|Indian Army refuses to lift Kashmir trekking ban
By Iftikhar Gilani (Daily Times) May 9, 2005
NEW DELHI: While the Kashmir valley is readying to host some one million tourists this year, the Indian Army has refused to lift a ban on trekking. For centuries Kashmir has been touted as "trekkers’ paradise'. All trekking routes are now controlled by the Indian security forces.
|Police personnel have been getting training in Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Pahalgam
Newsline From J and K Government Aug 27, 2005
Srinagar, August 26: Director General of Police Mr. Gopal Sharma today flagged-off mountaineering expedition to scale Stok Kangri, the highest peak in Leh Himalayas. The 20 member mountaineering expedition team of Jammu and Kashmir Police is scheduled to accomplish this mission in September this year.
Trekking and Camping
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Pahalgam has lots of recreational activities especially trekking adventures. It offers wonderful treks and mountaineering routes. There are plenty of camping sites of all kinds. There are a number of day-treks and hikes - even walking the virgin pine forest and mingling streams of water almost anywhere is an adventure. One most popular puritanic trekking route is to the breath-taking Kolahoi Glacier which goes via Aru. The route to various points to the Amarnath cave, and beyonf, upto Sonamarg is widely trekked. Camping equipment, guides and ponies are readily available.
A Popular trek from Sonamarg to Pahalgam and trek to Chandanwari and Sheshnag lake can also be undertaken.
Pahalgam is perhaps best known as the take-off point for treks into the surrounding mountains. The resort is well geared to meet the demands of onward going trekkers and camping equipment is readily available, as are ponies and porters. Walking the Lidder valley is scenically most rewarding, through forests of virgin pine, fording crystal-clear mountain streams and through meadows of wild-flowers, higher up the valley.
Popular treks from Pahalgam are to the Kolahoi Glacier via Aru, Satlanjan and Dudsar Lake, and to the high altitude lakes that dot the meadowland and mountain ridges between Pahalgam and Sonamarg
Pahalgam serves as the base camp for many expeditions and excursions such as Kolahari Glacier, Sheeshnag, Sonasar, Harwag and the Amarnath Yatra. Pristine camping grounds under the shadow of tall pines trees are delightful.
Palagam to Amarnath CAVE
This is a holy pilgrimage trek.
Day 1 Pahalgam to Chandamwar 13 km
Day 2 Chandanwari to Sheshuag 12 km
Day 3 Sheshnag to Pamchtasun 11 km
Day 4 Pamihtasm to Amaranth 8 km
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
PAHALGAM TO PAMIKAR
This is a difficult and arduous trek. For the first 2 days the route followed is that of the Amarnath trek. After that, on the 3rd day one has to cross the Gulol Gali pass and climbs to Lonvilad Gali. Then there is a steep ascent from the Chalong Glacier to Pamikar. Finally it leads to the Sun Valley which opens up into Zanskar.
Day 1 & 2 As Amarnath cave trek -
Day 3 Sheshnag to Rangmarg 8 km
Day 4 Rangmarg to Hampet 6 km
Day 5 & 6 Hampet to Lorwilad Gali 22 km
Day 7 Lorwilad Gali to Chalong Glacier 14 km
Day 8 Chalong Glacier to Pannikar 15 km