6 Day Trek

EASY / MODERATE / DIFFICULT

Available from

JULY - AUGUST 2021

Fixed Departures
Customizable

Trek Highlights

  • Authentic Kashmiri cuisine on all days of the trek
  • Trek lead by Ibrahim Raina - One of Kashmir's most experienced trek guides
  • Small and exclusive groups of not more than 12 - 16 participants.
  • Ponies / Mules to carry personal luggage (one bag - not more than 8 kgs)
No Transfers
Camps Accommodation
Meals Included

Cost per person

₹17,950
5% GST is applicable. Includes accommodation, meals and all trek transfers as per the list of inclusions.

Kashmir - Tarsar Marsar Trek

Think of walking on lush meadows sprawled around for miles, with beautiful mountains encircling them, glaciers perched upon those high slopes, and clear water streams running along those grasslands, while you walk in search of emerald lakes hidden somewhere up in those dreamy landscapes.

 If your imagination says that's what heaven appears like, then calling Tarsar Marsar trek, a route to heaven, wouldn't be wrong.

Up in the mountains beyond Pahalgam, lay these lakes that are attracting adventurous souls for decades now, and it's time you leave in search of those spell-bounding vistas in the high mountains of Kashmir. 

The Tarsar Marsar lakes give you a perfect opportunity to start with your treks in Kashmir, where what seemed like a distant dream of paradise, feels achievable after trekking up those magnificent trails for a few days. And it is an experience that'll leave you short of words, but with full of memories to savour for a lifetime.

The campsites on the way will leave you thanking the mountain Gods out there for such gifts, and will turn out to be a photographer's perfect dream, as you will find those landscapes changing colours through the day while nights will bring a million stars to sleep under. Plus, trekking in July also offers you a chance to see this place at its prime, when all the grasslands are lush, streams running, and flowers of many colours growing all around.

Now, isn't this a dream you'd want to live?

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Pahalgam to Aru Valley. Trek to Lidderwat

  • Camps Accommodation
  • feet
  • 12 KMS
  • 5 - 6 hours
  • Meals included
The day begins with a short drive to Aru, which is the roadhead and also the starting point of the trek, it is one of the prettiest villages you'll ever come across as you walk through it, and then as you look back while climbing up the slopes, it reaffirms its beauty. From Aru, we will be walking along the Lidder River, and the enchanting views of this river snaking through the mountains keep getting better as you move upstream, for around 10 kms. We walk through conifer forests today, leaving behind the views of Aru valley and as we continue through the forest we find one part of the trail goes towards Nandekai village, a seasonal home for the Gujjar community there. Here you can get a slight glimpse into their life, and before clicking their pictures, always ask for permission. We walk through the forest a little more, climbing up the trail, before we emerge out of it and the valley opens up in front of us, providing us some breath-taking views of the sprawling meadows up ahead. Here in the meadows, you’ll spot gujjar families, with many cattle grazers and gujjars on horses traversing the landscape in front of you, take a breather and capture it all with your eyes. Moving further into the grasslands, the trail continues climbing slightly after this, and then we cross two bridges before entering into a small pine forest, which eventually leads up to a point from where one can see the best view of the day. From here on, it’ll take us an hour more to Lidderwat. And further on, our trail touches the Lidder river, and then we walk through a beautiful Fir Forest before reaching Lidderwat meadows, where one can spot more Gujjar settlements. This is where we will camp, by the river, and spend our time exploring this area before the night hits, or maybe just lounge by the clear waters of Lidder.

