Kashmir is the gem of northern India blessed with generosity of nature in the form of beautiful meadows, the snow-clad mountains and alpine lakes
Kashmir is the gem of northern India blessed with generosity of nature in the form of beautiful meadows, the snow-clad mountains and alpine lakes surrounded by luscious green trees. Complementing the picturesque beauty of the state, the gigantic mountains attract thousands of travellers every year to explore the heights and a long list of adventure sports which makes the state a complete adventure paradise. Trekking in Kashmir is very popular amongst the tourists as they get the chance to discover the beautiful meadows of Sonamarg and Pahalgam which are the base camps for major treks in Kashmir.
There are many reasons why Kashmir is one of the best trekking destinations in the India. This beautiful state will give a glimpse of nature’s beauty at every step unlike other trek routes in the country. For the people looking forward to exploring the heights of the Kashmir valley, June to September is the best time to visit. Along with the treasures of nature Kashmir valley also gives an insight of the lifestyle of Nomads and the local culture.
Before travelling to Kashmir every person is in the mid of a dilemma because despite its beauty it is a disturbed state. But defining all the beliefs false it is established that the conflicts have no effect on the adventure trails and routes of the state. The mountains are safe because the army men are serving at the borders day and night to ensure peace in the state. The travellers are asked to carry an id for verification reasons, otherwise, over the years the trekkers don’t feel unsafe in the valley.
Gulmarg is a beautiful hill station situated at a height of 2730m above sea level in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Growing as a famous tourist destination known for its magnificent nature’s beauty, the place has also emerged as a very popular adventure hub amongst the thrill lovers. Gulmarg rests as an excellent basecamp for trekking towards the north of Pir Panjal range. From the north, the travellers can enjoy an exotic view of the Nanga Parbat and Khilanmarg which rests at an altitude of 1,500m above Gulmarg. To explore the Pir Panjal range plan to take a walk from Ferozepur Nala passing through the hamlets of Danwas, Tejjan and to the Samaidan. We have the local guides to accompany you while walking through this trek as it may leave you confused. People walking towards the south-west Gulmarg can conquer the peaks of Apharwat which is situated at a height of 13,592ft. This peak is located near the borderline of India and Pakistan where you have to take permission from the tourist office for commencing the journey. From Gulmarg, one can also take the adventurous expedition to Tosaimaidan which three stages long. While walking down you will pass through the Riyar and Khag villages to reach the foothill walking along the Romushi Nala to Yusmarg from where you can access the roads which lead to Srinagar.
Sonamarg is another beautiful place situated in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the most famous tourist spots in the state which attracts many visitors in the summer season to enjoy an adventurous vacation. It is also the basecamp which unveils the great alpine lakes situated at the trek route. The trek route is also suitable for the amateur trekkers as it is a moderate trek. This trek gives a glimpse of the Vishansar Lake, Kishnasar Lake, Gadsar, Satsar and Gandabal Lake while passing through the Nichnai pass. The Sonamarg trek gives a perfect picture of the beauty of Kashmir which enhances along with the sight of the alpine lakes.
For the early trekkers who want to experience the feeling of walking along steeps can explore the Thajiwas trek. A mere 4km walk from the Sonamarg valley, Thajiwas is a very popular attraction among the tourists in the months of summer season. One can explore the Thajiwas glacier which can be travelled following the path towards Shakhdar hills to witness the beauty of the glacier situated at the peak.
Kashmir gives an explicit experience of nature’s beauty along with the sight of a thrilling adventure. But before heading the mountains you need to keep certain things in mind.
There are many things that need to be done to ensure that you have a pleasant trek. Among the preparations that need to be made is the time that you can spare for the trek and the number of days that you are willing to go without contact with the outside world. These are very important points to consider especially when you are going for a trek which is going to last for a week or ten days.
There are a number of different preparations that need to be made before a person decides to go for a trek. Among these, the most important is the physical preparation. A trekking in Kashmir is not just about making a plan to walk in the outback somewhere for a week or more without taking into consideration the physical capabilities that you have. You need to ask yourself clearly if you feel that you are ready for the challenge or not. Before going for a trek we advise that you take out a bit if time to physically prepare yourself for the challenges that you will face, generally taking walks and climbing stairs is good preparation.