Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Altitude: 2377M to 4020M

Pickup: Srinagar

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Pickup: Srinagar

Altitude: 2377M to 4020M

Difficulty: Moderate

Tarsar Marsar Trek is the prettiest summer trek in India. This is a classic trek that offers quite a variety and range in scenic beauty and landscape. The trek holds three beautiful alpine lakes, lush grasslands, shimmering river streams, and a chain of snow-peaked mountains. This is an easy to moderate trek which makes even a beginner to enjoy the natural bounties that this trek offers.

Tarsar Marsar Trek starts from Aru valley – a quaint valley 112 km off Srinagar. The first day of the trek is an acclimatization camping day at Aru valley beside the lovely Lidder river. The next day the trek proceeds with a short ascent till it enters the thick jungle. The trail through the jungle of pine trees is soothing with the chirping of birds and the music of the Lidder river. One walks through this jungle for about 5km and then the trail blends with a vast meadow. The meadow is wavy and runs alongside the Lidder river. It’s an easy delightful walk until one reaches the campsite of Lidderwat.

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The third day of the trek starts from Lidderwat with a short ascent and then goes into the jungle. The jungle walk finishes into a wide valley of varied flowers and plants. The valley is covered with trees in the surroundings. One gets to cross the Lidder river stream. The gradient of the day is easy with some boulder sections to maneuver just before the day’s campsite at Shekwas.

The next day, start with a gradual ascent through rocky terrain. And then after a river crossing the rocks give way to a long lush meadow. There are shepherd huts on the way and you will see many sheep grazing in these meadows. This meadow walk is soothing and takes one to the beautiful almond-shaped Tarsar Lake. The campsite is just in the vicinity of the lake with the magnificent view of this lake from your camp. Enjoy your evening exploring this lake.

The fifth day of the trek starts with a steep but short ascent to the Tarsar ridge. It then follows a sharp descent and then a boulder trail. It then merges with the long lush meadow of the silent valley. This valley is divinely calm and refreshing. You will see waterfalls cascading down from the surrounding mountains. The trail then takes you to the next campsite just below Sundersar lake.

On the sixth day, behold the beautiful Sundersar lake. The lake is small and round. You will be following the round trail of this lake. Then a short ascent will take you to the Marsar ridge which is the highest altitude of this trek – 4020m. Immediately you will see the large, colorful Marsar lake. The vastness and beauty of the lake will amaze you and will finish all the tiredness of the day. This is the best spot to take a break and have some snacks. From here you will have to retrace your steps towards the silent valley. And then go down via meadow and boulder section to Shekwas and Homwas.

The last day of the trek is long but without any sharp ascent or descent. You will be covering the distance through wavy meadows. The trek finishes in Aru.

Fixed Departure Dates

June : 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th
July : 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, 31st
August : 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th
September: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th
October: 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th 

Brief Itinerary:-

Day 1: Srinagar – Aru

  • Altitude: 2,426m
  • Time taken:3.5 hours drive

Day 2: Aru – Lidderwat

  • Altitude: 2,426 m to 2,780 m
  • Time taken:6 hours
  • Distance: 11km

Day 3: Lidderwat – Shekwas

  • Altitude: 2,780 m 3,360 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours
  • Distance: 6km

Day 4: Shekwas – Tarsar Lake

  • Altitude: 3,360 m to 3,790 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours
  • Distance: 5km

Day 5: Tarsar Lake – Sundersar

  • Altitude: 3,790 m to 3,945 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours
  • Distance: 5 km

Day 6: Visit Sundersar & Marsar Lakes and then descend to Homwas 

  • Altitude: 3,945 m to 3,505 m via Marsar Ridge 4020 m
  • Time taken:7 hours
  • Distance: 9km

Day 7: Homwas – Aru – Srinagar

  • Altitude: 3,505 m to 2,426 m
  • Time taken:6 hours
  • Distance: 13km

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Day 1: Srinagar – Aru

  • Altitude: 2,426m
  • Time taken:3.5 hours drive

The drive is around 4 hours. Pahalgam is around 100 km from Srinagar and then a further 12 km up is Aru Valley. Aru is arguably the best valley and hamlet in Kashmir. This village has remained the base camp for some of the fascinating treks that include the Tarsar Marsar Trek.

