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Marchoi Winter Trek – Kashmir

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Kashmirthe land of breathtaking beauty and widespread natural spectacle invite you for a 4-day Marchoi trek from the ancient villageNaranag. On the trek, you will stroll through the wonderful meadows, scenic lakes, Sindh River and, of course, the mighty mountains. Marchoi trek is one of the most picturesque treks in India. Although the path is easy, the temperature, which plummets to less than 0 degrees celsius, makes it moderate.

Naranag serves as the base or start point for many treks in Kashmir. As you trek from Naranag to Dumail, Wangath rivera tributary of Sindh River accompanies you, and the ever-noticeable glimpses of flowing water heal every doubt and crack you upwith love! Not just for the picturesque views, Naranag is also a spot for architecture and history lovers. Here, Naranag Temple is the key attraction for tourists. The temple is said to be 8th century old and is believed to be dedicated to ancient Nagas, who used to do their sadhana her; the village gets its name from this only. Today, only faint memories of that time remain, but the history laced up in ruins reveals many stories.

The Naranag-Dumail-Marchoi trek is an offbeat one and takes you from one authentic experience to another. From experiencing the Wangath river flowing on the side to looking at the confluence of Pulastya River and Betar Nullah at Dumail to crossing bridges, this winter trek will give you the warmth of a lifetime.

With that being said, Plan the Unplanned team invites you on this 4-day offbeat trek. Check out the itinerary and book your next slot. We are already excited to have you on board with us real soon!

Trip Highlights

  1. Firstly, exploration and acclimatization in Naranag;
  2. Secondly, trekking amidst Coniferous forest and reaching Dumail following the Wangath river.
  3. Thirdly, trekking to the Marchoi top.
  4. Fourthly, meeting Gujjars (people originally from Central Asia who settled in Gujarat in India) and talking to them.
  5. Photography amidst natural settings.

Trek Details

  • Pick Up & Drop: Srinagar to Srinagar
  • Region: Ganderbal District
  • Trip Start Point: Srinagar
  • Duration: 3 Nights, 4 Days
  • Trekking Distance: 18 km
  • Temperature- Average day temperatures vary from plus 5 degrees Celsius to plus 10 degrees Celsius and average night temperatures vary from minus 0 degrees Celsius to minus 3 degrees Celsius.

Group Size: 10 people (Minimum 5 people needed to confirm a trip)

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Commence the journey from Srinagar to Naranag. Acclimatization for the day.

Day 2: Trekking from Naranag to Naranag to Dumail (3 km, 2 hr) and later camping.

Day 3: Trekking from Dumail to Marchoi Top (6 hrs); 

Day 4: Trek from Dumail to Naranag and then Drive to Srinagar, and then departure.

Price Inclusions

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all days
  • Activities – Hiking, Trekking 
  • Bonfire, Camping at Homestay
  • Tour Leads and Driver allowances
  • First aid kits, Oxygen cylinders, Infrared thermometer, Oximeter

Price Exclusions

  • Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion
  • Beverages on all days
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance, including travel, health, and more.
  • Additional expenses added to unforeseen circumstances such as cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/strikes or any other natural causes would not be covered.
  • We would not be liable for theft/misplaced items.

How to Reach

By Air: Guwahati International Airport (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport), is well connected with all the prime cities in India. The Airport is situated 25 km away from the main city. Regular flight options are available by airlines for cities such as Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Bagdogra, Agartala, Mumbai, etc.  

By Rail: Guwahati railway station is located 5km away from the city centre. It is the major railway station in the city and is well connected to all major Indian cities through rails.

By Road: By road, Guwahati can be reached from Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal, through NH 31, and all major cities of Assam through NH 37.

Things to Carry

  • Down Jacket /Main Jacket
  • Thermals (Upper & Lower)
  • Clothes
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Gloves
  • Slippers
  • Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
  • Hats/Caps
  • Daypack
  • Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Sun Glasses
  • Torch
  • Water Bottle
  • Power bank
  • Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
  • Raincoat
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toiletries
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Sunscreen Lotion

Detailed Itinerary: Marchoi trek

Day 1  Srinagar – Naranag

Srinagar Altitude – 1,585 m

Naranag Altitude: 2,130m

Time taken: 2 hours drive

All of us will meet in Srinagar. Naranag is our base camp for acclimatization. 

Most of the Gujjars live here. As you might know, Gujjar is a tribe originally from Central Asia that shifted to Gujarat. Some of them brought their culture, sheep and goat, to this breathtaking location and settled here in Kashmir. 

Snaking through the roads, you will witness the charm of the river Sindh and paddy fields on the way and the mountains surrounding the whole area. Upon reaching Naranag, you can take a stroll of the nearby locations. Naranag, situated on the foothills of the Pir Panjal range, is a simple and peaceful place. It is a part of the Wangat Valley, named from the river flowing by the village. The village is surrounded by a picturesque landscape consisting of mountains and meadows. This place has a beautiful Naranagh temple, an unknown river fed by a waterfall, and friendly villagers who will invite you for a cup of gossip. It is going to be your home for a day, where you will acclimatise and stay overnight.

