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Tarsar Marsar Trek

Max Altitude

13,500 FT

Grade

Easy To Moderate

Duration

7 Days

Trekking KM.

48 KM

Suitable for:10+ years
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

13,800 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Srinagar to Srinagar
  • Camping (Twin sharing)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeOne way. The trek starts at Aru and ends at Aru
  • Rail HeadJammu is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • AirportSrinagar airport
  • Base CampAru (112 kms drive from Shrinagar, approx 4 hours)
  • Best Season
    • Monsoon Treks (July, August)
  • SnowMore snow in the months of July
  • Services fromSrinagar to Srinagar
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse


  • Region - Jammu and Kashmir
  • Duration - 7 Days
  • Grade - Easy To Moderate
  • Max Altitude - 13500 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 48 Kms.

One day, if you wake up in the meadows of Kashmir on your trek to Tarsar Marsar, in that moment, your entire life is going to dissolve into a distant dream. As though you have just crossed the threshold and come to heaven. The famous couplet of the Persian poet shall ring true— if there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!

The valley of Kashmir is an experience that may rob the most masterful wordsmith off adjectives, but never fail to brew unceasing lyricism in the heart of her beholders. Kashmir’s inherent classical romanticism aside, there are some things exclusively special to trekking and the Tarsar Marsar twin lakes trek brings all of them together.

Grasslands like velvet, walking through hovering pine trees that are beautiful and fragrant, little thatched roofed hamlets peopled by beautiful humans, perfect stillness of azure waters, and camping by the glacial lakes which give the trek its name. What’s more wonderful, on practical trekking terms, Tarsar Marsar doesn’t charge a great deal of physical challenge,

...

acclimatization prerequisites, or exhaustion.

Special Note: Lately, there has been much apprehension regarding treks in Kashmir owing to perennial reports of trouble brewing in the valley. Therefore, in a responsibly organized journey, with some foresight, we wish to add an extra day or two in the 7-day itinerary. If we must make an emergency halt, the need for which we pray doesn’t occur, these buffer days will be useful. This can be confirmed and elaborated upon at the time of your trek registration.

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Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 14 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 14 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Srinagar to Aru base camp
    • Altitude:- 2,400m/7,950ft
    • Depart Srinagar by 2 pm
    • 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

Our first day destination is Aru on the banks of Lidder and Aru Rivers, situated 12 km off Pahalgam. A fairly developed tourist stop, Aru is regarded the main base for two well-loved treks—the Tarsar Marsar and Kolahoi Glacier Trek, the destination of the latter being the origination of the Lidder-Aru rivers.

We shall meet you at Srinagar and make a 3-4 hours short drive to Aru via Pahalgam. Since steady telephonic network by all network providers cannot be confirmed at Aru, you need to wrap up your communication with the rest of the world at Pahalgam itself.

 

 

At Aru, you will be welcomed at a river-side camping zone, off the touristy hub, by the sweet flowing Lidder. There are lots of activities around town at Aru—from trout fishing in the Lidder, the Aru Biosphere Reserve to horseback riding and heliskiing in the winters. You can explore and mark these for a later visit, because we will be reaching quite late into the dusk around 6 pm.

Day 2 : Aru to Lidderwat
    • Altitude:- 2,800m/ 9,150ft
    • Trek:- 10 km trek, 6-7 hrs
    • Altitude Gain:- 400m/ 1,200ft
    • Easy terrain, gradual ascent
    • Water can be refill from streams
    • Packed lunch on the way
    • Stay in tents

Today we shall be following the Lidder River upstream. After a 9-10 km walk up soft slopes, the trail enters a thicket of conifers. Revealing a sweeping view of the Aru valley left down below. We continue venturing through the forest shade and then come into a clearing filled with Gujjar huts. This is the Nandekai village inhabited by seasonal, migrating shepherd people, and agrarian, foraging Gujjar community. Here is a slice of idyll, picture perfect and a far call from life as we know it. We won’t be passing through the heart of the village but rather get a priceless deep view of the picturesque setting as we move uphill. A little after, we have now entered a tumbling meadow grassland, and the fir tree thickets have completely ebbed away. This is still part of the Gujjar village ecosystem and you are going to find horse -riding folks and cattle grazers.

