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    REGION: Jammu And Kashmir

    DIFFICULTY: Moderate Difficult

    HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 4,191 m

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    DURATION: 8 days

    AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:

    Day time temperature: 25 °C

    Night time temperature: 5 °C

Trek Fee Per Person 5% GST is payable on the trek fee.

12500

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Kashmir with its unparalleled beauty, postcard perfect scenes and almost European vistas frankly needs no introduction. The Kashmir Lakes Circuit trek traverses some of the hidden jewels in the Kashmiri mountainscape – the pristine alpine high altitude lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar, Gadsar, Satsar. Nundkol and Gangbal. If you are looking for green meadows filled with colourful wild flowers, pristine colour changing water lakes, meandering streams and amazing Himalayan views from high passes, then the Kashmir Lakes Circuit trek is the most highly recommended trek. Starting from the popular hill station Sonamarg, the trail follows ancient routes taken by the gujjars, the nomadic shepherds of Kashmir. Every day on the trail, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of rugged snowcapped mountains, colourful grasslands, and trout filled crystal clear lakes. There are also high passes to be crossed, the highest being at 4191m and rocky terrains to be navigated frequently. It goes without saying that it is a physically and mentally challenging trek and would require the trekkers to be physically fit and to have a penchant for the Himalayan remoteness to enjoy this trek.

Day 1 – Drive from Srinagar to Sitkari/Sonmarg (2800m, 87kms).

• You are expected to assemble at the Sitkari village(3km from Sonmarg) by 6 pm. To reach Sitkari, take a shared taxi from the Srinagar Tourist Reception Center at the latest by 2 pm. A taxi from Srinagar to Sitkari should cost approx. INR 2300-2800.

• The Western Mountains can also arrange for taxis on request and trekker expense to pick you from the Srinagar TRC and drop you at Sitkari.Please let us know during registration if you would like to opt for the pick-up service.

• It is a scenic drive from Srinagar to Sitkari and has a wonderful mix of grasslands, scattered forests and snow covered mountains.

• Overnight stay in tents.

• Meals: (Tea& Snacks, Dinner)

Day 2 – Trek from Sitkari village to Nichnai (3505m, 13kms)

• Begin early morning and start ascending towards the Shokdhari campsite on a Maple and Pine treelined route. Enjoy beautiful views of Sonmarg and the glaciers en route and from the campsite.

• Descend into the Nichnai grazing ground (Shepherd’s valley) through a Silver Birch forest.

• Overnight stay in tents.

• Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Tea& Snacks, Dinner.

Day 3 – Trek from Nichnai to the Vishansar lake(3657m,15kms)

• Today’s trek will comprise of a steep and grueling ascent to cross the Nichnai pass standing tall at 4080m and a descent towards the Vishansar & Kishansar lakes and into the Vishansar campsite.

• Visit the Vishansar lake situated 1km from the campsite. Nothing that we say or write can prepare you for the beauty of the alpine high altitude lake. Surrounded by mountains and being hard to access, the waters of the lake are crystal clear and change color as the day proceeds. You are guaranteed to start feeling rejuvenated just sitting by the lake and listening to the lapping sounds of the water and soaking in the scenic beauty.

• Overnight stay in tents.

• Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Tea& Snacks, Dinner.

Day 4– Trek from Vishansar lake to Gadsar lake(4191m,13kms)

• Trek up 250m to the Krishansar lake which is about 1/2km from the Vishansar lake. Despite being close in distance, the twin lakes can be seen together only from the top at Gadsar pass.

• Getting to the Gadsar pass at 4191m is no easy task and is going to take a toll on your legs and back. However, the scintillating views at the top of the pass more than compensate for it.

• From the pass, descent into flat meadows covered with brightly colored wildflowers to reach the Gadsar Lake.

• Overnight stay in tents.

• Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea&Snacks, Dinner.

Day 5 – Trek from Gadsar lake to Mengandob/Satsar lake(3600m, 12km)

• Today, you begin with a two-hour steep climb up the mountains to enter into flatlands known as Mengandob.

• Trek ahead, crossing an army camp, to the Satsar lakes. The Satsar lakes are a collection of 7 lakes in a cascade formation. Fed by melting snow, a couple of these lakes dry up in summer and autumn.

• Overnight stay in tents.

