Tarsar Marsar Trek
Tarsar Marsar, the Prettiest Lakes in INDIA
Tarsar Marsar trek lies in the fascinating beauty of Kashmir which is well known across the globe. Therefore, on Tarsar Marsar trek go deep in the heart of Kashmir and get totally different experiences of trekking in India.
During the trek, get a chance to camp beside the serene bluish alpine lakes. And, all the way to Tarsar get multiple sights of the same Lake.
On the other hand is Marsar which remains hidden under a sheet of clouds. Witness its splendour from an overhang lying below 600-700 feet. But, the lake can only be seen till the clouds are clear.
So, certainly Tarsar Marsar are the prettiest Lakes in INDIA.
Basecamp & Exotic Grasslands
Aru is the basecamp of Tarsar Marsar trek, it is a small idyllic village surrounded by lavish grasslands. The village is famous because of some cottages, poplar trees and a rivulet flowing through this village’s heart.
Before, Sundersar campsite, pass through wide Jagmargi grasslands. Therefore, get amazed by its pulchritude because the wide grasslands are surrounded by mountains and a small rivulet flows through the pristine valley blooming with the colorful flowers in yellow, blue and pink shades.
The Astounding Campsites
The first highlight of Tarsar Marsar trek is camping beside snow fed alpine lakes which is the most important and best part of this trek. In addition, witness the changing colors of the lakes as the sun shines upon them. Do not miss the spell binding sunset and sunrise views over the lake at Tarsar and Sundersar campsites.
Moreover, explore the amazing clearings lying after the dense coniferous forests and spot few Gujjar huts on the way.
Key Points of Tarsar Marsar Trek
During the trek, proper conditioning & training of body required
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
Shoes are the single most important equipment.
High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
Must read about Tarsar Marsar Trek
Tarsar Marsar Trek Fee:
Rs 12500 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Srinagar to Srinagar)
Duration: 7 Days
Highest Point: (13,201 feet)
Best Time: Throughout the year
Temperature: Day: (17°C to 20°C) Night: (3°C to 4°C)
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level
- Group Size Medium Group
Day 1– Srinagar to Aru (7,958 feet) (3/4 hours)
Day 2– Aru to Lidderwat (9,131 feet) (10 km) (6 hours)
Day 3– Lidderwat to Shekwas (11,039 feet) (5.5 km) (5 hours)
Day 4– Shekwas to Tarsar (12,449 feet) (5 km) (4 hours)
Day 5– Shekwas to Tarsar (12,449 feet) (5 km) (4 hours)
Day 6– Marsar (13,201 feet) to Homwas (11,500 feet) (9 km) (7 hours)
Day 7- Homwas to Aru and Drive to Srinagar (13 km) (6 hours)
✅ Transport facility from Srinagar to Srinagar
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters
❌ Personal Insurance
❌Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
- Day 1 Srinagar to Aru (7,958 feet) (3/4 hours)
Reach Aru in 3 /4 hours via Pahalgam, it is 100 km away from Srinagar and Aru is 12 km more.
You can reach Pahalgam through two routes; Bijbehra is the famous tourist route and the drive is a picturesque one through rural areas of Kashmir.
Witness trees and orchards along the way and in half an hour reach Aru, base camp of Tarsar Marsar trek. Set up the camps there and spend night in tents.
- Day 2 Aru to Lidderwat (9,131 feet) (10 km) (6 hours)
The climb from Aru to Lidderwat is a long one. Start your trek through a village and follow the course of River Lidder. The trail is wide and from there whole Aru village is visible. Ahead, reach Dalla; a clearing. From here, enter a pine forest and come across Nandkei; a group of Gujjar settlement.
After you cross this forest section, go further and come across open grasslands, there you can see Gujjar families. Half an hour walk from here will lead you to multiple streams, cross them andreach Lidderwat in another half an hour. Start trekking through the forest of pines, go higher and stare at the beautiful scenery offered. Now, enter the fir forests and after some minutes of walk reach Lidderwat.
The Lidderwat have surpassing meadows and you can camp other side because there is open space for camping. Spend time exploring this place, and enjoy relaxing stay in tents.
- Day 3 Lidderwat to Shekwas (11,039 feet) (5.5 km) (5 hours)
Follow the course of River flowing along and take the trail through pine forest above. After a gradual climb, continue trekking through the pine forests and some small clearings for 30 minutes. Ahead, enter the Lidderwat valley, there are wide grasslands surrounded by mountains with some snow patches.
The splendid valleys meet together and the trail goes upward. Towards the left are Bhakarwal shelters on the right of the river and en route come across small clear streams crossing the trail, you can also refill your water bottles from here.
Now, trek down the river and cross it with the help of boulders and a bridge further. By following the river continue trekking on the trail and after 30 minutes you will reach a wide clearing “Homwas”.
