Kashmir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas on the planet. One of the most well-known treks in Kashmir is the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. This trek explores stunning high altitude lakes like Gangabal, Satsarsars, Nundkols, Gangabals, Vishansarsars and Krishnasar. If you are interested in the trek and have questions, the blog on Kashmir Great Lakes Trek faqs will help you get answers.
Questions and answers about the Great Lakes Trek to Kashmir 1. When is the best time to go on the KGL Trek
Hikers can take the Kashmir Great Lakes trek between July and September. This is because Kashmir is snowed-covered during the winter months. It makes trekking in the snow difficult.
The rest of the country, including major routes through Uttarakhand, like Valley of Flowers is experiencing the rainy period during this time. Kashmir is however an exception. The Pir Panjal mountain blocks the monsoons and isolates Kashmir from other parts of the Indian subcontinent.
Expect the following between July and September:
Early July — Snow patches at higher elevations of Nichnai or Gadsar Pass, fresh green hues and flowers in bloom.
Most of the snow would have melted between mid-July and mid-August. This is also when Kashmir experiences its hottest season. Amazing views are available with striking hues. You should not be alarmed by light showers. Evening rains are possible at times during this season. It is wise to cross the pass early in order to reach the next campground before 4 p.m.
From mid-August through September, expect a significant drop in temperature. As a result, flowers will begin to wither.
How difficult is it to travel to the Kashmir Great Lakes
We are often asked about the difficulty of the trek. This is why we created this Kashmir Great Lakes Trek FAQs blog. KGL Trek begins in Sonamarg at 9,186 feet (2 800 meters) and gradually climbs to a maximum elevation at 13,800 feet (4 200 m). Based on our knowledge and terrain, we rate this hike as moderate.
The hike will last seven days with one day of rest. The average daily distance covered will vary between 12 to 15 km. This means that you will be climbing for anywhere from 5 to 8 hours each day.
Three difficult – and sometimes very challenging – parts of your trek are identified by us:
The climb to Nichnai Pass
1. Start the hike by climbing to Nichnai on the first day.
2. Ascent of Gadsar
3. The boulder stretch after Satsar is difficult.
This trek is the only one with a so difficult first day. You can climb almost 3,000 feet in just 6-7 hours. This climb will test your endurance.
You may also experience Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) as you rapidly gain altitude. If you experience any symptoms of AMS, please inform your captain or trip leader immediately.
Gadsar Pass Climb – This is a challenging climb that can leave you feeling exhausted if your preparations are not adequate. The ascent to the Kashmir Valley is more challenging and steeper. It is not easy to climb in a series switchbacks. However, it requires both mental and physical willpower to continue.
There is a section of boulder between Gangbal and Satsar:
This day you will be faced with a 40-minute passage of large stones. There is no way to get there. You will need to jump, skip, and hop your way through this section. It can be difficult if you’re not agile enough or mentally ready for this.
What temperature is it currently?
Before you embark on a hike, weather and temperature are important factors. This FAQs blog on Kashmir Great Lakes will assist you in preparing for your walk. It covers all aspects of weather as well as temperature.
The Pir Panjal mountain range is responsible for Kashmir’s rain shadow zone. This is why Kashmir experiences very little rainfall from July to August.
It is summer at its peak when we travel to the Kashmir Great Lakes. The plains of Srinagar can be very hot with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, but the mountains are cooler.