Tarsar and Marsar lakes are no doubt 2 wonders of nature located in the lap of the Pir Panchal mountain Range of Lesser Himalayas. The Lakes are surrounded by the number of Pinnacles lying around 4000 to 5000 meters above sea level. The Tarsar Marsar trek comes across the district Anantnag in the Union Territory of Kashmir. The total distance from Srinagar to Aru Village is 94 km. The altitude of trailhead Aru is 2433 m, the first campsite named Lidderwat is located at an altitude of 3000 m, and the Tarsar Lake is located at an altitude of 3795 meters above sea level. The first stretch of 10 kms from Aru to Lidderwat is the easiest part of the trek.
The Landscape of the trek.
During this journey of 7 days, you will witness the miracles of nature in the form of green lush meadows, inverted waterfalls, snow-fed rivers, snow-capped mountains, tall pine trees, gypsy life, wildflowers, valleys, and the open view of the lesser Himalayas including high mountain peak of Kashmir (Mt. Kolahoi 5425 m).The Tarsar Marsar Lakes trek is the only trek mentioned on the Lonely Planet guide for Indian Himalayas. The charming trek in the lap of majestic mountains peaks of Kashmir. This pleasant trek is an adventure of a lifetime and a must-do trek of the Indian Himalayas.
Experience during the trek.
The Tarsar Marsar trek provides the ultimate blend of adventure and fun while being close to nature. Starting the trek from Aru Village and entering treeline on the banks of river Lidder makes the trek melodious. The distance from Aru to the Tarsar Lake ridge is 24 km so the total distance of astounding Tarsar Marsar Lakes Trek is 48 km (29.82 miles). The temperate remains cold even during peak summertime so proper winter clothing is recommended. When we are talking about the route of Tarsar Marsar Lakes, it is moderate just because a very small part of the trek has steep ascent and roughness. The difficulty level of the trek has been graded as moderate for the people who have some experience of high-altitude trekking.
Kashmir does have only one commercial Airport which we can reach by direct flights from Delhi (DEL) Airport, Bangalore, Jammu, And Hyderabad. All the flights from other parts of India reach via Delhi to Srinagar (SXR), Kashmir.
Government and Private bus services to Jammu are available from from Delhi and from other parts of India. Jammu onwards you can again choose state government bus service or choose tourist taxi from Jammu to Srinagar. Tourist taxi, Public transport And UT Government Bus Service will be available easily from Jammu to Srinagar.
The train services can be used up to Jammu And Banihal only. Tourist taxi, Public transport And UT Government Bus Service will be available easily from Jammu to Srinagar. The distance of 270 Km from Jammu to Srinagar is usually been covered in 6 to 7 hours.
The Tarsar Marsar Trek has three main stretches. 1. Aru to Lidderwat – 10 Km. 2. Lidderwat to Shekwas – 6.Km. 3. Shekwas to Tarsar 6 Km. The first stretch of the trek is easiest part of the trek which can be identified easily on the map too.The Lidderwat is a triangular piece of land surrounded by pine trees and water streams. Lidderwat onwards it’s time to gain elevation through the route shown on the map. The coordinates of Tarsar Lake are 34°8′24″N 75°8′53″E and 34.144°N 75.110°E for the Marsar Lake. Reaching Homwas after the gradual ascent of 3 hours. As the map of Tarsar Marsar Lake shows the incline in the route. Crossing the river at Homwas and going through boulder walk for 20 min will take to Shekwas campsite.
The Tarsar Marsar Trek has three main stretches. 1. Aru to Lidderwat – 10 Km. 2. Lidderwat to Shekwas – 6.Km. 3. Shekwas to Tarsar 6 Km. The first stretch of the trek is easiest part of the trek. which can be identified easily on the map too.The Lidderwat is a triangular piece of land surrounded by pine trees and water streams. Lidderwat onwards it’s time to gain elevation through the route shown on the map. The coordinates of Tarsar Lake are 34°8′24″N 75°8′53″E and 34.144°N 75.110°E for the Marsar Lake. Reaching Homwas after the gradual ascent of 3 hours. As the map of Tarsar Marsar Lake shows the incline in the route. Crossing the river at Homwas and going through boulder walk for 20 min will take to Shekwas campsite.
