• Mahlish Gangabal
  • Nundkol Lake
  • Trunkhul meadow

Gangabal Mahlish Trek (5N6D)


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Naranag Gangabal Mahlish Trek

INTRODUCTION

The Narang-Gangabal-Mahlish-Trek expedition has a different return-route and it remains open most of the year. The trek starts at Naranag village. It passes through pine forests, meadows and reaches its destination at the twin alpine lakes Gangabal and Nundkol situated at the foothills of mount Haramukh (5300M). The return route is through Kolesar Lake situated at an altitude of 3800 meters. The trek concludes at Chattergul Village below the meadow of Mahlish.

The first hike is a steep climb through the pine forest of Butsheri then a gradual walking through meadows all collide to create a challenging trek in one of the most beautiful and serene Himalayas of Kashmir. It becomes a snow-trek in April-May and October-November and presents a unique view of the Himalayas.

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

  • Price

    INR 16100/ Per Person (All Taxes Included)

  • Grade

    Moderate (T3)

  • Trek-Distance

    33 KM

  • Highest Altitude

    Kolesar Lake (3800m)

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 from Chattergul on Day 5

  • 3 nights of tented accommodation

    Twin sharing; 2 persons in a 3-man-tent

  • 2 nights (1 night before and 1 night 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)

  • Trek Permits

    Wildlife 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 Trunkhol (trek)

  • Altitude: 1600m to 2250m drive
  • Altitude: 2250m to 3200m trek
  • 60 kms drive approx 2 hours and 9 km trek, approx 6 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 3 :- Trunkhol to Gangabal Lake

  • Altitude: 3200m to 3700m
  • 6 kms trek, approx 4 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 4:- Gangabal to Mahlish

  • Altitude: 3700 to 3400 via 3800
  • 7 kms trek, approx 4 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 5:- Mahlish to Chattergul trek, Drive to Srinagar

  • Altitude: 3400m to 2050m
  • 8 kms trek, approx 4 hours
  • 60 kms drive, approx 2 hours

(Transport from Chattergul to Srinagar Hotel. Deluxe Houseboat or Hotel accommodation (twin sharing) at Srinagar. lunch at Manigam, 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 – Trunkhol (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 we camp at Trunkhol for an overnight stay.

Day 3: – Trunkhol – Gangabal Lake (4 hrs trek).
We leave Trunkhol meadow and walk through grassy fields. We camp at Gangabal Lake for an overnight stay. These are two lakes Gangabal and Nundkol situated at the foothills of Mount Haramukh.
Day 4: – Gangabal – Kolesar – Mahlish (4 hours trek). Leaving Gangabal Lake we walk through meadows and reach Kolesar Lake. We continue further and trek to Mahlish meadow for an overnight stay. Mahlish meadow is the best camping ground overlooking the Sind Valley.

Day 5: – Mahlish – Chaturgul – Srinagar (4 hours trek, 3 hours drive). We leave Mahlish and trek down to Chaturgul through the meadows and descend through a pine forest to Chaturgul village. 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 for the departure.

Great Lakes Map

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 will be the many consecutive days of challenging trekking across alpine terrain, much of which at altitudes of above 3000m.

Minimum fitness requirements
  • Trek: up to 7km 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 4200m.
  • Climate: Can be sunny in valleys and cold and windy at high altitudes. June and September months are cooler than those of July and August. Averages are 3000m, 1°C to 20°C.
  • Swim: not required though there will be stream crossings to make.