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Warwan Valley – A Trans Himalayan Trek

Warwan Trek is one of the eight ancient Transhimalayan traverses that transcend from Ladakh Himalayas (Suru valley) to Kashmir Himalayas. Known as the salt route, for centuries Trans Himalayan traders from Kashmir and Ladakh have passed through here.

This trek is unique and highly adventurous for multiple reasons; for one this is one of the few treks which give trekkers a rare opportunity to get a taste of both the stark beauty of Ladakh and the lush green valleys of Kashmir. The highlight of this trek is a 9km long glacier traverse while crossing the Lomvilad pass as you transcend from higher Himalayas into the lower Himalayas.

Once in Warwan, you will witness vast pastures and greenlands with wide valley floors. Warwan is a sandwich valley between Ladakh and Kashmir and is unknown to even the locals of Kashmir. These prestine valleys are only inhabited by the ancient nomadic tribe of “Bakrwals” who have made these valleys their summer abode since times unknown. This trek is the ultimate adventure into the unkown.

9 nights / 10 days   Kargil & Kashmir Download PDF
  • Tour Starts
  • Tour Ends
  • Style of Tour
    Trekking (6 days)
  • Max Altitude
    4400 m
  • Approx Trekking
    97 kms
  • Trek Difficulty
    Moderate to Hard
  • No of Passes
  • Best Season
    May to October
  • Stays
    Hotel in Kargil and Srinagar, organized Camping on treks
  • Meals
    Breakfast and Dinner in Hotel, All meals on the trek
Day 1: Arrive in Leh/Srinagar & drive to Kargil
  • Pick up from Airport and drive to Kargil (5 hours)
  • Lunch Enroute
  • Evening for leisure
Day 2: Visit to Hundurman border village and Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum
  • After an early breakfast, we will drive to Hundurman which is border settlement on the LoC between India and Pakistan and check out the Hundurman Museum
  • Visit to Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum, a family run museum that had preserved the silk route history of Kargil
  • Post lunch, explore Kargil bazaar
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel
Day 3: Drive from Kargil to Panikhar (3225m). Trek fom Panikhar to Sumdo/Deonora (3735m)
Distance/Duration: 15.6 kms / 4 to 6 hours
  • This is the first day of your trek.
  • After an early breakfast, drive from Kargil to basecamp in Panikhar
  • The trail follows Chalong nala upstream as it gains altitude gradually.
  • Our first drinking water source comes 2 and half hours into the trail.
  • You will climb gradually to a meadow that will then lead to a wide river basin, that is a confluence of two rivers, called Sumdo.
  • Denora is a bit ahead of Sumdo.
  • Overnight will be spent in tents at Denora.
Day 4: Trek from Denora to Kalapari (3929m)
Distance/Duration: 3 kms /1.5 hours
  • After an early breakfast, take of your shoes for crossing multiple icy streams.
  • You can consider this as an acclimatization/rest day for the pass climb the next day.
  • Your breath will be taken away by the bright pink flowers that you will see on the slope on your left.
  • You will be inspired by the wide panorama of the Sumdo and Denora basin.
  • Overnight will be spent in tents at the Kalapari meadows.
Day 5: Trek from Kalapari to Kanital (3487m) via Lonvilad Pass (4402m)
Distance/Duration: 21 kms / 11 to 12 hours
  • This is going to be the most challenging day of the Warwan Valley trek. It is imperative to start early.
  • We will traverse a 10 km s of glacier through the pass to reach the Kanital campsite.
  • This day will be marked by heart stopping views of a glacial lake, The Kalapari Peak and a view of a wide glacier tumbling down the flanks of a mountain into a greyish crevasse.
  • Overnight will be spent in tents at the Kaintal meadows.
Day 6: Trek from Kanital to Humpet (3340m)
Distance/Duration: 19 kms / 7 hours
  • On the trail you will cross several streams before you hit a wide river basin that leads to lush, green meadows. We will take a short lunch break here by rocks that are chiseled like square.
  • The view from Humpet of the fresh grasslands, the wide Kanital river and the Bhakarwal settlements on the opposite side of the bank will dazzle your eyes.
  • Overnight will be spent in tents at Humpet.
Day 7: Trek from Humpet to Sukhnai (2800m)
Distance/Duration: 19 kms / 7 hours
    • You will descend quickly from two valleys to the meticulous grasslands of Sukhnai. On the other of the valley you’ll see the trail that leads to Sheshnag and Amarnath. This is the junction at which and the Warwan Valley and
    • Kashmir begin.
    • We’ll take a break at a grassy clearing near the mound of Sukhnai for lunch.
    • Sukhnai is startlingly beautiful.The closely packed village will remind you of the gaul Village in Asterix and Obelix.
    • Overnight will be spent in tents at Sukhnai.
Day 8: Trek from Sukhnai to Chaudraiman (2530m)
Distance/Duration: 20 / 7 hours
  • This day will be long. It’s the last leg of the Great Warwan trek as you make your way towards Chaudraiman.
  • The picturesque trail beyond sukhnai will lead you to different villages very 5-6 km. The Marwah River slices the valley in half, as it meanders its way to the Chenab River.
  • The heart of the Warwan Valley is lined with vast unbroken green pastures.
  • A medical dispensary and a few government houses signal the start of Chaudraiman.
  • Overnight will be spent in tents or a home stay in Chadraiman.
