About Tarsar Marsar Trek & Destination
Tarsar Marsar Trek is not just an ordinary trek, it is an experience, one that you must live through. Whether you are new to trek and the adventures that come along with it or you are a person who has already experienced trekking, you’ll come out from this trek having spent one of the best 7 days of your life. Tarsar Marsar trek located in Kashmir Valleys takes you on a journey through Tarsar Lake and Marsar Lake. Tarsar and Marsar lakes often referred to as twin lakes are known for their almond shape. What even amplifies the beauty of this trek are the wonderful meadows and the forests surrounding them.
The Tarsar Marsar trek is a wonderful trek and the best time for this trek is during summers as during summers trekkers might come across various beautiful birds and animals such as snow leopards. The trek reaches up to its highest peak at 13,000 ft. When it comes to the difficulty this trek is considered as a medium level trek so even if you are new to trekking and this is your first time experience with trekking you won’t be having much difficulty and would be spending the best time of your life.
Tarsar Marsar trek marks a wonderful and adventurous 7 days, 6 nights trek. The trek starts from Srinagar from where you travel to Aru base camp. From there the beautiful 7 days voyage starts which ends at Sumbal village on day 7. Day 1 ends with the visitors arriving at the Aru base camp and spending their night there. This is followed by trekking from Aru to Lidderwat on day 2, then from Lidderwat to Shekiwas on day 3 then to Tarsar on day 4 where the trekkers spend the night camping on the wonderful grasslands along Tarsar. Day 5 takes the journey of the trekkers from Tarsar to Sundaresar with having a view on Marsar and then to Sonmasti on day 6.
The trek is concluded with the final day trek from Sonmasti to Sumbal village and then a drive back to Srinagar. The visitors should also make a note that prepaid sim card won’t be working in that area and it is advisable to have a postpaid sim card. The last point where the visitors will get a mobile connection is Pahalgam, after Pahalgam, there will be no network and the travelers should finish any important phone call before this point. Also, Pahalgam is the last point where you’ll get an ATM so it’ll be advisable to withdraw money from here if needed.
Highlights about the Tarsar Marsar trek
All treks are beautiful, filled with the beauty of nature the lovely mountains and lakes, but there is something different about this trek. Camping on the shores of Tarsar and Sundarsar lake just magnifies the beauty that this trek is. There are a lot of things about this trek that sets it apart completely from all the other treks. One of the things that makes the trek so great is the Aru base camp, it consists of a number of lovely cottages with slanted roofs.
The trees, the grasslands, the stream flowing through the village makes this a beautiful destination and a good starting point for nature lovers and those who are new to trekking. On Day 2 the trekkers travel from Aru to Lidderwat and the campsite at Lidderwat is just a beauty. At Lidderwat near the campsite, there is a tiny settlement of Gujjar. The settlements are set up under pine trees and this provides a very soothing and a beautiful view. You can also climb a grassy ridge near the Shekiwas campsite which provides a magnificent view if you are going there during sunset.
Walking around Tarsar is also a delight and you should definitely do it and enjoy the beauty of nature and the lake. There are a lot of lovely grasslands you’ll be encountering on this trek and it’ll be a delight for you spending time in these grasslands and admiring their beauty, one of such grassland is the Jagmargi grassland which is an absolute treat and you’ll enjoy each second that you spend there.
Facts about this trek
One of the interesting fact about this trek is that it is a moderate level trek, it is not a very tough trek on one hand and also not an easy one on the other hand. Another key fact about this trek is the altitude that the trek covers. The trek starts from Aru base camp at an elevation of around 7980 ft and goes to a maximum altitude of over 13000 ft. The highest point of this trek is the Marsar ridge from where we can view the beautiful Marsar Lake.
The trek is not just simple ascending but consists of ascending and at times descending and passing through grasslands, traveling in forests and crossing streams at times. The distance traveled on most of the days of this trek ranges from around 5 to 6 km and the time taken to complete the same amount of distance is around 6 hours.
