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Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar Marsar Trek

Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
4.5 (22)
7D/6N

Tarsar Marsar Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy three stunning alpine lakes - Tarsar, Marsar & Sundarsar
  • Camp amidst a heavenly piece of nature
  • Bonfire Night
  • Srinagar to Srinagar

Tarsar Marsar Trek Overview

The Tarsar Marsar Trek Starts From Far northwest of Kashmir Valley and the area is dominated by Mt. Kolahoi 5600 meters, the highest Kashmir Valley peak.

Tarsar Lake joins the River Lidder in Lidderwat, and Marsar merges with a river in the Aru district. It brings trekkers and adventure lovers one step closes to Heaven on Earth! The Tarsar Marsar trek is one of those expeditions where the dreams of adventure seekers become true. While hiking in the mountains, trekkers will come across rural people's lifestyles and get a glimpse of a pastoral-agricultural ethnic group called Gujjar.

 

Tarsar Marsar trekking quick facts:

Start and End points of the trek- Srinagar to Srinagar 

Altitude - 13,400 ft

Duration- 7D/6N 

Tarsar Marsar Trek distance- 47.6 km long 

Difficulty Level- Easy to moderate 

Temperature- Daytime ranges from 15℃ -18℃ if the weather is sunny. At night, the temperature drops dramatically to the range of 1-3 degrees. In rainy or cloudy weather, temperatures vary between 4 and 5 degrees. From mid of August until September, Tarsar Marsar weather begins to get colder, and the temperatures at night range from -3 to -5°C.

Best time to do Tarsar Marsar trekking- Tarsar Marsar trek is considered one of the best hikes in Kashmir. The ideal time to go for the Tarsar Marsar trek is from April to September. 

The Tarsar Marsar trek route between mid-June to September is clear, and the scenery is greener. 

Nearest Railway station- Jammu Tawi

Nearest Airport- Srinagar Airport


Tarsar Marsar trek package inclusions:

  • All necessary permits, forest camping, and environmental charges.
  • All necessary trekking equipment (tent, sleeping bag with inner mattress, dining tent, toilet tent, etc)
  • Porter for food material, cook and mule for kitchen and equipment
  • Mountaineering certified guide throughout the trek
  • Services of experienced trek leader

 

How to Reach:

Srinagar is the pickup point of the Tarsar Marsar trek and you have to reach Srinagar to get to the trek.

By Air:

➔ Srinagar Airport is the nearest airport and is well-connected to major Indian cities. You will get direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and Kolkata.

By Road:

➔ Srinagar is accessible from other regions of the country through roadways. One can drive themselves and reach Srinagar through National Highways. If you are coming to Srinagar by bus, Srinagar Bus Stand is well-connected to Delhi, Chandigarh, and Jammu.

By Train:

➔ The Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest railway station and is well connected with other parts of India. Once you reach the station you have to hire a taxi or catch a bus to Srinagar. You can find frequent buses and taxis to Srinagar near the Station.

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Itinerary For Tarsar Marsar Trek

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Day 1 - Srinagar Aru | 2,426 m, 3.5 hours drive

Srinagar

Start the journey to Aru Camp from Srinagar

  • The first destination is the Aru base camp.
  • There is no right gravel road to the Aru base camp from Srinagar. Hence, you would have to enroot via Pahalgam.
  • The distance between Srinagar and Pahalgam is 100 km and will take 3 hours to reach by car.
  • Start the journey to Aru Camp from Srinagar at around 2:00 PM so that you can reach before nightfall and camp at peace.
  • The journey is laid across the River Lidder, and words might fall short when describing this cute little of a place that lives up to its name. An array of 200 asbestos roofed huts lined perfectly well amidst the lush green meadows, adjacent to the spectacular Lidder, is a sight worth viewing.
  • Aru is the first place to board for the night in cottages as there are plenty available at Aru.
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Day 2 - Aru Lidderwat | 2,426 m to 2,780 m | 6 hours, 11km

