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QUICK OVERVIEW

Date

Aug 10 - 18

Aug 31 -Sep 08  

Arrival Airport

Srinagar

Accommodation

Camping

Duration

8 Nights

Meals

All meals on trek

Group size

18-20

KASHMIR GREAT LAKES ITINERARY :

DAY 0 : ARRIVE IN SRINAGAR

Kashmir Great Lakes

Arrive at airport around 12 pm , We will move to Sonamarg together. Today we will be camping at Shitkadi , our base camp and will get to know each other. I will brief what to expect and guide how to successfully finish what you have come for.


Last arrival time allowed is 12 30pm. This is because we have to pass a certain region before 3pm and it will be only possible if we leave by 1pm from airport.

DAY 1 : SHITKADI TO NICHNAI VIA SHEKDUR

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Imagine a meadow lined Silver Birch trees and a few shepherds’ huts. This is what open ups half way up todays trail. When you reach Nichnai , you will feel home. A river near by lets you soothe your muslcles before the sun goes down. Altitude: 7,800 ft (2,377 m) to 11,500 ft (3,505 m) .Time taken: 6.5 hours, 11.6 km .Trek gradient: Moderate. 3 hours of steep ascent followed by descent for an hour. Final 2 hours, a gentle ascent to Nichnai.

DAY 2 : NICHNAI TO VISHANSAR LAKE

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Today you will see the infamous lakes that you see in pictures. Amazed by the size of it, you will definitely want some time to sit and take it in. Altitude: 11,500 ft (3,505 m) to 12,000 ft (3,658 m ) Time: 7 hours, 13.6 km .Trek gradient: Moderate. 1.5 hours of gradual ascent followed by an hour long climb to the pass. Steep descent from the pass pass for about an hour easing off into a flat walk.

DID YOU KNOW?

The only trek in India where you will get to see not one, not two but six beautiful high altitude lakes.

DAY 3 : VISHANSAR TO GADSAR VIA KISHANSAR LAKE AND GADSAR PASS

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Today we cross our first high altitude pass of the trek. But if you have been looking back while we take break, you will see the lakes showcasing its beauty in the sun. This will be one of the most beautiful during the trek. Take a moment , a selfie or a hug. You have completed half of the trek. Altitude: 12,000 ft (3,658 m) to 12,500 ft (3,810 m) via 13,800 ft (4,206 m)Time taken: 7.5 hours, 16 km. Trek gradient: Moderate. 1.5-2 hours of steep ascent followed by 1 hour of steep descent, easing off into a level walk.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Kishansar, Gadsar, Vishnasar, Gangabal, Satsar and Nundkol are the names of the primary high altitude lakes.

DAY 4 : GADSAR TO SATSAR

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Today is the second time you get to interact with Soldiers, who knows you might even find someone from your region there. In the night I will even show you some of the bunkers way up in the mountains. Altitude: 12,254 ft (3,735 m) to 10,898 ft (3,322 m) to 14,100 ft (4,298 m). Time taken: 4 –4.5 hours; 11.87 km. 2-2.5 hours of walking on moraine and loose rocks on gentle inclines, followed by descent to Chhatru across a couple of glacial flows.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Gadsar pass, at 13,800 ft is the highest point on this trek. One can get a sensational view of Kishansar and Vishansar lake from this point.

DAY 5 : SATSAR TO GANGABAL TWIN LAKES

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The moment you reach the pass , this is what you will see right in front of you. It takes 2 hours to reach the lake , so imagine the size of the lake and how far it is from the pass . Altitude: 12,000 ft (3,658 m) to 11,500 ft (3,505 m) Time taken: 6 hours, 9 km Trek gradient: Difficult. 30 minutes each of gradual ascent and descent followed by a steep

DID YOU KNOW?

KGL allows you the opportunity to hone your fishing skills at Vishansar and Gangbal lake.

DAY 6 : GANGABAL TO NARANAG AND TRANSFER TO SRINAGAR

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The last campsite always holds a special place as this is where , the fact will sink in that the 72km is going to end tomorrow , but Fikar not , we will be partying tomorrow at srinagar. Altitude: 11,500 ft (3,505 m) to 7,450 ft (2,271 m) Time taken: 6 hours, 13 km Trek gradient: Moderate. Mix of ascents and descents for 6 km followed by a very steep descent all the way down.

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See our entire album from last trek : Here

DID YOU KNOW?

