- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
Doodhpathri-Tosh Maidan trek is an unexplored trail, away from the commercial and crowded treks of Kashmir. It is located in the Budgam district of Kashmir, about 45 kms from Srinagar.
This trek has all that one would expect from a Kashmir trek, along with something that is getting increasingly rare on Kashmir treks, seclusion! The endless green meadows, the vast expanse of Pine trees, the snow-capped mountains and the gurgling, gushing mountain streams.
Experience this beautiful landscape, coupled with meeting locals and enjoying an enriching cultural experience with them! This trek is a perfect choice for adventure seekers looking for an offbeat, unexplored trek experience.
About the Area
Trekking in Kashmir is a unique experience.
Not only are the Kashmir treks one of the most beautiful ones you would ever do, the terrain is also very exclusive. The scenes and views you see here are difficult to find anywhere else.
The best of campsites are found in Kashmir.
- Chances of Rain/Hail – Mild to moderate showers expected in short spells
- Snow on Trail – Possible
- Temperatures – Afternoons up to 20 degrees Celsius;
Nights around -7 degrees Celsius
Day 1: Arrive in Srinagar and drive to Doodhpathri (2757 mts)
Distance: 45 kms; Drive time: 3 hours
Overnight at homestay / campsite
Day 2: Trek from Doodhpathri to Marg (3255 mts)
Distance: 6 kms, Trek time: 4-5 hours
Overnight at campsite.
Day 3: Trek from Marg to Ashitaar (3530 mts)
Distance: 5 kms, Trek time: 4-5 hours
Overnight at campsite
Day 4: Trek from Ashitaar to Gurvansar (3660 mts)
Distance: 7 kms, Trek time: 6-7 hours
Overnight at campsite
Day 5: Trek from Gurvansar to Nurpur pass (4080 mts) & trek to Bhandsar (3800 mts)
Distance: 9 kms, Trek time: 7-8 hours
Overnight at campsite
Day 6: Trek from Bhandsar to Tosh maidan (3263 mts) via Gadtarsar lake
Distance: 9 kms, Trek time: 6-7 hours.
Overnight at campsite
Day 7: Trek from Tosh maidan to pick up point
Distance: 9 kms, Trek time: 6-7 hours
Drive back to Srinagar
Day 8: Buffer day (optional): This is an optional day only that will be utilised only if the weather turns bad. Trekkers are requested to account for this when booking their Flight/Train tickets.
Trek price includes
- Complete stay and accommodation during the entire duration of the trek from Day 1 at Doodhpathri to Day 6 at Tosh maidan.
- All meals starting from evening tea on first day to breakfast on last day.
- Rentals for all common gear provided to you like tent, sleeping bags, etc.
- Forest Entry Permission, Guide and expertise charges.
- Transport to the Base from Srinagar, Dal Lake, gate no. 1. (both ways)
- 5% GST
Trek price excludes
- Meals or drinks purchased by participants during the travel or trek (example biscuits, fruits, etc.)
- Rentals for personal gear (You’re expected to bring your own personal gear.)
- Flight/Train/Bus ticket till Srinagar.
- Backpack offloading charges. You are expected to carry your own backpack. Trekkers unable to do so can opt for a porterage service at ₹350/day.
- Cost for Buffer day
Plan to arrive in Srinagar on Day 1 by 11:00am latest. Your pick up will be from Dal Lake, Gate no. 1 at 12 noon on Day 1. Alternately you could arrive in Srinagar the day before and stay a night in Srinagar (at own cost). Plan your return (departure) from Srinagar on Day 8 (accounting for buffer day) after 5pm in the evening.
We’ve been organizing treks for over four years and have had many female trekkers trek with us. In fact, a lot of them come solo for treks. There has never been a complaint about the atmosphere of a trek, about other trekkers or our professionalism. They have all been kind enough to leave a review.
You will be sleeping in twos or threes in your tents in sleeping bags. The sleeping bags are snug and comfortable. If you are used to sleeping on a pillow, do carry an inflatable pillow or any small cushion that could provide you pillow-like comfort to sleep.
In all the camps where the accommodation is in guest houses/home stays, there will be proper toilets. On the day of camping, we will have toilet tents, the standard, most hygienic way of answering nature’s call. A deep pit will be dug in the ground and once you’re done, you will have to use a shovel & throw in some dirt from a mound of dirt kept nearby. These will be dry toilets with no water hence please carry tissue roll for the toilet tent (refrain from using wet wipes as they are not bio degradable), for the rest of the days, you can carry rolls as per your convenience.
