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Nafran Valley Trek

Kashmir | 0 | 0

  • 40 km KM

  • 7D | 6N

  • Moderate

  • 14127 ft

  • Age 12-57 Year

Starting from ₹ 14999

₹ 12999per person

Extra 5% GST

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  • Srinagar - Srinagar
  • Trek starts from Aru
  • Travelling Charges Applicable

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All about the Har Ki Dun Trek.

The most pristine alpine lakes of Kashmir are in the Nafran Valley. But definitely, Nafran Valley has got more to offer than just the alpine lakes of Kashmir. If you believe that the most crystalline alpine lake in Kashmir is the Great Lakes of Kashmir and Tarsar Marsar, then we can bet that you must not be in the Nafran Valley.

The Kolahoi Glacier feeds the Nafran Valley throughout the year, which brings life to the meadows of the valley from July to September with lush green grassland and blooming flowers of vivid colors like red, blue, violet, purple, white, yellow, and many more. The meadows of Nafran Valley are the most beautiful among all the Kashmiri meadows compared to the Golden Meadow of Kashmir – Sonamarg, and the Meadows of Flower; Gulmarg as the snow melts in early July to unveil the silk carpets of Kashmir beneath. The terrain of Nafran Valley allows you to trek swiftly to the turquoise-blue lake of Kashmir and live to the fullest the divine creation of God. You will camp in the middle of this ever-soothing meadow, being vaster than the meadows of Lidderwat of Tarsar Marsar and Satsar of the Kashmir Great Lakes. The Kashmiri locals would prepare special delicacies for you like Kashmiri Haak (a local green leafy vegetable) and Kashmiri Pickle with their authentic ingredients. This short trek in Kashmir offers the closest view of the Kolahoi Glacier, like the Gaumukh Glacier, which adds to the beauty of this alpine Lake of Kashmir.

This 7-day trek in Kashmir has got not one but two alpine lakes – The Harbhagwan Lake and the Harnag Lake. These crystal clear lakes shimmer when sun rays penetrate through them. While during the night, it mirrors the galaxy and billions of stars making the Harnag Lake the perfect place for astrophotography lovers. The meadows of Nafran inhabit the shepherd troops, who live there temporarily from June – to October in mud houses and then descend to lower altitudes during winter. The Nafran Valley trek is one of the easy treks in Kashmir, filled with gushing streams, virgin pine forest, and above all, beautiful patches of grassy land. So, if you’re planning to seclude yourself in the valley of Kashmir, then Nafran Valley Trek should be next to your list.

Quicks Facts:

  • Region- Kashmir
  • Altitude- 14,127 feet
  • Duration- 7 days
  • Trekking Distance- 40 kilometres
  • Difficulty Level- Moderate to Difficult
  • Start Point & End Point- TRC Srinagar
  • Base Camp- Aru
  • Nearest airport- Srinagar Airport
  • Last ATM- At Srinagar
  • Best time to visit Nafran Valley – July to September

Highlights of Nafran Valley Trek:

1. Silky green grassland

Horse grazing alongside the river stream in the serene valley of Nafran (Image courtesy – Team Trekkers Of India)

The lush green grasslands of Nafran Valley look like a green silk carpet covering km in the landscape of Switzerland of India, Kashmir. Beside the gushing river stream, shepherd’s troops reside and let their livestock graze over these soft and green grasses from July to October.

2. Know the life of a shepherd
Temporary mud house of a shepherd, built alongside the river streams of Nafran Valley. (Image courtesy – Team Trekkers Of India)

The Nafran valley offers a deep dive into the lifestyle of shepherds’ troops who live alongside gushing river streams to feed their livestock and earn a livelihood. These people live in this wild terrain as long as it remains calm on their skin. Later, in the winter, they descend to the lower altitudes of Kashmir and leave this surreal place of divinity.

3. Camping in meadows.
This lush green meadow touches the blue sky to create a whimsical horizon (Image courtesy – Team Trekkers Of India)
The Nafran valley offers one of the vastest meadows, as compared to the Great Lakes of Kashmir, Sonamarg, Gulmarg, and Tarsar Marsar, where one can walk for miles in the open fields and melt in the icy and starry nights of the Nafran Valley while camping in these whimsical meadows.


How safe is the Nafran Valley Trek?

