Tarsar Marsar Trek

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Max Altitude Trek Duration

13,500 ft.

7 Days

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14,500 INR


About Tarsar Marsar Trek

The Tarsar Marsar Trek in Kashmir, India allows experiencing a memorable trekking expedition. Starting from Aru Valley one gets to see the greenery of the landscapes as well as the snowy mountains of the mighty Himalayas. As the name suggests, along the trek the expeditors get the scenery of the two stunning alpine lakes named Tarsar & Marsar. The whole trek is full of beautiful memories and moments and trekkers would be minded blown by the beauty of these two alpine lakes. The trek is indeed unforgettable and one of a kind.

The trek begins from Aru Valley which is filled with colorful wildflowers spreaded in vast landscapes and this whole scenic view is surreal and looks very dreamy. The path also includes dense pine forests, intersecting streams with crystal-clear water. Trekkers also get an insight into mountain life as the widespread landscapes have shepherd huts built in them. They may come across Gujjar nomads here who are known to live tribal life in the mountains. These nomads are an agricultural ethnic community, and they contribute heavily to the peculiar culture of the mountains.

Tarsar and Marsar lakes offer eye-catching views and a peaceful environment. Trekkers also like to camp under nature’s magnificence or sometimes they just relax after exhausting activities. Tarsar Marsar Trek is suitable for both experienced trekkers as well as newcomers and it is accessible to both the kind. The trek is fit for someone looking for their first experience of the Himalayas. This trek may be a little bit energy consuming but the spectacular natural beauty that trekkers get to see is worth the work and is highly satisfying. Not only the natural beauty but the trek also offers a learning experience about the mountain culture and the adventures in the Tarsar and Marsar lakes.

Tarsar Marsar Trek Day Wise Itinerary

Situated in the Kashmir Valley the whole Trek experience is filled with greenery, beautiful views, the adventures of the two lakes and at last but not the least the sky-touching peaks of the Himalayas. While designing our trek itinerary, we always keep in mind that every day of the trek should be full of adventure, suitable and useful for nature lovers. Total distance of Tarsar Marsar trek is approx. 48 km. & the highest altitude during the trek will be 13,500 ft.

Duration: 3-4 hours
Distance: 120 km. (Srinagar to Pahalgam – 100km, Pahalgam to Aru – 12km)
Altitude:   8000ft

The stunning Kashmir Valley view as you head towards Aru, the journey crosses through river Lidder on the NH1 highway. The Bijbehara route is a popular tourist route greeted with walnut, apricot and apple orchards along the way. The 200 asbestos-roofed huts arranged in a row along the meadows, next to the magnificent Lidder, are worth watching.

It takes around 4 hours to reach Pahalgam which is 100 km far from Srinagar and 12km more to reach Aru Valley. Aru Valley is mainly the base camp from where all the trek starts among which Tarsar Marsar is one. The pickup point will be TRC which is near Dal Lake where our TravElsket members will meet you. There are two routes that lead to Pahalgam: one through Bijbehara and the other through Anantnag. The Bijbehara route is a popular tourist route greeted with walnut, apricot and apple orchards along the way. The 200 asbestos-roofed huts arranged in a row along the meadows, next to the magnificent Lidder, are worth watching. The necessary documents to carry are aadhaar card, medical certificate and trek insurance.

After reaching Aru Valley, you will be welcomed with refreshing Kahwa, some snacks and a briefing session about the trek by our trek leader and the journey ahead. You will sleep in the tents and sleeping bags provided by the teams. The dinner is served around 8pm in the middle of the enchanting valley.

Altitude : 2800m/ 9150 ft.
Trek distance : 10km
Time Taken: 6 to 7 hrs

Walk beside the river Lidder as the valley stretches, keep an eye out on bridges and sheep houses. You will pass huts at Dalla encircled by Fir trees along the route and after a short stroll you arrive at Nandkei village witnessing locals riding horses. Quick snacks are available at the shops owned by PDA (Pahalgam Development Authority) caretakers.