There are no bathing facilities at campsites.
Tents do not have charging stations.
1. Good Sturdy Backpack: Prefer a trekking pack over a backpacking one. The size of the backpack depends upon the participant. Normally for a 7-9 day trek a 50-60 litre pack should suffice. 2. Shoes: Any Waterproof trek (not hike) shoe would be ideal. 3. Socks: 3 pair cottons and 3 pairs of woolens. 4. Trek pants (Ideally Water Resistant): Get two quick dry summer trek pants .On summit climb or a major altitude gain day you can replace one dry fit trek pant with Shell trekking pants. If you don’t have a trek pants you can replace it with Gym Track pants. 5. T shirt/Base layer: Get 3 T shirts/trekking base layer on the trek, one of which should be thick and full sleeve. Avoid cotton and prefer dry fit. 6. Fleece/ Sweater/Good quality Hoodie: Get 1 fleece jacket or sweater . Fleece is preferred over sweater or hoodie as it is lightweight and easy to carry. Sweaters and Jackets can be heavier than Fleece for the warmth they offer. 7. Down/ Padded Jacket – Down/Padded jacket (Upto -5 degrees ). If you don’t want to get a padded/Down jacket, get two fleece. Cotton track pants for camp – These are specifically for cold evenings at the campsite.This can be ignored if you are comfortable wearing your trekking pants in the camp. 8. Thermals : 1 pair. We wear thermals only upon reaching the campsite not while trekking. 9. Windproof Jacket: All rain proof can be used as Wind proofs. Required as an additional layer during trekking in windy conditions. Avoid if you have a rain proof jacket. 10. Rainwear: Option A – Rain set – One Waterproof jacket (3000 mm waterproofing), Rain proof pants and Bag cover Option two – Poncho that covers your body and bag completely. We ideally recommend Option 1 as poncho makes trekking difficult. 11. Woolen Cap/ Balaclava: (1) To cover your ears, head and neck.Get one woolen cap and one neck warmer or balaclava. 12. Neck Warmer/ Scarf (1): For evenings. Avoid if you are comfortable using a Balaclava. 13. Gloves: 2 gloves out of which 1 can be water proof and one woollen. The waterproof one has to ideally be padded and a size larger than you normally use. This is so that you can wear both your gloves together if required. 14. Suncap – 1 15. Sunglasses – 1 16. Toiletries – Also include sunscreen, moisturizer and lip-cream 17. Headlamp/Torch -1. Preferably headlamp. 18. Two water bottles (1 litre each) – One can be a thermos Flask. One can also get a hydration pack. 19. Camp shoes/Flip flops for camp Plastic covers for inside the backpack to keep your clothes dry 20. Daypack – Required if you have a summit days climb. Preferably one that can be compressed. 21. Documents: 2 passport sized photograph, Address and Photo proof (Driving License or Aadhaar card), Doctor’s Medical certificate saying that you are fit for the trek. We reserve the right to not take you on the trek if you fail to produce this. 22. Trekking pole
Meals will be provided by us. However you may carry snack items to much on like dry fruits, biscuits, chocolates, protein bars, or nuts.
Yes, you are ideally expected to carry your backpack. But you do have an option of offloading your bags on a mule for an additional cost. The cost will be 400/ per day per bag. One is expected to inform us about offloading 1 week prior to the trek
Yes, provided you prepare well.
6-8 kms slow jog OR 25 kms cycling. Pace is not important, consistency is important (non-stop jogging/running/cycling);;;;;Squats 35-40 x 3, Lunges 35-40 x 3, Calf raises 35-40 x 3;;;;;;;;;;;Climbing stairs 25-30 floors with bagpack
In case of cancellation If you cancel – – 60 days before the trip: we can process a complete refund minus minimum processing charges. – between 30-45 days before the trip: you will be refunded 50% of the trek fee. – within 30 days before trek starts: No refund. – and your spot is replaced in a full batch: we will process a complete refund after canceling minute operational charges. (For fixed departures only);;;;; Covid cancellation policy- 15 days before the start date of the trek – 100% refund or Wandering Boots Adventures voucher. 7 days before the start date of the trek – 50% refund or Wandering Boots Adventure voucher.
Ahdoos hotel (little upscale);;;; The Gand Mamta near Dal lake (most recommended);;;; Hotel Ashai Heritage Colonial Bungalow - 3kms from Dal Lake. (No food options. Very spacious and vintage.);;;; Noor guest house near Dal lake Gate no. 1 (budget hotel)