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)
- Reviews 3934.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Basmai Pass – Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek.
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.
Basmai Pass – Tarsar Marsar Lake Detailed Itinerary
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 tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Accommodation and Food in Srinagar: Food and stay in Srinagar are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Srinagar, we can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from Srinagar to Gagangir village and Sumbal to Srinagar are not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
FAQs and Reviews
Whom is the trek for?
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).
What is the best season to attempt the trek?
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.
What does the trek give us?
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!
What things are needed to be carried?
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.
How to reach Base camp?
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.