• Meals -Breakfast, Lunch, Tea& Snacks, Dinner

Day 6 – Trek from Satsar lakes to Gangbal twin lakes (3505m, 10kms)

• You will be physically and mentally challenged today as you cross rocky and boulder ridden terrain, cross few ridges and Climb Mountains to arrive for a break on a ridge at 3570m. After a quick break, keep going up to reach the final ridge at 3000m. From here, you can view the twin lakes of Gangbal and Nundkol.

• What follows is a steep rocky descent, few ups and downs, and entry into green meadows which lead to the Nundkol lake and Gangbal lake.

• Overnight stay in tents.

• Meals -Breakfast, Lunch, Tea& Snacks, Dinner.

Day 7 – Rest day.

• Today you get to relax by the lakes, explore surrounding meadows, soak in the magnificent mountainscape, uncover a few local legends about the lakes, share travel stories, meditate, exercise your photography skills and do anything that soothes your soul (without disturbing others trekkers/nature)

• Overnight stay in tents.

• Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner

Day 8 – Trek from Gangbal twin lakes to Naranag (11kms)

• On the final day, we trek past a tree line, some grassy lands and towards the pine forest cover. Follow the forest line for about 6-7kms and descend into the Naranag village.

• Cabs can be arranged on request and trekker expense to take you to Srinagar from the village. Please let us know during registration if you would like to opt for the dropped service to Srinagar. 

• Meals : (Breakfast).

Day 1: Drive from Srinagar to Sitkari/Sonmarg (2800m, 87kms)
Day 2: Trek from Sitkari village to Nichnai (3505m, 13kms)
Day 3: Trek from Nichnai to the Vishansar lake(3657m,15kms)
Day 4: Trek from Vishansar lake to Gadsar lake(4191m,13kms)
Day 5: Trek from Gadsar lake to Mengandob/Satsar lake(3600m, 12km)
Day 6: Trek from Satsar lakes to Gangbal twin lakes (3505m, 10kms)
Day 7: Rest day
Day 8: Trek from Gangbal twin lakes to Naranag (11kms) &  drive from Srinagar

Inclusion:

• Accommodation in dome tent (2/3 per tent).

• Meals mentioned in the itinerary on a fixed menu/ buffet basis.

• Internal transportation cost as per itinerary.

• Camping Equipment: Tents, Sleeping bags, mats..

• All charges for guides, cook, helpers, horses and permits.

 

Exclusion:

• Transportation cost from Srinagar to Sitkari and Naranag to Srinagar.

• Backpack offloading: Trekkers are expected to carry their own backpacks. If the trekker cannot carry his/her backpack due to physical inability, and chooses to offload on mules, this will be on additional cost. (Not applicable for solo package)

• Air fares, airport taxes and anything not mentioned in the inclusions and itinerary.

• Meals, tea, coffee, mineral water, tips, transfers not mentioned in the itinerary.

• Doctor, telephone, laundry and other personal expenses.

• Cost of personal emergency exit or expenses due to external factors such as climatic conditions.

• Travel insurance.

• Naranag homestay or Srinagar houseboat charges

1.  Backpack (45-55 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. 
2.  Knap pack (20L) optional
3.  Trekking shoes – no sports shoes. (With Rubber Sole, high ankle)
4.  3  trek pants 
5.  4  tees with collar
6.  Full sleeves sweater (not too thick).
7.  A full sleeves fleece jacket.
8.  A full sleeve thick jacket or something similar.
9.  1 pair of thermal inners (optional)
10.  Sports socks.
11.  Woolen monkey cap 
12.  Wind cheater Or a light rain coat/poncho.
13.  Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof).
14.  Sun glasses (polarized or UV protected)
15.  Cap
16.  Cold cream & sun screen lotion (SPF 40+).  
17.  Lip balm.
18.  Carry 2 Water bottles (1 L each). 
19.  Personal toilet kit and toilet papers
20.  Personal medicine kit
a. Coca 30 – 30 ml
b. Crocin – 6 tablets
c. Avomine – 4 tablets
d. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
e. Combiflam – 4 tablets
f. Disprin – 6 tablets
g. Norflox TZ– 6 tablets
h. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
i.Band aid – 10 strips
j. Eno – 6 Satches
k. Cotton – 1 small roll
l. ORS – 5 packets
m. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
n. Volini Spray(small)

21. Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string
22.  LED Torch with 2 extra set of cells.
23.  Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available on the slopes or at the base camp)
24.  While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags.
25.  Trekking pole/Stick is mandatory.  
26.  Carry lots of dry fruits, chocolates combinations as snacks. Chewing gums
27.  Travel coffee mug n plate
28.  Soap Strip
29.  One Candle , lighter
30.  Whistle.

