Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek




13,500 ft


7 Nights 8 Days


33 Km

Tarsar Marsar lake TrekTarsar 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 lakes flow in opposite directions, the former changing 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?

Tarsar Marsar altitude chart

What makes the Tarsar Marsar Lake trek so favorable is 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 but 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 leopards, brown bears, 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.

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek Itinerary

  • 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.

  • Brief Overview of the Day

    • Srinagar to Aru Valley 107 km Drive
    • Trek Distance – 10 Km
    • Trek Duration – 5 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 9,150 ft
    • Night stay in tent.

    Srinagar to Aru Valley 107 km Drive from Srinagar up to Aru valley via Pahalgam 3  hours drive.

    Today we will start walking upstream towards Lidderwat. Soon we will enter a thick forest of conifer trees and you will be able to see Aru Valley down at a distance. After crossing the forest we will reach Nandekai Village which is mostly inhabited by seasonal migrating shepherds. The trek is an easy trail with a gradual ascent.

    As we keep walking further we will come across a log bridge and we can rest here for a while before continuing our journey to Lidderwat which is about two hours away from this point. We will enter another wooded area which opens up at the meadows of Lidderwat village. We will be camping near the river for the night.

  • Brief Overview of the Day

    • Trek Distance – 6.5 Km
    • Duration – 5 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 11,000 ft.
    • Night stay in tent.

    The destination for today is Shekwas. As we start walking away from the Lidder river, we will enter a pine forest that is not very thick and has a number of clearings throughout the trail. There will be multiple clear water streams crossing our path so we don’t have to worry about the water supplies for today. As we keep walking we will enter another migrant village known as Homwas. Crossing a log bridge, we will enter Shekwas village. The meadows at this location are breathtaking which extends to a distance as far as eyes can see. We will trek a further higher from the village to reach our camping site.

  • Brief Overview of the Day

    • Trek Distance – 5 Km.
    • Duration – 4 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 12,449 ft.
    • Night stay in camps at Tarsar Lake

    The beautiful trail to Marsar starts with grassy meadows of Shekwas, a beautiful natural lawn. After walking on the grass for some time, we will cross over a hill to reach the first ridge. It will take around 3 hours from here and over a few more ridges to reach Tarsar. The view of the lake will keep unfolding magically before your eyes as we keep crossing the subsequent ridges.
    On the final part of the trail, we will come across a stream which we will cross by walking over bounders before finally stepping into the grassland around Tarsar Lake. This is our camping site for today and you can take your time to explore the beautiful area around the lake.

  • Brief Overview of the Day

    • Trek Distance – 5 Km.
    • Duration – 5 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 13,000 ft.
    • Night stay in tent.

    We will wake up early and start walking to the adjacent valley of Sundersar via Tarsar Pass. This part of the trail is a bit difficult as the ascent to the pass is steep but it becomes an easy gentle walk down to Sundersar. The trail will take you through a high exit pass, grasslands, and through places filled with wildflowers. Once we reach the valley, we will trek over a trail filled with boulders along the stream to reach Sundersar lake and camp here for the night.

  • Brief Overview of the Day

    • Trek Distance – 9 Km
    • Duration – 6 Hours
    • Max Altitude – 13,400 ft.
    • Night stay in tent.

    We will start climbing up higher through the Marsar ridge. The trek is of moderate difficulty as you will find yourself walking over the boulders with melting ice which makes it difficult to walk. Watch your step carefully and follow your trek leader to avoid injuries. After crossing this area filled with boulders, we will start descending to a flat trail with many water streams crossing our way. The lake is located in a similar setting as the previous one. You will be able to see the snow melting from cliffs and feeding water to the lake.

    After spending some time at Marsar Lake, we will make our way back to Sundersar Valley and from there we will walk to Homwas. Night stay will be in camps at Homwas.

  • Brief Overview of the Day

    • Trek Distance – 13 km
    • Duration – 6 Hours
    • Aru Valley  to Srinagar 107 km Drive

    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.

Your trek includes


  • Qualified & experienced Trek Leader, Guide, and Support staff.
  • Accommodation in Srinagar Deluxe Houseboat.
  • Transportation
  • Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg).
  • Trekking Permits.
  • Quality trekking & safety equipment
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  • All charges for guides, cook, helpers, horses and permits.


  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Something not specifically mentioned under the pinnacle.

Things to Carry

  • Trekking Shoes (Do not carry sneakers/ sports shoes. Carry shoes that has good grip and ankle support)
  • Backpack (40 -60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for a backpack is essential.
  • Daypack 20 litres: On the day of the summit, you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack.
  • Layers/Warm Clothes/Thermals
  • Trek Pants/T-shirts/Undergarments as per your convenience. Carry the actual number required and stay light Sunglasses, Suncap, sunscreen.
  • Hand gloves, socks 2 pairs and woollen socks
  • Headlamp/LED Torch is mandatory
  • Trekking Pole
  • Poncho/Raincoat
  • Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. (Mandatory)
  • Personal Medikit
  • Toiletries: moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes. One 1 litre water bottle.
  • Plastic covers: carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. Make sure you take them back and not litter the mountains.

Health & Safety

  • Before starting the trek, calculate your BMI (Ideal BMI should be between 18.5 and 24.9)
  • Health and Safety checks mentioned below should be made before getting prepared for the trek
  • A balanced mind and body is the first thing that should be given importance before taking off, because this is what will bring out the best of you in every condition.
  • Your body should be fit enough to cover the entire trek with the backpacks on your back along with your body weight. That is why proper stamina and strength is needed. Also because trekking is done in uneven multi terrains and not on smooth paths. So in order to gain leg strength, perform simple squats.
  • Flexibility is very important when it comes to trekking. A good flexibility will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Attain flexibility by simple stretching or yoga.
  • As the Himalayan treks are basically ascending and descending the slopes, you will need a proper transmission of Oxygen from the lungs and heart to the body muscles. For this, trekkers should have a good cardiovascular endurance that can be gained by doing cardio exercises like running, swimming, cycling etc.

Cancellation Policy

It is good to make your booking two months prior in advance. In the event of cancellation of any trek/adventure activity due to any reasons, it is compulsory to notify us in writing. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we receive your request in writing.

If the trek is cancelled by us due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster etc.) then the refund would not be initiated but you can go on the same trek another year. Kashmir Mountain Adventures Family is always with you, Thanks The cancellation charges are as follows:

  • (No bank charges deducted will be Refundable)
  • Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable
  • Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable
  • Less than 20 Days – No Refund
  • (Refunds are initiated in 7-8 business days)