Situated in the middle of Himalayan Range, Kashmir is the dream of every traveler. Its high mountains, deep valleys, numerous lakes, snow-clad mountain peaks, thick forests and sparkling rivers attract trekkers from all over the world. It is an exclusive world famous destination that provides the opportunity to its trekkers to view some magnificent species of flora and fauna. The trail itself is so refreshing that despite trekking exertion, it takes all the mental pressure of the hectic life and lifestyle away.
Gangbal Trek is one such trek that appeals trekkers worldwide. Every year numerous trekkers ascend the high mountains of this trek. Famous for its enchanting views, Gangbal trek is really the king of high trekking points. The Gangbal Lake is approached from Srinagar 45 kilometers by road via Ganderbal up to Naranag and then a trek of 13 kilometers upslope leads to the lake, which can be covered by a horse ride or by foot. The shepherds and Gujjars can be seen enroute the trek with their folks of sheep and goats. The lake has a maximum length of 2.5 kilometers (1.6 mi) and maximum width of 1 kilometer (0.62 mi). It is fed by precipitation, glaciers, and springs. The lake water outflows to a nearby lake (Nundkol) and then via Wangath nallah to Nallah Sindh. Trout fishes are present in the lake.
|DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL LOCATION||Srinagar International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
After breakfast a 2 hour drive from Srinagar to Naranag Team would start hiking from Naranag (2250m). A 1000m ascent through dense forests takes you to Butshree top. One can enjoy a hot cup of Kashmiri tea from the only Tea stall before proceeding further.
Team would further enter the Trunkol Meadows wherein they would stay overnight. This is from where one can catch a glimpse of Mount Haramukh (5142m).
Total trekking time: 4-5hrs
Overnight in Tents
Trunkol to Gangbal Valley
After Breakfast team members would leave for Gangbal valley.
Team would traverse through the beautiful Trunkol meadows and enter the Gangbal valley.
Magnificent view of Mt. Haramukh (5142m) with Nundkol Lake in its lap would be eye catching. Nundkol is an alpine lake just few meters below the Gangbal Lake. It offers a good camping site.
Team would climb further and reach the Gangbal Lake.
Total Trekking time: 3hrs
Overnight in Tents in Gangbal valley adjacent to Gangbal Lake.
Gangbal to Naranag
After Breakfast, Descend back to Naranag via Trunkol
Board the vehicle and travel back to Srinagar for an overnight stay.