Gaffara Tour & Travels offers you an excellent opportunity to enjoy the thrill and pleasure of trekking in the various regions of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh. Ladakh is a paradise for trekkers with plenty of opportunities to fit all adventurers and nature enthusiasts. One can take a trip of 1 day to 1 month - walking, cycling, rafting, riding and touring, exploring the local life styles and culture.
Trekking in Kashmir does not mean just walking over forested mountains as it combines nature and the local culture. As the trekker climbs higher, the landscape changes. Chinar and poplar trees are replaced by fir, pine and oak, the alpine meadows and a profusion of colourful wild flowers. The simple villagers in the plains with their fruit orchards and paddy fields are replaced by migrant families of Gujjars, herdsmen who cross the high mountain passes with their cattle in search of greener pastures.
Thousands of Hindu pilgrims trek to Amarnath Cave every year to pay obesiance to an Ice lingam, said to be symbolic of Lord Shiva and his immortality. Whereas the main pilgrimage takes place in August to coincide with the full moon, a trek to Amarnath is a lot more tranquil when the trekker is not accompanied by singing and chanting devotees.
The trail begins at Pahalgam, though it is possible to drive till Chandanwari, and ascend to the exquisitely beautiful glacial lake at Sheshnag. From Sheshnag, the trail climbs steeply to Mahgunas pass at 4,580 metres and then descends to Panchtarni, crossing the Sheshnag stream over several points. Along this route are many vantage spots from where the trekker can admire the spectacular mountain ranges behind Sheshnag. From Panchtarni, the final stage to the Amarnath cave crosses a snow bridge and follows the Amravati stream. Once at Amarnath, the trekker has the option of returning to Pahalgam or backtracking till Panchtarni to take the trail to Baltal, close to the town of Sonamarg.
Gulmarg is the base for short treks into the Pir Panjal mountains. A popular day hike is to Khilanmarg and then on to the Alpathar lake. Khilanmarg, 5 km from Gulmarg, is at 3,000 metres and is a lush meadow surrounded by thick pine forests. Alpathar is 8 km from Khilanmarg on a pony track. A frozen lake, Alpathar is one of the most scenic spots in the Pir Panjal range. Ningel Nallah is a pleasant 8 km walk along brooks and through forests and meadows. The Gulmarg-Tosamaidan, five day return trek is one of the most popular in Kashmir. The trek originates at Gulmarg and branches of from the Ferozpur Nala and beyond to the hamlets of Danwas, Tejjan, and Tosamaidan.
Sonamarg is the staging point for some of the most popular treks in the higher altitudes. A pleasant one day excursion from Sonamarg is to the Thajiwas glacier, 8 km away, and approachable by a pony over a well maintained track. The most popular trek originating from Sonamarg is the Kashmir Lake Trek. It covers the lakes of Gangabal, Vishansar, Kishansar, and close to the Harrnukh peak. The trail first crosses the Nichinai Pass (13 ,387 ft) and then enters the alpine valleys that eventually lead to the Gangabal Lake. Vishansar, Vishnu's Lake, is just over 12,000 ft and slightly larger than the 12,500 ft Kishansar, Krishna's Lake. Gangabal lake is the highlight of this trip. Protected by the three peaks of Mount Harrnukh, Gangabal is 5 miles in circumference and offers the finest trout fishing anywere in Kashmir.