The next day after an early breakfast, start the trek to cover a distance of 11km which would take around 6-7 hours. You will be headed towards Lidderwat, following the flow of the river upstream. The trail will follow the departmental fence for Agriculture, giving a clear view of Aru behind. You will pass huts at Dalla encircled by Fir trees along the route and after a short stroll you arrive at Nandkei village witnessing locals riding horses.

There is a gradual ascent initially into the jungle for the first 30 mins for around 5 kms. The jungle trail is full of birds and is also often visited by pony men and shepherds. After you cross the jungle, it paves your way to the vast meadows which are stretched as far as eyes could reach.
After another 30 mins, the trail crosses through two clear streams- the second one crossed by a wooden bridge.

Walking beside the river Lidder and filling bottles with the clean glacial chilled water, passing through lush green meadows, flower beds and water streams leaving Aru valley down below. The trail climbs to a group of Pine trees shortly after the bridge. Occasionally there is a tea stall on the right, to sit and relax with a cup of tea and catch your breath. From the mound that the trail climbs out of pine woods offers one of the beautiful vistas and at the bottom of the valley, the trail meets the river Lidder.

Entering the Fir cluster again while crossing this beautiful stretch, a glimpse of a few Gujjar huts indicates Lidderwat. After reaching the campsite, you will be served with lunch and after lunch enjoy some fun activities with the group. Dinner is served early and at respective tents you get lost in the stargazing beauty. Quick snacks are available at the shops owned by PDA (Pahalgam Development Authority) caretakers.

Altitude : 3350m/1100 ft.
Trek Distance: 6km
Time Taken: 5hrs

Savour the day as you walk from Homwas to Shekwas having large meadows, crossing several streams and deep valleys. pass an old cluster of Silver Birch (Bhoj) trees which opens up to another stunning view. It takes approximately 5 hours covering a distance of 6km starting right behind the PDA huts and walking alongside following the river. The trail is not steep and easy to walk on. You will pass through a cluster of pine trees and after about an hour of walking, it opens up to broad stunning grasslands.

Lidderwat valley opens up to the grasslands where folds of snow adorn the grasslands that blend with the mountains. The trail splits up to a number of small valleys before coming together upward and leading to Bhakarwal shelters on the right side of the river. 
After crossing the river through a log bridge and 30 mins later the trail opens up to Homwas, where the meadow meets the river. There you find some friendly Gujjar huts where you can stop for tea break.

The route to Homwas is a pleasure with great underfoot and mostly on grass. The trail then heads towards the south-westerly direction. And then leave for the altitude gain. You will pass an old cluster of Silver Birch (Bhoj) trees which opens up to another stunning view. It opens up wide in front. 
You need to be careful with every step crossing the boulders which are big and might be wet when water flows below them that directs the way to Shekwas. A night filled with stars descends upon the meadows.

This is one among the best places to camp on the Tarsar Marsar trip.

Altitude: 3800m/ 12500 ft.
Trek Distance: 4km
Time Taken: approx 3 to 4 hrs

Climbing one mound after another, the trail keeps you surprising. Visit the highest point known as Marsar point where both Tarsar and Marsar lakes can be seen. From Shekwas the trail interweaves, it’s way through a grassy landscape arriving at Sumbal and taking through the valley. The route to Tarsar climbs up onto a ridge above the stream.

You can walk barefoot on the grassy silken patches to enjoy it and after climbing the trail for two hours you will reach a conical hilltop where you will see the first glimpse of Tarsar’s blue water, the stunning almond shaped lake. This little peek is enough to accelerate you rush to the shores, following a westward direction.

It takes almost 5 hours to reach Tarsar from Shekwas. As you move closer, the view of the snow-capped mountains becomes, more magnificent, widening the view of the lake after climbing every small ridge. You cross the stream jumping from boulder to boulder before finally reaching the campsite around the lake. Time seems to halt with the silence and beauty of nature.

Altitude: 4000m/ 13100 ft
Trek Distance: 6km
Time Taken: 5 hrs.

