The ideal trekking months stretch from April to November. No special
permits are required, but registration with the nearest office is
necessary. The state affords some spectacular contrasts in nature with its
alpine pastures, barren wastelands and rugged mountains. Srinagar is a
good take off point for trekking in the Kashmir valley. In the Ladakh
region, Leh is a good starting point.
There are several mountain ranges in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Among
them are Pir Panjal, Himalayas, Zanskar, Ladakh and Karakoram. Climbing in
these Himalayas can be very invigorating. An expedition can take a month,
Srinagar to Srinagar. Rich in flora and fauna, the summits of most peaks
are a spine-tingling experience with views of the neighboring countries
of Pakistan and Tibet.
One can climb the peaks of Kolahoi(5,425 m) and Harmukh (5,148 m), quickly
making an alpine ascent. Similarly peaks in the Kishtwar region are not
too high but offer technically complicated climbing with many challenging
faces and ridges. The popular peaks are Sickle Moon 6,575 m ,Riger 6,001m,
Brammah-I 6,416m,Crooked Finger 5,630m, Arjuna 6,230m, Katori 6,138m and
Flat Top 6,100m.
In the Zanskar region peaks are located at the head of the Shafat
glacier and include the famous peaks of Nun 7,135m and Kun 7,077m.
Around these areWhite Needle 6,500m, Pinacle 6,930m and Z-1 6,400m. The
'Z' series also cluster around the Drang Drung glacier which is visible
from the Pensita. In the Ladakh region are Stok Kangri 6,153m, Parcha
Kangri 6,065m and Kanglcha 6,400m.
The first fall of snow blankets the highlands and transforms the winter
wonderland into the country's premier arena for action-packed skiing.
Gulmarg has world-class ski slopes varying between 8,700 and 10,500 feet,
the highest in India. The Gulmarg ski and chair lifts provide basic
utilitarian facilities with a simple link-up for beginners. The high
altitude skiers have to make their own way up to invigorating heights.
Gulmarg's ski-shop has professional equipment imported from Australia and
France, which can also be hired for temporary use. Facilities for skiing
at Pahalgam are being developed and work on an institute of mountaineering
and winter sports is already underway. Heli-skiing is also being
Kashmir has rightly been called an angler's paradise, with a network of
rivers and streams as well as high altitude lakes all abounding in trout,
both brown and rainbow. Trout fishing in Kashmir is far cheaper than it is
in any other part of the world. And most importantly, the Department of
Fisheries, which controls angling in the valley, works hard to ensure that
there is no depletion of stock by indiscriminate fishing, which means that
you can revel in angling in ideal conditions.
Kashmir's fabled natural beauty needs no introduction. Crisscrossing the
state are the well-known Sind and Lidder rivers and their tributaries,
with a silvery network of smaller rivers and streams.