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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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  • 7 Days
    13,750 ft.
    72 Km

  • Moderate
    Kashmir

  • Best season : Jun, July, Aug, Sep

Add-ons

Transport +INR 1600
Rental Gear +INR
BackPack Offloading +INR

Trek Highlights


  • The trek to Kashmir great lakes trek offers a beauty that is like a dream.
  • It has five beautiful alpine lakes.
  • Kashmir Great lakes will offer you a perfect savor in the green soothing lands, snow clad glaciers.
  • Throughout the way you will be able to witness many crests of Himalayas resting peaceful with pride.
  • Witness the Harmukh peak that will look so impressive when you look back.
  • This trekking in Kashmir would be the most wonderful destination in your journey.
  • Kashmir Great Lakes trek is an magical trek.

Inclusion/Exclusion


  • Inclusion in cost during the trek:
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Permit & Camping Charges.
  • Trekking Gears.
  • Safety Equipment.
  • Specialist Trek Leader/Team.
  • Exclusion in cost during the trek:
  • Transport to and from the base camp.
  • Anything separated from considerations.

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Trek Highlights


  • The trek to Kashmir great lakes trek offers a beauty that is like a dream.
  • It has five beautiful alpine lakes.
  • Kashmir Great lakes will offer you a perfect savor in the green soothing lands, snow clad glaciers.
  • Throughout the way you will be able to witness many crests of Himalayas resting peaceful with pride.
  • Witness the Harmukh peak that will look so impressive when you look back.
  • This trekking in Kashmir would be the most wonderful destination in your journey.
  • Kashmir Great Lakes trek is an magical trek.

Inclusion/Exclusion


  • Inclusion in cost during the trek:
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Permit & Camping Charges.
  • Trekking Gears.
  • Safety Equipment.
  • Specialist Trek Leader/Team.
  • Exclusion in cost during the trek:
  • Transport to and from the base camp.
  • Anything separated from considerations.


Start Point : Shatkudi End Point : Naranag

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Shatkudi base camp.

Day 2: Shatkudi to Nichnai.

Day 3: Nichnai to Vishnusar lake.

Day 4: Vishnusar to Gadsar via Kishansar lake and Gadsar Pass.

Day 5: Gadsar to Satsar.

Day 6: Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes.

Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag and Departure from Naranag.


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  • How to Reach Base Camp near Sonmarg?
  • By Air: There is no airport in Sonamarg and the nearest airport is in Srinagar. The Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport of Sringar is only 70 km away from Sonamarg. To reach Sonamarg you can avail state run buses or taxis from Srinagar, which run on a daily basis.

    By Train: Sonamarg doesn't have a railway station either and the nearest one is the Srinagar railway station but there are not much options or frequency of trains. The other way of reaching Sonamarg by train is via Jammu. The Jammu Tawi station is located around 182 kilometers away.

    By road: your best bet to Sonamarg is the NH 1D, also known as Srinagar-Ladakh Road. You can travel by taxi, personal vehicle or tourist buses.

    ATM: Withdraw money before your journey; Srinagar and Sonamarg is the last point where you will find ATM.

    Cellular Network Connectivity: All major networks have coverage until Sonamarg; however outstation prepaid connections do not work in J&K. You will need either a postpaid connection or a local prepaid connection.

  • Who can Travel?
  • The minimum age limit is 12 years, for minors aged between 13 to 17 Trekveda recommends they should be accompanied by their parents or else parents / guardian’s approval is mus. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

  • Weather conditions?
  • The temperatures range from 20 degree to -3 degree Celsius, so please do carry some warm clothing, even you are travelling in summer months.

  • Is the Trek Safe?
  • Yes, it is absolutely safe for all trekkers and as well for solo woman travellers to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

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In the lap of Himalayas nestled the Kashmir valley the dream land, and the pride of India, well known for trekking, as trekking in India is wonderful, and since long people are visiting it, here the Kashmir valley offers the blend of mesmerizing beauty, and the enthusiasm in each step.

The trek to Kashmir great lakes trek offers a beauty that is like a dream, the attribute that the lakes carry is the silence thunder in them.

Kashmir great lakes altitude is 13,750 Ft. encompasses by the Himalayan range, the snow clad mountains, the massive landscape stands with pride in the whole Kashmir great lakes trek.

As Kashmir is the paradise on earth so it has no doubt that you will have an ultimate experience on the Kashmir great lakes trek that will for sure be unforgettable.

Himalayan range that is nestled in India, offers the most astonishing view when it’s about trekking in India, Kashmir great lakes trek demands a decent physical fitness, as it is graded to be moderate therefore a trekker have to maintain a good care of their body.

The trek is of 8 days, starts from Sonamarg and ends on Naranag after that the drive to Srinagar from where you head towards your home and you can not deny the fact that trekking in Jammu and Kashmir is wonderful.