Destinations Covered

Pahalgam | Aru Valley | Lidderwat

Day 2

Trek from Lidderwat - Shekhwas

  • Camps Accommodation
  • feet
  • 6 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included
Today we’ll climb for 5 kms, starting from the trail that begins from right behind the government huts at Lidderwat, and we follow the river further upstream. Where eventually it climbs up the pine forest, as we leave the river behind. Furthermore, we will be walking towards the upper reaches of the valley, as you’ll find many clear water streams cutting across our paths, with tall mountains rising straight from the valley floor, while the Lidderwat valley would break into a wider expanse of multiple valleys, with each looking as enchanting as the other. From here we will continue along the river towards the clearing of Homwas, where you can stop at Gujjar huts for tea, or to just take a breather lying in the grass here. From here on, the trail changes way, and we enter a narrow valley, with the river being the constant company but forests are no longer as thick, with Birch trees coming in view along the trail. And as we continue climbing up in the valley, we come across wider grasslands, with snowclad cliffs beyond the meadows. From here, one can climb further towards Shekhwas camping ground located further ahead from the Gujjar settlements.

Destinations Covered

Lidderwat | Shekhwas

Day 3

Trek from Shekhwas - Tarsar Lake

  • Camps Accommodation
  • feet
  • 5 KMS
  • 3 - 4 hours
  • Meals included
Today is a day of some great sceneries appearing after various ridges you’ll be crossing on your way to Tarsar. So, the day begins with a walk through a carpet of green past the Shekhwas camp, as you move higher on the slope. After which, the trail takes a turn and you’ll be climbing up a steep hill, and that’s where you’ll be crossing several false ridges, each giving you a sense of reaching Tarsar, but instead they’ll slowly open up the grand views for you. However, after a while, you start seeing a part of Tarsar’s turquoise waters. From here on, you’ll have to cross a section filled with boulders, as the glimpses of Tarsar continue exciting you, then cross over a stream before you reach the grasslands around Tarsar lake. Here, stand in awe of the nature around you, walk barefoot on soft grass, take many pictures and watch the day roll by, with different parts of the day giving the place its own charm.

Destinations Covered

Shekhwas | Tarsar Lake

Day 4

Trek from Tarsar Lake - Sundersar Lake

  • Camps Accommodation
  • feet
  • 7 KMS
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • Meals included
While one wouldn’t want to leave from Tarsar campsite, but today we move ahead in anticipation for more breath-taking views along the way. Today’s route can involve retracing our steps back to Shekhwas and taking the trail to Sundersar from there, but that’d involve trekking for much longer, so we don’t take that. So, the day begins with climbing up to Tarsar Pass, while also getting some great views. A shepherd’s trail runs down the pass that’ll lead you into the valley, but before that don’t forget to take the view of Tarsar lake from the top of the pass. At the bottom of the valley, we meet another trail running up the stream, and we walk along this trail as you’ll spot some shepherd settlements on the way. Upon crossing them, we follow the brook till a point where it forms a pond under the tall snowy mountains, and on the way you’ll cross the through some of the most lush grasslands. Post the grasslands, you climb up another high pass which takes you to the other larger meadow than the one you’d have left behind, filled with wildflowers. From here on the trail runs over a section of boulders and grassy mounds, which’ll eventually lead you to the shores of Sundersar lake.

Destinations Covered

Tarsar Lake | Sundersar Lake

Day 5

Trek from Sundersar - Homwas via Marsar Lake

  • Camps Accommodation
  • feet
  • 8 KMS
  • 5 - 6 hours
  • Meals included
The day begins with walking around Sundersar shores, which would lead us to a boulder filled path as we start with our climb towards Marsar Ridge. This is a part where one can find patches of snow, and this will require one to be careful while walking over the boulders. Upon reaching this pass, one can find a beautiful stretch of grass sprawled around the top. This part then leads you towards flatter grounds below, where you walk down the trail which is occasionally cut by the streams, and then the trail meanders towards left and there upon climbing up a ridge, which will give you a magnificent view of Marsar below. Shining midst clouds and mist, Marsar will steal your heart at the first look. It is as large as Tarsar with tall, snowlined cliffs around it, while on the left side you’ll see a stream flowing down the valley towards Traal, carrying the overrun water from the lake. In other direction, you’ll see the outer edges of Dachigam forest coming all the way till the lake’s shores. You’ll get sometime at Marsar, to observe the enchanting beauty of this landscape, before retracing our steps back to Sundarsar camps, where post meal, we will mostly retrace our steps back from where we came, down to the Jagmargi valley. But this time instead of crossing the Tarsar pass, we take a different route to Shekhwas, and from Shekhwas, we will continue towards Homwas, our camp for the night.

