Tarsar lake is a paradise for nature lovers, one of the most beautiful lakes in India. Untouched, clean, crystal clear water, amazing landscape, no human activities around and a perfect place for a peaceful meditation. Even the locals consider the water at Tarsar lake to by holy. A perfect place for camping, for landscape photographers, for night photography to get those Milkyway and star trail shots. This lake is almost a kilometer wide and 2 kilometers long. The view from the nearby pass is breathtaking. Thanks to Indiahikes to organizing this trek.
Don’t forget to go through the details of Tarsar trek one each day:
Day1 – Srinagar to Aru drive
Day2 – Aru to Lidderwat
Day3 – Lidderwat to Shekwas
Day4 – Shekwas to Tarsar
Day5 – A day at Tarsar Lake
The entire trek was for 6 to 7 days. It is a 3 days hike from Aru in Jammu and Kashmir state in India to reach Tarsar lake. You may continue further to Marsar lake and Sonasar lake and end your trek near Sonamarg. We had no option and had to return from Tarsar to Aru. A day’s stay at Tarsar was awesome, camping next to the lake and on the other side was Kolahoi peak. I would say that Jammu and Kashmir state has some of the world’s best landscapes and lakes. If you have plans to trek in Kashmir then Kashmir Great Lakes and Tarsar Marsar trek is a must.
Also read: Kashmir Great Lakes trek
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Here are few tips. Always have an additional buffer day at the end. The weather can change drastically and it is good to have an additional day before and after. The time taken to reach Aru should not take more than half a day. So, if you reach early, then go around Aru. Also, if you have not utilized your buffer day and you reach the highway near Sonamarg, then utilize that day exploring Sonamarg. Water availability on all these days is not a problem. There are many Gujjar huts on the way and if there is an abandoned one, don’t forget to peek or even stay inside. It is a unique experience. I do not recommend staying inside tent once you reached the campsite. Explore the place as much as possible.
This place is ideal for night photography. There is no light pollution. You can easily capture star trail and milky way shots provided you carry your tripod. Expect strong winds and cold weather and unexpected snow at times.
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