The whole Kashmir great lakes package is worth choosing of INR 10,999/- only, the trek of Kashmir Great lakes will offer you a perfect savor in the green soothing lands, snow clad glaciers, and mountains crest will be so beautiful that they won’t let you distract your mind from the beauty of it.


Is it suitable for children’s?

The trek is favorable for children’s age above 15, as the difficulty level is higher than average.


Is it a good option for the first time trekkers /or families?

Somehow, this Himalayan trek is graded as the moderate trek so it is depend upon the person and the fitness of the individual through can be recommend to the first timers having a fit body.

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek has tricky patches, but a well-planned itinerary of the Kashmir great lakes trek will make it less tiring for the trekkers.


Altitude : Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The altitude of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is 13,750 Ft. one can attain the maximum altitude depends on the subject to his endurance, and other conditions such as a climate, temperature, The trek will open up the Great Lakes and on the higher altitude, everything will look so mesmerizing.

The things that one has to keep in mind is to take a proper medication with them at the higher altitude, though we provide every possible thing but it is always better to keep your medicines according to your health, Hydration is the most important when you will trek to the higher altitude, so keep your body hydrated while trekking.


Season : Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes trek best time is in July and August; a trek to this admirable destination can be planned between these months as the destination glows the most, whereas in winters this resplendent destination is always wrapped into the blanket of snow even in these months one can behold the snow in abundance. The Destination offers the splendid view; the landscape is beyond imagination, the gigantic mountains wrapped with snow looks mesmerizing. Enriched by the glory of nature Trekking in Kashmir can be the best experience in both the season, where this trekking to Kashmir Great Lakes is no doubt a delightful one.


Average Temperature : Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

During the daytime temperatures will range from 17-20 0Celsius which drops to 3-50 Celsius in the night. One should bring enough pair of clothes and a better quality trekking boots so that a trekker can be covered thoroughly and does not face any difficulty during the stay at this temperature.

There is a vast difference in the mountain temperature, and when it about the trek to Kashmir Great Lakes, so it might be possible that one can encounter a little difficulty during acclimatization. It is essential to bring all warm clothes, and that may not even affect the backpack too much.


What Makes this Trek different?

Kashmir Great Lake Trek is settled at an elevation of 13,750 Ft. Kashmir great lakes is the most fantastic trek that offers the unusual mix of breathtaking adventure and fun, the entire voyage of Great Lakes is not just about the beauty but it is the paradise itself, it makes one forget all the outer world and make one to get lost into the nature. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a sublime trek among others when it's tied in with trekking in Kashmir, as Kashmir is the paradise of earth it has everything the beauty that is beyond one’s imagination, and there is no uncertainty that the destination is thoroughly entrancing, the Himalayas are the shelter for India, like this trekking in India in the most popular.

The most exotic trek that opens up the perspective of lush green meadows, capped mountains, and adventure of all time, Where the Kashmir great lakes trek takes you through the massive mountains and the breathtaking view all through the way it won't keep you quiet by any stretch of the imagination; instead every vista towards Kashmir great lakes will energize you to achieve it as soon as possible. The wellsprings that stream downwards and converge with streams all through the way and the snow applauded mountains, alongside the scene in the entire voyage will be treated the eyes of each trekker with the natural gifts.


Trek Itinerary : Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Day 1: Reach Shatkudi base camp.

The journey of Kashmir great lakes trek will start from Shatkudi, you can spend time. Kashmir great lakes along with this beauty Srinagar are the mesmerizing blend of Kashmir valley, the drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg will take almost 3 hrs to reach there. The journey towards Shatkudi will be so magnificent that it will give you the idea how admirable your journey will be to the Kashmir great Lakes.

Day 2: Shatkudi to Nichnai.

The 2nd day will be a trekking day in your journey of Kashmir great Lakes; the trek will take head towards Nichnai that will take 3 hrs ascent followed by 1 hrs descent and finally a normal ascent towards Nichnai.

Day 3: Nichnai to Vishnusar lake.

Time Taken: 12 Km trek, approx. 7 hrs

Altitude: 11,500 Ft. to 12,000 Ft. via 13100 Ft.

Trek Gradient: Moderate

Water sources: Bring at least 2 liter though you will get the source.

On the 3rd day of trekking, there will be a long walk into the Mother Nature; the green meadows with the changing beauty in each step will be so wonderful.

The day will start early after breakfast so that you will get more time to taste the beauty of green meadows, and so you can stroll up in the meadows.

On 3rd day first you will pass the Nichnai Pass that will be easily visible from your campsite, when you will start passing the Nichnai pass you will witness the exotic beauty the crystal clear rivers, green soothing meadows to stroll around.

