At first I set about writing a travelogue; but then quickly realised I could do that later and instead share the photographs which had created quite a storm on social media, particularly instagram. All the captions are heartfelt memories 🙂 When I went on this trek, in July-August 2016 I was a bit skeptical especially after having already been on the Tarsar Marsar Trek too in 2015. All my doubts have been dispelled and how!
Now I can safely say, with regards to the effort vs reward ratio, the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers scenery and landscapes like none other, plus there are the LAKES!
Presenting some of the best photographs from Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.
Day 1 began at Sitkari and ended at Nichnai after ascending the meadows of Shekdur through a birch forest.
Aligning earth’s heartbeat with mine at Vishnusar Lake.
Kishansar and Vishansar (Vishnusar) Lakes as seen from the top of Gadsar Pass.
A place where I slept during lunchtime on the trek. Memories.
Day 3 or 4
My favourite lake of the trek – Gadsar (sar means lake.)
Day (do you even care!)
So cheesy, but even the guides were going crazy here!
A shepherd dog had started barking on the other side of our campsite and we ran helter-skelter to save our lives!
Clicked from the classily named Zaj Pass (Locals also spell it as Zach Pass).
Aimless walks by a lake in Kashmir.
Playing basketball, cricket and football on the banks of Nandkhol Lake remains an everlasting memory as do Kashmiri songs and dancing with the cooks and helpers.
It was one of those speechless moments. Local Kashmiris camped by the lake and enjoyed angling and their time away from the curfew.
It was easy to forget the troubles of the valley while on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek and I was astounded to see colossal ruins of 8th Century Hindu temples in Naranag.
Hope you like this photo-story, I may do a day wise post of this fantastic trek soon. Interested folks can email me if they are looking for a local Kashmiri operator (who helped me on this trek.)
A few of my personal favourites among memorable posts, other than Kashmir :