Basmai Pass – Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek
Jammu and Kashmir | 7D/6N | 14,190 Ft.
June to September
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
Basmai is a breathtaking hanging valley in Jammu & Kashmir and forms a beautiful cradle within the Himalayas. Perched at a staggering 4000 meters, it is shaded in the Ganderbal and Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir, which is wildly off the beaten tracks. The valley is towered by the lofty Kohlai Peak, while the majestic Zanskar fences the other side. This moderate level trek is chaperoned by lovely trees of Oak, Deodar, Bhojpatra, and Pine, accompanied by multitudinous species of wildlife. The northern part of Basmai houses the stunning Kohlai Glacier. As a bonus, it also introduces trekkers to the quaint lifestyle of the village locals.
The most ideal time to do the trek is Mid June to September, when the snow cover begins to melt, leaving behind a blanket of enchanting, lush greenery.
1. One of the most offbeat places in Jammu & Kashmir.
2. Carries a backdrop of the mighty Kolahoi Peak
3. Camping by beautiful alpine lakes- Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundarsar.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to Gagangir from Srinagar and Sumbal to Srinagar
- Food during transit from Srinagar to Gagangir and Sumbal to Srinagar
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Day 1 Report To Base Camp
On day one, trekkers will be driven to the base camp of Gagangir village from Srinagar, which makes for a 4 hours’ drive. Once at the base camp, trekkers can spend the day to rest and rejuvenate for the trek starting the next day.
Day 2 Gagangir to Basmai & Soun Valley
Day two begins with a short, steep hike towards Basmai through a well defined trail lined with lovely pine trees. The trek also opens a window to mind-boggling views of the valley, coupled with the roar of a raging river below. A largely decorated tree stands as the halfway mark of the trek, post which, a 3 hours’ gradual climb brings you to the Basmai camp You can also opt to trek further towards Soun Top to behold the splendour of Soun Valley. Overnight stay will be either in camps or huts.
Day 3 Basmai to Basmai Lake via Basmai Pass
As you continue to trek along the left side of the valley, crossing a few streams will bring you to the right side. The trail from here on ascends through moraines (rocks carried and deposited by glaciers), and opens up to the gully overlooking the pass. Then, the trail descends gradually to Basmai, carrying a backdrop of the stunning valley. After a steep climb of nearly 200 meters, one last descent of about 2 hours leads you to the idyllic Basmai Lake, where you will also camp for the night.
Day 4 Basmai Lake to Lidderwat
This day is relatively easy, which starts with a descent towards the Satlanjan Valley via the trail next to Basmai Lake. The other side of Satlanjan Valley shelters lakes like Rohil and Hapstar, but we head towards the right for Lidderwat. The trail is quite flat, and demands 3 hours to bring you to Lidderwat.
Day 5 Lidderwat to Tarsar Lake
A long, but scenic journey await you as you trek towards the brilliant Tarsar lake, which will also be your campsite for the night. If you dawdle less, and hurry a bit while trekking, the Tarsar Lake grants you ample opportunities to explore your photography skills. The rest of the day can be spent in exploring the lakeside. Overnight stay will be in tents by the lake.
Day 6 Tarsar Lake to Sundarsar Lake via Marsar Lake
On this day, you will trek from Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake, which is a 4-5 hours’ worth of excursion. Take a short halt, and explore the beauty of Marsar Lake, after which, another short trek will land you at the sublime lake of Sundarsar. You can also make for the camp of Sonmus, if time and fitness permit. The valley is home to countless shepherds and their flocks. You can either camp overnight by Sundarsar, or the Somnus Camp.
Day 7 Trek to Sumbal, drive to Srinagar
The last day of the trek leads to Sumbal, which sits at a distance of nearly 30 kms from Sonmarg, and requires 5-6 hours of steep descent. Once at Sumbal, cabs may be arranged on request, to drive you to Srinagar, marking the end of your beautiful journey.
The moderate level of the trek makes it ideal for very fit beginners, as well as those with previous high altitude trekking experience. It is mandatory, however, that you follow a strict fitness regime to be able to adjust to the high altitude (i.e. lower oxygen levels).
The summer months from Mid June to September are perfect for the trek. June sees a mild cover of snow, which begins to melt gradually, to leave behind nothing but fresh greenery.
Considering that the trek strays far from the beaten tracks, it gives you the solitude and peace that few other treks can guarantee. The trek also unfolds the splendid alpine lakes of Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundersar. Not to mention, the magnificent view of the Kohlai Peak that towers the valley!
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a day pack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.
Gagangir is situated at a distance of 80kms from Srinagar and can be reached in approximately 4 hours.
To reach Srinagar, you can take a train to Jammu and take a taxi/bus ride for the rest of the journey. You can also take the flight to Srinagar from Delhi or Mumbai with or without a stopover at Jammu. By bus, Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1A to the rest of the country.
Nearest Airport / Rail line/road connectivity: The nearest airport is the Sheikh ul Alam airport, also known as the Srinagar airport. Jammu is the nearest rail connectivity point and is well connected to all major cities by train.