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Which Are The Lakes That You’ll See During Kashmir Great Lakes Trek?

This post is written by a guest contributor, Ritesh Mishra.

Author’s Bio: Ritesh is a seasoned travel writer, passionate about discovering hidden gems around the world. With a knack for storytelling, he shares unforgettable adventures and practical tips that help readers on their journey.

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The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is every thrill-seeker’s delight and the natural beauty that delights you throughout the trails is a treat to the eyes. One of the main reasons for the surpassing views that the trek holds is because of the serene lakes and other small water bodies that mark their presence from time to time. Lakes like Vishansar Lake, Gangabal Lake, Gadsar Lake, and more are high-altitude lakes that fill your heart with pure delight. Their turquoise water is enough to melt you. Camping near the shores of some of them is the highlight of the trek. Other activities to do are trout fishing and angling.

For some tranquillity, you can even take nature walks or go for strolls in the evening. Perform some light yoga and meditation as it soothes the mind and makes you ready for the upcoming trekking. Doing this trek by yourself can be a bit dangerous, that is why some trek and travel companies in Kashmir like Cliffhangers India arrange this beautiful trek for you.

Below, we have mentioned the characteristics and highlights of each lake that you witness on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. Take a look! 

The Lakes of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek:

Vishansar Lake 

Vishansar Lake offers a charming camping spot at the very start of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. You can pitch your tents here and relax for the night. The scenic views here are so breathtaking that you would not want to leave from here. Located at an altitude of about 12,000 ft, Vishansar Lake’s literal meaning is ”Lake of Vishnu”. It is religiously significant in Kashmir, especially for Kashmiri Pandits. People come here to offer their prayers. The ambiance that is formed here is beyond describable. You can walk by the shores and adore the beauty of the area. The water is so clean and pure that the snow-laden mountains in the background can be seen on the surface of the lake. 


Kishansar Lake 

The other alpine lake to be seen on the Kashmir Great Lakes is Kishansar Lake. Its name is associated with Vishansar Lake and they are called twin lakes of the trek. Located in proximity to each other, the total distance between them is just one kilometer. Meaning ‘The Lake of Krishna’, it is one of the highlights of the trek. The captivating beauty of the lake makes it a popular camping site. You can lie down by night under the starry night and enjoy stargazing. It is home to trout fishes which are found in abundance. It offers a picturesque location so don’t forget your cameras. 


Gadsar Lake 

At the highest point of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek, resides the Gadsar Valley, and in between that, you will witness the presence of Gadsar Lake. Another name for the lake is Yemsar or ‘The Lake of Yamraj’ or Death. Gadsar Pass whose altitude is 4,200 m is near it and you have to cross it too in the trek. It is at one of the highest points of the trek, located at an altitude of 3,800 m. The lake is also known as ‘The Lake of Flowers’. The reason behind the name is the different kinds of vibrant flowers found around the lake. The panoramic views of the entire region surrounding are unparalleled. You should go for walks in the vast valley and feel some peace. 


Satsar Lakes

The twin lakes of Satsar in the Satsar Valley are another great thing about the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. Here, you will see a collection of some seven lakes, at an altitude of approximately 3,600m.  They are interconnected to each other.

The region around the valley and the lake offers a magical contrast. You will see the barren rocky terrains that are opposite to the green landscapes and meadows found throughout the rest of the trek. Like other lakes, Satsar Lakes are a picturesque place where after calling it a day, you can get some rest and rejuvenate for the next day. 


Gangabal Lake 

Gangabal Lake is considered holy and sacred in Hinduism and pilgrims include it in their journey when in Kashmir on their spiritual trip. It is believed to be one of the homes of Lord Shiva. The lake is the biggest highlight of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. It is situated on the foothills of Mount Harmukh and those lofty, snow-laden peaks found in the backdrop form a surreal setting. It can be said enough how surprisingly gorgeous Gangabal Lake is. You will be mesmerized to the core. It is at an altitude of 3,770 m and is another camping spot in the trek. Acts as a source of water for Nundkol Lake, they are closely situated. You will be pleasantly surprised by its majestic beauty. Camp here for a soothing and tranquil stay. 


Nundkol Lake 

Nundakol Lake is located at an altitude of about 3,500 m and a short distance from Gangabal Lake. From the lake, you can see the sights of Mount Harmukh. The serene environment around the lake can easily capture your heart. Summer is a great time to visit here as the lake, as located on high altitudes, freezes in winter. The routes also become inaccessible from December to February.

 It offers an ideal setting for camping with opportunities for fishing here. Make sure you have the permission needed for it. Carry all the gear that you need for it like fishing sticks and baits. 



The lakes on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek are among the most beautiful not only in Kashmir but in all of India. When visiting these lakes, keep the following in mind:

  • Pack all your camping gear: Bring a sturdy tent, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag.
  • Carry all essentials: Make sure you have all the necessary supplies.
  • Bring enough woolen clothes: It gets chilly out there, so pack plenty of warm clothing.
  • Acclimatize properly: To avoid high-altitude sickness, take the time to acclimatize.
  • Listen to your trek leader: The routes to these lakes can be tricky, so follow your leader’s guidance.
  • Practice caution: Be careful while crossing the adventurous passes on the trek.
  • Be a conscious trekker: Don’t pollute the environment. Bring your trash back with you and always leave nature as pristine as you found it.

Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the lakes while prioritizing safety and environmental responsibility.

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