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  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 13200 ft./4023 m
  • 12 Participants
  • July-September
  • Kashmir

Doodhpathri Tosamaidan Trek Overview

Doodhpathri- Tosamaidan is our latest addition to the list of must-do beautiful treks in Kashmir. 

“The raw beauty of Kashmir is best experienced when you explore the offbeat path and trek in the interiors of the valley,” says Himanshu Singla, Founder of OWLS. Himanshu recently went on an exploratory journey to Doodhpathri to craft a new trail in Kashmir. 

The trek is situated in the Budgam district and begins from Doodhpathri, a renowned tourist loaction near Srinagar. Located approximately 55 km from Srinagar, it takes around 2.5 hours to reach Doodhpathri. Doodhpathri gets its name from the milky water of the Shailganga River that flows through the valley. 

According to the locals,  Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor Din Noorani, a renowned saint, once prayed here for water in the meadows. Legend has it that he dug the ground with his stick, and the milk came out of the valley. Locals believe that the Sheikh instructed the milk to be used only for drinking purposes and not for ablution. Subsequently, the milk transformed into water, which led to the name Doodhpathri.

Trekkers have been stunned by the beauty of Kashmir Great Lakes and Tarsar Marsar so far.  With this newly discovered trail of Doodhpathri – Toshmaidan, be prepared to be blown away by the beauty of six pristine alpine lakes and five valleys. 

In addition to mesmerising beauty, Doodhpathri offers exotic and visually marvellous campsites. You get to camp beside the clear blue lake of Gurwansar and the forbidden meadows of Toshmaidan. 

Then there is Ashtaar Valley, dream-like meadows sprawling like it has been carved to perfection. Besides, the trek offers beautiful Guruwansar, Pamsar, Bodsar, and Gadtar valleys. The grasslands on this trek have unique characters, and each one of them is extremely beautiful. 

Doodhpathri Tosamaidan Trek takes you on an unforgettable journey, showcasing the pristine and untouched beauty of Kashmir.  The trek makes you realize why Kashmir has earned the tag of heaven on earth. 

 

Doodhpathri Tosamaidan trek brochure

Inclusions 

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom Charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Travel cost from pick-up point to and from the basecamp (Srinagar to Doodhpathri cab fare)
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 6)
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

Doodhpathri Tosamaidan Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive from Srinagar (5,200 ft.) to Doodhpathri (8,900 ft.)

To reach Doodhpathri, travel to Budgam, about an hour away from Srinagar, and then continue on to the base town. The drive through Srinagar and the Kashmir valley offers views of cultivations and sprawling meadows.

Day 2 : Doodhpathri (8,900 ft.) to Asthar Valley (11,525 ft.) via Diskhal Meadows

Today’s trek involves a short walk on the road followed by an ascent into a pine forest and cross the Shaliganga river where you will come across a few clearings. Aft.er the tree line ends, you will reach Diskhal meadow, where you can find water sources and shepherd huts. From the top of a mountain ridge, you will descend into a boulder section and cross a river to reach your campsite near shepherd huts before crossing cold streams.

Day 3 : Asthar Valley (11,525 ft.) to Guruwansar (12,500 ft.) and Excursion to Guruwansar Lake (12,700 ft.)

The trek starts by ascending to a high point and then descending through boulder patches. Aft.er descending, the trail ascends again and leads to flat, expansive meadows. You’ll walk for 2 km on these meadows before climbing to reach the higher altitude. As you turn, you’ll see two ridges on either side and begin trekking through a valley with sheep grazing. You’ll soon reach the Guruwansar campsite.

Day 4 : Guruwansar (12,500 ft.) to Bandhsar (12,600 ft.) via Pamsar (13,000 ft.) and Bandhsar Lake (13,200 ft.) and Damamsar lake (12, 900 ft.)

Today, you will take a long trek to three large bodies of water – Pamsar, Bandhsar and Damamsar. The trek will involve alternating between ascending and descending valleys and ridges, and walking on grassy ledges. Along the way, you will cross streams and boulder patches, and come across a depression with a water point. Aft.er a long day, it will be refreshing to cross streams on the way to your campsite.

Day 5 : Bandhsar (12,600 ft.) to Gadtar (12,500 ft.) and excursion to Gadtarsar Lakes (12,800 ft.) I, II and Gandasar Lake, and Trastar lake

Climb on a bouldery patch and a steep ascent for about 1 km until you reach a flat portion of the ridge where you can see the Bandhsar. Aft.er taking in the view, descend from the ridge. From the highest point of the ridge, you can see Gadtarsar Lakes I, II and Gandasar Lake, and Trastar lake These lakes are formed by melting snow from the surrounding mountains. Aft.er this, the trail consistently descends to the Gadtar campsite.

Day 6 : Gadtar (12,500 ft.) to Tosamaidan (10,000 ft.) and Drive back to Srinagar (5,200 ft.)

It’s the final day of the trek. It will be a long, enjoyable day that includes river crossings, ascending to a grassy ledge, and alternating between ascents and descents. You’ll walk along a mud trail, come across a water source, and cross a stream. The trek ends at Tosa Maidan, a beautiful landscape. The last leg of the trek includes a short ascend of 200 meters before descending towards the road head. At the end of the trek, you can get a vehicle from a nearby dhaba and there is network coverage.

