Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek is one of the highly opted treks of the Kashmir valley. It is a trek encompassing a journey to the two beautiful twin lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, encircled by the peaks of Kolhai Mountain.
The twin lakes are renowned from the 16th Century during the period of the ruler of Kashmir, Yusuf Shah Chak. The lakes are notable for their almond form separated by a mountain, identical in nature, and are placed in the Aru District of Jammu and Kashmir. Both the lakes flow into opposite directions, the former change of integrity with the Lidder stream of Lidderwat and the latter to the other side of Aru. Apparently, the Dachigam national park is in vicinage to Marsar Lake.
What makes the Tarsar Marsar Lake trek so favorable is that the serenity that presides over the surroundings? The gorgeous Aru, a shade of the Jammu and Kashmir valley makes the expedition a peaceful and nurturing journey; a journey, though won’t be highly fanciful however positively peace rendering.
About the trek, it’s a moderate-level trek that any nature lover can travel. The highest possible peak of the trek is 13, 000 ft. The lakes are surrounded by beautiful alpine trees and therefore the experience is even commendable throughout the summer when the alpine flowers form a radiant glowing sheet reflecting on the water. Other traceable floras include blue poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia, geum, gentian, and Hedysarum Alpinum, alpine flora, a flowering plant species in the legume family known as alpine sweetvetch.
The Tarsar Marsar Lake trek is a pleasant sight during the summer as we’d encounter various birds and regional animals. Bar Headed Geese, choughs, golden eagles, black bulbuls, musk deer, snow leopard, brown bear, and the golden marmot are just a few to look at and capture.
The Trek is of medium difficulty level and can be accomplished without any adjustment requirement. During July and Sept, Tarsar Marsar Trek is idle.
Srinagar city is known as the Venice of the East for its unique aquatic culture. The Numerous Lakes and Rivers are all interconnected through canal ways giving rise to a unique city known for its Lavish Houseboats which are intricately designed of pine wood. You will be hosted in these houseboats which are found nowhere else, Once you Arrive you will be taken for a ride around the lake Exploring floating vegetable gardens and islands on the Dal Lake. Overnight at Houseboat
Pahal gam – Aru (109 km drive) – Lidderwat (9,131 ft) 5 hours, 10 km to Lidderwat (9,131 ft); 5 hours, 10 km) After breakfast at the houseboat, we drive to Aru Pahalgam. We pitch our tents at Lidderwat for an overnight stay.
The trail moves through a silken lawn of nature for sometime before finally taking a plunge over a humpbacked hill and after crossing through a few ridges, opens to a little peek of Tartar’s magnetic blue waters. You need to cross the stream, jumping from boulder to boulder adventurously before finally gliding into green veldt around the lake where we would camp the night. Sink your feet deep into the soft grass and watch how the almond-shaped waters reflect the passing hues of the sky as the day rolls on. Time seems to come to a standstill midst of such beauty and silence. An almond formed crystal clear lake encircled by alpine flowers of each kind. We pitch our tents for an overnight stay.
Another 5 km trek commences today to the adjoining Sundersar Valley through the Tarsar Pass. We delve into a connecting stretch first which apparently joins the meadows of Shekwas and Sundersar Valley. Trekking through the Tarsar Pass is actually a time saving but comparatively more hectic plan than descending to Shekwas first and heading to Sundarsar from there. Proceeding, we follow a brook that gets collected at the feet of snow-melting elevations in the form of a beautiful lake. The entire way is wrapped in a green fold of luminescent softness. You will find an unearthly photo frame capturing sheep and horses bobbing along the green-scape as they graze lazily along the banks of this anonymous loch. Our trail takes us through a high pass exit from this grassland to the next vale, another vast patch of extensive pampas but this one sprayed bright with wildflowers. Later, a bouldered trail over the stream ushers us into the Sundarsar Lakeside, a flatland where we can camp at the end of this remarkable day.
From Sundarsar, skirt around the shores of the lake from the right to get to the far side of the lake. There are two logical passes that one can climb. Both lead to Marsar. The quicker one is over the boulder-laden trail on the left. Climb over the boulders and trace a path towards the pass. Snow over the boulders can make the approach tricky. An ice axe or a trekking pole helps a lot to gain a firm footing. It is a half hour climb to the pass. The pass is a lovely grassy stretch that has clear trails leading to flatter grounds just below it. Get down to the flatter stretches and occasionally hop over lovely brooks that run along the trails. Keep to the trail that veers to the left and spots a ridge that climbs on your left and in front. Five minutes later, climb over to the top of the ridge for an amazing view of Marsar almost 600-700 feet below. Marsar is a hidden beauty, almost always engulfed under dollops of clouds and mist. Almost as large as Tarsar, Marsar is similar looking. Tall, snow-lined cliffs rise off the lake. On the left, the overrun waters of the lake run down a lovely green valley towards Traal. On the right, outer edges of the Dachigam reserve forest almost climb up to the shores of the lake. Head back the way you came up to Marsar and get back to Sundarsar in about 40 minutes of descent. At Sundarsar campsite, you have breakfast and start from Homwas. You retrace your steps to Jagmargi valley. Trekkers are extremely lucky to view these grasslands twice and from different directions. Instead of crossing the Tarsar pass, you take a different route to Shekwas. Roughly an hour of walking from Shekwas to Homwas. You are expected to reach Homwas just in time for lunch. You camp at Homwas for the night.
Today you take the same route that you had taken at the beginning of the trek via Lidderwat. The trail goes downhill and it is a quick descent. It will take you 2 hours from Homwas to Lidderwat. The beauty of this part of your trek is that you will get to see all of those views that you had initially missed. The shrinking Kolahoi glacier is one of these sights. You will see the pine forests of Lidderwat that you had seen on day one of your treks in a whole new light. After getting some rest at Lidderwat, you head for Aru. It is a 10 km walk from Lidderwat to Aru. This takes around 4 hours to cover. Stop for lunch en-route, you are expected to reach Aru by 4 in the evening. Vehicles will be arranged from Aru to Srinagar. You will reach Srinagar between 7-8 pm overnight stay Houseboat.
After breakfast at houseboat. Our representative will drop you at Srinagar Airport.