Rohil Basmai Valley Trek

8 Days 7 Nights
  • Rohil Basmai Valley Trek

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Rohil Basmai Valley Trek a Versatile Trek in Kashmir

The Rohil Basmai Valley Trek is a versatile trek in Kashmir because it reveals something unexpected in every part of the journey. The trails are isolated with extremely beautiful nature.

Go through the boulder section and an alpine lake emerging out of the glacier filled mountain peaks.

Explore the Rohil Basmai Valley Trek

Rohil valley is wide and picturesque but the Basmai valley is narrower. But both of them are equally spectacular.

Wide Grasslands of Rohil Basmai Valley Trek in Kashmir

The Rohil Basmai Valley trek features wide valleys, broad lush grasslands and tall trees on the mountain valleys. Stare at the snow covered peaks looming in the north horizon. Witness tributaries merging and taking shapes of rivers in front of you.

Highlights of Rohil Basmai Valley Trek

Experience wonderful trekking in Kashmir, carpeted with wide valleys and grasslands.

Witness, multiple streams emerging from the glaciers.

Explore Gujjar and Bhatwari huts.

Key Points of Rohil Basmai Valley Trek

Level:Moderate

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: 8 Days (Srinagar to Srinagar)

Best Time:  March to October

Level: Moderate

Highest Point:  13,000 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 Rohil Basmai Valley Trek

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

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

Day 3 – Lidderwat to Satlunjan (10,500 feet) (5 km) (4/5 hours)

Day 4 – Satlunjan to Sonasar Lake/Basmai Lake (12,450 feet) (4.5 km) (4/5 hours)

Day 5 – Sonasar Lake to Handilsar Lake (12,103 feet) (7.5 km) (5/6 hours)

Day 6 – Handilsar Lake to Rohil top (13,000 feet) and back to Satlunjan (10,500 feet) (6.5 km) (5/6 hours)

Day 7 – Satlunjan to Aru (7958 feet) (14 km) (5/6 hours)

Day 8 – Aru to Srinagar (112 km) (4 hours)

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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.

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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 the 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.

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Day 3 : Lidderwat to Satlunjan (10,500 feet) (5 km) (4/5 hours)

Leave Lidderwat and after a 20 minutes hike see 5-6 Gujjar huts. Walk on the flat terrain with some inclines and reach Trun Khalan. Now, the trail changes to rocky. Enjoy crossing streams and walking past Gujjar huts.

Khalan, the bigger village now emerges on the river’s left side. Other side of this village is Susrin. Ascend to the village’s top and revel in the beauty of Susrin Lake.

Walk through the boulders along the river from Khalan to Satlunjan. It is a Gujjar village with 15 huts. Reach the valley top and settle for the day.

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Day 4 : Satlunjan to Sonasar Lake/Basmai Lake (12,450 feet) (4.5 km) (4/5 hours)

Today the climb is moderately steep right after you start trekking. Ascend towards Basmai valley and after few minutes come across Bakarwal huts present towards the left.

After 2 hours of hiking up, reach the boulder section and wide Basmai valley unfolds itself. Some Bakarwal huts are present near the river, descend towards them and climb gently from river’s right to boulder patch.

Get to other side of the river and start climbing to Sonasar Lake. This beautiful alpine Lake has got tranquil beauty. Setup your camps on its banks and retire for the night.

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Day 5 : Sonasar Lake to Handilsar Lake (12,103 feet) (7.5 km) (5/6 hours)

Today leave from Sonasar Lake to Handilsar Lake. Retrace your steps and get back to Satlunjan, reaching there will take 2.5 hours. Take the trail diverging to Rohil Top.

A gradual climb will take you to the first lake. Reach there after 45 minutes hike from Satlunjan. After a next half an hour walk from Tsangsar Lake to Sunpatri.

From Tsangsar Lake, ascend to Handilsar Lake. Setup your camps and retire for the night.

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Day 6: Handilsar Lake to Rohil top (13,000 feet) and back to Satlunjan (10,500 feet) (6.5 km) (5/6 hours)

Climb to Rohil Top via Hapatsar Lake. After a 45 minutes hike reach the Lake, it lies at an altitude of 12,800 feet. And above Hapatsar, snow patches looks beautiful which feed this Lake.

The ascent to Rohil Top is moderate and this is the highest altitude of this trek. The views offered from there are exotic and the trail follows Rohil Nalla to the left.

The picturesque Rohil valley is narrow compared to Basmai valley. From the top witness the splendid sceneries, retrace your steps and get back to Satlunjan.

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Day 7: Satlunjan to Aru (7958 feet) (14 km) (5/6 hours)

Today the total trekking distance is 14 km and it is your longest day of the trek. Pass through lush grasslands and wide valleys surrounded by trees.

There are multiple mountain streams. Take short breaks and loose altitude, the downhill trek is an easy one. After 5/6 hours of hiking reach Aru in the evening.

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Day 8: 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

Sunglasses

Slippers

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Sunscreen

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)

ORS

Band aid

Cotton

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Gauze

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?

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

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

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?

Transport Facility

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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