiast.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a journey that speaks for itself. Its name alone conjures up images of breathtaking beauty and adventure. Located in the heart of the Himalayas, Kashmir is a paradise for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. This trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories. The pristine lakes and snow-capped mountains are a sight; their tranquillity and majesty will leave you spellbound. The trek is a chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Kashmir and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Kashmir, known as the earth’s paradise, is the location of this trek, which lasts around 7-9 days and is considered moderately challenging. The elevation reaches 13000 feet, and the distance covered is approximately 63 km. This trek provides an opportunity for self-discovery on multiple levels – physical, mental, and emotional. The experience of pushing one’s body to its limits and overcoming doubts about completing the trek is unmatched. While the journey may be challenging, the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the destination is unparalleled. This trek can be a happy and memorable experience for trekkers with proper preparation.

To embark on the challenging journey to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, it’s crucial to prioritize your health and well-being. Ensure you’re in top physical condition by engaging in regular gym sessions and incorporating activities like running, walking on an incline, cycling, cross-training, and stretching into your daily routine. Mental fitness is equally vital, so cultivate a positive mindset and practice stress-reducing techniques to help you cope with the demands of the trek.

Along the Srinagar road, the trek begins approximately 3 kilometres outside Sonamarg. You’ll encounter a few roadside restaurants and dhabas where you can grab snacks or light meals. It’s recommended that trekkers stop here to stock up on provisions, as the next opportunity for food and shelter won’t be until Naranag, which marks the end of the trail.

The path winds through a picturesque meadow with lush green grass, offering breathtaking views of the Sonamarg town below. As trekkers ascend, they reach the threshold of a dense forest, where towering Maple and Pine trees stand sentinel. The ensuing trail unfolds into a romantic paradise, with the dense canopy of Maple trees creating a dreamy, intimate atmosphere that is singular to this trek in India.

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Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Kashmir Great Lakes

Day 1: Arrive Srinagar and Drive to Sonamarg

  • Altitude: 7800 feet
  • It takes approximately 3 hours to drive 90kms from Shrinagar
  • TrekupIndia can arrange pickup from TRC at 12 pm if booked in advance
  • The campsite is located near the Sindh River (Shitkadi Village).
  • There are no shops nearby so make sure you have everything you need.
  • Keep your ID proof with you in the original and two photocopies. We will need them to check at the Army Check Post.

In the afternoon, depart for Sonamarg. It takes 3 hours to reach Srinagar.

Day 02: Sonamarg (7.800ft) to Nichnai (11.1500ft), via Shekdur

  • Altitude: 7,800 ft – 11,500 ft
  • 11kms Trek, approximately 8 Hours
  • We trek to Nichnai via Shekdur after breakfast.
  • You will find the trail through dense forests of Maple, Pine, and Bhoj trees.
  • We are allowed to go through the army checkpoint after about half an hour. Here we must submit our ID proofs.
  • You can also enjoy a spectacular view of the Sonmarg Valley and the Thajiwas Glacier while you’re at it.
  • It takes approximately 2 and a half hours to trek from Shitkadi, Shekdur through dense pine forests.
  • You can enjoy instant noodles or an omelette at Shekdur if you so desire.
  • As we trek from Shekdur, to Nichnai, we follow the Nichnai Stream.
  • After Shekdur, we have lunch at Nichnai.

The trek commences 3 kilometres from Sonamarg, along the Srinagar Road. After a brief 3-kilometer journey, you’ll encounter a solitary Dhaba offering snacks and refreshments. Naranag is the next settlement, located at the end of the trail. The jeep track diverges from the main road, veering right, and descends towards the Sindh River. The river flows parallel to the mud track and the main road. The trail follows a gentle curve to the left, traversing a picturesque meadow with breathtaking views of Sonamarg. 

Within half an hour, you’ll reach the meadow’s summit, where Maple and Pine trees begin to dominate the landscape. The trail then descends to a small brook, only to ascend again, leading you through a dense forest of Maple trees. The experience of walking on the lush green grass amidst these Maples is truly unique.

The trail will lead you through a picturesque Maple tree forest for the next hour and a half. Stay on the uphill path; the downhill trail will take you to nearby villages. Enjoy the scenic views of the Sonamarg valley from the clearings between the trees. As you reach the top of the ridge, the Maple forest will give way to a meadow, offering stunning views of the valley below. Please take a moment to appreciate the scene’s beauty, with its streams, meadows, pines, and town nestled in the distance. 

