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Trekking!! Naranag, Gangabal Lake and Kangan in kashmir :)

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Temple ruins at Naranag
Headed off early Tuesday morning with basic kit and clothes packed, caught a Sumo from outside of Srinagar to Kangan, where we had to change and caught the bus up to Naranag village. The bus trip was great fun, the first time I have ever sat on the roof of a bus - as the inside was too packed to move! Made it up to the middle of the mountain, where we stopped at a school for an hour while waiting for the next bus to arrive. The teacher there was so nice, and met a lot of the Gujari children who are learning Urdu and Kashmiri there. Survived the bus trip by dodging all the branches hanging from trees and low lying electric cables! The man on the top of the bus was a bit annoying as he kept shouting through the village on the way up "The tourists are here! the English are here!", I nearly battered him.
Trekking to Gangabal Lake, from Naranag


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.
Trekking to Gangabal Lake, from Naranag, at 12,000ft


 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!

vvicy1 says:
Maybe you should write your own travel blog hey?
Posted on: May 11, 2013
sanders7 says:
If you happen to come to Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir, India, think about going for a hike in the Northern part of this mountainous state. One of the best places to start with would be the village of Naranag which is about 1.5 hours drive from Srinagar. One can hire a $40 sumo jeep or take two $3 local buses from Srinagar to Naranag. The beauty of Naranag is that, despite its numerous visitors - maybe, 30 people/week during peak summer days - the environment and treks stay pristine, the locals are welcoming and showing the true Kashmiri hospitality.
I was attempting to make a spontaneous ascend of Harmukh (5142m) near the first camp on the trek but stopped at around 4400m due to bad weather (at 3pm) and somewhat lose rocks. However, if one starts early in the morning (4am-5am) and is cautious enough on the rocks, the climbing may be very enjoyable and challenging. The top of the mountain (4900m-5142m) is covered by the glacier. Harmukh is the mountain from which K2 was discovered. Arguably, one can see the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat at a distance of 100 km from the top of Harmukh.
Besides climbing, there are several scenic lakes around (Nundkol and Gangabal) that may put you into a meditative state if you choose to stay there for a couple hours. The lakes are relatively warm in late July (7C-10C), so one can go for a refreshing swim in their waters. There is also a several-days trek from Naranag to Gangabal Lake to Sonamarg through the mountain valleys.
As for the local trekking operators, I would recommend Mr. Mohad Aslam Kasanan whose family owns a guest house in Naranag as well as a summer camp/tent in the first camp (+919697560626 or +919858339208). Had very positive experience with those guys.
Posted on: May 11, 2013
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