The trekking season in Jammu & Kashmir extends from June through September. Trek in Kashmir does not mean just walking over forested mountains as it combines nature and the local culture. As the trekker climb higher the landscape changes. Chinar and poplar trees are replaced by fir, pine and oak and finally Birch trees, the alpine meadows and a profusion of colorful wildflowers. The simple villagers in the plains with their fruit orchards and paddy fields are replaced by migrant families of Nomads / Gujjars, herdsmen who cross the high mountain passes with their cattle in search of greener pastures. The main areas of attraction for the trekker in Kashmir are the Sindh & Lidder valleys which support a number of high altitude meadows. The townships of Sonamarg and Pahalgam are the main trekking heads, both for short hikes and longer treks in the Himalayas. Because Kashmiri culture is as unique as the Himalayan landscapes, we recommend trekkers spend a full day in Srinagar before starting your trek. You can venture out on a Srinagar tour featuring highlights of the old city as well as the Mughal Gardens.
Gulmarg makes an excellent base for trekking in the northern Pir Panjal Range. Towards the north one can see the Nanga Parbat, while Khilanmarg, lies 1,500 feet above Gulmarg, lies in the west. The Pir Panjal Range, are as steep as the Himalayas. If you are planning to take a walk along the Ferozepur Nala and beyond to the hamlets of Danwas, Tejjan, and to Samaidan, make sure you accompany a porter, because the intesection in the trails, are sure to make baffle you and you might lose your way. The Apharwat Peak, 13,592-feet high, is in the south westerly region of Gulmarg, is very near the line of control, where India borders with Pakistan. One needs to check with the tourist office before commencing on this expedition. The walk from Gulmarg to Tosamaidan is considered to be three stages long, where you take your way back through the Riyar and Khag villages, which leads to the foothills along the Romushi Nala to Yusmarg, which will further lead the trekkers avail the access to roads and buses that will take you to Srinagar.
Known as the 'Golden Meadow', Sonamarg provides an excellent base for trekking in the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the most popular hillstations which is visited by many tourists, during summers. Sonamarg is a starting point of a trekking trail that passes through several mountain lakes, viz. Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. To cross the Nichinai pass to Gangabal Lake, lying west to Sonamarg, are the ideal destination for trekking. The natives of the area are the perfect guides to show you around. The areas to be delved in Sonamarg are Vishan Sar, which is over 12,000 feet and Krishan Sar, standing at 12,500 feet. The ridge northwest to Krishna Sar comes down to Gad Sar, which holds the mesmerizing Satsaran Lake. Gangabal Lake, lying 2,000 feet below is also a beautiful contemplation. It will take you roughly seven days for the Sonamarg Expedition alone. So plan your journey, accordingly. Many tourist offices have been set up in Sonamarg and the officers will always be ready to assist you in matters regarding anything. They will even provide the equipments that you will need for the trek.
Kashmir Tarsar lake marsar lake trek is one of the beautiful cross country trekking,one week trek. Day 1 : (Srinagar to Aru valley Distance 115 km)Drive from srinagar to Aru valley 3hours over night in campay Day 2 : Aru valley to lidderwat valley the trail follows the lidder river to the open meadows of lidderwat valley,excellent campsite over night camps (5 to 6 hours) Day 3 : lidderwat valley to seikiwais the ascent to seikiwas is very steep and from hamwais to cross river and again steep ascent to saikiwais (5 to 6 hours 3500m) Day 4 : seikiwais to tarsar lake the steep ascent to tarsar lake is very beautiful with variety of wild flowers and camping on the bank of the tarsar lake.(3 to 4 hours 3900 m) Day 5 : tarsar lake to marsar lake day trip a steep walk on the right side of the tarsar lake to the marsar lake and back to tarsar campsite, (6 to 7 hours 4100m) Day 6 : tarsar lake to sonamous a one hour steep goat track to reach zazmarg a very beautiful valley like monuments mountains and beautiful scenery coming sonamous top and very steep descend about one hour and reaches sonamous namdas vallage. Day 7 : from sonamous to sumbal sonamrg a steep descend about 6 hours reaches to sumbal vallage.and back to srinagar.
Pahalgam is also the staging point for one of Kashmir's oldest and most popular treks. The Pahalgam-Kolahoi Glacier-Pahalgam trek takes 6 days and covers approximately 60 km. At the Kolahei glacier the trekker can get a glimpse of the Kolahoi Peak (5,734 metres) and see the source of the Lidder River. Excursions to the Tarsar and Marsar lakes in the Upper Dachigam area can also be made from here if the trekker has an additional two days. A trek from Pahalgam to Sonamarg via Aru, Lidderwat, Sekiwas, Khemsar and Kulan can also be done in about four days. The Amarnath Yatra is undertaken by more than 30,000 pilgrims every year and has been a continuing tradition for the last 300 years. Located in the Amravati valley, Amarnath is best approached from Pahalgam over a pass at 14,000 feet.
Kashmir Gangabal lakes trek via naranag is short trek Duration 4 nights 5 days elevation 3500 meters Day 1 : Start from srinagar up to naranag 2 hours drive over night on the bank of naranag river Day 2 : Naranag to trundkhol via budshire mountain 6 hours walk over night in turndkhol in camps Day 3 : Trundkhol to Gangabal twin lakes 2 hours walk over night in gangabal. Day 4 : Sightseen and trout angling in Gangabal lakes over night in camps. Day 5 : Back to naranag and srinagar 6 hours walk ,