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Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar Marsar trek is about unveiling the untouched beauty of the Kashmir valley and letting it be. It is about trekking to the remotest area of this state and finding peace within yourself.

Also See: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Tarsar Marsar Lake trek is one of the other hidden gems of Kashmir valley beside the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. Located amidst a vast landscape of lush green meadows, snow-fed lakes, and great Himalayan ranges, this trek is a perfect summary of the Kashmir valley.

You might have trekked to several high altitude lakes during your expeditions in other states of India, but you must have never seen something like Tarsar Marsar. Throughout the entire trek, you pass through three distinct lakes – Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundersar. All being extremely beautiful one of the other.

What makes the trek to these lakes more achieving is the campsites. Unlike many other treks in India, this trek lets you camp just a meter away from the beautiful waters of these lakes. Imagine, the first thing in the morning is you sitting beside that lake and witnessing the gorgeous sun coming out. Doesn’t it look like a dream to behold?

The next thing to astonish you about this trek is the meadows. Even though you have treks such as Buran Ghati and Dayara Bugyal who boast the stark beauty of their meadows, there is just something special about Kashmir’s meadows.

The Tarsar Marsar trail passes through the most vivid meadows you can think of. If you are there at the right time, you get to walk through fields flourishing with lush green meadows which are further complemented by blooming pink, yellow, and red flowers.

How is your stay going to be?

Moustache believes that trek is about venturing off the luxury but staying with comfort. Considering Tarsar Marsar trek happens out in the wild, we do not have property constructed hotels. Therefore we have got you something more exciting to stay in – Camping.

You will be allotted tents on a sharing basis (duo, triple, or quad) and will be of the best quality whatsoever. As far as the washroom facilities are concerned, we will dry toilets for the same.

Also See: Popular Kashmir & Ladakh Treks

How difficult is the Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Tarsar Marsar is a fairly easy to moderate trek. As the majority of the trek happens on gradual alleviation grounds, you won’t face much difficulty to pass through. Mostly the trail meanders through meadows and grasslands, you don’t have paved paths but muddy ones.

The only thing that is of concern is the length of the treks. The entire distance is 37 km long that you cover in seven odd days. On each day, you travel between 5 – 7 km in 5 – 6 hours.

Tarsar Marsar trek is popular for its immense beauty. Kashmir has forever been the focal point of many tourists from all around the world. Kashmir’s otherworldly splendor is undeniably captivating, attracting poets, outdoor enthusiasts, and visitors alike. Snow-capped peaks, silky lush forests, rapidly flowing rivers, alpine woods, stunning alpine lakes, and other natural features adorn the state’s terrain. Kashmir truly earns the moniker “Heaven on Earth.” Aside from its ethereal beauty, Kashmir is home to a number of notable Himalayan hikes. The most famous one is the Tarsar Marsar trek. On the Tarsar Marsar lake hike, the way is breathtakingly gorgeous. The months of July and August are the most pleasant for this walk. When it’s bright, the weather ranges from 15 to 18 degrees. Temperatures range from 4 to 5 degrees in gloomy or moist conditions. However, it drops to 1-3 degrees after nightfall. Tarsar Marsar’s temperature begins to cool mid-August until September. Temperatures at night range from -3 to -5 degrees during these dates. Come join us on the Tarsar Marsar Trek.


Tarsar Marsar Trek – 7D/6N

Day 1: Reach Aru

Drive: 100 Km

Altitude: 7,958 ft

Stay Type: Stay in camps on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Dinner

  • Welcome to Kashmir Valley. Our trek starts from Aru, so once you have reported at Pahalgam, we will drive to Aru.
  • You will have some to explore Pahalgam. If you wish to go around, don’t miss this chance.
  • Once you have reached Aru, settle in your camps, eat your dinner, and sleep a good night.

Day 2: Aru to Lidderwat

Trek: 10 km (5-6 hours)

Altitude: 9,131 ft

Stay Type: Stay in camps on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Evening Snacks – Dinner

  • Wake up fresh to a beautiful morning. Go for a short walk around the campsite and when you are ready, come for breakfast. Today we are going to trek from Aru to Lidderwat.
  • The moment you start, the trail goes through an ancient village and then runs beside a flowing river. Right after half-hour into the trek, you reach a spot where the trail crosses two clear streams through a wooden bridge.
  • After a few km from that bridge, you start to spot the Gujjar hut and from there starts the Lidderwat meadow. Enjoy walking through a lush green meadow with a stream on your left.
  • Once you have reached the Lidderwat campsite, pitch your tents and settle in. You will have plenty of time in the evening to go for a short walk around the camping area.
  • Devour your steaming dinner and sleep a good night.