After a brief climb, the trail will descend into a verdant meadow lined with Silver Birch trees and dotted with small brooks. This is Shekdur, a lovely campsite surrounded by Bhojs. If you’re starting your trek from Srinagar at dawn, Shekdur is an ideal first campsite. However, if you’re starting from Sonamarg, it’s too early to set up camp here. Instead, take a break at the meadow before continuing to Nichnai, the next campsite. 

The meadow lasts about half an hour before reaching a forest of Bhoj, or Silver Birch. Follow the trail through the forest and watch for the sun’s rays as they filter through the dense foliage, creating a dappled pattern of light and shadow.

In approximately 45 minutes, you’ll reach the end of the birch tree line and begin your descent into the river valley, marking the beginning of Nichanai. The trail follows the right bank of the Nichanai River as it flows upstream, with the snow-capped peaks of Sonamarg Valley visible to your left. 

You’ll traverse a wide valley flanked by mountains, with the river Sindh flowing through it. The terrain will be rocky for the first 30 minutes, but eventually, the landscape will transform into a lush green meadow as the river valley narrows. Look ahead to spot the Triangular Twin Snow-capped Peaks in the distance.

Day 03: Nichnai (1,500ft) to Vishansar lake (12,000.ft).

  • Altitude: 11500 ft to 12,000ft through 13100 ft
  • 12 km Trek, approximately 7 hours
  • The trek from Nichnai Pass to Nichnai Pass takes approximately 1 and 1/2 hours.
  • You can access the B.S.N.L network at the top of Nichnai Pass, which is the final point in the mobile coverage area.
  • There is a descent from Nichnai pass towards Vishansar.
  • Lunch will be served at the campsite Vishansar
  • You can also visit the Vishansar lake, which is only 15 minutes from the campsite.
  • This is the first and most beautiful lake on the trek.
  • The lake will freeze if the trek takes place in July. If we have permission from Srinagar Fishing Department, we can fish at the lake.
  • Vishansar is frequented by flocks of sheep, and their shepherds are well-known for telling interesting stories.
  • This campsite offers a great place to play volleyball, cricket and other sports.

Embark on a picturesque journey across meadows, with the scenery continually improving. Begin your trek by 8:00 am to allow ample time to appreciate the surroundings. Your first destination for the day is the Nichnai pass or Vishnusar Berry, visible from the campsite. The pass is a striking landmark located just right of the twin snow-capped peaks. Following a half-hour river-side walk, cross the waterway to transition to its left bank. Observe the trail gradually ascending as you advance through the meadow for the next hour. The subsequent hour is dedicated to a moderate climb to Nichnai Pass, standing at 13,500 ft, succeeded by a minor descent and an extensive flat meadow walk, ultimately leading to Vishnusar Lake. As you ascend, take notice of a small lake nestled at the base of the mountains, its deep blue hue igniting excitement for the lake.

The pass is not immediately apparent from the meadow below, as the trail misleads with two inward turns before revealing the Nichnai pass. From this vantage point, take in the breathtaking views of the Sonamarg valley and the path you’ve traversed. This is a reliable spot to get a phone signal, courtesy of the BSNL network, which may not be available again until you reach beyond Gangabal.

As you continue your journey, the path opens into a vast, snow-covered valley, with towering peaks rising up on your left. The landscape on the right side slopes upward, but no prominent peaks are in sight. You’re currently at an elevation of 13,229 feet, which is quite a feat, considering it’s only the second day of your trek. The high altitude can be challenging, but the good news is that the trail begins to descend from here, offering a welcome respite. The rugged terrain leads to a steep rocky path, eventually turning into lush green grass. Bright red flowers dot the landscape, adding colour to the otherwise muted tones. Ahead, a vast meadow stretches out for miles, flanked by towering mountains. A new river flows gently through the valley, providing a soothing soundtrack to your journey.

As you pause, take in the breathtaking panorama of rugged peaks, glistening rivers, and vibrant meadows. To your left, a magnificent waterfall cascades down the mountain slope, merging with the river below. Beyond the waterfall, the terrain flattens out, and you continue your journey through the expansive meadow. The iconic snow-capped Himalayas rise majestically to your left, while the barren, grey mountains on your right evoke the stark beauty of the Ladakh ranges.

Amble along the verdant valley, flanked by two towering ranges. Two prominent streams meander through the landscape, with the left-hand stream being your guide. Prepare for a refreshing stream crossing in a mere half hour, with crisp water leaving you invigorated.

Set up camp in the meadow for 90 minutes until you reach the valley’s end. A stream flows from the left towards the right, originating from Vishnusar Lake, located higher up on the left but cannot be seen from the campsite. Pitch your tents in an open area near the stream, leaving plenty of space for other campers.

