Nestled 80 km northeast of Srinagar, Sonamarg is the jewel of Kashmir, boasting stunning mountain vistas and a rich history steeped in mountaineering and Silk Route trade. Aptly named the ‘Meadow of Gold,’ it serves as a picturesque transition point between Kashmir and Ladakh.
This all-season destination offers a variety of accommodations, from 3-star luxury to budget-friendly options, making it a prime destination for leisure tours in Kashmir. Sonamarg has a legacy as the rock climbing and mountaineering hub of Kashmir, attracting European adventurers from the 1800s to the mid-1900s.
Explore the adventure legacy with iconic treks like the Kashmir Great Lakes trek, as well as lesser-known day treks we’ll dive into 2 amazing day treks in this post. Join us as we unravel the beauty and adventure that Sonamarg holds for every traveler and trekking enthusiast.
1. Thajwas Day Hike: Peaks and Glaciers
Discover the allure of Thajwas, a captivating mountain with numerous pinnacles and glaciers, making it a must-visit attraction in Sonamarg. Our day hike promises a mesmerizing journey to the base of Thajwas Mountain, offering close-up views of valley glaciers, lush meadows, and hidden valleys along an 8 km trail.
Separated into Upper and Lower Thajwas, the highest elevation reached during this day hike is 3000 m, providing stunning panoramic vistas. This mountain landscape is a photographer’s dream, with options for additional adventure activities such as ATV riding, snow bike riding, and skiing in the winter months.
Thajwas also plays a crucial role in mountaineering training courses, boasting bolted rock climbing walls. Join us as we unravel the natural beauty and adventure possibilities that Thajwas brings to the forefront in the heart of Sonamarg.
2. Sonmarg to Table Top Day Hike:
Embark on an exhilarating day hike to Table Top from Sonamarg, spanning a total of 12 km. Commencing at the picturesque Sonamarg Bridge or the quaint Sitkadi Village, the trail unfolds with a gradual ascent over rolling slopes. Soon, you’ll find yourself entering the enchanting tree line, leading to the captivating Table Top, a vast meadow offering panoramic views.
This trail serves as the starting point for the renowned Kashmir Great Lakes trek and requires permission or identity proof at the Indian Army checkpoint at the trail’s outset. During the hike, relish panoramic views of Thajwas Mountain and the surrounding Zankar range. It is advisable to seek guidance from a qualified operator or guide before undertaking this trial. As a base camp for one of the Himalayas’ most breathtaking treks, numerous campsites dot the landscape during the peak summer season.