Another place that you will pass by is Vishansar Berry, and from Nichnai pass you will be able to behold the beauty of Sonamarg valley that will look so mesmerizing in the lap of Himalayas.

There will be a medium climb to Nichnai Pass and small descent that will be followed by the long flat meadows walk that will wind near Vishnusar Lake.

Reaching the lake you will be able to behold the beauty of the wonderful lake that will be the first step of the amazing journey towards Kashmir great lakes.

You will be able to witness the flowery meadows, waterfalls, and the Vishansar Lake that is encompasses by all greens, the Kashmir great lakes trek is wonderful trekking spot when it’s about trekking in Kashmir .

Throughout the way you will be able to witness many crests of Himalayas resting peaceful with pride, and those snow-capped peaks will give you the glimpse of how trekking in India and trekking in Himalayas can make you feel excited.

Day 4: Vishnusar to Gadsar via Kishansar lake and Gadsar Pass.

Time Taken: 14 Km trek, approx. 10 hrs

Altitude: 12,000 Ft. to 12,000 Ft. via 13,750 Ft.

Trek Gradient: Moderate

Water sources: Bring at least 2 liter though you will get the source.

On 5th day in your Kashmir great Lakes trek will be the another lake you will explore and that will be the Kishansar lake, lies about Half Km away from the Vishnusar, the lake lies at the base of the Kishansar peak.

It will take around 50 min to reach the Kishansar Lake though depends on the trekkers capability, along with that moving right towards the river streams and in your right the Vishnusar Lake will give you the astonishing vista, you can take pictures of the ultimate destination.

The whole trek will be steep descent later followed a normal walk in the meadows, Kishansar is huge, and it has the beauty outstanding, later on the trek will be head towards Gadsar pass.

Reaching Gadsar pass with the initial descent, and the descent will be straightforward, the first lake will be visible that will be Yamsar lake.

On the way of Gadsar that is the prettiest lake on this trek, basically Gadsar is at the base of snow clad cliffs, later on your journey you will witness the gentle slope down.

The Yamsir and the Gadsar are connected by a stream as water flows; Gadsar is nestled at an altitude of 12,500 Ft.

All the Kashmir great lakes are so astonishing gives you the magical glimpse of the Mother Nature, Kashmir valley is the most wonderful and trekking in Kashmir make a person living the best days.

Gadsar Pass is the magnificent place, the soothing green; the uneven ground the soft lush green color will be celebrating the beauty, and the destination encompasses with the whole Himalayas range will be so picturesque.

Day 5: Gadsar to Satsar.

Time Taken: 9 Km trek, approx. 6 hrs

Altitude: 12,000 Ft. to 12,000 Ft.

Trek Gradient: Moderate

Water sources: Bring at least 2 liter though you will get the source.

On 6th day from the camp of Gadsar you will move towards Satsar that is a normal descent for 1 hrs that is followed by a steep ascent for 3 hrs later a plain meadows walk will be followed.

This day the trail will pass by the streams and mountains that will look magnificent, the Satsar camp will be at 12,000 Ft. the magnificent view that is encompassed by the mountains and in between the green meadows will make you get lost into the nature, the ridges that will be so adventurous along with that fun will make you have more fun.

After you will cross the stream, and take yourself towards the mountains, the trail will little difficult so keep in mind that you have to take a clear steps.

Later on, the tree line will be over as you will reach above it, the trail will take you through the mountains where you will be able to witness the Maengandob besides you and the place will be so spine-tingling.

The whole landscape in this destination will be so captivating, and no cannot deny the fact that trekking in Kashmir is nothing less than a dream comes true moment.

Later on, after trekking for a long time you will be able to witness the Satsar Lake, the Satsar Lake is the amalgamation of the 7 lakes, and among seven you will be able to find those lakes with water though which is totally depend upon the season you are choosing to trek.

You will be able to behold the beauty of Kashmir valley, and the essence of Trekking in India where this Kashmir great lakes trek is ultimate.

Day 6: Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes.

Time Taken: 11 Km trek, approx. 6 hrs

Altitude: 12,000 Ft. to 11,500 Ft. 13000 Ft.

Trek Gradient: Moderate

Water sources: Bring at least 2 liter though you will get the source.

On 7th day of the Kashmir great lake trek you will be head towards Gangabal twin lakes from Satsar that will be a easy ascent followed by gradual descent later followed by long steep ascent and long steep descent followed by up and down strolling.

The trek will start, and you will cross by each Satsar lake one by one, and later reach the last and the biggest one lake from where the path will become difficult such as full of boulders, and rough patches.

After the last lake trek will start to descent, on the way you will witness the forests line in your left, and the ridgeline on your right then again you will ascent, that will be little hard.

