Trekking!! Naranag, Gangabal Lake and Kangan in kashmir :)
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May 13th, 2008 – by: vvicy1
Naranag village is a weird place to be if you have not booked through a tour guide etc, but is a lot of fun if you don't upset anyone. A lot of people go through tour packages and pay scandalous amounts of money, I managed to tell one girl how she could claim her money back and recieved a few death threats.
We found a house to stay in for the night, and paid for renting a room. That afternoon we walked along the river, met a lot of Gujaris (mountai people) and gypsies. Beware of the children - they are expert pick pockets and can remove bracelets, watches, etc! The ruins at Naranag are worth the visit, although no oe in the village really knows the history so you can read up about it before you go, some people say it's hindu, others say Buddhist, but they are beautiful all the same.
Then the next morning headed up at 6am for the huge climb up the mountain. We started off at 2,200, and made it to 3,400m to see Gangabal Lake. the veiw was so beautiful and we were blessed with good weather and safety as we opted to go it alone with no guide or camping gear! I was amazed that I had climbed to 11,000ft, and though a little short of breath soaked up all the scenery, and managed to find some time to play in the snow :)
We got back to the village at 4pm in time to get the bus back to Kangan, where we found that there was no transportation to Sonomarg and that the only guesthouse was a grott pit and they wanted 300 rupees for it! A kind man in the chai shop offered us to stay in his place for the night, so we managed to get 4 hours sleep with his constant smoking of his hubbly-bubbly pipe and coughing. Headed from Kangan to Sonomarg at 8am by Sumo (50 rupees) to make a move from this weird and wonderful place!
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