Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Srinagar, located at a distance of 56 kilometres from the city centre. And one of the most gorgeous attractions here is the Apharwat Peak – mostly popular among the ski and adventure loving population. This peak is situated near Alpathar Lake, and offers a magnificent view of the landscape all through the year. Interestingly, the water of this striking alpine lake remain frozen until June.
If you’re not well-versed with skiing, you can take a quick sleigh ride to the very top of the Apharwat Peak. But for those who want to learn the sport or just polish their skills – skiing here is an absolute delight. The snow covered peaks, a serene lake, and the adjoining greenery make it a memorable experience and well worth the effort.
Apharwat Peak is around 13,500 feet above sea level, and receives heavy snowfall for most part of the year. The Line of Control (LoC) is barely a few kilometres from here. Apart from skiing, heli-skiing and trekking are other preferred sports here. Heli-skiing is a sport that involves you being dropped from the helicopter to your preferred peak of choice and then choosing a preferred way of descent from there. And if you’re one for trekking, Apharwat Peak doubles up as a trekking centre for those who would love to trek to Nanga Parbat, Pir Panjal Range and Khilanmarg. An attraction not to be missed near Gulmarg is the shrine of the Muslim spiritualist, Baba Reshi. It’s located at a 600m ascent from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg, but the effort in getting to the top will be worth it when you get a sweeping view of the Himalayas.
The best time to visit Gulmarg and Apharwat Peak is between the months of March and October. The peak can be easily be reached via airways, railways, or roadways.