PAHALGAM TO KOLAHOI GLACIER
This is the trekker’s favorite route and is one of the most extensively traveled one. This trek involves camping en route, as hotels etc. will be not easily available. Tents and other camping equipment should be got along. On the 1st day from Pahalgam, the route goes to Aru, a small village on the banks of the Lidder River.
Day 2 sees you at Lidderwat, a beautiful campsite with breath taking scenery. Here, the Glacier stream meets the stream from Tarsar Lake. There are a couple of rest houses around for those interested.
The 3rd day is to walk up to the lake and back to Lidderwat. The Glacier is situated at 4000 meters and is quite a steep climb.
Day 4 is utilized in walking straight back to Pahalgam, covering the whole distance in a one-day trek. One can extend the trek by a day by going to the Tansar Lake and back from Lidderwat. One can also go to the Kulan valley in Sonemarg, if there are a couple of days to spare.
Day 1 Pahalgam to Aru 12 km
Day 2 Aru to Lidderwat 12 km
Day 3 Lidderwat/Kolahoi GlacierLidderwat 13 km
Day 4 Lidderwat to Pahalgam 24 km
Day 5 Sekiwas to Khemsar 10 km
Day 6 Khemsar to Kulan 10 km
1 From Pahalgam to Aru, a 3 hour hike. Although the walk follows a jeep track, this stage will be a good opportunity to try out your boots. The village of Aru (2410m) has a number of interesting hostel rooms.
2 The stage to Aru gives you the opportunity to delve into the most picturesque part of Kashmir, that of the shepherds. They are friendly and are in the habit of meeting trekkers. You will also cross a pine forest and follow the Lidder river.
3 From Lidderwat to the glacier of Kolahoi (an 8 or 9 hour hike). You start by following the river bed before the ascent to Satalanjan. As there can be snow, be appropriately equipped. A little further, you reach the foot of the glacier. The road to the peak of the Kolahoi is very demanding. Return the same way.
4 From Lidderwat to Selkwas, Tar Sar and back. (a 9 hour hike). The ascent to Tar Sar (3900m) can be dangerous, but is magnificent. It is a demanding stage.
5 From Lidderwat to Pahalgam (a 5 hour hike) If you want to be in time for dinner at Pahalgam, you only need to hitch a ride with a passing truck.