Keep that in mind that you have to listen the trek guide carefully, as Kashmir great lakes is moderate trek so it will be hard to walk a bit; still trekking in India is itself an adventure for the people.

Later on, the trek will lead a zigzag path, almost 45 min of trekking will lead you to reach the top of the ridge line, once you will reach the top, you will witness the two more massive ridges to climb.

Once on the top then you will be able to behold the beauty of gujjar huts amidst the tall pines, and you will see the bareness of the mountains and the greenery other side.

After a long trek, you will reach the Nundkol from where Gangabal twin lakes, the streams of Gangabal has a cross that lead it towards Nandkol, but you not cross it suddenly as it will be risky so always ask you trek guide before taking any strange step.

Day 7: Gangabal to Naranag and Departure from Naranag.

Time Taken: 15 Km trek, approx. 7 hrs

Altitude: 11,500 Ft. to 7,450 Ft.

Trek Gradient: Moderate

Water sources: Bring at least 2 liter though you will get the source.

8th day you will drive back to your way but pass by Naranag that will be a difficult one, make you to take easy step correctly else it could be hard to reach back home.

This day it will be tiring, and the path will be tricky and rough path, there will be a gradual descent that will be followed by steep descent.

The walk will be on ridges that will end later on and open up the descent into the green flat meadows, where you will be able to witness the Harmukh peak that will look so impressive when you look back.

Later the pine trees line will be seen and you will also be able to see the traces of humanity as the area of civilization will start from there, the decent from there will be steep, and the trail will be muddy through the thick of the pines.

There you will reach Naranag, Naranag is the beautiful sight but it would be little tricky, and rough therefore it could be a test for you, later on you will drive to Srinagar and the trek of Kashmir Great Lakes trek will be over, This trekking in Kashmir would be the most wonderful destination in your journey.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Essentials

Trekking, no doubt, is one of the most thrilling adventure one could ever have in his/her life. With an elegance of nature and unmatchable experience of the pristine mountain ranges, trekking stands out among all the adventures across the world, but nothing comes free, there are certain aspects of the trekking which one needs to consider while he/she is making up his/her mind for trekking. Here’s a list of some basic requirements which one would need during his/her camp trekking. Let’s pay some heed to these prerequisites for trekking.

Trekveda Pretrip Checklist

Trek Essentials to Carry with Yourself.

Things You Can’t Afford Missing On Trek


1. A Sturdy Backpack/Rug Sack

A high-quality backpack with an ease of carrying facility with durable and stern straps is one of the pivotal thing that you’d need during the entire trekking. The easier it’s to carry, the more fun you can have during your trek.

2. A Pair of Trekking Shoes

Your regular sports shoes can be a mess during the trek and one of the most regretting thing that might take away the joy of trekking. To prevent yourself from slippery patches through the streams, a pair of trekking shoes with good grip would do a great work for you and reciprocate your experience of trekking to the manifolds.


Clothing

Clothing is one of the most important aspect of trekking but that doesn’t imply the “what if situation”, hence carry the clothes that you’d need normally. Carrying more and more clothes will only add the weight, thus problem. Once on the trek, you’d not generally need to change the clothes every now and then, provided if you maintain your hygiene properly.

Three warm layers: On high altitude treks, temperature after the sunset drops to the considerable degrees. So during these campsites, you might need an additional layer along with the padded jacket coupled up with a fleece and a warmer.

Three trek pants: Please don’t go for jeans/ denims for the substitute for the trek pants since they’d not add comfort to your stay at the campsites. Wear one pair and carry the remaining two.

Three collared Shirts: It’s advised to wear full sleeved shirts instead of the t-shirts in order to prevent ourselves from the sun-burn. Carrying a dry-fit t-shirt or two can be a wise idea if you’re trekking during the rainy season. Regardless of the cold weather, trekkers’ bodies tend to sweat and to prevent yourself from falling ill, you’re advised to change your clothes at campsites.

Warmers: Warmers or thermals can be added on one’s own concern related to their health and their exposure to the cold climate.


Accessories

Shades: Sunglasses are to counteract snow visual deficiency. While at the same time you're probably not going to discover snow in October, convey a couple in any case.

Sun cap: The sun feels more grounded while at the same time strolling on the mountain slants. Convey a sun cap to shield your head and neck from the warmth, particularly in case you're trekking later in the day.

Engineered hand gloves: One sets of downy or woolen hand gloves. One sets of water evidence/safe, wind verification gloves.

Balaclava: You may utilize woolen scarves rather too.

Socks (2 sets): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a couple of woolen socks for the night as they’d spare you from the dripping temperature.

Headlamp/LED burn: Mandatory

Trekking pole: Having a trekking pole in your hand during the trek is boon, although at times it may bother you as an unnecessary article but it proves out most handy during the submit as it curbs your effort of straight inclinations of the high altitudes which often turns out tiring.