Day 3: Lidderwat to Shekwas

Trek: 5.6 km (4-5 hours)

Altitude: 11,039 ft

Stay Type: Stay in camps on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Evening Snacks – Dinner

  • Today’s trail will mostly go through open fields of grassland and meadows. Wake up comfortably and have your breakfast. By 9 o’clock start the trek.
  • The trail climbs quickly after the PDA huts, leaving the streams that you crossed behind. Gradually you open up to a vast valley glowing with lush green meadows and blooming flowers.
  • After some time descend down to the stream, fill up your water bottles. Keep moving, cross the bridge, and continue with the trek.
  • After another hour you will pass through the old Silver Birch trees section which is complemented by stunning views of the valley
  • Finally, after you have reached Shekwas, pitch your tents and retire for the day.

Day 4: Shekwas to Tarsar

Trek: 5 km (3-4 hours)

Altitude: 12,449 ft

Stay Type: Stay in camps on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Evening Snacks – Dinner

  • Get excited because we will trek to the prettiest lake of Kashmir – Tarsar. Start your trek immediately after you have done your breakfast.
  • The initial trail meanders through verdant grasslands that offers a gorgeous view of the valley.
  • Right after two hours of trekking, you will be able to spot the first glimpse of Tarsar. Keep trekking while crossing several boulder sections to reach the beautiful lake.
  • As told you earlier, the best thing about the trek is that we are going to camp just beside the lake. Find a flat surface area with the help of our guide and pitch your tents.
  • The Tarsar Lake is of turquoise color and is fed by the glaciers sitting in the backdrop of it. You have the entire half-day to do whatever you wish to do. Go, explore the nearby lands, sit beside the lake, and enjoy the moment. Amongst all, today’s day is going to be the best.
  • Eat your luscious dinner and sleep a good night. The valley goes colder at night, so please ensure that you have got enough clothes to project yourself.

Day 5: Tarsar to Sundersar

Trek: 5 km (4-5 hours)

Altitude: 12,946 ft

Stay Type: Stay in camps on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Evening Snacks – Dinner

  • Wake up to a splendid view of Tarsar lake and have your breakfast sitting right next to it. Could you ask for more? Today we are going to trek to the other two famous lakes – Marsar and Sundersar.
  • The trail gradually climbs to Tarsar Pass from where you have breathtaking views of the entire valley along with the two lakes.
  • After that slowly descend from the pass and follow the shepherd’s trail to catch up with the stream. Pass through the lush green grassland which is usually patched with herds of sheep and shepherds.
  • Sundersar and Marsar lakes are located very near to each other. Once you have reached the Sundersar campsite, keep your luggage in your camps and head towards the Marsar lake.
  • The Marsar lake is surrounded by a flower bed and boasts stunning views of the mountains. The lake is complemented by high mountain ranges in the background and glaciers feeding the lake.
  • Spend some quiet time near the lake and then head back to the Sundersar campsite. Again, the campsite is located just beside the lake where you already have an amazing view of the valley.
  • Eat your dinner and sleep a good night.

Day 6: Sundersar to Sunamisti

Trek: 5 km (4-5 hours)

Altitude: 11,000 ft

Stay Type: Stay in camps on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Evening Snacks – Dinner

  • Wake up to a refreshing morning. Go around for a short walk and enjoy a peaceful sunrise. Have your breakfast and start the trek to Sunamisti.
  • The first half of the trek will cross through the lush green meadows with magnificent views all along. Whereas the second half will be hopping over boulders through a steep descent while following the river stream till Sunamisti.
  • After you have reached the campsite, pitch your tents, and go out to explore the region. As you will reach there much before night falls, you will have enough time to do whatever you wish to.
  • By night, have your dinner and sleep under the warmth of sleeping bags.

Day 7: Sunamisti to Sumbal

Altitude: 8,000 ft

Trek: 7km (5-6 km)

Meal Included: Breakfast – Lunch

  • Today is the last day of the entire trek. Have your breakfast and start your descent down to Sumbal.
  • Make sure that you have enough water for the route as you won’t have any water resources throughout the way. The majority of the trek will happen over flat ground with a km long over a steep hike.
  • Once you have reached the Sumbal campsite, our trip ends there.
  • Moustache sincerely thanks you for choosing us and giving us this opportunity to serve you well. We hope to see you soon for yet another blithering adventure.

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Things To Carry

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants – 2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler.

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face.

11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack

16. Hand Sanitizer

17. Extra face masks

18. 5 – 6 Copy of valid Government ID proof.

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