Cancellation Policy

Life is unpredictable and we understand that sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavor to make it as easy as possible for you. However, please understand that we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore, any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of the programme. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below –

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the event: Full refund as cash

Cancellations between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the event: 50 % refund as cash.

Cancellations less than 15 days to the start of the event: No refund.

If for some reason you wish to cancel the trek, email intimation (wetrekkers.in@gmail.com) needs to
be sent to along with telephonic information.

Note: WeTrekkers reserves the right to cancel a programme before departure in the event of logistical problems arising due to natural calamities, strikes, wars or any other circumstances that make the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.

Itinerary Changes & Trip delays: We plan itineraries based on the information available at the time of planning and in rare circumstances, they are subject to change. In the event that the itinerary is changed or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, transportation delays, government intervention, landslides etc., we will always aim to give you the best experience possible. However, WeTrekkers cannot be held responsible for the cost of delay or changes.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 5% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

Any case of refund will only be initiated, if and only if the trek fees have been paid in full at the time of booking.

Refunds will be processed within 7 - 10 working days from the date of cancellation.

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Safety is the top priority

 

For any WeTrekkers Adventures, safety is the top priority. Before each trek & expedition starts, we thoroughly prepare the necessary equipment and create alternate plans in case of emergency. We work closely with our clients and offer them reliable, experienced, well-trained professionals. The safety of our guest is our highest concern.

All trekking tours implement a backup strategy of keeping duplicate tour details, schedules, guest lists, and route plans with a reliable and experienced person at the nearest base town/village. If a tour is unexpectedly delayed or weather conditions turn unfavorable the trusted individual will begin to enact support procedures.

Comprehensive medical kits are vital inclusions on all expeditions we conduct. In the case of unexpected events or emergencies we have compact kits that are quickly and easily accessible when needed.

We actively use, educate, and promote technologies & practices that will improve safety while trekking with us. We take pride in the high caliber of skills we have attained through many years of experience. Himalayan High Adventures ensures that all guests that trek with us will feel confident and comfortable under our guidance.

 

Equipment is the foundation

 

Every piece of equipment used on our trips is company owned. We can assure you of its reliability and suitability. We utilize a strong collection of quality equipment from internationally well known brands and each piece is closely inspected before and after each expedition. Through our uncompromising dedication to quality and extreme emphasis on inspection and maintenance, we can ensure that every piece of equipment is in top performing condition at all times.

Our attention to equipment excellence for safety also transfers to considerations of comfort for our guests. With WeTrekkers all trips utilize a mess tent and kitchen setup. This affords our guests a comfortable dining experience on wilderness trips even in adverse weather. Kitchen/Dining Facilities include water dispensers, tables, canteens, required cookware, and water filters, etc. One the trail sleep is important. WeTrekkers offers sleeping bags and rubber sleeping mats as needed. Waterproof 2-3 Man dome tents are also available.

Extra equipment such as Waikie-Taikies, binoculars, and touch GPS sets and search lights are also available.

We don’t comprise on meals

Good nutritious meals are the keys to a successful tour. Our guests enjoy excellent meals that are prepared by an experienced cook in clean and hygienic manner. Prior to departure we discuss food preferences and allergies with our guests and also consider expedition intensity before preparing menus.

What we do

Prepare meals fresh with high-quality ingredients

Use packaged food as a backup

Procure fruits, vegetables and other perishable products locally to ensure freshness

Screen all packaged food for expiry

Provide tented toilet arrangements(dry pit arrangement)

 

The environment is not forgotten

WeTrekkers practices eco-friendly tourism. We place an emphasis on helping our guests create lifelong memories without leaving a negative impact on the wonderful natural environments that they visit. Preserving the beautiful natural locations we travel to is a culture instilled in all of our staff and the local people of the places we visit. We of course lead by example, and have established a guideline which will be followed strictly. We hope to help our guests to understand this way of tourism.

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