Rooms will be shared with fellow trekkers. Read my Tarsar Marsar trek blog with altitude, difficulty level and organizer.. The view of Marsar, which is eternally shrouded in clouds that scatter around, from a cliff gives it a fascinating look. The Lidderwat camping site is a dream. Sheep, horses grazed peacefully. Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,500 plus GST of 5%. But what stunned me were the flowers. The narrow valley of Lidderwat opens up to tracks of wide sweeping grasslands. Most of the things were really good and up to the mark such as food, tents, sleeping bags, trek lead and local guides. This is to accommodate any political instability that can happen anytime in Kashmir. Expect night temperatures of -3 to – 5° C at the higher campsites by the second week of September. There are two lovely routes to Pahalgam; one through Anantnag and the other through Bijbehra. We suggest the opposite. Because every step I took would crush flowers under my feet. Cost will be Rs.3,000 per cab (5-6 seater). We organize treks, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, camping and many adventure related expeditions. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones. On my left were vast grasslands, stretched out in a big oval arch. The best time to do Tarsar Marsar trek is from the beginning of July to the beginning of September. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, a passport will do. Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge. Wear one pair and carry two just in case it rains. Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable. Tarsar Marsar Trek is a stunning trek with three alpine lakes- Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundarsar which mesmerize one with their beauty. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all. Tarsar Lake Avoid fancy high grade plastic cutlery. We recommend that you book your tickets in 2 sectors, keeping Delhi as the stopover/transit. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea. Hop along the boulders, climbing rapidly for another 15 minutes, until you reach the base of a ridge that separates the meadow from the valley above it. Attend to your uneasiness and take curative measures. Sweeping mountains, great grasslands in the valleys and an undulating landscape that can only be made by a divine source. It is a descent and goes via Lidderwat to Aru. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport. 5 hours, 5 km trek, Day 6: Visit Marsar (13,201 ft), go to Homwas (11,500 ft); After much research and consultation, we have come up with a 31 point safety check. The folds lead to enticing snow-laden flanks of mountain sides. Climb over the boulders and trace a path towards the pass. Ten minutes later, the trail magically hops over landscaped grassy mounds to land on the lovely shores of the lake of Sundarsar. It is another hour’s journey to Lidderwat from the bridge. The best part is, these meadows are densely dotted with so many wildflowers! All three lakes are unmatched in their beauty and are unique in their own ways. Take half a tablet twice a day from one day before your trek. As you would be aware that we were originally to go to Tarsar Marsar but it was raining very heavily at our lidderwat camp site and the route to Tarsar was diverted to Satlanjan from where we visited Hindalsar and bikewas lakes. Apart from two sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Click here to read about Sandhya’s first hand experience of suffering from AMS on her 28th high altitude trek. Day 2: Trek from Aru (7,958 ft) to Lidderwat (9,131 ft); 6 hours, 10 km trek, Day 3: Lidderwat (9,131 ft) to Shekwas (11,039 ft); 5 hours, 5.6 km trek, Day 4: Shekwas (11,039 ft) to Tarsar (12,449 ft);4 hours, 5 km trek, Day 5: Tarsar (12,449 ft) to Sundersar (12,946 ft); 5 hours, 5 km trek, Day 6: Visit Marsar (13,201 ft), go to Homwas (11,500 ft); 7 hours, 9 km trek. I think the best photos of the lake come from this section. This is faster than coming by cabs directly to Srinagar. But take this option only if you are pressed for time because it is expensive. The blue Lidder flowed next to me. Not by a lot, but surely by a wee bit. I loved the intimacy of the lakes on this trek that I didn’t get on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. The lake is separated by a mountain with a minimum peak elevation of 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) from another lake of the same nature known as Tarsar Lake. It has clean rooms with good amenities. I had booked a late  flight and consequently missed the slot for crossing the checkpost at Pahalgam,. The cancellation process will be initiated only after receiving a cancellation mail from your end. Backpacks are your life. Daily meals (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner). If your trek start day is 24 July, book your air tickets for 23 July to either Srinagar. | Cotton or Synthetic? The whole team was very understanding and patient. This keeps them from getting wet. The lake is one of the several lakes dotting the Aru valley and is famous for its scenic beauty. The camp sites at Lidderwat, by the side of Tarsar and Sundersar gave stunning views of the lake. The base camp of Tarsar Marsar trek is Aru, a picturesque hamlet situated 12 km from Pahalgam. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well. To reach Tarsar Marsar trek, you first need to reach Srinagar. You do not have to pay us for this. