Warwan Valley Trek

Heaven On Earth

Trek Grade

Difficult

Highest Altitude

14,500 ft

Base Camp

Panikhar

Best Time

July, Aug to Mid Sept

Warwan Valley Trek

The Warwan Valley trek is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular treks in India, stretching from Ladakh to Jammu & Kashmir. It offers a unique and exceptional experience that surpasses well-known Kashmir destinations like Sonamarg, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. The remote and isolated location of Warwan Valley adds to its allure, providing a side of Kashmir that remains unseen by many. The trail itself presents a blend of landscapes, starting in Trans-Himalayan terrain with barren mountains and transitioning into lush greenery typical of Kashmir. The journey culminates in a challenging pass day, featuring a tricky climb and a walk on the Bracken glacier, offering both breathtaking beauty and thrilling adventure.

Embarking on the challenging journey through the Warwan Valley offers a thrilling experience amidst the lush green landscape as a rewarding opportunity following strenuous days of hiking. However, it is important to note that this trek is not suitable for everyone. While it promises to be the most breathtaking trek you will ever undertake, it presents various obstacles that demand physical fitness and prior high-altitude trekking experience. Traversing approximately 20 kilometers daily, you will encounter demanding terrains like glacier walks, moraines, and river overhangs that require careful navigation.

The Warwan Valley Trek is in Kashmir, at a height of 14,500 feet at its highest point. The total trek distance is 78 kilometers. A person who wants this trek must have done at least one trek before, as this trek will be a bit difficult. The location of Warwan Valley makes it a place to explore because of its isolation and remoteness. The daunting beauty of this trek changes while moving through the trail. When you start from Panikhar, you will see the deserted mountains, and as you walk forward, you will pass through river deltas, wildflowers, glaciers, and grasslands.

Trek Cost

23450
22,450 +5% GST | From Srinagar To Srinagar
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Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Warwan Valley Trek

Day 1: Srinagar to Panikhar by Road

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite
  • Meal: Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance: 265 km
  • Time Taken: approx. 10 hrs
  • Altitude: Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meters), Pankhar (10,700 ft / 3261 meters)
  • Altitude gain: 5500 ft / 1676 meter

Today’s journey will begin with a 10-hour ride; the first destination you will reach is Sonamarg which is picture-perfect. And like Sonamarg, you will pass through Zogila Pass, Dras, Kargil, and Panikhar. On the way, you will pass through grasslands and some secluded villages. You might also get to see traditional Zanskari houses in towns like Panikhar. Once you have reached Panikhar, you should get ample rest.

Day 2: Rest Day at Panikhar

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Altitude: Panikhar (10,700 ft / 3261 meters)

Use this day to rest and let your body get acclimatized, and you can use this day to explore the Panikhar village and nearby landscape. As you come by road, you will have come a long distance and be trekking to a high altitude. When you are exploring the village, you will see local farmers busy with their day-to-day life, and when you get to meet them, they seem very welcoming.

Day 3: Panikhar to Denora by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 14 km
  • Time Taken: approx. 6 hrs
  • Altitude: Pankhar (10,700 ft / 3261 mtr), Denora (12,350 ft / 3764 mtr)
  • Altitude gain: 1650 ft / 503 meter
  • Trek grade: Moderate to Difficult

Begin your morning with a warm breakfast and hot tea, after which you prepare for the trek. The trek begins from Panikhar; from Panikhar, you will soon reach Panikhar Nala/ Chalong Nala. After crossing the bridge over the river, you will see a change in the scenery. You will walk through the narrow valley until you reach the check post of local authorities, where you would have to do customary formalities and then continue the trek. The trail is a four-wheel dirt trek where the landscape changes to a deserted mountain. On the side is Chalong Nar River, which roars through the boulders and rocks. On the trail from there onwards, you will be crossing many streams of water, which is drinkable, but you don’t need to stop at all the streams. There is a place that comes after where you could take a few minute’s breaks known by the locals as Doksa (meadow). Afterward, you would come to Bakarwal settlements after the curved trail, then cross a stream with boulders. Chalong Nala then reaches flat basins where it spreads, where you will see lush meadows. Soon after, you get Denora, which lies round the bend.