The Vishnusar lake is 0.5 km to the left and 100 feet above the campsite. Head left and follow the stream to reach the lake, keeping it to your right. It takes approximately 7 minutes to reach the lake between two mounds. The first thing you’ll notice about the Vishnusar Lake is its size and how four mountains surround it. The Kishansar peak, located 0.5 km away, is reflected in the lake’s calm waters, creating a stunning visual effect. The lake’s colour varies depending on the time of day and the clouds in the sky. In the early morning, the water is crystal clear, but the lake takes on a blue hue as the sun rises. When the sun is high in the sky, and the clouds are few, the water appears a deep blue. However, in the late afternoon, the lake turns greenish-blue, thanks to the combination of clouds and the setting sun. Regardless of the time of day, the Vishnusar Lake is truly breathtaking and worth seeing in its different colours.

Day 4: Day of Acclimatization and Rest/Buffer Day at Vishansar

Note: Kindly note in our Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Day 04 is rest day (which is optional) and will be used as a buffer day only incase of any weather condition, shutdown, political unrest, using Rest day / buffer day will completely depends on current weather condition of the region or Kashmir Situation. In all good situations the trek will continue and rest day / buffer day will not be used, making it a 6N 7D program. If the rest day / buffer day is used Trekup India will not charge for its logistics.

Day 05: Vishansar (12000ft) to Gadsar (12000ft), via Kishansar lake & Gadsar Pass (13,750ft).

  • Altitude: (12,000ft to (12,000ft), via (13.750ft).
  • 14kms Trek, approximately 10 Hours
  • The trek starts earlier than usual.
  • The trek takes you from Vishansar up to Gadsar.
  • The trail ascends steeply from Vishansar to Gadsar Pass.
  • On the way, we can see Kishansar Lake.
  • We descend slowly from the Gadsar pass to the campsite.
  • En route, we can see Gadsar lake.
  • The Glacier of Gadsar Lake might also be visible.
  • We will arrive at the campsite after passing Gadsar lake. It takes us 2 hours.
  • We will be stopped by another army checkpoint just a few minutes from our campsite. They will ask for our ID proofs.
  • Lunch will be provided

You’ll encounter a narrow trail that winds up the mountainside as you journey. This path will lead you to the summit, but be sure to follow the track that ascends higher, as it will provide the most scenic route. The climb should take around an hour and a half at a moderate pace, and about 45 minutes into your ascent, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of both Kishansar and Vishnusar lakes, nestled in the mountains.

The scenic view of the twin lakes persists until you reach the ridge summit or the pass, known as the Gadsar pass, which stands at 13,800 feet, the highest point on this trek. The trek involves a strenuous 2-hour climb followed by a steep descent and a leisurely walk through the meadows. On the opposite side of the Gadsar pass, a long valley stretches out, with 2-3 small lakes visible in the distance. A series of snow-capped peaks can be seen on the far horizon, lying beyond our Line of Control. It is not unusual to encounter snow at the Gadsar pass and in the initial sections of the descent on the other side.

The path downward is uncomplicated. The initial minor lake on the left is Yamsar Lake, which the local population believes has a connection to Lord Yama. Following Yamsar is a second unnamed lake. A short descent of an hour brings you back to level meadows. This valley is more compact, with two mountain ranges running along its sides. Take note of the vibrant flowers growing out of the green grass, beginning with red and gradually shifting to blue and purple irises.

As you venture into the blue Iris area, you’re just a short distance from the breathtaking Gadsar lake, nestled at the foot of snow-capped peaks. Vibrant blue flowers bloom on one side, while snow slabs tumble into the lake from the mountain on the other. Ahead, the valley stretches out in a gentle green-blue slope. The Yamsar, the unnamed lake, and Gadsar are linked by a stream that flows from the higher lake to the lower, with Gadsar at an elevation of 12,500 feet.

Select Gadsar as your campsite for its breathtaking beauty, but only if you promise to leave the area as pristine as you found it. Gadsar is typically unoccupied, and a small, abandoned military shelter is nearby.

If you opt not to set up camp beside Gadsar, the next suitable location would be the army camp nearby. Following the downward trail from Gadsar, the valley expands after a half-hour walk, revealing a second blue lake on the left-hand side. The snow-capped mountains give way to rugged, barren peaks. You’ve descended a significant amount of altitude. Another half hour down the trail, a few shepherds’ huts come into view. Continue downhill for three and a half hours, and the army camp will be at the end of your journey. The Gadsar army camp comprises a small hut housing approximately 5-8 military personnel.

