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Tulian Lake

The hidden lake trek

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TREK DIFFICULTY

Moderate

TREK DURATION

5 days

HIGHEST ALTITUDE

12,087 ft

The hidden lake trek

Kashmir treks are synonymous with lakes and meadows. With treks like the Kashmir Great Lakes, the Tarsar Marsar, the Bodhpatri, and the Nafran Valley already in the picture, it’s hard for any trek to match them. Yet, we have another terrific trek in Kashmir—the Tulian Lake trek—that does equal justice to these great treks. 

Along with stunning meadows and an alpine lake, the Tulian Lake trek has something that our other treks in Kashmir do not: the famous flora of Kashmir. 

There are pine, fir, chir, and spruce trees. You may think you have seen these trees before, but you have not.

These forests differ significantly from those in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, or Sikkim. They resemble European vegetation more than they do our Indian forests. 

On the Tulian Lake Trek, we are in these European kind of settings for three days, compared to a few hours on our other treks. In between these forests are some of the loveliest clearings. 

The turquoise blue Tulian Lake at 12,000 ft, with icy bergs floating on it, is unlike our other Kashmir lakes. Beyond the lake's snowy reaches are snow-capped peaks that soar over 15,000 feet. Being in the towering presence of such mountains on the edge of a lake is something a trekker is unprepared for. The lake is vast, almost a kilometre long, and shaped like the figure of eight. The shape compels you to look around every curve. 

The Tulian Lake trek is a complete Kashmir trek. It has some of the most incredible forests, the grandest meadows, jaw-dropping clearings, stunning valleys in which you camp, and a gorgeous alpine lake. If trekkers want more from a trek, getting it is impossible. 

The Tulian Lake Trek is accessible for a longer duration compared to other Kashmir treks. You can do the trek from the middle of May until the middle of October.

Kashmir treks are synonymous with lakes and meadows. With treks like the Kashmir Great Lakes, the Tarsar Marsar, the Bodhpatri, and the Nafran Valley already in the picture, it’s hard for any trek to match them. Yet, we have another terrific trek in Kashmir—the Tulian Lake trek—that does equal justice to these great treks. 

Along with stunning meadows and an alpine lake, the Tulian Lake trek has something that our other treks in Kashmir do not: the famous flora of Kashmir. 

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Tulian Lake - 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 Tulian Lake 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 these extremely useful.

Trek Highlights

What we like about the Tulian Valley Trek

1. The Forests with Spruce, Pine and Fir

The trail to Tulian Lake is a nature lover's paradise. As you start your climb from Ganesh Bal, you will be greeted by the unmistakable scent of pine trees. However, the Coniferous family has more to offer than just pines. As you gain altitude, you will encounter the charming combination of spruce and fir trees, creating a captivating forest to trek through.

As you approach Tulian Valley, you even get to see Bhoj trees.

Getting to trek in the forest cover on almost all days of the trek is something hard to imagine on any high-altitude trek and especially so, on Kashmir treks. This is why, the Tulian Lake trek is a must-do.

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The dense forest on the way to Kanimool campsite. Picture by Aubaid Shah

2. Valleys and Meadows on the Tulian Lake

Kashmir treks are known for their meadows. The Tulian Lake trek is no different. The forest sections open up to beautiful clearings every now and then. 

On the very first day of the trek, you camp at the beautiful Deno valley - a huge clearing bordered by pine trees. The golden light hitting the sprawling meadows is a stunning sight to behold. Imagine being greeted by this view as you open your tent in the morning!
You also camp at Tulian Valley - another valley on the trek. As the valley is located almost after the treeline ends, it gives an experience of camping in the beautiful Kashmir landscape.

The trek trails through Baisaran, alternatively called mini Switzerland. Such is the beauty of this place. Do not forget to take a moment out, sit on the outskirts of this grand meadow and take in all it has to offer.

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The picturesque Tulian Valley. Picture by Aubaid Shah

3. The Tulian Lake

Imagine standing at the base of a steep slope, dotted with boulders. From a distance, the climb might seem easy, but as you get closer, you realize the challenge ahead. You've spent the last few days on this trek, and now it's time to push yourself to the summit. But what awaits you at the top is worth every effort.

As you reach the summit, nestled between the majestic mountain ranges of Pir Panjal and Zanskar, a sight that will take your breath away emerges - Tulian Lake. 

The lake is a stunning turquoise colour and shaped like the number 8, with a narrow inlet connecting the two parts. It's a stark contrast to the snow-capped peaks and colourful mountains surrounding it, making it a must-see attraction in the Pahalgam region. 

The beauty and the serenity of this lake are totally worth the challenge to get there!

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Captivating Tulian Lake. It's a huge lake extending to almost a km long. Picture by Amit Fatnani.