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Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar Marsar Trek


(GST 5.00 %)
(Srinagar to Srinagar)
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Region :- Kashmir, J & K
Duration :- 7 Days
Grade :- Easy
Max Altitude :- 13,500 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 33 Kms.

Trekking has a lot more in store than just walking the explored and known trails and duly arriving at the destination. Only a true at heart trekker would know and feel the actual thrill and pleasure of trekking. The joy of trekking is also about the kind people we go with, the trekking organization we choose, the passion we enforce into the sport and finally, the most conspicuous factor which bind all the above factors, the location where we will be trekking at.

India has quite some exclusive trekking locations up north, some of which are highly acclaimed internationally. The Himalayan range, which is the most popular trekking region covers Leh and Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Kullu – Manali,. Few of the Notable Treks in these locations are Kashmir Valley Trek, Markha valley Trek, The Great lakes, Hampta Pass, Bagini Glacier, Tarsar Marsar trek, Stok Kangri Trek Etc.

Kashmir valleys are very renowned trekking region in the world. Kashmir itself is a Heaven on Earth; making it all the more desirable sight and a yielding site to commence this exhilarating sport, Trekking.

Tarsar Marsar Trek is one of the highly opted treks of the Kashmir Valley. It is a trek encompassing a journey to the two beautiful twin lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, surrounded by the peaks of Kolahi Mountain.

The twin lakes are known from 16th Century during the period of ruler of Kashmir, Yusuf Shah Chak. The lakes are notable for its almond shape separated by a mountain, identical in nature and is situated in the Aru District of Jammu and Kashmir. Both the lakes flow into opposite directions, the former joining with the Lidder River of Lidderwat and the later to the other side of Aru. Apparently, the Dachigam National Park is in vicinage to the Marsar Lake.

What makes the Tarsar Marsar Lake trek so favourable is the serenity that presides over the environment. The beautiful Aru, a shade of the Kashmir valley makes the expedition a peaceful and nurturing journey; a journey, though might not be highly fanciful but definitely peace rendering.

About the trek, it is a trek of moderate level which can be travelled by any nature lover. The trek's highest Peak that is achievable is 13, 000 ft. The lakes are surrounded by stunning alpine trees and the experience is even more commendable during the summer when the alpine flowers forms a radiant sheet reflecting on the water. Also, the other traceable floras include blue poppy, geum, gentian and hedyseram.

The Tarsar Marsar Trek is a pleasant sight during the summer as we might encounter with various birds and regional animals. Bar Headed geese, Choughs, Golden eagles, black bulbuls, musk deer, snow leopard, brown bear and the golden marmot are few to set wer eyes on and capture there.

The trek is a seven day voyage, starting from Srinagar, drive to Aru base camp and finishing at Sumbal on day seven. Tarsar Marsar expedition will take us through some fabulous scenic places in these seven days; Day 1 will start with Srinagar, a drive to Aru base camp from Pahalgam. The next day we will be passing through pretty Gujjar house, Dalla and Nandkei to Lidderwat. On the 3rd day our trek would commence from Lidder River side base camp and end at Shekiwas, a beautiful meadow base camp. On day 4 and 5 our trek takes us to glorioud Tarsar lake to Sundaresar Lake, through Sonmasti. We will be moving forward to Marsar lake from Sonmasti and back on day 6. Finally on day 7 we would head back to Srinagar via sumbal village.

The Trek is of medium difficulty level and can be accomplished easily without any need of acclimatization. Tarsar Marsar Trek is idle during July and September.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:- Srinagar to Aru base camp
  • Altitude:- 7,950ft
  • Drive:- 4 hrs, Srinagar to Aru
  • Srinagar to Pahalgam 100 km to Aru 12 km
  • Transportation from Srinagar to Aru is included in the cost
  • Aru is on the bank of Lidder River
  • Since there are no shops around ensure that you have all that you need already
  • Please note that prepaid SIM cards do not work in Kashmir
  • Pahalgam is the last point where you will get mobile network
  • Last ATM is in Pahalgam
  • Stay in Tent
  • Don’t forget to carry your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies

  • Day 2:- Aru to Lidderwat
  • Altitude:- 7,950 to 9,150ft
  • Trek:- 10 km trek, 6 hrs
  • Easy terrain, gradual ascent
  • Water can be refill from streams
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Stay in tents

  • Day 3:- Lidderwat to Shekwas
  • Altitude:- 9,150 to 11,000ft
  • Trek:- 5.5 km trek, 5 hrs
  • Moderate terrain, continuous ascent for first few hours
  • Enough water sources on the way
  • One river crossing just before Homwas
  • Hot lunch at camp site
  • Stay in tents

