The Kashmir great Lake Trek is one of the most popular in Kashmir. The trail follows the traditional route of the Gujjars (the nomadic shepherds of Kashmir) from Sonmarg to Harmukh, passing four picturesque high altitude lakes with spectacular mountain scenery, flowered campsites and trout fishing. The first day brings the trekker to the meadows of Shok Dharan, with panoramic views of Zozila and Sonmarg. Then the trail climbs to the Nichinni Bar at 4, 000 metres, where the reward for hard work is uninterrupted views of the Baltoro Glacier in the region of K2. From there the trail descends through lush meadows covered with wildflowers to the glittering Kishensar Lake. The lake has excellent trout fishing. From Kishensar, the trail climbs to the Vishensar Lake through open marshland to a pass at 4, 300 metres. On a clear day a magnificient view of the Nanga Parvat is possible from here. The trail descends to the town of Gadsar and trekkers can spend the night in one of the Gujjar encampments that spring up here in the summer. After crossing over a permanent snow bridge, the trail winds a tough climb along the Satsaran ridge and down through open pastures to the village of Jowdor. This is the only permanent settlement in the area and the villagers (migrants from Gurais) depend on agriculture for their livelihood. The rare Musk deer and the Kashmir stag are regularly sighted nearby the village. From Jowdor the trail climbs steeply to Megandob and then descends to the lakes of Gangabal and Nudhkhol. The pass at 5, 755 metres, just before the descent to Gangabal, offers a spectacular view of Mount Harmukh. Gangabal is the best lake on this trek for trout fishing. The local fisheries guard will help you identify the best locations and the most effective flies. You have the option of climbing to the south ridge of Mount Harmukh to get a clear view of the valley of Kashmir. On the last stage, the trail descends steeply from Nundh Kohl to Naranag through dense forests. The 9th century temple at Naranag is worth a visit. From here to Wangat is a 6 km easy walk. Wangat is connected by bus to Kangan and from there to Srinagar.
Season: June to October.
Duration: 7 days.