Other Essentials to Carry

An Additional Pack: This is one of the best practice you can do on one-day submits or treks where you need to get back to your campsite by the end of the day. Here you can pack your essentials like, water bottle, medical aids and snacks. This keeps you away from carrying the unnecessary weight.

Toiletries: Be wise while choosing your cosmetic needs and daily use products. Refrain from using the non-biodegradable products, if you do so then make sure that you leave residue on the mountains. Always carry a zip bag to put such piece of stuff after use. Sanitary napkins also needs to be treated in the same manner.

Indispensable Water Bottles: To keep your body hydrated during the trek, you are advised to carry your own water bottles during the treks since leaving plastic and its product is not advised on the mountains since they are not suitable for the environment of the altitudes.

Plastic Bags: To keep everything organized, you should compartmentalize the stuffs into plastic zip bags and also carry a few in spare for wet clothes and other by-products.


Mandatory Documentation

There are certain rules and laws that you need to abide by, while going for the treks, however Trekveda takes care of all such kind paper works which is inclusive in the package. Certain registration fees and document verification along with some permissions are required in order to protect the nature and its evergreen heritage for future. In addition to this, if you need to avail a guide, you can also hire a guide with some bucks and a nominal paper work.

Please carry the documents mentioned below. Documents two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.

  • 1 passport size photos and an original + copy of government photo ID document – required for Sanctuary registration and TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker)

Measures Taken by Trekveda to Ensure the Security of Trekkers

Trekking is altogether a different kind of adventure where you required to be physically and mentally prepared for the best and adverse, all at once. With high altitudes making it tough to breath, the scenic beauty of those pristine mountains leave you spell-bounded so that you forget to breath for a moment or two. In addition to the physical and mental preparation, there are certain aspect of the health that are needed to be considered at the first hand when you make up your mind for the trekking,

Trekveda, by dint of its team of trained professionals, leave no stone unturned to provide you with the best trekking experience while ensuring your safety as its priority. Here are some vital aspects that Trekveda includes in its checklist to ensure the safety of its trekkers.

Criteria for Fitness Analysis

Trekking at high altitudes demands endurance and fitness and those who are prone to any kind of physical or physiological ailments are advised to not to go for high altitude treks in the beginning. To get assurance about the trekker’s fitness, we comply with certain aspects of the being fit such as BMI (Body Mass Index) along with the fitness proof since we can’t put the trekkers into the risk.

Acclimatization is another important aspect when it comes to getting an adaptation to the climate at the high range treks. A day at rest is not just the rest but a chance to get used to of the place and its habitat.

Monitoring the health is one thing that is conducted regularly during the trek by the trek leaders which includes the monitoring of your blood pressure, oxygen level and pulse rate. Details of your health during the trek is maintained in the health card on the regular basis. Health card can be collected from the trek leader at the end of the trek.

Medical Kit for High Range Trekking

An ideal medical kit that’s developed for the trekking has Blood Pressure Monitor/checker, Stature, Oxygen checker and Oxygen Cylinder coupled up with certain must have medicines, in case of medical emergency:

  • Diamox
  • Dexamethasone
  • Dexamethasone
  • Nifidipine
  • Asthalin Inhaler
  • Syringes

Trekking Equipment for High Altitudes

Trekveda provide you all the necessary equipment for trekking from tents to ropes. In addition to that, our trek leaders also ensure the safety by various safeguards they take time to time for your safety. Micro spikes are provided to attach to your shoes which help you to keep the traction on the snow and make it easier to climb. An additional gaiters are provided to cover the shows which prevent the entering of snow into the shoes. Customized tents are provided to the trekkers which ensure the warmth and temperature 10 degrees higher than the outside coupled up with high quality sleeping bags which can endure the temperature up to 15 degree Celsius below the freezing point.

Nutrition and Hydration

Trekveda, keep all your nutritional and hydration requirements on its checklist, our trek leaders will guide you to keep your body hydrated on the high altitudes as de-hydration can attract to the severe medical emergencies on high altitude treks.

We provide the highly nutritious meal to energize your body for the trek, however before certain long trails we ensure your nutritional requirements to be fulfilled with some high energy snacks or packaged lunch.

Make sure you keep up with your hydration and nutritional part as this can lead to some fatal consequences for your health.

In case of any symptoms you feel during the trek, don’t ignore or avoid them, immediately tell the trek leader.

Keeping up with the pre-defined processes and the guidelines will help you to have a memorable trekking experience.


What Trekveda has to offer in case of medical emergency like AMS, HAPE or HACE?

In case of medical emergencies, Trekveda and its trek leaders bear the sole responsibility to get you back to your wellbeing with their training and techniques. Suspecting any physiological disturbance in your body, immediately report to your trek leader as they are trained to counter such problems.

