All about Marchoi Trek in Kashmir

Marchoi Trek is, without a doubt one of the most appealing trek in Kashmir. If you are a first-timer, you enjoy the snow (& cold) and have a thing for flowing rivers, Marchoi trek is your pick.

Marchoi Trek is, without a doubt one of the most appealing trek in Kashmir. If you are a first-timer, you enjoy the snow (& cold) and have a thing for flowing rivers, Marchoi trek is your pick.

It’s an offbeat winter trek in Kashmir that takes you through the beauty of some of the less visited dwellings of Kashmir. What makes this trek an experience is the sights of the beautiful valley, the campsite and the people around.

Basecamp & Campsites of Marchoi Trek

The ancient village of Naranag-a place which was once home to Shaivism and has spiritual reverence is where you start this offbeat journey. You start from the old temple ruins and village dwellings into the beautiful valley. It’s an 18km
sweet trek to the Marchoi top and back, a nice winter trekking experience in Kashmir for beginners and seasoned trekkers alike.

Wagnath river, a tributary of the Sindh is ever-flowing along the trail and a few miles down, on the first day from Naranag to Shangri Campsite via Dhumail, is where you shall see the beautiful Marchoi Valley. And that is exactly where the campsite is. Isn’t it amazing? Trekkers Of India team welcomes trekkers with Hot Kashmiri Kahwa & some lip smacking snacks & Hey! We have bonfire evening too!

Once the campsite shenanigans are over, on Day 2 you start your trek to the Marchoi top. This is where it all starts getting better-the views, the trail and the valley.

The summit is a real beauty and definitely worth the climb. It offers you a full view of the alluring valley-something we describe as “faultless”. You can see Mt. Harmukh, Kotwal Peak plus the Gangabal, Salnai and Wangath Valley all
from the top. We don’t usually say this lightly, but it’s mesmerizing! We enjoy our packed lunch at Marchoi Top. Oh, the great food & Kashmiri Khawa just add to the list of good things.

A quick glace to some amazing facts of Marchoi Trek

Region- Naranag, Ganderbal district, Jammu and Kashmir,
Trek Altitude- 10,500 feet approx.
Difficulty Level of Marchoi Trek- Easy to Moderate
Trek/Trip Duration– 4 Days
Trekking Distance- 18 km
Temperature- Average day temperatures vary from 5°C to 10°C and average
night temperatures vary from 0°C to -3°C.
Nearest Airport- Srinagar International Airport
Last ATM- Srinagar

Quick Itinerary

Day 1- Drive from Srinagar to Naranag

The first day is for acclimatization. After greeting you at the Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar (20 min from the airport), a cab arranged by the team Trekkers Of India shall take you to the base camp in Naranag. The drive to Naranag basecamp is quite scenic, the view of surrounding mountains and the Sindh River beside is a treat to the eyes.
Once after reaching Trekkers Of India homestay in Naranag, Trekkers are welcomed with Kashmiri Kahwa & you will be addressed by your trek leader who shall brief you about the trek and the trail. Delicious dinner is included.

Meals: Kashmiri Kahwa and Hot Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay in Naranag

Day 2- Trek Begins: Naranag to Shangri Campsite via Dhumail (Marchoi Valley)

Trek Distance & Time: 5 km & 4 hour

Sangri Altitude: 2500m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea and Snacks

Accommodation: Tents (Camping)

The Marchoi trek begins from the ancient temple ruins of Naranag to Shangri via Dhumail where you get the first sight of the Marchoi Valley. The trail runs beside Wangath River, giving you some room for amazing photographs.

Day 3- The Marchoi Trek Summit Day!

Trek Distance: 8 km to & fro

Marchoi Altitude: 3200m , 10,498 ft approx

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea and Snacks

Accommodation: Tents (Camping)

This is the most beautiful part of the trek-THE SUMMIT. 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. You can meditate too! Capture the moments in pictures and videos to relive in future, hear what legends and myths say about these mountains and lakes that are atop these mountains. We Trek back to Shangri Campsite after having packed lunch with team at top.

Day 4- Trek Back to Naranag & Drive back to Srinagar | End of a Beautiful Trek

Trek Distance & Time: 5 km & 4 hour

Naranag Altitude: 2128m

Meals: Breakfast

Trek back from the Shangri campsite to Naranag base camp. And a Farewell to all beautiful souls with unforgettable memories, A drive back to Srinagar is arranged from team Trekkers of India after the trek is complete

Best Time to Visit Marchoi Trek?

To experience Winter Wonderland, Best time to visit marchoi trek is from December to March

How to reach Naranag?

From Srinagar to Naranag, which is around 50 kilometres away, Trekkers Of India will arrange a private vehicle which would cost trekkers around Rs.600/- per person for one way.

How to reach Srinagar?

By Flight-
Daily flights to Srinagar are available from most major airlines, including Indian Airlines (, Jet Airways (, and Indigo. The most convenient method to get to Srinagar is to fly from New Delhi.

By Train- The nearest railway station to Srinagar is Jammu, which is 290 kilometres away. Jammu railway station has rail connections to all of India’s main cities. There are direct train connections from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Trivandrum.

By Bus- Srinagar is connected to the rest of the country via National Highway 1A. From Jammu, the state of J&K offers pleasant buses. The journey to Srinagar takes roughly ten hours from Jammu

Is Marchoi Trek for Beginners?

If you are a fit beginner, the Marchoi trek in Kashmir is one of the easiest hikes in the region. It is a 4-day trip with daily distances of 4-5 kilometres. Marchoi is a safe trek to undertake at any time of year. The rains are unpredictably heavy in monsoon avoid trekking in monsoon.

How to book Marchoi Trek with Trekkers Of India?

We have fixed departures (almost every day) from November to March, Click here for available dates & bookings. You can also connect with our Trek expert on +91 9999779236, 9999779136 for bookings.

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