The Pahalgam-Kolahoi Glacier-Pahalgam trek takes 6 days and covers approximately 70 km. At the Kolahoi glacier the trekker can catch a glimpse of the Kolahoi Peak and see the source of the Lidder River. Excursions to the Tarsar and Marsar lakes in the Upper Dachigam area can also be made from here if the trekker has an additional two days. The first stage of this trek, from Pahalgam to Aru, can be done by vehicle. It is, however, recommended that the trail be walked to acclimatize ahead of the tougher routes to follow. This trail follows the Lidder River to the open meadows at Aru, where excellent campsites as well as private hotels are available. The short trek from Aru to Lidderwat runs through thick pine forests to undulating meadows where the trekker can see the local shepherds grazing livestock. From Lidderwat the trail follows the west bank of the Lidder through Gujjar encampments to the largest nomadic village in the area at Satlanjan. The Kolahoi peak (5,734 metres) is usually clouded over by midmorning, so it is wise to start early from Satlanjan. The trekker does not have to go to the glacier to view Kolahoi; you also have the choice of ascending the ridge opposite Kolahoi, or climbing to Dodsar after fording the Lidder stream. You can return to Lidderwat the same day, or leave the next morning for Aru and then Pahalgam.
Season: May to October.
Duration: 6 nights. Grade: Moderate.
Stages: Pahalgam to Aru (11 km), Aru to Lidderwat (11 km), Lidderwat to Satlanjan (4 km), Satlanjan to Kolahoi to Lidderwat (14 km), Lidderwat to Am (11 km), Aru to Pahalgam (11 km).
Note: Ponies will be hired at Pahalgam or Aru. A cook will travel with you. Aru and Lidderwat have accommodation.