Enthusiastic adventure sport lovers should take
prior permission from Indian Mountaineering Foundation so that then no one
stops you from enjoying your favourite activity. It is a popular activity of
adventure tourism in Kashmir. If
you are an adventure sports enthusiast and love exploring nature then Pahalgam
is the place for you. There are numerous mountainous peaks and ranges in
Himalaya towering from 10,000 to 28,000 feet from above sea level and thus the
valley offers huge opportunities of mountaineering in Pahalgam. The lofty peaks of Himalayas in Pahalgam not
only attract mountaineers from the country but also from abroad.
Pahalgam is usually the starting point of some of
the best Mountaineering routes in the Himalayas. Mountaineering to Kolahai
Glacier is a dream come true – and their are potential routes to across the
ranges to Sonamarg and even Ladakh for the brave. Besides, there are many day
treks originating in Pahalgam which work best for the novices, like hiking to
Basisaran or to Chunasar and Mansar lakes, or not to forget towards Sheshnag or
all the way to the world famous Amarnath Cave.
Though there are many avenues, we are giving you one which
is very famous.
Kolohoi Glacier, which is situated up the Lidder Valley, just below
the Kolhoi Peakis currently a hanging glacier which everyone
wants to try out. It is accessible from Pahalgam via Aruand extends for at least 35 kilometres.
Some Useful tips
Ensure your climbing gear & tools are in perfect
working condition. Any looseness and you may lose your limb, so be careful in
Ensure your backpack contains only items you need
while climbing. Leave everything at your camp. Even a very small kerchief can
weigh you down.
Carry an extra water bottle, which will be over
and above the prescribed quantity.
Extra Sun cap as heat can destabilize you
quickly. Also ensure, the flap does not obstruct your view when you look up.
Other Useful Tips
Climbing should always be done with an extra man
to whom you can maintain eye contact.
Never overestimate your skills and always choose
a target safely.
Arrange all your items in your backpack for
Acclimatize for a few days, at every altitude.
Oxygen levels get depleted at every climb and it could prove fatal neglecting
Climbing should always be done in teams. Team
members often encourage and keep the energy levels high.
Basic Mountaineering Course
The Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering, which
comes under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Defense, as a result the fee
structure of all its courses are subsidised by the Government of India. The
institute offers many different courses for different durations.
Basic Duration is from 28 –
How to apply
How to Reach Pahalgam
Pahalgam unfortunately does not have any airport and depends on the closest one in Srinagar, which is 90 km away. This Sheikh-Ul-Alam Airport has excellent connectivity with Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Jammu and provides quick service to the tourists.
Cabs and taxis can be hired from the airport to reach Pahalgam. If you are a couple, you can also use a shared taxi and pay only a fraction of the fare needed for a full taxi. It is best to negotiate with only one cab else noisy scenes result if you turn to another vendor.
Udhampur is a nearest railway station at 220 km, then the next nearest is Katra, 270 km and the farthest is Jammu, 285 km away, that connect Pahalgam to the major cities of India. After reaching any of the stations, a private vehicle is required to reach Pahalgam. The travelers have the option of either hiring a private cab or taxi to reach their destination.
Local taxis and cabs are available at Jammu & Udhampur stations for various destinations in the valley. Katra is new on the circuit and not many options exist for travelling further. It is better to get down at Udhampur.
If travelling in a group you can also hire mini buses. We advise to negotiate beforehand and never turn to other operator midway, as noisy scenes are reported. Couples and small families can try hiring a shared taxi and you can save much money travelling.
From Srinagar, Pahalgam is 98 kilometers away. State Road Transport buses, luxury buses and taxis ply to and fro. Buses take around 2.5-3 hours whereas cabs need half the time. The best part being you can halt the cab at any point for clicking pictures.
If you can wait for a few minutes, even rigid cab owners give in to charging per person. This benefits all individual passengers and couples because booking a full cab means paying manifold.
Driving Own Vehicle
If you are travelling on own vehicle we recommend you to change your tyres with those that can handle roads in this region. It can make a huge difference in costing and budget travelers should consider another mode of travel.
Best Time to Visit Pahalgam
The best time for families start from March end onwards. However, it all depends on what temperatures you can withstand and what you are looking for! Every season & every climate has its own merits.
Kashmir has reserved something very unique for every season. For example, Skiing and every snow related activity needs the winter season.
Pahalgam welcomes tourists with open arms throughout the year. The tourists prefer to visit in three distinct seasons: Summers, monsoon and winters. Each has its own merits which tourists like and flock in big numbers.
The summer season in Pahalgam between April and June sees the maximum footfall from general as well as from those participating in the annual Amarnath Yatra. During this season, the weather is pleasant and maybe even a bit warm and favourable for day sightseeing. When planning to stay out please carry a light jacket, just in case the weather sees drastic change. You definitely need light woolens at night because the nights are sometimes chilly. Temperature generally ranges between 11 and 25 degrees.
Winter in Pahalgam is all about fresh, flaky snow and heavy woolens. The temperature usually hovers near sub-zero levels. The season starts in November and continues till February. Sightseeing is minimum as the landscape is white and some more white. However, those interested in skiing and skating (in the rink nearby or on frozen rivers), this is the ideal season as when it snows, it pours and pours. December and January it usually snows heavily.
If you love playing in snow, this is the time for throwing snowballs and making the snowman. Teenagers love the ease by which they roll down hills. They also love the experience when their feet get buried in snow. The chilly winds often play spoilsport making the winter a spine chilling experience.
The rainfall from July to September is scanty but the weather can be extremely humid though it rarely stays for long. The rain seldom spoils your outdoor activities. Couples love the mystic environs as the hovering clouds try filling the valley with their vapours. The skies are generally clear and are great for stargazing.
This is also the offseason period and my tourists prefer visiting Pahalgam now. The tourism industry rains freebies in a bid to welcome the meager tourists.