The trek passes through snow-capped mountain peak, bewitching landscapes, flaming pines and high altitude lakes. The Kashmir Seven Lakes trek is paradise on earth. It has everything that nature has to offer in a scenic lap. Nurtures beautiful landscapes, majestic High mountain routes, lush green valleys, gushing streams, blooming wildflowers, sparkling glacier. The magnificent views of the mountains, Glacier lakes full of trout fishes, rare high altitude birds, and an encounter with wildlife. Flora and fauna of the north-western Himalayas and not to mention the breathtaking Harmukh Peak 5400 Meters and ancient 8th-century temple ruins at Naranag valley. The trail follows the habitual course of the Gujjars (the wandering shepherds of Kashmir) from Sonmarg to Naranag valley.
Kashmir Great Lakes is one of the most beautiful treks in India. No question. It validates Kashmir’s mythical status as heaven on earth.
This is because the trek is set in a canvas that’s larger than life. It is situated 75 km northeast of Srinagar. Every day is a 360° panorama of wild, rugged mountains, rolling meadows, and turquoise alpine lakes. And you get more than seven of these lakes and five very different valleys to explore!
The range of landscape makes it a moderate-difficult trek spanning over six days. This means it has long trekking days with steep ascents and descents with no easy exit points. So, it’s not meant for a beginner who hasn’t been exposed to high-altitude treks.
Having said that, the challenges are worth it. Each day is postcard perfect, with a new alpine lake to look forward to. What makes these lakes even prettier are the snow patches that feed these lakes. You see them sliding off the serrated mountains into the lakes. Sometimes you’ll see milky white icebergs floating on the lake’s inky blue surface.
And then there are meadows of Kashmir. These meadows come in every shape and size, sometimes many in a day.
On the first day, clumps of maple and pine grow like an oasis in these meadows. On the second day, they roll off a pass descending to a wide valley where horses run and sheep graze. On the third day, just below the Gadsar pass, wildflowers grow in wild abandon on these meadows. On the fourth day, the grassy plain of Satsar looks almost manicured – with a twinkling stream gliding through it.