While driving towards Aru, you will see the breathtaking Kashmir valley. The ride goes via NH1 Highway and meets Lidder river before Pahalgam. You will be driving through the famous Pahalgam. You will take left towards Aru and it’s an easy uphill drive that drops down to the beautiful Lidder rives coming from Tarsar Lake which you will in the coming days trek to.

At Aru, our campsite will be fixed to welcome you with a welcome drink. You will meet your trek leader there who will give a brief about your trek and journey ahead. Around 7 you will be served dinner in the middle of this fascinating valley.

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Day 2: Aru – Lidderwat

  • Altitude: 2,426 m to 2,780 m
  • Time taken:6 hours
  • Distance: 11km

The gradient of the day is easy, however, there is a long walk of around 11 km. For only the first 30 minutes there is a gradual ascend into the jungle.

The trail of the trek starts with the jungle for about 5 km. The jungle is thick and at a few places opens wide giving way to the shepherd houses and deep gorges in the distance towards your left. The jungle is full of birds and you will see the trail frequented by shepherds and ponymen.

After the jungle walk, the trail opens onto a vast wavy meadow. The meadow is far-stretching with a couple of river crossings. In the midway of this meadow walk, you will be walking just beside the river Lidder. The river dances and flows delightfully. The grass of the meadow just goes to the bank of the river. You can relax and rest for some time at any of these beautiful locations on the way. Fill your water bottles with this clean glacial water that comes right from Tarsar Lake. This Lidder river will be your travel partner until Tarsar Lake.

While walking for some time, you will see a triangular wooden hut towards your left. Cross the bridge that goes towards the meadow surrounding the hut. You will see your campsite ready for you. You will be welcomed with evening snacks and drinks. This camping site is called Lidderwat.

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Day 3: Lidderwat – Shekwas

  • Altitude: 2,780 m 3,360 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours
  • Distance: 6km

The day starts with an ascend and takes you to the higher ground from where you get a wider view of the entire Lidderwat Valley. The grade of the day is easy. Shortly after your first climb, the trail merges into the forest. You will be walking through the jungle and parallel to the Lidder River.

The trail then opens out into the long stretches of meadow walk. You will have to cross the river over a log bridge. The valley is full of wildflowers and grass. You will reach a Homwas where the river meets the meadow, relax and enjoy the gorgeous beauty here. On your way, you will see shepherd houses and a cluster of Silver Birch

Just before you reach Shekwas there is a boulder section. Be careful with your steps. You will be traversing this section with care, the boulders and big and at times wet with the water the flows below them. Just after the boulder section is the campsite for the night.

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Day 4: Shekwas – Tarsar Lake

  • Altitude: 3,360 m to 3,790 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours
  • Distance: 5km

Post breakfast, you will be heading towards Tarsar Lake. The gradient of the day is moderate. The trail is dominated by the boulder and rocky section. You will be walking on the boulders and in between the thin trail of boulders. The river runs beside you towards your right. The boulder section almost ends at the river crossing. The bride is of wood and slim, however, the crossing is short.

The trail then has a short ascend and you will meet the shepherd house. The family most of the time welcomes the trekkers. The shepherds roam around this place with their flock.

The trail is then a succession of small ascends and descends. The walk in the middle of the meadow is surrounded by mountains.

Once the meadows finish, you will see yourself walking towards the ever-gorgeous alpine lake of Kashmir. Tarsar Lake is almond-shaped and one of the prettiest lakes of Kashmir. You will feel the thrill of seeing this lake, it is so mesmerizing that you will not stop before thronging around this lake the moment you see it.

The campsite will be ready here for the night stay.

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Day 5: Tarsar Lake – Sundersar

  • Altitude: 3,790 m to 3,945 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours
  • Distance: 5 km

The gradient of the day is moderate. The trail starts with a sharp ascend for around an hour. The ridge is just parallel to the lake which takes you to the other side of Tarsar Valley.

