Total Trekking Distance: 48 kms Highest Altitude: 13,000 ft
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Rohil Bismai puts on display everything you expect from a trek in Kashmir.

Firstly, the base for the trek is one of the most beautiful villages you can see, Aru.
Secondly, the trail takes you through some of the most beautiful forests and meadows that you can see!
Thirdly, this trek offers some of the best campsites you will see.

And lastly, the sight of the alpine lakes will leave you speechless!

About the Area
Kashmir has always been more than a mere place. It has the quality of an experience, or a state of mind, or perhaps an ideal.”                              – Jan Morris

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 alpine lakes coupled with lush green meadows and wide valleys make a splendid setting–giving you a view to die for.
The best of campsites are found in Kashmir and they are often at the shores of a beautiful alpine lake.

On this trek you would be trekking in south Kashmir in the Pir Panjal range.
The nearest big town is Pahalgam and the trek starts in a beautiful, tiny hamlet, Aru. The Dachigam National Park borders Marsar. The area is rich in Flora and Fauna.
The trek runs very close to the Amarnath Yatra adding to the feeling of safety.

Expected Weather

  • Chances of Rain/Hail – Mild to moderate showers expected in short spells
  • Snow on Trail – Possible
  • Temperatures – Day time temperature: Between 15 °C and 20 °C & Night time temperature: Between 4 °C and 8 °C

How are we making your experience better?

  • Our trip leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders and are capable of handling medical emergencies in the wilderness.
  • We have highly trained staff.
  • Our guides are trained naturalists and love sharing information about the local flora and fauna and also the culture.
  • We camp in offbeat places (not regular campsites).


Day 1: Arrive in Srinagar and drive to Aru (7958 ft);
Distance: 112 kms; Drive time: 4 hours (with breaks)

We pick you up from Srinagar by 10 am and drive you to Aru, which is 112 kms away. We stop at Pahalgham for a quick refuelling break and then head to Aru. We should reach Aru by 3 pm (including breaks).
We stay in a nice cosy hotel/homestay at Aru!

Day 2: Trek from Aru to Lidderwat (9131 ft);
Distance: 10 kms, Trek time: 5/6 hours.
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 3: Trek from Lidderwat to Satlunjan (10,500 ft);
Distance: 5 kms, Trek time: 4/5 hours.
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 4: Trek from Satlunjan to Sonsar Lake / Basmai Lake (12,450 ft);
Distance: 4.5 kms, Trek time: 4/5 hours.
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 5: Trek from Sonasar Lake to Handilsar Lake (12,103 ft);
Distance: 7.5 kms, Trek time: 5/6 hours.
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 6: Trek from Handilsar Lake to Rohil top (13,000 ft) and back to Satlunjan (10,500 ft);
Distance: 6.5 kms, Trek time: 5/6 hours.
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 7: Trek from Satlunjan to Aru (7958 ft);
Distance: 14 kms, Trek time: 5/6 hours
Drive back to Srinagar.
Distance: 112 kms; Drive time: 4 hours (with breaks)
You should reach Aru by lunch time. After lunch we make our way back to Srinagar. We should reach Srinagar by 5pm.
Trek ends!

Trek price includes

  • Complete stay and accommodation during the entire duration of the trek from Aru to Aru.
  • Transport to Aru (the Base) from Srinagar, Dal Lake, gate no. 1. (both ways)
  • All meals starting from evening tea on the first day to lunch on the last day.
  • Rentals for all common gear provided to you like tent, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Forest Entry Permission, Guide and expertise charges.

Trek price excludes

  • 5% GST
  • Meals or drinks purchased by participants during the travel or trek (example biscuits, fruits, etc.)
  • Rentals for personal gear (Refer Things to Carry for Long Summer Treks section.)
  • 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 ₹400/day.

Plan to arrive in Srinagar on Day 1 by 09:30am latest. Your pick up will be from Dal Lake, Gate no. 1 at 10:00am 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.

A certified trek leader, a guide, cook & porters will accompany you during the trek

The common perception is that alcohol makes you feel warmer, however it also dehydrates you & dehydration can be fatal while trekking. Hence consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Smoking in camps is not allowed.

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

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)