Tarsar Marsar Trek: Complete guide
The Tarsar Marsar Trek is part of the Kashmir Valley and you will be enjoying some of the most beautiful moments of your life here.
How difficult is the Tarsar Marsar Trek?
This trek is a gradual ascent right from the first day and even after reaching the peak you will descend with the gradual descent. So there is no sudden ascent at any place of the track and hence this can be classified as an easy to moderate level trekking. But when you encounter the snow patches the trek becomes a bit difficult in order to cross the snowy patch. So in terms of altitude even though you climb up till 13000 feet you will not feel the pain because of the gradualness of the steepness.
Best time to visit Tarsar Marsar?
Most of the people opt for Tarsar Marsar Trek during the months of August to September. Now this is the time where you will see the lakes of the region at full capacity along with the flowers blooming all over. Though it is a monsoon trek, Kashmir lies in a rain Shadow region, so you do not need to worry about the slippery and wet.
In the month of August you can expect a few patches of the snow so if you are a person interested in watching and enjoying the snow you can come during August and in the months of September you can see a slight brownish color grass along with the Blossom views of flowers. So you can choose to go based on your preferences of nature during the trek.
Some essential things to carry
The Tarsar Marsar Trek is a high altitude trek along the Kashmir Valley so, you need some essential things like warm clothes in order to save you from the cold nights. Then you can take poncho trekking shoes from thermals and trekking poles. If you are going in a group you will need tents to pitch. Apart from the physical things you also need the physical fitness for you to trek along the region because you will be encountering areas like meadows, boulders etc.
From Srinagar it is a three hour journey of 100 kilometers to Aru village. The Tarsar Marsar Trek starts from a beautiful village called Aru village. This is a 10 kilometers trek to Lidderwat. Walking in lush green meadows along the Lidderwat river, which comes from Kolahoi glacier, you will cross a small bridge to the first campsite called Lidderwat, which is at 9000 feet above sea level.
The next day while making sure that everyone is fit and healthy you can park your tent and trek towards Shekwas. Crossing a river on a small wooden Bridge is exciting and equally adventurous. After trekking for at least 5 km you will be reaching the next campsite called Shekwas which is 10500 feet above sea level.
This you will be reaching in one and half hours of trek. This Campsite is situated between the beautiful rolling mountains and your role only becomes to watch it relentlessly. And you can also see the snow capped mountain from here, which is the harbinger of the next camp.
After an overnight stay in Shek Was, your excitement will know no bounds because you will now be heading to Tarsar lake. But before this, you will also see the Jadsar lake. The locals call this Tarsar Lake as the God’s Lake because of its calmness and the spiritual story attached to it. Camping just next to the lake will be a blissful experience that very few treks offer. Then after the stay in the banks of the lake you will be heading to the Tarsar pass along the steep ascent which is followed by a descent and gentle ascent towards Sundar Sar.
You can pitch your tent with the Sundar sar lake in the view. After a soul satisfying lunch in the camp you can head towards the hidden lake called Marsar. Then on the top of the place you can have the views of both the lakes along with the Tarsar pass. This is just a few kilometers from the Sundar sir lake and is standing at a height of 13000 feet above sea level. According to the local legends, anyone who takes the dip into this lake will be instantly pulled inside and hence the name Marser.
After enjoying the majestic views of the Marsar lake you can head back to the Sundar Sar Campsite and continue the activities of walking and dancing in the campsite. Next day, you will again head towards Lidderwat, which should be your last campsite of the trek.