A day at Tarsar Lake

Tarsar Lake - Ravindra Joisa PhotographyTarsar lake is one of the pristine lakes that you will find in the Himalayas. Spending a day at Tarsar lake and exploring it’s surrounding is worth the stay. The conditions in the Himalayas change every hour and you cannot predict what the weather would be in the next one hour. In just one day we could see snowfall, rain, bright sunlight, clear sky, the mountains around without any snow, green meadows, crystal clear water in the lake.

If you have not gone through my previous four days of Tarsar trek, then check the following links:

Tarsar Trek – Day 1 – Srinagar to Aru drive
Tarsar Trek – Day 2 – Aru to Lidderwat
Tarsar Trek – Day 3 – Lidderwat to Shekwas
Tarsar Trek – Day 4 – Shekwas to Tarsar

Had captured this image at Tarsar Lake and published by ‘Lonely Planet’.

After gradual climb all the way from Shekwas to Tarsar on day four, it was more of a complete rest at on day five at Tarsar. We were free to explore this area around Tarsar Lake and were not allowed to go any further even though our plan was to go to Marsar and Sundarsar lake which was another half a day’s trek. In the evening of day four, we spent most of our time next to the lake. Our camp was hardly 50 meters from the lake and at night, it was very cold and not just that, the cold breeze made it worse. We had great fun at our campsite dining tent and soon after the briefing we went back to our tents and had a good night sleep.

The next day morning, day five was supposed to be a free day for us to explore the place. It was cloudy and we couldn’t see the sunrise. Instead, there was something totally unexpected. It drizzled for a while and then the snow storm. The snowfall went on and the visibility was hardly 25 meters. We were lucky to see the first snowfall that season in that region. Meanwhile in Srinagar and Dal Lake, the temperature had dropped and it even rained, which is something that I came to know after completing the trek. I went out with my camera to capture photos and videos, all were excited to see snow fall and most of us had great fun. We even had a cup of tea inside our dining tent and then the breakfast. The snowfall went on and the visibility was poor we could hardly see the lake from our campsite even though our campsite was just 50 meters from the lake. Everything turned white in no time. Snowfall went on for few hours till noon and then it stopped. We had lunch and soon after, it was all clear. It was clear sky and the thin layer of snowfall were no more visible. The green meadows were back by the time it was three in the afternoon.

Heavy snowstorm at Tarsar Lake, Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Many did not want to come out of their tent and some were…

Posted by Ravindra Joisa Photography on Sunday, October 11, 2015

We continued to explore the place around the campsite. We climbed the ridge which was to the right of our campsite. It was approx one hour climb and was steep, but was worth the climb. We could see the top view of Tarsar lake and also, the other side of the pass. This was the highest point in the entire trek. Don’t forget to capture the panoramic shot from this place. Spend some time on top and enjoy the view. If you continue further, it will take you to Sundarsar lake. You can also see the trail that goes from Tarsar to the pass which is on the other side of the lake. From that point, you can see Marsar lake far away which is another half day trek from that place.

In the evening we spent time going around campsite and the lake. You are not allowed to take bath or clean your cloth or vessels at Tarsar. You may use the water that goes out as stream for cooking. We hardly spent time inside tent and at night it is an ideal place to do some astro photography. I managed to get some timelapse of galaxy and few galaxy shots. If you have plans to do timelapse then don’t forget to carry some additional batteries.

The next day morning was a perfect one. The sunrise behind the Kolahoi peak, the shadow of the nearby mountain, the sunrays, clear sky etc made it the perfect day to start our hike back from Tarsar to Jadsar. Follow my blog to know more on what we did on day 6. Checkout the video below.

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