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Kashmir Backpacking Trip (6D/5N)

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Kashmir Backpacking Trip

A backpacking trip to one and only Kashmir which is famously known as “The Heaven on Earth!”

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    • Group Size Medium Group
      4 -12
    All about the Kashmir Backpacking Trip (6D/5N).

    Hello Backpackers!

    Kashmir valley is surrounded by Pir Panjal range on South and the mighty Himalayas on the North. The gigantic mountains, lush green meadows, crystal clear rivers, and instagrammable landscapes are all quite normal in Kashmir. It is gifted with incredible beauty and a wonderful climate throughout the year. No wonder it is called as “Paradise on Earth”.

    We will start the trip with Srinagar which is famous for multiple attractions like Dal Lake, House Boats, Shikhara rides, Mughal Gardens, Shankaracharya Hill, Old Market for shopping etc. Since everything can’t be covered in a single day, we shall tick off a few before heading to higher mountains.

    First destination is Gulmarg where tourists take a joyous Gondola ride which is second highest cable-car ride in the world. Gulmarg is also famous for Skiing and Snowboarding in the winter months when a thick canopy of snow covers the entire valley.

    Our next destination is Pahalgam which is called “Valley of Shepherds”. This is where one gets to witness lush green meadows along the flowing waters of Liddar river. It is also home to picturesque Baisaran valley – which is called as Mini Switzerland. A Pony/horse ride is an icing on the cake.

    Next in line is Sonamarg, a destination straight out of a fairy tale. Snow capped mountains and lush blue skies are a great combination to cherish. A short distance from Sonamarg is Thajiwas glacier that has snow through out the year.

    We will return to Srinagar to cover remaining places followed by shopping. One would surely be spoilt for options while shopping at the Srinagar old market that is famous for Pashmina shawls, handicrafts, winter wear, crafts, souvenirs, spices and what not.

    Come, join us to celebrate the beauty of Himalayas on this backpacking trip to one and only Kashmir!


    Highlights of the Kashmir Trip:

    • Gulmarg – Meadow of Flowers
    • Pahalgam – Village of Shepherds
    • Sonamarg – Meadow of Gold
    • Gondola Ride (Highest Cable Car in Asia)
    • Shikhara Ride on Dal Lake
    • Srinagar Mughal Gardens
    • House Boat stay at Dal Lake
    • Shankaracharya Hill Temple
    • Pony ride to Mini-Switzerland
    • Shopping at Lal Chowk Srinagar
    • Snow capped mountains and excellent climate
    • Tulip Garden (only around May)
    • Skiing and Snowboarding in Gulmarg (winter months)