The trail cuts across a couple of little valley streams next as we go. We soon come across a crude log bridge over the second brook. This is the spot to fill up our water supplies and take some rest, may be have the lunch carried from last camp. The Lidderwat locale is still an hour’s journey from here.

The trail here curves into another wooded area of gorgeous firs before coming out into the meadows of Lidderwat where the river flows clear watered. We can find quaint little Gujjar settlements that mark the valley locale. Thanks to tourist inflow in recent times, there are also Pahalgam District Authority Huts and food places established for comfortable stays.

Our camp would be at a quiet spot close to the stream. There should be enough time before sundown to walk around the peaceful fir tree shadowed Gujjar settlement and then lay out in the dying light on soft grass by the streamside to soak in the tranquil.

Day 3 : Lidderwat to Shekwas
    • Altitude:- 3,350m/ 11,000ft
    • Trek:- 6 km trek, 5 hrs
    • Altitude Gain:- 550m/ 1,850ft
    • 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

A trek, approx 5-hour long starts today, winding directly up from behind the PDA homes. In a matter of half an hour, you will be finding yourself inside a forest of pines, the Lidder River is now a distant shadow, and the meadows have ebbed away. The woods are not very thick and occasionally open up to wide clearings.

Soon, you will find the stretch of Lidderwat breaching to the aperture of a more vast expanse of merging valleys and snowy elevations rising straight from the rim of the valleys. There will be multiple clear water streams cutting across our path where you can stop to refill drinking supplies.

You will be directed towards Homwas, which is a little clearing inhabited by another cluster of Gujjar huts that falls on the other side of the now re-emerged river along our tracks. After crossing a log bridge, we are ushered into the locality of a few homes and tea shops. You will never fail to find warm hospitality with these villagers and despite the exhaustion of travels, this makes one’s day.

Hand in hand with the crystal waters flowing by our tracks, we now enter a different grassy landscape. As green as green can be, stretching in gentle folds to as long as the eyes can see, the meadows of Shekwas are breathtaking. Gujjar habitation and hospitality is ubiquitous in this area too and their little low roofed, leaf-thatched huts dot the lush landscape here and there. Our trail climbs pass the huts onto a slightly higher camping ground. A sweet night, a star peppered night falls over the meadows.

Day 4 : Shekwas to Tarsar and explore Tarsar
    • Altitude:- 3,800m/ 12,500ft
    • Trek:- 4 km trek, 3-4 hrs
    • Altitude Gain:- 450m/ 1,500ft
    • 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

The green moors of Shekwas are best experienced bare feet. Try this as you set out for Tarsar Lake today. The trail moves through a silken lawn of nature for sometime before finally taking a lunge over a humpbacked hill and after crossing through a few ridges, opens to a little peek of Tarrsar’s magnetic blue waters.

It takes a total of 5 hours to reach Tarsar from Shekwas and after the ridge, it’s another 3 hours, the view of the Lake widening as we go down succeeding smaller ridges. You need to cross the stream, jumping from boulder to boulder adventurously before finally gliding into green veldt around the lake where we would camp the night. Sink your feet deep into the soft grass and watch how the almond shaped waters reflects the passing hues of the sky as the day rolls on. Time seems to come to a standstill midst of such beauty and silence.

Day 5 : Tarsar to Sundarsar
    • Altitude:- 4,000m/ 13,100ft
    • Trek:- 6 km trek , 5 hrs
    • Altitude Gain: 200m/ 600ft
    • 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

Another 5 km trek commences today to the adjoining Sundersar Valley through the Tarsar Pass. We delve into a connecting stretch first which apparently joins the meadows of Shekwas and Sundersar Valley. Trekking through the Tarsar Pass is actually a time saving but comparatively more hectic plan than descending to Shekwas first and heading to Sundarsar from there.

You can actually test your stamina on this day’s trek after so many days of walking on gentle undulations. On the ascent to the Pass, the trail gets steeper but then mellows down to a gentler slope to Sundarsar. The highlight of this stretch comes with a view of Tarsar Lake from the other side of the Pass.

Next, we go down to a valley bed to be greeted by a nomadic shepherd clan settlement, that of the Bakkerwals. Proceeding, we follow a brook that gets collected at the feet of snow-melting elevations in the form of a beautiful lake. The entire way is wrapped in a green fold of luminescent softness. You will find an unearthly photo frame capturing sheep and horses bobbing along the green-scape as they graze lazily along the banks of this anonymous loch. Our trail takes us through a high pass exit from this grassland to the next vale, another vast patch of extensive pampas but this one sprayed bright with wildflowers. Later, a bouldered trail over the stream ushers us into the Sundarsar Lake side, a flatland where we can camp at the end of this remarkable day.

