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  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 13201 ft./4023 m
  • 12 Participants
  • July-September
  • Kashmir

Tarsar Marsar Trek Overview

Tarsar Marsar trek in Kashmir is an immensely rewarding trek.  This seven-day hike traverses the interior of Kashmir and offers dreamlike campsites, unforgettable picturesque valleys and enthralling views to captivate you every day. 

The trek starts on a scenic note from Aru Village. Aru is a quaint village on the bank of the Lidder River near Pahalgam and boasts ethereal landscapes. Tarsar impresses trekkers right from the beginning with awe-inspiring scenery and continues to delight trekkers till the last day. 

This trek takes you to the heart of Kashmir and lets you discover the hidden beauty of Kashmir Valley. From glistening alpine lakes to rolling meadows for a campsite, your eyes are treated to exquisite nature painting every day of the trek. 

The majestic beauty of this trek is enhanced by the two beautiful alpine lakes of Tarsar and Marsar. The stunning mountain vista from an overhang overlooks Marsar Lake. Known as the Twin sisters, these lakes are separated by a mountain peak of around 4000mt.

To add to the excitement, trekkers have the rare opportunity to camp next to the majestic glacial lake of Tarsar. You spend a solitary night under a perfect starry night and wake up to the beautiful sight of a blue alpine lake. 

What distinguishes Tarsar Marsar is its easy to moderate, offering panoramic vistas surpassing many other treks. Unlike KGL, Tarsar Marsar remains relatively unexplored, unveiling the unparalleled beauty of Kashmir’s hidden treasures.

The enchanting landscapes of Tarsar Marsar leave an indelible mark on your soul, a beauty that resonates for a lifetime. No photograph can do justice to the magnificence witnessed on the journey. To truly appreciate this trek, one must embark on the adventure to Tarsar Marsar and witness it firsthand.

Tarsar Marsar trek brochure

Inclusions 

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom Charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Cab charges to and from Aru – OWLS Basecamp.
  • Meals during transit to and from Aru – OWLS Basecamp.
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

 

Tarsar Marsar Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Srinagar (5,200 ft.) to Aru (7,950 ft.)

The distance is 100 kms and takes 4 hrs to reach. Aru is the basecamp for your Tarsar Marsar experience. The basecamp offers you a teaser of how incredible the next five days are. When you reach Aru Valley from Srinagar, you cannot help but be amazed by the sheer beauty of this quaint village. The Lidder river flows just a few metres away, the village guarded by beautiful coniferous forests, it is a perfect location before you start your experience.

Day 2 : Aru (7,950 ft.) to Lidderwat (9,100 ft.)

The trail today from Aru to Lidderwart will be easy to moderate. You will climb for the first 30 minutes, followed by a gentle walk on the undulated terrain.

On the route to Lidderwart from Aru, you will walk through clusters of pine trees, Gujjar settlements, and beautiful grasslands.

The panoramic view of the Aru valley hovers into the frame on your left as you walk up the thick trails of coniferous trees, following the Lidder River upstream. There is a spread of grasslands just near the Lidder river. This is also the place we sit for lunch with a view. The essence of Kashmir breathes in and out of the locals inhabiting the region.

After the lunch break, the team crosses the river using a wooden bridge to reach the campsite. Then follows a short climb to reach Lidderwat.

Day 3 : Lidderwat (9,100 ft.) to Shekhwas (11,050 ft.)

The day is a combination of ascending trails for a few hours, river crossing, and some gradual ascent.

You start in the morning for Shekhwas, the next campsite. The trail will take you through flowers in full bloom, especially if you visit in June-July. You will walk on grasslands and meadows. You will cross Homwas on the way. We take a Kahwa break here, as Homwas is inhabited by local shepherds. Once you reach the campsite, the team indulges in some hot lunch before exploring the bewitching setting of Shekhwas.

Day 4 : Shekhwas (11,050 ft.) to Tarsar (12,450 ft.)

The trail to Tarsar begins with a steep ascent in the beginning for the first two hours. The rest of the trail is moderate with a combination of some descent and gradual ascent. The tree-line now vanishes and trail opens into a valley of full bloom.

The walk on the grasslands on this day is covered with multicoloured flowers. The view of flowers blooming all yellow, white, and purple in the entire valley makes you believe you are almost close to heaven.

Day 5 : Tarsar (12,450 ft.) to Sundersar (12,950 ft.) and excursion to Marsar (13,201 ft.)

You start from Tarsar early in the morning. We plan our day to reach the Marsar pass when the sunlight falls on the lake. The first rays of sun falling on the lake is a sight that etches in your mind and heart. The way to Sundersar is inhabited by sheep, as shepherds bring their sheep to graze here. The section of the valley is a bit tricky till you reach Sundersar.

After reaching Sundersar, you will hike to the highest point of the trek. An hour hike from the Sundersar Campsite takes you to another lake, Marsar. Marsar is the biggest and also the most beautiful of all the lakes you will witness during this experience. The lake is surrounded by mountains offering you a perfect setting for capturing the beauty of the lake. After a short excursion, you will be back at Sundersar Campsite for a tea break.

Day 6 : Sundersar (12,950 ft.) to Homwas (11,500 ft.)

