Tarsar Marsar Trek
Kashmir | 7D/6N | 13,202 Ft.
July to October
(Above mentioned cost is for 8 or more people)
- Reviews 2 Reviews5/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
Of all the trekking destinations in India, you can excuse us if we’re a bit partial towards Kashmir, where trekking as an experience is on another tangent of beauty altogether. Amongst countless other stunning trekking trails, Kashmir is also home to the iconic Tarsar Marsar trek. The trek leads to three incredible alpine lakes, namely Tarsar, Marsar and Sundarsar. The trail coils through iconic meadows of Kashmir, stunning high altitude pastures and forests and pastures. The campsites on this trek sit right beside the surreal beauty of these lakes, and a sprawling sky studded with a million stars watch over you. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of an arm of the Milky Way in all its stellar glory. Besides the beautiful terrains, the beautiful mountain valleys and rustic villages of Kashmir leave you awestruck.
Max. Altitude – 4,024 m
Duration – 7 days
Difficulty – Moderate
- 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)
- Transportation from Srinagar to Aru and vice versa
- 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)
- Hotel in Srinagar
- Meals in Srinagar and during Transit
- 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 and fro Srinagar from home city
- 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 Pickup from Srinagar & overnight stay in tents at Aru.
Aru sits about 12 km away from Pahalgam, and a shared cab from Srinagar will land you there, as the place is quite famous. There are two different routes leading up to Aru- one through Anantnag, and the other through Bijbehra.
Altitude: 2,436 m
Time Taken: 3.5 hours drive
- Day 2 Trek from Aru to Lidderwat
The trek begins with a mild yet long climb from the village of Aru to Lidderwat, which is about 10 km away. The trail snakes along the cool Ladder river. A few minutes into the trek, and you can see the beautiful area of Aru behind you. Soon the trail enters beautiful forests of fir, and opens out to the Dalla clearing. Now the trek becomes gentler and more even. About 2 – 3 hours later, the trail curves into dense fir forests, and to the stunning meadows of Lidderwat. Camp overnight at the dreamy campsite of Lidderwat.
Altitude: 2,783 m
Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 6 hrs
- Day 3 Trek from Lidderwat to Shekwas
An easy to moderate day. Continue the trail alongside the Lidder river, and dips down into the fantastic forests of pine. Move past the cluster of trees and watch incredible views unfold before you. The expansive grasslands of Lidderwat blend in with the snowy mountains, along with misty valleys. The trail enters a tapering valley graced by a snaking blue river and soon leads to the lovely campsite of Shekwas.
Altitude: 3,365 m
Distance: 5.6 km
Time Taken: 5 hrs
- Day 4 Trek from Shekwas to Tarsar Lake
Once you leave Shekwas, trail along the path leading up to Tarsar, via a ridge overlooking a stream. The narrow ridges pop up to stunning views of the valley. About two hours later, the trail offers a slight sneak peek into the wonderful Tarsar lake. Crossing a stream through rocky terrains and boulders land you at the grasslands of Tarsar. Camp here or the night.
Altitude: 3,794 m
Distance: 5 km
Time Taken: 3 – 4 hrs
- Day 5 Trek form Tarsar to Sundersar
The Tarsar Pass commands numerous beautiful views, and the valley spans out beautifully. Trekking through the pass saves you a few hours, which is saying something. The trail that descends from the pass to the bottom of the valley opens up to a verdant valley. Another stretch of meadows, grasslands, streams and boulders brings you to the magical campsite of Sundarsar Lake, where you camp overnight.
Altitude: 3,946 m
Distance: 5 km
Time Taken: 5 hrs
- Day 6 Trek to Sonamast via Marsar Lake
The trail from Sundarsar stretched far across the lake, and towards Marsar. The one that goes over boulders is a quicker trail, although a bit tricky. This is where you’ll thank yourself for carrying a trekking pole or ice axe. Soon the path opens up to grassy patches, and past a few beautiful brooks. Soon, the climb leads to stunning vistas of Marsar, enveloped in cloudy haloes. The lake, looking quite similar to Tarsar lake, is lined by beautiful mountains on the side. From Marsar, stick to the trail heading towards Zachmargi, from where another 3 hours will land us at the Sonamast campsite. Our camp sits at at the end of the valley, as the Kolahoi massif drops away.
Altitude at different high points: 3,840 m; 3,292 m
Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 6 hrs
- Day 7 Trek from Sonamast to Sumbal village; Drive to Srinagar
Post a hearty breakfast, we begin descending towards Sumbal. It is a full descent, and our path unfolds along several gurgling streams, along with a handful of shepherd huts and settlements. Reaching the upper Sumbal area takes us about 4 hours, marking the end of the trek. From here, you depart for Srinagar, which is an hours drive away.
Altitude: 2,000 m
Distance: 8 km trek; 24 km drive
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 daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.
For a complete checklist, go to Trekmunk Checklist.
The level of this trek leans more towards moderate level of difficulty, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key for successful completion of the trek.
The season from July to October is the best time for the trek.
The Srinagar Airport is well connected to the major cities of the country. Frequent flights ply from Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and Kolkata.
The Jammu Tawi Railway station is the most convenient stop, from where frequent buses and cabs are available for Srinagar.
The Srinagar Bus Stand is well connected to Delhi, Chandigarh, and Jammu. Frequent overnight buses ply from these cities to Srinagar.