Any meals during transit are not included in the trek fee. All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, or government orders, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). Carry stainless steel cutlery. If you are looking for Kashmir Great Lakes trek options, then you can blindly choose Cliffhangers India. While booking hotels on your return, always book your rooms for Day 7 at Srinagar. They are closely packed and come one after another. It’s easier and makes trekking more enjoyable. If you need serious medical attention, head to Srinagar for better facilities. Keep a check of areas that are flagged red. It’s a good idea to stay back in Srinagar on the day you return. The trail is tricky with some gradient. Most trekkers descend down from Tarsar, until Shekwas, turn left and get into the Sundarsar valley. Instead of crossing the Tarsar pass, you take a different route to Shekwas. Out of the pine trees, the trail gently climbs a mound, from the top of which is one of the most fascinating sceneries of the day. : In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. The trek starts from Aru, a picturesque hamlet, which is 12 km from the famous touristy town of Pahalgam. | Tip: Shared cabs are more from the Jammu ISBT compared to the Railway Station. Weather and Temperature. A sensible option is to drop down to the wooden bridge, climb out of the meadows on the other side and camp anywhere. A staff will accompany you. If you have registered with Indiahikes, you also need to carry the Disclaimer Certificate and the Medical Certificate. | Pro tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. The sight was so spectacular from my vantage point above the cliffs, that I almost wanted to applaud. Wear one pair and carry two just in case it rains. You will need at least 3 insulation layers for this trek. The Tarsar Marsar trek by itself does not involve any risks. From July to mid-August: July and August are the warmest months of the trek. There are two logical passes that one can climb. It is rated as ‘moderate’. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones. Day 7: Trek from Homwas (11,500 ft) to Aru (7,958 ft) and drive to Srinagar. That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. I think the best photos of the lake come from this section. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes. Start gathering these accessories first. If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Pahalgam is a more familiar place around Srinagar so if you are reaching on your own, take a shared vehicle from Srinagar to Pahalgam. This is a title we do not give treks lightly. At Indiahikes, our trek leaders are trained and equipped to take care of any emergencies related to AMS. The lake is a stunning display of nature’s capabilities. The trail ahead converges upwards and to the left past the Bhakarwal shelters, sticking to the right of the river. Avoid getting large toilet rolls. This includes gradual ascents and descents. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. Trekking poles give you stability and balance. Climb over the boulders and trace a path towards the pass. Click here for more explanation. You have to pay the driver directly. We made it in time :). This makes it a notch more difficult than the easy-moderate treks like Kedarkantha and Dayara Bugyal. However, Tarsar Marsar is a trek where alpine lakes take a life of their own. The cost range from Rs 1200 to Rs 1700. I was right on the edge of the shores of the Tarsar and Sundarsar, my tent on the grassy glades of these lakes, watching the dark blue aquamarine waters being fed by snow patches. If you cancel the offloading of your backpack: You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity. However, we have noticed that trekkers are particularly prone to AMS at Sundersar (Day 5). The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like. You will find frequent shared cabs leaving for Anantnag from Dalgate taxi stand, near Jan Bakers on MA Road to Anantnag. Unfortunately, we are not running any Family Batches now. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. (minus 4% transaction fee). If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage. The same day we drive to Srinagar for an overnight stay. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. | Cotton or Synthetic? Base camp Aru has reliable electricity. Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker. It takes about half hour to cross this lovely section of the trail and enter the cluster of firs once again. It’s a boon because it makes for a comfortable trekking experience. Don’t go to. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic. On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed. Coming back to the trail, being mentally prepared for the trek is as important as being physically prepared to stay safe. There are plenty of places to stay at Aru, though they are a tad expensive. Tarsar Marsar Trek is a stunning trek with three alpine lakes- Tarsar, Marsar and Sundarsar which mesmerize one with their beauty. Apart from that they really have good packages of adventure travel across India. The new track was very beautiful and amazing, I did not even feel for a moment that the trek was redirected. While it is a great trek to do, you need to get your travel plan worked out perfectly. Click here to see other similar treks. A woolen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes –. That’s doable in a well-paced itinerary, like the one we follow for the Tarsar Marsar trek at Indiahikes. Tarsar Marsar is arguably the prettiest trek in India. Please keep the environment-cleanliness strictly into consideration. Morning/night: 0°C to 5°C. Most issues are resolved with their intervention. