Alpather Lake is situated beyond
Khilanmarg, at the foot of the twin 4,511 m Afarwat peaks, 13 km from
Gulmarg. This triangular lake remains frozen until mid-June and streaks of floating ice can be seen even in the later part of the year. To reach the lake, one has to trek over the 3,810 m Apharwat ridge, the crest that separates Gulmarg from Khilanmarg, and then up the valley to the foot of the mountain, at an altitude of 3,843 m above the sea level. The boulder-strewn slope of the ridges and the hilly terrain provides an ideal ground for trekking enthusiasts.