This trek is also a treat for those who love wildlife as here they can find some of the rare species such as Golden Eagles, Bar-headed Geese, Choughs, black bulbuls, snow leopards, musk deer, brown beer and much more. Also the beauty of the various forest and grasslands in immense. Also, the temperature is around 15 degree Celsius during daytime and around 5 degree Celsius during nights in the months of June and July.
Srinagar to Aru
From Pahalgam, the journey continues another 12 km to Aru base camp. Aru camp takes around 1 hour from Pahalgam and if you are leaving from Srinagar in afternoon around 2 PM you’ll be able to reach Aru base camp by night saving yourself from traveling during the night. Aru base camp is situated at an elevation of more than 7980 ft. Aru is a beauty in itself and by the time you are wearing off your tiredness from the long travel you’ll fall in love with this place. Now there are a plenty of options in Aru, either you can board a cottage or can set up tents at the campsite.
Aru to Lidderwat
The trek for day 2 starts along the course of Lidder River, the trek goes through a trail of fir trees then out to a clearing at a place near Gujjar Huts. From there the trek is a plain path to nandkei. From there after another an hour and half the trek reaches Lidderwat. On reaching Lidderwat either camp can be set up in open beside the river or the visitors can take accommodations in Pahalgam district authorities buildings.
Lidderwat to Shekiwas
Shekiwas to Tarsar
Tarsar to Sundaresar
Sundarsar to Marsar and then back to Sonmasti.
Sonmasti to Sumbal and Sumbal to Srinagar
The transportation during this trek mostly consists of the drive from Srinagar to Aru base camp during the first day of the trek. In the same way, travelers have to drive back from Sumbal village which is the last point of your trek to Srinagar on Day 7 that is the last day of your trek.
The visitors can reach Srinagar from different parts of the country via different means, they can either reach Srinagar by train or by bus or by flight. There is a good connectivity of Srinagar to different parts of the country. After arriving in Srinagar starts the wonderful journey that is the Tarsar Marsar trek. Before this trek starts, on the first day, you have to take a drive from Srinagar to reach to Aru base camp which will be the starting point of the trek.
The journey to Aru camps consists of a drive to Pahalgam which is about 100 km from Srinagar and then to Aru base camp which is another 12 km away. The passengers can hire a vehicle and it’ll take around three hours to reach Pahalgam which is the last point where mobile connectivity is present. There are two routes to Pahalgam, one through Anantnag and the other through Brijbhera.
After reaching Pahalgam, the drive of another hour will get the travelers to their destination that is the Aru base camp. Then at the end of the trip on the seventh day when the travelers reach the Sumbal village, they will find the main highway connected to the village and they can either hire a car there or can prebook a car from Sumbal village and a small drive from Sumbal village of around 4 km will take them to Srinagar where they can rest and relive in their heads the memories of the wonderful trip
The 7 day and 6-night wonderful trek on Tarsar Marsar start from Srinagar and what could be a better starting point for a wonderful trek that is Tarsar Marsar trek than the beautiful town of Srinagar. Srinagar is the capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar is also the largest city in Jammu and Kashmir and is one the most beautiful town in the country. There are a lot of ways and routes by which those interested in the trek can reach Srinagar.
People can reach to Srinagar by any of the means either by road or by train or by flights. For those who want to reach Srinagar via flight can book flights to Srinagar airport. Regular flights are scheduled from Delhi to Srinagar which can be a favorable route to reach Srinagar by air. There is also a good road connectivity as Srinagar has National Highway 1A and 1D. Also, you can reach Srinagar via train which is one of the most famous means given that it is comparatively cheaper than taking a flight.
