Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

7 Days - 6 Nights
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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 “Five 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 river in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The view of Gadsar pass trek in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Get Amazed On Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

All of the lakes are amazing but Gadsar amongst all is untouched because of its high altitude (13800 feet above.

It lies against a glacier and surrounded by a meadow where wildflowers grow in abundance.

Therefore, it perfectly adds beauty to the picturesque valley.

The high Gadsar Pass offers lovely valley views and offers the sight of Kishansar and Vishansar– The two Lakes.

On the other hand lies lavish grasslands of Gadsar valley.

Beautiful mountains in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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.

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 34 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

Beautiful green medows in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Altitude we are going to cover in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Srinagar – 1585 Meter

Shirked – 7780 feet)

Nichnai – 11888 feet)

Vishnusar Lake -12055 feet)

Gadsar Lake – 13850 feet)

Satsar Lake – 12100 feet)

Gangabal – 11655 feet

Getting to the base camp of Shitkadi Camp in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

By Air Delhi to Srinagar Best Option

Note: – Delhi to Srinagar direct flight available by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways is the most convenient

Also, You can reach Srinagar airport around 1:30 pm to 2:00 Pm, vehicles will be arranged and there you can meet our office members.

Note: – Himalayan Hikers arrange vehicles for you from Srinagar airport Pickup and Drop Tempo traveler and taxi

ATM Point & Mobile connectivity in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey; Srinagar and Pahalgam is the last point where you will find ATM.

Mobile Connectivity: There will be no networks during the trek, inSonamarg your device will receive the networks. So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting the trek.

Key Points of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Duration: – 6 Nights 7 Days

Base camp: – Shitkadi- Sonamarg

Monsoon Temperature: – Day (5°C to 15°C) Night (2° C to 5° C)

Altitude- Kashmir Great lakes Trek – 13850 Feet

Best Time: – June, July August, September

Trek Level: – Moderate

Trek distance: – On foot 23 Km – By taxi 125 km

Group Size: – 5 to 15 people

Short Itinerary of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Day 1- Pickup to you from Srinagar Airport – Drive to Shitkadi via Sonamarg – 112 Km (4/5 Hours (7780 feet) overnight stay base camp in tents.

Day 2- Trek from Shitkadi camp to Nichnai Camp – (11 km) (6/7 Hours) (11888 feet) overnight stay in tents.

Day 3- Trek from Nichnai camp to Vishnusar Lake (13.5 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.


Day 1 : Pickup to you from Srinagar Airport to Shitkadi via Sonamarg Village

Total distance – 112 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi

Altitude – Shitkadi camp – 7780 feet

Night stay – Camp – on twin share basis

Shitkadi is few km away from Sonamarg and the trek starts from there, you have to reach Srinagar and vehicles will be arranged for you from there. Reach your base camp in 4 hours. Overnight stay in camp.


Day 2 : Trek from Shitkadi camp to Nichnai Camp

Total distance – 11 km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude Nichnai – 11888 feet

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin share basis

The trek will begin probably 3 km away from Sonamarg on Srinagar Road. Today you have to ascend for three hours and descend for 1 hour and then finally ascend towards campsite Nichnai.

After 10 minutes of trekking, you will enter a blooming meadow and from here Sonamarg town will be clearly visible. Reach the top and trek through a thick forest of Maples.

Also, There are small forest clearings and ahead the sight of Sonamarg valley is waiting, the sight gets clearer with the gain in altitude. This forest ends at the ridge top and on the other side is a meadow downwards.

From the ridge top have a look at the beguiling valleys. Now, start trekking through the meadow and on the left side are shepherds’ huts and Silver Birch trees.

The meadow is wide and the green carpet is amusing, there are small streams which are along the trail. Reach Shekdur, a meadow with Silver Birch trees, spend some time here have lunch and head for Nichnai.

Descend and reach the end of trees and this trail leads to the beginning of Nichnai (River valley). Follow the right bank of the river and enter a beautiful wide valley surrounded by mountains.

The river flows through this valley, trek for 30 minutes and then come to the wider part amidst mountain ranges. Setup your camps at desired area, spend your night in this beautiful setting.


Day 3 :Trek from Nichnai camp to Vishnusar Lake.

Trek Distance – 13 km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Vishnusar – 12055 feet

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin share basis

Today you will trek through the meadows and witness the change in landscapes. Start early and first you have to reach Nichnai Pass it is visible from the campsite.

Walk along the river and then move towards the left bank, keep following it for one hour and the trail ascends through the meadows. Reaching the pass will take one hour and the meadow walk ends near Vishnusar Lake.

Reach Nichnai Pass (13,800 feet) and you can see Sonamarg valley and the trail is visible.

On the left are snow-covered mountains and on the right is raised land.

The trail rapidly starts descending from here through the rocky area and after half an hour of trek, you will reach the grassy section.

