Looking down toward Lidderwat on the trail from Aru
Last week we had a fun trek where we spent 3 nights at the beautiful Lidderwat campsite (more pictures below). The last couple of years we’ve had a lot of rain on treks in July, but this one stayed dry almost the whole time. Our only rain was a big thunderstorm late in the evening on our first night.
For me personally this was a memorable trek as my wife and I brought our 9 month old son along with us for his first trek. The little guy had a wonderful time enjoying the outdoors, being amused by all the animals, and crawling around the tent and campsite. I think we have a promising future trekker!
On the first day of the trek we drove from Srinagar up to Aru, the little town at the end of the road after Pahalgam. After eating lunch in Aru we headed out on the trail to Lidderwat and arrived there in a little over 2 hours.
On the second day we took the group to explore a new day trek we hadn’t tried out before. After heading out from Lidderwat and crossing the river a little ways upstream, we went toward the left in the direction of Tarsar and Marsar lakes rather than our usual path of going right toward the Satlunjan campsite area and Kolahoi glacier.
As we hiked up this new path I found myself wishing we’d checked it out before as the trail offers excellent views looking back over the Lidderwat area. We took our time appreciating the view and eventually came to a river crossing about 2.5 hours into the hike. Our guide said that the lakes were about 1 hour further past this crossing. Unfortunately the crossing had one jump between some rocks that you needed to make before crossing on a log bridge. Normally I’d have been fine with the jump, but the distance was a bit too far for me this time considering I was carrying our firstborn son on my back! My wife and I decided to head back, while the rest of our group proceeded with our local guide.
It turned out they didn’t make it to the lakes either. After going up a short ways they were invited to have some noon chai (salt tea) and chapatis inside the hut of a Gujjar shepherd family. Following the chai break the group decided to head back to camp as well. I’ll have to wait for another trek to see what these two lakes look like. At the very least the hike toward the lakes is a nice day trip from the Lidderwat campsite.
On our third day the group relaxed and hung out around the Lidderwat area. They drank some more noon chai in another Gujjar hut and enjoyed fresh water buffalo butter for their chapatis. We had cool weather and clear skies for the second straight evening so after dinner the group warmed themselves by a nice campfire underneath a magnificent sky full of stars.
More views from the trek:
Looking in the direction of Satlunjan on the trail to Tarsar & Marsar lakes
Looking back toward Lidderwat
View on the way back toward Aru
Overlooking the little town of Aru