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Best season : April to September

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Overview

The Gurez Valley Trek Kashmir, India’s territorial extent culminates at Gurez , a fact of immense significance. Viewing our nation as a journey from Kanyakumari upwards, we eventually reach the northernmost point – Gurez . What sets Gurez apart is its distinction as the last latitude of India, resulting in a landscape strikingly dissimilar from other parts of Kashmir, despite being merely six hours north of Srinagar. Notably, the topography undergoes a profound transformation, evident even in the vegetation, which differs markedly from elsewhere in Kashmir. Crossing the Razdan Pass en route to Gurez unveils a dramatically different landscape akin to the transition experienced at the Rohtang Pass in Manali. Indeed, the Gurez trek evokes reminiscences of treks undertaken in Kyrgyzstan and Georgia rather than those within Kashmir due to the stark divergence in scenery. The trek through Gurez Valley unveils astonishingly diverse forests, expansive grasslands, and the allure of two enchanting lakes, one of which serves as our camping site. Expectations for this trek entail adopting a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach, where trekkers, alongside a trek leader, navigate the terrain without external support. Each trekker is anticipated to contribute to the collective effort by assisting in carrying essential gear, resulting in an average backpack weight of approximately 12 kg per trekker.

The Gurez Valley Trek Kashmir is suitable for people of all age groups, including beginners, as it is moderately difficult. The trail offers a mix of steep ascents and descents, making it a challenging yet thrilling experience. The Gurez Valley Trek Kashmir can be done throughout the year, but the best time to go is from April to September when the trail is covered in snow, adding to the charm of the trek.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from Srinagar to Dawar

Drive Distance: 141 kmDrive Duration: 6-7 hours |

Transport will be organized at 7 am. The pick up location is beside Hotel Ameera, Srinagar. The transport cost is Rs 6000 per vehicle and must be paid directly to the driver.

The journey from Srinagar to Dawar is a scenic drive that offers breathtaking views of the Kashmir Valley. Starting from Srinagar, you'll travel northward, passing through picturesque villages, lush green meadows, and towering mountains along the way. The route takes you through Bandipora, a bustling town situated on the banks of the Wular Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Continuing your journey, you'll ascend through the Razdan Pass, a high mountain pass that offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. As you descend from the pass, you'll enter the Gurez Valley, where Dawar is located. The drive through Gurez Valley is mesmerizing, with the Kishanganga River accompanying you for much of the way. Finally, after approximately 6-7 hours of driving, you'll arrive in Dawar, the administrative headquarters of Gurez Valley, where you can relax and soak in the beauty of this remote and enchanting region.

Day 2: Trek from Dawar to Dison

Trek Distance: 5 kmTrek Duration: 5-6 hoursAltitude gain: 7,870 ft to 10,340 ft

The trek from Dawar to Dison is an exhilarating journey through the rugged and pristine landscapes of Gurez Valley. Starting from Dawar, the administrative headquarters of Gurez Valley, trekkers embark on a trail that winds its way through traditional Dardic villages, lush meadows, and dense forests. The route offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks and the meandering Kishanganga River, creating a picturesque backdrop for the trek. As trekkers ascend higher into the mountains, they'll encounter alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls, and diverse wildlife along the way. The trek to Dison typically takes around 3-4 hours, depending on the pace of the group and the trail conditions. Upon reaching Dison, trekkers can set up camp amidst the serene surroundings and enjoy a well-deserved rest before continuing their adventure in the enchanting wilderness of Gurez Valley.

Day 3: Trek from Dison to Khaari via Dawar heights

Trek Distance: 8 kmTrek Duration: 6 hours

Altitude gain: 10,340 ft to 11,300 ft via 11,722 ftThe trek from Dison to Khaari via Dawar Heights is a challenging yet rewarding adventure through the rugged terrain and breathtaking vistas of Gurez Valley. Starting from Dison, trekkers ascend through steep trails and rocky terrain, gradually gaining elevation as they make their way towards Dawar Heights. Along the way, hikers are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, with the Kishanganga River winding its way below. Dawar Heights offers a scenic vantage point, allowing trekkers to take in the beauty of the landscape before continuing on towards Khaari. The trail from Dawar Heights to Khaari traverses through alpine meadows, dense forests, and alpine lakes, providing ample opportunities to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the region. The trek to Khaari typically takes around 5-6 hours, depending on the pace of the group and the trail conditions. Upon reaching Khaari, trekkers can rest and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil surroundings, preparing themselves for the adventures that lie ahead in this remote and enchanting corner of Gurez Valley.