  • This remote valley is known only by a few shepherds of Kashmir, making this trek very secluded and safe, and it goes through the populated towns like Bhijbera and Anantnag.
  • As the country is, the same should be the guise. We always advise our trekkers to stay connected with the news and blend in the culture when in Kashmir.
  • In the case of curfew, stay calm and conscious as Kashmir is prone to curfew.
  • Due to high altitude, there is a risk of AMS. So, pay close attention to your body and stay alert for any signs of altitude sickness.
  • If you do not feel normal after a few hours or overnight, do not proceed further on the trek and inform the trek leader.
  • During a medical emergency in the Nafran Valley trek, the best exit point is to descend to Aru.
  • In case of a medical emergency, the closest hospital is at Pahalgam. For serious medical attention, head to Srinagar for better facilities.


What is the difficulty level of Nafran Valley Trek?

  • The difficulty level of the Nafran valley trek ranges from Moderate-Difficult, as it is a high altitude trek at 14,127ft. It requires you to have a good fitness level, as the Kashmir topography would put too much strain on your knees and ankles.
  • The trek has a steep and short trail, making the ascents very difficult. A prior trek experience in the Himalayan range would make the ascend easier.
  • The Harnag Pass is full of large boulders and gets slippery with the water that runs down over it, so be extra precautious.
  • FITNESS THUMB RULE: If one can run 10 Kms in an hour, they are fit for the trek.


When to visit the Nafran Valley?

  • The best time to visit this Kashmiri Meadow is between July-September as the entire valley starts blooming at this time due to the perennial water supply from Kolahoi Glacier.
  • July – It is the melting season of Nafran Valley as the snow slowly begins to liquidize and unveil the lush green silk carpet beneath. The valley also gets high rainfall, as compared to other months, making it a perfect heavenly Kashmiri destination.
  • August – The blooming season of the Nafran offers sightseers a lush green valley with horses grazing around amidst the flood of flowers. The flowers bloom miraculously throughout the month in this valley of Kashmir, giving Nafran Valley an edge over the Kashmir Great Lakes and Tarsar Marsar.
  • September – The driest season of Kashmir, as the flower begins to shrink and lose its colors. The valley’s appearance is still very soothing, yet we don’t recommend trekking from the 2nd week of September as the terrain gets wild. But few solo trekkers do get secluded in the valley till late September


Drive Distance: 110 Kms | Duration: 3.5 hours | Aru Altitude: 2450m 

We will kickstart our trekking in Kashmir by moving towards the base camp at Aru, which is the most loved and visited Kashmir village by trekkers, as it is the starting point of the famous Tarsar Marsar and Kolahoi Glacier

Drive Distance: 6Km |  Trek Duration: 6 hours | Trek Distance: 7 Km | Altitude: 2350m – 3150m

It’s time to gear up for the first day of the Nafran Valley trek starting from Mondlan. Forest will greet us with the chirping of uncommon birds. Experience komorebi ( a natural phenomenon of sun filtering through the trees) amidst the forest and fill up your bottles from the clean river stream until the next campsite at Bhaj Marg. Forest will lead you to meadows, and meadows will lead you to a wooden gate known as the Gateway of Nafran Valley. This gate will open doors to Bhaj Marg where we will reside for a day in the soft green grassland with horses roaming around

Trek Duration: 7 hours | Trek Distance: 9 Km | Altitude: 3150m – 3450m

Through the forest patch, trek towards the famous and majestic Nafran Valley after having wholesome food at the campsite. En route best scenic views of the entire Bhaj Marg meadow and Dadwar meadow from Arram Pathri. A thrilling experience awaits as we will cross river streams under professional guidance. Walking on the rocky patch will give us a picturesque view of Pahalgam valley, and then we will descend towards Arram Pathri, where the magnificent beauty of the valley awaits to soothe our souls. Following the Nafran River to our left, we will soon reach our campsite at Nafran valley and call the day off.

Trek Duration: 5 hours | Trek Distance: 5 Km | Altitude: 3450m – 3500m

Zip down your tent to see the most beautiful world outside, and take a swirling tour of the Nafran valley. Once we complete valley exploration, we will move towards the Harnang Pass to see the most panoramic view of the grassland and river streams crisscrossing these meadows. Once we reach the campsite below the Harnang Pass, we will treat ourselves to the delicious food made by the locals.

