Marchoi Trek

A Winter Summit Trek In Kashmir

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Marchoi Trek

Marchoi Trek is located in the Jammu & Kashmir region of India. Kashmir needs no description. When you hear the name Jammu & Kashmir, wide lush green valleys, dense forests, and gushing rivers automatically come to your mind, and when you close your eyes, you can see them. It is a gradual to moderate-level trek, and you will reach the highest altitude of 10,500 ft. You will be walking through Wangath Forest Conservation Zone. On the trail, you will witness the partially frozen river and forest of pine all around, adding to the vistas. When you begin your journey from Dumali campsite, you will see wild walnut trees along the trek. Then finally, you will be mesmerized by the beautiful view of the Marchoi meadow. On the way, you will also find mud houses, horse grazing, coniferous forests, and beautiful wooden bridges over streams. This trek features huge maple trees and silver birch trees, which are the cherry on top.

Trek Route

Day 1: Srinagar to Naranag by Road

Day 2: Naranag to Dumail by Trek

Day 3: Dumail to Marchoi via Sangri by Trek

Day 4: Sangri to Naranag by Trek and Naranag to Srinagar by Road

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Shivam | Mountain Expert



Shivam was born and brought up in the Dehradun. Coming from a tradtional family bussniess background and be the 4th genration in the bussnies, he decided to take a another path. Working in the US based firm and sepding some couple of years expreinces. One day he decided to go on a solo trek and from there things got change. After resign his well establish career he decided to persue his career in the adventure and as well as mountain background.He has done various challenging treks in Himalayan region like Kedarkantha, valley of flower, Buran Ghati and list go on. And his love for mountains and adventure is never-ending. Make sure to get detailed help related to the Himalayan trek from him.

Why You Should do Marchoi Trek

You get to see Naranag Temple ruins. Naranag village is an archaeological site where stood an 8th-century AD temple dedicated to Shiva, which Lalitaditya Muktapida built. The ruins of Naranag temple are the imprint of the region’s rich history.

1.Get mesmerized by the snow-covered peaks of Mount Harmukh and Kotwal Peak.

Walking through the trek, you will see the majestic Harmukh Mountain with snow on the top. Harmukh Mountain is considered very sacred by Hindus as it is also known by another name, ‘Kailash of Kashmir.’ You will also catch sight of the recently explored Kotwal Peak, which is just beautiful.

2. You catch sight of trout in the lakes.

One of the well-known villages for trout fishing in Kashmir is Naranag; trout fishing is now prohibited. But you can find trout in crystal clear water at the natural river or lake source.

3. Witness the picturesque scenic view of Shadimarg meadow.

Sadimarg meadow is a paradise that seems out of a fairytale; it becomes beautiful in winter. Seeing the valley transform into a winter wonderland with snow blanketing all around makes it a must-see place.

Best Time to do Marchoi Trek

The ideal time to do a Marchoi Trek is in the winter, from October to Mid-March. In the winter, you see snow, glaciers, icicles, and frozen gullies, which are a sight to behold. If you want to catch sight of green meadows and trees along with deep blue rivers, summertime is the ideal time for that between June and September. In the summer, you will be spellbound by the rainbows of seasonal flowers in various colors.

Day-wise detailed Itinerary of Marchoi Trek

Day 1: Srinagar to Naranag by Road

  • Stay – overnight stay at the homestay.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Distance – 50 km
  • Time taken – approx. 2 hrs
  • Altitude – Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meter), Naranag (6982 ft / 2128 meters)
  • Altitude difference – 1782 ft / 543 meter

We will be arriving at Srinagar from our respective places to Srinagar, and there we will be meeting Trekup India Driver. Then our road journey will begin from Srinagar to Naranag, a short drive with a beautiful view. We will be driving by the scenic beauty of the gushing Sindh River, and soon after, we will reach Naranag, which is the stop point for today. We will use this day to get our bodies acclimatized for the journey ahead; Naranag is the village in the Ganderbal district. You can Explore Naranag Village or the nearby area by visiting the famous ancient Naranag Temple.

Day 2: Naranag to Dumail by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance – 3 km
  • Time taken – approx. 2 hrs
  • Altitude – Naranag (6982 ft / 2128 mtr), Dumail (7638 ft / 2328 mtr)
  • Altitude difference – 656 ft / 200 meter
  • Trek grade – Gradual

After delicious breakfast, we willstart preparing for the trek today. Once we start from Naranag, we will walk through the Wangath Forest Conservation Zone. The trail will pass through the pine forest with the river flowing in the opposite direction. We will soon reach the confluence where one river comes from the famous Gangbal Lake and another from the Marchoi Top. Along with walnut trees, we would also catch sight of some Gujjar settlements, and then we would spend the night at Dumail campsite.