Day 4: Trek from Khaari to Patalwansar I Lake via Patalwansar II

Trek Distance: 8 kmTrek Duration: 6-7 hoursAltitude gain: 11,300 ft to 12,650 ft via 12,795 ft

The trek from Khaari to Patalwansar I Lake via Patalwansar II is a captivating journey through the rugged wilderness and pristine landscapes of Gurez Valley. Starting from Khaari, trekkers descend through lush meadows and dense forests, following the trail towards Patalwansar II. Along the way, hikers are treated to breathtaking views of towering peaks and cascading waterfalls, with the sound of the rushing Kishanganga River echoing in the distance. Patalwansar II offers a serene setting amidst alpine meadows, where trekkers can take a moment to rest and soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings. From Patalwansar II, the trail continues towards Patalwansar I Lake, passing through pristine alpine landscapes and tranquil streams. The trek to Patalwansar I Lake typically takes around 4-5 hours, depending on the pace of the group and the trail conditions. Upon reaching the shimmering waters of Patalwansar I Lake, trekkers can relax and unwind, surrounded by the tranquility of this remote and picturesque corner of Gurez Valley.

Day 5: Trek from Patalwansar I to Dison

Trek Distance: 12 kmTrek Duration: 7 hoursAltitude loss: 12,650 ft to 10,340 ft

The trek from Patalwansar I to Dison offers trekkers a scenic and adventurous journey through the captivating landscapes of Gurez Valley. Beginning from the tranquil shores of Patalwansar I Lake, trekkers navigate through lush meadows and dense forests, soaking in the serene beauty of their surroundings. As they traverse the winding trails, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of majestic peaks and verdant valleys, with the sound of cascading waterfalls accompanying them along the way. The route descends gradually towards Dison, passing through traditional Dardic villages and picturesque hamlets nestled amidst the mountains. The trek typically takes around 4-5 hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group and the trail conditions. Upon reaching Dison, trekkers can unwind and reflect on their adventure, surrounded by the tranquil ambiance of this remote and enchanting corner of Gurez Valley.

Day 6: Trek from Dison to Dawar. Drive to Srinagar

Trek Distance: 4.6 kmTrek Duration: 3 hoursDrive Distance: 141 kmDrive Duration: 6-7 hoursAltitude loss: 10,340 ft to 5,220 ft

The trek from Dison to Dawar marks the final leg of the journey through the captivating landscapes of Gurez Valley. Beginning from Dison, trekkers descend through verdant meadows and dense forests, following the trail back towards the administrative hub of Dawar. Along the way, hikers are treated to sweeping vistas of snow-capped peaks and rolling hills, with the gushing Kishanganga River accompanying them on their journey. As they approach Dawar, trekkers pass through traditional Dardic villages, where they can immerse themselves in the local culture and interact with the friendly villagers. The trek typically takes around 3-4 hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group and the trail conditions. Upon reaching Dawar, trekkers bid farewell to the stunning landscapes of Gurez Valley and embark on a scenic drive back to Srinagar, retracing their steps through the picturesque countryside and rugged mountain passes. As they journey homeward, trekkers carry with them memories of their unforgettable adventure in the remote wilderness of Gurez Valley.

Day 7: Buffer Day

All your travel plans include a buffer day to accommodate bad weather on the trek/political instability. This depends entirely on the circumstances of the trek and the situation in Kashmir. The buffer day is mandatory to keep in your itinerary.

If the buffer day is used, you have to pay us Rs 1,800 per day +5% GST. The money will be collected by the Trek Leader only if we use the buffer day.

 

NOTE

The above itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, group size, and other factors. It's always best to check with your trekking company for the most up-to-date itinerary and any changes. Additionally, it's important to ensure that you are physically fit and acclimatized before attempting the Gurez Valley Trek Kashmir, as it involves high altitudes and strenuous trekking.

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Things to Carry

If you are planning to go on the Gurez Valley Trek Kashmir, here are some essential items that you should carry with you:

  • Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a capacity of at least 40-50 liters to carry all your essentials.
  • Trekking Shoes: Good quality trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support.
  • Warm Clothes: It is essential to carry warm clothes as the temperatures can drop significantly at night. Carry thermals, fleece jackets, down jackets, gloves, and woollen socks.
  • Rain Gear: Carry a raincoat or poncho to protect yourself from rain and wind.
  • Sun Protection: Carry sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, and a hat to protect yourself from the harsh sun.
  • Headlamp or Torch: A headlamp or torch with extra batteries is necessary as there will be no electricity on the trek.
  • Water Bottles: Carry at least two water bottles with a capacity of 1 litre each to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with medicines for headaches, stomach upsets, and other common ailments.
  • Trekking Poles: Trekking poles provide stability and support and reduce the strain on your knees while descending.
  • Miscellaneous: Carry a camera, power bank, and pocket knife for emergencies. 

Make sure to pack light and carry only the essentials to avoid unnecessary weight on the trek.

How to Reach

The Gurez Valley Trek Kashmir is located in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, and the nearest city is Shrinagar . You can reach Shrinagar by air, rail, or road. From Shrinagar, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Dawar, the starting point of the Gurez Valley trek.

Nearest Rail Head: Sopore (Approx 12o KM) from Dawar.

Nearest Bus Stand: Dawar

Nearest Airport: Srinagar Airport (160 Km away)

Shrinagar is well connected by all three major modes of transportation. One can easily board Train, Bus, or Plane from most of the major cities of India.