  • Chaudraiman is connected by road to Ishan, Anantnag, Larnoo and Srinagar.
Day 9: Depart for Srinagar by taxi
  • Departure for Srinagar.
  • Check into hotel in Srinagar by evening
  • You can celebrate the completion of the Great Warwan trek. The experience will teach you that you are capable of much more than you can ever imagine. And the images that are captured in your mind, shall stay with you for a long time to come. Congratulations!
Day 10: Fly out of Srinagar
  • Early morning transfer to Airport
  • End of Journey
  • Airport transfers
  • Trek point transfers
  • Transport for sightseeing
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotel in kargil
  • All meals on the trek (Freshly prepared vegetarian food)
  • Twin sharing rooms at hotel in kargil
  • Dome tents or homestays on trek
Medical Services:
  • Onsite first aid
  • Oxygen cylinderd
  • Trained and experienced guide/trek leader
  • Kitchen and support staff
  • Porters/Mules
  • Trekking permits
  • Camping charges
Cost Excludes:
  • Single room accommodation
  • Lunch during stay in kargil and srinagar
  • Personal equipment such as walking sticks, rain coats, gloves etc
  • International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
  • Monument/monastery and Museum visit fee
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry.
  • Cost incurred due to emergency evacuation
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Personal Mules & porters. You can request for one in advance while booking
  • Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
  • Cost incurred due to change / extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc.
Mountain Ethics
  • We have a zero trash tolerance policy. We always clean up after ourselves on all hikes and trips
  • We use portable T3 tents and portable toilets and wash basins at our campsite which are cleared and wrapped up at the end of each journey.
  • Our camp locations are temporary and we don’t keep any permanent fixtures at the location. We say no to plastics
  • Be Local – there is no harm learning at few local words while you are there. It always helps in building a rapport with the locals and blend in. Try to eat and buy locally. Carry your own water bottles.
Equipment & Safety
  • We use comfortable mattresses with -10degree sleeping bags
  • There is no electricity at most of our campsites as they are at remote locations. We use solar powered tent lamps.
  • Our trips require a moderate level of fitness.
  • The maximum altitude for treks can go upto 6100m
  • Drink lot of water to stay hydrated and to avoid mountain sickness
  • We always carry a first aid kid and a portable oxygen canisters for emergencies
  • Average of two guides are provided for a group of 10 people
Creating “Shared Value”
  • We respect the local traditions and customs. We will always brief you regarding these each time you travel to a different location. We encourage you to be open and free while travelling to these locations and invite you to explore the region in its true sense.
  • We focus on engaging local communities in our work to create livelihoods locally. Most of our camps/homestays are managed by the local villagers and local youth is engaged as guides/hosts
  • We organize workshops to train local communities and youth for technical training in mountain guiding, hospitality and responsible tourism. If you are interested in contributing, do let us know.
What to carry?
  • Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence)
  • No suitcases. Opt for 70 to 90 litre backpacks
  • Water-proof trekking shoes
  • One down jacket or warmer for chilly nights
  • Rain poncho or jacket/windcheater (a must!)
  • Thermal inner (not advisable to wear it while trekking)
  • Trekking pants (one spare)
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Sun goggles
  • Trekking pole
  • Spare under garments and socks (three pairs max)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (preferably wearable)
  • Water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one litre capacity
  • Personal toiletries
  • Power bank (if you want to use phone camera)
  • That book you’ve been meaning to read
Fine Print & Trip Specific Important Information:   By signing up for a trip with Roots, you acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied to participate in this trip and that you have read the description of the trip as it appears on the website and the information below:
  • You are expected to carry your own luggage. If you need a porter/mule during treks please inform us in advance.
  • Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite & adjust to these situations then & there. The final call will be taken by our Lead Guide on location.
  • The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various unavoidable reasons.
  • The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible.
  • You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness, being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment.
  • You are required to produce a Medical Fitness certificate before starting the trip.
  • The minimum age restriction for this trip is 18
  • All outdoor related activities involve a certain level of risk. You are expected to sign an Indemnity Form in agreement to the risks involved through part taking in such outdoor activities.
  • Roots Ladakh reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals and photographs submitted by them on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes