• You wil be welcomed at naranag homestay with your trek leader, enjoy the local tea/kehwa along with some snacks before the dinner. Spend the night in a homestay that overlooks forest mountain.
• Meals: (Evening Snacks, Dinner).
• Start the day after breakfast towrads the Sangri camp via dhumail. The trail starts at naranag ancient temple ruins, marvel at the stone cut designs of this ancient temple that has a gushing spring along side it.
• The trail then goes through meadow and jungle and gives a startling look of mountain peaks all white in snow. The trail runs beside the wangath river. The trail has couple of bridge crossings that look in snow quite other-wordly with the beauty.
• Overnight stay in tents.
• Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner.
• Today is the summit day. Leave the camps early morning and start ascending towards Marchoi top. The top gives a panoramic view of enticing Himalayan mountains including Mt Harmukh, Kotwal Peak, Salnai Valley, Gangabal Valley, Wangath Valley and Marchoi Valley. Spend some time at the top, live the moments of the snow covered mountains and valley that look breathtaking in all white. Capture the moments in picture and vidoes to relive in future, hear what legends and myths say about these mountains and lakes that are atop these mountains.
• Head back to Sangri campsite.
• Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner.
•This is the last day of the trek. Head back to naranag.
Meals: (Beakfast and Lunch).
Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). From dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4
Accommodation is on Homestay (Day 1), Camp (Day 2 & Day 3)
Accommodation on Twin sharing in Camp, Triple sharing in Home Stay
Guide and support staff
Common equipment (Tent, Kitchen & dining tent, Toilet Tent)
Personal equipment (Sleeping bag & Sleeping mattress, Gaiters, Microspikes)
Any permit/entry free
Transport from Srinagar to Srinagar
Food during the transit
Left extra luggage at Srinagar (at extra cost of INR 500)
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage (available at extra cost of INR 600 for 10 kg per person)
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The Marchoi trek is ideal for visitors who want some time off from the hubbub of daily urban life. Nature shows a different side of her beauty on this winter trek along snowy trails. The mighty Himalayas surround the region, with small mountainous streams cutting through the valley. The ruins of the Naranag Temple complex at the trail's starting point rouses a sense of nostalgia for the glorious past of the ancient royal dynasties of India. One leaves behind the quaint villages of the Gujjars as they trek towards Dumail and the Marchoi top. On the way, they can observe the transition of their surroundings - from green rolling meadows to the snow-carpeted valley.
The trekking trail to Marchoi valley is around 16.25 km long, starting from the Naranag Temple to Dumail campsite, visiting the Marchoi Top, and returning to Naranag. This distance can be covered in 4-5 days, according to the pace of the trekker. The trail is well-marked, but one should hire a local guide to navigate the route. The winter trek is best done between the end of November and the middle of February when the snow is thick, especially at the highest point here at 3200 meters. The snow-capped mountain peaks all around and the sprawling valleys, glacial streams, tall pine trees characterize the landscape during this season. They resemble European vistas and are the perfect subject for calendar-worthy photographs. The trekker can observe the changing landscape during winter, altering from temperate vegetation to alpine vegetation along the trekking trail. It is the most beautiful transition as the scenery shifts from green to white in just a few hours of starting the trek. The Marchoi trek is classified as a moderate-level trek. The snow-covered valley and its accompanying trail become quite a bit of a challenge for novice trekkers. So, trekkers should have a prior experience of 2-3 treks. If one is physically and mentally fit, the trek to Marchoi Valley will be the best winter trek experience for them. The Marchoi trek cost is around USD 80 to 120 (INR 6000 to 9000). This may not include the charges of hiring an experienced local guide from Naranag village or Srinagar TRC. The trekkers should pack only the essentials for a short winter trek like the Marchoi valley trek. The usual list of a set of thermal innerwear, polyester t-shirts with full sleeves, joggers or sweatpants, fleece sweaters, cardigans, and padded, down jackets should be able to keep the trekker warm. They can be paired with woolen gloves, woolen caps or balaclavas, and mufflers to prevent the loss of heat from any other part of the body. Spare pairs of quick-to-dry synthetic socks will be necessary for the daytime treks as the snow can seep through them. Hiking boots with a sturdy body, microspikes providing proper grip, and ankle support are an absolute necessity for mountain treks, along with gaiters. Woolen socks can be layered to keep warm at night. A poncho will also be helpful in case of sudden rainfall or snowfall in the mountains. Other necessary accessories are UV-protection sunglasses, sun caps, sunscreen lotion, lip balm, biodegradable soap, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Women should carry enough sanitary napkins, tampons, or menstrual cups for their menstrual hygiene. Carrying personal medications along with common medicines for cough, cold, stomach ache, allergy reactions, and nausea is essential. A first aid box consisting of bandaids, crepe bandage, ointment, antiseptic liquid, cotton gauze, insect repellent cream, and a pain-relieving spray will help treat minor injuries quickly. Using water-purifying tablets will ensure that the trekker does not fall sick due to the change in the drinking water source. Waterproofing is essential, so water-resistant bags and backpack covers should also be carried. One must keep all their essential documents like identity proofs, passports, and visas safely at all times.
Mountaineering experts have classified the difficulty level of the Marchoi trek as moderate. It is a winter trek, so the temperatures are in sub-zero conditions during this time. The freezing weather, thick layers of snow, and low air pressure at an altitude as high as 3200 meters on the Marchoi Valley trek is a challenge that can be overcome by trekkers who have prior trekking experience. Both physical and mental fitness are essential qualities to possess for trekkers on the Marchoi trekking trail. People with chronic breathing problems are also advised against going on this trek.
The Marchoi trek lies in a remote location of Kashmir, near the Kangan region. So, travelers need to reach Srinagar first in order to continue towards the trek. The Sheikh Ul Alam International Airport in Srinagar can be reached by flight from all major Indian cities. The nearest railway station that is connected to the rest of the country is Jammu. There are regular bus services from Chandigarh, Jammu, and Delhi to reach Srinagar. Cabs to Srinagar TRC are available from each of these points. The starting point of the trek, Naranag, is a 2 hours drive from here. The first night is spent interacting with the villagers at Naranag. This is a free day for the trekkers to get acclimatized to the climate conditions here. On the second day, they begin their trek towards the picturesque campsite at Dumail. The third day is the summit day, so it involves long hours of trekking. The trekkers finally reach the Marchoi top, the main highlight of this trek. They come back to the Dumail campsite by sunset on the same day. On the last day of the trek, the trekkers take the same route back to Naranag. They can reach Srinagar the same day by cab.
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