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes. Attend to your uneasiness and take curative measures. The trail is tricky with some gradient. On the Tarsar Marsar trek you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles. It is a short one, but can get tricky if you are descending during the rains. Wearing good quality trekking shoes with a great grip really helps here. Follow the trail that climbs past the stream running down the slope. Day 1: Start drive from Srinagar to Aru at 2.30 pm One reaches Marsar Lake, a twin-sister of Tarsar Lake. (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid day when you are in the middle of your trek. Best Time To Do The Tarsar Marsar Trek. The trek offers Bakerwal shelters, meadows, many water streams where you can refill your water bottles. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/3RcnUbdXxFXRheSX9. Behind the shelter, the trail climbs over a short stretch of boulders to tap a knoll. At altitudes above 10,000 ft, the chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness cannot be ruled out. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Next to the river are grassy glades where the trail runs. Enquire about this with the driver. | Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. There are two ways to get to the TRC. This risk can be avoided by going on a course of Diamox. Tarsar Marsar Trek is a moderate level trek i.e. We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Descend from the pass on the shepherds’ trail that leads to the bottom of the valley. When you are deep into the trek — say at Sundarsar —  you easily take a day to reach the Aru exit. | Tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack to prevent them from getting wet. Vehicles will be arranged from Aru to Srinagar. Past Shekwas, the trail again snakes its way through grass for a long while. | Rental: High grade ponchos are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. 3. Rushing down the valley that leads to Marsar, huge columns of clouds rolled in towards Marsar. I must say, if you are a traveller who loves to gain different perspectives about the landscapes, people and culture, must take a tour to Kashmir valley with this young and passionate team of Cliffhangers India. Moderate treks may have steep ascents and descents. • Trekking shoes vs sports shoes. The trail tops a few false ridges, each opening up to different wondrous sceneries.Two hours later, the trail finally gives you a narrow glimpse of Tarsar. We found the Bijbehra route a notch more scenic because of the apple and apricot orchards on the way. High grade ponchos are available on rent on. Tarsar Marsar Trek is arguably one of the best treks in India. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. It makes one forget about the world and its tantrums and takes one into the world of serenity and calmness. While AMS can be treated with rest and medicines for the most part, the symptoms must be recognised before it can go to advanced stages – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). It will take 4-5 working days. Before reaching and camping near Tarsar Lake, one has to ford a stream strewn with boulders and rocks. –>Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in less than 37 mins. You can travel from Railway station to the bus stand. Required fields are marked *. We went to Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with Cliffhangers India. Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain. As I passed by I caressed some of the sheep and they didn’t move an inch. Topping the ridge is another moment for the poets. ”. It was like a wide highway of grass with trees on either side. The water of the lake is turquoise blue which is a delight to behold. Prepaid SIM cards do not work in Kashmir, only post paid. There are two parallel routes, moving on either sides of the Lidder river. Expect cloud cover or rain to decrease this range by  4 or 5° C. Nights tend to be balmy around 1 – 3° C until the Shekwas camp. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack. It costs Rs 3,000 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers) You will reach Aru by 4 pm. Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, and Bottled Water etc. September sees temperatures dipping by 3 – 4° C every week. Tarsar and Sundarsar camps see frost forming on the grass by morning indicating that the lows might have briefly touched zero or slightly lower. The highest altitude you reach on this trek is 16,200 ft. At these altitudes it can get freezing cold even in the middle of summer. Srinagar Airport to Srinagar TRC buses are not reliable. All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. Plus three beautiful lakes, where you camp next to two of them! However, Tarsar Marsar Trek is a journey where alpine lakes take on a life of their own. To reach Tarsar Marsar trek you need to travel around 100 km towards south from Srinagar, going to Pahalgam. Hotel Shefaf is close to the pickup location. Expect night temperatures of -3 to – 5° C at the higher campsites by the second week of September. It costs Rs 3,000 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers) You will reach Aru by 4 pm. They are closely packed and come one after another. Snow over the boulders can make the approach tricky. Talk to your cab driver or locals to figure this one out. After mid-July, Tarsar Marsar trek starts revealing itself in full glory. A clear stream runs through the heart of the village. It takes about 3 hours to get there. We almost never cancel our treks. Day 0: Book your air ticket to Srinagar. It’s important because you consistently trek above 10,000 ft for four days. It also contains paracetamol. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. Can be used on any Indiahikes trek. Do not plan any travel out of Srinagar on Day 7 whether it is by road or flight. This is the route through Bijbehra. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles. The third day of the trek takes us near Tarsar Lake, an almond-shaped alpine lake. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge. The trek begins from Aru. This buffer day depends completely on the situation in Kashmir. That means, on average, you cover 8 km every day. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent). If there is a medical emergency and you need to be evacuated, descending to Aru or Homwas, depending on where you are on the trek, are the only options. It is about 20 mins by auto. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Wearing good quality trekking shoes with a great grip really helps here. | Rental: Imported side-locking trekking poles are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Choose a transport to reach Pahalgam. Go to Banihal and catch a train to Srinagar (Naogaon) (Reaching Banihal will be again via shared cabs, cost Rs 500 to Rs 700), Auto from Sringara Railway station to Dal Gate, around Rs 150 to Rs 200, Go to Srinagar (Naogaon) and catch a train to Banihal, From Banihal, you can take a shared cab to Jammu bus stand or Railway station. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic. On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed. If you’re staying overnight at Srinagar, stay in touristy areas like Dal Lake or Lal Chowk. The Tarsar Marsar trek is a quite popular route that begins at Srinagar and packs adventure and thrill in the perfect proportions. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.). Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights 6th to 12th July 2020. Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears. | Tip: Shared cabs are more from the Jammu ISBT compared to the Railway Station. Highly recommended!! Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. If your trek start day is 24 July, book your air tickets for 23 July to either Srinagar. Apart from AMS, be careful during the steep descent from the Tarsar pass. The Tarsar Marsar Trek in Kashmir is easily the prettiest trek in India. If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors. This is a legal requirement. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). All images are copyrighted by their respective authors. I was right on the edge of the shores of the Tarsar and Sundarsar, my tent on the grassy glades of these lakes, watching the dark blue aquamarine waters being fed by snow patches. : On the Tarsar Marsar trek you go up to an altitude of 13,201 ft. You will be trekking and camping at altitudes above 10,000 ft on four days. The stay on all other days are in tents (3 per tent). We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required. –>Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in less than 37 mins. Then I climbed into one of the loveliest coniferous forests, tunneling through to get into pretty grasslands on the other side. On my left were vast grasslands, stretched out in a big oval arch. The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable. However, there will be. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader. For those on the Tarsar trail, Shekwas is a logical and extremely pretty camping ground. If you are trekking with Indiahikes, do not administer these to anyone without consulting your Trek Leader. The lake is overlooked by mighty mountain peaks like Kolahoi peak. — Get a full refund minus 4% transaction charges. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you. Honestly, Tarsar Marsar trek, which climbs to 13,201 ft, is not really difficult. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. The cost will be around Rs 500 to Rs 700. is close to the pickup location. Do not get them. Head back the way you came up to Marsar and get back to Sundarsar in about 40 minutes of descent. Finally, I climbed a hump getting into the grand clearings of Lidderwat. July and August are not the traditional rainy months in Kashmir. Tarsar Marsar Trek is a low altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 13205 feet The Starting trail is easy to moderate as compared to other treks this is a Moderate trek. The Tarsar Lake is accessible only during the summer preferably from June to Mid September; during the winter, the treks are closed because of the heavy snowfall. , a picturesque hamlet situated 12 km from Pahalgam. Yes, it is safe to trek in Kashmir. 20 minutes later, a wide fork in the trail under a giant fir tree signals the diversion to Nandkei. Glades of Aru – The Base of the Tarsar Marsar trek. You have two options – shared cabs or private cabs. In these two monsoon months, there is little rainfall in the Kashmir valley and the weather remains clear and tourist-friendly. You get them an hour or so before you reach Sundarsar. