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Tarsar Marsar Trek

Inclusions of the trek

Overview of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Discover the breathtaking wonders of Tarsar and Marsar lakes nestled in the Pir Panjal mountain Range of the Lesser Himalayas. Surrounded by towering pinnacles at 4000 to 5000 meters above sea level, these natural marvels captivate adventurers. Embark on the Tarsar Marsar trek through Anantnag district in the Union Territory of Kashmir for an unforgettable alpine experience amidst nature's splendor. 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.

How to Reach Srinagar

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.

Short ITinerary Tarsar MArsar Trek

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.

Day 1: Srinagar - Aru campsite

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.

Day 2: Aru campsite - Lidderwat

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

Day 3: Lidderwat - Shekwas

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.

Day 4: Shekwas to Tarsar Lake

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. 

Day 5: Tarsar Lake - Sundersar

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.

Day 6: Sundersar - Lidderwat

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.

Day 7: Lidderwat - Aru - Srinagar

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.

Day 8: Buffer Day

Trek distance: 0 km 

Time Taken: 0 hours

Height lose : 000 meters


Best Time To Do Tarsar Marsar trek

Experience the unparalleled beauty of the Indian Himalayas with the Tarsar Marsar Trek, ideal from June 1st to September 15th. Peak summer unveils the region’s magnificence, with June featuring a chilly climate and partial snow cover above 3000 meters. By July, meadows burst into bloom, while August offers drier weather with fewer rain chances. September boasts dry conditions and clear trails, making it perfect for exploration. Approved by the Department of Tourism Kashmir (UT).

Cancellation Policy

  • The cancellation of any trek or tour must be notified by sending an email to  Cancellation will be accepted only by receiving an email from our official email address.
  • If the cancellation is requested 40 days before the first day of the trek, 90 percent of that amount will be refunded.
  • Cancellation requested between 40 to 30 days prior to the trek only partial refund will be provided. 
  • If cancellation is requested 30 days before the first day of the trek, in such a situation there will be only 30 percent amount refunded.
  • The decided trek fee can be changed if group size is decreased from the client end.
  • In case of any untoward situation like a natural disaster, national emergency, terrorist activity, bad weather conditions take place, we will be fully responsible to take decisions. 

Physical Fitness

  • Getting a medical certificate from a registered medical officer is must before starting your trek. If you suffer from severe lung/heart/muscle disorders or any disease that can turn fatal, You cant take part in any trek with us.
  • In case you lack the required fitness or are suffering from any disease that can turn fatal in the mountains, Himalayan Bird reserves the right to bar your participation from doing the trek without any refund/compensation.
  • Trekkers are advised to focus on physical fitness inorder to remain fit during the trek and explore better. Following endurances can help beginners and experienced trekkers to remain fit and explore better during the trek.

       Endurance Exercises:

  • Brisk walking or jogging.
  • Yard work (mowing, raking)
  • Dancing.
  • Swimming.
  • Biking.
  • Climbing stairs or hills.
  • Playing tennis or basketbal

Travel Insurance

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.

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  • Indian Tourists must provide valid identity proof in order to get enrolled for the trek permissions. A valid passport and visa for all the tourists who are from outside India.
  • Objects should be some on our email address before starting the trek.