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our best trekking tour packages for Kashmir.
The best time to trek in Kashmir is considered July to October,
which cover two seasons – monsoon and winter/autumn. Trekking in
April is also considered an ideal time.
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek has 7 trekking days. And
coincidentally you are also trekking in 7 different valleys.
What’s more, each of these valleys, spread themselves out each day
of the trek. Every valley gives a hard competition to the valley
before and the valley after.
Among the 7 different valleys you trek, 6 happen to be distinct
grasslands or meadows. These high altitude meadows and grasslands
are connected to one another via high passes. One would expect the
meadows on either side of a pass to be similar. But they aren’t.
Each one of them is a world of its own and has a charm of its own.
The highest trek in Kashmir is Kolahoi Glacier Trek, where one
crosses Basmai Pass at the altitude of 4300 m. There are also
short treks to Khilanmarg and Ningel Nallah from Gulmarg; to
Thajiwas Glacier from Sonmarg; and to Aru Valley from Pahalgam
that are ideal family treks as well.
5 Treks to do This Summer in Jammu Kashmir
The Great Lakes Tour of Kashmir
The Tarsar Marsar Trek.
The Trek of Narang Mahlish.
Kolahoi Glacier Trek.
Sonmarg Vishansar Trek.
1. The Great Lakes Tour of Kashmir
The Great Lakes Trek is the most popular trek in Kashmir. One of
the key scenic beauties of Kashmir just happens to be a large
number of beautiful lakes which are spread across the entire
state. Some of them are spread across the lustrous green valleys
while others are located atop mountains. Whatever their location,
each of them is sure to captivate you with their beauty and
majestic setting. One of the most popular options among the top
treks in Kashmir, the Great lakes tour takes the tourists on a
trekking expedition across the different lakes spread across the
Kashmir valley and mountains. It is a popular option for beginners
as well, as the exertion is relatively moderate to low and can be
handled even by first time trekkers easily. The duration of a
typical trekking expedition of the lakes extends to about 7 to 10
2. The Tarsar Marsar Trek
The Kashmir valley with its lush green meadows and enchanting
lakes is in full bloom during the spring and summer. It is a
beautiful time to embark on a trek across these green meadows and
spend nights under the clear night sky. The Tarsar Marsar Trek
aims to achieve exactly that, and provides tourists with an
opportunity to enjoy the scenic views from the banks of the twin
lakes which are nestled among the lush green meadows and a valley
that extends to as far as the eye can see. It is also a very
comfortable trek option for beginners which makes it one of the
top 5 treks to do this summer in Jammu Kashmir.The trek location
is about 5 kilometres from Subdarsar, and is therefore easily
accessible. The duration of the trek is about 7 days. The
beautiful lakes and the green valley makes it one of the must
visit spots in the entire state.
3. The Trek of Narang Mahlish
Moving on from the valleys to the foothills of mountains, the
Narang Mahlish trek is easily one of the best Himalayan treks for
this summer. The trekking expedition takes you to the foothills of
the Harmukh Mountain and allows to fully enjoy the beauty of the
twin mountain top lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol. The scenic
setting provides an ideal views of the lakes and meadows amongst
the backdrop of the mountains. During the course of the trek, the
trekkers have to go through dense forests of pine, where you can
soak in the greenery and the fresh air as you move towards the
The trek is a special one as it allows you to explore the
different aspects of Kashmir, letting you travel through pine
forests, across green meadows and ultimately to the blue waters of
mountaintop lakes. It is therefore a must visit for all tourist
who are adventure enthusiasts.
4. Kolahoi Glacier Trek
As we move to our next entry on the list, the stakes are even
higher, as we take you on a journey to the Kolahoi Glacier, the
origin source of the major rivers of Kashmir such as the Jhelum
and Lidder. The entire trek closely follows a path across
different rivers originating from the glacier and takes you on a
journey across beautiful riverbanks, filled with pine forests and
guzzling mountain water.
From the river banks, the journey gradually shifts to the valleys
of the Himalayas which are filled with lush green beauty of
Kashmir during the summer time. From the valleys the trek
continues up to the glacier itself located atop the Himalayan
ranges. The trek itself is quite arduous and should only be
attempted by trekkers with previous experience and with suitable
physical fitness. Beginners can also attempt the trek after going
through the necessary training procedure. The duration of the trek
extends to about 5 days, and takes you up to an altitude as high
as 12,000 feet above the sea level.
