Day 1- 08 Aug’21
Srinagar to Aru base camp on the bank of Lidder River
Altitude - 7,950ft
Depart from Srinagar by 2 pm
Drive - 4 hrs, Srinagar to Aru
Stay in Tent
Report Srinagar airport before 2.00 pm then vehicle can be arranged from Srinagar airport till base camp
(Participants will have to bear the cost of transport till base camp)
Our first day destination is Aru on the banks of Lidder river, situated 12 km off Pahalgam.
At Aru, you will be welcomed at a river-side camping zone near Lidder river.
Day 2- 09 Aug’21 Aru to Lidderwat
Altitude - 7,950 to 9,150ft
Trek - 10 km trek, 6 hrs
Easy terrain, gradual ascent
Stay in tents
An easy to moderate trek from Aru Valley to Lidderwat is via pine forests and lush meadows along the stream. The trek begins with a mild yet long climb from the village of Aru to Lidderwat. The trail snakes along the cool Ladder river. A few minutes into the trek, and you can see the beautiful Aru valley behind. Soon the trail enters beautiful forests of fir and opens out to the Dalla clearing. Now the trek becomes gentler and evener, later on the trail curves into dense fir forests, and in to the stunning meadows of Lidderwat.
Day 3- 10 Aug’21 Lidderwat to Shekwas
Altitude - 9,150 to 11,000ft
Trek - 5.5 km trek, 5 hrs
Moderate terrain, continuous ascent for first few hours
Stay in tents
An easy to moderate trek today, we will continue the trail alongside the Lidder river and enter the fantastic forests of pine. Move past the cluster of trees and watch incredible views unfold before you. The expansive grasslands of Lidderwat blend in with the snowy mountains, along with misty valleys. There will be multiple clear water streams cutting across our path, the meadows of Shekwas are breath-taking. The trail enters a tapering valley graced by a snaking blue river and soon leads to the lovely campsite of Shekwas.
Day 4- 11 Aug’21 Shekwas to Tarsar and Explore Tarsar
Altitude - 11,000 to 12,500ft
Trek - 5 km trek, 4 hrs
Moderate terrain, continuous gradual ascent
Carry enough water, only few natural sources are available
Stay in tent
Once you leave Shekwas, the trail along the path leading up to Tarsar via a ridge overlooking a stream. The narrow ridges pop up to stunning views of the valley. Later the trail offers a slight sneak peek into the wonderful Tarsar lake. Crossing a stream through rocky terrains and boulders land you at the grasslands of Tarsar and Tarrsar’s magnetic blue waters.
Day 5- 12 Aug’21 Tarsar to Sundarsar
Altitude - 12,500 to 13,100ft
Trek - 5 km trek, 5 hrs
Moderate to difficult terrain
The Tarsar Pass commands numerous beautiful views, and the valley spans out beautifully. The trail that descends from the pass to the bottom of the valley opens to a verdant valley. Another stretch of meadows, grasslands, streams, and boulders brings you to the magical campsite of Sundarsar Lake.
Day 6- 13 Aug’21 Visit Marsar and then to Homwas
Altitude - Marsar ridge 13,400ft, Homwas 11,500ft
Trek - 9 km trek, 7 hrs
1 hr continuous ascent to Marsar ridge
Gradual descent all the way to Homwas
The trail from Sundarsar stretched far across the lake, and towards Marsar. The trail goes over boulders and is a bit tricky. The path opens to grassy patches, and past a few beautiful brooks. The climb leads to stunning vistas of Marsar, enveloped in cloudy haloes. Now we descend back to Sundarsar camps and then to Homwas, trailing almost along the same way that we came by. Homwas is reached before nigh fall, slightly exhausted.
Day 7- 14 Aug’21 Homwas to Aru and drive to Srinagar
Altitude - 11,500 to 7,950 ft
Trek - 13 km trek, 6 hrs
Continuous gradual descent till Aru
Vehicle can be arranged from Aru till Srinagar
(Participants will have to bare the cost of transport to Srinagar)
Starting off early morning today, we descend from Homwas to Aru, sweeping over the same enchanting meadow lands we had experienced on the first days, and the same Lidder River, now to be followed downstream. It is a 10 km walk from Liddervat to Aru. From here, you depart for Srinagar, which is an hour's drive away.