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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Inclusions of the trek

Overview of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Discover the breathtaking wonders of Tarsar and Marsar lakes nestled in the Pir Panjal mountain Range of the Lesser Himalayas. Surrounded by towering pinnacles at 4000 to 5000 meters above sea level, these natural marvels captivate adventurers. Embark on the Tarsar Marsar trek through Anantnag district in the Union Territory of Kashmir for an unforgettable alpine experience amidst nature's splendor. The total distance from Srinagar to Aru Village is 94 km. The altitude of trailhead Aru is 2433 m, the first campsite named Lidderwat is located at an altitude of 3000 m, and the Tarsar Lake is located at an altitude of 3795 meters above sea level. The first stretch of 10 kms from Aru to Lidderwat is the easiest part of the trek.

How to Reach Srinagar

Kashmir does have only one commercial Airport which we can reach by direct flights from Delhi (DEL) Airport, Bangalore, Jammu, And Hyderabad.  All the flights from other parts of India reach via Delhi to Srinagar (SXR), Kashmir.

Government and Private bus services to Jammu are available from from Delhi and from other parts of India. Jammu onwards you can again choose state government bus service or choose tourist taxi from Jammu to Srinagar. Tourist taxi, Public transport And UT Government Bus Service will be available easily from Jammu to Srinagar.

The train services can be used up to Jammu And Banihal only. Tourist taxi, Public transport And UT Government Bus Service will be available easily from Jammu to Srinagar. The distance of 270 Km from Jammu to Srinagar is usually been covered in 6 to 7 hours.

ITinerary Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Note: Trekkers are advised to reach Srinagar a day before the trek will commence. Our itinerary doesn’t include any buffer day but trekkers must add a buffer day in order to secure their departure. Bad weather conditions sometimes take an extra day to reach back on road safe and sound.

Day 1: Srinagar - Aru campsite

During the first day, we will send the tourist taxi at a programmed time and we will be heading towards the trailhead by covering a distance of 94 km. This will be an acclimatization day with a few km walk around the  Aru valley.  Night stay will be at Aru Campsite at an elevation 2433 m.

Day 2: Sonamarg to Nichnai

Trek distance: Approximately 10 km

Time Taken: 6 – 7 hours

Altitude gain: 400 meters

Trek type:  Easy to moderate trek through the rolling slopes of Sonamarg, followed by a normal boulder patch towards Nichnai.

Day 3:Nichnai to Vishansar Lake

Trek Distance: Around 12 km

Time Taken: 7 – 8 hours

Altitude Gain: Approximately 600 meters

Trek Type: Moderate to challenging trek, ascending from Nichnai to Vishansar Lake, passing through scenic meadows and gradual inclines, with some steep sections.


Day 4: Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake

Trek Distance: Approximately 10 km

Time Taken: 6 – 7 hours

Altitude Gain: Minimal, with some descent.

Trek Type: Moderate trek, with some rocky terrain and gradual ascents and descents, offering stunning views of Vishansar Lake and surrounding landscapes.

Day 5: Gadsar Lake to Satsar Lakes

Trek Distance: Around 10 km

Time Taken: 6 – 7 hours

Altitude Gain: Variable, with some ascents and descents.

Trek Type: Moderate trek, passing through diverse landscapes including meadows, streams, and rocky terrain, with gradual ascents to Satsar Lakes.

Day 6: Satsar Lakes to Gangbal Lake via Gaganbal Pass

Trek Distance: Approximately 15 km

Time Taken: 8 – 9 hours

Altitude Gain: Significant ascent to Gaganbal Pass, followed by descent to Gangbal Lake.

Trek Type: Challenging trek, ascending to Gaganbal Pass with steep sections and scree slopes, then descending to Gangbal Lake through rocky terrain and alpine meadows.

Day 7: Gangbal Lake to Naranag - Srinagar

Trek Distance: Around 12 km

Time Taken: 6 – 7 hours

Altitude Loss: Descending from Gangbal Lake to Naranag.

Trek Type: Moderate trek, descending from Gangbal Lake through forests and meadows, with gradual descents towards Naranag, where the trek concludes.

Day 8: Buffer Day

Trek distance: 0 km 

Time Taken: 0 hours

Height lose : 000 meters


Best Time To Do Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The best time to embark on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is typically from late June to early September, during the summer months when the weather is relatively stable and the mountain trails are accessible. During this period, the weather is generally pleasant, with clear skies offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, including the pristine alpine lakes that dot the region. Additionally, the meadows are in full bloom with colorful wildflowers, enhancing the beauty of the trekking experience. However, it’s essential to be prepared for variable weather conditions, including sudden rain showers or cold spells, especially at higher altitudes. Overall, the summer months provide the ideal window to undertake this trek, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable adventure amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Kashmir Valley.

Cancellation Policy

  • The cancellation of any trek or tour must be notified by sending an email to  Cancellation will be accepted only by receiving an email from our official email address.
  • If the cancellation is requested 40 days before the first day of the trek, 90 percent of that amount will be refunded.
  • Cancellation requested between 40 to 30 days prior to the trek only partial refund will be provided. 
  • If cancellation is requested 30 days before the first day of the trek, in such a situation there will be only 30 percent amount refunded.
  • The decided trek fee can be changed if group size is decreased from the client end.
  • In case of any untoward situation like a natural disaster, national emergency, terrorist activity, bad weather conditions take place, we will be fully responsible to take decisions. 

Physical Fitness

  • Getting a medical certificate from a registered medical officer is must before starting your trek. If you suffer from severe lung/heart/muscle disorders or any disease that can turn fatal, You cant take part in any trek with us.
  • In case you lack the required fitness or are suffering from any disease that can turn fatal in the mountains, Himalayan Bird reserves the right to bar your participation from doing the trek without any refund/compensation.
  • Trekkers are advised to focus on physical fitness inorder to remain fit during the trek and explore better. Following endurances can help beginners and experienced trekkers to remain fit and explore better during the trek.

       Endurance Exercises:

  • Brisk walking or jogging.
  • Yard work (mowing, raking)
  • Dancing.
  • Swimming.
  • Biking.
  • Climbing stairs or hills.
  • Playing tennis or basketbal

Travel Insurance

Having travel insurance is an important protocol all trekkers should follow. The cost of the trek doesn’t include any sort of insurance. Trekkers/Travelers travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness, and death medical expenses including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable, and personal liability.

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  • Indian Tourists must provide valid identity proof in order to get enrolled for the trek permissions. A valid passport and visa for all the tourists who are from outside India.
  • Objects should be some on our email address before starting the trek.