Jagmargi plains is the main highlight of this day. Sundersar is a lake which is shaped like a moon and the view changes from different points. Never miss the beauty of sunrise and sunset. The breathtaking vistas of Tarsar will leave you spellbound. It leads to Shekwas meadows following the Shepherd’s track.Stroll on the silken grass along the stream, leaving the Bhakarwal shelters behind. The beautiful grasslands can be seen in the middle of the meadows where a stream changes into a pond that is nourished by snow patched mountains. It takes 30 mins to reach the end of the meadow.

After trekking around 5 km to the Sundersar valley through Tarsar Pass. The trail starts with a sharp ascent which takes you parallel with the lake to reach the other side of Tarsar Valley. Upon reaching the crest, you get the view of the Tarsar Lake. Then trail down the peak which is sharp and be careful with every step. After trailing and crossing boulders you enter a beautiful meadow that connects to Sundersar. The lakeside offers an ideal camping site for the night while staying in cosy tents.

Marsar lake:
Altitude : 4100m / 13000 ft
Trek Distance: 11km
Time Taken: 7 hrs

Homwas :
Altitude: 3500m / 11500 ft.
Altitude Loss: 500m / 1600 ft.

The multiple exits of the trail leads to different districts of Kashmir Valley.  There are 2 ways from Sundersar to reach Marsar and the one going through boulders is the quicker route. Boulders covered with snow makes it difficult to climb but carrying trekking poles helps to gain firmness and climb. It takes around 30 minutes to complete the climb to the pass.

After reaching the ridge you experience the beauty of Marsar Lake, also called Tarsar’s twin, almost 600-700 ft below hidden under clouds and mists. After spending some time there, take your way back to the Sundersar camps which takes around 40 minutes and then to Homwas using the other route of Shekwas. After a hectic day of hiking, enjoy some delectable food and retire for the night.


Altitude: 2400m /7950 ft.
Trek Distance: 13km
Time Taken: 6-7 hrs.

The color of the mountain changes as the sun rises, a walk through the day to Aru as the hike comes to end. Last day of the trek and passing through the same trail that is crossed initially through Lidderwat pine forest. It goes to Aru via Lidderwat following the same route, while Lidderwat is 2hrs away from Homwas. You will get to see the beauty of  Kolahoi glacier. It takes around 4 hours to reach Aru where you bid off your fellow trekmates, trek leader and the team members of TravElsket. The cab already waits at Aru to drop back at Srinagar.


  • Accommodation in tents/huts
  • Meals during the trek
  • Experienced trek leader and support staff
  • Permits and entry fees
  • Camping equipment
  • First aid kit & Mountaneering Medicines


  • Any type of personal expenses
  • Any additional activities not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • 250INR Travel insurance. + 5% GST

Why Choose Us?

Expertise: We have years of experience organizing treks in the Tarsar Marsar region, ensuring a smooth and safe journey.

Local Knowledge: Our guides are well-versed in the area, offering insights into the culture, history, and geography of the region.

Personalized Itinerary: We tailor the trek according to your preferences, allowing you to explore the best of Tarsar Marsar trek at your own pace.

Safety First: We prioritize safety measures, including experienced guides, emergency protocols, and quality equipment.

Eco-Friendly: We promote responsible tourism, minimizing our environmental impact and supporting local communities.

Affordable Packages: Our trek packages are competitively priced, offering value for money without compromising on quality.

Small Group Sizes: We believe in intimate group experiences, ensuring individual attention and fostering camaraderie among fellow trekkers.

Flexibility: We accommodate various fitness levels and preferences, making the trek accessible to adventurers of all kinds.

Delicious Cuisine: Enjoy hearty meals prepared by our skilled cooks, featuring local flavors and ingredients.

Memorable Experiences: Create lasting memories as you immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Tarsar Marsar with us.

Tarsar Marsar Trek Highlights

Two alpine lakes, Tarsar and Marsar Lakes reveal its beauty to us in their truest forms and both hold Great significance. While Tarsar Lake is known for its serene environment, Marsar Lake is significant for the snow capped mountains in the backdrop.
Tarsar Marsar Trek
  • Travelling Through Diverse Landscapes: we see various faces of nature in the form of rigged planes, cross streams with bubbling water, vast lush meadows with vibrant wildflowers, thick forests and what not.

