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Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek

Vishansar and Krishansar Lakes.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

8 nights and 9 days trek. The Most beautiful trek of the Indian Himalayas. A cross over 3 highly elevated mountain passes, Covering 12 Alpine lakes.   20000/Person or $USD 300.

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”  Great lakes trek is a name of awesome trekking experience onto the Himalayas of Kashmir. Covering 12 breathtaking alpine lakes of the Kashmir region.  Kashmir great lakes trek is full of psychedelic scenes of mountains peaks, meadows and feelings of distant planet emerges from the heart while witnessing the sunrise and dawn breaking over the alpine lakes. This wonderful trek is listed among the 5 best treks of India.

After crossing the tree line at an elevation of 2000 meters the route of the great lakes trek provide amazing views of cliff valleys, glaciers views with sweet water flowing streams and the meadows which are full of wildflowers. The trek is  permitted for trekking purpose only during the right season by the Department of Tourism Jammu and Kashmir. After leaving  the tree line behind,  trekkers need to go through up ascend trek and cross the Nichnai pass located at an of 4200 meters. From Nichnai pass onward the trek is normal down ascend for the next 1 hour. Trekkers will get into the beautiful valley of Vishansar meadow where the trek difficulty gets normal.  Walking through the meadows of Vishansar and through the lap of snow-capped mountains, the route leads to 2 Great Lakes of Kashmir which are Vishansar and Kishansar Lakes. During the trek, the trekkers will be able to explore the best from what Kashmir has to offer in case of natural beauty. Himalayan-Bird provides a well-managed trekking package of 8 nights and 9 days. The package includes a buffer day, ponies to carry the load and other backpacks. The great lakes trek can be performed within 6 days also. But to reduce the difficulty of the trek, the days have been extended which does help trekkers to explore it is a nice way and also helps to have a perfect photo-shoot to collect awesome memories. Guests are advised to view the full deal for further information.  .

Gangabal & Nundkol Lakes Trek.

An amazing trekking trail of 3 nights and 4 Days. Covering 2  major alpine lakes of  Kashmir great lakes trekking trail. ( Naranag – Gangabal Lake and Nundkol via Budhsheri ). 12000/Person or $USD 170.

Nundkol Lake and Gangabal lake commonly known as Gangbal Lake are among the oligotrophic Alpine lakes of Kashmir. The trek to these twin lakes is listed among the best short treks of the Kashmir Valley. The difficulty level of this trek is  moderate even 20 percent of the trek is just normal walk.  Nundkol and Gangabal lakes are also the most visited Alpine Lakes of Kashmir because the trekking route starts from the famous tourist village Naranag. The frequent hikers can cover the trek just within 8 to 10 hours. The route starts with up ascending trek from the main road of Naranag which leads to gain elevation from the starting point. The trekking route provides mind blowing views of snow-capped mountains and the sweet water stream flowing parallel to route makes the trek melodious. After a half-hour trek, trekkers will get into the alpine tree line called Budhsheri and getting to the top of Budhsheri is considered as the toughest part of the trek. The tree line is full of trees like blue pine, cedar, spruce and number of herbs. After Crossing the treeline, a breathtaking view of Trundkhol meadow can be seen and which is going to be the first campsite of the trek. 

 Next-day Morning it is just 2 hours normal trek to Nundkol and Gangabal Lake. These high altitude lakes are located at an elevation of 3575 meters above the sea level, in the lap of  Mount Harmukh (5142 meters peak elevation). The fact about this trek is Mt Harmukh is the second-highest mountain peak of Kashmir Valley after Mt. Kolahoi and Gangabal Lake is the second biggest alpine lakes of Kashmir after Kausarnag Lake. At first, we could see only Nundkol lake only and after crossing a small ridge the Gangabal lake could be seen. The Nundkol gets water flow from the outflow of the Gangabal lake and from nearby glaciers. These lakes are the source of  Wangath River which flows down towards Naranag and is the home number of fish species including trout fish.

Tarsar Marsar Lakes Trek.

5 nights and 6 days trek. Covering 4 Alpine lakes of Himalayas (Tarsar Marsar Lakes, Sundarsar and Surfesar Lake) – 18000/Person or $USD 260.

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles..”  Trekking season is limited to all alpine lakes of Kashmir and the same is the case with Tarsar Marsar Lakes trek. The trek to these lakes can be performed from 15 May to late September but the best time to explore is from June to 15 September. Tarsar Marsar Lakes are located in District Anantnag of Jammu and Kashmir (Forest Block Aru). The trekking route starts from Aru Valley which is 14 km away from world-famous hill resort Pahalgam. The trek is known for its natural beauty with rich biodiversity and for its awesome location. This trekking trail provides a spectacular view of snow-clad mountains, glaciers, and pinnacles, passes, rocky barren lands, snow-fed streams. 

