The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek in Kashmir encompasses a journey of two beautiful lakes surrounded by the peaks of the Kolahi Mountains. The twin lakes, which flow in opposite directions, are separated by a mountain and known for their almond shape. What makes this trek special is its breathtaking beauty and serenity.
The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek is a week long experience spanning six nights and seven days. The trek will go up to a height of 4,100 metres. It will certainly be an enjoyable experience for those fond of trekking and communing with nature.
Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek – Brief Itinerary
Day 1 –Srinagar to Aru Valley
Day 2 – Aru Valley to Lidderwat
Day 3 – Lidderwat Valley to Seikiwais
Day 4 – Seikiwais to Tarsar Lake
Day 5 – Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake
Day 6 – Tarsar to Sonamous
Day 7 – Sonamous to Sumbal Village
TREK DURATION: 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
What’s Included :-
Accommodation (Camping & Hotel Stay)
Meals while on trek(Veg)
Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.
Early booking Cost Per Person: INR 11950 + 4.5% service tax
Detailed Itinerary – Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek
Day 1: Srinagar to Aru Valley
Arrive early at the Srinagar station. We will use the vehicles to embark on the first part of our journey. We then begin our three – hour drive from Srinagar to Aru Valley. Aru Valley is the first camp in our trek. On reaching there, we will set camp for the night.
Day 2 : Aru Valley to Lidderwat
We will proceed from the Aru Valley on foot along a trail that follows alongside the River Lidder and opens into the lush green meadows of the Lidderwat Valley. It is an excellent campsite for overnight camping. Here we shall spend six to seven hours soaking in the greenery. Since we have so much time at our disposal, we can even set up a campfire in the later hours of the evening.
Day 3 : Lidderwat Valley to Seikiwais
Today’s climb is a steep one involving a lot of ascending. We first head to Hamwais, where we will cross the river. While crossing, we will battle another steep ascent to reach Seikiwais – a beautiful meadow base-camp. The track has numerous clear streams providing drinking water. The Seikiwais is one of the best campsites of the entire trek. Here we will have a relaxed night after the long, stressful climb.
Day 4 : Seikiwais to Tarsar Lake
Once again, we ascend to reach the Tarsar Lake. The view along the way is beautiful, full of numerous wild flowers. We will stop here for three to four hours to relax in the shade of the surrounding Alpine tress and breathe in some of those heady fragrances.
Day 5 : Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake
A steep walk alongside the Tarsar Lake will lead you to the Marsar Lake. Here we will enjoy watching the nature and listening to the melodious chirping of birds. After taking a dip in the fresh water, we will head back to the Tarsar Campsite. Camping alongside this lake is a beautiful experience.
Day 6 :Tarsar Lake to Sonamous
Today we trek along a steep goat track to reach the Zazmarg Valley. This valley is surrounded by mountains and scenic beauty. On reaching the top of the Sonamous, you can feast your eyes on a breathtaking view. Then, a steep descent of about an hour will take you to the Sonamous Namdas village, which will be our last camp on Tarsar Marsar trek.
Day 7 : Sonamous to Sumbal Village
On our last day of the trip, we will head out from Sonamous and move toward Sumbal, where a steep six-hour descent will bring us into the midst of the mesmerizing Sumbal village. This is where Tasrsar Marsar trek ends and after spending a few hours here, we head back to Srinagar.
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Trek in Himalayas isn’t just a leisure pursuit simply to escape the hustle & bustle of our polluted cities. It is the way we get connected to our motherland.
Trekking in Himalayas isn’t just a leisure pursuit simply to escape the hustle & bustle of our polluted cities. Trekking is a way to get connected with Mother Nature. While this is something many of us may understand, we have a responsibility to pass down the love of nature to future generations. Trekking isn’t just about getting out into the woods, it is about learning how to deal with different situations and adapting to them. Trekking lets us grow as individuals, and the best classroom in the world can be a trekking trail in the Himalayas. In our experience we have seen whoever comes to trek in Himalayas becomes caring, calm and much relaxed person. This is where you should take your children early in their life to teach them some valuable life lessons.
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During Trekking you will discover that there are better things in world then TV and Video Games
In our fast paced urban life we hardly find any time to go out and play and watching TV and playing video games has become our only past time which is dangerous to our mental as well as physical health. Going on a trekking trip to himalayas gives you fresh air, better smells, better light and no mobile networks makes sure that you are totally connected to yourself.
Life is full of crests and troughs and both are equally important
If you ask any trekker they will have great a appreciation for life. Trekking in Himalayas shows the different aspects of life which we normal don’t see in our urban life. Trekking and experiencing nature lets us see the true circle of life.
We need to Protect the Environment
After your trekking trip to Himalayas you will come to know How fragile our environment is and we need to protect it for our future. Seeing gushing rivers and waterfalls will urge you to save them them.
Water is Important
Trekking will you the importance of fresh water when you can only drink what you carry in your bottle, one really develop the understanding of importance of water. Selection of camping site highly depends on water source. You need to plan according to the availability of water along the trekking trail. All these things makes you realize the importance of water.
There are Other ways to Get High !!
Trekkers do drink and do other stuffs to get high but when they are on trekking trip they are already high by the sheer thrills of walking in woods or crossing rivers bare foot and they less likely to demand for any other things to get high.
You Have To Leave Your Comfort Zone To Get Better Things
Leaving your comfort zone and being uncomfortable for some time is always rewarding. Pushing your body limit to reach at new Lake, Peak or any high altitude pass will give you a feeling which cannot be describe in words.
