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Location : Alpathar Lake is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Western Himalayas, at an altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level.
Accessibility : Alpather Lake is indeed accessible by a one-day trek of 13 km from Gulmarg or by a short hike of 1.5 km from the Gondola Phase II of Mt. Apharwat.
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Alpather Lake is a high altitude lake set between the twin Apharwat Peak in Gulmarg. It is popularly known as the Frozen Lake as it remains completely frozen from November to June. It is popular for the one-day trek which starts from Gulmarg and covers a distance of almost 13km.
The one-day trek to Alpather Lake from Gulmarg is a must-try for adventure seekers. The trek is moderately difficult and covers a distance of about 13 km, following the route from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg, Apharwat Ridge and finally, Alpather Lake. The trek offers a challenging yet fulfilling experience and is the perfect way to explore the beauty of the surrounding area.
In winter, the frozen lake is a surreal sight with ducks walking on the ice instead of swimming in the water. The stark beauty of the frozen lake is a sight to behold and is a must-visit for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. During summers, the lake is surrounded by a lush landscape of flowers and trees, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
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