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    1. Day 1 Arrival at Srinagar, Local attractions
      • Travelers coming by Flight will get picked by our vehicle at Srinagar Airport around 12PM in the afternoon.
      • Check into our guest house and quick freshen up.
      • Visit one of the Srinagar’s famous Mughal Gardens – either Shalimar Bhag or Nishat Bhag – located adjacent to the Dal Lake.
      • Gather around at the common area & socialize.
      • Rest for the night on cozy beds.
    2. Day 2 Gulmarg Day Trip, Srinagar Stay
      • Start the day with Breakfast at our stay.
      • Get set for a day trip to Gulmarg, situated at an altitude of 8500 feet, famously known as the ”Meadow of flowers”.
      • The 2 hour journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg itself is mesmerizing.
      • If the temperature is too cold, we can rent snow jackets or fur coats and gumboots on rent at Tangmarg town before Gulmarg.
      • One of the highlights of Kashmir trip is to enjoy famous Gondola ride to Apharwat mountain of Gulmarg. There are 2 stages for this highest cable car ride in Asia. First stage is called Kongdoori which takes us to 12000 feet altitude. Second stage is named after Apharwat peak itself that takes us to 14000 feet altitude.
      • Second stage note: If there is bad weather, the authorities may close Apharwat Gondola ride suddenly without prior notice.
      • Ticketing note: Owing to the popularity of the cable car ride, the tourism board of Kashmir has enforced tourists to buy Gondola tickets online from Gulmarg Gondola official website. It’s better to book it well in advance. Once you book our Kashmir trip, our bookings team can help you out on Gondola booking.
      • Our private vehicle would be allowed only till Gulmarg main parking lot. From there we need to walk about 1 km to reach Apharwat base station. Once we show Gondola e-tickets along with the ID card, we are good to go!
      • Each Gondola can accommodate up to 6 people. The cable car passes above world’s highest Golf course, which is lush green in non-winter months.
      • The winter months usually present a thick canopy of snow in Gulmarg. Travelers can indulge in different snow activities like Skiing, Snowboarding, and Sledging.
      • Caution note ⚠ : Though Gondola ride is a beautiful experience, it can be chaotic sometimes. Long queues are quite normal. Add to this, ”some people” may try to skip line or break the queue by taking help of locals. It can be same with other snow activities. It’s very unorganized and no travel agencies can help. Tourists have to expect inconvenience before going there.
      • Start back to Srinagar by early evening, reach before night.
      • Finish Dinner and rest for the night.
    3. Day 3 Pahalgam Roadtrip, Night stay
      • Check out of Srinagar stay after Breakfast.
      • Go on a scenic road trip to Pahalgam which is translated to ”Valley of Shepherds” in the local language.
      • Enroute to Pahalgam, we will visit Awantipura ruins that was home to a 1100 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, built by King Awantivarman. The architecture is quite interesting with stone/pillar carvings and related history of the ancient town which is worth a visit.
      • At Pahalgam, we will visit Baisaran valley surrounded by snow capped mountains and lush green meadows. Owing to the pristine beauty, Baisaran is called as Mini-Switzerland. The meadows of Baisaran are accessible by a Pony ride that costs 1500-2000 depending on the season.
      • Caution note ⚠ : Though Baisaran is a beautiful place, the unorganized local tourism managing Pony rides and their union have made it very commercial and can cause inconvenience to travelers. Another issue is the hygiene of washrooms at tourist places. It’s better not to get the need to use them😄
      • Reach back our Pahalgam stay by late evening, finish Dinner.
      • Good night!
    4. Day 4 Srinagar Hill Temple, Dal Lake, House Boat stay
      • Finish Breakfast at the stay.
      • Check out and head to Srinagar.
      • Visit Shankaracharya temple that is located on top of a hill.
      • It’s a peaceful experience to visit the main Shiva temple and the location of Shankaracharya’s meditation after a short climb up of about 250 stairs. One can see panoramic view of Srinagar town and valley from the top.
      • Break for Lunch at a nearby restaurant close by Dal Lake.
      • Only around May: We will give a visit to Tulip garden.
      • Other months: We will give a visit to one of the Mughal gardens and spend some time.
      • Go on a famous Shikara ride of Dal Lake, pose for selfies and reels.
      • Check into Srinagar House Boat stay and spend rest of the evening socializing.
      • Dinner served on board the house boat. Take good rest.
    5. Day 5 Sonamarg trip, Srinagar stay
      • Freshen up, have Breakfast.
      • Today we shall take a picturesque road trip to Sonamarg, that means ”Meadow of Gold”.
      • The free flowing Sindhu river (Indus river) on the banks of Sonmarg is famous for trout fish. We can have Lunch at one of the restaurants by the river.
      • Travelers can take a Pony ride to Thajiwas glacier situated at 9200 feet altitude. In summers, one can even take a hike to nearby waterfalls around the glacier.
      • Caution note ⚠ : If there is bad weather, the authorities may close Sonamarg route midway without prior notice. Tourists may have to return back to Srinagar in such situation.
      • Head back to Srinagar guest house by late evening.
      • Gather around socially one last time during our Kashmir trip, finish Dinner and rest for the night.
      • Say good bye to our Kashmir guide / tour leader!
    6. Day 6 Shopping, Drop Off
      • Start the day early with a Breakfast at our stay, pack our bags, check out around 9 AM.
      • Head to Srinagar’s famous Lal Chowk for shopping. There is a clock tower named ”Ghanta ghar” at the center. The market over there is famous for Pashmina shawls, handicrafts, winter wear, crafts, souvenirs, spices etc. Don’t forget to sip Kashmiri Kahwa one last time.
      • Finish Lunch.
      • We shall drop you at Airport latest by 3PM. You may book return flights after 6 PM.
    Generic Details

    Travel:

    • Trip starting/ending point: Srinagar Airport
    • Tempo, Innova, Xylo, Ertiga, or similar tourist vehicle (6 days journey)
    • There is no night journey on this trip. All travel is during day time.

    Timings:

    • Start time: Day-1, 12PM (afternoon)
    • You can book onward flight to Srinagar with arrival before above timing.
    • End time: Day-6, 3PM
    • Vehicle will drop guests at Srinagar Airport by 3PM on Day 6.
    • It’s safe to book return flight late in the evening – 6PM or later.

    Flight tickets:

    • Our team can assist you in booking your flight tickets through a third party agent without any extra fees.
    • Sometimes, there is a chance to get cheaper rates than online air ticket portals.

    Stay:

    • Guest houses on sharing basis – usually 3 to 5 members per room (big/family rooms).
    • Srinagar: 3 Nights
    • Pahalgam: 1 Night
    • Srinagar House Boat: 1 Night
    • Contact Booking Team on 9880539183 if you wish to see stay pictures.

    Couple stay:

    • Couple stay can be provided at an extra cost of 1000 per night per couple.
    • Contact Booking Team to check availability before booking.

    Food:

    • 5 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners are included.
    • We usually have a fixed menu or a buffet at our guest houses.
    • 2 times Dinner, all Lunches are self-sponsored
    • How much you have to spend for good food Lunch/Dinner?
      200 – 250 per meal.

