Harbagwan Lake lies in between the mountain of Pahalgam. Pahalgam to Harbagwan Lake Trek is a wonderful experience. Pahalgam is a place that is famous for its meadows and mountain streams. In the backdrop you’ll see snow capped peaks of mountains, and at the same time the meadows are traversed by beautiful mountain streams which make the overall scenery of Pahalgam most captivating.
Day 1 : Pahalgam - Gagdi Pathri
We start our trek from Pahalgam to Gagdi Pathri. This place is between two mountains and has mind blowing beauty and fresh water flowing streams. One can see beautiful wild flowers in the way and different species of birds. To reach Gagdi Pathri, we will have to trek for 5-6 hrs. You can enjoy colorful scenery and can take beautiful snaps. We can pitch our tents here.
Day 2 : Gagdi Pathri - Aram Pathri - Danawath
Starting our trek early in the morning after breakfast, we move to another beautiful location called Aram Pathri. A fresh water stream flows by and you can enjoy the foot bridges on these river streams. It takes us 2 hours to reach Aram Pathri, which is a plain meadow. We will stop for some time to enjoy the nature. After lunch we begin for yet another thrilling spot called Danawath. It is on a very high altitute. We will find a small spring with clear and transparent water in it. It is a pasture with different vegetation and flowers. It will take us approx 5 hrs to reach here. Camp here and rest for the night.
Day 3 : Danawath - Nafran - Harbagwan Lake
After breakfast we start to Nafran and to Harbagwan Lake ahead. It takes us approx 8 hrs to reach Narfan and Harbagwan Lake. Nafran is a pasture where sheephards and nomadic bakerwalas (a tribe which shuttle between Jammu and Kashmir in search of grass for sheep, goats and horses). The lake is very big. Here we find ourselves in a different world. One feels in top of the world. For a botanist this is the best place to find different kinds of plants and flowers.
Day 4 : Harbagwan Lake - Bajipathri - Aram pathri
After breakfast we move to yet another beautiful location called Bajipathri. Here one can view the whole Kashmir and see how sheperds make cheese with sheeps milk. One can take beautiful snaps of flocks of sheeps. From here you can see tips of mountain. We enjoy lunch and tea here. It takes us approx 4 hrs to Bajipathri and back to Arampathri.
Day 5 : Aram Pathri - Pahalgam
We have breakfast and start back to Pahalgam. We return back to Pahalgam by a different route and see many hamlets. Trek ends here.