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“Words fall short to describe this ethereal beauty”
Review of Tulian Lake

Tulian Lake
Ranked #6 of 14 things to do in Pahalgam
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Reviewed 9 December 2014

One of the most heavenly beauties witnessed on earth, Tulian valley is about 12-13 kms. from Pahalgam; ascend about 2 kms. further, and you reach Tulian Lake. To reach this place, you may either trek your way up [this needs to be comfortably a 3-day program] or hire a pony. We opted for the latter. The pathway leading to the valley is a mixture of steep, not-so-steep, dense, narrow and without-a-definite trails. Abdul Rahman, the guide and Mastaan, the pony, had a remarkable sense of navigation. Under their direction, you may as well enjoy the sights en route, where you may find a mixture of native plantations, locals chopping up deodar trees [used for making houseboats] and the abodes of sheep and shepherds. Apparently, these dwellings are vacated during winter owing to the snow and lack of fodder for the sheep; they return in April.

Tulian valley is the pit stop for the ponies to rest, as the trail upwards is not designed for their foot. As a result of the sheer steepness laid out with stones and pebbles of all shapes and sizes, the last 2-km. stretch needs to be covered on foot. The climb may look deceptively easy; it took us more than 2 hours to climb up and get to the lake. The altitude combined with the lack of oxygen can get the better of you. However, given you keep the climb slow and yet steady, it becomes comparatively stress-free.

It is worth all the discomfort, once you get to the lake as you tend to forget all other worldly creations. It takes about 2-3 minutes to digest the lake’s pristine beauty. As we had travelled in the last week of October, the surrounding mountains no doubt were bursting with snow, but also, the lake had a thin layer of ice. Just imagine, the lake, serene and calm with no ripple up to a point, after which you see a miniscule wave caressing the banks. On closer observation, we figured it’s ice only up to a point, and what’s more, since the layer was thin, you could break it with your hands [God, our hands froze too quickly], and taste the lake water underneath! It was yet another one-of-a-kind experience, when you could slide the broken ice pieces over the lake, only to see them slide ever so smoothly - similar to the slick slides King Kong had in the movie!

Although it took us 6 hours to reach the lake, where we spent about a half hour, and another 5 hours to descend and reach our place of stay, that half hour is rather spent pricelessly, and cherished more often than not in the days to come. The experience is unquestionably impossible to forget and stays alive for longer than a long time. A must-visit, especially if you’re the kind on a lookout for spots that hasn’t been exploited by mankind yet.

10  Thank Madhvi_sk
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Reviewed 2 November 2014

It's a hefty hike....24 km round trip and about 5,000 ft elevation gain. We walked the whole thing, but ponies would be great for most of the way, then hike the last 2-3 km straight up! We got snow in late October...be prepared! We were so glad we had brought our rain jackets and hiking boots! Shaban is a great guide for this trek!

7  Thank Meemie k
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Reviewed 19 September 2014

Tulian Lake trek, from phelgam.
Its actually is a 2 day trek, if you are going with family & taking breaks.
Took about 5-6 hours started 7:30am reached at 1:30pm.
After a tough ride on horse(for the horse) till the tulian valley.
Its your turn to put your stamina to the test.
On foot about 1.5KM, looks easy the rockey terrain and low level of oxygen exhausts you quickly.
Take it slow a step at a time, don't take long breaks.
Breath taking view, with the cool breeze blowing at you.
Food you could take is most ideal Aloo Paratha.
Easy to pack and eat.
And when coming down take you time don't descend too quickly.
Come racing down with guide to feel nausea, and got a head ache.
Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3  Thank Shane R
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

It is 15 KM trek from pahalgam.First few KMs are really easy to hike but then it gets difficult especially last 1 KM.Took us 6 hrs to cover the stretch but was definitely well worth of every effort.
We did it in last week of August 2014 and could enjoy the blue water lake with white snow on mountains behind it.The best part was that we were the only one at the lake and so a perfect getaway weekend .Definitely recommended.

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Reviewed 2 September 2014

Went to this place on 31st Aug 2014, If you are really enthusiastic about trekking then you can think about exploring this place. However, you need a guide since the trek is through a forest for the first 10 kms from Pahalgam. You can also go on horses like we did but it was one painful experience. You can never be sure about the weather so please be prepared for the rains. Horses will take you to place about 2km from the trek after which you have to climb on your own. The 2km trek takes a bit more than an hour and is very steep and rocky. Due to rain the place became really slippery and horse ride back via forest became very scary and painful.

We left at 7:30 in the morning and came back at 8:30 in the night. Overall worth seeing but be mentally and physically prepared for this.

1  Thank akhilmidha
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