• Gangabal trek
  • Trunkhol Trek
  • Butshri Top

Kashmir Snow Trek (5N6D)


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PRICE PER PERSON (INCLUSIVE OF ALL TAXES)

Accommodations at Srinagar

  • 1 night Houseboat Jewel Box
  • 1 night Hotel Ash Vale

Accommodations at Srinagar

  • 1 night Houseboat Monalisa
  • 1 night Hotel Grand Kaisar

Accommodations at Srinagar

  • 1 night Houseboat Mughal Palace
  • 1 night Hotel Taj by Vivanta

Introduction

Kashmir-Snow-Trek expedition is an opportunity for the hikers and nature lovers to explore Kashmir hiking in winter. The trail followed is Naranag-Trunkhol-Gangabal. The snow depth ranges from 1 foot in Naranag to 6 feet at Trunkhol. We use gypsy and forest huts for accommodation.

Though trekking in Kashmir is not the newest but still this expedition is no walk in the park. The first hike is a steep climb through the pine forest of Butsheri then a gradual walking through meadows filled in by snow, all collide to create a challenging trek in one of the most beautiful and serene Himalayas of Kashmir.

While planning your trek, as a beginner keep the following points in consideration:-
  • you feel fit enough to trek for hours.
  • you walk two or three kilometers daily.
  • you don’t have any breathing problems.
  • you are not scared of heights.
  • Duration

    5 nights 6 days

  • Grade

    Moderate (T3)

  • Open

    November to April

  • Trek Distance

    30 km

  • Highest Altitude

    Gangabal Lake (3700 m)

Inclusions

What’s included in the Price?

  • All road transport by private ac cars

    For Day 1 and 6 – Airport transfers, from Srinagar to Naranag base camp on Day 2 and back to Srinagar on Day 5.

  • 3 nights of tented accommodation
    Twin sharing; 2 persons in a 3-man-tent
  • 2 nights (before and after the trek) Houseboat or Hotel accommodation
    See above- Standard, Deluxe or Premium Type
  • All trekking gear included
    Tents (twin sharing), dining and kitchen tent, toilet tents, sleeping bags and mats. Trekking poles (1 per person) also included.
  • Local Guides and Cooking staff

    Languages; English, Urdu, Hindi and Kashmiri

  • All cooking utensils

    LPG stoves

  • Offloading
    Horses to carry your backpack throughout the trek (offloading) (except day sack)
  • Meal plan- Vegetarian meals including eggs and cheese, unless specified

    Trek-4 meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea snacks, Dinner). Hotel or Houseboat – 2 Meals (Dinner and Breakfast)

  • Wildlife Permits
    Trek Permits
  • Drinking Water

    Packed bottled mineral drinking water (2 ltrs per person) on first day of the trek. Boiled drinking water for the rest trek-days

  • First Aid Kit

What’s not included in the Price?

  • International or domestic flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Any medical costs

    Costs associated with a medical incident, such as your evacuation from the mountain and/ or hospitalization (for which you should have travel insurance)

  • Optional trips or excursions
  • Tips for local staff and guides.

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Arrival Srinagar

  • Arrive Srinagar (Alt. 1600m)
  • Pickup from Srinagar airport or Bus stand
  • 10 kms drive to Houseboat or Hotel at Dal Lake, approx 30 minutes.

(Transport from Srinagar airport or bus station to the hotel or houseboat. Tea, dinner and breakfast)

Day 2:- Srinagar to Naranag (drive) and Bodpathri (trek)

  • Altitude: 1600m to 2250m drive
  • Altitude: 2250m to 3100m trek
  • 60 kms drive approx 2 hours and 5 km trek, approx 5 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 3:- Bodpathri to Trunkhol(trek)

  • Altitude: 3100m to 3450m trek
  • 4 km trek, approx 5 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 4:- Day trek to Gangabal Lake

  • Altitude: 3450m to 3700m to 3450m
  • 8 kms trek, approx 6 hours(two way)

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 5:- Trunkhol to Naranag trek, Drive to Srinagar

  • Altitude: 34500m to 2250m
  • 9 kms trek, approx 6 hours
  • 60 kms drive, approx 2 hours

(Transport from Naranag to Srinagar Hotel (twin sharing) at Srinagar. lunch at Naranag, dinner and the breakfast at the hotel in Srinagar)

Day 6:- Srinagar Airport or Bus Stand drop.

  • 5 kms drive to bus stand, approx 20 minutes
  • 12 kms drive to Srinagar airport, approx 30 minutes

(Transport from Srinagar to the airport for departure)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: – Arrival. Reception at Srinagar airport/bus station.
On arrival at Srinagar airport or bus station, our representative will receive you and transfer you to the hotel or houseboat at Dal Lake, Srinagar for an overnight stay.

Day 2: – Srinagar – Naranag – Bodpathri (3 hrs drive/ 5 hrs trek).
After breakfast at the houseboat, we drive to Naranag and we pack our load on horses and start our trek. Our trail a slightly steep passes through the pine forest of Butsheri and through the meadows of Bodpathri and camp for an overnight stay.

Day 3: – Bodpathri-Trunkhol (5 hours trek). We follow the old Gangabal trail which crosses Harigand’s peak to avoid slipping on the snow. Overnight stay in tents at Trunkhol Hut.

Day 4: – Day trek to Gangabal Lake (6 hrs trek). We leave Trunkhol snow meadow and walk through ice fields for a day trek to Gangabal Lake. Keeping in view the snow depth and the hardness to walk we plan our day accordingly and return to Trunkhol Hut for an overnight stay.

Day 5: – Trunkhol – Naranag. (6 hrs trek). We leave Trunkhol and trek through the meadows and descend to Naranag village through the pine forest of Bodpathri. Here ends our walking. We take our car and drive back to Srinagar hotel or houseboat for an overnight stay.

Day 6: – Departure day.
Our representative will drop you at the airport or bus station. Departure.

What to Carry?

The trek is supported by horses. You will need to carry only a light sack, weighing about 4-6kg for your items like passport, money, and camera gear. The following is a list of the items you should carry on the trek. If you have items that can not be used on the trek, you can store them at our houseboat or our office and take them back after returning from the trek.

  • Please note that only postpaid Indian mobile sim cards (Jio, Airtel and BSNL) work in Kashmir Valley. There’s no cellular connectivity from Day 2 to Day 5 of the trek.
  • Please double check your passport or Aadhar numbers before submitting through booking form. These numbers are required for preparation of trek permits.
  • Passport or a valid ID card
  • Duffel Bag 60 liters
  • One Pair Trekking Shoes
  • One Pair Trail Approach Shoes
  • Trekking Pants
  • Hooded Rain Jacket
  • Shade Hat
  • One Pair Sunglasses
  • One Pair Liner Gloves
  • Small Size Day-Pack
  • Two Pair Trekking Socks
  • One Pair Sandals
  • Extra Warm Clothes
  • Warm Hooded Down Jacket
  • Sunscreen Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Any Personal Medication

Fitness

Kashmir Treks are achievable by anyone with a healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness. Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. As a team member, you should have an adventurous and robust spirit. The biggest challenge on this expedition is the first part of the trek across alpine terrain, much of which at altitudes of above 3000m.

Minimum fitness requirements

  • Trek: up to 10km per day.
  • Daily activity: up to 5 hours’ trekking per day.
  • Carry: up to 5kg in a day sack.
  • Terrain: remote, uneven, snowy, icy, rocky, sometimes exposed terrain at up to 3600m.
  • Climate: Can be sunny in valleys and cold and windy at Gangabal. Averages are 3000m, 5 to 25C.
  • Swim: not required though there will be river crossings to make.