Lidderwat

Explore Lidderwat

  • Cover a distance of 9-10 km in approximately 5-6 hours.
  • The trail on the way is a pleasant one, with the easy uphill ascent.
  • Follow the trail alongside the River Lidder initially, which directly connects to the village the uphill.
  • From the village, the road will follow the agricultural departmental fence offering a sophisticated and clear view of Aru behind.
  • The trail will lead into a cluster of Fir trees and then to a large clearing, Dalla near Gujjar huts. The trail is just a nice, pleasant walk on the bare ground through the dense pine forest from Dalla.
  • Twenty minutes into the forest, reach a complete fork signaling diversion to Nandkei.
  • The same trail will continue, the forest evanescing behind and pretty little Gujjar huts and families in the view ahead. They are friendly people on horseback taking care of their everyday chores.
  • From there, the trail picks up an ascent gently.
  • Half an hour later, come to two diverging clear streams, safe for drinking.
  • Lidderwat, from here, is another hour's walk.
  • Cross a wooden bridge over the second stream and enter into another pine trees forest. The pine trees junction the trail upwards and in Riverside the Riverside and the Valley bottom, a magnificent scenery.
  • From here, across s the Riverside, the track bends forwards and runs into a gorgeous fir forest. It will take another half an hour to clear this forest and run into another fir forest.
  • When you finish the second section of the Fir Forest line, the trail will finally reach the lush green meadows of Lidderwat. It would take approx ten minutes for this.
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Day 3 - Lidderwat Shekwas | 2,780 m to 3,360 m | 5 hours, 6 kms

Shekwas

Best camping sites of the Tarsar Marsar trek

  • Cover a distance of 6-7 km in approximately 5 hours.
  • There will be many ascending and then crossing a river in between and some connecting plain terrains.
  • On day three, the trial starts from PDA huts in line with the river Lidder and takes us to a pine forest.
  • The track is in a straight line, without much difficulty. After some time, the pine cluster will open up to complete and sweeping grassland intersecting towering mountains, creating a cozy valley, adorned with snow patches here and there. The trail diverts into many small valleys and converges upwards toward the Bhakarwal Shelters by the river's right side.
  • The trail has many clear streams running along the right spot to refill water bottles.
  • From here, descend to the river bed and cross the river by hopping over a few boulders and then crossing a makeshift bridge.
  • Reach the clearing of Hamvas by following the river-side half an hour later.
  • Take a short break at the Gujjar huts there where tea and delicious savories are offered.
  • The pathway here is a pleasant one; plain grassland, a beautiful comfort to the strenuous journey.
  • After this, the ascent is a little steeper, and as you gain altitude, by the hour, you will enter a forest of silver birch, also known as Bhoj trees. These trees are considered very old in the region.
  • The Shekinah is an undulating meadow-land, reached by meandering paths crossing two green valleys and surrounded by dark snow patched mountains.
  • This is one of the best camping sites of the Tarsar Marsar trek.
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Day 4 - Shekwas Tarsar Lake | 3,360 m to 3,790 m | 5 hours, 5 kms

Tarsar Lake

Explore Tarsar Lake

  • Ascend a distance of 5 km, which would take 5 hours to complete.
  • The day starts from Shekhiwas Meadow and trails through a snake-like e path in the grassland for quite some time before it reaches Sumbal leading we through a valley.
  • Here, the path to Tarsar takes on a ridge on top of the stream.
  • Two hours later, after crossing some spectacular views from different ridges in line with the western trail, arrive at a conical hill-top that might guide to get a glimpse of the pretty Tarsar, the beautiful almond-shaped lake.
  • The adrenalin rushed walk to reach the lake starts from here.
  • Cross the stream with the help of fastened rocks and boulders and then finally on the grassland of Tarsar, the campsite of the day 4.
  • The lake turns into a magnificent shade of turquoise blue at night, glistening like precious stones in the lap of snow-covered mountains. That is going to be worthy of all the long hiking and walked done in the previous days
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Day 5 - Tarsar Lake Sundersar | 3,790 m to 3,945 m | 5 hours, 5 kms

