Nafran Valley Trek

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Nafran Valley Trek

Nafran Valley Trek is different yet similar to other scenic treks of Kashmir. The altitude at which it is located is 11,270 ft. This trek will be tricky; it will start from Aru village, and then you will reach Nafran Valley. It would help if you were done with the hike before going on this trek. On this trek, you will be experiencing the natural vistas that Kashmir offers, from dense forests and wildflower meadows to alpine lakes. The trees you will find here are Bhoj, Deodar, Walnut, Apricot, and Apple orchids. You will also see many Shepherds Huts (Gujjar Huts) while going through the meadow-lying trail.

Trek Route

Day 1: Srinagar to Aru by road

Day 2: Aru to Gagad Pathri by Trek

Day 3: Gagad Pathri to Nafran Valley by Trek

Day 4: Nafran Valley to Harnag Lake Via Harnag Pass by Trek

Day 5: Nafran Valley to Aaram Pathri by Trek

Day 6: Aaram Pathri to Bhaj Margi by Trek

Day 7: Bhaj Margi via Mondlan by trek and Mondlan to Aru by Road

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Shivam | Mountain Expert



Shivam was born and brought up in the Dehradun. Coming from a tradtional family bussniess background and be the 4th genration in the bussnies, he decided to take a another path. Working in the US based firm and sepding some couple of years expreinces. One day he decided to go on a solo trek and from there things got change. After resign his well establish career he decided to persue his career in the adventure and as well as mountain background.He has done various challenging treks in Himalayan region like Kedarkantha, valley of flower, Buran Ghati and list go on. And his love for mountains and adventure is never-ending. Make sure to get detailed help related to the Himalayan trek from him.

Why You Should do Nafran Valley Trek

1. Walk through the magnificent coniferous forest.

The trail will pass through tall coniferous forests, which are spread widely.

2. Admire the mountains that are gray-graded, rising with snowcapped peaks.

You will see massive, rugged mountains, a sight to behold.

3. You will get to see and interact with the local tribe.

There are local tribes, like the horseman tribe and the shepherd’s tribe (Gujjar).

4. You will see never-ending grasslands.

The trail passes through various meadows, which provide a beautiful view.

5. There are a lot of mud and wood huts found there.

As you trek through the trail, you will see a lot of huts made by the local tribe, which are untouched by modern civilization.

Best Time to do Nafran Valley Trek

If you want to enjoy the trek, the most appropriate Time to do this trek is from July to September. Nafran Valley does not receive monsoon rain like other places in India. In these three months, the color change of the landscape is the best sight to behold. This place experiences snow in July, making it an ideal time to enjoy snow. There was a frozen lake or some lakes with snow beside them, such as Harbhagwan and Harnag. The snow starts melting in August, and you will see green meadows and grey-colored mountains rising. You will see wildflowers and small flowers ranging from white, purple, red, yellow, blue, and violet. In September, the weather starts getting colder, but you will see a blue sky when there are no clouds.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary Of Nafran Valley Trek

Day 1: Srinagar to Aru by road

  • Stay: overnight stay at the homestay; meal: Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 103 km, Time Taken: approx. 3 hrs
  • Altitude: Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meter.), Aru (7920 ft / 2414 meters.)
  • Altitude gain: 2720 ft / 829 meters.
  • Trek grade: By road

You will begin the journey by road from Srinagar to Ari, the campsite, which is also a common campsite for Tarsar Marsar Trek. You will enjoy the forest, local traditional houses, and the river flowing through the mountains. With the Linder River flowing beside it, Aru Village offers the perfect scenic backdrop of Jammu and Kashmir.

Day 2: Aru to Gagad Pathri by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Time Taken: approx. 5 hrs.
  • Altitude: Aru (7920 ft / 2414 mtr.), Gagad Pathri (9547 ft / 2910 mtr.)
  • Altitude gain: 1627 ft / 496 meters.
  • Trek grade: Gradual to Moderate

The morning will begin with a delicious breakfast prepared by Trekup India cook. After eating a healthy breakfast, you will prepare for the trek, according to the leader. The trek will begin at Aru Village by climbing uphill till you reach the forest zone. You will climb some more until you reach Geerwad, the shepherd settlement. From here on, you will walk through grassland and forest; the camping site is beside a small river, Gagad Pathri.

Day 3: Gagad Pathri to Nafran Valley by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Time Taken: approx. 9 hrs.
  • Altitude: Gagad Pathri (9547 ft / 2910 mtr.), Nafran Valley (11,270 ft / 3435 mtr.)
  • Altitude gain: 1723 ft / 525 meters.
  • Trek grade: Moderate to Difficult

Hot tea and a scenic view of the river flowing between the meadows are ideal ways to begin the day. Today, as you start the trek, you will cross two streams through a wooden bridge; after that lies a shepherd settlement called Kansal Pathri. You will be walking uphill toward Aaram Pathri. From Aaram Pathri, you will climb another hill to reach Nafarn Valley, which has breathtaking views of grasslands and boulders through which flows the rippling river.