Day 7 : Buffer Day

If the buffer day is used, you have to pay us Rs. 1,500 per day (inclusive of 5% GST) . The money will be collected by the Outdoor Leader only if we use the buffer day. This depends completely on the circumstances on the trek regarding weather conditions, and other factors which could hamper the itinerary of the trek.

How to reach the basecamp of Doodhpathri Tosamaidan trek?

The Basecamp of the trek is Doodhpathri village, which is located in Budgam District of Jammu and Kashmir.

To reach your Doodhpathri, your base camp, you have to fly to Srinagar on Day 0.

Day 0 is the day before the start of the experience as mentioned on the website.

Here is a step-by-step guide to plan your travel to Srinagar 

  • Book your flight to Srinagar on Day 0 i.e. a day before your trek starts. 
  • Book a hotel in Srinagar for the night. (Note: Book hotels near Dal Lake or Boulevard Road for safety purposes.)
  • Reach the OWLS pick-up point in time. 

Travel Plan option A – By air to Srinagar

Travelling to Srinagar by air from your city is the most convenient option to reach Srinagar. There are direct flights to Srinagar from many metro cities. 

Book an early morning flight from your city to Srinagar. Reach Srinagar airport in the afternoon or evening of Day 0. 

Arriving in Srinagar on day 0, instead of Day 1 allows you to rest well before your trek. 

Travel Plan option B – By train to Jammu, followed by road/train journey to Srinagar

The other option to reach Srinagar is to travel by train to Jammu followed by a road journey. It takes around 9-12 hrs to cover the distance of around 250 km. 

Although this option is economical, you need to plan well in advance. The highway connecting Srinagar and Jammu is often troubled by roadblocks during monsoon when the KGL season begins. 

Here are a few options to reach Srinagar from Jammu

  • Fly from Jammu to Srinagar – Travel by train to Jammu and fly from Jammu to Srinagar. It is a short flight of 50 minutes. 
  • The second option is to travel by bus from Jammu to Srinagar. You can avail of the bus service outside Jammu Railway Station or ISBT Jammu. It takes roughly 9-10 hours if there are no roadblocks en route. 
  • The third option is to get on a shared cab outside Jammu railway station or ISBT Jammu. 
  • The last option is to reach Jammu by train, followed by a road journey to Banihal. From Banihal you can catch a train to Jammu. 

Note- if you are opting for option B to reach Srinagar, plan well in advance and include buffer days. The roadblocks are frequent on the Jammu Srinagar Highway, especially during monsoon. 

Doodhpathri Tosamaidan Trek Map

Doodhpathri Tosamaidan Trek FAQ

How long is Doodhpathri Trek?

Doodhpathri Trek is approximately 41 km long. You will be hiking an average of 5-7 km a day. 

Is Doodhpathri trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, if you are a beginner with good physical fitness, you can consider the trek after consulting our Outdoor Leader. 

 

How difficult is Doodhpathri Trek?

The trek can be categorised as moderate, considering the duration and altitude of Doodhpathri. 

What will be the temperature in Doodhpathri trek? 

Doodhpathri temperature during the day reaches a maximum of 24°C and drops to a minimum of – 8°C between June and October.

Read more about Doodhpathri temperature here

What is the best time to visit Doodhpathri trek?

The best time to visit Doodhpathri trek is summer, from July to September. Doodhpathri trek remains accessible throughout the year. The region receives heavy to extreme snowfall, making it difficult to traverse the trail. 

Read more about Doodhpathri’s best time here. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

You will find patches of snow if you trek to Doodhpathri in early spring. 

What is the cost of Doodhpathri trek?

 The Doodhpathri trek cost is Rs 16,500/-

 The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. 

What is the altitude of Doodhpathri Trek?

Doodhpathri trek is at an altitude of 12,950ft. The trek starts from Aru village, located at an altitude of 13,200ft. 

What is the duration of the trek?

Doodhpathri is a 7-day long trek. This includes travel to and from the basecamp. 

What is the starting point of Doodhpathri Trek?

The trek starts from a village called Doodhpathri. The location is a famous tourist destination and attracts a huge number of visitors every year who come here to discover the beauty of the lush green meadows surrounded by mountains and enchanting coniferous trees. 

Where is Doodhpathri Trek located?

The trek is located in Budgam district in Kashmir.  

Can we do the Trek on our own?

Doodhpathri is a moderate trek with few tricky patches. As it is in Kashmir, it is wise to hire experienced guides to help you navigate the terrain. If you plan to go solo on this trek, hiring a guide is a must to avoid any unforeseen situation. Before choosing a guide in Kashmir, do your research. It is important to choose a government-certified guide as many locations are off-limits to trekkers.

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most of the mobile networks in Srinagar. You will have a scanty network in Doodhpathri, the base camp.

Note that only postpaid sim cards work in  Jammu and Kashmir. We suggest our participants make important calls while at Srinagar. There will be no signals throughout the trek. 

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Srinagar. You will find ATMs along the way, however, they are not always functional. 

Carry a sufficient amount of cash with them. Since the base camp is situated away from the cities and lacks basic facilities like ATMs and digital payment options, it is always better to be prepared. 

You can carry the cash for cab fare and food to and from the base camp. We suggest a minimum of 5-6k to ensure you have enough funds for your journey.