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). This buffer day depends completely on the situation in Kashmir. There were times when I had to get down to the Lidder — its waters swishing around my ankles. The trail tops a few false ridges, each opening up to different wondrous sceneries. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Book hotels where you may not have to transfer money in advance. Hi Jamir, we will be announcing dates for July, August and September 2021 soon. Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. Can be used on any Indiahikes trek. In your daypack you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. You can see it in this image by Trek Leader Leo Saldanha. Tarsar Marsar trek 2016. Not at all like in Himachal Pradesh or Uttarakhand. All three lakes are unmatched in their beauty and are unique in their own ways. Wear one T-shirt and carry two. Then I climbed into one of the loveliest coniferous forests, tunneling through to get into pretty grasslands on the other side. This is until dollops of clouds waft their way through the U-shaped valley and settle above the lake. Attend to your uneasiness and take curative measures. | Buying tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. Descend from the pass on the shepherds’ trail that leads to the bottom of the valley. It is a short one, but can get tricky if you are descending during the rains. Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. Plus some bonus sightseeing. The PDA caretaker runs a private shop and there are quick bites to eat here. The best time of all for the Tarsar Marsar trek in August and September. You may even see melting ice floes in the lake in early July. If you do not feel normal after a few hours or overnight, do not proceed further on the trek. This is why we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies. Ensure you do not keep any valuables at the base. Please let me know about luggage assistance/ porter service as well. You will get plenty of them immediately as you step out of the airport. But if you are short on time and skip camping at Shekwas, pay close attention to your body. You get to circumvent the entire perimeter of  this lake, offering you multiple perspectives. We usually stop our trek towards the first week of September, but some lone trekkers do attempt it till the end of September. The valley floor is a vast bed of flowers. On a trek like Tarsar Marsar you are going to be handling snow quite a bit if your trekking in early July You’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself in snow. The Tarsar-Marsar Trek is a crossover trek expedition from Aru in Lidder Valley to Sumbal village in the Sind Valley over Sonmasti Pass (4100m). Tarsar always gives me these moments. You have two options – shared cabs or private cabs. This makes it a notch more difficult than the easy-moderate treks like Kedarkantha and Dayara Bugyal. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Topping the ridge is another moment for the poets. These accessories are mandatory. A balaclava is a modern version of the woolen cap. Don’t panic if there is a curfew. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you. As Indians, we love cotton. The Marsar Lake connects with Dachigam National Park and drains its waters through this park into Dal Lake. The Tarsar Marsar trek takes you right to the heart of Kashmir. In case of a medical emergency, the closest hospital will be found at Pahalgam, which is around half an hour’s drive from Aru. The trail tops a few false ridges, each opening up to different wondrous sceneries.Two hours later, the trail finally gives you a narrow glimpse of Tarsar. s. Understanding these requirements of mine, Cliffhangers India offered me the trail. Especially when its formidable sister trek, Kashmir Great Lakes, is in the picture. You are recommended to avoid carrying any non-biodegradable items during the expedition/trek/tour; in case it’s a medical or other necessity, please dispose of them off properly (dustbins) after the expedition/trek is over. Once in Srinagar, make your way to the Tourism Reception Center (TRC). Willow and poplar trees pop up amidst the cottages. These were rare moments on a trek, which I didn’t get elsewhere. They have good idea about the trail and can judge the weather to make sure the trekerrs are safe. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. In case you lack the required fitness, or are suffering from diseases that have the potential of becoming fatal in the mountains/ high altitude, Cliffhangers reserves the right to bar your participation from any expedition/trekking without any refund/compensation. Avoid going to downtown areas.Stick to tourist spaces as they tend to be safer and well-protected during times of unrest. From the end of August to mid-September: The mountain valleys in Kashmir start getting colder by the end of August. For me, the Tarsar Marsar has tremendous variety everyday of the trek. We recommend this as it gives you an added rest day at Srinagar. The trek, leader, guides n staff are very good and supporting. You can keep an eye on this page and we’ll have dates out soon! Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. So pay careful attention to this entire section. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader. This article will help throw some light on that aspect. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. © Cliffhangers India 2020 All Rights Reserved. This day of the trek is moderate. Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive. ticket from Srinagar. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). Watch the below video to understand the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. Tarsar Marsar Trek is a stunning trek with three alpine lakes- Tarsar, Marsar and Sundarsar which mesmerize one with their beauty. This takes around 4 hours to cover. This is a hard one. without them. We cross a mountain separator and enter the Marsar Lake for an overnight stay. Go for this option if you are traveling on your own and want to opt for shared vehicles. Loved the trek and carrying lots of wonderful memories :), Very well I would say. We cannot stress enough on how important it is for you to communicate any symptom to your Trek Leader. You can watch the video below to learn about HAPE and HACE and how to tackle them. Before you start shopping and packing for the high-altitude Tarsar Marsar trek, watch this video to get a clear idea about what you need to take along. It is a gentle but long climb from Aru to Lidderwat, covering a distance of 10 km in 6 hours. No GST is applicable on transport cost. Read the full cancellation policy here. The arrangements were fantastic with great people to guide. January 5 at 8:14 PM. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, or government orders. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey. All the campsites from Lidderwat are at considerable high altitudes. | Pro tip: Carry miniature-sized items. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. So, enquire about the details when you are booking for a cab. At Dalla, the trail is no longer a climb, but a gentle undulating walk through thick pines. This is the last day of the trek. Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,500 plus GST of 5%. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during registration at the base camp –, There are two sections in this. Please get a recommendation from a registered medical officer/institute; getting a medical certificate is a must before embarking on an expedition/trekking. The lake is overlooked by mighty mountain peaks like Kolahoi peak. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. Rushing down the valley that leads to Marsar, huge columns of clouds rolled in towards Marsar. One reaches Marsar Lake, a twin-sister of Tarsar Lake. Tarsar Marsar  has long walking days. Down in the plains when the heat is a blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Benchmarking the trek with my previous high altitude trek, Tarsar Marsar had many more experiences, Reasons why I liked the tarsar marsar trek If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain. Enquire about this with the driver. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. — where team members from Indiahikes talk about how it feels to trek in Kashmir. At these altitudes it can get freezing cold even in the middle of summer. Within fifteen or twenty minutes the clouds blanketed Marsar, taking the lake out of sight. Trek to Tarsar Marsar in June is again a good time to go for. The number of cautions was followed for personal safety and the eco-friendly trail was brilliant feature. These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. The rates/fees for the trek once decided will remain the same; however, if the group size is trimmed from the client end, the rates/fees may vary. Clear streams run across the meadows. The Tarsar Marsar trek gives trekkers a unique experience of camping between two alpine lakes, a feat that no other trek offers. Go for pants with zippered pockets. In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading and rental fee). The place holds religious significance, too, with saints and priests renouncing life (in old times) and going into this valley for meditation and peace. Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge. The pass is a lovely grassy stretch that has clear trails leading to flatter grounds just below it. The guide,  Abdul chacha, was wise, knowledgeable and considerate. The Tarsar Marsar Trek in Kashmir is easily the prettiest trek in India. Way back from Sundarsar to Aru had some lovely views which made the whole experience worth it. It’s a moderate trek with mild ascents and descents leading to a beautiful camping meadow, Lidderwat. From the ridge top, look to your left and spot a grazing trail that leads into the folds of the mountains on your left. In case of a medical emergency, the closest hospital is at Pahalgam. Look back to take a commanding view of the entire region of Aru. Because every step I took would crush flowers under my feet. | Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the. They made us feel at home. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. - short trek time (we start in the morning, and are at our campsite by noon, giving a chance for us to explore the surrounding places) 4. No further slots are likely. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.). Next, let’s talk about the things you need to carry for the Tarsar Marsar trek. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites. | Note: Srinagar Airport to Srinagar TRC buses are not reliable. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). – Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges. Tarsar-Marsar Trek is one of the highly opted treks of the Kashmir Valley. An overnight stay at Homwas. Zostel is the famous chain of backpacks hostel. Aru is almost European in its setting. –>Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in less than 37 mins. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and your backpack. Apart from two sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. The Marsar Lake is an oligotrophic alpine lake in Aru, Anantnag District of the Kashmir Valley in India. 4 hours, 5 km trek, Day 5: Tarsar (12,449 ft) to Sundersar (12,946 ft); You will see the pine forests of Lidderwat that you had seen on day one of your trek in a whole new light. 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