Tarsar Marsar Trek – A Crown of Summer Trekking

A tall barrier of a mountain separates the twin lakes of Tarsar and Marsar. The journey to the reunification of both lakes by the trekkers on foot is the Tarsar Marsar Trek which is famous as the trek through heaven. The Tarsar Marsar trek is an adventurous journey starting from Aru in Lidder Valley and ending at the same destination. However, the journey one traverse to come back to the beginning is where the mystery lies.

According to the legend, the ruler of Kashmir, Yusuf Shah Chak discovered the two lakes and established the beautiful expedition. Let’s dive into the Tarsar Marsar trek and understand what the trek is all about.


  1. Srinagar to Aru
  2. Aru to Lidderwat
  3. Lidderwat to Shekiwas
  4. Shekiwas to Tarsar
  5. Tarsar to Sundersar
  6. Sundersar to Marsar and Sonmasti
  7. Sonmasti to Sumbal and Srinagar

Best time for Tarsar Marsar trekking

Ardent worshippers of nature and passionate trekkers visit the trek all year round. The area is full of so much to offer in every season. The falling snow makes the already challenging expedition further challenging. However, the best time to visit the trek has been depicted as from May to September. July and August are the most preferred months by trekkers due to the comparative warmth in the weather.

The colorful parakeets of the Dachigam National Park and the wildlife of the Overa-Aru wildlife sanctuary, all wake up from their slumber and add up to the pristine beauty of the area. Besides the temperature is tolerable in these months, ranging from a maximum of 20 degrees in the day to a minimum of 2 degrees at night.

Trek information

  • Duration – 7-8 days
  • Distance to be covered – 48 km
  • Maximum altitude reached – 4100 m
  • Average trek altitude – 3000 m
  • Minimum age – 8 years
  • Difficulty level – moderate

Trekkers have to trek almost 7-8 km every day which is a 5-hour trek each day. The trek is treacherous with rocky and uneven surfaces. Ice might be found in abundance and trekkers are also probable to encounter wild animals. Trekkers might have to cross streams on the way. Swimming can act as an added advantage.

Tarsar Marsar Trek – things to do and encounters on the way

The trek offers exquisite beauty and picturesque views to cherish for a lifetime. Let’s look at the highlights along the trek.

  1. Dachigam National Park

The trek passes through the DachigamNational park with its breathtaking beauty. Flowers like gentian, poppy, and rhododendrons are found growing in the springtime.

  1. Overa-Aru wildlife sanctuary

Long-tailed marmots are a frequent sight on the trek due to the trek passing through this wildlife sanctuary. If you are lucky, you can also catch a glimpse of the Himalayan Brown Bear.

  1. Peaks of the Kolahi mountain

The trek is nestled in the lap of the gigantic Kolahi mountains with heights of over 4200 m. It passes through colorful meadows and flowing lush streams.

  1. Camping

At the end of the day, you will set your camp in the middle of the velvety grass and under the star-studded sky. Camping is a wonderful experience on the beautiful trek.

  1. Shekiwas ridge

The stunning sunset witnessed from the grassy ridge of Shekiwas is a treat to the eye. It is a camping site where you can walk barefoot on fresh grass.

If you are someone who loves trekking, then you must for a sure visit any of the summer treks in Kashmir. Which another fantastic trek of Kashmir is Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. If you love challenges and the idea of adventure is a tough trek for you, Tarsar Marsar Trek is bound to fill your heart with thrill. Embark on your journey and taste the adventure on the Tarsar Marsar trekking expedition.

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