Trek from Satsar to Gangabal Lake – Day 6

Gangabal lake and Nundkol lake
Day 6 of our trekking starts with the crossing of an ice cold stream right next to Satsar camp site. The view from Satsar campsite is just too beautiful. Soon after crossing the stream starts the gradual ascent full of huge boulders. It’s better not to use your poles here as it’s of no use. Care has to be taken while crossing over these boulders as one wrong step can be fetal. Continue trekking across these boulders for another 1.5 to 2 kilometers after which it is a steep ascent, but very much manageable as the hike is on meadows. Don’t forget to turn around. This is the place where you will find mountains full of pine trees, after many days of trekking in the mountains with almost no trees. You will even find few shepherds or Gujjar’s huts in the mountain slopes. Keep walking until you reach the peak which is at 13400 feet.

If you have not gone through the previous 5 days of Kashmir Great Lakes trekking posts then don’t forget to go through these link: Day 1 – Journey from Srinagar to Sonamarg Day 2 – Trek from Sonamarg to Nichnai Day 3 – Trek from Nichnai to Vishnusar Lake Day 4 – Trek from Vishnusar Lake to Gadsar Day 5 – Trek from Gadsar to Satsar

Once you reach the peak, this is where the most beautiful view of the entire trek is. The Gangabal lake and Nundkol lake appearing as twin lakes. To be honest, it was worth the climb. I overheard many of them saying “Wow”. Really beautiful landscape. The Gangabal lake and Nundkol lake appear under the cloud playing hide and seek. Gangabal lake is bigger than the Nundkol lake. You can see the stream of water flowing down from one lake to the other. Spend some time here and get some good landscape shots, enjoy the nature and beauty. The view from this point is so beautiful that you will forget all your tiredness or sickness of any kind. Few of my friends even said that they want to spend their retired life here.

From this peak which is at 13400 feet is the steep descent all the way down to 12000 feet. Be careful as you go further down because the descent is steep and continue descent for about an hour plus. Once you reach the base, there is a stream to cross. Sit for a while once you cross the stream and look back at the steep descent. The mountain slope looks much steeper than the Gadsar pass. Continue with your trek in the meadows with the gradual ascent followed by descent till you reach another stream. This is your camp site for the day.

Many visit Gangabal lake on weekends as this place is close to Naranag which is our final point to get back and is 1 day trek away from Gangabal lake. You can either camp next to Gangabal lake or cross the stream over a wooden log bridge and camp near the stream or next to Nundkol lake. The landscape of this twin lake is good from far but once you reach the lake, human activities and remnants of camping is something common. You may not feel that fresh when compared to the other days of trek that you had already covered.

Nundkol lake is few minutes walk from Gangabal lake and lies at the base of Harmukh peak. Harmukh has a huge snow patch which looks like a glacier form far. If you reach this camp site earlier then you can spend time going around the two lakes and also a very good place for some amazing shots. You may try capturing some timelapse shots and the last place to capture some great long exposure night shots as this is the last place where there is no light pollution.

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