Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Day 2: Shitkadi to Nichnai

  • Altitude: 7,800 ft (Shitkadi Camp-site) to 11,948 ft ( Nichnai Camp-site)
  • Distance & Time: ~10 kms and ~7 hours 

After an overnight stay at Shitkadi (Read More here:  Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Day 1: Shitkadi Base Camp), we were excited to start with first day action of our trek to Nichnai. With every-one setting up things first time and a detailed briefing from our Trek Lead (Akshay) and Trek Guide (Javed Bhai), it took us some time and we left around 9:30 AM from Shitkadi camp-site.

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Shitkadi to Nichnai trek starts with a 3 hour ascend followed by a 1 hour descent to a river stream and finally a gentle 2 hour ascent to Nichnai camp-site.

Here is our photo blog for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Day-2: Shitkadi to Nichnai via Table Top (Shekdur).  We wish that these pictures excite you to explore this splendid trek by yourself !!

Green meadow with Panoramic views of Sonamarg

(Go to the Top) Here begins your Kashmir Great Lakes Trek !! You start with a slow ascent through a green meadow overlooking Sonmarg and Thajiwas Glacier. Views get better as you walk up the meadow to reach first Army Check-Post on the trek.

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Walk on Grass Bed through Maple and Pine Forest

(Go to the Top)  As you walk up from Army Check-post, you pass through dense Maple and Pine forest. Walking on grass bed through dense Maple forest is an experience unique to Kashmir in India. Forest ends at at the edge of a ridge giving  way to a vast meadow looking like a carpet of grass. This is valley Shekdur.

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Dhaba at Table Top (Valley Shekdur)

(Go to the Top)  As you walk up the meadow of Shekdur, you reach to a flat top called Table Top. You will find a Dhaba here. Grab some snacks or eat Maggi/Omelette if you want. You will also see shepherds’ huts around which are uniquely built with mud on roof with wood support and grass growing on top of it making them a part of meadow itself.

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Bhoj Patr or Silver Birch Forest – End of Tree Line

(Go to the Top)  As you walk up from Dhaba, you enter into Bhoj Patr Forest after a quick steep ascend. Javed Bhai helped us to get remove bark from few trees that we kept as souvenir from our trek. As soon as forest ends, also ends the tree-line (~11000 feet). You will only have grasslands (full of green grass, brown stones, mountains and river streams) from here to last day of your trek and no more forests. As soon as you feel loosing trees behind, a beautiful valley with a river stream welcomes you and uplifts your spirits.

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Boulder Patch – A walk on stones along river stream

(Go to the Top)  Next, you descend down the valley tempted by the sound of river stream flowing right through the heart of valley. This was our lunch point too. We sat on boulders next to stream, had our lunch, took a nap lying on some flat stones, re-filled our bottles and again started walking to Nichnai valley.

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Hike through Nichnai Valley

(Go to the Top)  Boulders slowly gave way to an almost flat valley. For rest of our day, we kept walking along river stream ( Nichnai Valley means Small Valley) till we reached our camp-site. Shepherds and their sheep were already there to extend us a warm welcome to this heavenly land.

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Nichnai Camp-Site

(Go to the Top)  We reached at Nichnai camp-site at around 4 PM. Thanks to our Indiahikes team who had reached earlier and set up all tents.

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Shitkadi to Nichnai - Kashmir Great Lakes Trek considered to be one of the most beautiful trek in India

Checking out for the day. See you tomorrow for our next day trek !! Read about our Day -3 Experience here. Please drop us comments in case you want to add more or require any additional information.

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