Day 2: Naranag – Dumail

Time taken: 2 hours

Dumail, primarily unheard, is a virgin and alluring camping site at the confluence of two rivers. It can be reached by a 2 hours trek from the Naranag village. On the way, mud houses, grazing horses, local children welcome you. The whole trail is decorated with evergreen coniferous forests, walnut trees, a few Gujjar settlements, and streams of rivers. You will also be awarded with a manufactured bridge where clicking a picture of two comes as a halt. 

You camp at Dumail at night and will start for Marchoi top in the morning.

Day 3: Dumail to Marchoi Top

Time taken: 6 hours

This day, you start with a trek that winds further up to Marchoi Top. The walk is a beautiful one. En route, our team will tell you about the myths and legends associated with the mountains and trout-filled lakes situated atop the hills. 

Additionally, the snow gives a different perspective of things on the trail. You will hate the cold but would look forward to the warmth of Kahwah, noon-teas, and local food served on the whole trek. 

On the same day, you will head back to Dumail campsite. Later, you will camp and get lost in the pristine nature for the rest of the night. 

Day 4: Dumail to Naranag

This is the last day of the trek. You will trek back from Dumail to Naranag. From there, a vehicle will accompany you to Srinagar.

With that, the trip comes to an end. You will depart with hundreds of memories and views of the most beautiful state of India“Jannat-e-Kashmir”. Most of you will start as strangers but will leave with dewy eyes in the end. 

We would love to see you againcheck out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure to see you again. Till then, take care and love life.

Kashmir is a land of so many appealing things; trekking is one activity that gives you a glimpse of the same. We have other treks in Kashmir; we thought you might want to check those out. Here are the links:

  1. Gangabal Twin lakes trek here.
  • Notes

    • The minimum number of travelers required for the event to happen is 5. 
    • As most destinations in the itinerary are remote and isolated, the food options(especially veg options) will be limited. We expect your understanding regarding the same.
    • The itinerary is subject to change during the trip due to severe weather conditions, keeping your safety and accessibility to locations.
    • You can check the cancellation policy by clicking on the cancellation tab.
    • The camera entry fee to tourist spots is not included.
  • How to Reach

    Srinagar is the summer capital, which is between the months’ May and October. It is majorly connected to different parts of India via rail, road and air. Please note that you will have to bear all expenses related to your travel to Srinagar from your place.

    By Air

    Sheikh ul Alam Airport or Srinagar Airport is an international airport. It is well connected, and airlines offer regular flights from Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. The airport is just 15 km away from the center of the city.

    By Rail

    To reach Srinagar by train, one has to either go to Jammu Tawi or Udhampur railway station. The stations are well connected with different parts of India. 

    By Road

    By road, you can reach Srinagar from major cities like Delhi (876 km), Chandigarh (646 km), Leh (424 km), and Jammu (258 km). There is good Bus service and Cab service available.


Where is Naranag?

Naranag is an ancient tourist village well-known for its Naranagh temple. It is situated in the Ganderbal District of Jammu Kashmir, India.

Is it safe to trek in Kashmir?

  1. Yes, it is mostly safe to trek in Kashmir. But at other times, like other places, it might get a little complicated. So here are some pointers to keep in mind when you are traveling from Srinagar:
    1. If you plan to stay overnight in Srinagar, stay in touristy areas like Dal Lake or Lal Chowk.
    2. In general, try to mix up with the crowd in terms of language, culture, and dressing.

Get a guide or travel with an agency. They mostly know about the place in and out.

What is the difficulty of the Marchoi trek?

Plan the Unplanned considers Marchoi Trek as an easy-moderate trek. Both beginners and avid trekkers can do this trek enthusiastically.

What is the level of fitness required to do the Marchoi trek easily?

The trek is an easy one. There are steep paths, rocky terrain, slippery stretches, steep climbs, and straight sections of gradual ascents. To do this trek at ease, start with jogging/cycling every day; take stairs whenever you can; get acquainted with breathing exercises.

What is the cancellation policy?

Himalayan/ Backpacking Trip Refund/Cancellation Policy

Intimation Period* Cancellation Fee**
30 days or more 10% of the total invoice value
Between 15-29days 50% of the total invoice value
Between 0-14 days 90% of the total invoice value
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering a refund.
  • Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.
  • You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!
  • The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.

In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 48 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.

In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.

Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, Plan The Unplanned shall issue a VOUCHER for the full amount of your ticket.

Note: The Voucher has a validity of 1 year and it can be redeemed at any point in time.
A prior intimation as regards which trek you wish to join can be communicated to us over mail or phone

In a case where we cancel your trek, due to a limited number of bookings for a particular batch or we do not have the minimum number of required people:

PLAN THE UNPLANNED shall offer a 100% refund of the trek fee ( No transactional/internet handling charges shall be deducted)

On/After the Trek


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