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Katarnag Lakes

Katarnag I & II Lakes Aru PGM

Hiking Difficult

8.2 km
1.4 km
23 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
3.8 km
Katarnag Lakes Map

Katarnag lakes are the high altitude alpine lakes located around 9 kms from the picturesque Aru Valley Pahalgam. The trek starts from Aru Camping site and takes you to the lush green beautiful meadows and tall pine trees. The trail takes you to the Kootapathri and Gashangan hamlets of the upper reaches of Aru. The gradual increase takes you to the Camping site of Katarnag. The trek then goes further steep towards the Katarnag-I lake along the Girwar stream on your left. The Katarnag-II has an elevation of 3850meters ASL.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and September


  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation