Fly fishing trip in Gulmarg, Kashmir
12-days / 11-nights | Gulmarg
Fly Fishing Trip Overview
Sometimes, change can be a great thing. The sport trout of Kashmir are not native fish and were introduced by the British at the turn of the century. The nutrient-rich Himalayan waters support a chain of biodiversity so plentiful that both rainbow and brown trout flourished as if they belonged here. Since then, the fishing waters of Kashmir have not escaped the drive of capitalisation and sportsmen must travel to increasingly higher altitudes to enjoy the wilderness that made Kashmir an angler’s paradise. Fortunately, modern access to the famed glacial lakes is just as limited as it was a century ago and therefore these areas remain untouched.
This 12-day expedition is a shortened version of our signature 16-day fly fishing expedition. This package is suited to those who would like to experience Kashmir fly fishing during a short duration of time. The itinerary is structured so that the trekking is consolidated into 5 days, which allows for 3 full days and 3 half days of fly fishing in various locations during the expedition. Since we arrive at each campsite in the late afternoon, it’s also possible to fish during sunset and sunrise.
The trek itself is in the direction of Sonamarg to Narayannag and has a gentle decline in most sections, making it suitable for most people of reasonable fitness and mobility. In addition to fly fishing, the route is also very scenic and there is plenty to experience in the way of nature, ancient relics and culture. Your journey ends with a cultural stay in a houseboat on Dal Lake before flying home.
- Professional international fly fishing guide and trek leader, the best in KashmirK-Rescue — Our complimentary 24-hour private Search & Rescue service
- 3 full days and 3 half days of fly fishing in select locations of Kashmir during the trek
- Support staff as required – local guide, chef etc.
- Horses/mules to carry all common equipment – sleeping bags, tents, food, equipment etc.
- Horses/mules to carry personal equipment – limit of 10kg per person
- 10 nights of camping – including tents, sleeping bags and cushion foam mattresses
- 1 night in a houseboat on Dal Lake upon departure – including dinner and breakfast
- All meals during trekking – breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea where possible
- Select beverages during trekking – marsala chai, tea, lemon tea, ginger tea, coffee, milk and hot chocolate
- Gift pack that is yours to keep – including a pack of locally handmade flies, a solar-powered headlamp, a silk sleeping bag liner, organic Himalayan soap and organic Himalayan washing powder
- Medical first aid kits
- Warm overhead showers on non-trekking days
- All vehicle transfers between the airport, camping locations and Dal Lake
Personal activities during the camp
- Trail walking
Fly Fishing Trip Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive in Kashmir and acclimatise
Travel by: Car | Distance: 91km | Duration: 03:30 | Alt.: 2,800m
Welcome to Kashmir! After arriving at Srinagar International Airport (SXR), our private transfer vehicle will transport you through the Kashmir Valley to our staging area in Sonamarg where your adventure begins. You will meet the K-Line team that afternoon and participate in our trek safety briefing.
Day 2 – Stretch your legs and trek to Nichinai Bar
Travel by: Trek | Distance: 9km | Duration: 06:00 | Difficulty: Easy | Alt.: 3,505m
Today is your first day on the trail, so it’s time to stretch your legs and warm up for the days of spectacular trekking ahead. The trail winds though the lower villages of Sonamarg up through mountain villages, allowing you to capture a glimpse of local mountain culture. This is the last time you see civilisation for a while!
Day 3 to 4 – Arrive at Kishan Sar and Vishan Sar to enjoy your first taste of fly fishing in the Indian Himalayas
Travel by: Trek | Distance: 12km | Duration: 06:00 | Difficulty: Moderate | Alt.: 3,749m
Day 3 is a long day on a winding trail through our first major mountain pass, complete with towering views of the surrounding Himalayas. On the other side of the pass lies Vishan Sar, or the “Lake of Vishnu”, which is the source of the mighty Neelum River and the first lake on your journey. Kishan Sar lake is close by. After settling in and enjoying some sunset/evening fishing, your guide will lead you to explore both lakes and the surrounding streams over the next 2 days.
Day 5 – The winding trail to Gad Sar
Travel by: Trek | Distance: 10km | Duration: 05:00 | Difficulty: Easy | Alt.: 4,191m
The trail to Gad Sar takes us away from the lush surrounds of Kishan Sar and weaves through more classicaly rugged Himlayan terrain. This is highest elevation point of the journey and you are now deep in the remote Indian Himalayas. Take in the sights and sounds of your surroundings and enjoy!
Day 6 to 7 – Fish in the famed Seven Lakes of Sat Sar
Travel by: Trek | Distance: 12km | Duration: 06:00 | Difficulty: Moderate | Alt.: 3,609m
Emerging from Gad Sar, our trail leads us along the high altitude glacial streams to the famed Sat Sar, or “Seven Lakes”. These seven small lakes are connected and located one beneath the other, making for some interesting casting opportunities. We will set up camp lakeside so that two full days of spectacular fly fishing is literally just outside your tent. Locals will no doubt share the legend of the mythical freshwater octopus – make sure you keep an eye on your catch!
Day 8 to 9 – Gangabal, the largest lake on the journey
Travel by: Trek | Distance: 9km | Duration: 06:00 | Difficulty: Moderate | Alt.: 3,597m
Leading on from Gad Sar, we reach the stunning Gangabal lake, the largest you will encounter on this trek. The lake and it’s surrounding streams are teeming with life and close by towers the intimidating Harmukh, legendary to both climbers and devout pilgrims alike.
Day 10 – Descend to Narayannag’s forgotten Hindu temples
Travel by: Trek | Distance: 11km | Duration: 05:00 | Difficulty: Easy | Alt.: 2,286m
Your adventure winds down slowly through age-old forests and concludes on the footstep of Narayannag’s forgotten Hindu temples. Photography opportunities abound at the numerous archaeological sites in the area. There is also an opportunity to fish the areas surrounding the large rivers. On this final evening, a celebratory bonfire will conclude the trek with plenty of storytelling and sharing of experiences.
Day 11 – Discovering Dal Lake
Travel by: Car | Distance: 50km | Duration: 02:00 | Alt.: 1,585m
We depart the final camp site and make our way to Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake, where you will spend your final night in Kashmir in one of the famed colonial houseboats. You will wind up your trip with a shikara ride and visits to the local markets.
Day 12 – The big bird home, your departure from Kashmir
Travel by: Car | Distance: 23km | Duration: 00:30 | Alt.: 1,583m
Today is your last day in Kashmir and we’ll take you to Srinagar Airport for your flight home. Farewell and we hope to see you on another K-Line Himalayan adventure soon!
Dates & Prices
|Jun 1-30, 2018||$3680||$3680||$3680|
|Jul 1 – Sept 30, 2018||$3680||$3680||$3680|
|Oct 1-31, 2018||$3680||$3680||$3680|