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06-09-2024

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6 days
Availability : 12-07-2024, 26-07-2024, 09-08-2024, 23-08-2024, 06-09-2024
Pahalgam, Kashmir
Sumbal, Kashmir
Min Age : 12

Glimpse of Tarsar Marsar Trek:

Location: Kashmir, India

Duration: 6 Days/ 5 Nights

Trek gradient: Easy To Moderate

Maximum Altitude: 13,675 feet above sea level

Distance: 48 Km

Pickup/ Drop Point: Pahalgam/ Sumbal

Base camp: Aru, Kashmir

Best Season: July to mid September

Temperature: Day: 17°C – 20°C; Nights: 3°C – to -4°C

Customized fees:
Fees based on the final number of participants. Kindly contact +91-9051055011/ +91-8969336262 for the further detail before proceeding for the payment.

Overview of Tarsar Marsar Trek:

Kashmir, a “paradise on earth” not only offers mesmerizing tourists spots for the travel lovers but also hosts hidden gems away from the reach of the tourists, which remains accessible only to the trekkers. These trek trails have kept the best of Kashmir in its raw form due to inaccessibility of the motorable road. Tarsar Marsar trek is one of such breath-taking treks in Kashmir which will take you to the three alpine lakes.

The trail of the Tarsar Marsar trek lies close to the highest mountain peak of Kashmir: Kolhoi Peak (5400m).

Tarsar Marsar trek route is around the boundaries of Overa-Aru Wildlife Sanctuary and Dachigam National Park in Kashmir.

This lovely trek takes you to three alpine lakes- Tarsar, Marsar and Sundarsar.

The hallmark of the treks in Kashmir is the beautiful asbestos roofed Shepherd’s huts aligned together in the lush green meadows. These are inhabited by the Gujjars (=Shepherds) who dwell in these valleys during certain seasons before descending downhill just before the winter sets in. The trek season coincides with these season, hence offering the trekkers a picturesque landscape with sheep flocking around the trail

Anyone trekking across the trail of Tarsar Marsar would definitely fall in love with the bright green meadows, Chinar and Silver Birch tree forest, Lidder river along with various small streams.

Tarsar Marsar lakes are home to various species of migratory birds, bar headed geese, Himalayan golden eagles, Lammergeyers, high flying choughs, connamon sparrow, black bulbuls etc.

Various fauna resides in Dachigam National park. Kashmiri Hangul, Ibex, Musk deer, Himalayan brown bear, and Golden marmot are a few to name.

   

Why Tarsar Marsar Trek...?

Escape the maddening crowd in the trail as you trek through the alpine lakes: Tarsar, Marsar and Sundarsar, as it still retains the raw fragrance unlike the famous trek conquered by the trekkers from all around the country during the trek season. 

Lack of accessibility to the tourists by motorable road, Tarsar Marsar trek offers a terrain which still remains relatively untouched solely for the trekkers.

Being an easy to moderate trek, Tarsar Marsar is perfect for the beginners looking to make an entry in the community of adventurists.

Kashmir remains a safer option in terms of treks during monsoon as unlike the Himalayan treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh which are riskier during monsoon, Kashmir escapes the conventional showers due to Pir Panjal range.

You must take this trek if you dream to camp on the lake side, walking on the lush green meadows studded with the wild Himalayan flowers. 

 

Departure Location

Return Location

Pahalgam, Kashmir

Sumbal, Kashmir

Price Includes

  • TransportationDrive from Pahalgam to Aru on day 1
  • Accommodation •Camping accommodation: twin sharing in tent (Aru to Sumbal) •Camping essentials: Tents, Sleeping bags, Mattress, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent (traditional pit style)
  • Food•Meals including Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea, Dinner (Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 6) •Note: Packed lunch will be provided during the trek •Hot drinking water anytime in the camp.
  • Support staff•Guide, Group Porter, Cook, Helper
  • Rescue•1 Mule rescue (additional cost if availed) •Stretcher evacuation
  • Medical•Portable Oxygen cylinder, Pulse oximeter, BP apparatus, Infrared thermometer & Other staffs
  • Permits

Price Excludes

  • Transportation•Drive from Srinagar to Pahalgam & back from Sumbal to Srinagar.
  • Insurance
  • Mule for personal / rescue purpose will be additionally charged
  • In an event of a trekker deciding on discontinuing the trek mid-way due to any circumstance/ evacuation, he/she will be escorted till the nearest road end from where the further expenses of transportation, hotel/ hospital and food shall be managed and borne by that trekker. In such unfortunate event the trekker won’t be eligible for the refund.
  • Personal trekking gears like trekking poles, toiletry and other items mentioned later in things to carry section.
  • Any cost escalation (accommodation, food, transportation) due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, pandemic crisis, sudden government policies or regulations
  • Any expense arising out of itinerary will have to be borne by the trekker.
  • Gratuity/ Tip
  • Off loading of backpackCan be arranged on request during booking, on additional cost as per the local rate card

