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7 min readJan 24, 2023

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

If you want to experience heaven on the earth, remember the name "Kashmir". It is a beautiful Himalayan valley with breathtaking mountain scenery, crystal clear lakes, lush green vegetation, and splendid forests.

You feel like soaking your memories in a warm cup of Kahwah Tea while enjoying the diverse landscapes of Kashmir. You can synchronize your heartbeat with the gushing clean waters that travel from the glaciers above.

Dusting the snow off your shoulders after a long ascent up a valley and watching the sun-kissed, snow-laden mountains right in front of your eyes will surely take your breath away. If this doesn’t give you travel goals, nothing else can.

Our first campsite at Sitkari – 2 km before Sonmarg. All Campsites during our trek had beautiful glacial streams and a surreal environment.

Kashmir Great Lakes Grandeur of Kashmir Valley

Kashmir Ghati has always been compared to heaven because of its exotic beauty and fascinating places; untouched and serene. The Kashmir Great Lakes is an extremely beautiful trek because of “eight Alpine Lakes” in a series attitude is 13850 feet.

Their beauty is incomparable! During the trek, go through the lavish meadows, get panorama views of the mountains and explore the aqua-green alpine lakes. Certainly, each day on this trek is perfect!

Yes Kashmir great lakes are one of the more beautiful Treks in INDIA.

The bliss is the heavenly meadows of Kashmir. A number of pine and maple trees grow here. Further, below Gadsar pass wildflowers grow in abundance and ahead the fields of Satsar are plain.

Moreover, the lakes are fed by snow patches.

So, experience the grandeur of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek and add it in Diary of your Himalayan Journey!

.On the trek every day you can see 70-degree views, beautiful meadows alpine lakes.

Beautiful landscape at Nandkol Lake. We visited Gangbal lake after descending from the Satsar Pass and then crossed over the ridge to Nandkol lake.

Best Time to Do Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir great lakes trek is a very beautiful and an moderate trek in the Kashmir valley , Kashmir great lakes trek is great for those people who have a great passion for mountaineering. Hills and consider it a special purpose in their life.

We are are doing this trek for years Kashmir great lakes trek , we have every experience related to this trek. The right time to do this trek is from 5th july to the last of September, specially in the months of June, green and colorful bugyal meadows, snow is found in abundance here, which makes your trek very memorable

During the day the temperature of Kashmir great lakes trek is around ( 05°C to 18 °C and during the night the temperature comes down to 03 °C to 08 °C which is not bad.

You will never consider yourself boring in Kashmir great lakes trek, this trek can give you nothing but joy, You will get to see the culture and beauty of Kashmir valley in this trek which will always keep you connected towards the mountain.

Our first campsite at Sitkari – 2 km before Sonmarg. All Campsites during our trek had beautiful glacial streams and a surreal environment.

Kashmir great lakes trek safe for me ?

Yes Kashmir great lakes Trek is a safe trek if you are going with a good trekking team which you must know before booking yourself, It is important for you to know that the bow trekking organization with which we are going is right or not,

And if possible, trek with local trekking organization, you can do the same help all the time. then your trek can be very good and memorable

The minimum age required to trek Kashmir great lakes trek is 10 years and maximum 55 years. The rest depends on your fitness .

We had an awesome, friendly, and lively group. Our campsite was just 10 mins walk from the lake. There is a small stream overflowing from this lake – which passed next to our campsite. The stream was our main source of water.

Why to choose Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

✓ Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Kashmir great lakes trek.

✓ See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 125 Km Srinagar to Srinagar and on foot 68 km which is to be covered into 6 nights 7 days. From Srinagar to Srinagar

Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a low altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 13850 feet

✓ The Starting trail is easy to moderate as compared to other treks this is a Moderate trek. So this trek is best for family and beginners.

✓ Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?

✓ Probably, You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges in Kashmir Ghati, you can see pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna beautiful twins lakes surpassing through bona fide Kashmiri culture.

✓ Also, Do spare time in Interaction with our local’s team, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology and our local cultures, this is good ideas for trekkers

✓ Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.

✓ The backpack should not exceed 12 kg only

✓ Trekker carry your Photo ID, Adhar Card, Passport, Visa, for entry at forest check posts on the trek it is very important

A proud moment – the highest point in our trek. Gadsar Pass at 4,211 Meters above sea level.

Unusual Attractions of KGL Satsar Lake in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The meadows of Satsar are surreal and a stream flows through them. Satsar Lake is an addition to the beauty of the valley.

In addition, another attraction of this trek is the descent from Gangabal.

During the downhill, the trek gets the most surpassing views. Look backward and spot lofty Harmukh peak.

Further witness yellow flowers growing together and a single hut, this setting is idyllic. These settings can only be found in Kashmir.

Also, The Satsar Lake and green Bugyal are more beautiful Greenland in Kashmir valley; this is beautiful place stands in between high snow-covered peaks which together make an excellent sight.

On the other hand, the meadows remain covered in snow.

So, consequently, it turns out to be the most fantastic Monsoon trek in Kashmir valley. And, also an excellent Skiing destination.

At Satsar Camp – the team enjoying hot tea and maggie after a tiring trek of the day.

Short Itinerary of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Day 1- Pickup to you from Srinagar market TRC – Drive to Shitkadi via Sonamarg – 80 Km (3/4 Hours (7780 feet) overnight stay base camp in tents.

Day 2- Trek from Sonamarg camp to Nichnai Camp – (9 km) (6/7 Hours) (11888 feet) overnight stay in tents.

Day 3- Trek from Nichnai camp to Vishnusar Lake (13 km) (6/7 Hours) (12055 feet) overnight stay in tents

Day 4- Trek from Vishnusar Lake to Gadsar Lake (16 km) (7/8 Hours) (13850 feet) overnight stay in tents

Day 5- Trek from Gadsar lake to Satsar lake (11 km) (4/5 Hours) (12100 feet) overnight stay in tents.

Day 6- Trek from Satsar lake to Gangabal camp (09 Km) (5/6 Hours) (11655 feet) overnight stay in tents

Day 7- Trek from Gangabal to Naranag Road head same day Drive to Srinagar (13 km) (5/6) you will reach Srinagar by 6:00 to 07:00 pm.

The mighty Gadsar lake is in the background. We had our packed lunch at this picturesque location. The lake is huge and the photograph does not portray the magnitude of the surroundings.

How to Reach Kashmir Great Lakes Trek ?

For Kashmir Great Lakes trek, you have to come to Srinagar before arriving home by flight or taxi.
srinagar is the beautiful palace of the state of Jammu and Kashmir , which is a beautiful city.

The easiest way to reach Srinagar is by flights Srinagar Airport Sheikh Ul Alam International Airport Srinagar this is beautiful airport

Srinagar is our branch office where you will be a member of our team who will keep taxi ready for you Sonamarg Village

From Srinagar TRC you have to come by taxi to Sonamarg Base Camp, And from Srinagar it will take you about 2 to 3 hours to reach Sonamarg base Camp of Indiantreks

For evening snacks 4:00 Pm. you will reach Sonamarg base Camp where Team Indiantreks will be ready to welcome

Vishansar and Kishansar Lake together in the frame from Gadsar Pass. The lake on the top is Vishansar Lake.

Vivek Rana : Co-Founder at Indiantreks. A certified Mountaineer, Skiier, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid.

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