Trek From Sonamarg To The Valley Via Gangabal Lake
A fine trek west of Sonamarg is to cross the Nichinai pass to Gangabal Lake. As always, you would do well to have a local to accompany you. To reach the trailhead, go 2 miles down valley from Sonamarg toward Srinagar to the bridge below the tightly clustered houses of Shitkari village, where the road crosses the Sind River. Across the river from this small village, begin walking on the true Right Bank to the lakes called Krishan Sar and Vishan Sar, and beyond to Gangabal Lake near Haramukh, the highest peak in the vicinity of the Kashmir valley.
Kashmir Gangabal Trek
Duration: 10 Nights/11 Days
Destinations Covered: Srinagar - Sonmarg - Thajiwas Glacier - Nichnai - Vishnasar - Krishansar Lake - Gadsar - Gangabal – Naranag.
Day 01: Arrival-Delhi
Arrive in Delhi by International flight met our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi-Srinagar
Arrive Srinagar from Delhi in the morning. On arrival at Srinagar Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Hotel/ Houseboat.In the afternoon go for a shikara ride in the famous Dal lake, The Shikara will take you to the floating gardens, Char chinar and kabutarkhana, besides it will provide you the first hand experience of the water borne life of the Dal Lake. Overnight at Hotel/ ouseboat.
Day 03: In Srinagar:
Afterbreakfast leave for trip to the Famous Mughal Gardens, The Nishat Bagh(Garden of pleasure) designed in A.D 1634 by Abdul Hassan ‘Assif Khan’, the eldest brother of Nur Jehan. Garden has seven terraces with stone channel for running water. It is the largest of Mughal Gardens. The Shalimar Bagh (Garden of love) built by emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan in 1616.The Cheshma Shahi(Royal Springs) laid our in 1632 by Ali Mardan Khan, has a spring known for its medicinal properties.
Also visit the Shankaracharya temple standing atop of Takhte-Sulaiman that is believed to be built by King Solomon in 3000 B.C. The present has been given the name on the famous saint of south India who visited Kashmir to revive Hinduism in the reign of Jehangir.Meals and overnight at Hotel/ Houseboat.
After Lunch you can visit Dachigam National Park(If Open) or take a round to the Old city to have the idea of the real Kashmiri culture and tradition that is evident in it,s buildings and bazaars.
Day 04: Srinagar–Sonmarg–ThajiwasGlacier-(84km)
Upon arrival at the airport, leave Srinagar by car/coach and drive to Sonmarg. After a 3 km walk to the glacier, our stay will be at the camp situated at the foot of the glacier. Overnight in Alpine Hut/Tents. Kashmir Gangabal Trek begins from here.
Day 05: ThajiwasGlacier–Nichnai-(13km)
On Day 02 of your tour to Gangabal and Kashmir, you trek to Shokhadri and arrive at Nichnai. Overnight in tents.
Day 06: Nichnai–Vishnasar–KrishansarLake-(15km)
On day 03 of Kashmir Trek, start in the morning and reach Nichnai Pass. From here, descends towards Vishnasar and Krishnasar Lake. Overnight in tents. Day 03 of Kashmir Gangabal Trek ends.
Day 07: Krishansar–Gadsar-(16km)
Morning 6/7 hours walk towards Gadsar upto Krishansar Pass. Overnight in tents.
Day 08: Gadsar–Gangabal Lake--(19km)
From Gadsar, trek up to Poshpatri and then Megandub. The team then heads to Zangibal peak. Overnight in tents.
Day 09: Gangabal
You can choose to take an optional Rainbow Trout Fishing at Gangabal Lake or a full day visit to Lul Gul Pass to get a view of Nanga Parbat. Overnight in tents. Day 06 of Kashmir Tour ends.
Day 10: Gangabal–Naranag–SrinagarDeparture
Leave Gangabal today to tour Trunkol and Nunkol villages before descending towards Naranag. At Naranag, visit the Buddhist monastery. Then head for Srinagar for return journey back home. Kashmir Gangabal Trek ends.
Day 11: Depart-Delhi
its time to say goodbye. In time transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward journey.