Nafran Valley Trek

7 Days - 6 Nights
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Nafran Valley Trek – A special trek in Kashmir Valley-2023

Himalayan Hikers are looking for another trek (Nafran Valley Trek) in Kashmir that is special to our trekkers and that matches the famous treks of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek and Tarsar Marsar Trek. When the people of Aru’s village told our team that there is another trek like foot tarsar marsar whose name is Nafran Valley, you think about it. Nafran Valley Trek Highest Altitude is 14,127 feet. We went on its quest with brother Fayaz, he is local from Aru village even for our team, there was no special treasure work.

A new discovery Nafran Valley Trek.

When the Himalayan Hikers team came back after discovering this trek, the people of our team told us that this trek can be a special trek no less than Tarsar Marsar Trek.

The Nafran Valley Trek is a very lush green forest bugyal. Perennially nourished by the plain waters of the Kolahoi Glacier trek route , the valley remains a spectacular green. In July, the meadows look like a soft green carpet, which gradually turns into flower gardens in the month of August.

The Nafran Valley Trek is a scenic trekking route located in the Himalayan region. While specific details may vary depending on the tour operator and the specific itinerary chosen, here are some highlights you can expect from the Nafran Valley Trek:

  1. Stunning Natural Beauty: The Nafran Valley is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, with snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows, sparkling rivers, and dense forests. Throughout the trek, you will be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and picturesque landscapes.
  2. Remote and Less Crowded: Compared to some other popular trekking routes in the Himalayas, the Nafran Valley Trek is relatively less crowded and offers a more serene and peaceful experience. You can enjoy the tranquility of the mountains and immerse yourself in nature without the hustle and bustle of large tourist crowds.
  3. Challenging Terrain: The Nafran Valley Trek is known for its challenging terrain, which makes it a thrilling adventure for trekking enthusiasts. The trail includes steep ascents, descents, and narrow paths, providing an exciting and physically demanding experience for those seeking an adrenaline rush.
  4. Local Villages and Culture: Along the trekking route, you will encounter several small villages inhabited by the local communities. This provides a wonderful opportunity to interact with the locals, learn about their unique culture, and gain insights into their way of life. You may also get to witness traditional customs, festivals, and taste local cuisine.
  5. Wildlife and Biodiversity: The Nafran Valley is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. As you trek through the region, you might spot various species of birds, including Himalayan monal, pheasants, and eagles. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of wildlife like Himalayan musk deer, snow leopards, and black bears.
  6. Camping in Nature: The Nafran Valley Trek offers opportunities for camping amidst the pristine natural surroundings. You can spend nights under the starry sky, surrounded by the mountains, and wake up to the fresh mountain air. Camping adds an adventurous element to the trek and allows you to fully immerse yourself in the wilderness.
  7. Majestic Waterfalls: The Nafran Valley is adorned with beautiful waterfalls cascading down the mountains. These enchanting waterfalls create a mesmerizing sight and provide refreshing spots for rest and rejuvenation during the trek.

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What is the best time for Nafran Valley Trek?

The best time to trek Nafran Valley is from the last week of June to the end of September. It is the season for the traditional monsoon trek in the rest of the Indian subcontinent, but things are different here and in the Kashmir Valley.

We know that Kashmir receives only light rainfall in July and August. Instead of the other state, it is said to be the Pir Panjal range which blocks most of the rain clouds from reaching the Kashmir nafran Valley. Consider it a boon as it offers a comfortable trekking experience but if we understand, the one season that Nafran Valley Trek takes in four months – June, July, August and September, both changes its look and color with time.

Nafran Valley Trek Temperatures

Daytime temperature: Between 12 °C and 18 °C | Night time temperature: Between 5 °C and 10 °C month of July, Aug, Sep, 2022.

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How Difficult is the Nafran Valley?

Nafran Valley trek moderate trek and not easy either, this trek comes in a moderate level,
This trek is a bit moderate, but if your fitness is good and you have it in your mind that I want to trek then you can do it absolutely. Where help is needed, our guides will support you, you just have to be strong and capable of the trek. One thing is that all you can do is to have courage and I myself am passionate.

Key Points About Nafran Valley Trek

  • Level: easy to Moderate (so first-timers trekkers best trek in Kashmir Valley )
  • Proper conditioning & training of the body required
  • Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperatures?
  • Shoes are the single most important equipment
  • High Altitude requires proper acclimatization
  • Post-monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains, the region is prone to landslides
  • Phones don’t work on the trek
  • Beautiful landscape so carry good photo gear (I couldn’t carry my best equipment)
  • Travel light (my backpack was heavy at about 10 kg to 12 Kg)

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How to Reach Srinagar for Nafran Valley Trek?