Hard Work Usually pay Off
Struggling along a trekking trail for hours at a time can be exhausting and frustrating, but many trekkers get a rush of adrenaline from reaching their destination. Yes, legs might be sore or tired and sweat might be dripping off your face, but completing a goal is a great thing to accomplish.
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What it Takes to Trek the Himalayas?
When you think of your first trek in the himalayas you are all excited, whatever you do be it eat, sleep, work or dream you are always thinking about your coming super adventure of Trek the Himalayas. There is nothing wrong in it all trekker or adventurers are like this they are different.
Holidays during your Trek in the Himalayas are different they provide you an opportunities to have more fun and learning in outdoors and beutiful Himalayas at the backdrop.
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1. Watching extreme sports videos and photos on the internet makes you want to have your own epic video or photo but your photos or videos never turn out like those.
2. You save your money for an expensive trek in the Himalayas while your friends pay the same amount to stay in five star resorts in Goa.
3. You were on a shopping blitzkrieg for your trek in the Himalayas but after the trek you realized that most of the items weren’t that useful.
4.You got a DSLR or GoPro to look extreme, but after your first trek in the Himalayas you never have the courage to carry that extra load.
5. You feel obligated to take the most difficult route to be different from the others or else people won’t take you as seriously.
6. You are far peppier at the beginning of a trek than you are just one kilometers in.
7. You’re starving, you want Dominos but when you open your backpack you only find Paranthas and a boiled egg.
8. I did great on the entire trek in the Himalayas except getting into the bloody sleeping bag
9. You hear the same reply from your Guide no matter when you ask him “Bas Thoda sa aur and we will reach our camp”
The Himalayas is divided into five regions i.e. Punjab Himalayas, Kumaon Himalayas, Nepal Himalayas and Assam Himalayas. Himalayas are home to various snow capped peaks, here is the list of some of the highest peak of Uttarakhand.
Most famous Himalayan Peaks in Uttarakhand
1. Nanda Devi (7816 m, 25,636 ft)
Nanda Devi is the highest peak wholly in India lies in Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Nanda Devi is a two peak massif forming a 2 kms long east west ridge. Nanda Devi main is higher and together these peaks are referred as twin peaks of goddess Nanda. Nanda Devi is known for its steep rise from the local terrain, it rises over 3300 m from its base on the south Nanda Devi glaciers. Renowned mountaineer Mr. Kushang Sherpa of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute describes it as the toughest peak to climb in the world.
2. Chaukhamba (7138 m, 23412 ft)
Chaukhamba meaning four pillars is the highest mountain massif in the Gangotri group of Himalayas of the Western Garhwal. The four peaks have heights of respectively 7138 7088 6995 and 6854m. On the western slopes lies the head the Gangotri glacier. The Gangotri glacier gives rise to the Bhagirathi, one of the two main sources of the holy river Ganga.
3.Trishul (7120 m, 23353 ft)
Trishul massif is a group of three Himalayan mountain peaks which takes the shape of a trident. Trishul Mountain lies in northern Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in Bageshwar district and is best viewed from Kausani or during the Roopkund Trek from Bedini Bugyal.
4. Satopanth (7075 m, 23206 ft)
Satopanth is formed from two Sat means Truth and Panth means path, so Satopanth means Path of Truth. Mt. Satopanth situated in Garwhal Himalaya and second highest peak in the Gangotri Group of Garwhal Himalaya range separating the Gangotri and Chaturangi glaciers. Mt. Satopanth is quite famous among those who want to move to next level of Mountaineering as their first climbing peak.
5. Kedarnath (6962 m,22835 ft)
Mount Kedarnath is a part of Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalaya in Uttarakhand. Mount Kedarnath has a sub peak called Kedarnath dome and they both were first climbed together, in 1947, by a Swiss team led by André Roch.
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6. Panchachuli Peaks (6905 m, 22649 ft)
Panchachuli lies in eastern Kumaon Himalayas in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. It is believed that this is the place ‘Five Chulis’ (cooking hearths) where the Pandavas cooked their last meal on the way to heaven. They are majestic and form a famous barrier between Darma and Gauri Valleys. Panchachuli base camp trekking route is one of the exciting basecamp trekking.
7. Thalaysagar (6904 m, 22645 ft)
Mountain Thalay Sagar is located just north of Gangotri in Western Garhwal Himalayas. It is one of the most difficult mountains in the Garhwal with no easy ascent route and to be considered as the test piece of contemporary mountaineering. In 2008 the first successful Indian ascent was accomplished by Mr. Basanta Singha Roy the famous mountaineer (He is a banker works with Panjab National Bank) from West Bengal.
8. Changabang (6866 m, 22520 ft)
Changabang peak is part of the Garhwal Himalaya of Uttarakhand and it is part of a group of peaks that form the northeast wall of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Changbang is particularly is a rocky and steep peak in Garhwal Himalayas and considered as tougher climbs though having a lower altitude than other peaks in the vicinity.
Photo Credi: Doug Scott
9. Nanda Kot (6861 m, 22504 ft)
Nanda Kot peak lies in Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand just outside of the ring of peaks enclosing the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The name Nanda Kot literally means “Nanda’s Fortress” and refers to the abode of one of the sacred forms of the Hindu Goddess Parvati.
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10.Bhagirathi (6856 m, 22487 ft)
The highest peak of the Bhagirathi Group forms a complex and topographically complicated massif. Mount Bhagirathi has three major peaks. It stands at and dominates the end of the valley leading up to Gaumukh which is the end of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the river Ganga. The upper part of the river Ganga is also called Bhagirathi, and both the mountain and the river are named after King Bhagirath.