The aim of Tarsar-Marsar Trek expedition is to trek from Sumbal in Sind Valley to Aru in Lidder Valley over Sonmasti Pass. The Tarsar-Marsar as the name suggests treks to the twin lakes of Tarsar and Marsar separated by a mountain close to the highest mountain peak of Kashmir Kolhoi Peak (5400M). It crosses streams, plenty of colorful meadows.
Though trekking in Kashmir is not newest still this expedition is no walk in the park. Arduous days, steep and rocky passes and altitudes approaching 4200m all collide to create a challenging trek in one of the most beautiful and serene Himalayas of Kashmir.
8Days / 9Nights
May – October
Group Size 2
price per person @ INR 19900
Group Size 3-5
price per person @ INR 17200
Group Size above 6
price per person @ INR 16400
All road transport by private ac cars (airport transfers/ from Srinagar to base camp and back).
Arrival/ departure 2 nights Deluxe Houseboat or Hotel accommodation in Srinagar (full board), unless specified.
After breakfast at houseboat. From Srinagar, we drive to Sumbal in the Sind valley, taking Srinagar-Leh highway through the villages of Ganderbal. We pack or load on horses and start trek through pine forests. We pitch our tents at Sonmasti for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Sonmasti – Marsar – Sundersar (5 hours trek)
Start trekking through the barren landscapes of Marsar valley after crossing a mountain pass of 4000m we camp at Sundersar for an overnight stay.
Day 4:Sundersar – Tarsar Lake (4 hours trek)
Early in the morning opportunity we head towards Tarsar Lake Srinagar, cross a pass of 4000 mtrs and descend continue trekking under the towering heights of Kolahoi Mountain and finally we reach Tarsar Lake; an almond shaped crystal clear lake surrounded by alpine flowers of every kind. We pitch our tents for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Tarsar – Shekwas (5 hours trek)
Start trekking down following a stream valley through meadows we camp at Shekwas the land of shepherds for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Shekwas – Lidderwat (5 hours trek)
Steady descend walk following the same stream valley we camp at Lidderwat the namesake for Lidder river here is a confluence of two streams. Overnight Stay.
Day 6: Lidderwat – Aru (4 hours trek) – Srinagar (3 hours drive)
On this day we trek down to a beautiful Aru valley and take our car back to Srinagar through Pahalgam. In a 3 hours drive, we reach our houseboat for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Departure day. Drop at airport
Our representative will drop you at the airport for departure.
Things to carry
50-60ltr Backpack with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and backpack cover (line the bag with polythene)
Waterproof Trekking shoes –Mandatory high ankle with good grips
2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants (Do not bring shorts, tight jeans, Capri’s)
T-shirts – 4 full sleeve
1 Fleece jacket will be a good idea; a woolen sweater would be an alternative
1 Heavy jacket
4 pairs of cotton socks and 4 pairs of woollen socks
Sun protection cream
Woolen cap/ Balaclava
Sunglasses – Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected
2 Water bottle- one litre each
Lip Balm/ cold cream
Toilet kit/ Toilet Paper/wipes
Quick dry Towel- It should be light/thin
Personal Medical Kit
Walking Stick – Mandatory (At least one)
Other suggested items are:
1.Dark glasses (the sun is very strong)
3.A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g. passport (data and visa pages)
4.Personal medicine kit covering minor issues – head ache, stomach ache, sprain, band aid, cold & cough, fever