Safety & Security

Here are some safety tips that you must keep in mind while on the Gurez Valley Trek Kashmir:

  • Always carry a first-aid kit with you, including medicines for altitude sickness
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when needed
  • Follow the instructions of your trekking guide and do not venture out alone
  • Respect the local culture and traditions

Cancellation Policy

We understand that planning an outdoor trip brings a lot of excitement and joy. However, we also know that cancellations can be disappointing. While Hello Hikers rarely cancels treks due to our efficient ground operations, cancellations can happen due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions, government regulations, or any other factors beyond our control. In such cases, the following cancellation policy will be applicable.

To ensure a hassle-free experience, we recommend making your booking at least two months in advance. If you do need to cancel your trek, please inform us in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive written advice.

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

We have designed a cancellation policy that is fair, feasible, and convenient for all our customers. The procedure is as follows:

  • If you cancel your trek 21 or more days before the start date, we will deduct 10% towards GST and transaction charges and refund 90% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 15-20 days before the start date, we will deduct 30% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at base, ration, etc., and refund 70% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 7-14 days before the start date, we will deduct 50% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at the base, ration, trek leaders, permits, equipment, etc., and refund 50% as a trek voucher that is valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 1-6 days before the start date, we will deduct 100% as all arrangements have been made, and we are ready to take you on the trek.

We also have some terms and conditions for the trek voucher:

  • The voucher will be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.
  • The voucher can be used for any trek with Hello Hikers.

Thank you for choosing Hello Hikers, and we hope to see you on our treks soon!

FAQS

Is the Gurez Valley Trek difficult?

The Gurez Valley Trek is a moderate-level trek, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, so it is essential to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges. It is recommended that you start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance by following a regular exercise routine. 

Some people may get altitude sickness since the walk begins at an altitude of around 6,000 feet and rises to a maximum altitude of 13,800 feet. In order to prevent altitude sickness, it is essential that one should properly acclimatize and adopt the necessary precautions.

Overall, for those who are ready for the challenge and prepared for the physical demands of the walk, the Gurez Valley Trek can be an enjoyable one.

How much does a Gurez Valley Trek cost?

The cost of the Gurez Valley Trek varies depending on the season, the type of accommodation, and the mode of transport. On average, the cost of the trek ranges from INR 15000-20000 per person, which includes transportation, accommodation, meals, and trekking guide fees. It is recommended that you carry some extra cash with you for emergencies.

How many days to climb Gurez Valley

The Gurez Valley Trek typically takes about 6 days to complete, covering a distance of approximately 40 kilometres. However, the duration may vary depending on the trekker's pace and the weather conditions.

Gurez Valley Trek distance

Depending on the actual route chosen, for the trek, the hike to Gurez Valley is  38–40 kilometres . The trek usually takes 5-6 days, covering 5–6 kilometres (3–3.7 miles) on average each day. Depending upon the starting location, the route taken, and the pace of the trekker, the total distance may change.

Gurez Valley Trek best time

The best time to go for the Gurez Valley Trek is from April to September. During this time, the trek offers stunning views of snow-covered mountains and the surrounding landscapes. However, the trek can be quite challenging during the winter months, with temperatures dropping to sub-zero levels. It is important to pack warm clothing and carry appropriate gear to tackle the cold weather. The summer and monsoon months are not recommended for the Gurez Valley Trek as the region receives heavy rainfall, which can make the terrain slippery and dangerous to traverse.

Gurez Valley Trek in December

The Gurez Valley Trek in December is a great option for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. During this time, the entire trail is covered with snow, offering a magical experience of trekking amidst the snow-capped mountains. The temperature in Gurez Valley during the month of December ranges from -5°C to 10°C, so it’s advised to carry warm clothing and suitable trekking gear to avoid cold and related illnesses. The trek to the Kedarkantha peak can be challenging, but also rewarding as it offers the views of snow-covered Himalayan peaks, dense forests, and frozen streams making it all worth it. It is advisable to go on the Gurez Valley Trek with an experienced guide who has knowledge of the local area and can ensure your safety and also provide you with the necessary guidance throughout the trek.

Gurez Valley Trek height

The Gurez Valley is situated at an altitude of around 13,800 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Although the height of Gurez Valley Trek Peak is not extremely high, it is still important to take necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness and acclimatize properly before starting your trek. Trekkers are advised to carry appropriate gear and clothing to tackle the cold weather at such high altitudes.

Fitness level required for Gurez Valley Trek

The Gurez Valley Trek is a moderate-level trek, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. However, it is essential to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges that come with the trek. It is recommended that you start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance by following a regular exercise routine.

Clothing and gear required for Gurez Valley Trek

The Gurez Valley Trek requires warm clothes, including thermals, fleece jackets, and down jackets. Trekking shoes with good grip are also essential for the trek. It is recommended that you carry sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Toiletries, including wet wipes, tissue paper, and hand sanitiser, are also necessary.

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