Kashmir needs no introduction. Everyone is aware of the beauty and magnificence and trekking in Kashmir has its own charm. Kolahoi Glacier Trek is one such classic Kashmir trek that traces the course of the Lidder River from Pahalgam upto the Kolahoi glacier. The valley glacier is revered to by the locals as the “Goddess of Light” as it is the perennial source of water of the Lidder and Jhelum Rivers. Infact, the glacier is the only perennial source of water in the Kashmir valley. The Kolahoi glacier is a 5 km long hanging glacier located just below the Kolahoi mountains and up the Lidder valley.
The trek starts from a picturesque Kashmiri village named Aru. The trail winds beside the Lidder River and through the beautiful Himalayan valleys, lush meadows and the beautiful coniferous forests of the valley. This is one of the best short treks in Kashmir. The trekking trail is undulating but does not involve any special technical requirements. But basic fitness is needed for the trek as for doing any Himalayan treks.