“Gar Firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.” – A famous quote by Mughal Emperor Jehangir, when he visited Kashmir in the 17th century is often quoted by many when they visit Kashmir. Simply put, it means ‘If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.
Kashmir, the heavenly abode, when mentioned in a conversation redirects our brain to its breath taking valleys, delicious apples and lots of tricks!. To name a few, here’s a list of the famous treks this place offers.
1. The Great Lakes Trek
Difficulty: Moderate – difficult
Duration: 7 days
Highest Altitude: 13,800 ft
It is situated around 75 kms to the north-east of Srinagar. The trek covers everything including the wild, rugged mountains, meadows of every shape and size and alpine lakes. A total of seven of these lakes and five very divergent valleys. The range of landscapes definitely means long trekking days with steep ascents and descents with no easy exit points. But it goes without saying that this challenge is a delight to an avid trekker. After this trek, every other trek feels like a small screen movie. Kashmir Great Lakes, however, is an IMAX 3D experience.
2. Tarsar Marsar Trek
Difficulty: Moderate (recommended for first timers also)
Duration: 7 days
Highest Altitude: 13,201 ft
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Although with a close competition with The Great Lakes Trek, the Tarsar Marsar trek is arguably the prettiest trek in India. The best part of the trek? You get to witness multiple perspective of the very same Tarsar lake and then there is Marsar, always hidden under a shroud of clouds and is visible for merely a few seconds! From the village of Aru to the clearings of Lidderwat. From the green mountains of Shekhawas to the scenically pleasing alpine lakes. The Tarsar Marsar trek takes you right to the heart of Kashmir!
3. Tulian Lake Trek
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Duration: 5 days
Highest Altitude: 11,000 ft
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Tulian Lake trek lies in in the Pahalgam town in Anantnag district of Kashmir towering Pir Panjal and Zanskar ranges. The lake is admist the snow covered mountains and the trek covers meadows and dense forests. The valley is home to the Bakkrawal community. The main attraction definitely has to be the 8-shaped lake with the pristine greenish blue water.
4. The Trek of Narang Mahlish
Duration: 6 days
Highest Altitude: 12,500 ft
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This trek has a different return route and is open most of the year. Starting from Narang village, this trek goes through pine forests, meadows and reaches at its destination at the twin alpine lakes, Gangabal and Nundkol, at the foothills of mount Haramukh. The return route is through Kolesar lake. It becomes a snow trek in April-May and October-November and presents a unique view of the Himalayas!
5. Kolahi Glacier Trek
Duration: 5 days
Highest Altitude: 12,600 ft
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This is simply the trek of a lifetime. This valley glacier is termed as the ‘Goddess of Light’ as it an important resource of water powering major rivers such as Jhelum and Lidder. Terrain filled with tall trees, flower beds and meadows, high altitude lakes and the pristine snow-capped peak makes this trek one of the best ‘short-treks’ in Kashmir.
Does trekking raise a concern on safety for you? Camping in Jammu and Kashmir is absolutely safe, and avid trekkers would love the landscape and serenity. There are many Jammu and Kashmir camping packages and On His Own Trip organizes many treks in Kashmir during June – August. Has trekking in Kashmir allured you yet? If yes, you know where to look for the details!