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Kashmir Wild Walking

Tailor Made Itinerary

10 Days From C$3,544

Overview

The very sound of Kashmir brings to mind a whiff of adventure and a nostalgic nod towards a golden age of travel. Back on the tourist map, this centuries old holiday destination offers some of the most pristine and unspoiled trekking anywhere on the continent, where you can trek through primal forest and across remote Himalayan mountain passes, before relaxing aboard one of Kashmir’s fabled houseboats. Ideal for couples or groups of friends alike, this spectacular private journey represents ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax aboard a traditional Kashmir houseboat on the beautiful Dal Lake
  • Trek in the foothills of the Himalayas and through the beautiful Lidr Valley
  • Camp amongst the mountain landscapes of the Sonomus Pass
  • Enjoy the unhurried pace of Kashmir’s summer capital
  • Explore the famous Mughal Gardens and fascinating old city of Srinagar
  • Discover the famous floating Dal lake flower and vegetable market by boat

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI

DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI

On arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to relax or go for local walks or sightseeing.

The Claridges

DAY 2: DELHI - SRINAGAR

DAY 2: DELHI - SRINAGAR

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and driven back to the airport for your flight to Srinagar. On arrival at Srinagar you will be met and transferred by both car and shikara (water taxi) to your houseboat. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Royal Houseboat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: SRINAGAR

DAY 3: SRINAGAR

This morning you will board a shikara to the floating vegetable market where you'll be able to paddle around watching the action and pick up some snacks from Mr Delicious. Then it is onto the Shalimar Gardens. Enjoy a walk among the fountains, flower beds and mighty chinar trees, to the black marble pavilion. Next you will be guided through Old Srinagar. Walk through the narrow streets, stopping off at forts, mosques, temples and tombs as well as visiting the various craftsmen through who's bazaars you'll pass.

Royal Houseboat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: SRINAGAR - ARU

DAY 4: SRINAGAR - ARU

After breakfast you will drive to Aru, where the first night's camp will be located. You will have excellent facilities with mattresses, dining, shower and kitchen tents, as well as a separate toilet tent. What time you leave, and what stops you choose to make along the way (there are some nice sites at Avantipur) will dictate the day - the drive without stops takes about 3 hours - but you should have time for a couple of short walks to help get your legs in shape for the next few days.

Wild Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: ARU - LIDR WAT

DAY 5: ARU - LIDR WAT

After a relaxed breakfast you will trek for only four hours as you acclimatise yourselves to the mountains. It is a stunning walk that takes you through forests of cedar, spruce and pines to Lidr Wat where you will camp between two rivers. En route you will meet local shepherds and be able to take a peek inside their homes. After lunch at the camp you can go for a further 2-hour walk up the Lidr Valley.

Wild Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: LIDR WAT - TARSEL LAKE

DAY 6: LIDR WAT - TARSEL LAKE

Today things get a little tougher as you walk for around 6 hours towards the stunning 3,800m Tarsel Lake. You will leave the forested areas soon after breakfast and head out onto the open mountains, with peaks and valleys surrounding you. Setting off in good time, you should reach your camp at Khamwaz in time for lunch. It is possible, if you would like to take an extended route, to walk to the beautiful turquoise, glacial lake getting in to camp later in the afternoon for tea.

Wild Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TARSEL LAKE - SONOMUS

DAY 7: TARSEL LAKE - SONOMUS

Today will arguably be the most stunning day of the trek as you climb up to 3950m to cross the Sonomus Pass. After the pass you will have a picnic lunch in a spectacular spot before descending on towards the tree line. You should reach your final camp above a beautiful stream at Sonomus after about 6 hours. You'll have tea then some time to relax and enjoy this wonderful spot.

Wild Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: SONOMUS - SRINAGAR

DAY 8: SONOMUS - SRINAGAR

After breakfast you will carry on down through the forests, as the Sind Valley opens out, to the road-head at Symbol. On the way you will have a picnic lunch and hopefully cool off in a sparkling mountain stream before finishing the trek. Transfer to a jeep for a 2.5 hour drive to Srinagar, which you should reach by mid-afternoon. Once here you will transfer to a shikara (water taxi) to paddle round to your houseboat. Dinner will be on the houseboat.

Royal Houseboat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: SRINAGAR

DAY 9: SRINAGAR

Morning at leisure to relax and enjoy your houseboat. Late afternoon, just as the sun is setting, enjoy an hour Shikara ride on the Dal Lake. From the open lake where uninterrupted views stretched away beyond the wooden houseboats and forested foothills to the snow-capped peaks beyond, you'll drift silently into the narrow waterways.

Royal Houseboat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: SRINAGAR - DELHI

DAY 10: SRINAGAR - DELHI

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your flight to Delhi were your tour ends.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

KASHMIR WILD WALKING (10 DAYS) C$3,544

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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