To proceed beyond the military camp, authorization from the central command is required. The command centre is located 4.8 kilometres further down, near a village, and is situated among the trees. The Gadsar camp maintains contact with the headquarters using handheld radios. The headquarters is also equipped with a satellite phone for military use. If you are near the Gadsar army camp, it is advisable to report to them promptly. Processing your documentation, which includes verifying original identification cards, takes approximately 2-3 hours.

Day 06: Gadsar (12000ft) to Satsar (12000ft).

  • Altitude: 12,000 ft – 12,000ft
  • 9kms Trek, approximately 6 hours.
  • The trail is full of vibrant flowers from mid-July to mid-August.
  • You will need to show your ID at another checkpoint of the army while you are on your way.
  • We see two smaller lakes that are sometimes mistaken for Satsar Lakes.
  • In the afternoon, we will visit the Satsar twin Lakes, which are approximately 1.3 h
  • Mengen top is also known for Stasar twin lakes.
  • These twin lakes can be found in the middle of the mountain.

After crossing the stream, follow the trail that ascends the mountain, reminiscent of a typical western ghats path. You’ll feel above the tree line, with the tree-covered valley stretching below. The 1.5-hour climb will take you up 1,100 feet, and the trail will eventually transition into a traverse. You’ll leave the river valley behind and find yourself walking on a flat trail surrounded by mountains, with deep craters to your right. This area is known as Maengandob. The landscape ahead is breathtaking, with isolated mountains and a small ridge to your right. In between, you’ll find a flat green bed with a river flowing through it. Consider camping here if Gadsar Lake is your last stop. If you started at the army camp, it’s worth covering a bit more distance and setting up camp near the first of the Satsar lakes. Satsar consists of seven lakes, four or five containing water depending on the season. Located beyond the ridge on the right is the Satsar army check post, the third line of defence from the LOC. Expect to go through the usual identity checks, collection, and questioning process. It’s best to take care of this today to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience tomorrow. Just ten minutes from the army camp is the first of the Satsar lakes, a picturesque body of water nestled in a green setting with mountains rising in front. Choose a suitable spot to set up camp for the day.

Day 07: Satsar (12,500ft) to Gangabal twin Lakes (11,500ft).

  • Altitude: 12,000 ft – 11,500 ft 13000
  • 11kms Trek, approximately 6 Hours
  • For approximately an hour, we walk on rocky trails and then ascend to Jazz Pass.
  • The pass offers views of Mt. Harmukh with its glacier.
  • We descend to the Gangbal lake, and then camp at Nandkol lake.
  • We will visit Gangbal Lake, one of the largest lakes on the trek.
  • After dinner, a group of Kashmiri staff members will perform traditional songs and dances.

The terrain undulates throughout the day’s trek, alternating between gentle inclines and declines, followed by a steep ascent and descent. The path replicates this pattern, consistently rising and falling. Begin by trekking for half an hour to reach the largest Satsar lake, traversing bouldery terrain requiring more hopping than walking. Beyond the final lake, the trail descends, and after a 30-minute walk, the forest line comes into view on the left, while a ridge line lies to the right, standing 1,000 feet taller. It’s time to gain altitude again, starting from 11,800 feet at the base of the climb. Use the zig-zag pony track to ascend the first ridge, a 45-minute journey with limited breaks. From the summit, two additional ridges remain to be climbed. The barren and rocky trail offers a contrasting view of the adjacent mountains, where Gujjar huts are visible amidst tall pines. The disparity between the arid mountains and the lush greenery on the other side is striking.

After a two-hour ascent, you reach the summit of the third ridge, where you’re greeted with a breathtaking view. The altimeter shows an elevation of approximately 13,400 feet. The real treat, however, is the stunning panorama that unfolds before you. Two lakes sit side by side, with a stream flowing from the higher lake to the lower. Look closely and spot two more lakes in the distance, one on either side. The largest of the four lakes is Gangabal, and its companion is Nandkol. Your destination is now clearly visible, lying 1,400 feet below you. The path ahead involves a brief descent followed by a steep climb back to the lake. Take in the scenery and get ready for a challenging descent. Your final destination is either Gangabal or Nandkol. While the ascent is dry, you’ll cross a stream midway through the descent. Fill up your water bottles and press on. The steep descent takes about an hour and a half, after which you’ll find yourself in a lush green meadow. The meadow stretches from right to left, and a kilometre down the left, you’ll see the tree line again. Once you reach the base, the lake shore is still far off. Though the destination is now visible, it appears distant.