Trek Duration: 7 hours | Trek Distance: 6 Km | Altitude: 3500m – 3650m

That day finally arrived when we would ascend towards the alpine lake of Nafran – Harnang Lake. The terrain of the pass is rough, yet this trek of Kashmir is very rewarding with the panoramic view of the Harnang lake in the middle of the valley on one side and Nafran Valley on the other. Now the tiring part begins, where to get close to the alpine lake we will descend towards Harnang Lake. After living the moments at the lake, we will move towards the Kolahoi Glacier viewpoint, the largest glacier in Kashmir. This glacier melts into the Lidder river and then merges into the Jhelum river. We will rest here and enjoy the beauty of the highest peak of Kashmir.

Trek Duration: 6 hours | Trek Distance: 7 Km | Altitude: 3500m – 3200m

On the 6th day, we will return to that beautiful meadow of the Arram Pathri that we left days back. While walking, we will take breaks to capture the beauty around us forever. During the afternoon, we halt for lunch and then relax at the campsite.

Drive Distance: 6 Km |  Trek Duration: 6 hours | Trek Distance: 7 Km | Altitude: 2350m – 3150m

The last day of the Nafran Valley Trek awaits to offer us to a mixed trail for the descent, where we will head towards Aru from Arram Pathri. En route, come across hamlets and beautiful small valleys of Kanzal Pathri and Gagad Pathri, covered with patches of forests. We will cross two shimmering water streams of Nafran valley and Gash Angan to capture little shepherds’ settlements and understand the life of the people living at such high altitudes with no modern means.

The moment we reach the Aru hamlet, the relaxation phase begins to prepare us for the journey from Aru to Srinagar.


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  • A supporting staff to help and guide you throughout your trek
  • Major trekking equipment of the best quality
  • Safety gears
  • First-Aid kit
  • Meals on scheduled time (Only Veg)



  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any food item or other purchases made during the trek
  • Any food item or other purchases made during the drive
  • Mules or Porters to carry personal luggage and other items on trek

How to Reach

Food During Trek

Tea / Coffee / Juice
Bread Butter-Jam / Sandwich / Omelette / Aloo Paratha / Mix Veg Poha / Porridge / Chole Bhature / Aloo Poori / Mix Veg Vermicelli


Please Note: This is a Tentative Menu. Trekkers Of India can change/update the menu without any prior notice! 

  • Roti / Paratha / Sabzi / Vegetable Pulao / Jeera Rice / Daal Makhni
  • Refereshment: Banana / Packed Juice / Biscuit / Chocolate / Dry Fruits

  • Tea/Coffee, Mix Veg Soup
  • Bread Pakoda / Maggie / Veg Pakoda

  • Mattar-Paneer / Rajma-Rice / Roti-Sabzi / Tadka Daal / Aloo-Gobhi / Mix veg Manchurian / Masur Daal
  • Sweets: Gulab-Jamun / Halwa
  • Hot Drink: Bournvita

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Process & Terms & Conditions

For canceling your booking, please send us an e-mail at support@trekkersofindia.com

Do not forget to mention your booking reference number in the same e-mail. Cancellation requests cannot be taken over the phone call or messages.

Advance Amount is Non Refundable 

  • Cancellation made 25 days before the trek- 90% cash refund or Get 100% of the trek fee in a Trekkers Of India Trek Voucher.
  • Cancellation made between 24 days and 15 days before the trek- 70% cash refund or Get 80% of the trek fee in a Trekkers Of India Trek Voucher.
  • Cancellation made between 14 days and 10 days before the trek- 50% cash refund or Get 70% of the trek fee in a Trekkers Of India Trek Voucher.
  • Cancellation made between 9 days and 1 day before the trek– No Refund, 10% Trek Voucher
  • If the Cancellation is made on the Starting day of the trek or there is no Show on the start day of trek, there will be No Refund, No Voucher.
  • Trek Voucher is Issued when Full Amount is Paid to book the trek.
  • No refund is applicable on cancellation if Advance Amount is Paid to Book the Trek/Trip.
  • Refunds will be made within 7-14 working days from the date of cancellation.
  • In case of refund, 3% payment processing charges must be applied.
  • In case of refund, 5% GST is NON REFUNDABLE.
  • If your Booking says ” NON REFUNDABLE “ No Refund or Trek Voucher will be issued.



In the rare event that we cancel a trek, this is the policy we follow:

We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of Lockdown, Natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, bad weather) or unexpected political unrest, terrorism activity, curfews, local riots, or government orders, Trekkers Of India issues a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee paid to us or Alternate Trek will be arranged. You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year or even extend it in case of emergency. NO CASH REFUND would be made.

What If Trekker is on Trek & It is not completed due to natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, bad weather) or unexpected political unrest, terrorism activity, curfews, local riots, or government orders?

