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  • All tourists coming to Uttarakhand have to register themselves on the Smart City Web Portal ( http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in/ ) prior to their travel.
  • Always carry a Hand sanitizer, Face mask, Hand gloves and practice social distancing. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes and mouth as much as possible.
  • People aged above 60 years, pregnant women and children younger than 12 years old have been advised to stay home.
  • Participants will have to adhere to strict health protocols, including temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times and maintaining social distance.

Hospitality Precautions

  • All our Hotels/Homestays follow the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
  • All supplies and materials used for cooking are sanitised before being admitted into restaurant premises.
  • All materials provided by us for trekking use are sanitised thoroughly.
  • Our vehicles are disinfected after each use and before a trip begins.
  • Hotel and Vehicle accommodations are dependent on groups and individuals. Individual trekkers may request for separate rooms*. (*Prices may vary.)
Overview

Barafsar lake is one of the highest glacial lake in Kashmir, located at an altitude of 4605m (15100ft). Most of the year this lake is frozen, this is a seasonal pool that appears whenever the snow melts. It is a rare sight, due to its height and frozen nature most of the year round, but is worth the climb to see!

This trek starts from the last village of Kashmir Valley towards north-east. The village is famous for porters that take devotees to the holy Amaranth cave. The trek has three alpine lakes on its route, and one being the highest altitude (4605) lake in Kashmir. On the way, one experiences two alpine meadows, Kolahoi Pass (highest in Sind valley), eight technical cliffs, six glacier beds and Thajwas wild life sanctuary.

4 Nights 5 Days Available on request
Trek Details

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.

Max Altitude: 15100 ft.

Base Camp: Sonmarg.

Duration: 5 Days 4 nights.

Best Season: July to September

Day time temperature 17-20°C Night time 3-4°C

Itinerary

Day - 1 Srinagar to Sarbal Village (Altitude: 8000 ft)

Depart to Sarbal village via Sonamarg early morning 8.30am, ( please finish your breakfast at hotel). It is 4 hrs drive from Srinagar. Lunch will be having at Sonamarg, proceed to next journey Sarbal village. After reaching start point we will be having short briefing and you will start the three hours of trek to beautiful Durinar meadows. This meadow surrounding by towering cliffs and flowing glaciers on two sides. You can see shepherds here with their sheep’s and goats. The transport will be arranged from Srinagar to Sarbal village. Possible Vehicles like Tata Sumo, Tavera, Quails. Overnight stay in tents.

Meals: Evening Tea, Dinner

Day 2: Durinar meadows to Durinar lake

After breakfast we start our next journey to Durinar lake. Your trek starts with steep climbs and continue along a well-defined uphill path to Durinar Lake.  The trail now is along the right bank of the river going upstream. The walk is surrounded by meadows and towering snow peaks. A crystal blue lake harboured in a giant granite roack. We pitch our tents at location that serves as summit camp for two wonderful alpine peaks Mount Innominate and Crystal peak. Also you can see a trail to Kolahoi pass. Overnight stay in tents. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinmner, Evening Tea & Snacks

Day 3: Durinar Lake to Nilnag Lake and Barafsar Lake

Today we start early as we will be reaching highest point of the trek. Day will start with gradual ascends and descends. We trek further up to view Nilnag lake and then push further 350 meter parallel to Innominate Glacier until we reach the highest alpine lake of Kashmir Barafsar Lake. The lake starts getting its colours when the sun shines. On a clear sunny morning, the water is absolutely blue. The best of all is different Colour water shades across the lakes. To the extreme right we will find Mount Valehead and Kazim ridge on the left side. We will relish some local foods there and descend back to Durinar camp, overnight stay in tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinmner, Evening Tea & Snacks

Day 4: Nilnag Lake to Sonamarg

Trek start after breakfast, initially first two hour we will be descending, then again there is gradual ascends and descends. We hike through Bear valley Pass followed by the plain walk through Zabnar. On the way we get fascinating view of glacier beds of Thajwas and few other technical mountains.Finally the Golden meadow will welcome us and you will drive back to Sonamarg. Overnight stay in guest house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinmner, Evening Tea & Snacks

Day 5: Sonamarg to Srinagar (4 hrs drive)

You can start early in the morning after having tea so that you can reach Srinagar 2pm. We advise you to keep one extra day in your plan so that you can avoid missing flights or trains. We will arrange the vehicle to reach Srinagar for all participants at the same time. If anybody wants to stay (extra days) at Sonamarg they can stay but later they have to arrange their own vehicle

Meals: Morning Tea

Thanks for a great teamwork! Trip ends here with Lifetime memories!!!

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
  • Tented Accommodation 
  • All meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
  • Basic First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, support staff, Helpers
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
  • Local route guide
  • Guest house accommodation at Sonamarg ( 1 night)

 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Meals during transit
  • Mineral Water or soft drinks
  • Transportation of any kind (but can be shared between trekkers)
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
  • Insurance

 

 

Things to carry

Ruck Sack: Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre

Ruck sack cover: Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall

Day Pack: Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack, then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.

Trekking Shoes: Good quality, rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well used before trek.
Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.

T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.

Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.

Warm Jacket: Highly recommended one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.

Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advise you to carry one as it resists wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.

Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach the campsite. Thermal will keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.

Towel: One medium sized light weight towel quick dry type

Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoats/ ponchos are water-resistant to protect the body from rain.

Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.

Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight

Undergarments: As per your need.

Socks: Hiking socks have the ability to wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.

Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.

Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending  while also reducing pressure on knee.

Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.

Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.

Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.

Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)

Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, as per your need

Toilet Kit: Must carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)

Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp

Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass

Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compared to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.

Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string

Personal Medical Kit: Must carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.

Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.

Number of Days
1 to 5
Difficulty Level
Intermediate, Advanced
Activities
Trekking, Camping