A short climb, a quick descent, and a stream crossing over a wooden log bridge lead you to the shores of Nandkol Lake. Observe that this lake isn’t as pristine as the others you saw on the trek. The area is littered with remnants of camping. Many people trek up from Naranag to Gangabal and return as a weekend getaway, leaving behind a trail of garbage. You can’t help but wish they had taken the time to clean up after themselves and appreciate the beauty of these lakes.

The picturesque Nandkol Lake is situated at the foot of the majestic Harmukh Peak, with the Harmukh Glacier gracefully descending the rocky slopes. Both Nandkol and Gangabal Lakes are renowned for their excellent trout fishing spots. While Gangabal Lake is a 20-minute trek away from Nandkol, a fiery stream flows between the two lakes, connecting them. To reach Gangabal from Nandkol, it’s essential to cross this stream using a sturdy artificial bridge on the right-hand side of the bank of Gangabal. The lake is vast, and a leisurely circumambulation of either lake will take around an hour.

Day 08: Gangabal (11,500ft) to Naranag (7.450ft). Drive to Srinagar

  • Altitude: 11500 ft to 7450 ft
  • 15kms Trek, approximately 7 hours
  • You will be walking down the trail until you reach Naranag. Please take care of your ankles and knees.
  • You will be passing through the pine forest.
  • TrekupIndia can arrange transportation to Srinagar for a fee if you make an advance booking.
  • You will arrive in Srinagar at 6:30 pm after driving 70kms.
  • Prepaid sim cards are not valid in Kashmir. Carry Postpaid Sim Cards.
  • You will reach Srinagar on Day 8 between 6:30 and 7:30 PM. After 8 PM, you can book your travel.

After a gentle downhill journey for 6 hours, the trail becomes much steeper and more challenging for the final 11 kilometres. Today’s journey may seem effortless as you descend downhill, but be mindful of the steep incline that may strain your knees.

Begin your trek from the Gangabal campsite, following the stream and ridgeline until you reach a grove of trees. After 30 minutes, you’ll start getting cell phone reception, so take a moment to let your loved ones know you’ve made it safely. As you continue, the ridge will give way to a picturesque meadow, offering a stunning view of Harmukh Peak in the distance.

As you continue your journey, you’ll notice the landscape shift, with the treeline coming into view. Most of the trees are pine, and you’ll begin to see signs of civilization, such as a log hut, as you make your way deeper into the forest. The trail takes you in and out of the woods for about 6 km without much change in altitude.

However, as you reach the two-thirds mark, the path begins to descend, which is quite steep. The trail is muddy and well-trodden, and the thick pine cover creates a canopy overhead. Over the final 4 km, you’ll experience a dramatic drop in altitude, losing over 3000 ft. You may see other trekkers on their way up from Naranang to Gangabal. As you continue down, Naranang comes into view, and the end of your trek is in sight.

The last portion can be challenging, as the path is quite steep, but a stone-paved path appears, and you’ll soon enter the village of Naranang. From there, you’ll drive to Srinagar, with an estimated arrival time of 6:30 pm. From this point, you can make further travel arrangements as needed.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Route Map
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Kashmir Great Lakes Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay: 7 Nights of tented accommodation at individual campsites of Trekup India on twin sharing.
  2. Meals: Trekup India will provide freshly cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 1 to  tea, coffee on day 8 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian) 
  3. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  4. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  5. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  6. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  7. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  8. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Transport Optional: Srinagar to Sonmarg and return. ( 1600 extra )
  3. Trek Insurance Mandatory: (Trekup India recommends each trekker to get insurance) you can read more about What Is Trek Insurance, Why It Is Mandatory On Treks And What It Covers .
  4. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  5. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  6. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  7. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  8. Any still / video camera fee 
  9. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  10. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  11. Any emergency evacuation charges
  12. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Buran Ghati trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps are essential for the night, and most importantly, headtorchs keep your hands free while trekking.
  2. Hats or Cap– Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day and also ensure they have a strap so the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses– you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place; the glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava– You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.

Foot Gears

When it comes to planning a trek, one of the most important aspects is to ensure that you have the right kind of foot gear.

  1. Trekking shoes whichare waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours when you reach the campsite, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your shoes. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  2. Socks– you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  3. Microspikes & Gaitorswill be provided by Trekup India when required. You don’t have to carry them.

Personal First Aid Kit

Don't forget to pack your personal first aid kit! It's always better to be safe. So, make sure you're prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  1. Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  2. Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  3. Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  4. Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  5. Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  6. Medicine for cold, flue/fever, headache
  7. Some pain killers
  8. ORS pouches
  9. Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  10. Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  11. Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  12. Bug Repellent
  13. Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  14. Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.