Day 4: Denora to Kalapari by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 3 km
  • Time Taken: approx. 3 hrs
  • Altitude: Denora (12,350 ft / 3764 mtr), Kalapari (12,875 ft / 3924 mtr)
  • Altitude gain: 525 ft / 160 meter
  • Trek grade: Gradual to Moderate

The following day you will wake up to the smell of icy water; as you prepare to begin the trek, you will see that the trail lies through the streams on the basin. The first landmark you would cross is the Bakarwal settlement at the valley’s base. Once again, you would have to pass through the river basin, after which you would cross Bakarwal huts. Walking further on the trail, you will unfold various meadows and wildflowers. Soon you will reach the camping site with a clear view of the Kalpari top and glaciers, and below that is your camping site.

Day 5: Kalapari to Kaintal trek via Lomvilad Pass

  • Stay: overnight stay at the camp
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 17 km
  • Time Taken: approx. 11 hrs
  • Altitude: Kalapari (12,875 ft / 3924 meters), Lomvilad Pass (14,550 ft / 4435 meters), Kaintal (11,550 ft / 3520 meters)
  • Altitude difference: Kalapari to Lomvilad Pass (1675 ft / 511 meters), Lomvilad Pass to Kaintal (3000 ft / 915 meters)
  • Trek grade: Moderate to Difficult

In the early morning, have a healthy breakfast and prepare for the challenging and long trek at other campsites. The trail will be covered in snow, and some places might have glaciers. You won’t need cumbersome equipment but just a trekking pole. After you have come far from the campsite, you will pass through moraines and the one lake on this trail with glacier bits floating. On this lake lies a massive brackish glacier named Kaintal Glacier. As the trail progresses, you will be crossing through another glacier. As you get right below Kalapari mountain, you will know as you will see moraines. You will then reach Lomvilad Pass. After that, there you will pass various frozen lakes. The trail will then pass through the snow; you will walk down until you see the entrance to the valley. Then you would reach the river basin, which is at the bottom of the glacier, and there lies your camping site.

Day 6: Kaintal to Humpet by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 17 km
  • Time Taken: approx. 6 hrs
  • Altitude: Kaintal (11,550 ft / 3520 meter), Humpet (10,950 ft / 3338 meters)
  • Altitude gain: 600 ft / 182 meter
  • Trek grade: Moderate to Difficult

In the morning, wake up to a picturesque view and start your trek from Kaintal. The trail runs along the side of a river. You will then pass through a few Gujar huts; you will then be passing through a few streams. And after crossing the stream, you will come to the river basin; meadows are along the bay. After crossing a few grass fields, you will reach the camping site Humpet.

Day 7: Humpet to Sukhnai by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 16 km
  • Time Taken: approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude: Humpet (10,950 ft / 3338 meters), Sukhnai (9225 ft / 2812 meters)
  • Altitude gain: 1725 ft / 526 meter
  • Trek grade: Moderate to Difficult

On this day, the trek will descend the hill; you should also be well prepared for this trek. You will be passing through two valleys before you reach Sukhnai. The route to the Amarnath yatra will also be visible from this trek. First, there is an ascend to the ridge, and once you have reached the ridge, you will be going down the hill. Walking down, you can catch sight of Gujjar huts, Kaintal Nala, and Silver birch trees. After crossing the silver birch tree forest, you will walk on a precariously steep trail until you arrive at a point where trails lead on different sides. You would be following the trail, which is at the top, and then hiking till you reach a waterfall. The trail gets steeper from there on; as you reach the bottom, you will see a clear stream merging into Kaintal Nala to make it one large river. As you come to the end of the valley, you will come across an overgrown army post known by the name Police Kotha. In the other direction of the trail, you will see the Sheshnag trail and know that you have entered Warwan Valley and Kashmir. Then you continue down the trail, and here you are in a tricky section because it is prone to landslides. Once you reach the bottom, you will cross a few streams, some with wooden bridges and some permanent bridges, as you come close to Sukhnai Village. You will notice Sukhnai Village as you continue the trail. It will become evident when you see extensive grasslands across the trail.

