Kashmir with its unparalleled beauty, postcard-perfect scenes and almost European vistas frankly needs no introduction. The Marchoi Valley trek traverses some of the hidden jewels in the Kashmiri mountainscape. the pristine alpine meadows along with pine and silver birch forests. With glacier-covered mountains in the distance, snow all around and beautiful winter forests the Marchoi Valley trek is guaranteed to bring out your inner child
Starting from the popular hill station Naranag, the trail follows ancient routes taken by the Gujjars, the nomadic shepherds of Kashmir. Every day on the trail, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of rugged snow-capped mountains, colourful grasslands, and trout-filled crystal clear streams. It goes without saying that it is a physically easy and mentally challenging trek and would require the trekkers to be physically fit to traverse through the snow in the winter months and to have a penchant for the Himalayan remoteness to enjoy this trek. As the trek begins from Srinagar, you can also add a day to visit the beautiful city in Winter and if you’re lucky find the Dal Lake frozen.
Kashmir in winter is a winter wonderland and as you make your way to Naranag, expect to see entire valleys covered in snow. The trek is an easy to moderate trek. The first day of trekking on the Kashmir Winter Trek is an easy trek to Dumail which acts as our base for the rest of the duration. The next day we trek into the Marchoi Valley. On this day you can expect to be walking through 3-4 feet of snow. Specialized spike attachments designed to clip on to your trekking shoes aid in walking in the snow. Words cannot describe the beauty of the Marchoi Valley and it is a different world altogether, frozen waterfalls, a blanket of snow and ice bridges make the experience a mystical one. The penultimate day of trekking is spent hiking to Shadimarg. This is the highest point of the trek at around 2600 metres in altitude.
The best time to go for the Kashmir Winter Trek is in the winter months of January, February and March. Expect it to be cold with a high chance of snow. We at Adventure-Pulse will ensure your comfort by providing thick canvas tents, double-lined sleeping bags and hot water. During the day, the average temperature is around -5 Celsius that plummets to a chilly -15 Celsius at night.
We recommend the Kashmir Winter Trek to beginner and amateur trekkers looking for a relaxed winter trek with comfortable amenities. As Naranag is well connected even in winter (Flying to Srinagar and a short drive to Naranag) this trek is perfect for any dates in the winter, unlike the Chadar Trek which depends on the ice conditions. The trekking distance and difficulty is low, but the cold is something that makes the trek a moderate one.
Best Time : January, February and March
Duration : 06 Days
Max. Altitude : 2600 metres
Commences At : Srinagar
Ends At : Srinagar
Extreme temperature variations, high altitude, snow glare & proximity to the sun are certain factors that necessitate the need for proper trekking equipment. In order to enjoy your experience in the mountains, we have recommended that you carry the following with you.
The Kashmir Winter Trek is a trek where you need to be in good physical condition before you start the trek. Your body should be able to bear extreme cold caused by the subzero temperatures which can even drop down to as low as – 20 degree Celsius. You must be able to brisk walk for 2 – 3 km before the trek starts. This makes your lungs strong and gives it ability to process less air for more work. It also helps the body to acclimatize better to the cold and low oxygen levels.
Consistency is the key. If you follow the above schedule thoroughly; you will be able to acclimatize better while at high altitude. Feel free to drop us a message and we'd be happy to help you draft a fitness regime suited to you.
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