5. Sonmarg Vishansar Trek
The final entry on our list is a truly spectacular journey that
takes you across the high altitude passes of the Himalayas to the
peaks of Vishansar and Narang. The journey takes you across the
mind boggling views of the Nichnai pass nestled amongst the
Himalayas. The views of snow covered mountains and valleys as you
trek upwards into the higher echelons of mountaintops is a
breathtaking one. On the way, one can also enjoy the beauty of the
Krishnasar Lake, among others. Taking trekkers’ upto an altitude
of 13000 feet, the journey isn’t for the light hearted. But the 8
days experience is sure to be one that you would never forget
The best time for trekking in Ladakh is from May to October.
However, some treks are possible only from early July due to heavy
snowfall on the mountain passes in winters. The onset of winter
marks the beginning of two treks that are organised from January
to March every year in Ladakh: the Chadar trek on the frozen
Zanskar river and the Snow Leopard trek.
Markha valley trek
Best time: end of April to beginning of October
Duration: 6 to 8 days
Difficulty: level 3
Max altitude: 5260m
The Markha valley trek in the Hemis National Park is the most
popular trek in Ladakh. The Markha valley runs parallel with the
Indus valley, wedged between the snow-clad Stok Kangri massif to
the north and the Zanskar range to the south. During this trek,
you will see breathtaking mountain scenery, wild animals and small
isolated villages surrounded by green barley fields. You will have
the opportunity to stay in homestays in these villages and
discover the way of life of the local people.
The trek takes 6 to 8 days to complete depending on the starting
point. The Markha valley can be reached from two different routes:
one from Spituk and the other from Chilling. The trek from Spituk
is the longest option. It crosses 2 passes, Ganda La (4961m) and
Kongmaru La (5260m), before reaching Hemis where the trek ends.
Those who don’t have enough time and those looking to avoid the
Ganda La pass could start the trek from Chilling, an easier and
Nubra valley trek from Phyang to Hunder
Best time: mid-July to end of September
Duration: 5 days
Difficulty: level 3
Max altitude: 5438m
The trek from Phyang to Hunder connects the Indus valley to the
Nubra valley. It follows an ancient trade route which was part of
the old Silk Road network stretching from India to Central Asia.
The highest point on this off-the-beaten-path trek is the Lasermo
La pass (5438m) which is covered with ice and snow even in summer.
From the pass, there is a wonderful panorama of the Karakoram
range. This trek is done in 5 days.
After the trek, you will visit the main highlights of the Nubra
valley. You will have the chance to ride on a double-humped
Bactrian camel at Hunder sand dunes and marvel at the sight of the
32-metre tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha at Diskit monastery.
Then, you will head back to Leh via the Khardung La pass.
Sham valley trek
Best time: all year round
Duration: 3 days
Difficulty: level 1
Max altitude: 3874m
Often called the “baby trek” because of the easy nature of the
trek, there is no doubt the Sham valley trek offers some
picturesque views to the trekkers. If you are looking for an easy
trek suited for your kids, then this is the one for you. It never
goes above 4000 metres and it can be done throughout the year.
The trek passes through many small villages where you can spend
the nights in homestays and enjoy the authentic local cuisine
prepared by the families. Some ancient and famous monasteries at
Likir, Rizong, Temisgam, Basgo and Alchi could be visited during
and after the trek.
Stok Kangri Trek (6153m)
Duration: 4 to 6 days
Difficulty: level 5
Max altitude: 6153m
Best time: mid-June to end of September
The Stok Kangri peak is the perfect objective for a first
mountaineering experience in the Himalayas and for those looking
to cross the 6000-metre barrier. Even though the peak is not
technical, climbers still have to use all the mountaineering gears
such as crampons, axe, rope, etc. The expedition guide will
provide a short introductory course on how to use the equipment
during the day of acclimatization at the base camp.
The Stok Kangri expedition is hard on your body and mind but you
will realise it was worth it when you reach the summit and enjoy
the incredible view of the surrounding mountains. The expedition
can be started from Stok or from Spituk, or it can be combined
with the Markha trek.
Lamayuru to Alchi trek
Best time: mid-June to mid-October
Duration: 5 days
Difficulty: level 4
Max altitude: 5153m
The western part of Ladakh is not only famous for its
centuries-old monasteries but also the Lamayuru to Alchi trek.
This five-day trek is dotted with two tough passes - Kongskil La
(4948m) and Stakspi La (5153m) - and will push your limit to the
maximum, but you will be rewarded with dramatic mountain
sceneries. Spend nights at homestays in remote villages if you
want to experience local culture closely. Also, visit monasteries
before or after the trek.
Zanskar trek from Padum to Lamayuru
Best time: mid-June to beginning of October
Duration: 10 days
Difficulty: level 4
Max altitude: 5009ma
Zanskar is one of the most remote areas in Ladakh and that is
where its beauty lies. This 10-day trek from Padum to Lamayuru is
the best trek in Zanskar that covers ancient monasteries, small
villages and the beautiful landscapes of the Zanskar range.