  • Cultural Exploration: the whole trek also promises learning experience about mountain life. We also get a bird’s eye-view in the life of nomads such as that of Gujjars and Bakarwals. We can see them with flocks of animals and their temporary huts could be seen in the landscapes too. The exploration of local markets is a great way to learn about the culture of Srinagar.

  • Moderate Level Trek: Kashmir Tarsar Marsar lake trek is suitable for both a beginner who wants to have his first himalayan experience and also for an experienced trekker. The paths are moderate in trekking and the trek is not overly energy consuming.

  • Scenic Drives: The beginning of the journey from Srinagar offers you beautiful views along the way and keeps you out of boredom. You will get to see villages too.

  • Camp By Remarkable Lakes: No amount of time is enough to absorb the beauty of Tarsar and Marsar Lakes but you can set your camp near these lakes and just enjoy the evening, filling your heart with peace and memories.

  • Panorama Views: The total journey is full of incredible scenes starting from Kashmir valley to the Lidder river forming the boundary of vast landscapes and snowy peaks of Himalayas in the background. The scenery is surreal and looks unreal to the eyes.






Difficulty Level Of Tarsar MarsarTrek

No wonder Tarsar Marsar trek is full of wonderful views, vast landscapes, sky touching peaks of Himalayas, the beauty of kashmir valley and what not but if someone is going on his first experience of the Himalaya then the level of trek can go from moderate to a little bit difficult. Trekking in rugged terrain needs strength and also tests your stamina. Trekkers who are not inhabited to altitude and have weak hearts can face some breathing issues.

The weather in Kashmir valley is quite unpredictable. Within a single day it can go from sunny skies to drizzling or snowfall. The trek which can be completed within 4 to 6 days achieves an altitude gain of about 2000m going from Aru valley with an altitude of 2400m to 4100 m altitude of Marsar lake. The whole trek takes the trekkers to varied landscapes including alpine forest, lush meadows, lofty peaks in the backdrop. It needs consistent effort throughout the week. It is necessary to do acclimatization before going on high altitude to avoid any kind of risk. It might be a little difficult but once you see the rewarding beauty of kashmir valley and the natural beauty of the place you would not regret it.

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Tarsar Marsar Trek Best Time

The best time to experience this trek is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is pleasant, and the trails are accessible. During this period, trekkers can witness the vibrant bloom of wildflowers and enjoy clear skies. However, it’s essential to avoid the monsoon season to prevent potential hazards like landslides and slippery trails. Here you will get the detail info on Tarsar Marsar trek best time.

Tarsar Marsar Trek

Summer (June to September)

It is the peak time to go for your Trek as the Tarsar Marsar trek temperature is between 15 to 20℃ and is tolerable. You get a clear view of everything such as peaks, meadows with wildflowers and the diverse flora and fauna. There is no snowfall during this time as the ice has melted and sunny skies are prominent in these months of the day. The weather is the most pleasant in summer and little drizzling can be expected in July and August. Days are sunny while nights are cold hence some warm clothes are necessary to keep you comfortable. 

Tarsar Marsar Trek

Autumn (September to November)

The weather remains cool and temperature ranges from 1℃ to 12℃ during this time so it is a good time to plan your Trek. The whole Kashmir valley turns into a golden paradise, providing magnificent senses throughout the trek. Weather conditions during daytime are manageable but nights possess some challenges as mercury level drops. A few warm innerwear hooded windproof jackets, warm shocks, a hat, and warm trekking pants are some essential things that you must do in order to tackle the cold nights. Plan your trek in September as autumn is short-lived in Kashmir and most of the treks start to close from october month due to snowfall.

Why Should You Do Tarsar Marsar trek?

Scenic Beauty: If you are a nature lover then Tarsar Marsar trek is a must. The whole Kashmir valley is a heaven filled with meadows, rivers, peaks, lakes and much more.

Cultural Exploration: As mentioned above, in your trek you will encounter nomads such as the Gujjar tribe and Bakarwals of Kashmir, so by interacting with them you will get an insight into their traditional culture and life.

Unique Flora & Fauna: Every place has its own uniqueness and so does Kashmir Valley. Throughout your trek you will see vibrant wildflowers, different plants and varied animal species.