Advisory

  • Always carry a valid original photo ID card with you on this trek as you encounter a lot of army camps on the way.
  • Prepaid Sim does not work in Kashmir. Even for the post-paid mobile sim, the network is only till Pahalgam, that too an erratic one.
  • Electricity is available till the base camp at Aru, that too without a power backup. Hence it is advisable to carry enough batteries and powerbank for your electronic gadgets.
  • Trekking is an activity where there are more than 50% chances of facing uncertainty, as you see it’s mentioned “Tentative” itinerary. Weather conditions, wildlife movements, permission changes can often force the trek leader to change the itinerary, distance or place.
  • Throughout the trek, starting from the pick up to the drop, the final decision will be taken by the trek leader and all the trekkers will be expected to abide to the same.
  • All participants are expected to have minimum fitness, stamina and the ability to sustain harsh environments.
  • Every trekker will have to undergo a temperature and other vitals check every day.
  • Any expense arising out of itinerary will have to be borne by the Trekker.
  • Do weigh your Gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side.
Forms
  • Enrolment form
  • Medical form
  • Self-declaration form
Booking terms
Confirmation policy
  • Email on booking@meandmountain.com or WhatsApp on +91-9051055011 the following details: Name of the participant(s), Name of the event, Date of the event, Email address (Note: This is not the Enrolment form) and proceed with the online payment either via the payment link shared via WhatsApp or the payment section on the website.
  • Mode of payment: only online
  • The participants will receive the Confirmation email and Ticket via email within 48 hours.
  • Ater the confirmation, you will need to send the dully filled, signed and scanned forms (Enrolment, Medical & Self-declaration) to booking@meandmountain.com, before commencement of the expedition.
  • The forms can be downloaded from the links below or ‘FORMS’ section in the home page.
  • It is mandatory for all the participants to submit all 3 forms before the expedition, in absence of which Me and Mountain shall have a full right to deny the entry of that participant to the particular expedition.
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation done any time after the booking of the event shall be adjusted in any event later with ‘Me And Mountain Global Adventures Pvt Ltd’ only via Adjustment voucher. The Adjustment voucher will be valid for 1 year from the date of the event cancelled.
  • Refer the section on Cancellation/Refund Policy for the detail cancellation policy.
Discontinuation policy
  • In an event of a participant deciding on discontinuing the event mid-way due to any circumstance other than medical condition requiring emergency evacuation, he/she will require to do so by signing the ‘Discontinuation form’ after which he/she is set to go on own. In such situation the participant will neither be eligible for the Refund or the Adjustment voucher.
Fitness training :
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Jogging/ running
  • Free hand stretching
  • Walk daily at least 2-3km
Diet recommendation :
  • Consume less spicy diet at least 7 days prior to the trek.
Things to carry:
Clothing:
  • 3 dry-fit T-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of trek pants
  • 1 good insulated jacket- down or synthetic padded to withstand sub-zero temperature
  • 1 wind + waterproof jacket
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 set of body warmer (polyester….avoid cotton fabric)
  • Rain jacket/ poncho
  • 4-5 pairs of socks
  • Insulated gloves
  • Woollen cap/ balaclava
Footwear:
  • Medium range trekking shoes
  • Slippers/floaters
Gears:
  • Backpack- 50-60 litre with rain cover
  • Daypack- 20-30 litre with rain cover
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Cap/ hat
  • Quick dry towel
  • Trekking poles (preferably a pair)
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottle (preferably of 1 litre capacity)
Other essential items:
  • Toilet kit
  • Personal medical kit
  • Snacks for personal consumption
  • Ladies: Menstrual hygiene products with zip lock bags to carry back waste for disposal. Menstrual cups are recommended over tampons /sanitary napkins.
Tentative Itinerary
May change as per the local authority permission & availability of accommodation

Day 1 Drive from Pahalgam to Aru Valley (7958 ft), Trek from Aru valley to Lidderwat camp (9136 ft)

Drive distance: 12 Km

Drive time:  0.5 hour

Trek distance: 11 km

Trek time: 3-4 hours

The trekkers will be received in Pahalgam & escorted to aru valley from where the trekking will begin. Aru is quaint village at the banks of river Lidder & river Aru. Aru is the basecamp for two famous treks namely, Tarsar Marsar Trek and Kolahoi Glacier Trek. Lidder & Aru rivers are fed by Kolahoi glacier. Aru hosts several activities like: trout fishing in river Lidder, horse-riding to Aru Biosphere Reserve, Heliskiing during winters.

