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. Zanskar has
several trekking options, all of which are worth exploring.
Mules and porters charging approximately $4 per day and can be
engaged from the area's nearest tourist office. Guides are
also available and there are several specialised agencies in
Srinagar and Leh dealing in trekking tours.
Mountaineering 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.
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.
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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.
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. The geographical variation along the course of each river is immense, affording endless possibilities for the angler. Closer to the source of each river, the gradient is steeper and the waters flow faster. The landscape is generally hilly, with towering pines. As the river runs its course, the gradient evens out and the flow of water loses its torrential force. The open countryside with a wide and sweeping horizon has willow, poplar and walnut swaying in the cool breeze.
The trout is a crafty fish and requires skilled handling. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to fish. To increase your chances of success you might like to shift to another spot within the permitted two kilometres of the beat for which you hold the permit. In case you need information or assistance there are beat guards, two per beat, who are familiar with the habits of the fish and are there to advise you, should you wish.
An eight day trek to high altitudes (14,000 ft) rewards the angler with spectacularly lovely lakes cradled by snow clad mountains. The fish keep close to the bottom of the lake during winters and rise near the surface as the ice melts. Spoons and spinners are permitted here.
The fishing season extends from March to October.
Compiled by Puneet Sachdeva
Editor: Romola Butalia   (c) India Travelogue. All rights reserved.