KASHMIR GREAT LAKES TREK – UNMISSABLE TREKS TO DO
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek covers 6 amazingly beautiful high altitude lakes.This trek, spread over a week, requires you to walk more than 72 kms.You cross high mountain passes during the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. This trek lets you witness diverse flora and picture-perfect beauty.Kashmir Great Lakes Trek transports you to a divinity, never seen before Kashmir which is all about its nickname, Heaven on Earth.It is the only trek in the Himalayas that covers three high altitude passes,five river valley crossings, seven alpine lakes, a stunning shade of green,blue and turquoise,Packs all within an impressive span of 8 days.
This is the first lake on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek and is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kashmir. Vishansar Lake is an alpine high altitude lake situated at an altitude of 3,710 m above sea level.This ancient lake holds a special significance for Kashmiri Pandits.In the summer season, this lake is the best place for fishing and rejuvenating amidst the serene surroundings.However,the lake remains frozen during the winter season.It is fed by the Krishnasar Lake and is also a major source of the Neelam River.
It is popularly known as the twin lake of Vishansar Lake and is situated at a higher altitude.Krishnasar Lake, located just 1 km away from Vishansar Lake,is also popular for summer fishing.Surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayan range,Krishnasar Lake is mostly fed by the melting of glaciers.The lake changes its color from sunrise to sunset and offers a magical view.Surrounded by lush greenery and vast meadows,Krishnasar Lake is a paradise for nature lovers and peace seekers.Gadsar Pass is situated near the lake,which is a famous trekking destination.Since the weather near Kishansar Lake is unpredictable,we proceed with caution.If the weather did not permit movement,we would spend our day here at the campsite.If the weather is clear then we proceed towards Gangbal camp site.
This picturesque alpine lake is located in the Ganderbal district of the Kashmir Valley.It is the natural habitat of trout fishes and other types of fish,due to which it is also called ‘Lake of Fish’.Gadsar Lake is situated at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level and is mainly fed by the melting of glaciers.This lake joins the Neelam river at Tulail.There are many activities here that you can participate in including trout fishing and fishing.This is the most beautiful lake in Kashmir where you can rejuvenate amidst the serene atmosphere.
4. SATSAR LAKE:-
Popular for its mesmerizing beauty and scenic backdrop,Satsar Lake is a group of 7 lakes due to which the name of this lake is ‘Sat Sar Lake’.Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas,Satsar Lake is a popular destination for adveThe Gangabal Lake is the largest of the Great Lakes of Kashmir.This place is one of the most revered lakes and holds special religious significance for Kashmiri Pandits.It is a part of Harmukh Ganga pilgrimage. Nature seekers and peace lovers.You can enjoy camping near the lake and admire the breathtaking views of the lake. Stargazing and nature walks are among the best things to do near Satsar Lake. It is a wonderful place to watch in nature and spend some time away from the hustle and bustle.
The Gangabal Lake is the largest of the Great Lakes of Kashmir. This place is one of the most revered lakes and holds special religious significance for Kashmiri Pandits. It is a part of Harmukh Ganga pilgrimage.The bright blue color of the lake and the pristine beauty of this beautiful place will leave you spellbound. This hidden gem of Kashmir is situated in the lap of mighty Harmukh mountain range. Brown Trout is the most popular fish you can find here.
On the Great Kashmir Lakes trek,this is the last lake you will visit during the trip. Nestled in the lap of Mount Harmukh, Nandkol Lake also known as Kalodka Lake is situated amidst lush green meadows. There is a beautiful campsite on the banks of Nandyal Lake where you can stop and enjoy stargazing. The color of the lake changes with the sunlight and you can admire the breathtaking views of the beautiful sunset. The lake is fed by Gangabal Lake and melting glaciers.
The trekking route starts from Sonmarg and continues till Shekdur. Along the way you find pine trees, lush pastures, mountains and glacier streams. You will also cross silver birch forests and encounter many boulders. Requiring extra effort on your part to climb. Finally, you reach the Nichnai Valley. The height of Nichnai valley is 3,500 meters.