The excitement of exploring the lakes of the Kashmir region of Himalaya can't be measured in words unless you stand next to them. Placid, unpolluted and crystal clear ice-fed lakes are found at the base of stalwart mountain peaks and look stunningly beautiful for the presence of greenery-led meadows around them. Our Sonmarg – Vishansar – Naranag Trekking expedition brings the chance of spotting all those natural wonders which are hardly seen on other hill stations. The trek route is referred as Great Lakes Trek for passing through all the sparkling water bodies. To let you feel the real charm of nature walk along with a thrilling adventurous feel, the trek begins from Shitkari. The trek upwards passes through the gorgeous meadows of Shokadri. Further a walk towards Vishnasar and Krishnasar Lake will endow you with fantastic vistas of wild flower meadows and mountain streams where you will pitch the tent. However a further walk towards the lake of flowers, Gadsar Lake enchants you with the best scenic views of Zagibal Mountain. The twin lakes of Gangabal and Nandkol are the surprise of this trek and the meadows of Bodpathri, Trunkol add a sparkling twist to this trekking expedition.
Day: 1: Arrival Srinagar - Mughal Gardens Tour
On arrival at Srinagar, you will meet our representative at the airport and transfer to Deluxe Houseboat/ Hotel. Afternoon Visit famous Mughal Gardens (Nishat, Shalimar Cheshma Shahi) and Shankaracharaya Temple) and Old and New Srinagar city, overnight stay at Houseboat/Hotel.
Day: 2: Srinagar drive toward Sonamarg
After breakfast we will drive to the majestic mountain resort of Sonamarg. The route towards Sonamarg takes us on a picturesque country side drive where we will come across rolling hills, green forests, clear water streams and blooming rice fields. We will zoom past the town of Kangan which handles all the local needs of this region. From Kangan, we will drive towards Mammar, famous for its trout farm and stopover for a warm cup of tea before we head towards Sonamarg. We will once again alight from our vehicles at the tourist spot of Gagangir. The spot is built in the middle of the river Sindh and looks like an island with snow glaciers covering one or the other spot. After reaching to Sonamarg, will set up tents for overnight stay, after that you can have walk around the Sonamarg.
Day: 3: Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur
Today will be first day of this enthralling Kashmir short trek! After having breakfast at the campsite, start with a 3-4 km trek from the Sonamarg. Here onwards, the trek will be a gradual one and alongside the Sindh River, it will take you through maple and pine forests. Completing the hike through the forests, you will be rewarded with the stunning views of the Sonamarg Valley and pictorial streams. Here onwards, the trek will descend down and will take you to the snow-covered Shekdur Range. Relax around the vicinity for a while before you start trekking towards the Nichnai, which is located at around 3300m above the sea level. Upon arrival in Nichnai, check-in into the campsite; dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day: 4: Nichnai to Vishansar Lake
Day Details Starting early in the morning; around 08:00 AM, start the trek towards the Nichnai Pass and enjoy the stunning views of the lush valleys and the untouched beauty of the region. Hereafter, cross the river and continue hiking through the banks of the river and arrive at the Nichnai Pass or the Vishansar Berry. Arriving at the pass, which is located 3850m above the sea level, witness and enjoy the meticulous beauty of the pass and the snow-covered peaks all around it. Hereafter, the trek will undergo a steep descend and will lead you to a pictorial meadow of colorful flowers; while on this trek, you can also catch glimpses of a cascade that finally joins a river. Here onwards, continue with the hike and upon arriving a flat valley, continue towards its end and arrive at the campsite. Gazing on the left of this trail, you can also behold captivating views of the Himalayan Range and also the Vishansar Lake (3500m); overnight stay in the camp.
Day: 5: Acclimatization day in Vishansar and Krishansar
This day of the Lakes in Kashmir Trek would be a light one as you acclimatize yourself to the weather and rest at Vishansar and visit to Krishansar Lake, also you will experience throat fishing in Lake; overnight stay in the camp.
Day: 6: Trek from Vishansar to Sonamarg
On your final day of the Kashmir Short Trek, start from the Vishansar camp, ramble on grassy land dotted with yellow flowers and pine forest. Descend and reach Sonamarg, the last leg of your trek. Reach Sonamarg Village in Ganderbal District. Be driven back to Srinagar and unwind in houseboat/hotel for the night
Day: 7: Departure, Transfer to Srinagar Airport
After a late morning breakfast, we will drive to the airport for your flight home
Gondola Ticket. / parking.
Garden Entry Fees.