The main trekking in area in kashmir are the Sindh & Lidder valleys which support a number of high altitude meadows.
Sonamarg means, “a meadow of gold’. The most important township in the fertile Sind valley, Sonamarg is the last major township in Kashmir on the road to Ladakh. Sonamarg is also the staging point for some of the most popular treks in the higher altitudes. A pleasant one day excursion from Sonamarg is to the Thajiwas glacier, 8 km away, and approachable by a pony over a well maintained track~ The most popular trek originating from Sonamarg is the Kashmir Lake Trek. It covers the lakes of Gangabal, Vishansar Kishansar and close to the Harmukh peak. The trail first crosses the Nichnai Pass (13, 387 ft.) and then enters the alpine valleys that eventually lead to the Gangabal Lake. Vishansar, Vishnu’s Lake, is just over 12,000 ft. and slightly larger than the 12,500 ft. Kishansar Krishna’s Lake. Gangabal Lake is the highlight of this trip. Protected by the three peaks of Mount Harmukh, Gangabal is 5 miles in circumference and offers the finest trout fishing anywhere in Kashmir.
Pahalgam means “A Village of Shepherds” is situated on the banks of the Lidder River, Pahalgam at an altitude of 7,000 feet is a picturesque township. Pahalgam is also the staging point for one of Kashmir’s oldest and most popular treks. The Pahalgam-Kolahoi Glacier-Pahalgam trek takes 6 days and covers approximately 60 km. At the Kolahoi glacier the trekker can get a glimpse of the Kolahoi Peak (5,734 meters) and see the source of the Lidder River. Excursions to the Tarsar and Marsar lakes in the Upper Dachigam area can also be made from here if the trekker has an additional two days. A trek from Pahalgam to Sonamarg via Aru, Lidderwat, Sekiwas, Khemsar and Kulan can also be done in about four days. The Amarnath Yatra is undertaken by more than 30,000 pilgrims every year and has been a continuing tradition for the last 300 years. Located in the Amravati valley, Amarnath is best approached from Pahalgam over a pass at 14,000 feet.
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