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TOPIC: Mountaineering and Trekking around Sonamarg in Kashmir

Mountaineering and Trekking around Sonamarg in Kashmir 7 years, 5 months ago #249

Sonamarg in Kashmir has a wild mountain beauty and offers wide variety of low and high altitude trekking. It is a base for many treks. One can undertake a circular trek to Amarnathji Cave; Bandipora; Gurez and Telail which can be further extended to Bandipora via Zadkhusi, Drass, and Pahalgam. A trek from Thajiwas leads to Kolahoi peak via Bear Valley. The most interesting trek is to high altitude Himalayan lakes of Vishensar, and Gangabal etc. There is no other place in the entire Himalayas which has more than 30 high altitude lakes within a radius of about 60 kilometers. One can also undertake day treks from Sonamarg to Ludderwas, Eagle’s Nest, Nilgrath and Sarbal, Amaranth cave, Lashi Pathri, Thajiwas, Zabnar, Hapatnar and Kazim ridge etc. Zabnar, 4040 mtr. high above sea level makes a splendid day walk and provides one of the finest view points in the area for peaks such as Nanga Parbat, Nun & Kun and Amarnath etc.

Sonamarg is also considered mountaineering and rock-climbing paradise. Some of the best mountaineering and rock-climbing is in Thajiwas. There are some long and more technical rock faces at Shitkari as well where the High Altitude Warfare School is regularly conducts its training camps. Other organizations like Kashmir University, J&K Mountaineering and Hiking Club and Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering have been active in the area for some time.

Sonamarg is also called “valley of glaciers”. There are a number of challenging peaks at Thajiwas which include Umbrella Peak, Cefn Carnedo, Innominate, Mosquito peak, Valehead peaks, Crystal peak and Blade/Arrow, etc.

A large number of European Heli-Skiers have zoomed down the virgin passes, ridges and long ski runs covered with fantastic powder snow in Gund and Kulun areas. In late April, May, June and July, it is possible to ski the whole Thajiwas Nar. Glacier 6 is not crevassed and provides good ski runs from April to July. Glacier 3 would make a fine ski-mountaineering expedition to the peaks “Valehead” and “Umbrella”. A Ski team of J&K Ski & Mountaineering Association undertook first reconnaissance expedition to Thajiwas glaciers in May 1988. The team along with some Swiss skiers also undertook ski tour to Bear Valley. There is also possibility of operating tobogganing, sledging, Snowboarding, and Cross-Country and alpine skiing here.

For more info, see this- www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/Nov/2/t...er-is-calling-51.asp
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