Problems like Acute Mountain Sickness can be prove fatal if not taken into consideration seriously on time. If you encounter/experience any of the symptoms such as persistent headache, fatigue or weakness, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, difficulty in sleeping, you shouldn’t let it go or treat it by your own either.

Acute mountain sickness is one of the most common yet the fatal problem trekkers face due to number of reasons, if the problem continues to persist, then you’re advised to descend down to the basecamp and then to visit the doctor immediately.

People with AMS are treated with number of medicines such Diamox, Nifidipine etc. coupled up with methods like Triple One Test- where one disprin is given with a liter of water along with the rest for an hour.

While AMS is most common at the high altitudes yet it can’t be risked taken casually as it leads to severe fatal conditions like HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) or HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) which, if not treated on time can lead to number of serious chronic disorders. These conditions need to not to comply with AMS, they can occur without AMS preceding.

It’s suggested to take every single disturbance into the consideration while you’re on the trek.

However, Trekveda is capable of tackling all the medical emergencies with its trained professionals yet there are several things that you need to consider, specially the intake of medicines and the knowledge about their advantages and side-effects. Don’t administer the medicine if you’re trekking through an organization, always seek help from the trek leaders, they are trained for such purposes, while in case of being a solo trekker, you should know about the medicines.

Keeping yourself hydrated and nutritionally fulfilled curbs the chances of AMS.


Risk and Response

A high altitude trek requires an audacious state of mind, however leaving on a bold excursion without computing the dangers is absolute idiocy. That is the reason we have recorded a couple of Risk and the Response arranged by Trekveda to limit or address the dangers in the most ideal way.

Risk: Altitude

Before you begin the trek, it is critical to comprehend the ramifications of high altitude on your body. Know about side effects of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mellow cerebral pain, queasiness and general distress.

Response: If you feel any of these indications, illuminate the trek pioneer on need and take after his directions. Each campground has as stretcher, completely prepared medical aid pack, oxygen chambers to address the circumstance.

Risk: Weather

Weather is unusual in the Himalayas. Despite the fact that we are constantly attentive about the evolving climate, nobody can ensure a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do comprehend that your security is of most extreme significance to us and we won't continue any further from the campground if the climate isn't ideal.

Response: The choice of the Trek Leaders and Guides to continue or sit tight for the climate to show signs of improvement will be last.

Risk: Injuries

Often, while trekking over troublesome territories, you may have minor wounds like leg sprain, wounds and so forth. Genuine wounds like breaks or real cuts are exceptionally uncommon.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are prepared to deal with crises and can handle minor wounds with an all-around prepared medical aid unit. If there should arise an occurrence of genuine wounds, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the closest street head and is directed to closest therapeutic focus.

Risk: Lack of Communication

In the remote zones of the Himalayas, portable systems don't reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the universe of calls, SMS or WhatsApp Messages.

Response: We’d depend on walkie-talkies and sprinters to communicate between the campgrounds and the base camps.

Pre-Trek Preparations

Trekking, for its ever-lasting memories and experience, demands just a few things which involve physical endurance with physiological wellness. Not just the one who’s physically fit would do the magic in trekking but one also needs to be mentally fit as well in order to cope up with the adversities one might have to face during the treks such natural calamities, rains or other unforeseen conditions. To keep up with such requirements of trekking here are a few things you can do to get yourself physically fit.


Prerequisites of the Trek

Cardiovascular Endurance and Stamina

Cardiovascular endurance is the primordial thing that this trek asks for along with the stamina to withstand the stringent conditions during the trek. There are number of ways you can increase your endurance level but Jogging regularly with gradual increase in the pace would do the magic in just 2 or 2 and a half months. You can also increase your endurance and stamina through swimming, cycling and much more.

Combining the speed and distance target is the most effective way to get your body and mind prepared for the Trek. If you’re planning to build your stamina in a phased manner then here you should pay heed to:

  • Target completing the distance of 5 km in 35 minutes or less at the beginning
  • Pace up your legs to complete the 5 km in 30 minutes or less
  • Before you begin the trek, you should be able to complete 10 km in 60 minutes or less

Strength

To build the strength is another most important thing and a major requirement for this trek. The whole journey of the trek is like an eternal staircase, the more you climb the better you can have the view. It goes with a climb followed by a flat then again, a climb followed by a flat. All the scenic beauty of the trek demands no less than the power of your legs.

The strength of your legs is something you need to work upon. Here is what you can do to strengthen your leg muscles to bear the pain of the trek.

Doing the squats can help. Goal for 3 sets of 15 repetitions without fail. You can begin with 8 squats in each set at the beginning, subject to your core strength for the exercise.