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek gives you a glimpse of the magnificent Harmukh peak.

DAY 7 : BUFFER DAY

We should keep one day as buffer to accommodate any unforeseen circumstances ( Rain, Curfew )

DAY 8 : DEPART FROM SRINAGAR

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You will be picked up from the same hotel you were dropped . Book any flight between 11 and 2pm.

ROUTE MAP

Kashmir Great Lakes - Deeksha Das
Deeksha Das

I have always counted Vyshakh amongst my dearest friends for the last five years. For me, he is that person who always helps me see new horizons and someone I can rely on to always do the right thing.


So when I made up my mind to challenge myself and go on a high altitude trek for the first time, there was no one I trusted more than Vyshakh (even though I had actually never been on any of his trips!)

As a trip leader, Vyshakh is completely dependable, will take care of the minutest details and lead from the front. He thinks on his feet and will motivate you to push harder and discover strengths you never knew existed.

Being a high altitude trek, most of us did face minor symptoms of mountain sickness, but Vyshakh personally took care of everyone. All other arrangements like accommodation, food etc were superb. The experience was indeed incredible!


As a trekker in his group, I admire his leadership strengths, but more than that, as a friend I am so proud that he is a person whom the group loves, trusts and looks up to!


Kudos to you my mountain man, and all your hard work, and thanks for yet another awesome experience. You're already making me think of the next challenge I should take on, with you of course!!


Lots of love,

Deeksha

FLIGHTS CONSIDERATION :

Onwards : Before 1 pm on Aug 10 / Aug 31

Outwards : After 11 am Aug 18 / Sep 08

COST ( excluding 5% GST )

Rs. 18,500 / person ( Airport to Airport )

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SLOTS AVAILABLE :

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HOW TO BLOCK A SLOT ?

Step 1 : Block the slot

You can block the slot by paying a token amount of 5000 INR for this trip either by UPI , credit card/ EMI or by Bank transfer.

Be Proud Of You. A Trip Is Gift To Self. When Was The Last Time You Gifted Yourself ?

Step 2 : Refer 2 people to get a Discount

You are loosing Rs.500 by not referring this trip to your friend ( Refer to 2 friends who might join you & all of you gets Rs.500 off each while you book together )

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE THE INCLUSIONS ?
  • 1. 6 Nights Alpine Camping
  • 2. All meals during the trek 
  • 3. Breakfast Bed tea / coffee with “Wake uuuuup guys” call from me
  • 4. Trekking equipment : Tent, Sleeping Bag, Mattress 
  • 5. Permits
  • 6. Local Transportation / Airport transfers
  • 7. Medical kit 
  • 8. Oxygen cylinders for emergency 
  • 9. A Trained Outdoor leader to keep you safe. I Promise 🙂 
WHAT ARE THE EXCLUSIONS ?
  • Mineral Water or any other room service 
  • Cost of any Extra Day / Buffer day if used ( 2000 INR )
  • Offloading charges ( 3150 for 6 days ) 
  • Hotel stay after the trek
  • Any expenses due to deviation from itinerary  
ARE THERE ANY CHANCES OF SNOWFALL DURING THE TREK ?

NO. These months are not the time for snowfall.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS WILL BE TAKEN IF IT RAINS DURING THE TREK ?

We have waterfall tents with a very helpful team to assist you.

Also We have taken a buffer day , just incase the rain gets worse.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO JOIN THE TREK ?

Minimum Age for KGL is 8 Years.

IS IT ALLOWED TO DRINK / SMOKE DURING THE TREK ?

No. It is not allowed .

DO YOU HAVE A CANCELLATION POLICY ?

Before 45 days of trip, there will be 10% cancellation charge

Before 30 days and within 44 days of arrival, there will be 25% cancellation charge

Before 15 days and within 29 days of arrival ,there will be 50% cancellation charge

Within 14 days of trip there will be 100% cancellation charges



Note that the cancellation charge is on the trip amount. All this been said if you or me can find a replacement for the slot. I will be happy to refund the entire amount. 🙂

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING ?

*Mandatory : Original ID Proof


1. Down jacket or any zero degree equivalent

2. 2 pair of thermals

3. 3 quick dry t shirts full sleeves

4. 2 quick dry ( Polyester) pants

5. Wool cap and wool socks ( 1 pair)

6. 4-5 cotton socks