  • Day 4:- Shekwas to Tarsar and explore Tarsar
  • Altitude:- 11,000 to 12,500ft
  • Trek:- 5 km trek, 4 hrs
  • Moderate terrain, continuous gradual ascent
  • Carry enough water, only few natural sources are available
  • In the evening explore Tarsar Lake
  • Hot lunch at camp site
  • Stay in tent

  • Day 5:- Tarsar to Sundarsar
  • Altitude:- 12,500 to 13,100ft
  • Trek:- 5 km trek , 5 hrs
  • Moderate to difficult terrain
  • Steep ascent in the beginning till the pass, followed by a descent and then a gradual ascent till Sundarsar camp site
  • Carry enough water, only few natural sources are available
  • Hot lunch at camp site
  • Stay in tent

  • Day 6:- Visit Marsar and then to Homwas
  • Altitude:- Marsar ridge 13,400ft, Homwas 11,500ft
  • Trek:- 9 km trek, 7 hrs
  • Moderate terrain
  • 50 minute continuous ascent to Marsar ridge
  • Gradual descent all the way to Homwas
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Stay in tent

  • Day 7:- Homwas to Aru and drive to Srinagar
  • Altitude:- 11,500 to 7,950 ft
  • Trek:- 13 km trek, 6 hrs
  • Easy terrain
  • Continuous gradual descent till Aru
  • Many water streams are available on the way
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Stay in Srinagar (not included in the cost)
  • You will reach Aru in between 2-3 pm
  • You will reach Srinagar in between 7-8 pm
  • Detailed Itinerary

    We will post it soon

    How to Reach

    By Air :-
    Most major air carriers like Indian Airlines (www.indian-airlines.nic.in) Jet airways (www.jetairways.com) and Indigo operate daily flights to Srinagar. Reaching Srinagar by flight from New Delhi is the most convenient way.

    By Train:-
    Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail. Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

    By Bus:-
    Srinagar is linked by the National Highway 1A to the rest of the country. J & K state road transport operates comfortable buses from Jammu. The Journey takes about 10 hours to reach Srinagar.

    Cost Terms

    Inclusions :-
    1.Transport Srinagar to Aru Base and Sumbal to Srinagar
    2.Accommodation. (Camping)
    3. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
    4. Trek equipments like Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent
    5. Trekking Permits
    6. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
    7. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff

    Exclusions :-
    1. Hotel Stay in Srinagar.
    2. Food during the transit.
    3. Insurance.
    4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
    5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head

    Srinagar Accommodation: The stay at Srinagar on the last day is not included in the trek fee. However we can assist you in booking a hotel or a houseboat for the same, please let us know at least 15 days in advance to the start of the trek. Intimation is by email only at info@trekthehimalayas.com

    Note : Note :
    Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
    Charges of offloading backpack:-
    INR 1800/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
    INR 2000/- if you inform us after reaching Aru base camp
    The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

    To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

    Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee: The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

    When to book: It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking) .

    In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

    Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
    Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
    (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

    Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
    Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

    Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
    Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

    Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
    Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

    1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
    2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
    3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

    Trek Essential


    Fitness regime for:

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    Risk & Respond

    High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

    Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

    Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

    Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

    Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

    Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

    Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

    Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

    Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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    Fixed Departure

    Brief Detail

    Best Time to Trek-

    The best season for Tarsar Marsar trek is July to September. After that chance of rain in Srinagar region and snow fall at the high mountain.


    June End to July day time 15C to 20C and night 7C to 1C August - September , day time 15C to 10C and night 5C to -3C

    Mode of Transport-

    Transport from Srinagar to Aru base camp and return Srinagar from Sumbal by Tata Sumo, Quails or equivalent and in each vehicle share by the seven (7) participant.

    Batch Size and age group -

    In each fix departure batch there will be 18-22 trekkers including Male and female. Minimum age for the Tarsar Marsar trek is 14 years and maximum depends on fitness level.

    Pick Up and Drop Point:-

    Our pick up point is Srinagar TRC center or Near Dal Lake at 3.00 pm in the afternoon and after the trek we drop at Srinagar Airport or central place in Srinagar by 5:00 PM in the evening. The best way to reach Srinagar by flight from Delhi.

    Level of Trek:-

    Tarsar Marsar Trek is Moderate and trek goes to Max altitude 13500 Ft. Trek is recommended for first timers also.

    How we runs the trek ?

    Our trek lead by mountaineering and wilderness first aid certified trek leader along with cooking staff and supporting staff.

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    The Experience was brilliant and the trek was smooth with the patience & experience of the trek leader & staff.

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    It was a really good experience. The trek leader and supporting staff were really very supportive. I would definitely come for more.

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    Experience of a lifetime especially as a first time trekker.

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    Dream to trek the Himalayan trek by TTH. It was an awesome experience. Feeling around that i completed the expedition. The trek leader and the supporting staff was very co operative, good hospitality and overall its superb.