If you are really keen to trek and have gained a lot of experience in trekking Tarsar Marsar trek is one of the treks in India that you must not miss. This trek is situated in Kashmir and the place itself being called the heaven on earth, you know what and how much to expect from this experience. It takes you right inside the heart of Kashmir and through several villages. You are going to be camping by orchards, riversides, gardens, lakes and much more beautiful natural landscapes. This trek is definitely not like any other.
Tis trek is located in the very center of the state of Kashmir. Specifically, it falls within the Pulwama district. The trek is named after the Tarsar and the Marsar lakes and these are situated 3km and 5km away from the village of Nagberan, the last village at the beginning of the trek. These lakes have a close relation with the folklore of Kashmir.
DISTANCE AND ALTITUDE
The trek is around 48kms long and is situated at a staggering height of 13500 ft. from the mean sea level.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit the place could be in the months of August and September. Although these are the months for the rainy season, Kashmir during these two months receives relatively less rainfall with the weather remaining largely clear and tourist-friendly. The atmosphere and the temperatures during this time is also quite pleasant and the climate doesn’t turn harsh by then. Broadly, you can visit any time between July and September as the weather remains really cozy, coolness just in the right amount. When it is sunny the daytime temperature fluctuates between 15-18 degrees. However, when it is windy and rainy the temperature drops to 4 and 5 degrees. Keep in mind that the night time temperature is quite low between 1-3 degrees.
With a total distance of approximately 47 kms, the trek takes about 7 days to be covered.
The difficulty level of the trek is from easy to moderate so you do not need to worry even if you are a beginner.
Mostly the trek starts from the capital city of the state i.e. Srinagar. It is from here people usually travel to the base camp of Aru and the end point of the trek is also usually Srinagar. While you are at Srinagar do not miss roaming about in the town as well.
The nearest railway station to the base camp is Jammu Tawi and you may take a lot of time via trains. It is best to either use buses or preferably travel via the cars. Being a state specializing in tourism, there are a lot of rented cars you will get as well.
If you are planning to travel via air, then the nearest airport is Sheikh-Ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar. The nearest railway station to Srinagar is Jammu. The station of Jammu i9s well connected by the major junctions of India as well.
The journey basically starts from Srinagar and you are most probably going to reach the base camp of Aru via Pahalgam. This journey takes approximately 3 to 4 hours via road. You will get to view amazing orchards of apple and meadows of alpine tress on both the sides. This place definitely offers certain views that are one of its kind. The village of Aru is an incredibly beautiful hamlet in the bank of the Lidder river.
The next day’s ascent from this village will be 10kms with the Lidder river flowing by your side.
On the second day trek for another 6 hours or so and you will travel through some Gujjar settlements and two freshwater creeks.
By now, you will reach the Lidderwat valley. The next day trek thorough some meadows , a pine forest and do not for get to check out the Homwas Cave on your way. Reach the Shekwas and rest for the day. From here you would reach the Tarsar lake the next day followed by the Sundersar lake and Marsar lake in the next few days.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Although the trek is moderate in difficulty some parts of the trek is rough and you will probably struggle as a beginner. Some parts also have steep ascent or descent and are filled with large rocks. But even if you are a beginner, do not loose hope and it is going to work out for you if you start to train yourself not only physically but also mentally for 2-3 months.
If you really wish to go for this trek do not be intimidated and believe in yourself. You can do it.