Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

Twin lakes, Tarsar Lake and Marsar Lake are located in the Kashmir Himalayas at an elevation of 12500 feet and 13000 feet, respectively. These two similar-natured lakes are situated apart by a mountain. The location of the Tarsar Marsar lake trek is 20 km east of Kolahoi glacier. In particular, Marsar Lake is located close to Dachigam National Park. The two things that have people fascinated with this trek are the breathtaking Lidderwatt meadows and mountains.

Prepare for a relaxing experience as you move ahead on the Tarsar Marsar lake trek in the midst of nature. This is where you can experience the true heart of Kashmir, surrounded by the most breathtaking meadows and mountains. If you enjoy nature and adventure, this is your true paradise.

Highlights- Trekking by twin lakes that explore the calm side of the mighty nature in those pristine lakes is a truly unique experience. Don’t miss out on the chance to see the region’s diversity and outstanding beauty as the trek takes you through lush meadows and flower-decked rolling hills. The grassy meadows, small streams, and lofty snow-clad mountains are also highlights of this unforgettable trek.

Best Time to Visit Tarsar Marsar Lake

The months of April through September are best for the Tarsar Marsar trek. The Tarsar Marsar lake trek trail is still clear and the scenery is prettier in June Yet again June is a perfect month to trek to Tarsar Marsar.
The months of September and October are ideal for the Tarsar Marsar trek. The Kashmir valley experiences little rain during these two monsoon months, and the weather is bright and pleasant for tourists.


Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

Detailed Itinerary
  • Srinagar city is known as the Venice of the East for its unique aquatic culture. The Numerous Lakes and Rivers are all interconnected through canal ways giving rise to a unique city known for its Lavish Houseboats which are intricately designed of pine wood. You will be hosted in these houseboats which are found nowhere else, Once you Arrive you will be taken for a ride around the lake Exploring floating vegetable gardens and islands on the Dal Lake. Overnight at Houseboat.

  • Brief Overview of the Day
    • Srinagar to Aru Valley 107 km Drive
    • Trek Distance – 10 Km
    • Trek Duration – 5 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 9,150 ft
    • Night stay in tent.

    Srinagar to Aru Valley 107 km Drive from Srinagar up to Aru Valley via Pahalgam 3 hours drive.
    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 that opens up at the meadows of Lidderwat village. We will be camping near the river for the night.

  • Brief Overview of the Day

    • Trek Distance – 6.5 Km
    • Duration – 5 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 11,000 ft.
    • Night stay in tent.

    The destination for today is Shekwas. As we start walking away from the Lidder River, we will enter a pine forest that 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 and extend 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

    • Trek Distance – 5 Km.
    • Duration – 4 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 12,449 ft.
    • Night stay in camps at Tarsar Lake

    The beautiful trail to Marsar starts with the grassy meadows of Shekwas, a beautiful natural lawn. After walking on the grass for some time, 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 that 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

    • Trek Distance – 5 Km.
    • Duration – 5 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 13,000 ft.
    • Night stay in tent.

    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

    • Trek Distance – 9 Km
    • Duration – 6 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 13,400 ft.
    • Night stay in tent.

    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 Homwas. Night stay will be in camps at Homwas.

  • Brief Overview of the Day

    • Trek Distance – 13 km
    • Duration – 6 Hours
    • Aru Valley  to Srinagar 107 km Drive

    Today you take the same route that you had taken at the beginning of the trek via Lidderwat. The trail goes downhill and it is a quick descent. It will take you 2 hours from Homwas to Lidderwat. The beauty of this part of your trek is that you will get to see all of those views that you had initially missed. The shrinking Kolahoi glacier is one of these sights. You will see the pine forests of Lidderwat that you had seen on day one of your treks in a whole new light. After getting some rest at Lidderwat, you head for Aru. It is a 10 km walk from Lidderwat to Aru. This takes around 4 hours to cover. Stop for lunch en route, you are expected to reach Aru by 4 in the evening. Vehicles will be arranged from Aru to Srinagar. You will reach Srinagar between 7-8 pm and overnight stay Houseboat.

  • After breakfast at the houseboat. Our representative will drop you off at Srinagar Airport.

Your trek includes

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in tents/homestays on twin sharing basis
  • Meals – All meals from dinner at Sonamarg on Day 1 to lunch at Naranag on Day 7 are included.
  • Camping Charges (All permission and Permits)
  • Trekking Equipment – Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mattresses, Toilet Tents & Kitchen Tents.
  • Staff – Trek Leaders, Cooks, and Helpers
  • Safety equipment – First Aid Kit, Oxygen Cylinders, etc

Price Exclusions

  • Accommodation at Srinagar
  • Transportation to and fro from Srinagar – Additional ( Rs 1000 – 1200/person would be charged )
  • Offloading Charges – Rs 2000/person in case you wish to offload for the entire duration of the trek
  • Travel Insurance or any kind of insurance
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any expenses arising due to unforeseen contingencies landslides, curfew, government order, or natural disasters.
Things to Carry
  • Trekking Shoes ( Do not carry sneakers/ sports shoes. Carry shoes that has good grip and ankle support)
  • Backpack (40 -60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for a backpack is essential.
  • Daypack 20 litres: On the day of the summit, you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack.
  • Layers/Warm Clothes/Thermals
  • Trek Pants/T-shirts/Undergarments as per your convenience. Carry the actual number required and stay light Sunglasses, Suncap, sunscreen.
  • Hand gloves, socks 2 pairs and woollen socks
  • Headlamp/LED Torch is mandatory
  • Trekking Pole
  • Poncho/Raincoat
  • Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. (Mandatory)
  • Personal Medikit
  • Toiletries: moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes. One 1 litre water bottle.
  • Plastic covers: carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. Make sure you take them back and not litter the mountains.