Early July – Patches of snow at higher altitudes (Nichnai and Gadsar Pass), Green starts to unravel after long hiatus, flowers beginning to bloom.
Mid-July – Mid-August – Most of the snow would have melted. This is also the warmest period in Kashmir. You will find dramatic landscapes with breathtaking colors. There will be mild showers here and there but nothing to be concerned about. (You might experience evening showers on certain days during this time of the year. This is why it is a good practice to cross the pass early in the day and reach the next campsite by or before 4 PM.)
Mid-August to September – You will see a considerable drop in the temperature. Also due to which flowers start to wither away, skies are mostly clear and blue with intermittent showers. You will notice snowfall post-mid-September. Green will start to wear pale yellowish ensemble ,announcing arrival of long winter slumber.
Is Kashmir safe for trekking?
Kashmir is very safe for trekking. In fact, the people here are very welcoming and hospitable.
Do you get mobile network on the trek?
Only for a brief patch on the 2nd day of the trek, at the Nichnai Pass. You can make your last calls in Srinagar, that too, if you have a postpaid BSNL or Airtel connection.
What type of clothes should I bring?
Keep flexible, breathable and light clothing along with a warming jacket. In terms of toiletries, carry the basic stuff like your bathing soup, shampoo, toothpaste, brush, detergent, and facewash.
What type of food can we expect?
The food varieties on such high altitude treks are slightly limited. But, be rest assured, you will get the best in everything that is available. The crew carries food supplies with them from Srinagar – this includes tea, eggs, rice, atta, vegetables, packaged soups and even, err, livestock. So, expect some fresh and delicious meals everyday. Water is even fresher, because you get a running supply from the streams that you camp near.
What if I want to discontinue?
Someone from the team will accompany you, incase you are unwilling to continue the trek. For more details, please get in touch with your service provider or trek company. It is normal to experience some altitude sickness, carry the right medicines or head back incase of extreme uneasiness.
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