Day 6 : Visit Marsar and then to Homwas
    • Altitude:- Marsar ridge 4,100m/ 13,400ft, Homwas 3,500m/ 11,500ft
    • Trek:- 11 km trek, 7 hrs
    • Altitude Loss:- 500m/ 1,600ft
    • Moderate terrain
    • 50 minute continuous ascent to Marsar ridge
    • Gradual descent all the way to Homwas
    • Packed lunch on the way
    • Stay in tent

Today, we will ascent higher up through Marsar Ridge. Kilting our way around Sundarsar shores, we will be directed to a boulder smitten path. You can expect slippery snow patched in these rock crevasses, just like the partially white covered mountains at the end of the valley which we witnessed through our trek in the last few days. At midday, the snow will melt and it’s going to be tricky walk.

After covering a partly grass covered, partly snow sheeted rock trail over on the Pass, we slightly descend to a flatland that’s cut through by occasional water flows. The top of the ridge view reveals the translucent blue Marsar Lake lying somewhere down below. It has the same kind of almond shaped outline as Tarsar and almost as big. Snow shaded elevations happen to rise just along one fringe of the Lake, offsetting its blueness. The Lake happens to overflow on one side and go down in a sweeping glacial stream down to a valley below. The snowmelts from the white cliffs feed its waters on one side and on another, the Dachigam forests starts.

Now we descend back to Sundarsar camps and then to Homwas, trialing almost along the same way that we came by. The descent is full of nostalgia. Homwas is reached before nigh fall, slightly exhausted.

Day 7 : Homwas to Aru and drive to Srinagar
    • Altitude:-2,400m/ 7,950 ft
    • Trek:- 13 km trek, 6-7 hrs
    • Drive:- 112km, 4 hrs, Srinagar to Aru
    • 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

     

    * Please note that prepaid sim cards do not work in Kashmir.
    Don't forget your ID proof in original and 2 photo copies.

Starting off early morning today, we descend from Homwas to Aru, sweeping over the same enchanting meadow lands we had experienced on the first days, and the same Lidder River, now to be followed downstream.

We will stop at Lidderwat to rest and lunch and then set off again, now Aru-wards, 10 km from Lidderwat to be covered over 4 hour approx.

Srinagar-bound vehicles shall be waiting for us at Aru. We can expect to reach station within 8 in the night.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

Everyone needs to reach Srinagar

Pick-up location is TRC: Tourist Reception Center in Srinagar, Once you reach TRC, TTH will take care of your further travel arrangements.

 

Options to Reach Srinagar:

  1. If you are planning to take a bus, you can reach ISBT in Srinagar from any major city. It will take 1 hour to reach TRC from ISBT.
  2. If you are planning to fly to Srinagar which is well connected to all major airports in India, you can reach TRC within 10 to 15 minutes via taxi.
  3. If you’re coming by train, there are two railway stations.
  • Jammu railway station is about 260 km away and takes around 8 hours by bus.
  • Udhampur is 200 km away and from there it is 6 hours bus journey to Srinagar.
  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.

Trekkers will be dropped at Srinagar TRC by 06:00 PM, for onward journey from Srinagar it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

1.Transport Srinagar to Aru Base and Back
2.Accommodation. (Camping) (2 person in one tent)
3. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
4. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils
5. All necessary permits and entry fees
6. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
7. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff 8. Services from Srinagar to srinagar 9. TTH Staff insurance 10. Mules to carry the central luggage

1. Any kind of personal expenses 2. Hotel Stay in Srinagar.
3. Food during the transit.
4. Insurance.
5. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. 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

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.

Special Offers

Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.

If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.

Terms and conditions

  • This offer is a non-transferable.
  • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
  • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
  • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
  • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for the transport cost.

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash 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.

Cancellation terms:

 

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

 

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

 

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

 

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.

 

  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

 

 

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

 

 

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

 

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

 

 

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cove20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woolen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters1 Nos.
SunglassesDark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woolen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Easy To Moderate

Calculate Your BMI :


Your BMI value is

24.22

Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!

BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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