Day 8: Sukhnai to Chaudraiman by Trek

  • Stay: overnight stay at the campsite
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trek Distance: 18 km
  • Time Taken: approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude: Sukhnai (9225 ft / 2812 mtr), Chaudraiman (8300 ft / 2530 mtr)
  • Altitude difference: 925 ft / 282 meter
  • Trek grade: Gradual to Moderate

On the last day of the trek, you will be enjoying the beauty offered by the valley for the last time. This includes grasslands, the lovely Rekenwas village, and the river Marwah. The trek consists of uphill and downhill with farms and pastures. As you come close to the village, you might see some villagers walking past to go to another village. Past the river, you will see Rekenwas village; from there, keep walking by the Marwah River till you see a wooden bridge to cross. The trail then passes through farms and descends slowly after the farms. As you approach Gumbar Village, some coniferous trees lie ahead. As you come close to the village, you will start seeing barn houses and villagers on horses. After you cross the barn, you will see a trail leading in two different directions, and you will follow the trail leading to the right. Then you will go up to a mound, and from the stack, you will go downhill; you will soon arrive at Margi village. After that, you will again cross rivers through a wooden bridge and reach Basmina Village. As you move out of the village, as you walk through, the trail becomes wide enough for four-wheelers which means you are close. After walking for a few hours, you will reach the camping site Chaudraiman.

Day 8: Sukhnai to Chaudraiman by Trek

  • Stay: no stay
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Distance: 153 km
  • Time Taken: approx. 9 hrs
  • Altitude: Chaudraiman (8300 ft / 2530 mtr), Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 mtr)
  • Altitude gain: 3100 ft / 945 meter

This day will be spent driving from Chaudraiman to Srinagar; the road will be thrilling, with some scenic views. As you reach Srinagar, our team will bid farewell to you, and you will be on your own to proceed where you desire.

Warwan Valley Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Warwan Valley 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.

Warwan Valley 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 Warwan Valley 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: 8 Nights of tented accommodation at individual campsites of Trekup India on sharing basis.
  2. Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Lunch on day 09 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals).
  3. Transport: Srinagar to Panikhar, Chaudraiman to Srinagar on sharing jeeps
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. 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.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Warwan Valley Trek

Warwan Valley 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 – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

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 which are 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.

Gadgets and Other Items

You might also consider bringing a camera, binoculars, portable charger, and snacks. Be well-prepared and tackle any trail with confidence.

  1. Trekking Poles
  2. Mobile phone
  3. Camera
  4. Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  5. Lightweight flashlight or headlight
  6. A waterproof bag made of plastic is used for the camera.
  7. Plug/converter for electrical items
  8. 1-litre water bottle
  9. A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  10. Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  11. Get into the habit of maintaining a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

Remember to pack hygiene and personal toiletry items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and toilet paper.

  1. Sunscreen with UV protection to shield your skin from harmful rays
  2. 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels to help you dry off quickly in case of rain or sweat
  3. Toilet paper, tissues or wet wipes for maintaining hygiene while on the trek
  4. Toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouth freshener to keep your mouth clean and fresh throughout the journey
  5. Deodorant or talcum powder to help you stay fresh and odor-free, especially during hot and humid climates
  6. Shampoo to keep your hair clean and healthy
  7. Sanitary pads or tampons (for female trekkers) to manage menstrual cycles
  8. Lip-gloss or salve to protect your lips from dryness and chapping
  9. Bio-degradable soap to keep yourself clean and hygienic while on the trek
  10. Nail clipper and other personal items that you use daily
 
By packing these items, you can ensure that you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience.