Camping or backpacking in the snow appeals to anyone who enjoys the beauty and peacefulness of a pristine winter wonderland. There are no bugs or crowds, and who doesn't enjoy playing in the snow? With a little preparation, you also might be surprised at how comfortable it can be.
The all three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are dotted with numerous trekking sites and these sites offer immense opportunities for activity like camping in Kashmir. The destinations like Pahalgam, Aru, Chandanwari, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Baisaran, Yusmarg, Sanasar, Patnitop, Ladakh region are the ideal places to experience camping on the lap of beautiful nature. Some of the popular camping sites in Kashmir are:
1. Sonmarg, Nichinni, Vishansar, Gadsar, Gangabal, Narang (Kashmir Region)
2. Pahalgam, Aru, Lidderwat, Kolahoi, Chandanwari (Kashmir Region)
3. Manasbal Lake (Kashmir Region)
4. Sansar, Patnitop, Kud (Jammu Region)
5. Tsomoriri Lake, Tso Kar, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Shargol (Ladakh Region)
Winter outings offer different challenges than summer camping. You must be prepared for more severe weather and shorter daylight hours by having extra gear and additional skills. Before you leave home, have a plan.
Don't go alone. Share your adventure with a few friends who have expertise in different winter skills (snow shelters, route finding, snow travel, etc.).
Study maps and research the area. How long will it take to get there and set up camp? If something goes wrong, what emergency services (i.e., medical, search & rescue) are closest?
Talk to people who have been there and can give you pointers.
Check the weather forecast. Are conditions favorable? The NOAA-NWS Web site offers detailed backcountry forecasts.
Check the local road and trail conditions.
Recognize and avoid avalanche areas. Check the local avalanche forecast and don't go if avalanche danger is high. Keep in mind that avalanche forecasts may be general and not accurate for specific areas. If you are on or near any slope greater than 20°, your group should have formal avalanche training.
Leave a trip plan. Let others know where you'll be, when you'll be there, when you'll return, vehicle information and names and contact number for participants in your group.
Make sure everyone in the group has the same plans, expectations, turnaround times and goals.
Don't forget to pack something important. Use our winter camping checklist.
Carry some cash for unexpected fees or emergencies.
Be prepared for the unexpected. Always have extra food and clothing just in case the weather changes, you get lost or your trip makes any unexpected detours.
A must for any backcountry travel, the "Ten Essentials" are especially important for your comfort and safety in winter.
Insulation (extra clothing)
Repair kit and tools
Nutrition (extra food)
Hydration (extra water)