Before the start of the trek, you can visit the famous Phuktal
monastery, one of the most isolated monasteries in Zanskar that
was built in the 15th century. Zanskar offers sceneries of
exceptional beauty, mountains in almost every colour and also its
unique culture to the trekkers. The trek is peppered with three
main passes: Hanuma La (4724m), Singge La (5009m) and Sir Sir La
Chadar frozen river trek
Best time: January and February
Duration: 9 days
Difficulty: level 3
As Zanskar remains cut off from the rest of the country in winter
due to heavy snowfall, the Chadar route acts as a lifeline.
Over the years, the Chadar trek has become the "next big thing" in
Ladakh and it is easy to see why. Walking on the frozen Zanskar
river that stretches 105 km in mind-numbing temperatures (-25 to
-35 degrees) tests the limit of the trekkers. Also, there are not
too many treks that pass through gorges with frozen waterfalls and
that follow a trail of ice that turns into a mirror for the sky.
The Chadar trek has received coverage in the form of
documentaries, especially in the BBC's 2011 series called “Human
Tour Program : Trekking Program 8 nights 9 days
Trek Route : Leh - Tilad Do - Chilling - Tilad Do to Shingra Koma
- Tibb cave to Naerak camp - Tibb Cave
Day 1 - Fly to Leh : Pickup from Airport and Drop to The Guest
Overnight stay at the hotel/guest house.
Keep your woollen cap and gloves handy.
Flying over miles and miles of heavily snowed mountains will tell
you just why it's impossible to reach Ladakh by road in the
winters. The moment you land at the Leh airport, one of the
highest airports in the world, you will feel the fresh and crisp
air, and a drastic drop in the temperature. The town has just
begun shedding off the thick winter slumber and is slowly coming
to life. Taking a stroll through the Leh market, you will find
that very few shops and eateries in the town are open for
business; but if required, some last minute-shopping for the trek
can be done here. The chill in the air will serve only as a
preview of the temperatures during this winter trek. The night is
spent in a copy guest house.
Day 2 - Drive to Tilad Do via Chilling (11,400 to 10,390 ft)
Climb to Shanti Stupa and Witness the Sunrise
Trek to Tilat Sumdo ( 1-2 Hours approx.)
Overnight stay at camps
You can start the morning by witnessing the sunrise from the
Shanti Stupa , from where you can get a panoramic view of the
entire town of Leh and its surroundings. You can also see the peak
of Stok Kangri almost beckoning you to climb it.
But today's agenda includes a very picturesque and thrilling
long-drive to Chilling. The roller-coaster ride takes you along
the Indus to the village of Nimu, where the Zanskar converges into
Indus. After stopping at this confluence point to take in the
view, the drive continues and the road begins descending right
into the river valley. There are quite a few heart-stopping
moments as the vehicle negotiates the steep hairpin bends over
snow covered road. The road goes past Chilling to Tilad Do. Among
these mammoth mountains, the feeling of insignificance of one's
being does not escape anyone.
To reach the camp-site, you have to cross the frozen Zanskar river
and this is when you take your first steps on the Chadar. It takes
a while to get a hang of walking on the ice sheet. As the evening
comes, the team pitches tents on the banks of the Zanskar, and
hands out thick warm sleeping bags. To get some exercise and keep
warm, you can climb up the nearby mountains and get a good look at
the frozen river. As the sun sets, it drags the temperature down
with it, and the sleeping bags in the tents look quite inviting.
Day 3 - Tilad Do to Shingra Koma (10,390 to 10,550 ft. Trek 10 kms)
Reach Gyalpo via Shingra Koma , Overnight stay in camps at Gyalpo
The biggest challenge of this day, and all the remaining days, is
to get out of the warm toasty sleeping bags and go out into the
giant freezer outside, but the steaming cups of tea being served
provide ample motivation.
Today is a long walking session, about 10 km, on the Chadar. The
trek leaders will give a briefing about the day, and give tips on
how to walk on the Chadar. Depending on the weather, the Chadar
can assume various forms. It can be a cold and hard surface of
slippery ice, or it can have a dusting of snow over it, providing
a good grip. The ice can be thick or thin, and its best to keep
closely following the guide. The locals, it appears, have a sixth
sense as to where exactly to step on the Chadar. At places, it
might be necessary to wade through ankle deep water, or climb on
the cliffs at the side of the river. Eventually you get used to
walking on the Chadar, which looks like a cross between gliding
and skating. Mid way to Gyalpo, the porter-cum-cooks prepare hot
bowlfuls of soupy noodles for lunch. It is important to keep up a
decent level of fluid intake. Nothing makes you adapt to the
conditions faster than nicely circulating blood in your system.
