Kashmir Kolahoi Glacier Trek – 4 Days

Kashmir Kolahoi Glacier Trek

The glaciated section of the Kolahoi valley is semi-circular and about 35 km long. At its head it has a north-west aspect and at Pahalgam, at its terminus, it faces south-east. Throughout its entire length the width of the valley changes several times. In the initial stages the valley is deep, U-shaped and narrow; in this section the glacier is flowing over basalt. 0.5 km below the snout the valley widens; here it flows over the shales and limestones of the southern limb of the Basmai Anticline. 3 km down-stream from the snout the valley crosses a bed of limestone underlain by the Muth Quartzite. This limestone bed forms a riegel and the valley floor drops about 15 m where the West Liddar River descends a waterfall. Above this waterfall the valley is orientated east-west, but below the fall it turn to the south-west and avoids crossing the Muth Quartzites (at the core of the Basmai Anticline). At the waterfall the northern valley wall has two steps cut at 3 800 and 3 050 m, respectively; both these stepsconverge up-stream at the base of the lower hanging valleys in the eastern wall. 2 km downstream from the waterfall the Basmai Stream joins the West Liddar River and below their confluence the valley cuts through Panjal Traps. Except at Liderwat, Aru and Pahalgam, where the overlying Pa..al Traps have been eroded away, the entire length of the valley below this junction is cut on Panjal Traps and narrow. At Liderwat and Aru, the valley is wide and U-shaped. From 2 km above Pahalgam the valley has a V-shaped notch cut at the base of the U-shaped valley with interlocking spurs (Fig. 3). These spurs are below the level of the Kolahoi subglacial moraines and they have been cut into the bedrock. The base of the V is level with the East  Liddar valley floor.


Day 01: Srinagar – Pahalgam – Aru
Arrive at Srinagar, transfer to Pahalgam from Srinagar and then hike to Aru. Distance by road is approximately 90 kms and will take 3-4 hrs drive. Hike to Aru is of 12 kms from Pahalgam and will take around 3-4 hrs. Stay overnight in camps.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 02: Aru – Lidderwat
Hike to Lidderwat is of 11 kms from Aru and will take around 3-4 hrs. Stay overnight in camps.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 03: Lidderwat – Kolahoi – Lidderwat Base Camp
Hike to base of Kolahoi glacier is of 14 kms from Lidderwat and will take around 5-6 hrs. Stay overnight in camps.

Day 04: Lidderwat- Aru – Srinagar
Hike back to Aru. After reaching Aru board the cab for further journey to Srinagar


• Tented accommodation on all trekking days with separate kitchen, toilet tents, sleeping mattress and bag
• Meals as indicated above.
• Goody bag & snack packs en route on all trekking days
• Mules will be provided on sharing basis. Mules would be used only for transfer of luggage (partial); you will be required to carry your own day back packs.
• All the permit fees, forest department and camping charges for the trek
• Trip is accompanied by a vXplor buddy for smooth operations and management of entire trip.
• Professional guide and a trek leader


• Any kind of transportation for commuting to and from Delhi to Srinagar & back.
• Any kind of sightseeing in Srinagar.
• Any accommodation in Srinagar
• Any kind of insurance coverage
• Any expenditure of personal nature like phone calls, tipping, any kind of medical expense
• Any additional cost or expanse incurred due to unforeseen events or weather. Whatever cost is incurred will borne by the guests.
• Any video or still camera charges
• Any other thing not mentioned above


70% payment is to be made at the time of registration. Balance payments is to be made a fortnight before the trip date.

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Note: Adventure activities are entirely dependent on weather conditions and some activities can be dropped out at last moment without prior notice due to bad weather. vXplor will not be responsible for that and thus will not entertain any refund requests. In case of landslide or any other weather conditions vXplor buddy’s decision would final keeping everyone’s safety in mind.

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• Number of people travelling
• Season: Peak/high/low
• Inclusions/ exclusions/ supplementary cost of other add ons
• Changes in taxes, fees, policies of government/hotel etc


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