Once you have reached the top of the ridge, you get a fascinating view of Tarsar Lake. All the pics that you have seen of Tarsar Lake with a wider view are from this top. All the trekkers stop here for pictures and videos and rest for some time. The descend from this ridge is equally sharp, be careful with your steps and trail.

After you have descended there is a boulder crossing and thereafter you enter into a terrific beautiful meadow that connects Shekiwas to Sundersar. The meadow has been named Silent Valley owing to its calmness. It has lush grass in between the two mountain stretches. The land is filled with small river streams and water ponds.

After the meadow, there is a short ascend and descend that will take you to your Sundersar campsite.

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Day 6: Visit Sundersar & Marsar Lakes and then descend to Homwas

  • Altitude: 3,945 m to 3,505 m via Marsar Ridge 4020 m
  • Time taken:7 hours
  • Distance: 9km

From your campsite, you will reach within half an hour the stunning Sundersar Lake. The lake is small and exquisite with the small mountains surrounding it from three sides. The lake is glacial and circular.

To visit Marsar Lake, you will have to go round to the Sundersar lake and ascend a ridge. It takes half an hour to climb that till you reach a flat land and within minutes you are beholding the eternal Marsar Lake, place there in all the calmness and beauty. The lake is wide and enticing. You will see this lake from the vantage point where you get the view of an entire lake. Enjoy the view of the lake, take pictures and videos to capture this moment. This is also the highest altitude point of the entire trek. You will be standing at an altitude of around 4020m.

After seeing Marsar, you will take the same route back via sundersar lake and descend towards Homwas. The trail is through the meadow and boulder section. Most of this trail is the repeat of

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Day 7: Homwas – Aru – Srinagar

  • Altitude: 3,505 m to 2,426 m
  • Time taken:6 hours
  • Distance: 13km

This is the last day of the trek. The trail is long and that which you have already traversed in the first two days of your trek from Aru. The trail will go to Aru via Lidderwat and follow the same route. The trek ends at Aru, the way it starts. From Aru, take a cab that drops you at Srinagar.


How long is Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Tarsar Marsar Trek is around 50 km. It starts from Aru and ends at Aru.

Is Tarsar Marsar Difficult?

Tarsar Marsar Trek is a moderate trek. Compared to other treks in Kashmir, this trek is moderate and equally breathtaking. The trail is mostly flat and through meadows. There is a boulder section and river crossings on some occasions. There is a jungle walk too, but most of the trail has a meadow walk as well.

Where is Tarsar Marsar Located?

Tarsar Marsar is a trek that starts from Aru – a village 12 km from Pahalgam Kashmir. Tarsar Marsar are two lakes that people trek to see. They are among the best alpine lakes here in Kashmir.

How do you get to Tarsar Marsar Lake?

You drive to aru from Srinagar which is around 110km. From Aru, you trek to the lakes and it takes a couple of days to reach there and see them.

Tarsar Marsar Trek height?

The highest altitude of the Tarsar Marsar Trek is at the Marsar Ridge which is around 4020m.

How to reach base camp Aru?

Aru is around 110 km from Srinagar. You can take a shared cab from Srinagar that Cliffhangers India will facilitate and it takes between 3 to 4 hours to reach there.

How to reach the Tarsar Marsar Trek.

By Air :

Srinagar has an airport that has an airway service from all the states of India. The most convenient and short way to reach Srinagar is from New Delhi.

By Train :

Kashmir doesn’t have a railway facility that connects to the other parts of the country. The nearest railway station is in Jammu. Jammu station is very well connected to the other major railway stations of the country.

By Bus:

Srinagar has an NH1 highway that connects it to the rest of the places in India. There are regular bus and cab services from Jammu. You will reach within a day from Jammu to Srinagar. 

From Srinagar, it’s a 3 to 4 hours drive to the base camp Aru. 

Things to carry for Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar Marsar is a summer trek and is done between July to October. The gradient of the trek is moderate. It is very much essential that you carry your personal stuff after a thorough understanding and care.

