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Tarsar Marsar Trek - Beautiful Trekking Trail

  • Region : Ganderbal, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Duration : 7 days
  • Distance : 33 km
  • Altitude : 11499 Ft ft.
  • Grade : Easy

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Overview

Tarsar Marsar Trek is located in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in India. Extensive grasslands, pine forests, glacial lakes are some of the main attractions of this amazing trek. This is an easy trek and does not require extraordinary physical strength or acclimatization. This makes it a great trek for any beginner to start exploring the picturesque Kashmir Valley. It is a 33 Km long trek which will be completed in 7 days and we will be gaining a maximum altitude of 11,500 ft. So, if you always wanted to visit Kashmir, this trek is a perfect opportunity for you to spend a peaceful holiday in the far reaches of the Kashmir Valley.

You will be picked up from Srinagar & we will drive to Aru via Pahalgam. You might find postpaid connectivity up to Phalgam but none after that point. Aru, located at the banks of Aru & Lidder rivers is a famous spot for trekkers as it is the base camp for two most famous treks in the area - the Tarsar Marsar & the Kolahoi Glacier Trek. Aru is located 12 Km away from Phalgam and once we reach there, we will be setting up camps near the river bank for overnight stay.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 112 Km.
  • Driving Time - 4 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 7,950 ft.
  • Overnight stay in tents 

Today we will start walking upstream towards Lidderwat. Soon we will enter a thick forest of conifer trees and you will be able to see Aru Valley down at a distance. After crossing the forest we will reach Nandekai Village which is mostly inhabited by seasonal migrating shepherds. The trek is an easy trail with a gradual ascent.

As we keep walking further we will come across a log bridge and we can rest here for a while before continuing our journey to Lidderwat which is about two hours away from this point. We will enter another wooded area which opens up at the meadows of Lidderwat village. We will be camping near the river for the night.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 10 Km
  • Trekking time - 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 9,150 ft
  • Night stay in camps.

The destination for today is Shekwas. As we start walking away from Lidder river, we will enter a pine forest which is not very thick and has a number of clearings throughout the trail. There will be multiple clear water streams crossing our path so we don’t have to worry about the water supplies for today. As we keep walking we will enter another migrant village known as Homwas. Crossing a log bridge, we will enter Shekwas village. The meadows at this location are breathtaking which extends to a distance as far as eyes can see. We will trek a further higher from the village to reach our camping site.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 5.5 Km
  • Trekking Time - 5 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 11,000 ft.
  • Overnight stay in camps.

The beautiful trail to Marsar starts with grassy meadows of Shekwas, a beautiful natural lawn. After walking on the grass for sometime, we will cross over a hill to reach the first ridge. It will take around 3 hours from here and over a few more ridges to reach Tarsar. The view of the lake will keep unfolding magically before your eyes as we keep crossing the subsequent ridges. 

On the final part of the trail, we will come across a stream which we will cross by walking over bounders before finally stepping into the grassland around Tarsar Lake. This is our camping site for today and you can take your time to explore the beautiful area around the lake.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 5 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 4 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 12,500 ft.
  • Night stay in camps at Tarsar Lake

We will wake up early and start walking to the adjacent valley of Sundersar via Tarsar Pass. This part of the trail is a bit difficult as the ascent to the pass is steep but it becomes an easy gentle walk down to Sundersar. The trail will take you through a high exit pass, grasslands and through places filled with wildflowers. Once we reach the valley, we will trek over a trail filled with boulders along the stream to reach Sundersar lake and camp here for the night.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 5 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 5 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 13,000 ft.
  • Overnight stay in camps

We will start climbing up higher through the Marsar ridge. The trek is of moderate difficulty as you will find yourself walking over the boulders with melting ice which makes it difficult to walk. Watch your step carefully and follow your trek leader to avoid injuries. After crossing this area filled with boulders, we will start descending to a flat trail with many water streams crossing our way. The lake is located in a similar setting as the previous one. You will be able to see the snow melting from cliffs and feeding water to the lake.

After spending some time at Marsar Lake, we will make our way back to Sundersar Valley and from there we will walk to Homas. Night stay will be in camps at Homas.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 9 Km
  • Trekking Time - 7 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 13,400 ft.
  • Night stay in tents.

The final day of the trek has arrived and we will trek back to Aru Village. It will be a long trek of 13 Km which will take about 6 Hours. Once we reach Aru, a vehicle waiting will pick us up for the ride back to Srinagar. You are expected to arrive Srinagar by late evening so make our stay arrangements or further plans accordingly.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 13 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 6 Hours
  • Driving Distance - 112 Km.
  • Driving Time - 5 Hours

By Air -

Srinagar has its own airport which is 15 kilometers away from the city. Sheikh ul Alam International Airport has regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Leh, and Chandigarh. The distance between Srinagar and Delhi is 876 kilometers. It takes around one hour five minutes to reach Srinagar from Chandigarh by Air. Also, if the tickets are booked prior then it is not costly to go by air. The best answer to the question of how to reach Srinagar is to take a flight and reach in minimum travel time. Flights like IndiGo, GoAir, JetAirways and so on have connecting flights from Mumbai to Srinagar. One can take a stop over flights via Delhi, Dehradun to travel between the two cities. Traveling by plane is the most comfortable way of traveling this long-distance as it helps you save on time spent on travel during your vacation.

By Train -

If you want to know how to reach Srinagar by train, make sure that you have an impending road trip as well afterward. There is no operational railway station in this beautiful valley. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi Railway Station which is at a distance of two hundred and ninety kilometers. One can hire a taxi and take a road trip to Srinagar from Jammu Tawi Railway Station. Although it is a chicken soup for the people to travel to Srinagar by train and then sip the aesthetic beauty of the lush green valley, it becomes tiring and prolonged journey as well. The travelers who are keen lovers of Mother Nature Earth can opt to go by train. It is also not an expensive affair to travel by train.


By Road -

Srinagar has a great network of road, the place can be easily accessed by bus, car, or taxi. The roads between the two destinations are good, however, there are hilly patches and rough roads in between which are likely to slow down your pace.

Inclusions :-

  1. Accommodation. (Home stay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Mules to carry the central luggage

Exclusions :-

  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS 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 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance

INR 1500/- if you inform us any later

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at Tarsar Marsor Trek 
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
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.

Note:-

  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 THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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