The two stunning lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, situated in the Pir Panchal Mountain range of the lesser Himalayas are a sight to behold. Surrounded by towering peaks reaching up to 4,000-5,000 meters in altitude, the trek from Srinagar to Aru Village covers 94km. The starting point of the trek, Aru is situated at 2,433m. The first 10km from Aru to Lidderwat is the easiest section of the trek. From Lidderwat, you can make your way to Tarsar lake, which is located at 3,795m above sea level.
The Landscape of Tarsar Marsar Trek
You will experience the wonders of nature throughout the 7-day journey, with lush meadows, cascading waterfalls, snow-fed rivers, snow-covered mountains, tall pines, the lifestyle of gypsies, wildflowers, valleys, and breathtaking views of Lesser Himalayas, Including the highest peak in Kashmir, Mount Kolahoi(5425 m). The Tarsar Marsar trek is the only one listed in the Lonely Planet Guide to Indian Himalayas. It is a beautiful trek through the majestic mountains of Kashmir, and an adventure you won’t want to miss. This is a must-do trek in the Himalayas.
Best time to do Tarsar Marsar Trek
The most remarkable journey in the Indian Himalayas, Tarsar Marsar Trek, is best done between June and September. In the early days of June, the temperature is chilly, and snow blankets the higher elevations. July brings lush meadows and snow can be seen in the valleys and on the higher peaks. August is typically dry, with a lower chance of rain than June and July. Finally, September is typically dry and presents no difficulty on the trial.
In October the weather becomes very cold and the meadows turn as the chilly winds from Dras blow across the region. According to the tourism Department, trekking is only allowed from June to September. However, if the IMF and UT tourism Authorities give permission, mountain expeditions can be conducted in the peak summer months. Therefore, the best time to explore the alpine lakes of Kashmir is during the peak of summer. Compared to the Kashmir Great lakes trek, the Tarsar Marsar Lake trek can be done a month earlier.
Is Tarsar Marsar Safe?
Since 2016, the valley has seen a dramatic improvement, leading to millions of tourists and trekkers visiting the area. This growth has been supported by an influx of educated youth becoming involved in the tourism industry, and the Department of Tourism Kashmir being awarded for handling the highest number of tourists in 2021. As for the safety of the Tarsar Marsar Trek, the area is full of visitors during the summer months and the route is usually busy with trekkers, porters, and mules carrying loads. While solo trekking is possible, it is not recommended as the area is populated by dangerous wildlife like brown and black bears, leopards, and venomous vipers.
Tarsar Marsar Trek Package
The Tarsar Marsar Trek package offers everything necessary for the trek. It includes camping equipment, climbing tools, all meals, first-aid supplies, permits, and more. The cost for the trek is 11999/, including all necessary basics. For groups of three or more, there is a discount available from budget and luxury travelers.
Be prepared to embark on an amazing journey on the Tarsar Marsar Trek. Enjoy a stunning view of lush meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, traverse a swiftly flowing river with a bridge of wooden logs, meet some of the warmest people you will ever come across, witness a river merging with a rushing glacier before reaching civilization, take a run with a huge flock of sheep, wake up to an awe-inspiring sight every morning, and explore a picturesque lake tucked away amid rugged mountains. This trek provides you with a unique opportunity to experience the raw beauty of Kashmir and appreciate the true joys of the simplest things. Cliffhangers India is here to provide you with complete guidance on trekking in Kashmir. You can visit our official page for details about the complete itinerary of the Tarsar Marsar Lakes Trek.
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