Sonamarg or Sonmarg, located at a hefty altitude of 2,740 m above sea level, literally means 'Meadow of Gold'. The picturesque natural beauty of the region brought this name to Sonamarg. Sonamarg, a town surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and serene lakes, is a snow covered beautiful flower-laden meadow in the majestic Himalayan mountain region. Sonamarg in the Kashmir valley is the gateway to Ladakh and situated just before the Zojii La pass. Located at 87 km from Srinagar, the place is renowned for trekking and hiking trails. The snow clad peaks in the Himalaya and the undulated hilly mountainous regions are perfectly suitable for all types of trekking expeditions. Sonamarg is the base camp for many trekking expeditions. The major treks passing through various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar has its base at Sonamarg. The trekking routes offer all types of challenges, from mild to most hard. The pleasant climate with mild summer and cold winter make this place an ideal location for trekkers to explore the natural beauty and challenging treks.
The everlasting Thajiwas glacier, 3km from Sonmarg, provides a chance to enjoy sledge ride on the snow.
Baltal, 15km from Sonmarg at an altitude of 2743m, is the base camp of Amarnathji yatra.
The famous Gangabal Lake from Sonmarg across the Sind river with the steep Nichnai Pass at 4080 m.
Vishansar is home to many types of fishes among of which is the brown trout and it freezes during winter.
Krishnasar Lake is one of the most mesmerizing lakes in the chain of many Himalayan lakes.
A 23 km trek to Gadsar Lake, 3900 m, passes through steep climbs followed by a rapid descent, whereafter the magical Gadsar Lake appears.
Nund Kol Sar
Nund Kol Sar is a smaller lake which comes before Gangabal and is situated at the foothills of Harmukh.
The Naranag valley is noted for its scenic meadows and is a base camp for trekkers to the Mt Haramukh, the Gangabal Lake and Satsar.
Kanasar mountain in Kashmir is located at an elevation of 4,346 meters above sea level.
Lolgul is a break in a mountain range, used for transportation from one side to the other side.
Atmas Lake near Gangabal Lake is considered as one of the sources of the River Jhelum.
Mt. Harmukh is considered sacred place by Hindus and also a popular spot for rainbow trout fishing