There would be NO REFUND in this case.

Trekker can avail our “Come Back & Trek Again Feature” Let us tell you more about it. (Not applicable on Winter Treks)


1. As a Trekker, there are times when you have to let go of a Trek in mid of the Trek Journey. You can fall ill or get hit by AMS or at times simply fatigue pulls you down or there may be other reasons as well such as Snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes or unexpected political unrest, bad weather, curfews, local riots, or government orders?. Or if your Trek Leader/Guide sends you back down to base due to a safety or health issue. At Trekkers Of India we feel bad when such things happen and we understand the feelings of Trekker.

But wait! Trekkers Of India will not let you go back with sad face! We have a feature/policy in which you can “COME BACK & TREK AGAIN” that means you can come back & do SAME TREK again. And Hey! you don’t need to pay Trekkers Of India money for the same. Happy now  ?

How to apply for same? Simply email us at support@trekkersofindia.in, Our support team will send you a Refcode (Which is not a Trek Voucher Code). Next year when you are ready to do Same trek again, you can simply mail us at bookings@trekkersofindia.in with Refcode and batch date our team will help you confirming your slot.

IMPORTANT: Offloading Fee, Travel Fee, Rental Fee is not included in this feature.


What is a Trekkers Of India Trek Voucher?

Trek Voucher is a credit amount which gets added to you Trekkers Of India account. You can redeem trek voucher by booking any Fixed Departure Trek with Trekkers Of India in future. Every Trek voucher comes with one year validity.

IMPORTANT: Trekkers Of India Trek Vouchers are non transferrable, non refundable to others. Only Trekker who has received it can redeem it. For example, If you have booked for five person you can either avail one Trek voucher of xyz amount or five trek vouchers will be issued on Trekker’s name.


How to redeem the Trek Voucher: 

Trekker will receive a Trek Voucher code on mail once you apply for the same.

1. Visit www.trekkersofindia.com
2. Choose Your Trek, Click on Available Dates.
3. Fill your Details
4. You will find Coupon Code option
5. Enter Your Trek Voucher code
6. Redeemed Yayy!

Please Note: This voucher code can redeemed only once for Treks in Uttarakhand, Himachal, Kashmir. Not redeemable for Treks in Maharashtra. And if you have received Voucher for treks in Maharashtra it can be only redeemed for treks in Maharashtra. If you need any support while Using the VOUCHER CODE feel free to Call/Whatsapp your Trek coordinator on +91 9999779236,9999779136. Trekkers Of Maharashtra coordinator is available on +91 8800144436.


  • Full amount to be paid to confirm booking.
  • Booking confirmations are subject to the availability of accommodation in specified hotels.
  • Cheques not accepted.
  • Payments accepted via UPI, Credit Card, and Net Banking (in case of payment via credit card 3% extra will be charged).
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  • If a solo female traveller does not wish to share accommodation an additional cost will be charged.   


  • Trekkers Of India reserves the right to alter the day-wise schedule of the tour without any prior information (based on traffic, route restrictions or unforeseen travel-related circumstances). 
  • In case there is an unprecedented surge in transportation or accommodation costs (for instance, a hike in fuel charges), the total cost of the package will also increase.
  • Trekkers Of India will not be responsible for any change in the itinerary due to natural calamities or unforeseen circumstances. Any additional cost incurred for the same will be in addition to the cost borne by the client.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions is not a part of this package. 
  • Images of the sites, city, hotel, etc. are for illustration purposes only. 
  • Additional charges would be applied for the passengers who wish to stay back at the destination or transit.

Things to Carry

Back Pack & Rair Cover 20-30 ltr (If hire a mule of porter)
Walking Stick 1
Water bottle/Hydration Pack 2 bottles of one ltr. each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle ofb one ltr., Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical Kit Consult yur Doctor
Snacks Energy Bar/Dry Fruits

T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non cotton)
Fleece T-shirt 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather/ Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (Jacket & pants) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek Pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Windstopper Pant 1 Pair
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves 1 Pair

Sunscreen cream 1 Nos.
Mosturiser 1 Nos.
Toillet Paper & wipes 1 Nos.
Lip balm 1 Nos.
Hand sanitizer 1 Nos.
Antibacterial powder 1 Nos.
Toothbrush and toothpaste 1 Nos.
Quick dry towel 1 Nos.



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July to September is the best time to visit Nafran Valley Trek

Starting from ₹ 14999

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  • Srinagar - Srinagar
  • Trek starts from Aru
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