Our trekking deal covers 4 alpine lakes which are Tarsar, Marsar, Sundersar, and Surfsar while other operators cover only two lakes only. If you have not done any high altitude trek before and you want to go for a  trek which is not that much difficult than Tarsar Marsar Lakes trek is the best to match you. Tarsar Lake is an oligotrophic alpine lake of Kashmir surrounded by the highest Mountain of Jammu And Kashmir state (Mount Kolahoi)  from the east and on the southern side, there is Dagchigam National Park. A mountain route from Tarsar lake connects Pahalgam with Sonamarg and Srinagar. Apart from this trek, we offer a trekking trail named Tarsar Marsar Circuit which covers 5 lakes and includes Submit of third highest Mountain Peak of Kashmir which is Mount Mahadev. The Tarsar lake and Kolahoi glacier are the sources of river Lidder which flows through Pahalgam and connects with river Jehlum. Tarsar Lake is situated at an elevation of  13,000 ft with green lush and rocky snow-capped mountains. The trek provides the ultimate blend of adventure and fun while being close to nature. A famous triangular piece of Land named as Lidderwat is an awesome camping site of the trek. Lidderwat is surrounded by the snow-fed river and alpine forests and used as the base camp for Kolahoi Mountain Expedition and for other multi-day treks.

Kasusarnag (1)


Kausar Nag trek.

4 nights and 5 Days Trek.  20000/Person or $ USD 300.

Kausarnag, the biggest alpine lake of Kashmir with religious importance to the Hindu faith. The lake is located in the lap of the Pir Panjal Mountain range of Kashmir. This Oligotrophic lake is 2 miles long and half-mile in width and located at an elevation of 4000 meters above the sea level. As per the Hindu belief, Kausarnag lake is among worship places of Vishnu. Every year hundreds of Hindu pilgrims trek to this lake and consider the water of this lake as Holy water.

 The main water source of Aharbal fall is Kausarnag Lake and the fact is that the outflow of this lake could not be seen but as per experts the water flows under the ground, beneath the rocky terrains. The trekking route to this beautiful lake starts from the famous Aharbal Fall which is 61 km ( 37.96 miles ) away from Srinagar City. The beauty of the trek incorporates natural wonders and some of the best panoramas of Indian Himalayas. The Kausernag also holds the history of Monsters inside it which were later considered as alligator or Himalayan Turtles. No one has seen those living creatures from centuries but few incidents are mentioned in the books related to geography and history of Kashmir.  { Historical Geography of Kashmir by  Maqbul Ahmad, Raja Bano (1984) }

Sheshnag Lakes trek.

Great things happen when humans and mountains meet.

Sheshnag in the Sanskrit language means “the King of Snakes” and As per Hindu Mythology, The Sheshnag Lake was made this Giant snake himself and is still living in the same lake. It is an beautiful high altitude oligotrophic lake in laps of Pir- Panchal and Zanskar  Himalayan Mountain Ranges. The route to Sheshnag originates from  world famous Tourist Hill Resort “Pahalgam” which is 80 Km away from Srinagar ( Main City of Jammu and Kashmir ). 

The Lake remains surrounded by snow even during summers and  elevation of this Alpine Lakes is 3590 Meters with the length of 1.1 Kilometers and maximum width of 0.7 Km. The route leading to Holy place of Hindu Faith namely Amarnath Cave is the route for Sheshnag Lake too but  we need to follow the Amaranth Trail only for 19 Kilometers and the separate trekking route of 4 Km leads to Sheshnag Lake,  the total distance of Sheshnag Lake trek 23 Kms from Main Road of Pahalgam and the trek duration is 3 nights and 4 days.

Vishansar and Krishansar Lakes trek. (Twin Lakes Trek).

5 nights and 6 Days Trek. (Sonamarg – Vishansar Lake and Krishansar Lake Via Nichnai Pass) – 16000/Person or $US 240.

Sonamarg Kashmir is a famous hill resort located 50 miles (80 km) to the northeast of Srinagar City. This destination is popular for various adventurous activities like skiing, paragliding, hiking. This beautiful meadow is also a famous for leisure tours with a number of 3-star hotels. Sonamarg is the most effective and popular way (Base camp) for a number of multi-day and short treks.  Vishansar & Krishansar lakes are the most beautiful part of Kashmir great lakes trek and trek to these beautiful lakes also starts from Sonamarg. 

