The Kolahoi Peak, also known as Gashair, has fuelled the dreams of technical climbers and ski mountaineers since the early 1900s.This incredible trek of Kolahoi Base Camp Trek takes us deep inside the forest of Lidder Valley and over high alpine pastures, as we venture towards the Kolahoi Glacier/ Kolahoi Base Camp to get up close to this mighty peak. (5734m) metres.
The Kolahoi Base Camp Trek route begins in the beautiful flower strewn meadow of Aru, and takes us through the rich pine forest of Lidderwat and Satlanjan (a shepherd’s paradise) to the terminal moraine of the Kolahoi Glacier also know as Kolahoi base camp for mountaineers.
It is beautiful trek starts through the pine forests and beautiful meadows of breath taking views on the way to Kolahoi Glacier. It is also biggest and highest glacier peak in Kashmir.
Day 1: Pahalgam to Aru to Lidderwat
We start from Pahalgam by a car in the Morning and reach to Aru in half hour.From Aru we go on foot to the wonder spot Lidderwath . We can also go by horses. Aru is eleven kilometers from Pahalgam and Lidderwath is also eleven kilometers from Aru. All along th way we live the scenery of lush green pine trees and of the serpentine tributary of river Lidder, singing all the time. We arrange all types of equipments needed for trekking . Beauty surrounding best assimilated when we are on foot.We can enjoy lunch at place called Draaidar. while walking we would feel beauty. The mind blowing beauty gives out heeling energy.
The medicine for heart and mind. We rest and resume for Lidderwath. We reach to Lidderwath. It takes us four hours on foot to reach Lidderwath. It is a wonderland . it is regarded one of the best spots. Here we camp and feel home away from home. It is almost plain meadows with big two streams flowing along its two sides sourrounding us are mountains covered with pines. All along the way here at Lidderwath we would see gipsy families living in mud houses during warm months of the year. These families have their own traditional culture not affected by so to modern culture. They are simple people.their they rear cattle and sell milk and milk products. We enjoy at Lidderwath camp fire till late night. The sight of this fire gives our heart happiness. We sleep in tents and enjoy dreams.
Day 2 Lidderwat to Satlanjan
Day After breakfast at Lidderwat we are ready for another magic spot called Satlanjan. Here we could find ourselves in a different kind of land between the mountains. A big stream flows along east. Here camp and take lunch lunch. We say here for night. Here we find cluster of gypsy families.
Day 3 Satlanjan to Kolhai Glacier back to Satlanjan
After breakfast we begin for Kolhi glacier. – The source of river Jehlum flowing through the middle of Kashmir. It takes us three hours to reach Kolhi Glacier .it is impressive. Here we would find shepherd families rearing sheep. It takes us to three to reach to Kolhi and two hours to reach back to Satlanjan we enjoy another night at Satlanjan..
Day 4 Satlanjan to Royal Basmai Back to Satlanjan
After breakfast in the morning we start for Rohil a beautiful spot. It is on the right side of the Satlanjan. It takes us three hours to reach Rohil. It is a beautiful spot of nature. Here we would find flowers of different kinds and Birch trees. Here we would find gypsy families and shepherds. Every new minute will provide us a different feeling of beauty. Here we camp and take lunch. We enjoy here night.
Day 5 Satlanjan to Doodhsar Back to Satlanjan
After breakfast start journey towards Dodsar Lake. After a couple of hours we will reach a spectacular conical hill top that will offer breath-taking views of the lake. The walk up to the lake will fill you with thrill and excitement as you cross a stream through rocks and boulders, before reaching the Dodsar grassland, return back to Satlanjan campsite for the night.
Day 6 Satlanjan to Lidderwat or Back to Pahalgam
In the morning after breakfast we begin for Liddewath. Here we camp, take lunch and enjoy camp fire.