GANGABAL LAKE TREK

4 Days

The Gangabal his lake is considered sacred in Hinduism, and considered as one of the home of Shiva. Apart from that Kashmiri Hindus perform annual pilgrimage called Harmukh-Gangabal Yatra. The Harmukh mountain holds a very important climbing history too. The Mt. Harmukh was climbed first climbed by Thomas Montgomerie in 1856 during the Great Trigonometric Survey. From the Summit of Mt. Harmukh, The climbers sketched the two most prominent peaks, labeling them K1 (Masherbrum) and K2 about 130 miles ( 210 km) to the north of Mt. Harmukh. It was for the first in History the highest peaks of Karokaram range were seen and recorded.

Overview

Starting the trek at the elevation of 2128 m and on every step, we will gain the elevation. The zigzag route goes through the dense forest which is full of different types of tree species like Birch ( Bhoj Patra), Boxwood (Shamshad),  Deodar (Cedar), and Dogwood. A river that originates from Gangabal Lake flows parallel to the route and enters the Naranag and Wanght village before joining the Sindh river. As you go higher the amazing view of surrounding snow-capped and Valleys gets wider and closer. A number of small waterfalls and wildflowers are found after completing fifty percent of the trek. The first campsite will be at Trundkhol meadows located at an elevation of 3200 m.  The last stretch of the trek is walking over rolling slopes with a little incline to pass the slopes. The first Lake of the trek is Nundkhol Lake and it takes 40 minutes to Gangabal Lake.

Itinerary

We welcome you to an awesome adventure with us, The driver will be sent to any of the locations in Srinagar to pick you up. It takes almost 3 hours to cover the distance of 45 km from Srinagar to Naranag. The route goes parrel to river Sindh and with a mountain road of 14 km will take you to the Naranag Village. The remaining day will be spent by exploring the Naranag and taking a short hike to Dumail. Dumail is the location where two water streams meet. Enjoy the delicious meals with the bonfire at the campsite.

Starting the trek from the foothills of Mt. Harmukh and gaining altitude on every step. The route takes you to the pine forest and goes zigzag till the top of the ridge named Budhsheri. The main part of the trek is to reach the Budhsheri top which is 7 km away from starting point. Trekkers will experience the roughness in the route because of loose stones and rocks on the route. The route further on is very much moderate and views are mindblowing. A chain of small valleys is covering the trail from one side with the number of waterfalls on the route. After reaching the altitude of 3000 meters the route enters into the meadow named Trundkhol. Camping in this part of the Valley gives you a closer view of snow-capped mountains and most amazing most is Mt. Harmukh 5142 meters.

Getting to Nundkhol and Gangabal Lake from Trundkhol will take up to 90 minutes. The route is very moderate through the rolling slopes of the valley. The adventure is going to be more exciting while being in the lap of Mt. Harmukh and summiting the first alpine of the trek. In the mountaineering terminology, lakes are known as Tarn. The Nundkhol Lake is 1 km in length and half km in width and located to the northern side of Mt. Harmukh. After an incline hike of 30 minutes, you reach near the outflow of Gangabal Lake. The Gangabal Lake is located at an elevation of 3575 meters above sea level and is the home of trout fishes like Rainbow and brown trout. After exploring Lakes, we will descent back to the Campsite which will be at Trundkho Meadow.

Get your belongings packed right after breakfast and get ready for the descent trek of 10 Km. The views are amazing from the Trudkhol Campsite and also the route provides a panoramic view of nearby Valleys and snow-capped mountains. Getting down to the Naranag from the campsite takes up to 6 hours if you are walking easily. A river originating from Ganagabal Lake flows parallel to the route enters the nearby Village before joining the river Sindh. The sounds coming from pine trees and from the flowing water stream make the walk melodious. Enjoy the packed lunch in between the pine trees and feel the wilderness of this mountain region. After reaching the Naranrag our driver will be ready to pick you up and drop you at the Srinagar. The trek will end with awesome adventure memories which remain for a lifetime.

INCLUDES/EXCLUDES

INCLUDES

  • Tourist Taxi - Srinagar to Naranag and Return.
  • 3 time delicious meals, Tea/Coffee and Refreshments.
  • Pup Tents and Dome Tents.
  • Toilet Tents
  • Dinning Tents.
  • First Aid.
  • High Altitude Cook
  • Sleeping bags (-8) and Sleeping Pads.
  • Trekking and Camping permits.
  • Experienced Trek Leader and guides.
  • Dal Lake Sightseeing.

EXCLUDES

  • ANY OTHER OPTIONS NOT MENTIONED IN INCLUSION

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GANGABAL LAKE TREK
From ₹11,000 ₹11,000
/ Adult