 The lakes have got the name from Vishnu. As per Hindu belief, Vishnu is the preserver god, he saves the planets from getting destroyed and keeps it going. The lakes are situated at an elevation of 3710 meters and 115 kilometers (71.4577 miles ) away from the Main City of Kashmir (Srinagar). The trek provides beautiful views of rolling meadows rugged mountains and the number of twinkling streams that are flowing parallel to the trekking route. The trekking route remains disconnected from the rest of Kashmir valley for almost 6 to 7 months and still depends upon the weather conditions and scale of snow present on the mountain passes.

List of short Alpine Lakes trek in Kashmir.

“All I Have Seen Teaches Me To Trust The Creator For All I Have Not Seen.”Rumi.

Amazing view of Vishansar Lake.

here are the 7 breathtaking short treks of kashmir.

  •  1. Tarsar Marsar Lakes trek. ( 4 days & 3 nights ).
  • 2. Gangabal and Nundkol Lakes trek. 4 days & 3 nights.
  • 3.Vishansar & Krishansar Lakes trek. 5 days & 4 nights.
  •  4. Nilnag lake trek. ( 3 days and 2 nights ).
  • 5. Mt. Mahadev Summit. ( 3 days & 2 nights ).
  •   6. Naranag & Marchoi trek. ( 3 days & 2 nights ).
  •  7. Kolahoi Glacier trek. ( 4 days and 3 nights ).

We have listed 7 short treks of Kashmir and 4 among them lead to mind-blowing alpine lakes. Mt. Mahadev ( 3,969 m ) is the only mountain summit in the short trek list. This trek is very popular among the local trekking community too. Naranag – Marchoi trek is about exploring the alpine valleys, mountain village culture, gypsies, and their lifestyle, sweet water streams and Marchoi meadow. Kolahoi Glacier trek is an amazing and famous trek because of its location and diverse landscapes. The Kolahoi glacier trek originates from the trekking hub of Kashmir which is Pahalgam. The trek provides mind-blowing views of alpine forests, wildflowers and giant glaciers.

The treks listed above are the most popular and trending short treks of Kashmir. The treks have been also listed as per the beauty, safety, and difficulty level. Kashmir is surrounded by the lesser Himalayan region (Pir Panjal Range) from the southeast and with Greater Himalayas from North East. The Valley gives birth to the number of wonderful trekking trails. The snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers, snow-fed streams are part of all the treks listed above. These high altitude treks can be explored by the short treks during the right season.

Famous Alpine Lakes of World.

Alpine Lakes provide a sensitive habitat life underwater. The most popular alpine lakes of the world are:

  • 1. Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia (Biggest natural alpine lake in the world).
  • 2. Tenaya Lake, California, USA.
  • 3. Urmia Lake, Iran.
  • 4. Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, USA.
  • 5. Changu Lake, India.
  • 6. Crater Lake, Oregon, USA.
  • 7. Gangabal Lake, Kashmir India.
  • 8. Heaven Lake, North Korea/China.
  • 9. Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
  • 10. Lake Sevan, Armenia.
  • 11. Lake Baikal, Russia.
  • 12. Lake Saiful Muluk, Pakistan.
  • 13. Lake Tahoe, California, and Nevada, USA.
  • 14. Lake Van, Turkey.
  • 15. Pangong Tso, India.
  • 16. Tarsar Lake, Kashmir India.

Trekking in Kashmir.

Trekking in Kashmir is mostly about exploring the breathtaking alpine lakes. Apart from alpine lakes, there are few mountain summit treks (doesn’t require advanced mountaineering skills) and trans-Himalayan treks (Warwan valley trek, Naranag Dumail trek). The majority of multi treks in Kashmir cover alpine lakes. The treks to these alpine lakes are named as per the name of lakes and also by names commercially given to the trekking trails. The majority of these high reaching lakes reside in the beautiful valley of Kashmir. The lakes are covered with vast alpine meadows, snow-capped peaks, rocky terrains, and alpine orchids.

When we are talking about alpine lakes of the world, Alpine lakes of Kashmir are standing in the list but it doesn’t end there. There are more than 2000 alpine lakes in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The alpine landscapes of Kashmir occupies the large part of Indian Himalayas. The amazing fresh water bodies are located in different mountain ranges and have different trekking and four motorable road from different regions.

 

19 Most Visited Alpine lakes of Kashmir.​

 All of the high altitude lakes of Kashmir are not permissible for trekking purposes by the Department of Tourism Jammu and Kashmir. Hundreds of alpine lakes are located very close to the Indian Line of Control and a number of them are very difficult to submit and unreachable or need high technical skills. All of the alpine lakes listed are located at an elevation of  3500 meters or above and few of them are located over 4000 meters above the seal level. 19 Most amazing Alpine Lakes of Kashmir which are allowed for trekking and hiking purposes:

 

If you are looking for trekking options on the Himalayas of Kashmir, these alpine lakes are meant for that. The list has been made on the basis of the beauty of the landscape also keeping essential safety majors in mind.  There is a trek that got mindblowing mountain views and vast alpine meadows with wildflowers and sweet water streams. The Kashmir great lakes trek covers 7 major beautiful alpine lakes of the list. This alpine lakes trek of Kashmir is trending as well as the most beautiful trek of the Indian Himalayas. The alpine lakes of this trek can be covered in short treks too using other trailheads. Other alpine lakes listed also are very beautiful and got a real feel of wilderness. The glaciers, alpine forests, gypsy life, waterfalls and is part of every trekking trail.