Tarsar Lake Sundersar

Enjoy the serene beauty of Kashmir

  • The other views of Tarsar are spellbinding, and the stretches of the grassy valley will leave you speechless.
  • This valley leads to the meadows of Shekwas.
  • Start descending through the shepherds’ trail, which will take you to the middle of the valley.
  • Walk along the stream on the beautiful velvet-like grass.
  • En route, see Bakkarval shelters lying on the left; the trail lies behind these shelters through the boulder area.
  • Further are the lushest grasslands you will ever come across, and amidst the meadows, the stream transforms into a large pond fed by the snow patches on the mountains.
  • Cross this section in 30 minutes and come to the meadow’s end.
  • Reach the ridge base by crossing a stream with the help of boulders, and ascend for 15 minutes through a narrow valley to reach the ridge top.
  • Surprisingly a vast meadow pops in front with a colorful bed of flowers. The views are enthralling from here, and the end route of this trek is also visible with a trail leading to the mountains.
  • Follow the trail and reach the beautiful grassy land of Sundersar Lake, here you can pitch your tents anywhere on the flat ground, camping here is a delight.
  • Enjoy the serene beauty of Kashmir and comfortably stay in tents.
6

Day 6 - Visit Sundersar & Marsar Lakes, descend to Homwas | 3,945 m to 3,505 m via Marsar Ridge 4020 m | 7 Hours, 9 Km

Sundersar

Explore Sundersar

  • Pass along the shores of Sundersar Lake to get through two passes from where 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, making this section challenging.
  • In 30 minutes, the pass can be reached, which is a fantastic 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 a heart racing view of Marsar.
  • It is a 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 to 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 Homes in 30 minutes set up there, set up your tents, have delicious food after today’s long trek, retire for the night.
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Day 7 - Homwas Aru Srinagar | 3,505 m to 2,426 m |6 hours, 13km

Homwas

Homwas to Lidderwat

  • 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 Lidderwat pine forest, take a break at Lidderwat and then head to Aru.
  • Now, Aru is 13 km away, and you can reach there in another 4 hours.
  • Vehicles will be arranged for you till Srinagar.
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Caps
Medical kit
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Sunscreen
Ready to eat food
Power bank
Extra batteries
Personal medications (if any)
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Location Details about Tarsar Marsar Trek

Starting Point

Srinagar

End Point

Srinagar

Tarsar Marsar Trek Reviews

R

Raveena

The beauty of nature

Tarsar marsar lakes track one of a most beautiful place in Kashmir India location Aru Valley Kashmir.Do visit and enjoy the beauty of nature

R

Rakesh

Enjoy

Tarsar Marsar is famous for its scenic beauty. It also falls in the close vicinity of Aru Valley in Pahalgam its so amazing to camp there.

A

Asgar Shah

Happiness

My first trek was here and I’m very much happy about it❤️❤️❤️❤️

S

Sharukh

Wonderful Experience

Great.................! trip And also in the budget for us.😉 Thanks, Banbanjar for making my trip easy and comfortable.🥰🥰🥰

S

Shoaib Ali

Beautiful Trip

After a continuous hard elevation trek, you reach tarsar marsar, and is one of the most amazing and breathtaking places you will never forget in your whole life

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Anil kumar

Enjoyful trip

Tarsar Lake is the most beautiful one and is an almond-shaped lake that is 2 km in length and 0.8 km in breadth. and On the way, some adventure activity is happening or we are enjoying a lot.💖💖💖

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Pardeep

Amazing Root

Tarsar Lake or Tar Sar is an almond-shaped, oligotrophic alpine lake situated between Sindh and Lidder valleys. The shortest route for reaching it is from Surfraw Ganderbal, such a nice view🤪🤪 You must visit once💓💓

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Vikas Sharma

looking gorgeous

The area comes under the District Anantnag of Kashmir (UT). It takes 4 to 5 hours from Srinagar to reach the trailhead of the trek which is Aru Village. to distance but it was looking gorgeous.🤩🤩🤩🤩

A

Ajit Jain

Excellent

Words would be less to describe the place and the entire experience, It is an awesome trek, You must try it once.