Here is the guideline of what to carry while you are preparing for this trek, we will be first starting with the trek essentials. The things that you must carry.

 Backpack

If you are a first-time trekker, you need to know that for a trek like Tarsar Marsar you need to take enough clothing and personal stuff. Now to carry that stuff, you must carry at least one backpack of 60 liters.

Shoes

You need to have trekking shoes necessarily. The shoes must be sturdy and high-ankle. You can buy trekking shoes preferably from Decathlon which has a good series MH series for a good market price.

Clothes

  • Three T-shirts

Tarsar Marsar is a summer trek, the sun will be out most of the day while you are trekking so carry one full sleeve dry-fit T-shirt, and at least two other T-shirts. The full sleeves will prevent your arms from sun heat and sunburn. You can choose a T-shirt with a collar. Dry fit is essential as they dry quickly and are easy to wash. The material for the T-shirts can be synthetic.

  • Three insulation layers:

Even if Tarsar Marsar Trek is a summer trek, in the mountains weather can turn cold and it may start raining anytime. For that purpose and not allowing yourself to fall sick by cold, you are suggested to carry at least 3 insulation layers – 2 light fleece and one full sleeve sweater.

  • One Outer layer:

You need at least one padded jacket to keep the cold and air insulated from your body. You do not need to carry the down jacket as it will not be freezing cold out there.

  • Two trek pants

You need to carry two pairs of pants and that will be sufficient for your entire trek. As there are some river crossings and it rains at times, so pants should be of quick-dry nature.

 Trekking poles

This is one of the essentials of trekking. Trekking poles are very much helpful in giving you balance and stability while you trek. As in the mountains, there is no flat walk, you will have to traverse ascends and descends so you need poles to balance your walk. They also help you in descending and let you have less stress on your knees. Two trekking poles are always better than a single trekking pole.

Raingear

On Tarsar Marsar Trek, it can rain anytime. You need to carry one good rain gear that can at least hold the rainfall of about 7 hours. A poncho is a good choice over jacket type raingear, as the poncho covers your entire body till knees down and you can keep your daypack bag inside it too.

Rain cover for your backpack

Backpack carry your all the personal essentials of the trek. You either give your backpack to ponies to carry, or you carry it yourself. In both situations, you would not want your belongings to get wet and drip in rain. Buy a good rain cover for your backpack to keep it dry and safe. It also helps to keep your backpack from wear and tear.

Daypack 

In case you offload your backpack, you need to carry the daypack – a small bag of around 20 to 30 ltrs to carry your essentials like water bottle, rainwear, headlamp, snacks, etc that you will consume while walking on the trail.

Sunglasses

You need sunglasses for all kinds of treks. So do carry one to protect your eyes from glaring and UV radiation. You can drop wearing sunglasses on the days when the sun is not out and the weather is gloomy.

Suncap

A suncap prevents you from getting sunstrokes, headaches, and dehydration. It also prevents you from losing stamina for trekking. You can either get the normal suncap or suncap with flaps which is preferred by most of the trekkers and is advisable by the experts.

Synthetic hand gloves

Most of the time they won’t be used. However, in case the temperature drops sharply they come handy to keep your hands warm. You can wear them during the evenings and mornings.

Woollen cap or Balaclava

Woolen caps are mostly used during winter treks. However, you can carry one in case the temperature drops and you feel cold during the evening or morning. The cap covers your ears, neck, and some parts of your face.

Three pairs of Socks 

Take two pairs of sports socks and one pair of woolen socks. Depending upon the cold you feel, wear the type of socks accordingly. You need to get good quality socks as they will form a cushion to your feet and will make a lot more difference in your trekking experience. If you get comfy socks, they will help you in trekking smoothly.

Headlamp

You should always carry one headlamp, and always choose a headlamp over a hand torch. The headlamp gives you the freedom to keep your hands free. You will not be trekking during the night or in darkness, however, in your camping, you will need a headlamp. You might want to go to the loo during the night, or just sit and relax outside the camps, you need the headlamp

A toilet kit

Carry your toilet kit as per your requirement and hygiene. It should include things like a toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturizer, lip balm, deodorant, etc. Women should carry their sanitary pads.

