Tarsar Marsar Trek from Aru

Tarsar Marsar Trek from Aru

Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir, India
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Tarsar Marsar Trek from Aru Highlights

  • Cultural Insights: The experience enables trekkers to interact with the Gujjar and Bakarwal who live along the path and learn about their lives and what they eat.
  • Panoramic Mountain Views: Trekking gives an opportunity of viewing the spectacular Kashmir valley and the Himalayan peaks that are simply breathtaking to any mountain loving person.
  • Adventure and Solitude: Arwai valley to Tarsar trek is relatively unpopulated thus giving travelers an essence of seclusion and adventure within pure virgin zones.
  • Camping by the Lakes: Camping at Tarsar and Marsar lakes is a memory that cannot be forgotten. Campers seek peace in the beautiful and calm lakes surrounded by picturesque mountains.
  • Scenic Beauty of Aru Valley: It starts at the stunning Aru valley that is surrounded by beautiful fields and a white layer covering the summits of Himalaya. The valley is one of high points featuring natural beauty and peacefulness.
  • Trekking through Alpine Meadows: The path takes you past colorful alpine fields carpeted with blossoms, providing spectacular scenery of nearby mountains. Natures lovers and photographers’ paradise

Tarsar Marsar Trek from Aru Overview

Tarsar-Marsar Trek, an incredible but undiscovered trek route in the State J&K in India. The trail leads hikers through an enchanting scenery of sparkling alpine pools, green meadows, and majestic summits. The trek is named after the two enchanting high altitude lakes with crystal clear azure blue water bodies that it passes through. The trekkers should be able to see different vegetation and wildlife and also experience the culture of the Gujjar and Bakarwal people who live there. Tarsar-Marsar Trek is also another undiscovered treasure for those who love nature and are fond of hiking.


Quick Facts

➔ Start Point - Aru Valley Kashmir

➔ End Point - Aru Valley Kashmir

➔ Duration - 5 Days

➔ Altitude - 3900 m

➔ Trel Level - Moderate



  • Accommodation
  • Expert Guide
  • Meals
  • Trek Permits


How to Reach


By Air

Most airlines operate flights to Srinagar’s Sheikh-Ul-Alam airport. Metro cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai are directly connected to Srinagar by air.


By Train

➔ The nearest railway station to Srinagar is Jammu. Jammu is again well connected to major junction stations of India.

By Road

➔ From Jammu you can take a can/taxi to Srinagar which will take around 7-8 hours to reach and the public bus will take 10 hours to reach Srinagar.

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Itinerary For Tarsar Marsar Trek from Aru


Day 1 - Aru to Lidderwat

  • Start your trek meeting your guide at respective point.
  • Get familiar with your trekmates.
  • This trek is 10 km long and it will take around 5-6 hours.
  • During this trek you will pass by Nabdkei gujjar named settlements across the Lidderwat river.
  • After reaching Lidderwat we’ll stay for the night.
  • Enjoy your dinner with stars and your trekmates.

Day 2 - Lidderwat to shekwas

  • Wake up early to enjoy the morning view.
  • Start your trek after breakfast.
  • The trail heads into a pine forest after leaving Lidderwat Valley and following the Lidder River. You can cross the Lidder River via a wooden bridge, and after hiking alongside it for 30 minutes, you'll arrive at Homwas, a little gully.
  • The path is straight and pleasant immediately after Homwas, though it is not for very long.
  •  After that, make a sharp climb through a forest of Bhoj trees and a few more valleys before reaching Shekwas, another meadow at an elevation of 11,000 feet, where you will spend the night in a tent.

Day 3 - Shekwas to the Tarsar lake

  • After breakfast , start your trek.
  • The trail crosses several mountain streams and ridges. 
  • The stunning almond-shaped Tarsar lake will be visible for the first time after two hours of strenuous climbing and trekking. 
  • The location inspires viewers to get to the lake as soon as possible
  • This campsite is truly magical for the travelers.
  • Upon reaching the campsite, stay for the night.

Day 4 - Trasar to Sundersar

  • You will witness the surprising beauty of Sundersar lake today.
  • Beginning in Tarsar Valley, the trek proceeds toward Shekwas Valley. 
  • You will leave Bakharwal Thatch behind as you travel through verdant grasslands by following the streams and shepherd's trail.
  • After the trek of 5 kms you will unfold the coveted Sundersar lake and the valley adjacent to it.
  • End of the day, Retire to your tents.

Day 4 - Sundersar to Homawas via Marsar

  • After having your tasty and healthiest breakfast, start your trek.
  • Today’s trek will be 9 km long and it will take around 7 hours.
  • You can only see Marsar Lake once you reach the ridges. 
  • At a height of 13400 feet is Marsar, the twin lake of Tarsar. 
  • The lake is difficult to find because it is usually obscured by clouds. 
  • The most captivating aspect of this hike is the view of Marsar Lake from an overhanging cliff at the foot of mountains.
  • Camp for the night at Homawas.

Day 6 - Trek back to Aru

  • After breakfast, start your 14 km trek to Aru.
  • Say goodbye to this beautiful valley.
  • Reach Aru and our ends here.
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Tarsar Marsar Trek from Aru FAQs

How do I prepare for Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Start doing exercise, especially incline walk at least 1 month before going on this trek. Start taking proper precautions to acclimate to high altitudes at least a week before the trek. Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and cigarettes.

What should I pack for Tarsar Marsar Trek?

UV protection sunglasses (because snow blindness is a thing) – Category 3 Polarized Sunglasses.

Head Torch.

Daypack (25 to 30 liters)

Rucksack (50 to 60 Liters)

Medicine Kit – essential medicines; please consult your physician for all required medicines.

Body Warmers.

Hot water bag.

How many days is the Tarsar Marsar trek?

Around 5-6 days.

Can we swim in Tarsar Lake?

Tarsar is one of largest high altitude lakes in Kashmir. At 12k feet, the swim in its bone-chilling waters is exhilarating.

What is the altitude of the Tarsar Marsar trek?

Overview. Max Altitude - 13500 Ft. Approx Trekking Km - 48 Kms.

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  • 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.
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