Note: Trekkers are advised to reach Srinagar a day before the trek will commence. Our itinerary doesn’t include any buffer day but trekkers must add a buffer day in order to secure their departure. Bad weather conditions sometimes take an extra day to reach back on road safe and sound.
During the first day, we will send the tourist taxi at a programmed time and we will be heading towards the trailhead by covering a distance of 94 km. This will be an acclimatization day with a few km walk around the Aru valley. Night stay will be at Aru Campsite at an elevation 2433 m.
Trek distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 6 – 7 hours
Altitude gain: 400 meters
Trek type: Easy + moderate trek through the rolling slopes of Lidder Valley
Trek distance: 6 km
Time Taken: 6 – 7 hours
Altitude gain: 582 meters
Trek type: The trek starts with a gradual ascent and the route turns flat at fewer places. After a boulder walk of 20 minutes followed by the river crossing, we will get to Shekwas.
Trek distance: 5 km
Time Taken: 4 hours
Altitude gain: 430 meters
Trek type: Moderate ascent over the incline meadow of Tarsar Valley. Upon reaching altitude of 3500 m the route turns flat with little incline at the end.
Trek distance: 5 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
Altitude gain: 155 meters
Trek type: Ascent trek of 1 hours to cross the ridge which parrel to Tarsar Lake followed by descent and normal Walk. Ending with a gradual climb of 1 hour.
Trek distance: 15 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Elevation Loss: 800 meters
Trek type: Gradual descent trek through the valley of Tarsar and Homwas. 20 percent of the route is little rough.
Trek distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 8 hours
Elevation Loss: 582 meters
Trek type: Descent through the rolling slopes of Lidder Valley and parallel to the Lidder river. 3 hours drive to Srinagar from Aru Village.
Being the most astonishing trek of the Indian Himalayas. The best time to do Tarsar Masar Trek is from 1 June to 15 September. Peak Sumer season is the best time to explore this part of the Himalayas. During starting June the temperate remains cold and the landscape above 3000 meters is partially covered with snow. During July the meadows get in their bloom and snow can be found in the gullies and mountain peaks. In the month of August, the weather gets dry and fewer chances of rain when compared to June and July. During September the weather remains fully dry and also there is no conjunction on the trail. So the best time to visit Tarsar Marsar Lakes is from Starting June to the end of September and also permissible by the department of Tourism Kashmir (UT) for the said season.
In the month of October the weather gets harsh and the meadows turn brown and cold winds from Dras make the region freezing. As per the protocols of the Tourism Department, the trek is permitted from June to September only. Mountain Expeditions can take place in the area by permission of IMF and UT Tourism Authorities during peak summer time only. The best time to explore the alpine lakes of Kashmir is peak summertime only. When comparing Tarsar Marsar Lake trek to Kashmir great lakes trek the Tarsar Marsar open a month earlier than KGL trek.
We welcome you to an awesome adventure with Himalayan Bird Adventures. The driver will be sent to pick you up from any of the locations in Srinagar. After meeting the trek coordinator, we will be heading to the Aru, which is 90 km away from Srinagar and takes 3 to 4 hours. The remaining time of the day will spent on acclimatization walk at the Aru Valley and end the day with the delicious meals. Aru Valley is going to be the campsite for the first day. Enjoying the time in the beautiful valley and getting ready by acclimatizing till the next morning.
On leaving the Aru Campsite 2400 m, we will be walking in the treeline with the normal walk towards Lidderwat through the banks of river Lidder. The trekking route is 12 km from Aru to Lidderwat, Most of the route is normal with very gradual gain in elevation . Lidderwat (2800 m) is the base camp for a number of multi-day and short treks like the Kolahoi Summit Trek and other alpine lakes trek. Camping at Lidderwat overnight and explore the surroundings.