Day 4: Nafran Valley to Harnag Lake Via Harnag Pass by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 5 km, Time Taken: approx. 5 hrs.
  • Altitude: Nafran Valley (11,270 ft / 3435 mtr.), Harnag Pass (12,270 ft / 3740 mtr.)
  • Altitude gain: 1000 ft / 305 meters.
  • Trek grade: Gradual to Moderate

The sound of the river flowing is like music playing and a pleasant way to begin the trek. After crossing Nafran Valley, you will come up to the path passing through a loose rock formation. From you must walk carefully, making your way. You will see Harnag Lake, which has several streams flowing through glaciers in the middle of Harnag Valley. Then after you have enjoyed the scenery, you will return the same way you came to Nafran Valley.

Day 5: Nafran Valley to Aaram Pathri by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 2.5 km, Time Taken: approx. 2 hrs
  • Altitude: Nafran Valley (11,270 ft / 3435 mtr.), Aaram Pathri (11,155 ft / 3400 mtr.)
  • Altitude difference: 115 ft / 35 meters.
  • Trek grade: Gradual to Moderate

The trek from Nafran Valley to Aaram Thathri is an easy downhill trek, and the trail passes through meadows, a beautiful site. During the day, when the sun’s rays pass through Deodar and Bhoj trees, Aaram Pathri campsite creates a picture-perfect scene.

Day 6: Aaram Pathri to Bhaj Margi by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite; meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 11 km Time Taken: approx. 5 hrs.
  • Altitude: Aaram Pathri (11,155 ft / 3400 meters.), Bhaj Margi (10,171 ft / 3100 meter.)
  • Altitude difference: 984 ft / 300 meter
  • Trek grade: Gradual to Moderate

Aaram Pathri’s trail passages through the jungle and is steep, with loose gravel, soil, and rough rocks. You have to walk very carefully; once you reach the top of the hill, you can catch sight of the entire valley. Now the trek continues down the mountain passing through meadows till you reach the Bhaj Margi campsite.

Day 7: Bhaj Margi via Mondlan by trek and Mondlan to Aru by Road

  • Stay: No Stay, Meal: Breakfast
  • Trek Distance: Bhaj Margi to Mondlan by Trek – 6 km, Mondlan to Aru by Road – 8 km, Aru to Srinagar – 103 km.
  • Time Taken: Bhaj Margi to Mondlan by Trek – approx. Six hrs., Mondlan to Aru by Road – approx. 20 min, Aru to Srinagar – approx. 3 hrs
  • Altitude: Bhaj Margi (10,171 ft / 3100 meters.), Mondlan (10,374 ft / 3162 meter.), Aru (7920 ft / 2414 meter.), Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meters.)
  • Altitude difference: Bhaj Margi to Mondlan (203 ft / 62 meters.), Monday to Aru (2454 ft / 748 meters.), Aru to Srinagar (2720 ft / 829 meters.)
  • Trek grade: Bhaj Margi to Mondlan by Trek – Gradual, Mondlan to Aru by road, Aru to Srinagar by road

Today is the final day of trekking on the mountain; you will be looking at grassland, waterfalls, water streams, etc., for the last Time. From Bhaj Margi, the trek will lead you to the trail’s end, a large wooden gate. There is forest all through the route till you reach a shepherd settlement called Shul Margi. You will cross two streams, one small and one large, then pass through a forested area until you come to an open area of Pahalgam. From Pahalgam, you will climb downhill till you reach Mondlan village; from Mondlan to Aru is a short drive of twenty minutes. Then Aru to Srinagar by road; Srinagar will be the last stop where our team leaves you. After that, you can plan your route anywhere you want to go.

Food Provided by Us During 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 Nafran Valley Trek

Trekking with us for Nafran Valley 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 Nafran 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 individual campsites of Trekup India on twin sharing.

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

Transport: Srinagar to Aru and Mondlan to Aru on sharing jeeps  

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

Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam 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 are to carry all trekking 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?

Srinagar is the capital located in Jammu and Kashmir in India and can be reached through different modes of transport. Here are some of the possibilities:

  1. Through Air: Srinagar International Airport, known informally as Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport, is about 12 kilometers from the city’s center. It is connected to the major cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata, and links to destinations worldwide like Dubai, Sharjah, and Jeddah. The airport is located in Dubai. Can hire a taxi or bus to get to the final destination.
  2. By train: The closest railway station connecting to Srinagar is Jammu Tawi, which is around 330 km from Srinagar. In Jammu Tawi, you can use a taxi or bus to get to Srinagar.
  3. By road: Srinagar is well-connected by roads to the major cities in Jammu and Kashmir and the states that border it. National Highway 1A connects Srinagar with Jammu and Jammu and, in turn, is linked to the rest of India. There are several ways to travel. You can travel by bus or hire a taxi to Srinagar via Jammu or any nearby city.

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