  •   1. Nundkol Lake (3500 meters ).
  • 2. Gangabal Lake (3575 meters).
  • 3. Satsar Lake (3610 meters).
  • 4. Gadsar Lake (3600 meters).
  • 5. Vishansar Lake (3710 meters).
  • 6. Krishansar Lake (3750 meters).
  • 7. Kolesar Lake (3800 meters).
  • 8. Sheshnag Lake (3590 meters).
  • 9. Royalsar Lake ( Tulian Lake, located at an elevation of 3684 meters).
  • 10. Tarsar Lake (3795 meters).
  • 11. Marsar Lake. (4000 meters).
  • 12. Sundarsar Lake (3800 meters).
  • 13. Surfsar Lake (3750 meters).
  • 14. Kausarnag Lake (3500 meters).
  • 15. Nilnag Lake (3000 meters).
  • 16. Durinar Lake I. (4100 meters).
  • 17. Durinar Lake II. (4200 meters)
  • 18. Durinar Lake III ( Located at an elevation of 4350 meters above the sea level). Highest altitude alpine lake of Kashmir.
  • 19. Alphatar Lake (3470 meters).

 

Why To Choose Us.

Proven Track Record.

Himalayan Bird has over 40 years of experience operating authentic and unique adventure holidays with a genuine focus on the paths less traveled. The Founder and Trainer of Himalayan Bird is one of the famous Mountaineer of Indian Himalayas, Mohammad Amin Chapri, who has been well trained by Tenzing Norgay and Nawang Gombu.

Our All Inclusive Approach.

We provide all-inclusive deals that fulfill every requirement for the treks. Our deals include all transportation, meals, pup tens, trekking poles, sleeping bags, permits and ponies to carry your belongings. Our guides are professional and have been well trained to give you best out of the trails.

Value For Money.

Providing Quality services at the best prices which give your adventures great value for money. Includes important items like meals, sightseeing and permit fees included in the trip cost allows you to better budget for your awesome adventure. There are no hidden costs or any sort of extra charge you have to pay for your adventure.

Innovative itineraries.

Our itineraries are made in for you and we have fixed group departures for a number of treks. Private group travel is a good way to see the world how you want. Apart from that if you are a small group or a solo traveler we can make the best match itinerary just for you and will fit your arrival and departure dates. We provide full freedom to choose what you want to see, and when you want to do it.

Self Guided Options.

Individuals travelers who are willing to enhance the experience with unparalleled enthusiasm and local knowledge. We have supported world-class group of photographers, authors, mountaineers, bloggers and others who are the elite in their fields. We provide awesome deals as per their need and give them proper information and options to explore as per their respected fields.

Responsible Travel.

Our team is meant to provide social and cultural awareness when you travel and we also understand your effect on the places you are going to visit and trying to make that affect the most positive one with relevant information. Our guides and support staff are attentive to ensure your travels are supportive and fully immersive.

What our guests say! Know from Them.

Kashmir is full of mind-blowing mountain views. I  have done trekking onto the Himalayas of India and booked my treks through different trekking operators but Himalayanbird.com was one the best among them. If you are planning for trekking in Kashmir, Himalayan Bird is meant for that.
I had been to India a couple of times and Kashmir was in my list during my third visit even I didn't have idea it will be that much beautiful. I have done Kashmir great lakes trek through Himalayanbird.com and the services they provide are awesome, gears were fresh, meals were delicious. I am happy and very much satisfied with the services.
When it comes trekking in Indian Himalayas, Kashmir great lakes trek is one the most beautiful trek in India. I have done a number of treks in Kashmir and Himalayanbird.com has been my trekking operator for every trek. I personally suggest this company because they are very professional in this field and being a solo traveler I feel very secure with them. The deals they are providing are awesome and full of quality when comparing to other operators.
My trek to Kashmir great lakes was mind blowing with real adventure experience. I was searching over google for trekking operators in Kashmir and found Himalayan Bird. I had email conversation with Trek Coordinator and booked my trek of 7 nights and 8 days. The cost for fixed group dates was very less when I compared to other operators. I am very much impressed with the services and would suggest Himalayanbird.com when it comes to trekking in North India.