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Tarsar Marsar Trek

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About Tarsar Marsar Trek

Kashmir, rightfully proclaimed as ‘heaven on Earth’, is a land of pristine mountains, verdant meadows, azure lakes, and breathtaking natural splendour. It is also home to some of the most spectacular treks in the lap of Himalayas, the most popular of which is the Tarsar Marsar Trek. Perched on the high altitude of 13,201 feet, the Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek offers an outstanding trekking experience to all adventure seekers and nature lovers. This trek includes mind blowing trails as well as three alpine lakes named Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundarsar. While trekking, you get an opportunity to walk around the whole circumference of Sundsarsar and Tarsar lakes, witnessing the remarkable phenomena of their changing colours from every angle.

Besides its spectacular mountain and lake vistas, Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek is known for its majestic trails that lead you over the lush green meadows of Kashmir and provide excellent views of the stunning Chinar tree forest. During this trek, you may also see the glacial river Lidder as well as other rivers like the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi as they descend to the lower plains. The finest aspect of the Tarsar Marsar walk is that everyone may partake in this wonderful experience because it is not physically demanding and offers breathtaking vistas of Kashmir at virtually every step.

Highlights of Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar Marsar Trek

Maximum altitude: 13,201 feet

Grade: Easy to Moderate difficulty level

Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights

Trekking distance: 47 kms

Trail type: One way. Tarsar Marsar lake trek begins and ends at Aru.

Rail head: Jammu railway station

Airport: Srinagar airport

Snow Season: Relatively more in June

Service from: Srinagar to Srinagar

Base camp: Aru (approx 4 hr drive from Srinagar)

Best season: Monsoon treks between the months of July and August

Region: Jammu and Kashmir

Who can participate:

Individuals over the age of ten. The walk is open to newcomers, although prior experience is preferred. The trekker should be able to carry a backpack weighing 10 to 15 kg. Travellers must be physically healthy and have the stamina to complete at least four kilometres in 30 minutes without stopping.

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Tarsar Marsar Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

Srinagar to Aru

Altitude: 7,958 ft (2,426 m)

Duration: 3.5 hours drive.

  • The Tarsar Marsar trek commences from Aru base camp which is around 112 km from Srinagar.
  • To ensure that we reach the base camp before nightfall, we will leave from Srinagar around 2 PM.
  • On our way to Aru base camp , we will stop at the scenic Pahalgam which is 100 km away from Srinagar and 12 km from Aru.
  • The journey to Aru base camp is breathtaking as this hamlet is located on the banks of the glacial river Lidder and includes a stretch of 200 asbestos-roofed cottages perfectly arranged among the lush green meadows of Kashmir.
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What to Pack for your trek

tarsar marsar trek


  • Backpack (50l- 60l): Get a good quality backpack with comfortable shoulder straps and rain cover.
  • Trekking shoes: Wear comfortable and waterproof high ankle trekking shoes with good grip.
  • Thermal Inners: The temperature at high altitudes is very low and hence, it is recommended to be fully equipped with necessary warmers, sweaters, and full sleeve shirts.
  • Jackets: Carry a heavy, windproof and fleece jacket to remain warm and comfortable during Tarsar Marsar trek in October.
  • Caps: Bring a sun cap and a woollen cap to protect yourself from the sun and the cold weather.
  • Water Bottles: Carry two reusable water bottles of 1 ltr each to remain hydrated throughout the trek.
  • Personal medical kit: For emergencies, bring a personal medical kit with all the necessary medications and band-aids.
  • Trekking Pole: Bring at least one trekking pole for ease of movement and stability while trekking.


  • Gloves: Bring two pairs of waterproof hand gloves.
  • Toiletries: Carry essential toiletries like sunscreen, sanitizer, toothbrush, tooth paste, cold cream, toilet paper and wipes.
  • Torch: A torch with extra batteries is always useful on a trek.
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses with U/V protection are effective in guarding your eyes from the Sun.
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Know Before You Go

How to Reach
Trekking routes
Important Tips for trekkers

By Flight - Srinagar is well-connected to all the major airports of the country, including Delhi and Mumbai. If you plan to travel by air, book a flight to Srinagar airport from anywhere in the country and reach the pick up point in the city via a cab.

By Train - Alternatively, trekkers can travel to Srinagar via train. You can either choose to travel to Jammu railway station (260 km away) or Udhampur railway station (200 km away).

By Bus - You can reach Srinagar bus stand from any major city in the state and nearby areas. From Jammu, the bus ride takes approximately 7h 20 mins.

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How difficult is Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Tarsar Marsar trek is rated moderately difficult. Hence, even beginners, amateur trekkers, families, and solo trekkers can participate in this trek.

Can a beginner do Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Yes, Tarsar Marsar trek is highly safe and relatively easy trek and is thus, suitable for beginners with no prior trekking experience as well.

How long is Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Tarsar Marsar trek lasts for 7 days and 6 nights and covers a distance of about 47 km.

Is Tarsar Marsar trek open now?

Yes, Tarsar Marsar trek in October is open and high in demand. If you wish to get a seat on the trek, make sure to book your tickets at the earliest.

What is the Best Time to do Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Tarsar Marsar trek is essentially a monsoon trek. As a result, the best time to participate in this adventure is between July and August.

What is the highest altitude of Tarsar Marsar Trek?

The highest altitude of Tarsar Marsar trek is 13,201 ft.