Warwan Valley – Panikhar trek is a high altitude alpine trekking trail of about 92kms. It starts at Mungli, reaches the highest point at Bhatkol Pass (4390M) and concludes at Panikhar village of Kargil. The trek is full of extensive mountain walking with some steep climbs and sharp descends. Overall the trekking trip is not considered as difficult but of moderate level though it can be quite physically demanding for which proper fitness is absolutely necessary. This trekking trip can be done by first time trekkers too and no previous experience in the field is necessary. Warwan valley trek is not only a pleasure for the adventure seekers but it is an ideal expedition for the nature lovers too who finds it a privilege to bask in the undisturbed beauties of nature in a remote yet most beautiful valley of Warwan.
What’s included in the Price?
- All road transport by private ac cars (airport transfers/ from Srinagar to base camp and back).
- Arrival/ departure 2 nights Deluxe Houseboat or Hotel accommodation in Srinagar (full board), unless specified.
- 7 nights tented accommodation (full-board) mountain camps.
- All trekking gear including tents, sleeping bags, mats, blankets, trekking poles.
- English Speaking Kashmiri Local Guide and a Cook.
- All cooking utensils including cooking LPG stove.
- Horses to carry backpack (except day sack), group equipment (tents/ stoves/ fuel) to the higher camps.
- Meal plan: All meals included (vegetarian meals including eggs and cheese, unless specified.
- Trek/ Wildlife Permits.
- First Aid.
What’s not included in the Price?
- International or domestic flights
- Travel insurance.
- Personal clothing and equipment.
- Any medical costs incurred by you, or 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.
Day 1. Arrival Srinagar (30 minutes drive). Fly to Srinagar, meet our representative at the airport, who will shift you to the boathouse at Dal Lake. Overnight stay with bread and breakfast.
Day 2. Srinagar-Inshan-Warwan (5 hours drive). Drive to Inshan taking Mughal Road through Achabal, Kokernag crossing Margan Top. Meet our trek staff and prepare yourself for the trek. Overnight stay in a guest house.
Day 3. Inshan-Sukhnoi (4 hours walk, 14 km). Walk through Warwan valley, passing some of the rare summer villages taking the inflowing Marwah river and camp at Sokhnai village for an overnight stay.
Day 4. Day at leisure. Discover the people, culture and the landscape of Warwan Valley.
Day 5. Sukhnoi-Hampet (7 hours walk, 19 km). Trek from Sokhnai to Hampet through endless meadows of alpine flowers and grazing fields of shepherds and under some beautiful waterfalls. We camp at Hampet meadow for an overnight.
Day 6. Hampet-Kaintal (7 hours walk, 19 km). Walking through a long lush green meadow we cross some rare nomadic Gypsy huts. Before reaching our camp site at Kaintal Nor we again cross a long grassy meadow. Overnight stay.
Day 7. Kaintal-Donard (10 hours walk, 22 km). Longest day of our trek will test our endurance while ascending the highest point of our trek “Bhatkol Pass” (4380M). Walking on a glacier we reach Donard meadow for an overnight stay.
Day 8. Donard-Panikhar (6 hours walk, 15 km). We leave Donard and trek through the meadows and Bakerwal huts and descend to Panikhar village in the Suru valley of Ladakh for an overnight stay. We can see how the landscapes have changed over the past few days.
Day 9. Panikhar-Kargil-Srinagar (7 hours drive). We take our car and drive back to Srinagar through Kargil, Drass, Zojila and Sonamarg. We arrive Srinagar at our houseboat for an overnight stay.
Day 10. Departure (30 minutes drive). This is the end of our trek. You can visit old town of Srinagar before our representative will drop you at Srinagar airport 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 personal 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 which can not be used on the trek, you can store them at our houseboat or at our office and take them back after returning from the trek.
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 3600m.
Minimum fitness requirements
- Trek: up to 20km per day.
- Daily activity: up to 7 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 altitude. Averages are 3000m, 5 to 20C.
- Swim: not required though there will be river crossings to make.
Plan Your Trek
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 problem.
- you are not scared of heights.
- get advice from your doctor.
- or chose trekking for few days instead.
Join Our Short Trekking Courses
The aim of our trekking courses is to make you familiar with the basics of trekking, adjust yourself with the climate and prepare you to ascend the altitude. We offer three different courses. Each course is designed in levels so that the best can suite you, instructed by our experienced trekking staff.
- 5 days trekking course at Gulmarg..
- 10 days trekking course at Pahalgam
- 15 days trekking course at Sonamarg.