Introduction

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 but 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.

  • Duration

    7N8D

  • Best Time

    June-September

  • Highest Altitude

    4080 Meters

  • Group Size

    2-16

  • Special Discount

    Group Size Above 3

  • Price

    INR 21900

Inclusions

What’s included in the Price?

  • 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.
  • 5 nights tented accommodation (full-board) mountain camps.
  • All trekking gear including tents, sleeping bags, mats, blankets, trekking poles.
  • English Speaking Kashmiri Local Guide and a Cook.
  • All cooking utensils including cooking LPG stove.
  • Horses to carry backpack (except day sack), group equipment (tents/ stoves/ fuel) to the higher camps.
  • Meal plan: All meals included (vegetarian meals including eggs and cheese, unless specified.
  • Trek/ Wildlife Permits.
  • First Aid.

Exclusions

What’s not included in the Price?

  • International or domestic flights
  • Visa.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Any medical costs incurred by you, or costs associated with a medical incident, such as your evacuation from the mountain and/ or hospitalization (for which you should have travel insurance).
  • Optional trips or excursions.
  • Tips for local staff and guides.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival. Reception at Srinagar airport.
On arrival at Srinagar , you will be met by our representative at the airport and transfer you to the houseboat. During which you will have the oppurtunity to see around Srinagar. Overnight stay.

Day 2: Srinagar – Sumbal (3 hours drive) – Sonmasti (5 hours trek).
After breakfast at houseboat 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 we head towards Tarsar Lake steep ascend 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Departure day. Drop at airport. Our representative will drop you at airport for departure.

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What to Carry?

The trek is supported by horses. You will need to carry only a light sack, weighing about 4-6kg for your personal items like passport, money and camera gear. The following is a list of the items you should carry on the trek. If you have items which can not be used on the trek, you can store them at our houseboat or at our office and take them back after returning from the trek.

  • Duffel Bag 60 liters
  • One Pair Trekking Shoes
  • One Pair Trail Approach Shoes
  • Trekking Pants
  • Hooded Rain Jacket
  • Shade Hat
  • One Pair Sunglasses
  • One Pair Liner Gloves
  • Small Size Day-Pack
  • Two Pair Trekking Socks
  • One Pair Sandals
  • Extra Warm Clothes
  • Warm Hooded Down Jacket
  • Sunscreen Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Any Personal Medication

Fitness

Kashmir Treks are achievable by anyone with a healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness. Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. As a team member, you should have an adventurous and robust spirit. The biggest challenge on this expedition will be the many consecutive days of challenging trekking across alpine terrain, much of which at altitudes of above 3000m.

Minimum fitness requirements

  • Trek: up to 16km per day.
  • Daily activity: up to 7 hours’ trekking per day.
  • Carry: up to 5kg in a day sack.
  • Terrain: remote, uneven, snowy, icy, rocky, sometimes exposed terrain at up to 4200m.
  • Climate: Can be sunny in valleys and cold and windy at altitude. Averages are 3000m, 5 to 20C.
  • Swim: not required though there will be river crossings to make.

Preparations

Plan Your Trek

While planning your trek, as a beginner keep the following points in consideration:-

  • you feel fit enough to trek for hours.
  • you walk two or three kilometers daily.
  • you don’t have any breathing problem.
  • you are not scared of heights.
  • get advice from your doctor.
  • or chose trekking for few days instead.

Join Our Short Trekking Courses

The aim of our trekking courses is to make you familiar with the basics of trekking, adjust yourself with the climate and prepare you to ascend the altitude. We offer three different courses. Each course is designed in levels so that the best can suite you, instructed by our experienced trekking staff.

  • 5 days trekking course at Gulmarg..
  • 10 days trekking course at Pahalgam
  • 15 days trekking course at Sonamarg.