Warwan Valley Trek

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Warwan Valley Trek

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 Route

Day 1: Srinagar to Panikhar by Road

Day 2: Rest Day at Panikhar

Day 3: Panikhar to Denora by Trek

Day 4: Denora to Kalapari by Trek

Day 5: Kalapari to Kaintal trek via Lomvilad Pass

Day 6: Kaintal to Humpet by Trek

Day 7: Humpet to Sukhnai by Trek

Day 8: Sukhnai to Chaudraiman by Trek

Day 9: Chaudraiman to Srinagar by Road

What Mountain Expert Say

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 should you do Warwan Valley Trek?

It would be best to do this trek because it offers astounding beauty and a thrilling and adventurous trek. Over time, the landscape changes from deserted hills to grasslands, river deltas to glaciers, and wildflowers. A few of those sights you could see there are shown below.

1. On this trail, you will see green grasslands.

This is a sight to behold as you see green carpets covering the hills from top to bottom.

2. Deep blue lakes formed under glaciers.

The trail would pass through the sight of snow floating over the lake which looks very picturesque.

3. Massive glacier, which is brackish and named Kaintal Glacier.

You will trek over the glacier covered with black dust, making it look like it has been there for a long time.

4. Milky white rivers flow through the mountains.

On the trail, you will be crossing various crystal clear and white rivers because of the boulders in them.

5. At Panikhar, you will see traditional Zanskari houses.

The houses mostly have two floors, small balconies, and huge windows, with barns in front and slanted roofs.

Best Time To Do Warwan Valley Trek

The ideal time to do a Warwan Valley Trek is in July and August because, in other months, the valley is covered in snow. Due to the monsoon season, places like Uttarakhand remain closed, but things are different in Kashmir. Kashmir has the Pir Panjal range, which blocks the monsoon rains from entering Kashmir. The greenery in these areas divides it from being in the rain shadow area.

Route Map, Temprature And Rain Fall Charts

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 9: Chaudraiman to Srinagar by Road

  • 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.

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 Warwan Valley Trek

Trekking with us for Warwan 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 Warwan Valley Trek

Warwan Valley Trek is an 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 carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks which you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie 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 – if you want to carry 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.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be used specifically in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blend and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – 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, 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 boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is very important; this will be a great help to you while on the trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.


Personal First Aid Kit

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

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

Gadgets and Other Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Light weight flashlight or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for the camera.
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of keeping a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female travellers)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use daily.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.


Trek Cost Inclusion

  • Stay 8 Nights of tented accommodation at individual 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 09 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  • Transport: Srinagar to Panikhar, Chaudraiman to Srinagar 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 beside 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 700 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 of Jammu and Kashmir, located in northern India. Here are the various methods to get to Srinagar:

By air: Srinagar has its airport, which is the Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport, which is connected to major cities throughout India. Airlines like Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo, and GoAir offer regularly scheduled flights into Srinagar in India from Delhi, Mumbai, and Jammu, as well as other significant cities in India.

By road: Srinagar is well-connected by roads to the major cities of North India. Its National Highway 1A connects Srinagar to Jammu, approximately 300 km away. The journey from Jammu to Srinagar is beautiful and takes about 8-10 hours. The bus is also between Jammu to Srinagar and back, which is more affordable.

By train: The closest railway station for Srinagar can be found at the Jammu Tawi railway station, which is connected to the major cities of India. At Jammu Tawi, you can use a taxi or bus to get to Srinagar.

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