A

Anil Rana

Excellent

One of the best treks we had, Our guide was careful with all the travelers, woke up us in the morning, check whether we had food or not, and even full caring the whole trek such a caring person which really hard to find, the place was too beautiful with the mountains, valleys, wildflowers, rivers and lots more...

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Tarsar Marsar Trek FAQs

What is the best time to go for the Tarsar Marsar trek?

The ideal time to go for the Tarsar Marsar trek is from July to September. When the snow has just melted during July, you will find snow patches at the crossings. August months because of less rain and when wildflowers bloom. During September, the entire trail takes on different hues; one will face the most precise weather.

Is Tarsar Marsar trek good for beginners?

Yes, Tarsar Marsar trek is suitable for beginners because this trek has a decent increase in gradient and is a moderate trek and the total distance need to cover is around 40 km, which makes it less strenuous. You get to witness stunning alpine meadows, beautiful blue lakes, a mountain pass with unparalleled views, magnificent valleys, and glorious mountains.
This trek is perfect for all, and all you need is decent physical and mental fitness. One has to be a bit careful with wildlife as some portion of the route passes through dense forests.

How to reach the Tarsar Marsar trek?

The nearest airport is the Srinagar airport, and after you arrive at the airport, you need to board a vehicle that takes you on a 2-hour drive to Aru. The winding road trip takes you through one of Kashmir's famous tourist destinations of Pahalgam. Aru would be the base camp for the Tarsar Marsar trek, which is spotted at a distance of another 12 km ahead of Pahalgam.
If you are travelling via train, then Jammu is the nearest railway station, which is 290 km and has a direct service from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, and Trivandrum. If you opt to travel by bus Jammu & Kashmir road transport operates comfortable buses, and the journey takes about 10 hours to reach Srinagar.

What is the history behind the Tarsar Marsar Trek?

According to the locals, it was the ruler of Kashmir, Yusuf Shah Chak, who discovered these two stunning lakes. Tarsar Lake joins the River Lidder in Lidderwat, and Marsar merges with a river in the Aru district. With great trekking locations and scenic landscapes, Kashmir attracts lakhs of tourists throughout the year. It brings trekkers and adventure lovers one step closes to Heaven on Earth! The Tarsar Marsar trek is one of those expeditions where the dreams of adventure seekers become true. While hiking in the mountains, trekkers will come across rural people's lifestyles and get a glimpse of a pastoral-agricultural ethnic group called Gujjar.

Where is the Dachigam National park Situated?

The Dachigam National Park is situated in the region of Marsar Lake. On every day of the trek, the contrasting views of lush green meadows against the gigantic mountains and sapphire blue sky will surprise you. The grassland also comprises exotic plants like gentian and poppy, which offer a sight similar to Delhi's Mughal Garden. The dense forest and herders' huts make the grassland even more beautiful.

Are the two lakes different from each other?

Yes, the two lakes Tarsar and Marsar are different from each other:

The Tarsar Lake is dominated by the peaks of the Kolahoi mountain some 20 km to the east. A mountain separates the lake with a minimum peak elevation of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) from another lake of the same nature known as Marsar Lake, which is in the vicinity of Dachigam National Park. Together these two lakes are referred to as the twin sisters. The 16th-century Kashmiri ruler Yusuf Shah Chak mentioned the twin lakes in his poetry, writing to his beloved:

The Marsar Lake is an oligotrophic alpine lake in Aru, Anantnag District of the Kashmir Valley, in India. The lake is one of the several lakes dotting the Aru Valley and is famous for its scenic beauty. A mountain separates the lake with a minimum peak elevation of 4,000 meters (13,000. Due to their proximity and similar physical characteristics, the two lakes are often called twin sisters. The site has, over the years, become a famous tourist destination. Tarsar-Marsar Trek is one of the positively opted treks of the Kashmir Valley. A stream emerges from this lake, which travels through the Dachigam valley and enters Srinagar near Harwan Garden, filling the Sarband reservoir. This stream (Dagwan Nallah) is joined by another stream that flows from Mount Mahadev near the Telbal village, and from there on, it is called the Telbal Nallah, which is the primary source of Dal Lake.

