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Warwan Panikhar Trek (9N10D)


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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

Introduction

Arrive: Srinagar, Kashmir
Depart: Srinagar Kashmir
Best Time: July to September
Duration: 10 Days
Trek-Distance: 61 KM
Highest Altitude: Botkhol Pass (4390m)
Activity Level:
Activity Level 4d
Level 4

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.

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.

Inclusions

What’s included in the Price?

  • All road transport by private ac cars

    For Day 1 and 10 – Airport transfers, from Srinagar to Inshan, Warwan base camp on Day 2 and back to Srinagar on Day 9 from Panikhar via Kargil.

  • 7 nights of tented accommodation
    Twin sharing; 2 persons in a 3-man-tent
  • 2 nights (before and after the trek) Houseboat and 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 Inshan, Warwan (drive)

  • Altitude: 1600m to 2600m drive
  • 140 kms drive approx 6 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 3 :- Inshan to Sukhnoi

  • Altitude: 2600m to 2800m
  • 9 kms trek, approx 4 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 4:- Day at leisure

  • Discover the people, culture, and the landscape of Warwan Valley

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 5:- Sukhnoi to Hampet

  • Altitude: 2800m to 3200m
  • 14 kms trek, approx 6 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 6:- Hampet to Kaintal

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

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 7:- Kaintal to Donard via Botkol Pass

  • Altitude: 3700m to 3800m via 4380m
  • 17 kms trek, approx 8 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 8:- Donard to Panikhar

  • Altitude: 3800m to 3400m
  • 8 kms trek, approx 5 hours

(lunch, tea, dinner and the breakfast)

Day 9:- Panikhar to Srinagar Drive

  • Altitude: 3400m to 1600
  • 250 kms drive, approx 6 hours

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

Day 10:- 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-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 (5 hours walk, 9 km). Walkthrough 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.

Day 5: – Sukhnoi-Hampet (6 hours walk, 14 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, 13 km). Walking through a long lush green meadow we cross some rare nomadic Gypsy huts. Before reaching our campsite at Kaintal Nor we again cross a long grassy meadow. Overnight stay.

Day 7: – Kaintal-Donard (8 hours walk, 17 km). The 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 (4 hours walk, 8 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 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 at Srinagar at our houseboat for an overnight stay.

Day 10: – 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 8 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.