Offering an insight of the unexplored Kashmir, Sonamarg-Vishansar-Bandipora trek is one of its kind. A completely enthralling trek that begins from Sonamarg also known as the Meadows of Gold, it is an ideal adventure for those who wish to get away from the maddening tourist rush. A truly adventurous trek that let the nature lovers soak in the bliss of nature's beauty, Sonamarg to Bandipora trek passes through several high mountain passes that are at a height of 4000m or more. The trekking trail apart from offering the view of splendid Vishansar Lake also renders opportunity to witness more than 50 small and big alpine lakes. Enjoy walks on the wide and lush meadows and traverse through the flower-strewn paths; also take pleasure of trout fishing and camping under the starry sky. Here is the detailed itinerary of the Sonamarg-Vishansar-Bandipora Trek:
On arrival at Srinagar, you shall be met by our representative at the airport and will be transferred to the houseboat. Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Today, we shall leave for Srinagar early in the morning. Driving along the picturesque Sind river, we shall arrive at Sonamarg. After resting for some time, we will take a walk to Thajiwas glacier. Overnight stay in the hotel in Sonamarg.
We shall be beginning our trekking today. With all the required material/equipment we start our trek towards Shitkadi village. From the village, we will ascend to Shokhdari, from where we can enjoy the beautiful view of the glaciers and the valley of Sonamarg. We then will descend towards Nichnai, the Shepherds Valley and shall pitch our tent here for an overnight stay.
Today, we shall be ascending to Nichnai pass (above 4000 mtrs) then will descend towards Vishnasar and Krishnasar Lake, which will take atleast 5/6 hours. Overnight in tents in Krishansar.
We shall be leaving early in the morning for Gadsar lake, which is also known as the Lake of Flowers. We will be traversing through Gadsar pass (4080 mtrs) and then shall descend through Yamsar lake to finally reach Gadsar Lake. Overnight in tents in Gadsar.
Early morning, we will leave Gadsar and ascend to Poshpatri (The valley of flowers). From here, we will walk upto Megandub, Dupta pani and through the seven lakes of Satsar. Later we shall attempt ascending to Zagibal pass (4180 mtrs) and cross a glacier. This is the highest pass of this trek, and from here we can witness the majestic Mount Haramukh and at its footsteps the twin sparkling lakes of Gangabal and Nundkol. Overnight in Tents.
Today will be free for recreational activities like trout fishing, sightseeing or a walk to the Kolsar Lake and around. Overnight stay at Gangabal Lake.
We shall be trekking on the right side of Gangbal lake and then will descend 9 kms to reach another alpine lake called Kundsar. Overnight stay near Kundsar.
Early morning today, we will leave Kundsar and via Shirsar will trek to Minimarg and Sarbal. Overnight stay.
After breakfast, we will trek through the meadows of Kundara village to reach Poshpatri. Enroute we shall greet the shepherds, tribal Bakerwals with their flock. Overnight stay at Poshpatri.
Today, we shall be trekking to Arin From Poshpatri. The trekking trail will be along the stream of Arin and then a gradual descend. On the same day, we shall be taking two hours drive back to Srinagar and to our houseboat. Overnight stay in the houseboat in Srinagar.
Our representative shall assist you to the airport. If incase some time in left, we shall go sightseeing in Srinagar.