Alpather Lake is in beautiful Gulmarg!
Located at a whopping height of 4,390 meters above sea level, this high-altitude lake is a must-see for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies alike.
Known locally as the “Frozen Lake,” this gorgeous body of water remains completely frozen from November to June. In fact, it’s so cold that even ducks walk on the ice instead of swimming in the water! But don’t worry, if you visit during the summer months, you’ll be treated to a lush landscape of flowers and trees that are sure to take your breath away.
Now, the trek to Alpather Lake isn’t for the faint of heart. It covers a distance of about 13 km, and while it’s moderately difficult, it offers a challenging yet fulfilling experience. You’ll start your trek in Gulmarg and follow the route to Khilanmarg, Apharwat Ridge, and finally, Alpather Lake. Along the way, you’ll be treated to gorgeous views of the surrounding area that’ll make all that hiking worth it.
So, how do you get there? Well, there are three ways to cover the distance of 13 km between Gulmarg and Alpather Lake: by cable car, a motorable road, or trekking. While the cable car and motorable road might be easier, we recommend the trek for a more rewarding experience. Just be sure to start early, carry water and some snacks, and, most importantly, hire a local guide!