6 nights 7 days
The Dachigam-Marsar-Trek expedition aims to traverse two valleys. Starting from Sumbal the trek goes through Marsar Lake and enters the Dachigam National Park. The Park is a wildlife sanctuary of Kashmir which holds the last viable species of brown deer Kashmir Hangul (Stag). The trek crosses streams, plenty of colorful meadows under the snow-clad mountains.
Though trekking in Kashmir is not the newest but still this expedition is no walk in the park. Arduous days, steep and rocky passes, and altitudes approaching 4200m all collide to create a challenging trek in one of the most beautiful and serene Himalayas of Kashmir.
While planning your trek, as a beginner keep the following points in consideration:-
- you feel fit enough to trek for hours.
- you walk two or three kilometers daily.
- you don’t have any breathing problems.
- you are not scared of heights.
June to September
Sonmasti Pass (4080 Meters)
What’s included in the Price?
- Tents (twin sharing), dining and kitchen tent, toilet tents, sleeping bags and mats. Trekking poles (1 per person) also included.
What’s not included in the Price?
Costs associated with a medical incident, such as your evacuation from the mountain and/ or hospitalization (for which you should have travel insurance)
Day 1: Arrival. Reception at Srinagar airport.
On arrival at Srinagar, you will be met by our representative at the airport and transfer you to the houseboat. During which you will have the opportunity to see around Srinagar. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Srinagar – Sumbal (3 hours) – Sonmasti (6 hours trek).
After breakfast at the houseboat, we drive to Sumbal in the Sind valley, taking the Srinagar-Leh highway through the villages of Ganderbal. We pack our load on horses and start the trek through pine forests. We pitch our tents at Sonmasti for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Sonmasti – Sundersar (5 hours trek).
Start trekking through the barren landscapes of Sonmasti valley after crossing a mountain pass of 4000m we camp at Sundersar for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Sundersar – Tarsar – Marsar (5 hours trek).
Early in the morning we head towards Tarsar Lake gradual ascend to the Tarsar Lake valley. We cross a mountain separator and enter the Marsar Lake for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Marsar – Nagbaren (5 hours trek).
We follow the Dagwan river gorge the drain of Marsar lake continues trekking through the alpine meadows. We pitch our tents at Nagbaren Dachigam for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Nagbaren – Harwan (5 hours trek) – Srinagar (1 hour drive).
Start descending slowly and trek down to Harwan through Dachigam National Park. We catch our car and reach Srinagar in a one hour drive. Overnight stay at houseboat.
Day -7: Departure day.
Our representative will drop you at Srinagar airport for departure.
What to Carry?
The trek is supported by horses. You will need to carry only a light sack, weighing about 4-6kg for your items like passport, money, and camera gear. The following is a list of the items you should carry on the trek. If you have items that can not be used on the trek, you can store them at our houseboat or our office and take them back after returning from the trek.
- Please note that only postpaid Indian mobile sim cards (Jio, Airtel and BSNL) work in Kashmir Valley. There’s no cellular connectivity from Day 2 to Day 6 of the trek.
- Please double check your passport or Aadhar numbers before submitting through booking form. These numbers are required for preparation of trek permits.
- Passport or a valid ID card
- Duffel Bag 60 liters
- One Pair Trekking Shoes
- One Pair Trail Approach Shoes
- Trekking Pants
- Hooded Rain Jacket
- Shade Hat
- One Pair Sunglasses
- One Pair Liner Gloves
- Small Size Day-Pack
- Two Pair Trekking Socks
- One Pair Sandals
- Extra Warm Clothes
- Warm Hooded Down Jacket
- Sunscreen Cream
- Lip Balm
- Any Personal Medication
Kashmir Treks are achievable by anyone with a healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness. Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. As a team member, you should have an adventurous and robust spirit. The biggest challenge on this expedition is the first part of the trek across alpine terrain, much of which at altitudes of above 3000m.
Minimum fitness requirements
- Trek: up to 10km per day.
- Daily activity: up to 5 hours’ trekking per day.
- Carry: up to 5kg in a day sack.
- Terrain: remote, uneven, snowy, icy, rocky, sometimes exposed terrain at up to 3600m.
- Climate: Can be sunny in valleys and cold and windy at high altitudes. Averages are 3000m, 5 to 25C.
- Swim: not required though there will be river crossings to make.