Day 1 – Drive from Srinagar to Sitkari/ Sonmarg (2800 metres, 88 kms)
Take a cab from Srinagar to Sitkari and enjoy the picturesque atmosphere throughout the journey of around 4 hours. Or you can reach to Sonamarg and take a share cab to reach Sitkari. Meet at Sitkari Village which 3 kms away from Sonmarg at 6 pm. Once you reach at Sitkari meet our guide, head to our nearby campsite. On reaching campsite enjoy a brief round of introduction and instructions regarding the schedule of the trek. Stay at tents with local meals to fill your stomach.
Day 2 – Trek from Sitkari village to Nichnai (3505 metres, 13 kms)
Start the day early in the morning. We will begin our trek to Shokdahri Campsite passing through Maple and Pine Forests. On reaching the Shokdhari Campsite, remove your cameras and start taking photos of Sonmarg, glaciers and stunning landscapes. We will descend to the Nichnai Grazing Ground aka Shepherd’s Valley via Silver Birch Forest. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 – Trek from Nichnai to the Vishansar Lake (3657 metres, 15 kms)
The most exhausting day of the trek is today. We will trek through a steep and gruelling ascend to cross the Nichnai pass which is at a height of 4080 metres. Post crossing the Nichnai pass we will descend towards Vishansar Lake and further ahead to our Vishansar campsite. The long tiring day will be surrounded by the beauty of this pristine lake and snow-capped mountains making you fresh. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4 – Trek from Vishansar Lake to Gadsar Lake (4191 metres, 13 kms)
Today we will head to Gadsar Pass after seeing the Kishansar Lake which approximately around 500 metres ahead of our campsite. Even if these two lakes are so closely located we will not be able to view both of them simultaneously unless we gain height. Gadsar Pass is the highest point of this trek hence a steep and tedious climb will take a toll on your legs and back. To compensate the struggle, views are breath taking once you reach Gadsar Pass. We descend to flat meadows from the pass covered with multicoloured flowers. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5 – Trek from Gadsar Lake to Mengandob/ Satsar Lakes (3600 metres, 12 kms)
We will begin our day with 2 hours of steep climb up the mountains to enter the flat lands of Mengandob. Hiking further we will cross an army camp and reach the Satsar Lake. Satsar as the name suggest is a collection of 7 lakes in a cascade form. The main source of water is the melting snow for these lakes. Few of the lakes dry up during autumn. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6 – Trek from Satsar Lakes to Gangbal Twin Lakes (3505 metres, 10 kms)
The Rocky and Boulder terrain will challenge you immensely. Physically and Mentally as well. Crossing through few ridges and climbing few Mountains we will reach our break point. After a quick break, we will head further to reach the final ridge which is at 3000 metres. This is the point where you can view the trin lakes of Gangbal and Nundkol. To reach there, we need to cross a steep rocky descend, few hills to cross and we enter the green meadows which will lead us to the twin lakes. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 7 – Rest day
Yes, we are not trekking today. Today is the day to take ample rest and explore the nearby surroundings. Soak yourself in the scenic beauty. Mingle with your group. Share your experience about the other treks you have done, personal anecdotes, test your photography skills. You are the host and you are the audience. Do anything which will satiate your mind (without causing any trouble to other trekkers). Overnight stay in tents.
Day 8 – Trek from Gangbal Twin Lakes to Naranag (11 kms)
It is the last day of the trek. We will trek through the tree line into the grassy lands further ahead into Pine Forest. After heading for around 6 – 7 kms we will reach Narang Village. You can catch cabs from here to go to Srinagar. The trek concludes and we wish you All the best for the further journey.