Day 2 of my Himalayan trek to Tarsar was very exciting and adventurous, and to add to this it was raining. Cloud covered mountain peaks, the landscape all along the trail was just ideal for photographers like me. While starting from Aru campsite, I went much ahead initially but after climbing for about a kilometer, the landscape around made me stop every five minutes and capture all of them. By the time I reached Lidderwat campsite, all other had even completed lunch, and it was almost evening. That beautiful is the landscape.
If you have not gone through my previous post, then check out my day one drive from Srinagar to Aru.
The trail from Aru starts with the initial few meters in the meadows and once you cross a small stream is a gradual climb. As you climb the trail, you get to see the entire Aru village, each house covered with the metal sheet on top. In between the tail you get to see few Gujjar huts and farmland. The place is all green with few pine trees and the wild horse grazing in the meadows. We continued in the pine forest and gained altitude till we could hear the water flow from Lidder river. As you walk along the trail, you will find Bhakarwal nomadic people who stay in higher grounds during summer.
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Continue to walk along the trail till you reach Lidder river. Take a small break and have fun in trying to cross the man-made bridge which is made of just 2 or 3 tree trunks. Be careful as the water current is high and is freezing cold underneath. You don’t have to cross the river. But, on the other side of the river you will find Gujjar settlement and this place is called Nandkei. Just continue to walk along the trail and you get to see few remains of the older, collapsed huts. After crossing this place, you enter the meadows. It’s a perfect place, green carpet. Looks like someone has well maintained it with proper care. You can take your shoes off and walk here in the meadows. Beautiful landscape around the meadows with Lidder river on one side, huge granite mountain peak next to that, green pine forest covered mountains around. We took a break, slept for a while, enjoyed the fresh air and green meadows, under pine tree’s shadow.
Soon after this it was a steep descent to the Lidder river, where we had to cross river. There is a proper government built strong wooden bridge. We spent some time again over here photographing, after which we climbed up for another 10 minutes and we reached Lidderwat. Lidderwat is another beautiful campsite where there is enough space to camp and play cricket as well. You will find government guest house here. We preferred to camp outside, but can be a uniue experience staying at this guest house. You can enjoy the evening next to Lidder river or enjoy at Lidderwat camp site. The landscape around Lidderwat camp site is beautiful, ideal place to capture some timelapse of sunset and sunrise. The rays of light and shadows of the nearby mountains on another mountain appear well in timelapse videos.
Checkout this video that takes you through day 2 of trekking from Aru to Lidderwat. Hope you liked this post. I will be writing more posts on Tarsar treks in the coming days. So, follow me on social media for more photos and updates.