    Booking Procedure:

    There are 2 ways of booking this trip

    • Directly book through Book Now option.
      > Full payment.
    • Through UPImuddietrails@okaxis
      > Booking amount of  INR 6000 shall be made.
      > Send screenshot to Booking Team on 9880539183. An e-mail confirmation will be sent after acknowledgement.
      > Remaining trip amount shall be paid 1 month before trip start date.
      > Booking amount is non-refundable if cancelled later or failed to pay balance amount on time.
    • Note: Within 1 month, ONLY full payment option is applicable.


    What’s next after booking your trip:

    • Organizers will get in touch with you, or vice versa.
    • Once minimum number of people book this trip (at least 4 members), Organizing team will give a green signal to book your flights.
    • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 5 days before the event.


    Geography:

    • Average altitude of this trip: 6000 feet above sea level
    • Climate:
      > Cold at Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg
      > Pleasant at Srinagar
    • Highest point of the trip: Gulmarg Apharwat peak @14000+ feet* (if open).
    • Expect seasonal variations in Kashmir depending on the month of the trip. 

    Special Notes for Kashmir Trip:

    • Kashmir trip is not always a cake walk for both trip organizers as well as tourists.
    • Tourism industry in Kashmir is pretty unorganized. There may be inconveniences here and there at Gulmarg Gondola ride, Pony rides at Pahalgam & Sonamarg. Refer day wise itinerary for more details.
    • Travelers are expected to come with open heart by appreciating complexities of mother nature based on seasonal variations, and crisis situations caused by local conditions.
    • There is no luxury involved in any part of this trip. This is a backpacking trip with basic facilities.

    Things to pack for Kashmir Trip:

    • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
    • A lightweight large Backpack for the entire trip (50-60 liters). Strictly no trolleys. Please remember this is a Backpacking trip.
    • A small bag for basic items (to carry valuables, water bottle, snacks, etc. for outdoor activities).
    • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID – shall be collected online before trip)
    • Thermal inners and warm clothes in winter (cold climate).
    • A rainproof jacket with a hood depending on weather forecast (to protect from cold winds, sudden rain).
    • Thick socks, track pants, full sleeve t-shirts (to keep your body warm).
    • Cap/Hat/Sunglasses (to protect from harmful sun rays).
    • Sunscreen (SPF 50 or more).
    • Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to).
    • Hand sanitizer and liquid hand wash for Camping and outdoors.
    • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our stays.
    • Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, wet/dry clothes).
    • Water-resistant good grip shoes for travel, extra slippers to use at stays.
    • Personal medications that you may feel necessary (remember ghat roads, cold climate), basic first aid kit.

    Seasonal Variations:

    • Dec to Mar: Winters are very cold in Kashmir which pull adventure trippers in good numbers. Gulmarg is major winter tourist destination that offers Skiing, Snow boarding etc. Thick canopy of snow may cover valleys of Pahalgam and Sonamarg, sometimes leading to blocking of roads. This is one reason most of our accommodations are planned in Srinagar.
    • Apr to Nov: Kashmir has pleasant climate most part of the year. One can experience lush green valleys, intermittent rains, sunny weather in the day time. Sometimes it can get hot and humid too. It’s always advisable to check weather forecast close to the trip.
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Kashmir Package InclusionsItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel everywhere (Ex. Srinagar Airport)
    • Stay for 5 nights
    • 5 Breakfasts
    • 3 Dinners (Veg & Non-veg)
    • All entry tickets, permissions for scheduled places
    • Kashmiri traditional dress up
    • Trip Captain (for group size above 4)
    • Airport pickup and drop (fixed timings)
    • Once in a lifetime experience visiting all places mentioned in Highlights section
    Kashmir Package ExclusionsItems that are excluded in the cost of tour price.
    • Lunches, 2 Dinners.
    • Gondola ride tickets.
    • Any kind of special activities (Pony/Horse rides, Skiing, Snowboarding etc.), camera charges at tourist places, any miscellaneous expense not mentioned in Inclusions above.
    • Any extra cost arising due to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of bad weather, traffic-congestion, landslides/roadblocks, natural calamities, political disturbances and/or any other factors beyond organizers’ control.

    Terms and Conditions

    • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Do not give advice(s) to the Trip Leader(s) to change the itinerary.
    • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
    • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
    • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
    • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
    • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
    • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
    • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
    • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
    • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
    • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.


    Cancellation Policy:

    Cancellation by Traveler

    • 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date.
    • 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 30 to 15 days before the trip start date.
    • An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
    • No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
    • No refund during/after the event.
    • No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip.

    Cancellation by Muddie Trails

    Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 3 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

    What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
    We have 2 options in this case:
    Option 1: Complete refund.
    Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.


    Cancellation due to external factors

    Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

    In these scenarios:

    • No Refund is allowed.
    • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
    • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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