Right after breaakfast at 7 in the morning, we will start a gradual ascent of 7 km from Lidderwat to Shekwas. As you go higher through the ridges and meadows of Tarsar Lake, the wider view of surrounding mountains makes the trek joyful. During the trek, you will walk parallel but opposite to the water stream which is the outflow of Tarsar Lake. Later this stream joins the Lidder river which itself is a tributary and the Jehlum river. On every step there will be the elevation gain and at this point, a little push is needed. Finally with 20 minutes of boulder walk followed by a river crossing will take you to the Shekwas campsite. The spectacular view of surrounding mountains reminds the fact that Kashmir is fully photogenic. Enjoy the tea and coffee in the evening bonfire at Shekwas campsite.
Spending the night a Shekwas verily helps trekkers to acclimatize properly. By the morning it remains a little cold but as you start walking through the route the body temperature gets warm. The total distance from Shekwas to Tarsar Lake is 3.5 km through a slope of 40 degrees angle. The surrounding meadows are been used by Gujjars and Bakerwalls to graze their herd during the peak winter season on such high altitudes. After the trek of 2 hours, a flat landscape covered with spiky peaks named locally at marg. At once a sparkling view from one of its corners takes away all your tiredness because this is the adventure experience you were looking for. Reaching Tarsar Lake is the major part of the trek, the camping will be just 200 m away from the lake.
The next part of the trek is Sundersar Lake, it takes 1 to 2 hours to cross a nearby ridge that is parallel to Lake. After a steep ascent of an hour, it’s time to descent to a flat landscape, locally called at Zagi. Shepherds and Gypgy camps can be seen in the valley with herds of sheep and goats Going through one hour of ascent, we will be on the banks of Sundersar Lake. Wildflower beds can be seen during the end of July and starting August only. After having our lunch, we will head to the next milestone which is Marsar Lake. It takes just an hour to reach the ridge from where Marsar Lake can be seen. The Lake is 1 km in the length and 500 m in width. This almond-shaped lake remains under clouds which results in a cold temperate nearby the Lake.
Now onwards on every step, we will lose the altitude. Reaching Lidderwat campsite is a little bit challenging but not difficult. The total distance of 14 km will be covered in 8 to 9 hours. While the decent there will be more pressure on the knees and on the front portion of the feet, using the two hiking poles can help to avoid much pressure. Turing left near the ridge of Tarsar Lake will bypass the lake and we reach very close to the Shekwas. The temperature remains 20 to 30 degrees Celcius during peak summertime but due to the long walk, it feels too hot. Staying hydrated is important in order to remain fit on the trek. Ending the day on the awesome campsite of Lidderwat is a relaxing moment in the lap of mountains.
Ending an awesome adventure with its never lost beautiful memories. It will be a trek of 3 to 4 hours from Lidderwat to Aru. Walking down on the rolling slopes and parallel to the flow of River Lidder. Taking packed meals on banks on river shore gives a melodious experience. Upon reaching Aru, our cabs will be ready to drop you at Srinagar.
The situation in the valley after 2016 has been improved dramatically and millions of tourists and trekkers visited the valley till now. Currently, a large number of educated youth are part of the tourism industry and are playing a good role to take this industry to a higher level. Department of Tourism Kashmir has been awarded for handling the highest number of tourists throughout the country in 2021. Talking about the Safety of the Tarsar Marsar Trek, Tarsar Marsar lakes lies in the forest block of Aru. Thousands of trekkers complete the Tarsar Marsar trek every month safe and Happily. The area is full of tourists during summers mostly and the route is busy with the trekkers, porters, mules with loads. Solo trekking could be dangerous on the trek because is a living place for a number of wild animals including Himalayan brown and black bears, leopards, and poisonous vipers.
