Tarsar Marsar Trek Overview

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.

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  • Explore the jaw-dropping beauty of this stunning trek with three alpine lakes- Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundarsar which mesmerize one with their beauty
  • Through the trail you can simply treat your eyes on the spectacular views of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers in their glory.
  • Witness the 200 asbestos roofed huts aligned together in the lush green meadows & witness the most magical view that comes from cloud covered marsar lake.
  • Experience the rare view of glittering blue waters of the lakes from the comfort of your campsites in Tarsar Marsar Trek.
  • You get the chance to cover the whole perimeter of Sundersar and Tarsar lakes, it changes color at every other angle.
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Must Know Before You Go
  • Tarsar Marsar Trek is moderate and the trek goes to a max altitude of 13,500 ft. Trek is recommended for first-timers also.
  • June to July, day time 15°C to 20°C and night 7°C to -1°C. & August to September, day time 15°C to 10°C and night 5°C to -3°C.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government is to be followed.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • Professional Treak Leaders are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Kashmir Tarsar Marsar trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travelers littering may be fined.
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Quick Facts of Tarsar Marsar Trek

Quick Facts of 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.

Detailed Itinerary of Tarsar Marsar Trek

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Day 1

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.

What to Pack for Tarsar Marsar Trek?

What to Pack for 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.

Know Before You Go Tarsar Marsar Trek

How to Reach
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How to Reach
  • 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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