Kashmir Trekking Tours
The natural trails of Kashmir Valley makes this region an ideal trekker's paradise thus boosting the state revenue and tourism worth. Almost all trekking expeditions in Kashmir begin from the base camps in Srinagar, and move on to the rest of the region and surrounding valleys.
The Himalayan peaks offer excellent altitudes for high level trekking tours dressed with intriguing sights and numerous off-the-beaten tracks not known to all, except the experts. Well marked trailing routes traversing through the valleys of Kashmir also allow for novice trekkers to enjoy the delights that this valley as to offer.
Therefore, Adventure Tourism in Kashmir is one of the most thrilling activities to experience during your stay here. It offers adventure seekers and nature lovers with the opportunity to explore the unique aspects of the towering Himalayas soaked in pure exotic delight and naturally blessed scenic landscapes.
Trekking in Kashmir is one of those adventure sports to get indulged in and not to be missed for anything. This is the only activity in Kashmir that allows you to enter the unexplored parts of this exotic land throwing you with an abundant platter of picturesque and awe inspiring sights as never seen anywhere.
Trekking in Kashmir assures to leave you with unforgettable experiences and make you come back for more wonders to explore. The natural terrain from the Shivalik Mountains in Jammu up to the rugged Ladakh Mountains is a trekker’s delight.
The drastic change in its topography and natural sights all within small distances is a sheer delight to watch giving you the best that Kashmir has to offer. Trekking through the mountains and landscape of Kashmir, crossing through Alpine pastures perched amidst snow-clad peaks, pure unadulterated atmosphere including high altitude lakes are just a few of many scenes that this region can offer you.
Trekking in Kashmir tops the list of adventure activities in Kashmir making it worth exploring due to the flourishing hilly tracts of this region. This outdoor activity was known only amongst geologists and avid trekkers looking for better and more challenging adventures in the Himalayas. However, today, adventure tourism in Kashmir has become the prime focus and attention of the J&K tourism industry owing to a considerable number of the tourists flocking to Kashmir just to trek and experience its matchless natural beauty.
Therefore, no one can say that Kashmir is not a trekker’s haven. The so-called descendants of Moses are your trustworthy companions throughout your expedition. They are the nomadic shepherds of Kashmir known as the ‘Gujjars’ and are considered to be very strong, courageous, and indomitable. These mountain folks can even carry you on their backs and cover the entire trekking expedition in just half the time.
Kashmir is famous for its excellent trekking trails and whichever direction you look at, you will be faced with unlimited trekking routes and mouth-gaping sights that are sure to spoil you for choices. You can opt to venture on backpacks with an authorized guide or choose a star class trekking expedition that provides you with all the comforts including bearers to carry your stuff and all the necessary supplies; perch the camps for you; place cots, tables and chairs, and even cook food for you.
For all trekkers, on a short trek or long treks, the necessary trekking equipments are readily available at the base camps of Srinagar, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam from where you can take off to explore and navigate through the rugged terrains of the Himalayas, its lofty peaks and boundless glacial lands.
Trekking Equipments can also be hired from all J&K Tourism Department operated shops in the Offices at Leh and Kargil. Imported equipments include two-man tents, sleeping bags, insulated ground sheets and jackets, rucksacks and trekking shoes too. All these supplies can be hired at reasonable charges that have been fixed by the Government of J&K State.
Short Treks that are perfect for amateur trekkers can be enjoyed amidst low altitude mountainous routes that begin at Kishtwar, Gulmarg, or Sonamarg and moves on to the Thajiwas glaciers. Long treks require more experience and physical endurance as it does test your ability to cope with the unpredictable environment of the Himalayas. Hence, these routes are better left for seasoned and professional trekkers.
The popular trekking base camps are situated at various accessible points in Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar serves as the base camp for treks to the stunning blue-hazed Zabarwan and Shankaracharya Mountain ranges while Pahalgam situated within the Lidder Valley serves as the ideal base camp for trekking tours to Aru, Lidderwat and the ice-laden Tulian lake and Tarsar lake.Gulmarg is a base camp for treks to Alpather Lake that nestles in a depression covered by the shadows of the majestic Apharwat Mountains; the high altitude lakes of Gangaba and Vishansar, including the stunning Thajiwas Glacier while Sonamarg situated in Sindh Valley acts as a base for treks into its surrounding mountains.
Trekking in Kashmir
Trekking in Gulmarg offers excellent routes from its base camp to the northern Pir Panjal Range, and to several view point summits from where you can command a view of Nanga Parbat to the north and Khilanmarg to the west. You can also trek up the wooded hillside from Gulmarg involving an uphill climb of over 1,500 feet. Though the Pir Panjal Peak may look quite rounded from a distance, as you trek uphill, its smoother gentle peaks seem to rise above the slopes at a vertical steepness that equals to the slopes of the main Himalayan ranges.
Trekking in Sonamarg starts from the base camp at Srinagar to Sonamarg and moves on to arrive at the spectacular Thajiwas Glacier, a definite journey to embark. This trekking route covers about 84 Kms of total distance. You leave Srinagar by car or a bus coach and travel through a series of picturesque villages to arrive at Sonamarg. From here you cover 3 kms of trek to arrive at the scenic Thajiwas Glacier perched at a height of 3,000 meters. You camp at the foot of this Glacier and stay overnight in Alpine Huts or Tents.
Trekking in Pahalgam is considered as one of the most popular activities in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Pahalgam offers excellent trekking routes and scenic spots that originate from Kashmir leading you up to the stunning Kolohia Glacier. This trekking route covers Srinagar, Pahalgam, Aru Village, and Lidderwat to arrive at Kolahia Glacier offering aplenty picturesque sights with ample campsites for an overnight stay.