The 7-day Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a challenging hike. Three high-altitude passes—the Nichnai, Gadsar, and Zaj—will be crossed throughout the days. The most difficult portions of the trek are the ascents to the passes. The majority of the landscape is flat with extended gradual descents, with the exception of the climbs. The journey to Kashmir’s Great Lakes is secure.The journey to Kashmir’s Great Lakes is secure. The trek route is in a tourist-friendly but far-flung area of Kashmir, far from the unrest and trouble. Additionally, there are about 3 army camps along the trek route, ensuring the safety of the path.
Best time for trek:
The best time to explore the area is from July to September, when the weather is delightful with sunny summer skies during the day and comfortable evenings. The typical temperature can vary from 0 to 5 degrees at night to between 15 and 30 degrees during the day. Additionally, there is a good possibility of rain, so be sure you have a poncho with you to keep you dry. Expect a downpour when it pours in the mountains.
How to reach:
The journey begins in Kashmir’s Srinagar.
The quickest way to travel to Srinagar is by air. Jammu, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Lucknow are additional departure points.
From the airport to the Srinagar tourist information center, the Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation offers a low-cost bus service. A pre-paid taxi should run you in any case. Uber and Ola are two examples of app-based transportation services that don’t exist in Kashmir.
Take an Indian Railways train to Jammu if you’re on a limited budget and up for the challenge. These trains either start in Delhi or pass through Delhi from other Indian cities), then getting a shared jeep or taxi to Srinagar. (traveling time around eight hours). Buses are also available, but the trip takes about 11–12 hours and they are much slower.
Flying is the quickest method to reach Srinagar. We advise arriving in Srinagar early so that you have the entire day to explore the lovely city.
Essentials required for the trek:
I would advise looking through this list if you want a list of things to bring on the journey.
Your personal bags, which will contain the majority of your gear for the journey, will be loaded onto mules in the morning. Only when we arrive at the following campsite will you be able to open this bag. Pack the majority of your clothing and other items that you won’t need while trekking into this primary bag. Your “main” bag can be a decent duffel bag (80-100 liters) or a rucksack (50-70 liters). You can leave any clothing or other items at the hotel that you don’t want to bring on the journey, and we’ll make sure you get them when the trek is over.
You’ll need to take a small daypack (15–20 liters) on your back that contains your packed lunch, water, a lightweight jacket, and a raincoat or windbreaker. You’ll use this as your “secondary” backpack. Your daypack will need to be carried, so we suggest making it as light as feasible.
Trekking sticks, for instance, are utterly individual. While some individuals can walk without them, others depend on walking sticks. Each hiker is responsible for recognizing what their body needs.
Preparation for the trek:
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek requires a certain degree of fitness, just like most treks. You can look at some online training for a sample exercise program. If you are physically fit, 15–30 days of focused exercise will be more than sufficient. Trekking requires a lot of emotional toughness and the capacity to push yourself, regardless of physical fitness.
. Regular gym visits were used for physical exercise, which included running, incline walking, cycling, cross-trainers, and stretching.
. As the term implies, mental preparation is a state of mind in which one accepts that one is entering a cold environment at a high altitude with less oxygen, limited food supplies, and the prospect of walking for several hours alone in the wilderness. However, simply having the facts on hand while relaxing in the luxury of our urban homes is occasionally insufficient. You need to continuously remind yourself to be mindful of the situation you are about to enter.
· If you’re unsure, going on a brief hike (between one and three days) can help you assess your level of mental and physical fitness.
Make sure you are emotionally and physically prepared, and pay attention to your body’s signal
The journey to Kashmir’s Great Lakes is secure.