What is the best time to trek to Tarsar Marsar Trek?

  1. The Tarsar Marsar trek is considered one of the best hikes in Kashmir. The ideal time to go for the Tarsar Marsar trek is from April to September. 
  2. The Tarsar Marsar trek route between mid-June to September is clear, and the scenery is greener. 
  3. July and August are the best times to enjoy this hike. During this time, the temperature in the daytime ranges from 15-18 degrees if the weather is sunny. At night, the temperature drops dramatically to the range of 1-3 degrees. In rainy or cloudy weather, temperatures vary between 4 and 5 degrees. 
  4. September is also an excellent time to go for the Tarsar Marsar trek. The place may experience little rainfall during the month, and the weather is uncluttered and friendly to tourists. From mid of August until September, Tarsar Marsar weather begins to get colder, and the temperatures at night range from -3 to -5°C.

What is the difficulty level of the Tarsar Marsar trek?

The Tarsar Marsar Trek's difficulty level is easy to moderate. There is a steep ascent to pass during the trek, followed by a descent and then a gentle climb to Sundarsar. The hike comprises two high-altitude glacial lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, situated at a height of 12500 ft and 13000 ft, respectively. Therefore, it is necessary to have adequate physical and mental health to participate in the Tarsar Marsar trek.

How is the Tarsar Marsar trek related to Kashmir?

  1. Kashmir is widely recognized as the location of the most breathtaking places and fantastic trekking routes in the Himalayas and is popularly known as the "paradise on earth." The Tarsar Marsar trek is the most beautiful and adventurous among the hikes in Kashmir. The trek will take you to the great Kashmir valleys. Tarsar Marsar will leave you visually stunned, from the quaint villages to the rolling green mountains to the massive alpine lakes. Without any argument, we can say that the Tarsar Marsar trek is the most stunning trek in India.
    Located at an altitude of 13,201 feet, the Tarsar Marsar Trek comprises stunning trails and three lakes, Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundarsar. You will be awed by the charming green meadows of Kashmir as you trek the Tarsar Marsar.
  2. Tarsar Lake,  located at an altitude of 12500 feet,  and Marsar Lake, located at an altitude of 13000 feet, are two lakes in the Kashmir Himalayas. These two lakes have similar characteristics, and they are known as twins. However, these two mountains are separated by mountains. The Tarsar Marsar is located 20 km away from Kolahoi Mountain in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. Marsar Lake is situated near Dachigam National Park. The breathtaking Tarsar Lake and  Marsar Lake and the beautiful landscape of this region are two factors that will fascinate the trekkers.

Confirmation Policy

  • Upon booking, the traveller will receive a confirmation voucher via email, within 24 hours.
  • In the special cases of slots not being available, feasible alternatives will be provided to the customer, in regards to the customer’s preference. In such cases, a new voucher would be sent via email, consisting of the new travel details.
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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellation made 20 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 30% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 7-20 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 60% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 0-7 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 100% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Due to any restrictions such as sudden government policies or regulations, health hazards, medical emergencies, or unprecedented weather conditions, activities and tours may be nonoperational and be cancelled. In cases such as these, operators will attempt to cater to the traveller an alternate, which is feasible in nature. However, any refund would not be catered.
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Refund Policy

  • Any refund applicable will be processed within 7 business days.
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Advisory

  • Tarsar Marsar Trek is moderate, and the trek goes to a max altitude of 13,500 ft. Trek is recommended for first-timers also.
  • June ends to July day time 15°C to 20°C and night 7°C to 1°C.
  • August to September, day time 15°C to 10°C and night 5°C to -3°C.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government is to be followed.
  • Social distancing to be maintained.
  • Frequent hand sanitization and use of mask recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Avoid uncomfortable clothing during the activities (like sarees, etc.).
  • Carrying jewelry or other valuables is not advisable.
  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products is strictly prohibited during this activity.
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