Waterbottle

Tarsar Marsar Trek has long walks every day. You will be trekking for around 6 hours every day, so carrying a water bottle is a must.

Plastic covers

Carry a few plastic bags to keep your used clothes. Sometimes when it rains your clothes get wet, you can’t mix the wet clothes with new and dry ones. So carry the plastic bag to keep the wet or used clothes in it.

Personal medical kit

Please do carry all the essential medicine. If you are on any medicine, don’t skip that during the trek unless your doctor advises. Always consult your doctor if you have any diseases that can worsen in mountains or by altitude gain.

Our trek leader will be carrying the essential mountain medicine which will include an oxygen cylinder, oximeter etc.

Mandatory Documents 

Carry your original Aadhar card or Passport or Driver’s license. Also, keep the photocopy of any of them with you always.

Lunch Box

In Tarsar Marsar Trek, there are long trek days. Everyday you will reach the campsite only in the afternoon, so there will be no hot lunch but packed lunch. You must buy and carry one small lunch box. Every day after breakfast, the cook will fill the lunch box with your lunch.

This is the most frequently asked question from the trekkers. They all want to know how safe is Tarsar Marsar Trek is. Tarsar Marsar Trek is an easy to moderate trek. The total distance of the trek is around 50km and the highest altitude reached is around 4000m.

Here are some of the important points related to the safety of the trek.

The terrain of Tarsar Marsar Trek: The terrain of this trek is easy. It starts with half an hour ascend, then goes into the jungle for next 5 km around and then a meadow walk. The walk is easy and the trail follows small ups and downs.

The trek has a boulder section just around your Shekiwas campsite. The day you will trek to Tasar Lake, you will have to cover the boulder section. Boulder section comes on your next day as well, as you move from Tarsar to Sundersar.

There are river crossings as well. A couple of log bridges are placed over water streams.

The most difficult ascend in the entire trek is the tarsar ridge. This you will be ascending in the morning as you move from tarsar camp. The ridge is around 150m in height and is sharp. It equally has a sharp descend on the other side.

The first and the last day of the trek long.

However, keeping all these things into consideration Tarsar Marsar is not a difficult trek. Most of the trekkers make it quite easy. The gradient for the trek is Easy to Moderate. The landscape of this trek is so beautiful that at times you will forget and enjoy the challenges this trek throws at you.

Altitude Gain of the trek:

The highest altitude point of the trek is around 4000m which you will reach while ascending the Marsar Ridge. The total altitude gain of the trek is around 1600m. However, you will not be gaining this height in one day. You will be ascending Marsar Ridge on the 5th day of the trek. By this time your body is well acclimatized with the altitude.

In case you feel nausea or any altitude sickness-related symptoms, you need to speak to your trek leader.

The weather during the trek

The weather remains sunny during this trek. However, there are chances of seeing snow on the ground if you do this trek in June. There is some snow traverse this month. During the summer month of July to September, the weather is of summer. Sun is out and nights are pleasant.

As you are mountains, the weather remains unpredictable though. You never know when it rains in the mountains. During rainy days, the trek becomes a bit tricky as the trail gets muddy and slippery. You need to be extra careful mostly when you cross the boulder section and ascend the Tarsar Ridge.

Cliffhangers India’s expert trek leaders will be accompanying you all along and will assist you in such situations. You need to strictly follow the instructions that they provide you.

Exit Points

In case you are feeling sick and feel you won’t be able to finish the trek, the best expert advice is to exit the trek. This trek has easy evacuation exits. The nearest you can get is to the base camp Aru. You will be at the base camp and then to the nearest hospital within a day. The neares hospitl is at Sonamarg. From the base camp Aru, you can easily get a cab to Pahalgam which is around 12km from there.

Difficulty of The Trek

Tarsar Marsar Trek is an easy to moderate trek. This is the most scenic trek in the entire Kashmir in this grade. You will not be seeing dangerous cliffs or fatal trails crossings in this trek. The trek is mostly dominated by large meadow walks.

