It only took a few high-altitude treks and four mountaineering courses in the Himalayas for me to become a seasoned trekker and mountaineer. And it’s not just about reaching the summit of the world’s tallest mountain.
What inspired you to pursue trekking as a recreational activity?
Mountains, in my opinion, are the ideal place to test yourself and grow as a person, allowing you to discover what truly makes you happy as well as the positive energy that exists in the world around you.
What Caused the Existence of the Kashmir Great Lakes?
The “Prettiest Trek in India” trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes with its seven magnificent high-altitude treks happened by chance, but it left an indelible mark on my heart.
After spending two days with my instructor from the Basic Mountaineering course at his home, I had planned to meet him in Jammu. However, I received a phone call from friends who were planning to trek the Kashmir Great Lakes the next day, and I had missed the last bus from Srinagar to Sonamarg, and I was out of money due to the unexpected trip, so I ended up spending the night in a bus shelter. I caught a ride with four of my friends to begin the trek a few hours after arriving in Sonamarg.
Despite the bad weather, we met some new people on the trails leading to Nichnai as we traveled there.
We began gathering everything from dry rations to warm caps in order to prepare for the next 5-6 days.
I wished I’d brought my Trek 500 Rain Jacket from Decathlon with me on our hike from Sonamarg to Nichnai because it began raining as soon as we set out at 2 p.m., when we stopped for Maggie at a tea house.
On the second day of our journey, we encountered a generous Gujjar on our way to Vishansar Lake
We stopped for a quick bite to eat before heading to Vishansar Lake. We were not concerned with gaining height on this day, but rather with taking in the breathtaking scenery as we walked. On this particular day, I walked through heaven’s grasslands as a selfish human race that has done nothing but destroy all natural beauty seemed almost surreal.
The third day of our trip consisted of dogs, sheep milk, and a lake
The goal for the day was to reach Gadsar Lake via the 13,800-foot Gadsar Pass, which would be difficult given the 22-pound Rucksack I was carrying.
We walked faster and faster on this trail today, fueled by the previous days’ experiences and the unrivaled natural beauty that fuels our motivation at every step of the way.
The view from Gangabal Twin Lakes and Jaj Pass was one-of-a-kind, with the power to heal any troubled heart while also imprisoning a human in the mountains for all time. I’d been to a lot of mountains before, both small and large, beautiful and difficult. Swimming in Gangabal Lake was also an absolute must for me.
We spent enough time at Jaj Pass just admiring the scenery and watching the clouds dance.
On this day, the Naranag Trail comes to an end
On this day, we made a long, arduous descent from Gangabal to Naranag. As we descended, we came across a Kashmiri mule driver who was transporting supplies for a trekking company on the back of his animal to the nearby town of Gangabal. The injured mule was strewn across the ground, and the helpless local was unable to get up or down with the injured mule, which was carrying a large amount of groceries, gas cylinders, and other equipment.
People who had little but were eager to share it with an outsider discovered true humanity in the mountain’s most remote and remote corner. Because the most beautiful Himalayan lakes can only be discovered after a long and arduous ascent, it is critical to persevere even when you want to give up.