Kashmir Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek: is one of beautiful cross country alpine lakes trek in vicinity of Lidder valley Pahalgam. The trekking encounters three high altitude glacier fed alpine lakes. The trekking route passes through rugged trails magnificent mountain scenery with wild life flora and fauna of north Indian Himalayas. The trail to the lake is well maintained and very much an alpine lover’s dream. You’ll wind through lush green valleys, pine forest and mountainous snowfields, with each unique landscape eliciting its own wonderment.
Don’t expect the whole route to be easy going, though. The hike out will require some work on your part as you switchback through rocky slope. Tarsar is most Scenic Lake in the Pahalgam Alpine Lakes. Hikers will encounter a variety of alpine ecosystems, ridge top views, and of course the deep blue lake — but not without a steady climb first. The route comes across diversity of Nomadic Shepherd from Aru valley to Sumbal Sonamarg. The Lidder valley is extension point and apparently amazing, it is stacked with pine forests, Mountain peaks, gushing Lidder stream and dales of blossoming plants..
The glacier fed, oligotrophic Lake, Max. Length: 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) Surface area: 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi) Max. Width: 0.8 kilometers (0.50 mi). Situated upper reaches of Kolahoi mountain ranges of Himalayas. The lake is separated by a mountain with elevation of 4000 meters from other lake of same nature known as Marsar Lake which is in the vicinity of Srinagar Dachigam national park near Mahadev mountain peak. These are twin sisters known as Tarsar Marsar Lakes.
Tarsar Marsar Trekking Itinerary
Tarsar Marsar Trekking Summary: Trekking region: Aru valley Pahalgam District, Anantnag Jammu and Kashmir, North Indian Himalayas. Elevation 4000 meters, Grade: Cross country Moderate, Time requires, 5 to 7 Days. Total Distance 55 KM. Best time June, July, August, September, October. The trekking itinerary for 6 nights 7 Days from Aru valley to Sumbal Sonamrg.
Aru valley Pahalgam
Day 1: Srinagar to Aru Valley (Distance 114 KM 4 Hours drive) Pick up from Airport or Srinagar and drive through Pampore saffron fields, Kashmir willow bat factories, Awantipora ancient temple ruins, apple garden, Pahalgam , and finally a narrow high mountain route from Pahalgam to Aru valley. After reaching Aru valley and camping for overnight, a warm up walk can be done up to other beautiful Kotpather valley.
Day 2:Aru Valley to Lidderwat Valley (11 km Distance 4 to 5 hours trek Elevation 2900 meters) After breakfast the trek passes through Aru market before starting the gradual ascend for an hour and reaching up to the first nomadic hutments. From there the trek passes through dense pine forest ahead of the Goirmarg, from Goirmarg the trail meets the Lidder Stream up to the Lidder crossing bridge. Following the bridge crossing furthermore the trail reaches to the Lidderwat valley, overnight camping near fresh water springs.
Day 3: Lidderwat to Sekiwais (8 km Distance 4 hours trek Elevation 3500 The trekking starts with steep ascend up to Humwais valley ahead of Tarsar stream, after crossing the Tarsar stream, the trail turns narrow up wards to Sikwais valley overnight camping
Day 4: Sekiwais to Tarsar Lake (8 km Distance 4 Hours Trek Elevation 4000 meters)The day starts with leading rise through meadows of Tarsar ranges up to the Tarsar Lake, after reaching to Tarsar Lake overnight camping and sightseeing around lake.
Marsar Lake Elevation 4000 meters)
Day 5: Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake (8 km Distance 4 Hours Trek Elevation 4000 meters)Afterbreakfast the trek start with sudden ascend up to the cliff of Tarsar Lake after reach on the pass a beautiful panoramic view of Tarsar Lake. And begins steep descending up to the open valleys of Zachmarg. After reaching the Zachmarg campsite furthermore the visit to Sundersar and Marsar Lakes.
Sonmais Valley 3200 Meters)
Day 6: Marsar Lake to Sonmais Valley (9 km Distance 5 Hours Trek 3200 Meters)The day start easy walking up to Sonamais top, and begins a steep difficult ascend up to Sonmais valley after reaching the Sonmais campsite, sightseeing around the valley.
Sumbal ( 14 km Distance 6 to 7 Hours Trek )
Day 7: Sonmais to Sumbal ( 14 km Distance 6 to 7 Hours Trek )After early morning breakfast descending in dense forest encountering wildlife up to Sumbal stop where car will pick us up and drive to Srinagar via Kangan Ganderbal over night house boat.
Day 8: Shikara tour in Dallake and drop airport.