This trek has long days of walk, every day you will be trekking till afternoon. The length of the trekking is the only reason it is categorized as moderate, otherwise, this trek is quite easy.

The most challenging ascend and descend of this trek is the Tarsar Ridge. The ridge is steep and starts right from Tarsar Lake. This ridge is around 150m in height. However, this will seem challenging to only those who are first-time trekkers or living a sedentary/nonactive life. For regular fit trekkers, this is easy.

The highest altitude point of the trek is around 4000m which you will reach while ascending the Marsar Ridge. The total altitude gain of the trek is around 1600m. However, you will not be gaining this height in one day. You will be ascending Marsar Ridge on the 5th day of the trek. By this time your body is well acclimatized with the altitude.

In case you feel nausea or any altitude sickness-related symptoms, you need to speak to your trek leader.

There are a couple of boulder sections that you will have to cross. And some river crossings as well.

During the rain, however, the trek can become slightly trickier. As the trail gets muddy and less definite, you need to be careful with the steps you put forwards.

In totality, this trek is doable by all. Both beginners and experienced trekkers can safely do this trek and enjoy the breathtaking landscape of this place.

Base Camp Location : Aru

Map of the trek:-

Inclusion 

  • All veg meals during the trek. Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, dinner.
  • Camp accommodation on all the nights in high high-quality tents on a twin-sharing basis. Sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses, dining tents, and cutlery included. 
  • Helpers to pitch the tents, wash the dishes, serve the food and assist while on the camp.
  • Mountaineering qualified and experienced trek leaders, guides, and experienced cooks. 
  • All the necessary mountain medicine includes first aid, oxygen cylinder, etc. 
  • Passes and Permits.

Meal plan: In every meal plan, we try to provide different varieties, trying not to repeat the dishes, particularly in dinner and lunch. Here is the list of dishes and items from which we serve the clients.

  • Breakfast: eggs, paratha, chana, poha, dalia, upma, cornflakes, bread toast, butter, jam, roti, coffee, tea, kehwa, etc.
  • Lunch and dinner: we make a variety of dishes and try to serve the varied dishes. On all trek days, there will be different dishes served. We try not to repeat our dishes unless the clients say otherwise.
  • We serve veg dishes like veg biryani, veg pulaw, muttar paneer, palak paneer, aloo gobi, rajma chawal, rajma kadhai, mix veg, chana masala, kadhi chawal, dal makhni, bhindi masala, dal fry, veg korma, Kashmiri nadru, Kashmiri haakh, aloo matar, bhaingan ka bharta, dam aloo, andaburji, etc. We have both roti and rice available for dinner and lunch. We serve them with different pickles and salad. 
  • For evening snacks we have tea, pakoda, soup, noodles, maggie, veg rolls, biscuits, etc. 
  • For dessert we serve gulab jamun, phirni, halwa, custard, sewaya, fruit chaat, fruit cake, almond cake, etc. 

Exclusions:

  • Lunch on the first day. 
  • Personal expenses.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusion list.
  • Offloading 
  • Transportation

Extra Services:

If you wish to avail of our transportation service, then the extra cost will be 1500 per person. The transportation cost is to and fro. The pickup and drop place will be Srinagar. 

Offloading charges: In case you want us to carry your backpack, the cost per bag is Rs 2500/ per bag. The maximum weight allowed is 10kg. Please note that only a proper trekking backpack will be allowed to offload. No trolly or suitcase will be allowed to offload. We strictly follow to adequately place the load on our ponies. The maximum weight on each pony will be 40kg as recommended by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. 

Covid Guidelines

All our staff will be covid tested and only covid negative staff will accompany the groups. All our equipment will be sanitized before the start of the trek. Our trek leader will be carrying other than oxygen cylinder and medical kit, covid RAT kit. Extra sleeping bags and tents will be provided in case someone develops symptoms of covid, he/she will be quarantined and sent back to base camp. All the camping stations will have proper hygiene protocols.

Furthermore, we strictly follow the policy of leaving campsite with no trash and all the environmental guidelines will be followed as per the wildlife and tourism guidelines.

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