The sight is well known amongst the tourists because of its scenic meadows, beautiful lakes and huge mountains. The valley has a peaceful environment and a picturesque beauty to look at. As the gigantic ranges of Himalayas are situated across the four states on India, a number of trekkers come to the country for the purpose of climbing the highest peak of the world. Aru Valley is one such base camp which is prominently used for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier, the Katrinag valley and Tarsar-Marsar lakes. Trekkers for Lidderwat, the Vishansar-Kishansar lakes and Kangan also take this place as the base camp. Aru River flows through the valley which is a tributary of Lidder River. Left bank of the river has the civilization. The valley has a lot of other hot spots to visit in the nearby area like lakes, meadows and peaks. With heavy snowfall, the place also provides heli skiing and skiing practices. Fishing of trouts in the river Lidder, horse riding, sightseeing and photography are another bunch of attractions for the tourists to visit this base camp. With the availability of number of hotels, restaurants and huts for boarding and lodging, you can go for a family tour to this place.

Major Attraction

Aru valley is majorly known to the trekkers who are in quest of climbing Mt. Kolahoi (5425m) which is the highest peak in the Valley. The other reason to visit this place is its scenic beauty, calm and soothing environment which relaxes your soul and body. The Kolahoi is the biggest glacier in the Valley and climbing it is what most of the trekkers dreamt of. Aru Valley provides the tourists and the trekkers to take rest and plan accordingly for their upcoming quest. The other attraction of this tourist destination is the practice provided in the heavy snowfall season for heli skiing and skiing. The spot gives you more than twenty peaks, lakes and meadows to look at and to adore their beauty. The valley has the status of a Wildlife sanctuary and is spread over an area of 511 kms.

Nearest Locations to Visit

The nearest locations of the Aru Valley are:

  • Katrinag Valley
  • Tarsar-Marsar lakes
  • Vishansar-Kishansar lakes
  • Kangan
  • Kolahoi Glacier

How to Reach

To reach Aru Valley, one can take a cab or bus from Srinagar (capital of Jammu & Kashmir), which is only 76 kms away from the tourist spot.

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