After experiencing the enchanting beauty of these lakes, you start descending to Homwas. Homwas is where you will camp for the night. You can rest for a while and explore the Homwas campsite which you had missed in the beginning.

Day 7 : Homwas (11,500 ft) to Aru (7,950 ft) and drive to Srinagar (5,200 ft.)

On day 7 you will descend to Lidderwat and from there to the basecamp. After reaching basecamp around 4 PM in the evening, you will drive back to Srinagar on the same day. The cab reaches Srinagar around 8 PM at night.

How to reach the basecamp of Tarsar Marsar trek?

The base camp of Tarsar Marsar is Aru Village, located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, India.

To reach your Aru, your base camp, you have to fly to Srinagar on Day 0.

Srinagar is well connected by air to all the metro cities. We recommend participants reach Srinagar on DAY 0 and halt here for a night before heading towards the base camp on Day 1. 

Here is a step-by-step guide to plan your travel to Srinagar 

  • Book your flight to Srinagar on Day 0 i.e. A day before your trek starts. 
  • Book a hotel in Srinagar for the night. (Note: Book hotels near Dal Lake or Boulevard Road for safety purposes.)
  • Reach the OWLS pick-up point in time. 

Travel Plan option A – By air to Srinagar

Travelling to Srinagar by air from your city is the most convenient option to reach Srinagar. There are direct flights to Srinagar from many metro cities. 

Book an early morning flight from your city to Srinagar. Reach Srinagar airport in the afternoon or evening of Day 0. 

Arriving in Srinagar on day 0, instead of Day 1 allows you to rest well before your trek. 

Travel Plan option B – By train to Jammu, followed by road/train journey to Srinagar

Another option to reach Srinagar is to travel by train to Jammu, followed by a road journey. It takes around 9-12 hrs to cover the distance of around 250 km between Jammu and Srinagar. 

Although this option is economical you need to plan well in advance. The highway connecting Srinagar and Jammu is often troubled by roadblocks during monsoon when the KGL season begins. 

Here are a few options to reach Srinagar from Jammu

  • Fly from Jammu to Srinagar – Travel by train to Jammu and fly from Jammu to Srinagar. It is a short flight of 50 minutes. 
  • The second option is to travel by bus from Jammu to Srinagar. You can avail of the bus service outside Jammu Railway Station or ISBT Jammu. It takes roughly 9-10 hours if there are no roadblocks en route. 
  • The third option is to get on a shared cab outside Jammu railway station or ISBT Jammu. 
  • The last option is to reach Jammu by train, followed by road journey to Banihal. From Banihal, you can catch a train to Jammu. 

Note- If you are opting for option B to reach Srinagar, plan well in advance and include buffer days. The roadblocks are frequent on the Jammu Srinagar Highway, especially during monsoon. 

Tarsar Marsar Map

Tarsar Marsar map by gooutwithowls
Tarsar Marsar map by gooutwithowls

Tarsar Marsar Trek FAQ

What is the distance of Tarsar Marsar trek?

Tarsar Marsar Trek is approximately 47 km long. You will be hiking an average of 5-7 km a day. 

Is Tarsar Marsar Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, if you are a beginner with good physical fitness, you can consider the trek after consulting our Outdoor Leader. 

How difficult is Tarsar Marsar Trek?

The trek is categorised as moderate, considering the duration and altitude of Tarsar Marsar. 

What will be the temperature in Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Tarsar Marsar trek temperature ranges between 14°C and 20°C. The night is colder than the day. During the nighttime, Tarsar Marsar records a minimum of  7°C to 4°C during early July. 

Find out the detailed guide on Tarsar Marsar trek temperature here. 

What is the best time to visit Tarsar Marsar trek?

The best time to visit Tarsar Marsar Trek is between July- September. The weather is pleasant during these months. 

Read more about the best time to visit the Tarsar Marar trek here. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

Tarsar Marsar trek season begins in the monsoon. You will find patches of snow at higher campsites. However, there will be no fresh snowfall on the trek. 

What is the cost of Tarsar Marsar trek?

 The Tarsar Marsar trek cost is Rs 16,499/-

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. It also covers your accommodation, meals at the base camp and during the trek. 

What is the duration of the Tarsar Marsar trek?

Tarsar Marsar is a 7-day long trek. This includes travel to and from the basecamp. 

Where is Tarsar Marsar Trek located?

The trek is in the Anantnag district of Kashmir.  

Where is the base camp of Tarsar Marsar Trek?

The base of Tarsar Marsar trek is in Aru. Aru is a quaint village frequented by tourists every year to admire the stunning natural beauty surrounded by verdant valleys and mountains.

What is the altitude of Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Tarsar Marsar trek is at an altitude of 13,150ft. The trek starts from Aru village, located at an altitude of 7950ft.

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

The last place with mobile network will be Pahalgam. Aru has a scanty network.

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Pahalgam. 

Carry a sufficient amount of cash with them. Since the base camp is situated away from the cities and lacks basic facilities like ATMs and digital payment options, it is always better to be prepared. 

You can carry the cash for cab fare and food to and from the base camp. We suggest carrying a minimum of 5-6k to ensure you have enough funds for your journey.