Kashmir—the land of breathtaking beauty and widespread natural spectacle invite you for a 4-day Marchoi trek from the ancient village—Naranag. 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 river—a tributary of Sindh River accompanies you, and the ever-noticeable glimpses of flowing water heal every doubt and crack you up—with 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!
Group Size: 10 people (Minimum 5 people needed to confirm a trip)
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.
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.
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 again—check 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:
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.
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.
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, 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.
Naranag is an ancient tourist village well-known for its Naranagh temple. It is situated in the Ganderbal District of Jammu Kashmir, India.
Get a guide or travel with an agency. They mostly know about the place in and out.
Plan the Unplanned considers Marchoi Trek as an easy-moderate trek. Both beginners and avid trekkers can do this trek enthusiastically.
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.
|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|
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.
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
On/After the Trek