After passing Shingra koma, you reach the camp-site for the day at
Gyalpo. The Gyalpo campsite is at a bend in the river, surrounded
by high peaks and walls of rock-faces which almost look man-made.
All that is left to do is to soak in the views, have an early
dinner and call it a day.
Day 4 - Shingra Koma to Tibb Cave (10,550 to 10,760 ft.
Trek through Zanskar (15 km approx) Overnight stay in tents
This day follows the same early morning routine: bed tea at 7,
breakfast at 8, and quick-march at 8:30. Have a good breakfast, as
today is the longest walk of the day - almost 15 km. But that is
nothing to worry about, all the walking keeps you incredibly warm.
Today's walk through the deep ravines of the Zanskar is stunning.
The sublime walls of the mountains on either sides of the river
keep the sunlight away from the Chadar for most part of the day.
There are numerous caves in these mountains, big and small. Today
is the day when you can see frozen waterfalls, some higher than
the others. As the fable goes, centuries ago the local villagers
faced a dearth of water and went to Tibet to plead for water. They
were given a box which they were to open once they reached the
village, and not any time sooner. But curiosity got the better out
of them, and when they opened the box, two fishes jumped out of
it, creating two huge waterfalls. One of those waterfalls,
miraculously, is not iced-up even in such freezing cold. The rocks
below this waterfall are covered with moss, and this is the only
greenery you'll see on this trek.
At Tibb, there is a big cave. This cave is the dwelling of all the
porters, and they welcome you warm-heartedly in here. The
highlight of the day is to share a cup of butter-tea with them!
Day 5 - Tibb cave to Naerak camp (10,760 to 11,150 ft. Trek 12.5
Overnight stay at camps in Nyerak Village
Attraction Frozen waterfall
Today is the most spectacular of all days on this trek. Walking on
the river you cross deep gorges and reach a point where Juniper
trees are covered with prayer flags. The porters give you a twig
of this tree tied with a piece of prayer flag as a badge of
good-luck and good-health. A few steps away stands the
mother-of-all frozen waterfalls - a huge instance of suspended
animation several feet tall and equally wide. You can see dozens
of colours in this enormous ice structure as sunlight plays off
its surface. Right next to the waterfall is a bridge across the
river which is a part of the summer-time road from Zanskar to Leh.
The Naerak village lies several feet above the river, a vigorous
hour-long trek can take you to the village if you want to see the
life of a Zanskari. The camp is set up close to the river.
Day 6 - Naerak to Tibb Cave (11,150 to 10,760 ft Trek 12.5 kms)
Stay in tent
Today you start the return journey and go back to the Tibb cave.
And if you thought that it was just a matter of retracing your
steps back to Chilling, you can think again. The Zanskar River
reacts to the slightest change of temperature, and constantly
keeps repackaging itself. The Chadar would have assumed a
completely new form, and will it will almost be impossible to say
whether you have been here before.
On the way, you can meet a lot of locals wearing their traditional
woollen Gonchas - some of them monks who are hiking from the
Lingshed Monastery to Leh, some of them young students accompanied
by their parents returning to their schools in Leh after the
winter vacation. Watching the locals negotiate the Chadar is a
fascinating sight. They are suitably adept to the climate and seem
very much at home in the sub-zero temperature and the biting cold
winds. Nothing wipes the smiles off their faces and dampens the
warmth of their spirit.
Day 7 - Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma (10,760 to 10,550 ft. Trek 15
kms) Stay in tent
Starting from Tibb, go up to Gyalpo today. The high walls of
mountains rising from the sides of the river almost look like
castle walls. You can see several trails of pug-marks all along
the trek - footprints belonging to foxes, ibex or snow-leopards.
You would be lucky to view a snow-leopard; but you can almost be
sure that you are being watched by one all the time.
Day 8 - Shingra Koma to Tilad Do and drive to Leh (10,550 to
10,390 and drive to 11400 ft. Trek 10 kms)
Drive 65 kms to Leh
Last day of Chadar Trek
Check-in into the guesthouse
Dinner , Overnight stay in the guesthouse
This is the last day of treading on the Chadar - the last chance
to immerse in the pristine beauty of the frozen river. Once you
reach Tilad Do, it is time to say good-bye to the Zanskar and the
Zanskaries. The team and porters will take good care of you and
make this trek one of the most memorable experiences for you.
Tonight you get to sleep in a warm guest-house again.
Day 9 - Leh Departure
After Breakfast Check out Guest , Continue with your return
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