We recently did the Kashmir Great Lakes trek and we were spellbound. Not just by the way the trek was, but by the eternal beauty that the trail has to offer. Which reminded us of a certain saying:
“Agar firdaus bar ru-ye zamin ast Hamin ast-o hamin ast-o hamin ast” If there is heaven on earth
It is this, it is this, it is this!
We have heard the above lines multiple times in popular media. I have heard too. However, whoever has written these lines on Kashmir – was 100% correct. There is no parallel to the beauty of Kashmir (in comparison to whatever I have seen so far in my life). This blog is a very humble tribute to this great valley, its people, culture, and nature.
We started our journey from Bangalore on 6th August 2021. We were tired of the lockdown, corona, and sadness all around us. We were looking forward to this trek. We were joined by other group members from Gurgaon, Pune, and Goa in Srinagar.
COVID-19 Pre-Requisite to enter Kashmir:
A negative RTPCR was mandatory at Srinagar airport. We had taken one before 72 hours of travel. However, on landing, we were told that a 48-hour certificate was required. We had to wait for 30-45 mins for registration and were asked for a RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) after providing our contact details.
The above information may change from time to time. So please DO NOT consider it as an official advisory. Please take updates from the government sources.
Kashmir Great Lakes trek itinerary:
Following was the day-wise itinerary of our trek.
6/Aug/21 – Travel from Bangalore to Srinagar, Stay at Houseboat
7/Aug/21 – Srinagar to Sitkari Campsite (2,800 m)
8/Aug/21 – Sitkari Camp to Nichnai Camp Site (3,600 m) – Trek Distance ~13 km
9/Aug/21 – Nichnai Camp to Vishansar Lake (3,710 m) – Trek Distance ~10 km
10/Aug/21 – Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Camp – via Gadsar Lake and pass (4,211 m) – Trek Distance ~18 Km
11/Aug/21 – Gadsar Camp to Satsar Camp – via Satsar Lake, Nanga Parbat View point – Trek Distance ~14 km
12/Aug/21 – Satsar Camp to Gangbal Twin Lakes – via Gangbal Pass (4,150 m) – Trek Distance ~15 Km
13/Aug/21 – Nandkol Campsite to Narnang Village to Srinagar – via Tiger Face – Trek Distance ~12 km
14/Aug/21 – Fly back to Bangalore from Srinagar
Kashmir Great Lakes trek route map that was followed:
Best time to do the Kashmir Great Lakes trek:
With houseboat stay, Wazwan cuisine, beautiful valleys, mountain passes, over 100+ km of trekking, glacial streams, rocky terrain, grassy terrain, intermittent rains, camping – this trek had almost everything a trek can offer. In July, there is a lot of ice on the trail. August is comparatively warmer – but it may rain intermittently. You can read more here.
Kashmir Great Lakes trek photoblog – A visual journey: