treks in kashmir

Treks in Kashmir

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Overview

Kashmir is home to five mesmerising alpine lakes which makes it one of the popular places to go for trekking. The enchanting beauty of this state lies in its untouched valleys, dense forests, resting glaciers, and mystical lakes, which can be explored by the best treks in Kashmir. The trekking trails of Kashmir possess a unique charm through its scenic beauty that serves beginners and expert level trekkers. One of the special things about trekking in Kashmir is the blissful Monsoon as the state witnesses a little to moderate downpour, adding more to the beauty of trails, and mountains. You can experience the charm of Pahalgam, Betaab Valley, Kolahoi Glacier, and Dal lake when trekking conditions are habitable and best from July to September. The diversity of land along the route promises to keep you hooked to its beauty. There are a variety of treks available for you to enjoy in Kashmir, ranging from the one-day trek to a week-long one. You can choose the most suitable one according to the vistas offered. Some of the popular treks are Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Kolahoi Glacier Trek, Tarsar Marsar Trek, Naranag Mahlish Trek, Naranag Gangabal Trek, Pahalgam one-day Trek, etc.

Popular Treks in Kashmir

There are many long treks in Kashmir for you to enjoy the state's scenic beauty and moderate to difficult-level trails which allows you to make the most out of your Kashmir visit. Most of the popular Kashmir treks are about a week-long which allows you to explore your adventurous side. You can try out some of the best long treks like the Kashmir Alpine Lake Trek for 15 days, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek for 7 days, Sonmarg Vishansar Narang Trek for 8 days, Pahalgam Tarsar Marsar Trek for 8 days, and many more. The trekking routes of these treks follow some of the most rewarding trails through picturesque Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Betaab Valley, etc. These treks make you cross the glacial trails, green meadows, forests, and green fields to witness Kashmir's breathtaking beauty through Panorama from the top, Dal lake, and many mystical rare Alpine lakes.

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Kashmir Great lakes trek
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

It is one of the best treks in Kashmir that lets you experience a variety of typographies like the greenest meadows, snow-covered glaciers, rocky terrain, rugged mountains and high passes. Starting from Meadow of Gold- “Sonmarg”, the trek takes you through various wonders like Vishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Glacier, Gangabal Twin Lakes, and the hamlets of Narang.

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Tarsar Marsar Trek
Tarsar Marsar Trek

Start your expedition of 7 days with Tarsar Marsar Trek which is one of the popular treks in Kashmir. During the journey you’ll witness the beauties of Sundarsar alpine lake in addition to twin lakes Tarsar and Marsar. You’ll also trek through the lush meadows and thick Chinar Tree Forests to reach a whopping height of 13,201 ft.

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FAQs

How safe is it to trek in Kashmir?

Trekking in Kashmir is absolutely safe for both national or international tourists. Along with the well marked and maintained trails, there are police on every renowned and important landmark. You can make your experience even safer by following the instructions of your trek leader. It is advisable to use trekking poles for taking steep ascents and avoid climbing quickly, even in easy treks in Kashmir, as it can be tiring and uncomfortable.

What is the best time for trekking in Kashmir?

The ideal time for taking treks in Kashmir is from July to September when the place witnesses monsoons and autumn. The light downpour adds to the beauty of the landscapes and enhances the trekking experience in Kashmir.

Which are the best trek routes in Kashmir?

One of the best trekking routes to Kashmir is via Sonamarg, popularly known as ‘Meadow of Gold’. This route is located in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir and features alpine lakes, dense forests, and majestic glaciers. Trekking through Betaab valley in Pahalgam is another popular short treks in kashmir route as it features marvelous Deodar Trees and River Lidder.

What are the best places for trekking in Kashmir?

One of the best places for trekking in Kashmir is the Kolahoi Glacier, locally known as the 'Goddess of Light', which is also the source of the Jhelum and Lidder Rivers. The glacier is inside a valley with picturesque landscapes, lakes, and dense forests. Pahalgam is another great location for treks in Kashmir as you move through the beauty of Aru Valley and witness the beauty of Mount Kolahoi, the lakes of Marsar, and Tarsar.

Which are the best summer treks in Kashmir?

The Kolahoi Glacier trek is one of the best summer treks that takes you to the source of the Jhelum and Lidder Rivers. The 5 km long hanging glacier is located above the Lidder valley with lovely scenery, lakes, and thick trees, with the closest vicinity to Kolahoi Mountain. Other summer treks are Great Lakes Kashmir Trek, Tarsar Marsar, Narang Mahlish Trek, etc.

Which is the most popular trek in Kashmir?

The Kashmir Great Lake Trek is Kashmir's most popular trek, taking you through lush meadows, snow-covered glaciers, rocky terrain, steep mountains, high heels, and bubbling alpine rivers. The trek begins in the Meadow of Gold, "Sonmarg," and takes you through many wonders such as Vishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Glacier, Gangabal Twin Lakes, and the Narang hamlets. Another popular one day trek in Kashmir is Pahalgam short trek that takes you through Aru Valley.