• Kolahoi Trek
  • Basmai Lake
  • Sonmasty meadow

Kolhoi Glacier Trek (6N7D)


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Kolahoi Glacier Trek

INR 19900/All Taxes Included

(Services from pickup at Srinagar airport to departure at same airport)

Introduction

Kolahoi Glacier Trek is a crossover trek from Sind Valley into the Lidder Valley passing Basmai Pass (4200m). The trek passes through high altitude alpine lakes situated at the foothills of Mount Kolahoi (5425m), the highest mountain peak of the Vale of Kashmir. It crosses streams and plenty of colorful meadows.

Though trekking in Kashmir is not the newest still this expedition is no walk in the park. Arduous days, steep and rocky passes, and altitudes approaching 4300m 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

    6 nights 7 days

  • Price

    INR 19900/ Per Person (All Taxes Included)

  • Grade

    Moderate to difficult (T3)

  • Trek Distance

    42 km

  • Highest Altitude

    Basmai Pass (4200 Meters)

Inclusions

What’s included in the Price?

  • All road transport by private ac cars

    For Day 1 and 7 – Airport transfers, from Srinagar to Gagangeer base camp on Day 2 and back to Srinagar on Day 6 from Aru Pahalgam.

  • 4 nights of tented accommodation
    Twin sharing; 2 persons in a 3-man-tent
  • 2 nights (before and after the trek) Deluxe Houseboat or Hotel accommodation
    Houseboat Jewel Box group of Houseboats; Monalisa, Mughal Palace or Hotel Ash Vale in Srinagar (twin sharing, Dinner and breakfast included)
  • 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 Gagangeer (drive) and Basmai (trek)

  • Altitude: 1600m to 2450m drive
  • Altitude: 2450m to 3200m trek
  • 80 kms drive approx 3 hours and 11 km trek, approx 7 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 3 :- Basmai to Satlanjan via Basmai Pass

  • Altitude: 3200m to 3700m via 4200m
  • 9 kms trek, approx 5 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 4:- Day at leisure

  • Optional day-trek to Kolahoi Glacier

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 5: – Satlanjan to Lidderwat

  • Altitude: 3700m to 3400m
  • 10 kms trek, approx 6 hours

Day 6:- Lidderwat to Aru trek, Drive to Srinagar

  • Altitude: 3400m to 2250m
  • 12 kms trek, approx 5 hours
  • 120 kms drive, approx 4 hours

(Transport from Aru, Pahalgam to Srinagar Hotel. Deluxe Houseboat or Hotel accommodation (twin sharing) at Srinagar. lunch at Aru, dinner and the breakfast at the hotel in Srinagar)

Day 7:- 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 houseboat at Dal Lake or Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2: – Srinagar-Gagangir (2 hours drive)-Basmai (7 hours trek). Reception at Srinagar airport and drive to Gagangir Sonamarg. We pack our load and backpack on horses and start our trek through pine forest and meadows. We camp at Basmai meadow for an overnight stay.

Day 3: – Basmai-Satlanjan (7 hours trek). We start ascending Basmai Pass (4200m) the highest point of our trek and descend towards the Lake of its name and continue our trek to Satlanjan for an overnight stay.

Day 4: – Day at leisure. Optional day trek to Kolahoi Glacier. A two hours trek to explore the Kolahoi Glacier and back to the campsite at Satlanjan meadow for an overnight stay.

Day 5: – Satlanjan-Lidderwat (7 hours trek). We trek to Lidderwat under the towering heights of Kolahoi Peak (5425m) through meadows, we camp at Lidderwat for an overnight stay.

Day 6: – Lidderwat – Aru (5 hours trek) – Srinagar (3 hours drive). We trek down to Aru Valley following Lidder River through Pine and Birch forests and take a car drive back to Srinagar via Pahalgam for an overnight stay at the Houseboat or Hotel.

Day 7: – Departure day. Our representative will drop you at Srinagar airport or bus station for 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 6 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.