Location : Gulmarg and Sonamarg, Ladakh
Trekking Routes : Pir Panjal Range, Apharwat Peak, Nichinai Pass ,Gangabal Lake
Best Routes : Mountain Lakes and areas of Ladhak and Zanskar
Other Attractions : Monastries that are impossible to reach via road, meeting locals
|Famous Route To Trek :||Ladakh :
Pahalgam - Sheshnag - Permandal - Humpet - Kantial Valley - Boktol Pass
- Donara - Panikhar (8 Days), Darcha-Padum (20 Days), Padum-Lamayuru
Trek (11 Days),
Jammu and Kashmir : Srinagar - Pahalgam - Chandanwari - Sheshnag - Panchtarni - Amarnath - Sheshnag - Pahalgam - Srinagar - Jammu (9 Days).
|Peak Time :||June to Mid October.|
|Duration :||Tekking can be Taken up for Hours and the More Adventurous can Stretch it Into Many Days.|
|Healthy Trek :||It is a very fruitful exercise for the limbs, removes fat and will make you healthier than ever before.|
|Don't Miss :||12 Days Trek from Markha Valley to
Camping on the Hills and in the Woods While Trekking.
|Must Try :||Trekking through the woods and small hills.|
|Important Gears:||Sleeping Bags, Jackets, First Aid Medical Kit, Waterproof Tents, A Sun Hat, Sunglasses and Gloves.|
|For Help :||Many tourist offices have been set up in Sonamarg. It is advisable to company a porter, a native of that area, so that you do not forget the way.|
|Inside Tip :||Carry liquid energizers because climbing mountains during the monsoon can cause dehydration.|
Trekking is a way of getting to places that are not
easily accessible via road. It is a sport that usually goes on for many
days. It includes short walks, long walks, normally up and down the hill
to reach divine settlements, that are impossible to reach otherwise.
Walking and camping through the wild terrains, trans mountain treks
also form part of trekking. It is a very fruitful exercise for the limbs ,
removes fat and make you healthier than ever before. Unlike any other
sport, this is not at all structured, as the plan keeps modifying due to
the weather conditions.
Trekking by and large is a cultural rather than a wilderness experience. Trekking is accomplished normally on foot, which provides them with an excellent opportunity to enjoy the virgin beauty of nature. It is a memorable experience that brings you in direct contact with the people of the country and their natural habitat. It is an excellent chance to observe the lifestyles of the people, who have inhibited these areas for centuries. The Indian Himalayas are the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world. The are multitudinous reasons why you should come to enjoy trekking in the Indian Himalayas. Being the 'Home of Snow', The Himalayas, are a world in themselves. Enjoying this sport in the world's longest chain of mountains is adventurous, yet pleasurable. Kashmir valley provides a great opportunity of its tourists to enjoy the thrill of trekking on its mountains. However, this sport is not restricted only to mountain elevations. Interested trekkers can even enjoy the pleasure trekking through the woods and hills. The best time to indulge in this sport is from June to mid October.
Kashmir has attracted lovers of nature since ages and has
proved to be a paradise for the trekkers. Some of the popular trails for
trekking includes the trail to the Amarnath Shrine. The long trek from the
Ferozepur Nala to Danwas, Tejjan to Samaidan is one of the most enjoyable
walks. For all those who are interested in taking up trekking in the Pir
Panjal ranges, Gulmarg is an important trekking base. Ladakh and Zanskar
are also very popular destinations of trek lovers. Withal, Kashmir valley
is repository for trekkers, as there are a vast areas yet to be explored.
ulmarg makes an excellent base for trekking in the
northern Pir Panjal Range. Towards the north one can see the Nanga Parbat,
while Khilanmarg, lies 1,500 feet above Gulmarg, lies in the west. The Pir
Panjal Range, are as steep as the Himalayas. If you are planning to take a
walk along the Ferozepur Nala and beyond to the hamlets of Danwas, Tejjan,
and to Samaidan, make sure you accompany a porter, because the intesection
in the trails, are sure to make baffle you and you might lose your way.
The Apharwat Peak, 13,592-feet high, is in the south westerly region of
Gulmarg, is very near the line of control, where India borders with
Pakistan. One needs to check with the tourist office before commencing on
this expedition. The walk from Gulmarg to Tosamaidan is considered to be
three stages long, where you take your way back through the Riyar and Khag
villages, which leads to the foothills along the Romushi Nala to Yusmarg,
which will further lead the trekkers avail the access to roads and buses
that will take you to Srinagar.
Known as the 'Golden Meadow', Sonamarg provides an
excellent base for trekking in the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. This is
the most popular hillstations which is visited by many tourists, during
summers. Sonamarg is a starting point of a trekking trail that passes
through several mountain lakes, viz. Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar
and Gangabal. To cross the Nichinai pass to Gangabal Lake, lying west to
Sonamarg, are the ideal destination for trekking. The natives of the area
are the perfect guides to show you around. The areas to be delved in
Sonamarg are Vishan Sar, which is over 12,000 feet and Krishan Sar,
standing at 12,500 feet. The ridge northwest to Krishna Sar comes down to
Gad Sar, which holds the mesmerizing Satsaran Lake. Gangabal Lake, lying
2,000 feet below is also a beautiful contemplation.
It will take you roughly seven days for the Sonamarg Expedition alone. So plan your journey, accordingly. Many tourist offices have been set up in Sonamarg and the officers will always be ready to assist you in matters regarding anything. They will even provide the equipments that you will need for the trek.
Lying around seven kilometers from the Indus river, Ladakh is a favorite destination for trek lovers. Ranging from an attitude of 9,000 ft. to 25,1750 ft., it offers some of the very challenging treks in India. It has an asset of the Himalayan and well as the Karakorum mountain ranges and the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges that offers humongous opportunities to enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains as well as the extensive valley. The high mountain passes that one comes across while trekking this area are the most important feature of this expedition. The treks in these regions are categorized to be moderate and strenuous. Some of the popular trek routes in Ladakh are the from Spituk to Markha valley, lamayuru gompa to Chilling, Lamayuru-Padum route and Likir to Tesmisgam. Trekking is a great excursion in these areas and the best way to discover the intricate beauty of India's Tibet.
For a trekking expedition one should always have the
following things handy.
1.Sleeping Bags and Jackets.
2.A first aid medical kit, and waterproof tents.
3.Walking boots, Light Footwear, Socks.
Woollen Clothings, a sunhat and sunglasses and do not forget to carry gloves. As far as the equipments are concerned, one should carry a duffel bag, as during trekking, one needs to carry all his goodies along. The bag should be large enough to accommodate all your clothes and toiletries and of course the camera. Walking sticks also prove beneficial while crossing streams. Carry a water bottle and a torch and an umbrella, to shield yourself from the rain and the sun. While you are on your trekking campaign, do carry cooking utensils and cooking stove.
The most important consideration of these treks is acclimatisation. Traveling on high altitude specially during the month of July and August, can cause dehydration. It is important to carry liquid energizers.
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