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. This makes it a notch more difficult than the easy-moderate treks like Kedarkantha and Dayara Bugyal. A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. The Tarsar Marsar trek takes you right to the heart of Kashmir. In COVID times, our attention to safety has been significantly amplified. • How to manage sanitary waste on a trek. After you get to TRC, the next step is to begin your journey to Aru. ? In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. | Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. But there are certain fears and misconceptions around trekking in Kashmir. Trekking in Kashmir is very different from trekking anywhere else in our country. That’s because of the Pir Panjal range which prevents most rain clouds from reaching the Kashmir valley. To get a clear picture, imagine covering a total of 47.6 km in 6 days. | Rental: We have the Trek series and the MH series by Decathlon available on rent from the Indiahikes store. Hi Manish, depending on the situation in Kashmir next year we will decide when to open batches. - experiencing the white out and hailstorm This delight of nature takes about half hour to cross. You will have to take a cab or autos to reach the pickup  location. You will reach Aru by 4 pm. Start gathering these accessories first. Apart from these three lakes, one will find it full of exquisite meadows of Kashmir, splendid Chinar tree forest and Lidder river, a … The dorm room cost at around Rs 800 to Rs 1000. –>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin. It is a 10 km walk from Lidderwat to Aru. Tarsar Marsar trek package is worth taking as Tarsar Marsar trek is one of the paradises amongst other treks in India. They call it as “. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. And the trail is carpeted with bright green meadows, which are in contrast with the rugged, grey mountains rising at the fringes. The same day we drive to Srinagar for an overnight stay. There are airport buses every half an hour which take you to TRC. It has a gradual ascnet for about 2 hours with few flat surface trails. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. There are three life-saving medicines that we suggest you always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine. These can go upto 14,000 ft or higher and trekking hours can go upto 6 hours everyday. Doctors do not go along with a team. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes. It is unmatched in scenic beauty and serenity in its ambiance. Even the anticipation of your walk on the valley floor is enough to set the heart racing. Medical Emergencies can strike on any trek. On your drive to Aru, be mindful of where you are going, how you are traveling and if your mode of transport is reliable. This trek provides travelers with a refreshing experience! Tarsar Marsar  is a very high altitude trek. turquoise blue which is a delight to behold. Kashmir receives only mild rainfall in the months of July and August. It is a delight that you will rarely come across. Or the secluded nature of these campsites (a Godsend in today’s trekking scenario!). So, it’s doable. I timed it right twice, an hour after sunrise, to see something spectacular. That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. I remember, we started the first day outside the pretty village of Aru, which till date is the prettiest mountain village I have stayed in. Watch the below video to understand the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A wide brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way. The route to Aru goes via Pahalgam. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Briefly, the trail hangs over similar well-laid boulders over the stream. They do not start until they are half full. There were times when I had to get down to the Lidder — its waters swishing around my ankles. Tarsar Marsar Trek is arguably one of the best treks in India. But even if we look at just one season, Tarsar Marsar trek changes appearance and colour throughout the three months – July, August and September. At Sundarsar campsite, you have breakfast and start from Homwas. The saying that mountains call us to lose our mind and find our soul is absolutely apt. Today, after a 3.5 hour drive from Srinagar you reach Aru by 6.30 pm. Do not get a woollen cap that only covers your head. These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. : If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. You are expected to reach Srinagar by 8.00 pm. The arrangements were fantastic with great people to guide. Carry stainless steel cutlery. Understanding these requirements of mine, Cliffhangers India offered me the trail. Most trekkers descend down from Tarsar, until Shekwas, turn left and get into the Sundarsar valley. It leaves the river below and climbs very quickly into the pine forest above you. Your stay in a homestay at Aru. Option 1: They charge Rs 80 per ticket to Srinagar TRC – Tourist Reception Centre bus stop. I timed it right twice, an hour after sunrise, to see something spectacular. We organise transport at 12 pm from Sheikh Feroze Tours & Travels, Sathu Barbara Shah Chowk, Srinagar. Plus some bonus sightseeing. Taxis are available from the airport to Sheikh Feroz tours and cost Rs 800 for a 5-6 seater vehicle. They also increase your walking pace. Sure you carry essentials like water bottles to keep warm and snug in the airport original and of. 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