Trekking in kashmir

Trekking

The ideal trekking months stretch from April to November;no special permits are required,though registration with the nearest tourist office is necessary.The state affords some spectacular contrasts in nature with its alpine pastures,barren wastelands and rugged mountains.Srinagar is a good take off point for trekking in the Kashmir valley or in Zanskar(by road to kargil).In the Ladakh region,Leh is the best point for base camp.Mules and porters charging approximately $ 4 per day can be engaged from the area's nearest tourist office.Guides are also available and there are several specialised agencies in Srinagar and Leh dealing in trekking tours.

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Mountaineering

Several mountain ranges through the state of Jammu & Kashmir among them Pir Panjal,Great Himalayas,Zanskar,Ladakh,Karakoram. Climbing in these Himalayas can be very stimulating and typically an expedition can take a month,Srinagar to Srinagar.Rich in flora and fauna,the summits of most peaks are an exhilirating experience and from a top them,one can look beyond to neighbouring countries Pakistan and Tibet.Off Sonamarg are the lesser peaks Kolahoi(5,425 m) and Harmukh (5,148 m).These are peaks one can get to quickly making an alpine ascent.Similarly thhe peaks in the Kishtwar region are not too high but offer technically dicfficult climbing with many challenging faces and ridges.Some are still virgin peaks.The popular peaks are Sickle Moon 6,575 m ,Riger 6,001m,Brammah-I 6,416m,Crooked Finger 5,630m, Arjuna 6,230m,Katori 6,138m and Flat Top 6,100m.In the Zanskar region are the famous peaks of Nun 7,135m and Kun 7,077m.Around these are White Needle 6,500m,Pinacle 6,930m and Z-1 6,400m.These peaks are located at the head of the Shafat glacier.The 'Z' series also cluster around the Durung Drung glacier which is visible from the Pensita.In the Ladakh region are the Stok Kangri 6,153m, Parcha Kangri 6,065m and Kanglcha 6,400m.More recently peaks in the restricted area of the Nubra valley in the Inaian Karakorams have also been opened to foreigners and Indian.

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