Adventure & Challenges: This trek is for everyone. Be it a nature lover or an adventurous person. Crossing rugged terrains, rivers, dense forests will give you the much-needed dose of dopamine.

Photo Paradise: Every site of the trek is a picturesque view and click worthy. So if you are someone who is into nature and wildlife photography, you don’t want to miss it.

Seasonal Difference: The trek is ever- evolving in every season. Beginning from green and lush meadows with wildflowers in summer, golden hues in autumn and snow-capped mountains in winter. It just gives you all that you need in nature.  Read More

A Trekker's Experience

The journey starts from Aru valley, which is 12km away from Pahalgam city. You can drive 3-4 hours from Srinagar to reach Pahalgam crossing through picturesque landscapes, lush meadows, snow capped mountains offer a visual feast to the natural beauty of Kashmir setting the stage for the adventure ahead.

From Aru valley the trek starts towards Lidderwat on the first day where you pass through flower beds, grasslands, and a water stream flowing down. You will cross a jungle initially which is full of birds and often visited by ponymen and shepherds. After crossing the jungle, the eyes stretched towards the vast meadows where you will walk beside the river Lidder, whose clear blue water sparkling in the sunlight to reach the campsite.

The most beautiful way is passing through the terrain dotted with pine tree clusters on the way to Shekwas, whose gentle breeze welcoming the trekkers to the realm of snow blended mountains. On the way you will also come across Silver Birch (Bhoj) trees interweaved with grassy landscapes.

The hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of the mountains as they meander through the pine and forests. With every bend in the trail, it offers a different perspective, with towering hills and the extending lush valleys. 

Know Before You Go

Check these ways to reach Tarsar Marsar trek:

By Air: Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar is connected to major Indian cities & once you reach Srinagar via airplane, you can take a cab from here to Aru or Pahalgam directly. You can either hire the cab or share it with others.

By Road
From Srinagar: travelers have access to a taxi or cab from Srinagar to Aru or Pahalgam provided by tour organizers, and if not then they can simply hire one. Aru valley is approx 110 km from Srinagar and it takes 4 hrs to cover the distance. If you reach Jammu then the same transportation facilities to Aru or Pahalgam are available from there too. 
By Train: if you are thinking of traveling via train then Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station. It is advised to travel by train till Udhampur before you hit the roads to Pahalgam. 
Starting Point of Trek: Starting point of the trek is Aru base camp which is about 12 km from Pahalgam and 110 km from srinagar. Taxis and cabs are available to reach Aru from either Pahalgam or Srinagar. 

Tips For Tarsar Marsar Trek:

Permits & Regulations: This trek needs some permits and passes on some sites so you better secure all of them before going on the trek. You can look through the trekking regulations and also make sure with your trek organizers so most of them provide you the permits and passes. 
Weather Conditions: Weather conditions in Kashmir Valley are very unpredictable as it can vary from sunny skies to rain or snowfall. Hence, it is advisable to pack your bags and clothing after taking a look at the weather conditions.
Altitude Considerations: Spend 1-2 days in Srinagar and Aru valley to acclimatize as sudden altitude gain can cause health problems and might ruin your trek. So add some extra days in your itinerary so that you can have a smooth expedition. 
Fitness Level: Tarsar Marsar trek goes from moderate level to challenging too and  tests your stamina and endurance in the varied landscapes such as rugged terrain hence it is advisable to engage in some physical activity to be fit and healthy.
Guides & Local Support: You should opt for a trek package and have an educated trek guide with you in your expedition and it is a must thing if this is your first time. Talk to local people as nobody knows it better than the people living there. They will tell you about weather conditions, some difficulties you might face so that you are prepared for it. 
Pack Essentials: Winter clothes such as jackets (waterproof and windproof), comfortable boots, a few pairs of socks, gloves, sunglasses, and some camping gear such as sleeping bag and sleeping tent etc. should be packed in your bag. Keep the bag light but don’t forget the essentials.
Water & Food: Major meals such as breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your tour package but have a water bottle and high energy bars, snacks with yourself. 
Navigation: Carry a map and compass or a GPS device so that you don’t get lost in the trek . take help from local people if it happens.
Camping & Accommodation: If you want to camp around sites then you should carry a light tent and sleeping bag or you can get information about nearby guesthouses and lodges. And if you are with a trek crew then the arrangement of camping will be included in your package. 
Communication: After Pahalgam, you wont get any network so make sure someone knows about your itinerary and keep a emergency device like a satellite phone with yourself. 
Wildlife & Flora: In your Tarsar Marsar Kashmir trek you will come across varied flora and fauna of kashmir . but just admire them and keep some distance. Don’t touch anything and don’t pollute the surrounding. 
Emergency Preparedness: Keep a first-aid kit with yourself and other personal medications in case of any health emergency. Keep a note of all the local authorities’s contact information. 
Respect Local Culture & Customs: Every region has its own customs and traditions. Learn about them but try not to interfere with anything as people are free to have personal beliefs. Also click pictures only after taking permissions so as not to offend anyone.
Leave No Trace: Wherever you go, keep environmental sustainability as your motto. Avoid any kind of pollution and keep your surrounding clean and green to reduce environmental impacts. 
Health and Insurance: You must carry your travel insurance in case it is needed to cover any health expenses. Also have personal medications if any.

