Bodpathri Lakes Trek

The ultimate grassland trek of Kashmir

TREK DIFFICULTY

Moderate-Difficult

TREK DURATION

7 days

HIGHEST ALTITUDE

13,060 ft

AGE LIMIT

12 to 62 years

The ultimate grassland trek of Kashmir

Our Remote Trek Documenter, Saliyah Ahmad and our Senior Trek Leader, Nitesh Kumar, who has designed our Gidara Bugyal, the Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek and the recent Ranthan Kharak trek, explored the Bodpathri Lakes trek and put it down in a very simple line. They said, "One emotion to describe this trek is in a word — ZABARDAST!"

There are treks like Kashmir Great Lakes and Tarsar Marsar. People post about these treks and go gaga. But the Bodpathri Lakes Trek, like an older brother, was waiting for its time. After being under the army's jurisdiction for decades, the trek can now stand up on its own and claim its place among the greatest treks of Kashmir. 

There are several reasons why anyone will feel this trek is one of the greatest in Kashmir:

  • Trekkers have never stepped into such a beautiful part of Kashmir. This region was out of bounds until a few years ago. Even now, you see remains of army bunkers and trenches on the trail. What has stayed in the untouched beauty that no one has seen before — the forests, meadows, valleys, rivers and lakes. All come together to show you a side of Kashmir that none of our other treks has shown. 
  • There are 6 majestic alpine lakes to see. Two of them, the Bodsar and the Pamsar, are at par with our lakes on the KGL and Tarsar Marsar. Lakes like the Pathrisar, Lokutsar and Damansar are no pushovers either. Then there are the cute Navkansar twin lakes.
  • Trekkers traverse through the mind-boggling carpeted beauty of the Ashtaar valley. And then discover there are 4 more such beautiful valleys to trek through. The Guruwansar, Pamsar, Bodsar and the Gadtar valleys. Each is distinctly beautiful. Each has a strong character. 
  • The start of the trek itself feels like paradise. There is a reason why it is called Doodhpathri (the valley of milk). The golf course-like bowl-shaped valley stuns anyone with its velvety green splendour. 
  • The forest trails outside Doodhpathri are very enchanting. The coniferous trees are so tall that we cannot see their tops. 
  • The KGL and Tarsar Marsar treks boast of some great meadows. On the Bodpathri Lakes trek, the meadows are the highlights. They are vast and endless, like a sea, in every direction. You are in the middle of it. It is 360 degrees of manicured alpine meadows — for days.
  • Rarely will you witness a golden sunrise as beautiful as from the camps around the Gurwansar lake. The sun rises from the meadows torching everything in a golden light. The alpenglow on the snow-capped mountains only adds to this splendour.
  • On this trek, you camp beside the most picturesque meadows, valleys, rivers and river delta. If you think you have camped at some exotic locations on your other treks, then the campsites of the Bodpathri Lakes trek will make you rethink those campsites. 
  • You finally enter the forbidden meadows of Tosamaidan. The beauty of Tosamaidan makes you end the trek on a high.

Our Remote Trek Documenter, Saliyah Ahmad and our Senior Trek Leader, Nitesh Kumar, who has designed our Gidara Bugyal, the Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek and the recent Ranthan Kharak trek, explored the Bodpathri Lakes trek and put it down in a very simple line. They said, "One emotion to describe this trek is in a word — ZABARDAST!"

There are treks like Kashmir Great Lakes and Tarsar Marsar. People post about these treks and go gaga. But the Bodpathri Lakes Trek, like an older brother, was waiting for its time. After being under the army's jurisdiction for decades, the trek can now stand up on its own and claim its place among the greatest treks of Kashmir. 

Bodpathri Lakes - Complete Trek Information

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Bodpathri Lakes Trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

Expert Speak

Nitesh Kumar, Senior Trek Leader

Nitesh Kumar, Senior Trek Leader

Nitesh is one of the Senior-most Trek Leaders at Indiahikes. He has done over 27 treks in the Himalayas, and over 70 treks all over India. He is the mastermind behind the design of the Bodpathri Lakes Trek itinerary. He explored this trek all in 3 days! Read what he has to say about the Bodpathri Lakes Trek here.

What I Like About the Bodpathri Lakes Trek

What I Like About the Bodpathri Lakes Trek

Nitesh Kumar, Senior Trek Leader

Nitesh is one of the Senior-most Trek Leaders at Indiahikes. He has done over 27 treks in the Himalayas, and over 70 treks all over India. He is the mastermind behind the design of the Bodpathri Lakes Trek itinerary. He explored this trek all in 3 days! Read what he has to say about the Bodpathri Lakes Trek here.

