A Beginners Guide to Tarsar Marsar Trek


Last Updated on January 19, 2024 by Asfa Rasheed

The bewitching beauty of Kashmir allures poets, nature enthusiasts, and tourists alike. Its stunning landscape includes snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows, gushing rivers, majestic alpine forests, serene alpine lakes, and much more. It is no surprise that Kashmir is referred to as “Heaven on Earth”. Apart from this, Kashmir also offers a variety of Himalayan treks, one of which is the Tarsar Marsar Trek. The trail of this trek is truly captivating, and this guide by Cliffhangers India will cover all the details and attractions of this trek.

Tarsar and Marsar Lakes, two alpine lakes situated in the Kashmir Himalayas, are known as the “Twin Sisters” due to their similar nature and the mountain that separates them. Located 20 km east of Kolahoi Mountain in the Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir, Tarsar Lake is situated near the Dachigam National Park. The stunning location and remarkable scenery of the area have made this trek a popular destination.

The Ideal Time to visit Tarsar Marsar

The ideal time to complete the Tarsar Marsar trek is from April to September. During this period, the route is open and the weather is favorable for trekking. In May, the trail is clear and the environment is lush and green. June is also a great time to embark on the trek. August and September are the optimal months for the trek, as the Kashmir valley receives little rainfall, creating a pleasant atmosphere for tourists.

Weather and Temperature

The period from July to August is the most comfortable time for this trek. The daytime temperature is usually between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius when it is sunny. When it is cloudy or rainy, the temperature is typically between 4 and 5 degrees. However, at night, the temperature drops significantly to 1-3 degrees. Towards the middle of August and into September, the climate at Tarsar Marsar starts to become cooler. During this time, the temperature at night drops to between -3 and -5 degrees.

The Difficulty level of the trek

The Tarsar Marsar trek is suitable for all levels, though it can be tricky for those without any prior experience. The most difficult part of this trek is the steep descent after Sunderser lake, but with proper preparation and good trekking shoes, even a beginner can complete it successfully.

For those with no trekking experience, it is recommended to spend two to three months both physically and mentally preparing for the trek. Experienced trekkers will find this trek especially rewarding due to the beautiful scenery and mild challenges. Everyone except small children, the elderly, and families can enjoy the Tarsar Marsar trek.

Is this trek safe and secure?

This journey is secure as the path is situated in a remote corner of Kashmir, away from any urban areas, thus there is no risk of commotion or fighting. The only time when you will be in contact with civilization is when you are traveling from Srinagar to Aru or returning to Srinagar by vehicle. If you are confronted with a chaotic situation or a curfew is unexpectedly imposed, don’t be alarmed.

The Tarsar Marsar Kashmir trek is managed by experienced guides who have an extensive understanding of the landscape and other local conditions. They are qualified to provide first aid and other medical attention in case of any issues. The trek is designed over a period of 7 days to give trekkers the time to adjust to the environment and cope with the physical exertion of the journey.

Another week-long trek in Kashmir is Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. This trek is also finished in 7 days, however, the difficulty level of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is moderate to difficult

If you decide to go on a trip to the Tarsar Mansar Lake trek, you can be sure that you are in good hands with the right people. Cliffhangers India will also help you in planning a customized trek. You can visit our page and know more about packages related to all types of trips.
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