Flexibility

The more flexible you are the more you have the chances to get the glimpse with lesser hustle. Stretching is another major aspect of the trekking which provides you the much-needed flexibility to climb the altitudes with ease while carrying the backpack altogether is not an easier errand.

Stretching your body at large can bring you the utmost comfort during the trek. Here are some stretching you can do to get the flexibility-Stretch your hamstring, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders. They’ll give strength and help you arrive on the slopes with the relaxed muscles. All these exercises would help you to get through the trek with ease and comfort provided you give an ample time to these.

Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise is one of the most sought-after method which provide not just the physical endurance but also the strength to withstand any unavoidable circumstances sternly. Trekking demands the high endurance which you can develop in a month or two where you need to begin with the jogging or running (only if you could do). This practice needs to be combined with the speed and distance targets. You need to keep on increasing both with the time.

Begin with the small chunks of the targets and gradually increase for the bigger one. For instance,

Begin with a target of completing a distance of 5km. in 45 minutes and then gradually increase it to 7 km. in the same time and remain stick to this practice until you are able to cover 10 km. in 80-90 minutes without fail, at a stretch.


Strength Building Exercise

Another vital area of improvement, you need to work upon. Before you head to the trek, you need to have the physical strength in order to carry backpacks on the uneven terrains. Considering everything under the sun, you ought to prepare yourself for the core strength. A strength would be make you suffer less than others who’d not pay the heed.

Flexibility

Flexibility in the body is what the trekking demands the most. Carrying the backpacks without flexibility in your hamstrings, quadriceps, shoulder, lateral sides etc. can prove out to be fatal. More the muscles relaxed, easier would be your trekking experience. Carrying a backpack, however light in weight, can bring you the unnecessary pain which may spoil your entire trek.

Concentration

To pacify yourself or any other companion, yoga and meditation are the key. These practices not only give you the mental peace but also provide you with a placid inner conscience which is extremely important in order to withstand the cons during the trek.

This also improves your decision-making ability in the direst stressful situations, during the trek.

Here is what the trek fee includes:

  • Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to the last day of the trek. You will be staying in the guest houses of the respective locations & camping on remaining days of the trek.
  • Meals – All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast till last day of the trek are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  • Camping Charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  • Trekking Equipment – You will stay in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Our high-altitude sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC. We provide ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  • Safety Equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
  • Services of an expert Trek Leader – All our trek leaders are qualified in basic / advanced mountaineering courses.
  • Services of an expert Trek Team – The mountain staff on this trek consists of well-trained guides, cooks, helpers and porters.

Here is what the trek fee excludes:

  • Transport to and from the base camp – Trekveda will offer the taxi services from and to the base camp.
  • Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to and from the basecamp.
  • Backpack offloading charges - If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1200 + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. Suitcases/strollers/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching the basecamp (Rs. 1400 + 5% GST). Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.
  • Stay at hill station on the last day.
  • Personal expenses of any kind.
  • Anything apart from inclusions.
  • Buffer day – It is mandatory to have this extra day as any bad weather or rain will delay your pass crossing. If buffer day is utilized, you will need to pay Rs. 1,700 + 5% GST. This amount is to be handed over to your trek leader.

Terms and Conditions

Confirmation Policy:

1. Payment can be done in parts.

2. After making your advance payment, you will get a confirmation email.

3. Once you make the 100% payment for your booking, you'll get all the details about your trek like name and route of the accomodation, transportation and trek field coordinator.

Payment Terms Policy:

100% of total tour cost will have to be paid 1 days before the date of travel.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelling a trek is like a real pain when you have been dreaming of it since a long time. But, to resolve it and to lesser your disappointment. We have a user-friendly cancellation policy for you.

So have a look.

Covid Relief Cancellation Policy

This Policy is effective from 1st June 2020 to 31st Dec 2020 only as per your booking date.

  • If you are cancelling your trek prior 7 days from your trek date, then we provide you with the FULL REFUND.
  • If you are cancelling your trek within 7 days from your trek date, then there will be NO REFUND.
  • If you want to change the date of your trek, then it should only be done before 14 days from your trek date. No changes will be made within the 14 days from your trek date.
Trekveda Cancellation Policy

This Policy is effective from 1st Jan 2021.

  • If you are cancelling your trek prior 30 to 15 days from your trek date, then a 100% REFUND will be provided.
  • If you are cancelling your trek prior 14 to 7 days from your trek date, then 70% REFUND will be provided.
  • If you are cancelling your trek within 7 days from your trek date, NO REFUND will be done.
Trek Cancelling Exceptions

We never cancel any treks at Trekveda but In case we cancel your trek because of any natural calamities, political unrest, and sudden global health concern, riots, government instructions etc. So, Trekveda will issue you a voucher to redeem your trek in 1 year with any trek you want.

