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Trekking - Himalayan Valleys Trek
This short trek takes only four days across the Pahalgam – Sindh valley. The trek takes us through the lushness of the valley floor, with shady forested slopes fed by the gushing river and up into a landscape of alpine meadows. With breath-taking panoramic views of the Himalayas all around, this enjoyable sojourn into the mountains fits easily into a longer stay in Srinagar, but can also be treated as an independent break for those wishing to explore the Kashmir region. We move at an easy pace and do not exceed altitudes of 2500m, making this trek perfect for leisure walkers and small families with children.


Suggested Itinerary:
Duration
: 08 Days
Highlights
: Alpine meadows, shady forested slopes, streams & glaciers.
Focus
: Houseboat stays, mountain trails, adventure camping & Kolohai glacier.
Best Time
: Early May to Mid October.
Highest Place
: Kolohai glacier (3400m).
Trekking grade
: Easy to semi moderate.

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi:
On your arrival, you will be met and assisted by an escort who will transfer you to the hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Delhi to Srinagar: (By air – 1½ hrs):
On your arrival, you will be met at the airport, and escorted to your houseboat in the central part of the city. The day will be spent in exploring the Mughal gardens and the Shankaracharya temple. Dinner and overnight in houseboats.


Day 03: Srinagar to Pahalgam (97 km / 2-3 hrs drive):
We will drive from Srinagar in the morning and arrive in Pahalgam early in the afternoon. Upon arrival, we will drive a few kilometers and set camp on the banks of the river Lidderwat. Rest of the day will be at leisure for you to explore. Overnight in camp.

Day 04: Pahalgam to Aru: (11km trek / 3-4 hrs):
We trek steadily along the river to the pretty log-hut village of Aru, 11 kms from Pahalgam.  We will enter the Pahalgam forest reserve and may chance upon some wild deer along the way. On arrival in Aru, we will straightaway go to our camp pitched in one of the meadows. Rest of the day will be yours to explore. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 05: Aru to Lidderwat (12 km / 5-6 hrs):
We begin our trek through the lush Lidder Valley, and move across the small passes only to arrive at our campsite at Lidderwatt in the afternoon. The Lidderwatt campsite is situated by a stream that runs straight from the glacier into a nearby lake known as Tarsar. Rest of the day at leisure for individual activities. Overnight in camp.

Day 06: Lidderwatt to Kolohai glacier and back to Lidderwatt: (7 km / fullday):
A short trek takes us to the base of the Kolahoi Glacier at the head of the Lidder Valley.  The glacier, climbing from 3400m up to 4000m, descends from twin peaks at 5433m that tower majestically overhead, and is a truly magnificent sight.  We head back to Lidder Watt for our overnight stay. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 07: Lidderwatt to Aru & drive to Pahalgam:

We trek back to Aru across the green valleys and reach Aru by the early afternoon. After lunch, we will board our vehicles and drive to Pahalgam. In Pahalgam, we will transfer to our waiting jeeps that will take us back to Srinagar. On arrival, we will stay in the houseboats for the last night. Overnight in houseboats.

Day 08: Srinagar to New Delhi (By air – 1½ hrs)
We will transfer to the mainland in the morning and board our jeeps for the airport. On arrival at the domestic airport, in Delhi we will proceed for a half day sightseeing in the national capital. We will visit Humayun’s tomb, Jama Mosque and the Red fort. Later in the evening, we will drive to a hotel for dinner and later get transferred to the international airport for your flight back home.

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