Co-ordinates : 28.6986° N, 77.1343° E
Maximum Temperature: 15°c
Minimum Temperature: -4°c
Best time to undertake: June – September
Difficulty Level: Moderate – Difficult
Maximum Altitude: 13,697 ft.
This is probably the most exciting trek in India, as it takes you five high-altitude alpine lakes , that too in Kashmir. Every single day brings you to a new lake that is untouched, pristine and more magical that the previous one. The route to these lakes as breathtaking as the lakes themselves. You will be walking amidst picture-perfect meadows lined with maple and pine trees. You will also traverse through gorgeous valleys which during the right seasons can be blanketed with flowers. Tiny streams and rivers too will constantly play hide and seek with you as Gadsar Pass towers over you.
Route: Sonamarg — Nichnai — Vishansar Lake — Kishansar Lake — Gadsar Lake — Satsar Lake — Gangabal Lake — Narang
Day 1: Reach Sonamarg (9,186ft.)
Reach Sonamarg by afternoon, overnight stay here.
Day 2: Sonamarg – Nichnai (11,482ft. , 10km)
This trekking trail is a good start as it prepares you for both ascends and descends. After a while, you will start a 5km trek you to Nichnai. The trail is lined with maple, pine and bhoj trees. Overnight stay in Nichnai.
Day 3: Nichnai – Nichnai Pass – Vishansar Lake (13,615 ft., 11km)
A long trekking trail will take you through Meadows and constantly changing sceneries. After crossing Ninchnai Pass and head towards Vishansar Lake, we pitch our tents and camp the night.
Day 4: Vishansar and Kishansar (12,468 ft., 2km)
Today we explore the first two lakes of the trek. Both lakes are pristine and untouched, so relax by the shore of the lake and immerse into their beauty.
Day 5: Vishansar Lake – Gadsar Pass – Gadsar Lake (13,697 ft., 10km)
From the ridge above Kishansar Lake, follow the steep climb and then go down a gentle descent. After walking through meadows, we will reach Gadsar Pass. From here, Gadsar Lake is not far, you will reach by afternoon. Tonight, we camp by Gadsar Lake.
Day 6: Gadsar Lake – Satsar Lake (11,482 ft., 12km)
Today we leave early and head to the first of Satsar Lake, which is a a group of seven interconnected lakes. The lakes look beautiful as they are tucked into the Alpine valley. The lakes create Wangath Nallah that ultimately becomes a tributary to River Sind. We camp here for the night.
Day 7: Satsar Lake – Gangabal Lake (11,482 ft., 13km)
A very rocky trail, full of boulders as obstacles take you to a vantage point from where you can see twin lakes, Ganagabal and Nandkol. The view of the lakes is most breathtaking from the top. Walk around the meadows and camp at Gangabal for the night.
Day 8: Gangabal – Narang (7,547ft., 11km)
Today is an extremely steep descent that will take you across pine forests and meadows covered in flowers. We then reach Narang road head, where the trek ends.