About Tarsar Marsar Trek
Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek is a popular trekking trail located in the picturesque region of Kashmir, in the western Himalayas of India. It is a moderate to difficult level trek, which takes around 6-7 days to complete. The trek takes you through picturesque meadows, forests, mountain passes, and beautiful alpine lakes. Tarsar and Marsar are twin alpine lakes, situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters and 3,800 meters respectively. The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas, with peaks like Kolahi, Sonamarg, and Haramukh visible from different vantage points along the trek. The best time to do this trek is from June to October, as during winter, the area gets covered in snow making it difficult to access. The trek is an adventurous and scenic journey, offering an opportunity to explore the magnificent landscapes of Kashmir.
The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek is one of the most scenic treks in the Kashmir Himalayas, and there is much to explore along the way. Here are some of the highlights of the trek:
1. Aru Valley - The trek starts from Aru Valley, which is a beautiful valley situated around 12 kilometers from Pahalgam. The valley is famous for its picturesque vistas of the snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and meandering streams.
2. Lidderwat - The trek from Aru Valley to Lidderwat takes you through dense forests of pine and fir, and you will pass several meadows and streams along the way. Lidderwat is a beautiful campsite situated in a meadow surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
3. Tarsar Lake - Tarsar Lake is a picturesque alpine lake that is situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and is known for its crystal clear waters. You can camp near the lake and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
4. Sundarsar Lake - Sundarsar Lake is another beautiful alpine lake situated at an altitude of 4,100 meters. The lake is situated in a high altitude valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
5. Tarsar Pass - The trek from Sundarsar Lake to Marsar Lake takes you over the Tarsar Pass, which is situated at an altitude of 4,200 meters. The pass offers magnificent views of the Kolahi Mountain and the surrounding peaks.
6. Marsar Lake - Marsar Lake is another beautiful alpine lake that is situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and is known for its crystal clear waters.
7. Homwas - The trek ends at Homwas, which is a beautiful village situated in the Dachigam National Park. You can explore the surrounding forests and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding valleys from Homwas.
Reporting at Srinagar, Then Drive to Aru (2,400 m/7,875 ft)
The first day of the trek involves a drive from Srinagar to the village of Aru, which is located around 100 km away. The drive takes around 4-5 hours and passes through beautiful landscapes and small villages. Once you reach Aru, you'll check into your hotel or guesthouse and spend the rest of the day exploring the village and its surroundings.
Aru to Lidderwat (2,800 m/9,150 ft) 10km 6hours
After breakfast, we will start our trek towards Lidderwat from Aru. Start your trek through a village and follow the course of River Lidder. The trail is wide and from the trail whole Aru village is visible. Trekking ahead, we will reach Dalla; a clearing. From here, we will enter a pine forest and come across Nandkei; a group of Gujjar settlement. After crossing this forest section, go further and come across an open grasslands. There you can see Gujjar families. Half an hour walk from the grassland, you will have to negotiate multiple streams. After crossing the streams, you should reach Lidderwat in another half an hour. overnight stay in Camp.
Lidderwat to Shekwas (3,350 m/11,000ft) 6km 5hrs
Follow the course of River flowing along and take the trail through pine forest above. After a gradual climb, continue trekking through the pine forests and some small clearings for 30 minutes. Ahead, enter the Lidderwat valley, there are wide grasslands surrounded by mountains with some snow patches. The splendid valleys meet together and the trail goes upward. Towards the left are Bhakarwal shelters on the right of the river and en route come across small clear streams crossing the trail, you can also refill your water bottles from here. Now, trek down the river and cross it with the help of boulders and a bridge further. By following the river continue trekking on the trail and after 30 minutes you will reach a wide clearing “Homwas”.
At Homwas you can see some Gujjar huts, trek through a grassy area which is a relief to the feet. After crossing this section come across a narrow valley and trek along the river. Ascend for one hour and reach a point with a group of Silver Birch trees and amazing scenery.
Further, come across grassland beautiful and wide which leads to two soothing green valleys. Have a look at the meadows and pass through the trail with few Gujjar huts to reach your camping site Shekwas. It is an extraordinary ground with mesmerizing sights, spend your night here relaxing in tents.
Shekwas camp to Tarsar Lake (3,800m/12,500ft) 4km 5hour
The trail to Tarsar is through a ridge which has an overhanging stream and further it leads to the hill in front. Cross some short ridges opening to awe struck sceneries and after two hours of trekking, get first sight of Tarsar Lake. The sight will energize you to reach the alpine Lake, cross a stream by hopping on boulders and reach the grassy field of Tarsar. It is a perfect camping spot.
Pitch your tents anywhere on the ground. Camp along the snow fed clear bluish lake and get mesmerized by the idyllic setting. Overnight stay in camp
Tarsar Lake to Sundersar camp (4,000m/13,100ft)
This is the most challenging day of the trek, as you will have to cross Tarsar Pass, which is located at an altitude of 4,200 m.
Start descending through the shepherds’ trail which will take you to middle of the valley. Walk along the stream on the beautiful velvet like grass. En route see Bakkarval shelters lying on left, the trail lies behind these shelters through the boulder area. Further are lushest grasslands you will ever come across and amidst the meadows stream transforms into a large pond which is fed by the snow patches on the mountains. Cross this section in 30 minutes and come to the meadow’s end. Reach the base of ridge by crossing a stream with the help of boulders, ascend for 15 minutes through a narrow valley to reach the ridge top. Surprisingly a wide meadow pops in front with colorful bed of flowers. The views are enthralling from here and end route of this trek is also visible with a trail leading to mountains. Follow the trail and reach beautiful grassy land of Sundersar Lake, here you can pitch your tents anywhere on the flat ground, camping here is a delight. Enjoy in the serene beauty of Kashmir and comfortably stay in tents.
Visit Marsar then trek to Homwas (3,500m/11,500m)
Pass along the shores of Sundersar Lake to get far side and through two passes you can reach Marsar. Take the shorter trail and ascend through the boulder zone, be careful while ascending because there is snow over the boulders which make this section tough. In 30 minutes pass can be reached which is an amazing grassland with gentle trails leading to the flat grounds below.
Reach the flat grounds and cross the small streams along the trail. Climbing to the ridge starts from here which offers heart racing view of Marsar. It is twin of Tarsar but remains hidden under the mist and clouds. Descend to Sundersar and reach there in 40 minutes. Spend some time at Sundersar valley and get back to Jagmargi valley, witness the grasslands again and admire the natural beauty. Do not cross the Tarsar pass but go through the different trail to Shekwas, from here you can reach Homwas in 30 minutes. Reach there, setup your tents, have delicious food after today’s long trek, retire for the night
Trek from Homwas to Aru Village (13km) same day drive to Srinagar by taxi (112 km) (4/5 Hours)
Descend from Homwas to Lidderwat. The sights of today’s trek are beguiling and you can spot Kolahoi glacier on the way. Come across the Lidderwat pine forest, take a break at Lidderwat and then head to Aru. Now, Aru is 13 km away and you can reach there in another 4 hours. Vehicles will be arranged for you till Srinagar. Reach late evening 8 Pm
Cost of transportation from Srinagar to Srinagar
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Evening Tea to Day 8:- Breakfast)
Technical Camping equipments:- Tents(sharing basis), Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Utensils, Microspikes, Technical climbing equipments
Guide,Support staff,cook, Supporting crew.
Cost of Permit fees.
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter for offloading
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. Only breakfast will be provided in Last day (Day 7)
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion.
Cost of stay in Srinagar.
Prepaid Sims/Numbers don't work in Srinagar(Kashmir), Requested to carry personal Postpaid Sim/Number
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.