The recent attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir has changed our safety tolerance. We are suspending the Tarsar trek for this week. The trek will be diverted to the Gadsar Pass trek, which falls on the Kashmir Great Lakes route.
The route to the Tarsar base camp, Aru, passes through Anantnag, which is the zone of recent attacks. We do not want to take a chance with our vehicles moving through Anantnag.
Coming to the Gadsar Pass trek, it is no less beautiful than the Tarsar Marsar trek. Trekkers will camp beside Vishnusar and Kishansar, two splendid alpine lakes of Kashmir. See some of the pictures here.
The trek will follow the same route as the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. Except, after reaching the Gadsar pass we will turn around and retrace our trek on the same route. On the return we will camp at two new beautiful spots, Basti and Shekdur. Both campsites are terrific.
The trek itinerary would be like this:
15 July: Drive from Srinagar to Shitkari
16 July: Shitkari to Nichnai
17 July: Nichnai to Vishnusar
18 July: Vishnusar to Gadsar pass and camp at Kishansar
19 July: Kishansar to Basti
20 July: Basti to Shekdur
21 July: Trek from Shekdur to Sonamarg and drive to Srinagar
The trekkers who are currently trekking in Kashmir are safe. We have received news from Srinagar that everything is as normal as can be there.
If there is any change in the situation, we will take a call on future Kashmir treks by noon tomorrow.
Below is an audio update from our official podcast Trek Talks with Vishnu Benne. He sums up the current situation in Kashmir and our next plan of action. Do listen and share it further with those trekking with you.
We will keep you posted through emails and updates on our website in case of any changes in schedule.
Stay tuned to our website!