Naranag-Gangabal-MahlishTrek expedition is the only trek in Kashmir with a different return-route which remains open most of the year. The trek passes through pine forests, meadows and reaches its destination at the twin alpine lakes situated at the foothills of mount Haramukh (5300M). The return route is through Kolesar Lake situated at an altitude of 3800 meters.The first hike is a steep climb through pine forest of Butsheri then a gradual walking through meadows all collide to create a challenging trek in one of the most beautiful and serene Himalayas of Kashmir. It becomes a snow-trek in April-May and October-November and presents a unique view of the Himalayas.
On arrival at Srinagar you can experience the sheer natural beauty of the place. The moment you enter Srinagar, you will notice Dal Lake and traditional houseboats floating all over the lake. The lake is long and on your way, you will find out famous Shalimar Garden, Mughal Garden, Pari-Mahal and floating market. By the end of the day, you will be transferred to the houseboat at Dal Lake for an overnight stay.
After breakfast at houseboat we drive to Naranag for 3 hrs and we pack our load on horses and start our trek. Our trail a slightly steep, passes through pine forest of Butsheri and through the meadows of Bodpathri we camp at Trunkhol for an overnight stay.
Early morning, we leave Trunkhol meadow and walk through grassy fields. We camp at Gangabal Lake for an overnight stay. These are two lakes Gangabal and Nundkol situated at the foothills of Mount Haramukh.
Leaving Gangabal Lake we walk through meadows and reach Kolesar Lake. We continue further and trek to Mahlish meadow for an overnight stay. Mahlish meadow is a best camping ground overlooking the Sind Valley.