Here is the list of essential things to carry on Tarsar Marsar trek:

1. Clothing: as long as clothes are concerned you must carry
– waterproof and windproof jacket
– thermal innerwear
– a hat
– waterproof gloves
– a few trekking pants
– extra warm clothes

2. Footwear:
– comfortable trekking boots suitable for terrain regions and dense forests
– a few pairs of socks

3. Backpack:
– A sturdy and spacious backpage(waterproof)
– rain cover too

4. Sleeping Gear:
– A sleeping bag
– comfortable sleeping mat

5. Trekking Gear:
– trekking poles or ice axe
– flashlights with few spare batteries

6. Personal Hygiene:
– paper soap and shampoo
– Toothbrush, toothpaste
– Quick dry towel

7. First-Aid Kit: Although provided by us but few basic items come in handy.
– bandages, antiseptic cream, pain killers
– personal medications (if any)
– high altitude sickness medications
– motion sickness medications

8. Miscellaneous:
– water bottle
– energy bars and snacks
– sunscreen with high SPF
– lip balms

9. Documents:
– ID proofs, permits, and any other trekking documents.
– emergency contact information.
– travel insurance


Generally it takes around 7-8 weeks to cover the whole trek but some people do it in 4 days too. It really depends on the route taken, the weather conditions, seasons you choose to go, and trekking pace. But it is advisable to add 1-2 extra days for acclimatization before you start your trek. An 8-day itinerary is the ideal one.
Aru is the starting point of the trek. So upon reaching Srinagar, take a cab directly to Aru or travel via Pahalgam to reach Aru. Both ways, you have to reach Aru. It takes around 4 hrs to cover the 110km distance between Srinagar and Aru. Aru is 12 km far from Pahalgam.
The starting point of Tarsar Marsar Trek , Aru valley, has an altitude of 2,800m/9,150 ft and the last point, that is, Marsar lake is at an altitude of 4,100m/13,000 ft hence it varies from 9000 ft to 13000 ft hence proper acclimatization is mandatory before starting your trek to avoid any kind of high altitude sickness.
Once you reach Tarsar lake you might want to take a plunge seeing the clear waters but it is advisable to not swim in the lake so the temperature is very low and it is very cold and swimming in high-altitude lakes is risky. So just absorb the beauty of the lake and surroundings.
Tarsar Marsar lake trek begins from Aru village which is around 110 km from Srinagar and takes 4 hrs to reach there. You can easily get taxis and cabs from Srinagar to Aru.
Tarsar Marsar trek is suitable for both experienced trekkers and beginners with little to no trekking experience. The trek is moderate in level and can have some challenges along the path but with the right planning, learned tour guide, some training and acclimatizing, it is very much possible.
An 8 days itinerary is sufficient to complete Tarsar Marsar lake trek and to soak in all the beauty of the Kashmir valley.
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