The maximum elevation you will reach during the trek is 4000 m (13,123 foot). The trek starts from the elevation of 2433 m, the elevation of Lidderwat is 3000 m, and the Tarsar Lake is located at an altitude of 3795 m ASL. The scenic beauty of Sundersar always amazes the trekkers and is located at an elevation of 4000 m and last alpine lake is Marsar Lake located at an elevation 3870 m above sea level.
Pahalgam is an awesome tourism destination and gives birth to a number of multiday and short trekking trails. Aru Village is popular trailhead for many beautiful Treks which includes the Tarsar Marsar trek also. Getting to Tarsar Marsar from Pahalgam needs proper planning and logistics. It takes only 30 to 40 minutes to cover the distance of 12 km from Pahalgam to Aru. One must choose an adventure company if they want to do Tarsar Marsar Trek. You can join the fixed dates of different companies or can do it privately through a local operator. The trekking will start from Aru onwards. The first day of camping will be at Lidderwatt which gives another thrill to this adventure. After a gradual ascent of 6 hours, you will be at Shekwas. Next, you will see the miracle of Nature in form of Tarsar Lake.
Tarsar Marsar lakes are located in the lap of the Pir Panchal mountain Range of Lesser Himalayas. The area comes under District Anantnag of Kashmir (UT). It takes 4 to 5 hours from Srinagar to reach the trailhead of the trek which is Aru Village. The Aru is 94 km away from Srinagar and 12 km from Pahalgam. The trek is surrounded by dominating mountain peaks including Mt. Kolahoi Getting an awesome adventure experience in the wilderness of this green Himalayan region is an adventure of a lifetime.
The Tarsar Marsar Lakes trek is graded as a moderate trek when compared to other treks of the Indian Himalayas. For the beginners, it could be a little difficult trek because of their inexperience. The route of the trek contains roughness of 30 percent only. During the trek, the altitude gain takes place very gradually even the first stretch is very moderate. The total distance of the trek is 48 Km in which more than 40 percent is walking on a flat meadow and rolling slopes. The trek is one the best trek for beginners because the route of the trek doesn't require too much push and because of the gradual ascent of the trek.
The season for the Tarsar Marsar trek starts from the second week of June and still depends on the scale of snow present on the route. During the starting season, the meadows and valleys remain partially covered by snow and the temperature remains very low. During this season the traffic of trekkers remains low. Doing Tarsar Marsar in August is one of the best decisions you can make to explore the trek in an awesome way. During August the wildflowers are already covering the meadows. The landscape is fully green and very few chances of rain are in August when compared to June and July. When it comes to the best time to do Tarsar Marsar Trek it is from Starting July to the end of August. In August the scenic beauty of the trek is at its fullest with a google flow of trekkers on the trek.
Tarsar And Marsar Lakes are called twin Lakes because they look very much similar. The Marsar Lake is just a 2-hour trek away from Tarsar Lake. They are just separated by a mountain ridge at an elevation of 4000 m. The alpine lakes have been also included in the poetry of Yusuf Shah Chak. " When I remember the two tresses of the comely beloved, Tears begin to flow from my eyes like streams from Tarsar and Marsar." The outlet of Tarsar Lake is a major tributary of Lidderiver which itself is tributary of Jhelum river. There is a myth too that there were twin ghost sisters named Tarsar and Marsar and they died in 2 different nearby places where lakes are formed.
The Tarsar Marsar is trek is a total 48 km long trek. Starting the trek from Aru village of the Kashmir Valley. It takes up to 4 to 5 hours to cover the distance of 94 km from Srinagar to Aru. The first part of the adventure is through the rolling slopes and meadows of Lidder Valley. The stretch is 10 km and ends at Lidderwat, an awesome campsite covered with water, streams, and pine trees on all sides. The second stretch is to reach Shekwas which needs a little bit of push but the experience is amazing during these 7 kms. Reaching.The next part is Marar Lake which is just 1 hour away from the campsite.
Having travel insurance is an important protocol all trekkers should follow. The cost of the trek doesn’t include any sort of insurance. Trekkers/Travelers travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness, and death medical expenses including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable, and personal liability.