To reach Srinagar for the Nafran Valley Trek, you can follow these general guidelines:

  1. By Air: The easiest way to reach Srinagar is by air. Srinagar International Airport, also known as Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport, is well-connected to major cities in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights to Srinagar. Upon arrival at the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a pre-arranged transfer to your accommodation in Srinagar.
  2. By Road: If you prefer traveling by road, you have a few options:
    • From Jammu: Jammu is well-connected to major cities in India by road, rail, and air. From Jammu, you can take a private taxi or shared cab to Srinagar, which is approximately a 7-8 hour journey. The route takes you through the beautiful Kashmir Valley.
    • From other parts of Kashmir: If you are already in another part of Kashmir, such as Gulmarg or Pahalgam, you can hire a taxi or use public transportation to reach Srinagar. The travel time will vary depending on the distance between your location and Srinagar.
  3. By Train: Srinagar does not have a railway station, so you cannot travel directly by train. However, you can take a train to Jammu Tawi Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From Jammu, you can follow the road route mentioned earlier to reach Srinagar.

Once you reach Srinagar, you can make arrangements with a local trekking agency or tour operator for the Nafran Valley Trek. They will provide you with detailed information on the trek, including transportation from Srinagar to the starting point of the trek and any additional requirements you may have. It is recommended to book your trek with a reputable agency to ensure a safe and organized experience.

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What do we do during an emergency breakout in the Nafran Valley Trek?

  • First of all, the safety of trekkers is much more for us, if you see in the trek, then there are all the risks, which I do not think about.
  • Himalayan Hikers worry more about you that no one should ever have any problem in the trek.
  • What should we and you keep more safety in the trek
  • Whenever you are going for any trek, it is very important that you go completely fit and ready.
  • The trek is not difficult, if you make your feet and your mind calm and strong, you will find the trek very easy.
  • While trekking, keep in mind that you are walking on the right route or not always with your guide.
  • Most people look somewhere and where they are walking, this can cause twitching in your legs, which can ruin your entire trek.
  • It is important to ask your doctor if you have any medical problems
  • I should always keep my medical kit with me, it is very important.
  • Himalayan Hikers always keep a medical kit with you, such as oxygen cylinders, medicine to be given in emergency on the trek.
  • If any trekkers have any more problems, then they are brought back to the base camp by laying them in the stretcher.
  • Our camp in Nafran valley trek is around 6000 feet to 14000 feet where you cannot have any problem of oxygen.
  • In case of any medical problem, the help of your guide or well-informed trekkers should be taken
  • If there is major health problems in Nafran valley trek, then Nearest Hospital is in Srinagar which is about 112 Kms away from Nafran valley trek.
  • Along with the trek we keep getting acclimatization.

Short Itinerary of Nafran Valley Trek

  • DAY 1- Pickup to you from Srinagar Airport to Aru Village Drive Distance: 100 km / Drive Duration: 3/4 hours | overnight stay home stay
  • DAY 2- Drive from Aru to Mondlan. Trek from Mondlan to Bhaj Margi -Trek Distance: 6.35 km / Trek 6 hours / Altitude Gain: 10,470 feet overnight stay Camp
  • DAY 3- Trek from Bhaj Margi to Nafran Valley via Arram Pathri Ridge Trek Distance: 8 km / Trek 06 hours | Altitude 11,854 feet, overnight stay Camp
  • DAY 4 – Trek from Nafran Valley to Harnag Lake via Harnag Pass Trek Distance: 5 km /Trek 5 hours /Altitude to 12,200 ft overnight stay Camp
  • DAY 5 –Trek from Harnag Lake to Harbhagwan Lake and back to Harnag Lake- Trek Distance: 9 km/ Trek 8/9 hours to 14,127 feet, overnight stay Camp
  • DAY 6- Trek from Harnag Lake to Arram Pathri -Trek Distance – 07 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours / Altitude 11,854 feet overnight stay Camp
  • DAY 7- Trek from Arram Pathri to Aru. Same day Drive to Srinagar airport
    Trek Distance: 08 km -Trek Duration: 6 hours

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

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

Reviews (1)

1 review for Nafran Valley Trek

  1. Dhruvit Parekh

    Actually we went for Tarsar Marsar Trek but due to unavoidable circumstances at the last moment it was changed to Nafran Valley Trek. But even after this last moment changes Team manages to do very beautiful Trek very smoothly.
    I can definitely say that the food provided by the team is the best. We’re getting delicious different different desserts at 13000 ft.
    Guides and whole team was very supportive and we played a lot together. We’re like family and missing them.
    Again Thank you and must visit.

    • Himalayan Hikers

      thanks Mr. Dhruvit Ji have a great day

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