Jammu is the nearest railway station and Jammu station has trains incoming from all over the country making it a good means of transport. Jammu station is at a distance of 290 km from Srinagar and thus visitors have to make further arrangements of the cab from Jammu to reach to Srinagar. As Srinagar is well connected to the rest of the country by national highway 1A, Buses also provides a good means of travel from all over the country to Sikkim. So for instance if you want to go on the bus from Jammu to Srinagar it will take around 10 hours and comfortable and good buses are provided by the J&K state road transport. Visitors can opt any of the given means to reach Srinagar.
The following things are a must to be taken along with you for the trip:-
- Trekking shoes – The shoes must be having a sole with a good grip and must be water resistant, normal sports shoes won’t be preferable.
- Backpack- The backpack must have comfortable shoulder straps and should have a capacity of around 50 Litres.
- 3 Full sleeve t-shirts.
- 2 waterproof and woolen track pants.
- 1 Heavy jacket
- Thermal inners
- 2 pair each of socks and gloves.
- Led torch – This will help a lot during night time.
- Light towel
- Camera to capture all the beautiful scenic views and to capture some pictures of your family or friends.
- Toiletries- You should make sure that you are carrying sunscreen, lip balm, soaps tissue papers, toothpaste and hand sanitizer as personal hygiene and cleanliness is a must and these things can’t be arranged during the trek if you are not carrying them already
- Water Bottles- Carrying 2 water bottles at least 1 Litre each is a must as trekking can become very exhausting at times and it would be preferable to carry at least 2 bottles which you can refill at clear streams.
- Cutlery – It would be better if you are carrying some of your cutlery with you. A spoon, a fork, a mug and a tiffin box or a plate would be very helpful in maintaining your personal hygiene.
- Medical Kit- This will come in handy and will be one of the most important parts of the luggage you’ll be carrying as medical facilities won’t be available and it is always smart and advisable to carry some medicines as they might be helpful in case of any unwanted circumstance. Bandaids (around 10 of them), Cotton, dispirin, Digene and around 10 packets of ORS are some of the medicines that will help a lot during your trek.
- Documents – Original documents and photocopy of your government issued ids such as your Passport or Driving license and medical certificate.
Temperature conditions at Aru:-
- During the month of July, the temperature in the daytime is around 15-20 degrees and goes down to around 5-9 degrees at night.
- During the month of August, the temperature in the daytime is around 15-20 degrees and goes down to around 5-10 degrees at night.
- During the month of September, the temperature in the daytime is around 12-17 degrees and goes down to around 3-7 degrees at night
Temperature conditions at Tarsar:-
- During the month of July, the temperature in the daytime is around 10-15 degrees and goes down to around 0-5 degrees at night.
- During the month of August, the temperature in the daytime is around 10-15 degrees and goes down to around 0-5 degrees at night.
- During the month of September, the temperature in the daytime is around 8-12 degrees and goes down to around -4-2 degrees at night.
There are a lot of things that need to be kept in mind while planning a visit and so is the case with a trek. When planning to trek you should consider all factors to consider that which will be the best trek suited for you and which will be the best experience. If you have never trek before you must be extra careful and not start with a hard trek, you should always start with an easy or a moderate trek.
If opted for a hard trek it might become a tough one for you and you might not be able to fully enjoy the nature’s beauty and most of the time of your trek might be wasted in getting acquainted with various stuff that comes with being new to trekking. Also if you are a regular trekker you should go for tougher treks as it’ll be more adventurous for you and go on an easy trek might be a waste of both money and time. So on the same topic, this trek is considered as a moderate or easy trek, so it’ll be recommended that this trek is taken by beginners.
This is the perfect starting trek for beginners as there are no rough terrains and not much steep ascent and descent and also the beauty of the trek make it a perfect first trek for beginners. Also, the beauty of this trek makes it favorable for experienced trekkers too. Also, the best time for going for this trek would be either go in the time period of June end to July or during the period of August to September. In the June to July period, the temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C at daytime and range from 7°C to 1°C during night time. In the month of August to September though, the temperature ranges from 15°C to 10°C at daytime, and at night ranges from 5°C to -3°C.