The beautiful red flowers look is overwhelming and ahead a wide meadow stretching long can be seen. The flowery meadow and the view of peaks look perfect together. On the left is a huge waterfall, it joins the river which flows through the meadow.

Walk on the flat meadow on the carpet of grass and amidst two mountain ranges. Reach the end and come across a stream, it originates from Vishnusar Lake.

The lake isn’t visible not even from the campsite, set up your camps and now if you want, you can go and explore the twin Lakes. Vishnusar Lake is 0.5 km away and you can reach there in 10 minutes.

The lake looks beautiful and the mountain reflections can be seen, the color of the lake changes according to the weather and time.

Now trek towards Kishansar it is 0.5 away, it is big and bluish in color the views are enthralling the meadow and lake looks picture perfect. Spend some time at the meadows of Kishansar and then get back to your camp.


Day 4 : Trek from Vishnusar Lake to Gadsar Lake.

Trek Distance – 16 km – 7/8 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Gadsar Lake – 13850 feet

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

Start your trek and in half an hour you will reach the ridge top (Gadsar Pass) and the views of twin lakes Vishnusar and Kishansar together are rewarding.

Ascending is steep for two hours with a steep descend and walk through the meadows.

Another side of Gadsar Pass is a wide valley which has small lakes and you can have views of snow-covered from a distance.

Descend towards the valley and the first lake visible is Yamsar Lake, trek for an hour and reach the flat meadows. The valley gets narrow and colorful flowers to look captivating, now you are about to reach Gadsar.

It is one of the most beautiful and divine lakes of this trek, blue flowers glow on the side and snow slides into the lake from mountains.

You can camp at Gadsar but most people don’t camp here so you can follow the downward trail for half an hour and another valley opens up and on its left side is a blue lake.

Then comes the army camp of Gadsar, moving further this camp needs permission from the Headquarters and it takes 2-3 hours to get the permit. Id proofs, details of the team and trekkers are checked.


Day 5 : Trek from Gadsar Lake to Satsar Lake.

Trek Distance – 11 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude –Satsar Lake – 12100 feet

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin share basis

Cross a stream and go uphill, you will reach above the tree line but the trees and river will be visible below. As you go higher the altitude is gained and by trekking further you exit the river valley.

Walk on the meadow surrounded by barren mountains and to your right is Maegandob.
Further is a landscape that looks attractive with mountains in front, look toward right there is a small ridge and in between is a flat land all green with a stream flowing through it.

You can camp here if your last camp was at Gadsar Lake but if the camping site was army camp then you can camp near Satsar Lakes.
Satsar Lakes are 7 Lakes and water can be found in 4-5 lakes but it depends on the season. Ahead is a Satsar army check post here also all the details original id proofs everything is checked.

When you move ahead the army camp then you will get to see the first of Satsar Lakes. The lake is big with Mountain View in front, here you can choose a place to camp.


Day 6 : Trek from Satsar Lake to Gangabal camp.

Trek Distance –09 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Gangabal – 11655 feet

Night Stay – our Camp – on twin/three share basis

Today’s trek will be a combination of ascends and descends, after half an hour of trekking you will come across the biggest and last Satsar Lake.

The trail is through boulders, when you reach the last lake the trail starts descending and after 30 minutes you will reach the forest line. On the right is a ridgeline climb the top of a ridge, take some rest breaks and now you have to cross two more ridges.

After ascending for two hours you will reach the top of the third ridge, its altitude is 13,400 feet. The views offered are surprising, you will see two lakes next to one another.

At a distance two clear blue lakes are visible the smaller lakes have no names but the biggest one is Gangabal. The one with Gangabal is Nandkol, the route first descends then ascends towards the lake.

After a steep descend you reach green meadows these aren’t wide but stretches long.

The tree line becomes visible and the shore is at a distance, climb for a short while, descend and after crossing the stream you will reach the Nandkol Lake. You can camp around this lake, there is a lot of camping space.

This lake is at Harmukh peak’s base. Gangabal Lake can be reached from here in 20 minutes, on the right a stream flows which connect the two lakes.

If you have to go Gangabal then you have to cross this stream. Go to the bank of Gangabal, there is a bridge for crossing the stream.


Day 7 : Trek from Gangabal to Naranag Road head ( 06 km) Same day Drive to Srinagar (13 km) (5/6 ) You will reach Srinagar by 6:00 to 07:00 pm.

Today’s trek is going to be knee breaking because descends are steep. Head downwards from the campsite along the stream, at the end of ridge descend towards meadow on right.

Have a look at Harmukh peak which lies behind and the meadow has beautiful yellow flowers on the green grass.

When you come downwards to see the pine trees on side of the meadows and the civilization is visible. Climb up to the pine forest and enter it, descend begins now and it gets gentle.

Now you lose altitude and Naranag can be seen, come up to the village and then you enter the main road of Naranag. From here drive to Srinagar and probably reach there between 6:30 – 7:00 pm.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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