- Altitude: 11,948 ft ( Nichnai Camp-site) to 12,000 ft (Vishnusar Lake) via Nichnai Pass (13,500 feet)
- Distance & Time: ~12 kms and ~8 hours
A night prior, Akshay (our Team Lead) had asked all of us to wake up early so that we could start our next day trekking to Vishnusar Lake on time. We left from Nichnai camp-site ( Read More here: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Day 2: Shitkadi to Nichnai ) at around 8:30 AM.
Here is our video capturing Day-3 of our trek from Nichnai to Vishnusar Lake.
- Steep Climb through Nichnai Pass (Vishnusar Berry)
- Top of Nichnai Pass (13,500 feet)
- A Slow Descent to Lunch point (Waterfall)
- Changing Colours of flowers
- Walk along side Shepherd and Sheep through Long Meadow
- Vishnusar Camp-Site
- Divine Deep Blue Vishnusar Lake
(Go to the Top) From Nichnai camp-site, you walk through a boulder pass (small extension from the previous day) to cross the river stream to your right. After that, it is a steep ascent for initial past and slow ascent thereon as you reach to the top of Nichnai Pass.
(Go to the Top) You walk along a river stream to reach the top of Nichnai Pass. As you reach to the top, suddenly small icy patches change to big glaciers with water flowing down to small lakes and streams. Flowers and horses on the way accompany you not letting you get tired. There is also a Dhaba and BSNL signals at the top.
(Go to the Top) From Top of Nichnai Pass, it is a slow descent, initially passing through boulders slowly merging with a grassland full of flowers. You finally descend to a beautiful valley next to a water-stream with a waterfall over-looking all of us. This was our lunch-point.
(Go to the Top) These beautiful flowers do not let you feel at all that you have lost the forest somewhere behind. Best part is that they keep on changing colours as you keep moving changing your altitude. From crimson red to blue and then white and then a unique combination of colours !!
(Go to the Top) After lunch, it is a long walk through a meadow criss-crossed by water-streams and surrounded by bare mountains looking like a castle. Even so far from the civilization, you will get a good company from shepherds whistling out at their sheep 🙂
(Go to the Top) After a long walk, we were almost tired by the time we reached Vishnusar camp-site. We crossed a big water stream (originating from Vishnusar lake) to reach our tents.
(Go to the Top) Vishnusar Lake was just 5-minute walk from our camp-site. After evening snacks, we walked up the small hill hiding Vishnusar Lake. It is a splendid deep blue lake and we bet that you would be mesmerized by the view of this out of the world sight. Colour keeps on changing during the day with change in sun-light but the glimpse of lake and reflection of 4 mountains surrounding Vishnusar lake gives a feeling as if you are meeting a divine family !!
Kishansar Lake, twin of Vishnusar is around a kilometer ahead. We visited Kishnasar Lake next day on our way to Gadsar.
Checking out for the day. See you tomorrow for our next day trek !! Read about our Day -4 Experience here. Please drop us comments in case you want to add more or require any additional information.