Gangbal lake(11500ft) to Naranag town(7400ft) and finally, drive to Srinagar
It starts with a small ascent, followed by a gradual and then a steep descent. Unlike earlier, this day is a stress test for your feet and toes, rather than your stamina.
With Zujj pass behind in all its majestic glory and with meadows ahead, you walk down the forest department huts and the army camps. The trail goes through the forests of pine, deodhar, black cheery, paper trees. Glimpses of civilization crop up sporadically, your phone signals come back to life, the muddy paths transform into the stone paved village tracks and you have the reluctant feeling to being back into the cacophony of civilization.
Sometimes, trekkers choose to talk the opposite route to start from Naranag and climb up to Gangbal lakes and descend. Do note that will be a much steeper climb, but perhaps, well-worth if you plan only a short trip.
1. Maintain fitness levels at least as per the difficulty level of the trek you are signing up for
2. Refer to the trek-essentials and pack accordingly.
3. Do carry sufficient cash for the maggi-points.
4. The weather is very fickle in the mountains and ensure to have sufficient clothing packed – ponchos, water-proof gloves, extra jacket and headcovers for the cold breeze.
5. Carry your photo-id cards, along with 2-3 copies of it for verification at army check-points.