At Homwas you can see some Gujjar huts, trek through a grassy area which is a relief to the feet. After crossing this section come across a narrow valley and trek along the river. Ascend for one hour and reach a point with a group of Silver Birch trees and amazing scenery.
Further, come across a grassland beautiful and wide which leads to two soothing green valleys. Have a look at the meadows and pass through the trail with few Gujjar huts to reach your camping site Shekwas. It is an extraordinary ground with mesmerizing sights, spend your night here relaxing in tents.
- Day 4 Shekwas to Tarsar (12,449 feet) (5 km) (4 hours)
The trail to Tarsar is through a ridge which has an overhanging stream and further it leads to the hill in front. Cross some short ridges opening to awe struck sceneries and after two hours of trekking, get first sight of Tarsar Lake.
The sight will energize you to reach the alpine Lake, cross a stream by hopping on boulders and reach the grassy field of Tarsar. It is a perfect camping spot.
Pitch your tents anywhere on the ground. Camp along the snow fed clear bluish lake and get mesmerized by the idyllic setting.
- Day 5 Tarsar to Sundersar (12,946 feet) (5 km) (5 hours)
The other side views of Tarsar are spellbinding and the stretches of grassy valley will leave you speechless because they seem never ending and trekking on the velvety grass of the valley is a bliss. This valley leads to the meadows of Shekwas. But, mostly people descend from Tarsar until the Shekwas leads to Sundersar valley, but climbing this pass saves 3-4 hours.
Start descending through the shepherds’ trail which will take you to middle of the valley. Walk along the stream on the beautiful velvet like grass. En route see Bakkarval shelters lying on left, the trail lies behind these shelters through the boulder area. Further are lushest grasslands you will ever come across and amidst the meadows stream transforms into a large pond which is fed by the snow patches on the mountains.
Cross this section in 30 minutes and come to the meadow’s end. Reach the base of ridge by crossing a stream with the help of boulders, ascend for 15 minutes through a narrow valley to reach the ridge top. Surprisingly a wide meadow pops in front with colorful bed of flowers. The views are enthralling from here and end route of this trek is also visible with a trail leading to mountains.
Follow the trail and reach beautiful grassy land of Sundersar Lake, here you can pitch your tents anywhere on the flat ground, camping here is a delight. Enjoy in the serene beauty of Kashmir and comfortably stay in tents.
- Day 6 Marsar (13,201 feet) to Homwas (11,500 feet) (9 km) (7 hours)
Pass along the shores of Sundersar Lake to get far side and through two passes you can reach Marsar. Take the shorter trail and ascend through the boulder zone, be careful while ascending because there is snow over the boulders which makes this section tough. In 30 minutes pass can be reached which is an amazing grassland with gentle trails leading to the flat grounds below.
Reach the flat grounds and cross the small streams along the trail. Climbing to the ridge starts from here which offers heart racing view of Marsar. It is twin of Tarsar but remains hidden under the mist and clouds. Descend to Sundersar and reach there in 40 minutes.
Spend some time at Sundersar valley and get back to Jagmargi valley, witness the grasslands again and admire the natural beauty. Do not cross the Tarsar pass but go through the different trail to Shekwas, from here you can reach Homwas in 30 minutes. Reach there, setup your tents, have delicious food after today’s long trek, retire for the night.
- Day 7 Homwas to Aru and Drive to Srinagar (13 km) (6 hours)
Descend from Homwas to Lidderwat. The sights of today’s trek are beguiling and you can spot Kolahoi glacier on the way. Come across the Lidderwats pine forest, take a break at Lidderwat and then head to Aru.
Now, Aru is 10 km away and you can reach there in another 4 hours. Vehicles will be arranged for you till Srinagar.
Please carry the documents given below
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
- Risk Certificates
Trekkers must bring :
- Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
- Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
- Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
- Daily wear socks
- Thermals are very important
- 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
- Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
- 1 raincoat or poncho
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- Personal toiletry items
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-
ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey, Pahalgam is the last point where you will find ATM.
Last point where your device will receive signal is Pahalgam. There are no other networks ahead, so make sure you finish all your important work and calls before the trek.
Trekking demands a good investment and this extremely expensive activity is the passion of many, so we have a great announcement to make which will be a great relief to your pockets. Now get your Trek Gear on Rent and all you have to do is make a special renting request while booking your trek. That’s it! We have kept it simple for you.
We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.
(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)
– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)
– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)
– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)
– Avil – (it treat allergies)
– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)
– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)
– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.
– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.
- Cancellation up to 30 Days: You will get Refund of 90 Precent of Trek/adventure program cost.
- Cancellation between 21 to 30 days– You will get refund of 50 Precent of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost.
- Cancellation in less than 20 days – No refund