The Vishansar is the first of the lakes you encounter on the Great Lakes Trek that begins at Sonamarg and covers lakes that can only be accessed either by walking or by Pony. Vishansar is said to be lake of Vishnu. The lake lies at an altitude of 3710 meters and is about one km long.
As with most lakes this far up in the mountains, Vishansar too completely freezes in winter but is a riot of color during the summer time when the treks are organised. The lake is surrounded by meadows that are a lush green from the water of the glacial stream that feed it. It is a popular gazing area for the local shepherds during this time of the year. The area is also a riot of flowers that take advantage of the bountiful water and temperate climate.
Other lakes covered by the eight day trek include Kishansar, the lake of Krishna, the Satsar–a cluster of seven lakes, Gadsar and the twin lakes of Nandkol and Gangbal. The trek is a great way to take in the moutains at a truly relaxed pace. You leave civilization behind. Even mobile connectivity gets knocked out after Vishansar and then it is just you, your group and the beautiful temperamental mountains that you are walking through.
This is a must do for those interested in viewing life at their own pace. Though at a high altitude the treks are of a moderate intensity and most people will find they can do them. However, most organizers advice six to eight weeks of cardio and a couple of days of acclimatization to really get the best out of the trek. Click on the image to see more from Mithila’s travels.