Trekveda Refund Policy

In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% bank charges and 5% GST from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded. In the process of refunding the amount, the full amount will not be refunded in the first phase. It will take 15 working days to repay the half and another 15 working days for another half of the amount calculated according to the company's cancellation policy.

Former Cancellation Policy

Note- This Policy is only applicable for those who have booked their trek prior 1st June 2020 with us.

  • Prior cancellation 40 days from the start of the trek is 90% refundable.
  • Cancellation between 40 to 20 days from the beginning of the trek is 45% refundable.
  • Cancellation between 20 to 10 days from the start of the trek is 10% refundable.
  • Cancellation within 10 days from the start of the trek is non-refundable.

How to cancel your trek?

We don't want you to get into any situation where you need to cancel your trek, but sometimes things don't work the way we want. So no worries we have a most comfortable way for you.

  • Drop an email on cancel@trekveda.com.
  • Inform your trek coordinator about your cancellation and a reason for the same. Then they will help you with the futhure process.

What is Trek Voucher?

Trek voucher is your credit amount at Trekveda that you can redeem by trekking in future with us within 1 year.

How to use Trek Voucher?

You can get in touch with our sales executive on given numbers 9821325153/54/56. They will help you in the redemption of your voucher.

Voucher Terms and condition:-

  1. The vouchers can be redeemed against any Trek operated by Trekveda, the discounted rates will not be applicable however published rates as on day will be applicable for voucher redemption.
  2. Unused values will not be refunded or attributed to any transactions after the expiry date.
  3. The vouchers can be redeemed against any Tour / Trek operated by Trekveda, the rates will be applicable as on day.
  4. The vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash, returned for a refund or for any type of transport Services.
  5. The Voucher can be transferred to your family members / friends, at a reduction of 45%.
  6. The voucher can be redeemed for any Tour / Trek before 15 days of travel date, the base rates as on date will be applicable.
  7. The voucher can be extended 30 days prior expiry date, for 03 months, 06 Month and 12 Month with reduction of 30%, 45%, 60% respectively.
  8. Incase tour / trek amount exceeds the value of voucher, balance amount must be paid by online banking, Google Pay and Paytm.
  9. Trekveda reserves the right to cancel a voucher if we deem such action necessary i.e. after expiry date.
  10. Trekveda can vary or replace these conditions from time to time (including to introduce new fees).

Note- The voucher is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-extendable.

Other Trek Policies

  1. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at the base camp to the end.
  2. Emergency during trek: In case of medical emergency, the trekker will be taken care at the primary stage since we don’t accompany the doctors during the trek, however our trek leaders are trained for the first-aid treatment. Post the first-aid Trekveda will take the liability to send down the trekker to the nearest basecamp or road head.
  3. Fitness: Before you head to plan a Chadar trek, your body fitness needs to be maintained for the high-altitude Himalayan treks since level of oxygen is considerably low at high ranges, thus proper cardiovascular training is a vital component of pre-trek preparation.
  4. Non-liability: Trekveda is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
  5. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
  6. Drinking and Smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.

1. Is Kashmir Great Lakes trek suitable for the Beginners?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek is graded as Moderate trek with an altitude of 13,750 Ft. A beginner can opt for Kashmir Great Lakes trek with decent fitness. However, one can start exercising and walking prior 2 weeks of the trek for smooth trekking during it.

2. Where Kashmir Great Lakes trek is situated?

The trek starts from Sonamarg situated in Jammu & Kashmir.

3. What is the physical fitness requirement for Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek is a moderate trek. Hence, a person physical and mentally fit can prefer this trek. However prior 2 week of trek, one can start walking for 30 mins daily and speed up later on to get a good fitness for the trek.

4. What is the best time to do Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek best time is in July and August.

5. What is an age limit for Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

Age limit for Kashmir Great Lakes trek is minimum 9 to 10 years.

6. Which mobile network words in Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek nestled at an altitude of 13,750 Ft. which is inaccessible for any mobile networks. So, it would be better to inform your family earlier.

7. Is there any risk of wild animal or avalanche in Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

There are very few chances of Avalanche in Kashmir Great Lakes trek, but yes a little risk of wild animals. Therefore, it is advised to not go beyond your trekking group.

8. Is liquor and smoking allowed in Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

No, Liquor and smoking aren’t entertaining in Himalayas, for your own health where people get easily sick of high altitude. Having liquor in Himalayas is not at all advisable and smoking? A big no, because one needs fresh oxygen to trek, therefore smoking is like a Trauma.

9. What is a trek distance of Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

Kashmir Great Lakes trek distance is 72 Km.

10. Is Kashmir Great Lakes trek hard to Conquer?

No, the trek is not hard to conquer; anyone with decent fitness can choose this trek.

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