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Tarsar Marsar Trek – Four Reasons Why You Should do

Tarsar Marsar Trek can be your best option if you plan to trek in the monsoon. The reason Tarsar Marsar Trek is among the best monsoon treks in India. 

Nestled in the picturesque Kashmir Valley, Tarsar Marsar Trek beats all treks in beauty. From day one of the trek, when you enter Aru, you feel like you are in heaven. You are surrounded by lush green pine forest, gushing Lidder River glittering in milky colour and beautiful local huts of the village. 

Throughout the trek, you are enthralled with such beauty. Not only this but in the latter days of the trek, the beauty climbs its peak when you are at the charming lakes.

I have done the Tarsar Marsar Trek thrice and felt like I was in Paradise each time I went there. 

Therefore, in this blog, I am sharing my four favourite reasons why you should do the Tarsar Marsar trek during the monsoon. 

1. Three Elusive Lakes: Tarsar, Marsar And Sundarsar

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Tarsar Lake

The three lakes, Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundarsar, are the gems of the Tarsar Marsar trek. These are the prettiest lakes I have ever seen, and Tarsar Lake is my favourite. 

Tarsar Lake is a picturesque lake that touches your heart with its beauty and calmness. The lake looks stunning from every angle and makes you feel as if someone has painted a magnificent lake on canvas. 

On the other hand, Marsar is a massive almond-shaped lake surrounded by beautiful mountains from all four sides. Viewing  Marsar Lake from a ridge just above it amazes you with its vast circumference and captivating ambience. 

Moving further away from Marsar Lake is Sundarsar Lake. You rarely come across a lake like this. Sundarsar Lake is surrounded by snow-covered mountains on three sides and massive, rugged mountains in the background on one side. The sunrise and sunset on this lake are so enthralling that you are stunned for days.

2. Campsites Beside Lakes

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Camping beside a lake is a very rare opportunity on treks in India. But on this scenic trek, you can bang your tents on the shore of Tarsar and Sundarsar lake. These campsites are the best I have ever been to in the Himalayas, and both are entirely different, as are the lakes.

Tarsar Lake Campsite 

The Tarsar Lake campsite is just on the edge of a lake with Tarsar Ridge in the background. 

You camp on the lush green grassland beside the lake with flaps of your camp facing towards the lake. Every time you open the flap, you have a glittering Tarsar lake looking at you with snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. Such a view is something you won’t get on any other trek.

Another fantastic view from this campsite is the flowing stream from Tarsar Lake. Water flows down in the valley below from the Tarsar Lake, and you cross this stream many times during your stay

Sundarsar Lake Campsite 

The Sundarsar campsite is different from the Tarsar Lake campsite. Snow-laden mountains surround it, and you can see their splendid reflection in Sundarsar Lake. Having such a view in front of your tent is a unique trekking experience.

3. Exquisite Meadows Of Tarsar Marsar Trek

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The lush green cover and captivating surrounding views of meadows have always fascinated me. It is the reason Tarsar Marsar is among my favourite treks. 

Tarsar Marsar Trek hosts numerous meadows with stunning views. These meadows are entirely different from other meadows in the Himalayas; the best part is that they follow you throughout the trek. 

From day one, the picture-perfect meadows fascinate you with an amazingly lush green surface surrounded by beautiful pine trees and gushing water streams. Walking through these meadows makes you feel like removing your trek shoes and walking barefoot.

On this trek, you camp on the meadows three out of five times. While camping on these meadows, you come across herds of sheep and tiny Gujjar huts. A look at these Gujjar huts takes you back to nomadic life.

4. Easy Grade Trek

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As I have done this trek three times and even in three days, Tarsar Marsar is an easy grade-level trek. Anyone ranging from beginners to children above 12 years and experienced trekkers can do Tarsar Marsar trek. 

Throughout the Tarsar Marsar trek, trekking trails are short, with a 5-6 km distance between two campsites. You also find only two sections on the trek, which are steep to climb. Even the altitude gain is not much, which decreases the risk of mountain sickness on this trek.

These were my four reasons to do the Tarsar Marsar trek in monsoon. So, I hope you have enough reasons to add Tarsar Marsar Trek to your bucket list for the upcoming monsoon.  

If you find these reasons compelling, please comment below. 

About the author

An adventurer by passion, Arjun is a trained mountaineer from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and certified WFA( wilderness first aid) responder from Hanifl Center. He has worked as Trek Leader with renowned trekking companies and have trekked extensively in Himalayas.

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