1. Stunning Meadows of Doodhpathri and Tosamaidan

The untouched meadows on the Bodpathri Lakes trek will leave you speechless. Meadow and trekking in Kashmir go usually hand in hand. However, on the Bodpathri Lakes Trek, the meadows are endless.

You will see herds of sheep and horses grazing in these meadows with tranquillity. Do not be surprised to see a few shepherd huts spread across this vast landscape.  

During the months of the monsoon, these meadows will be draped with flowers of many colours. 

Right from Day 1 to the end of the trek, different aspects of the meadows are a constant company. Meadows are your ally throughout the entire journey from Doodhpathi to Tosa Maidan.

The untouched meadows on the Bodpathri Lake trek. Picture by Trek leader Nitesh Kumar

2. The Lakes of Pir Panjal Valley

When we talk about trekking, the lakes of Kashmir are always something to look out for. The alpine lakes in the Pir Panjal valley are another treat for trekkers. 

On this trek, you don’t have just one or two. The trek has 6 alpine lakes which trekkers can trek to, camp nearby and have an experience that anybody dreams about.

The colours on the lakes of the Bodpathri Lakes Trek are something to experience and witness. Whatever photos or videos you see online, the real beauty cannot be captured. However, the sight of these lakes is hidden inside the valley until Day 4 of your trek.

Bodsar Lake is the biggest lake on the trek. Picture by Nitesh Kumar.

3. The Grandness and thrill of crossing three valleys

What makes Bodpathri Lakes a grand trek is a thrill of crossing three different valleys. You trek through undulating meadows and valleys as much as the eyes can see. The kid in you comes out alive when hopping between boulders, crossing streams or walking on long stretches of rolling meadows. 

Particularly at the Bodpathri Lakes trek, you have the cold waters to navigate. Trekkers will have a sense of excitement before and after crossing the stream.

When going from one valley to another, you cross many ridges, undulating meadows, river crossings, and boulders and even observe the spectacular delta formation.

It's a vast expanse of undulating meadows and valleys to trek through. Picture by Nitesh Kumar.

4. Campsites and the experience of camping on the Green Carpets

On the trek of Bodpathri Lakes, you will be camping on different terrains. You get an opportunity to camp in the meadows, next to a river, a delta, and a lake.

Getting to experience camping in these such varieties of the landscape is very unique and something you don’t get to experience on other treks. This experience itself is something worth going on the trek.

Camping on the lush meadows of Kashmir is an exquisite experience. Picture by Nitesh Kumar.

5 Reasons Why Indiahikes

We are India’s safest trekking organisation

When we brought out new trails in Indian trekking, safety came with us. Back in 2012, we were the first to introduce microspikes, and two years later, pulse oximeters became standard thanks to us. Nobody does safe treks like Indiahikes. In the mountains, emergencies don't care who you're with – everyone knows that when trouble hits, you look for the yellow tents of Indiahikes.

We are pioneers of treks in India

We are pioneers in trekking. Since 2007, we have brought out treks that have become India's most famous treks: Roopkund, Rupin Pass, Buran Ghati, Kedarkantha, Kashmir Great Lakes, Tarsar Marsar, Brahmatal, Phulara Ridge—the list goes on. In 2023 alone, we brought out five new treks in Indian trekking. We know treks better than anyone. This comes directly from the reason why Indiahikes was born: to bring out trek information and enable trekkers to trek on their own.

We are India’s largest trekking organisation

More than 25,000 people trek with us every year. We are the largest trekking organisation in India. 24% of our trekkers come back to trek with us every year. Over 4,000 students from the top educational institutions trek with us every year. Aside from this, families with children choose to trek with Indiahikes knowing that our treks are the safest. We have taken over 8000 children trekking so far, and the number continues to grow.

Our treks are transformative

We focus on designing transformative experiences. Our trek leaders conduct thought-provoking exercises that help you reflect and contemplate. This impact stays with you for a long time. Trekkers return feeling energised, more confident, or developing abilities to deal with difficulties. Many have changed careers, rethought their core values, become more humble, shown gratitude to others, or started a new fitness journey.

We are India's most sustainable trekking organisation

Since 2012, we have pioneered sustainable practices that have become standard in trekking. Using eco-bags, our trekkers have cleared over 120 tonnes of litter from the mountains. We do not carry packaged foods; instead, we serve freshly made food. We do not light campfires; we carry coal to light angethis to keep you warm. Our bio-toilets not only keep our toilets odour-free but also enrich the soil. When you trek with us, you leave mountains better.

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