Kolahoi Glacier Trek

6 Days - 5 Nights
  • Kolahoi Glacier Trek


Kolahoi Glacier Trek and Lidder Valley Trek in Kashmir

Kolahoi Glacier Trek holds totally different charm of trekking in Kashmir.

This valley glacier trek is also called “Goddess of Light” by the locals. This water source powers some major rivers i.e. Lidder and Jhelum.

But, this 5 km hanging glacier has become hollow due to the changing climatic conditions.

Heavenly Trekking Trails in Kolahoi Glacier Trek

The trekking trail of Kolahoi Glacier trek is just amusing. It starts from Aru which is a famous tourist destination and gateway of numerous alpine lakes and ponds.

The dense forests of coniferous and fir will greet you every time. Pass through the wide lush meadows and picturesque Lidder valley by following the course of Lidder River.

Kolahoi Glacier Trek is a Beginners trek in Kashmir

Kolahoi Glacier trek is perfect for beginners and families. Here observe the Gujjar families, they can be seen in every part of the valley.

Get magnificent views of soaring peaks and explore this rich remote region of Kashmir

Key Points of Kolahoi Glacier Trek


Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?

Shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.

Winter & Post monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains the region is prone to landslides.

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10kgs

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Duration:6 Days (Srinagar to Srinagar)

Best Time:March to October


Highest Point: 12,600 feet

Weather:Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Temperature:(17°C to 20°C) (3°C to 4°C)

Starting point: Srinagar

Short Itinerary of Kolahoi Glacier Trek

Day1 – Srinagar to Aru (7958 feet) via Pahalgam (112 km) (4 hours)

Day2 – Aru to Lidderwat (9131 feet) (10 km) (5/6 hours)

Day3 – Lidderwat to Dudhsar Lake (12,600 feet) (8 km) (5 hours)

Day4 – Dudhsar Lake to Kolahoi Glacier (11,170) and return to Satlunjan (10,450 feet)

Day5 – Satlunjan to Aru (7958 feet)

Day6 – Aru to Srinagar (112 km) (4 hours)


Day 1 : Srinagar to Aru (7958 feet) via Pahalgam (112 km) (4 hours)

The vehicle will be arranged from Srinagar and the journey to Aru is 112 km long which can be covered in 4 hours. The drive is via Pahalgam, it is a well-known place near Srinagar.

Aru is a famous tourist destination located in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir. From there get spectacular views of green pasturelands and Katrinag mountains in the background. Setup your camps there and enjoy the overnight stay in tents.


Day 2 : Aru to Lidderwat (9131 feet) (10 km) (5/6 hours)

Start the trek from Aru and head towards Lidderwat valley, the ascent is steep through fir forest with some Gujjar settlements. Follow Lidder River’s course and walk past the big land of agricultural fence. From here entire Aru village is clearly visible from a height.

Walk through thick forest of firs and come across a small clearing Dalla. Now the trail eases and the steep climb turns to pleasant walk towards Nandkei, Gujjar settlements are present in every part of the valley.

From Nandkei the trail bifurcates, walk down the bridge and reach the Lidderwat, observe beauty of this valley and witness the streams flowing across meadows. Setup your camps in the desired area and settle for the day.


Day 3 : Lidderwat to Dudhsar Lake (12,600 feet) (8 km) (5 hours)

Post breakfast, head towards Dudhsar Lake, it is at a distance of 8 km from Lidderwat valley. Today you will walk through the trail with coniferous trees lined up on side and clear streams flowing through the rocks.

Satlunjan is visible from this point. Have a look at lush green valleys and flowing mountain streams, afterwards reach Chainbal waterfall from where the Kolahoi base camp lies 1 km away.
After a 1km steep ascent, reach the Kolahoi base camp and go upwards in the valley. From Hoksar Nala the trail becomes gentle and gentle till you reach Dudhsar Lake.

Cross the dense forest sections and meadows to reach this alpine Lake. It lies amid mountains and looks beautiful. Setup your camps on the banks of Dudhsar Lake and settle for the day.


Day 4 : Dudhsar Lake to Kolahoi Glacier (11,170) and return to Satlunjan (10,450 feet)

Today, descend towards Kolahoi glacier’s viewpoint, get down for 1.5 km from the valley and get the splendid sight of Kolahi Glacier or the Creavasse which feeds Lidder and Jhelum River.

The viewpoint is the most attractive part of this trek because the views are breath-taking views. Do not walk on the glacier because it has become hollow and walking on thin layer of ice can be very dangerous.

Now, follow the route which leads to Satlunjan and enjoy your overnight stay there in tents.


Day 5 : Satlunjan to Aru (7958 feet) (14 km) (6 hours)

Post breakfast, leave early from Satlunjan and descend to Aru by passing through wide lush grasslands and again observe the streams gushing through mountain rocks.

While descending, take few breaks and reach Aru by the evening


Day 6 : Aru to Srinagar (112 km) (4 hours)

Board vehicle from Aru and reach Srinagar, the distance to be covered is 112 km.

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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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Srinagar To Srinagar

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

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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