The first day of the trek is an easy one with a gradual ascent along river Lidder until one reaches a forest of conifers. A spectacular view of the entire Aru valley can be enjoyed after this ascent. Little farther and one will notice Nandekai village inhabited by Gujjars/ Shepherds. The beautiful shepherd huts and the sheep flocking on the lush green meadows are the hallmark of the treks in Kashmir. The trekkers will come across the fresh water streams from where the drinking water can be refilled. A few streams need to be crossed over the log placed over the rumbling stream. Lidderwat campsite is close to a steam.

Day 2Lidderwat (9136 ft) to Sekwass meadows (11089 ft)

Trek distance: 9 km

Trek duration: 3.5 hours

On the second day of the trek, one will have continuous ascent for the first few hours. Trek through the pine forest with occasional meadows. On this day too, the trekkers will come across fresh water streams (specifically just before Homwas). One shall be trekking across Bakharwal settlement inhabited by Gujjars. Beyond this Bakharwal, trek along a stream to reach a vast clearing, Homwas. As one treks further, a forest of silver birch (Bhoj) trees welcomes you leading into a long stretch of meadow. Yes, this is beautiful Sekwass meadow, studded with shepherd’s huts.

Day 3Sekwass meadows (11089 ft) to Tarsar lake (12500ft)

Trek distance: 7 km

Trek duration:  3.5- 4 hours

On this day the trekkers shall walk beyond the lush green meadow to reach a humpbacked hill from where the trail takes you over the ridge. You will be amazed to get a view of Tarsar lake as you trek down the smaller ridge. Today the ascent will be lengthier with a fewer water resources for drinking. Hence it is advisable to carry adequate drinking water on this day to keep yourself hydrated during the climb. One will cross a stretch of boulders to finally reach Tarsar lake. On reaching Tarsar campsite, evening will be spent exploring Tarsar lake.

Day 4Tarsar lake (12,500 ft) to Sundarsar lake (13,024 ft) via Tarsar Pass (12,960 ft)

Trek distance: 7 km

Trek duration: 3.5- 4.5 hours

One shall be crossing Tarsar pass on this day to reach from Tarsar lake to Sundarsar lake. The terrain to the pass is a steep ascent followed by a gradual descent. One descends to the Sundarsar valley where there is another settlement of Gujjars (Bakharwal). The rest of the terrain till Sundarsar lake campsite is gradual ascent. One shall cross the streams and patch or boulders to reach the second alpine lake of the trek: Sundarsar lake.  Marsar lake is at a trek of around half an hour which can be explored after an evening tea at Sundarsar campsite.

Sekwass meadow and Sundarsar valley are adjoining which offers an alternative route from Tarsar lake to Sundarsar lake. Following this alternative route, the trekkers descent from Tarsar to Sekwass meadow to trek till Sundarsar valley. This is relatively comfortable but lengthier route. Although a bit on the tougher side, by taking the trail across the pass, one saves almost 3-4 hours to reach Sundarsar lake.

Day 5Sundarsar lake (12,980 ft) to Sonmos meadows (13,675 ft)

Trek distance: 8 km

Trek duration: 3.5- 4.5  hours

There are two routes from Sundarsar lake back towards Srinagar.

One of the routes traces back to Aru via Homwas. This route doesn’t follow the exact onward route but the same landscapes can be viewed from a different angle while on the way back.

The second route leads to Sumbal, closer to Sonamarg via totally different trail from the onward route.

We take this second route to experience totally different landscape as we trek towards Sumbal via Sonmos, making this route with exit point different from the entry point. One will climb up to Sonmos pass before descending down to Sonmos campsite in a beautiful valley, with a nearby waterfall. One shall trek across a pass, a series of grasslands and various tiny streams on this day.

Day 6Sonmos (13,024 ft) to Sumbal (12,946 ft)

Drive from Sumbal to Srinagar

Trek distance: 13 km

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

Drive time: 2.5- 3 hours

The last day of the trek is a steep descent across a dense forest from Sonmos to Sumbal, lying in the Sind valley.

The trek ends at Sumbal village from where the trekkers will be hiring the cab to head back to Srinagar which is around 3 hour drive.

Reaching Pahalgam
  • Flight + Raod: Srinagar has the closest airport which is well connected to all the major cities in India. One can hire a cab from Srinagar to reach Pahalgam. Pahalgam is approx. 100 km from Srinagar which can be covered in 2.5 hours.
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  • Train + Road: Jammu Tawi is the closest railway station to Pahalgam. One can board a bus or hire a cab to Srinagar from Jammu Tawi railway station.
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