Day 3: Dumail to Marchoi via Sangri by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance – 8 km
  • Time taken – approx. 5 hrs
  • Altitude – Dumail (7638 ft / 2328 meters), Sangri (8220 ft / 2500 meters), Marchoi (10,500 ft / 3200 meters)
  • Altitude difference – Dumail to Sangri (582 ft / 172 meters), Sangri to Marchoi (2280 ft / 700 meters)
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

Wake up in the morning with sun rays passing through the mountains and glowing at the camping site; today, we will cross the stream via a wooden bridge. On this trail, we will see the majestic Harmukh Mountain and Kotwal Peak as we start climbing uphill. As you come close to the mountain’s top, you will start seeing lakes with trout. After walking for a few hours, we will soon reach the Sangri campsite, where we will be resting for a while before continuing on to the Marchoi top. You will be walking on the trail with Walnut, Cedar, and Pine trees on the side, and then we will come to an area with burned forest trees and snow-covered areas, which means you are close to Marchoi top. When we reach the top, we will be spelled bounded by the sight of a snow blanket and snow-clad peaks around, which is a beautiful sight. Once we have rested and taken in the beauty from the top, we will come down to the Sangri campsite, where we will sleep for the night.

Day 4: Sangri to Naranag by Trek and Naranag to Srinagar by Road

  • Meal – Breakfast
  • Distance – Sangri to Naranag by Trek (5 km), Naranag to Srinagar by Road (50 km)
  • Time taken – Sangri to Naranag by Trek (approx. 4 hrs), Naranag to Srinagar by Road (approx. 2 hrs)
  • Altitude – Sangri (8220 ft / 2500 meter), Naranag (6982 ft / 2128 meter), Srinagar (5200 ft / 1585 meter),
  • Altitude difference – Sangri to Naranag (1238 ft / 372 meters), Naranag to Srinagar (1782 ft / 543 meters)
  • Trek grade – Gradual

This is the last day of trekking; you will be walking through the forest for a short while, followed by a road journey ahead. As we went downhill, we would see snow-covered mountains behind us and a dense green forest in front of us. Once you have completed the trek and come to the last camping site Naranag there Trekup India driver, will receive you, and we will go by road to Srinagar. At Srinagar, the Trekup India team will bid farewell, and we will begin our return journey home.

Food Provided by Us During Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Marchoi Trek

Trekking with us for Marchoi Trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Marchoi Trek

Marchoi Trek is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below we have provided the details on everything you should carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks which you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day and also ensure they have a strap so the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – if you want to carry sunglasses, you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place; the glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be used specifically in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blend and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – Trekking shoes which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is very important; this will be a great help to you while on the trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.


Personal First Aid Kit

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue/fever headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Light weight flashlight or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for the camera.
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of keeping a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female travellers)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use daily.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.


Trek Cost Inclusion

  • Stay 3 Nights of tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on sharing basis.
  • Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Lunch on day 04 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  • Transport: Srinagar to Naranag and return on sharing jeeps  
  • Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  • Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  • Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  • Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  • Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  • Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusion

  • GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  • Any insurance (Trekup India recommends each trekker get insurance)
  • Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  • Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point
  • Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication.
  • Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water etc.
  • Any still / video camera fee
  • Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot.
  • Mules or porter charges to carry personal baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  • Any emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section

How To Reach Srinagar?

By Air: Sheikh ul Akam Airport is the nearest airport to Srinagar by flight and is located almost 15 km away from the city. You can find regular flights from Delhi to Srinagar. However, if you plan to reach Srinagar by flight, it is better to come one day in advance.

By Train: If you want to reach Srinagar from Delhi by train, you can catch the train from New Delhi railway station to Banihal railway station. You can check the railway chart and book accordingly; booking in advance is better.

By Bus: From Delhi, you can find a regular bus service to Srinagar. ISBT Kashmere Gate is the main bus station in Delhi, from where you will find both ac and non-ac buses for Srinagar.

However, taking government buses from Kashmere Gate ISBT is always better. The bus will drop you at Srinagar, and then we will send our staff who will pick you up from Srinagar Railway Station, so you need to reach there.

By Car: From Srinagar Trekup India team will provide a vehicle from Srinagar to Naranag and return. (Already Included In Trek fee)

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