Destinations Covered

Sundersar Lake | Homwas | Marsar Lake

Day 6

Trek from Homwas to Aru. Drive to Pahalgam

  • No Accommodation
  • feet
  • 15 KMS
  • 5 - 6 hours
  • Meals included
Today we re-join the trail we took in the beginning of the trek, and the trail from Homwas to Lidderwat is all downhill, and you’ll quickly descend. On this part of the trail, you’ll see some great sights, including Kolahoi glacier, and also a different angle of Pine forests of Lidderwat, which is great for photography. Upon reaching Lidderwat, you can take a breather, before we continue on our 10 Kms descent to Aru from LIdderwat, which will take us around 4 hrs. From Aru, we’ll be picked and driven back to Pahalgam.

Destinations Covered

Homwas | Aru

Cost per person

17,950*

The cost of the 6-day trek is INR 17,950 per person + 5 % GST

Cost Inclusions

  • Experienced and knowledgeable English speaking guide for the trek
  • Accommodation in camping sites as per the itinerary at all destinations for 5 nights
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the camping sites.
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable local trekking staff for the trek
  • High altitude camping equipment including sleeping bags, tents, dining tents and toilet tents for the trek.
  • Ponies / Mules / Donkeys to carry the equipment, ration and personal luggage (one bag only - not more than 8 kgs) on the trek.
  • Permits and Camping fees at all places applicable.

Cost Exclusions

  • Any Personal Expenses / Tips
  • 5% Tax (GST)
  • Any Beverages / Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers from Srinagar - Pahalgam / Pahalgam - Srinagar / Accommodation in Pahalgam / Any accommodation, activities or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.

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Itinerary for Kashmir - Tarsar Marsar Trek


  • Day 1

    Drive from Pahalgam to Aru Valley. Trek to Lidderwat

  • Day 2

    Trek from Lidderwat - Shekhwas

  • Day 3

    Trek from Shekhwas - Tarsar Lake

  • Day 4

    Trek from Tarsar Lake - Sundersar Lake

  • Day 5

    Trek from Sundersar - Homwas via Marsar Lake

  • Day 6

    Trek from Homwas to Aru. Drive to Pahalgam

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Ankita Bhargava

Kashmir is truly a paradise on Earth, I recently visited Kashmir and explored many unexplored places of Kashmir. I would like to thank Mountain Magic Trek n Tours, Mr. Ibrahim Raina and Spiti Holiday Adventure for making this trip most memorable one. One very important thing what I want to share is that the guide Nasir and the driver Yusuf Ji, which are provided by the company were very decent and they know each and every part of Kashmir and they guided us and showed us the most untouched and unexplored places of Kashmir which I have never heard of or seen. They have organized Surmarg Trek in Pehalgam which was the lifetime experience for me. This trip was a dream vacation for me. Source: TripAdvisor

Smitha P

We had an amazing trip with mountain magic trek n tours and spiti holiday adventure. We had, trek, shikara ride, hikes what not. These people made our trip memorable. Very safe nd secure. Source: TripAdvisor

Indrani Bhargava

Recently I visited Kashmir in collaboration with Mountain Magic Trek N Tours and Spitiholiday Adventures... It was a lifetime experience.. we visited all the nooks n corners of Kashmir which are untouched, unexplored... Everything was just perfect... the places, the people, the arrangement ... A very special thanks to Ibrahim Raina Saab for making this trip a special one... I wl surely come back to Kashmir again.... Source: TripAdvisor

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