Trek to Gangabal in Winter

Kashmir Snow Trek

Introduction

Kashmir-Snow-Trek expedition is an opportunity for the hikers and nature lovers to explore Kashmir hiking in winter. The trail followed is Naranag-Trunkhol-Gangabal. The snow depth ranges from 1 feet in Naranag to 6 foot at Trunkhol. We use gypsy and forest huts for accommodation.

Though trekking in Kashmir is not newest but still this expedition is no walk in the park. The first hike is a steep climb through pine forest of Butsheri then a gradual walking through meadows filled in by snow, all collide to create a challenging trek in one of the most beautiful and serene Himalayas of Kashmir.

  • Duration

    5N6D

  • Best Time

    November-April

  • Highest Altitude

    Gangabal Lake (3600 Meters)

  • Group Size

    2-16

  • Price Per Person

    INR 18100 (Group size 2)

    INR 16700 (Group size 3 – 5)

    INR 14900 (Group size above 6)

Inclusions

What’s included in the Price?

  • All road transport by private ac cars (airport transfers/ from Srinagar to base camp and back).
  • Arrival/ departure 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Srinagar (Hotel Ash Vale) (full board).
  • 2 nights forest hut Trunkhol, 1 night gypsy hut Bodpathri (full-board) mountain camps.
  • All trekking gear included, sleeping bags, mats, blankets, trekking poles, climbing ropes.
  • English Speaking Kashmiri Local Guide and a Cook.
  • All cooking utensils including cooking LPG stove.
  • Porters to carry backpack (except day sack), group equipment (tents/ stoves/ fuel) to the higher camps.
  • Meal plan: All meals included (vegetarian meals including eggs and cheese, unless specified.
  • Trek/ Wildlife Permits.
  • First Aid.

Exclusions

What’s not included in the Price?

  • International or domestic flights
  • Visa.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Any medical costs incurred by you, or costs associated with a medical incident, such as your evacuation from the mountain and/ or hospitalization (for which you should have travel insurance).
  • Optional trips or excursions.
  • Tips for local staff and guides.

Itinerary

Day 1: – Arrival. Reception at Srinagar airport/bus station.
On arrival at Srinagar airport or bus station , our representative will receive you and transfer you to the houseboat at Dal Lake for an overnight stay.

Day 2: – Srinagar – Naranag – Bodpathri (3 hrs drive/ 5 hrs trek).
After breakfast at hotel we drive to Naranag and with our porters we start the trek. Our trail a slightly steep, passes through pine forest of Butsheri and arriving atop Bodpathri we camp in a Gypsy Hut for an overnight stay.

Day 3: – Bodpathri-Trunkhol (5 hours trek). We follow the old Gangabal trail which crosses Harigand peak to avoid slipping on the snow. Overnight stay at Trunkhol Hut.

Day 4: – Day trek to Gangabal Lake  (6 hrs trek). We leave Trunkhol snow meadow and walk through ice fields for a day trek to Gangabal Lake. Keeping in view the snow depth and the hardness to walk we plan our day accordingly and return to Trunkhol Hut for an overnight stay.

Day 5: – Trunkhol – Naranag. (7 hrs trek). We leave Trunkhol and trek back to Naranag through the snow meadows and descend to Naranag village through the pine forest of Bodpathri. Here ends our walking. We take our car and drive back to Srinagar hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 6: – Departure day.
Our representative will drop you at airport or bus station. Departure.

What to Carry?

Kashmir Treks are achievable by anyone with a healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness. Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. As a team member, you should have an adventurous and robust spirit. The biggest challenge on this expedition is the first part of the trek across alpine terrain, much of which at altitudes of above 3000m.

  • Duffel Bag 60 liters
  • One Pair Trekking Shoes
  • One Pair Trail Approach Shoes
  • Trekking Pants
  • Hooded Rain Jacket
  • Shade Hat
  • One Pair Sunglasses
  • One Pair Liner Gloves
  • Small Size Day-Pack
  • Two Pair Trekking Socks
  • One Pair Sandals
  • Extra Warm Clothes
  • Warm Hooded Down Jacket
  • Sunscreen Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Any Personal Medication

Fitness

Kashmir Treks are achievable by anyone with a healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness. Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. As a team member, you should have an adventurous and robust spirit. The biggest challenge on this expedition is the first part of the trek across alpine terrain, much of which at altitudes of above 3000m.

Minimum fitness requirements

  • Trek: up to 10km per day.
  • Daily activity: up to 5 hours’ trekking per day.
  • Carry: up to 5kg in a day sack.
  • Terrain: remote, uneven, snowy, icy, rocky, sometimes exposed terrain at up to 3600m.
  • Climate: Can be sunny in valleys and cold and windy at Gangabal. Averages are 3000m, -5 to 12C.
  • Swim: not required though there will be river crossings to make.

Preparations

Plan Your Trek

While planning your trek, as a beginner keep the following points in consideration:-

  • you feel fit enough to trek for hours.
  • you walk two or three kilometers daily.
  • you don’t have any breathing problem.
  • you are not scared of heights.
  • get advice from your doctor.
  • or chose trekking for few days instead.

Join Our Short Trekking Courses

The aim of our trekking courses is to make you familiar with the basics of trekking, adjust yourself with the climate and prepare you to ascend the altitude. We offer three different courses. Each course is designed in levels so that the best can suite you, instructed by our experienced trekking staff.

  • 5 days trekking course at Gulmarg..
  • 10 days trekking course at Pahalgam
  • 15 days trekking course at Sonamarg.