The Indian subcontinent is diverse and rich of natural landscapes. From desert to the west, marshes to the east, coastline around its bottom half and mountains on its top half. When we talk about mountains the first thought in one’s mind is the Great Himalayas. People around the globe looking for adventure turns to these majestic features. Jammu and Kashmir house plethora of treks for such people. Let’s have a look on some of the treks that this place offers.
Apart from mountains, lakes have been the jewels in Kashmir’s crown. They have earned it a reputation of tranquillity and serenity. These lakes nestled in the mountains create a mystical land for the trekkers worldwide. This trek explores these untouched lakes of Kashmir including the famous Dal Lake. This trek commence from Satsar, Srinagar, Gudsar, Gangabal & Naranag. The maximum altitude gained during this trek is 13,750 feet (Gadsar Pass). All the treks takes maximum 7-9 days to complete. These treks requires moderate level proportion and endurance.
The Tarsar Marsar trek passes through the Kolahi mountains which house lush green grasslands and meadows. The breath-taking scenery makes this trek a delightful experience. The dreamy twin lakes make it a pristine experience for the nature lovers. This trek reflects the calm side of otherwise rough Himalayas. The Tarsar Marsar trek commences 5 km from Sundarsar which gains a altitude of 13500 feet. This finishes in 7 days form day of commencement. This is a easy trek and can be done by anyone.
The Narang Mahlish Trek is one of the few treks in Kashmir which is open round the year. This trek promises you a visit to the pristine lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol, situated in the foothills of Mount Harmukh. The trek has thick pine forests enroute and provide an opportunity to follow different return routes thus allowing one to cover more of the mystic land of Kashmir. Before the trek one can test his endurance with a trail in the Butsheri forest. To have an added thrill visit during winters to spike up the adrenaline. This trek routes from Naranag-Trunkhol-Gangabal-Naranag. The maximum altitude gained during this trek is 12,467feet. It’ll takes upto6 days to complete from commencement. It is a moderate level trek requiring some level of endurance.
The Kolahoi Glacier is a origin point for major perennial rivers, Jhelum and Lidder. It is also called the “Goddess of Light”.This historic valley captivates the trekkers with streams, forests, lakes, riverbank of Lidder river and finally the glacier. The trek promises to test ones endurance with its altitude and rough terrain delivering an adventurous experience worth sharing.The 5km long hanging glacier is located just below the Kolahoi Mountain and above the Lidder Valley. The maximum altitude gained during this trek is 12,600 feet. It’ll takes upto 5 days to complete from commencement. It is a moderate level trek requiring some level of endurance.
As famously mentioned by great poet, Amir Khusro about Kashmir,” If there is paradise on earth, it is this, it is this…”, the land of Kashmir stands true to its words. Pristine surroundings serene environment, jaw-dropping landscapes, natural beauty in its finest form, as if left untouched by human intervention, leaving it to its to its purest form, Kashmir is nothing less than paradise. Soaring peaks and roaring rivers are like a magnet which pulls the adrenaline rush of adventure seekers to this place. It not only presents spots for tourists but also fulfils their mental and spiritual quest.
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