Region: Parvati Valley
Total Duration – 5 Night / 6 Days
Maximum Altitude – 4200 m.
Grade – Moderate
Best Season – April to June
Accommodation – Organized Campsite / Guest house
Food – On trek All meals included
Distance – 45 KM.
SAR, locally means ‘Lake’, a glacial lake established by the several torrents surfaced trail offers on snow by melting course, these tiny water currents gather on the lap of the mountain base creating a spectacular highland lake. Crafted with a smile by Mother Nature SAR is located in the most frequent valley of Northern India, lap serenely in the backdrops of the lucid valley of Parvati. The sar pass trek is one of the most recurrent and treasured treks of the correlated valley. As of the SAR Pass trek, it is done in both summer and winter seasons, when everything gets enclosed with the thick white sheet in winter and ornamented with foliage in the summers.Sar pass trek is ideal trek for beginners. The trek starts from the well known place called Kasol, packed with travelers, trekkers, mountaineers and a bunch of lousy day-trippers. The trek initially commences with the hustle and bustle of the little town which turns into a peaceful upland setting.The nearest airport is bhuntar to reach Kasol by flight. The trek attains the convincing height of 4200m. taking one through dense forests to the ancient village of Grahan to the alpine pastures and ultimately to the top of the pass surrounded with immense snow. It takes 5days to complete the trek with some steep inclines to moderate terrains then the sheer downhill. The landscape during the trek keeps changing constantly offering the best views of the valley with huge snow capped mountain ranges and peaks. It could be a pleasant experience for neophytes searching for an inclusive adventure time in the Himalayas. The sunsets of Ming Thach, Gushing winds of thach Nagaru and sar top, Snow slides after crossing over the pass, serene beauty of Bishkeri Thach and so on the sites mesmerizing one with true emotions. Finally the trek comprises all the aspects of a moderate trekking route with dense forests, old villages, steep climbs, snowy trails, vast meadows leading to a stunning Pass heightened at 4200m. then the downhill testing one with the real strength to bear the stress on their knees. But all these things are forgotten when passionate trekkers halt in each striking campsite gossiping about the day's travail. The natural beauty on this trek makes one forget all the hardship and encourages indulging into the real Nature lying in front. Ultimately trek covers all the contentment and adversity at its peers that would befall a blissful memoir.
Arrive at kasol, here you will be greeted by our representatives (trek leader/ guide) and taken to further programs. Orientations and briefing will be made accordingly and the sufficient time will be given to explore or to buy remaining things. Night halt will be in rooms/ organized campsites.
Today we will start our trek from the last roadhead and will follow the Grahan Nalah. Initially the trail is moderate but soon rolls into uneven walking on the rocks followed by moderate trails too. The forests filled with diverse vegetation will accompany the hike giving some originality to the atmosphere. There are several tea shops en route where one can eat or drink particularly. Further on the trail steepens and keeps the gradient till the Grahan village. The village is hidden between the foliage at a ridge and is visible until we reach the village premises. The Grahan village is populated well but less connected to the rest of the world. There is no network in the village so we recommend that one should make any important calls before leaving the town at Kasol. Once occupied the accommodations one can explore around the village. The halt for the night will be in local household rooms. Have your dinner and sleep well.
Wake up early and tie trekking shoes to make an early departure from the Grahan village. The day trail consists of steep incline through thick forests towering high up in the sky, lush vegetation that one could be lost if didn’t stick together. The view today is bit covered with the dense trees making it a perfect site of canopies to form magical lights. The vistas will appear and hide constantly throughout the trek. On the half of the route we will have our packed lunch, and then restart the steep ordeal. It will take a couple of hours to approach the campsite at Minh Thach. Soon the forest will open up and the meadow of Minh Thach is visible between the trees. It is a beautiful campsite with spectacular evenings and morning lights. Here we will halt in the organized campsites and stay in tents and use sleeping bags..
The day is the shortest of the whole route yet steep enough to tire someone. It starts with the moderate trek from the campsite and then suddenly turns precipitous. The trick for climbing such gradients is to be patient and walk slowly, there is no need to run or overcome others but just trek at your own pace. After some hours, the treeline will be left below with air getting thinner and vast scenery comes forth in a grand view surrounded by countless mountain ranges and peaks. Nagaru is located on a ridge which is top on the mountain prone to ferocious and freezing winds but the scenery offered is way out of words. It is a place mostly submerged in snow while opening up the route till the end of May. The snowy landscape in front reminds of an incredible campsite full of adventures to offer. The night will be stayed inside camps under the bright night sky. It is an ultimate sight where one could enjoy or fulfill his dreams of gasping at the twinkling and dwindling lights in the night sky. Sleep tight as the following day is long and full of surprises.
It is the most awaited trail of the whole trek holding up the best vistas, a Pass to negotiate and entering into the other side of the vale full of natural beauties. At first a steep hike needs to be negotiated which is followed by flat terrain which lasts for hours before nearing upto the pass. As we approach the pass the mountain steepens for a while and thus we are at the top, looking behind at the valleys and valleys laying in front to be cherished throughout. At top sometimes the pass tests the limits of one wanting to cross over it by thunderstorms, speedy winds, snowfalls and even blizzards but it is often calm and favorable with true respect for the mountainous nature. After crossing over the pass we descend below again into the treeline giving up the strange yet comfortable sense of halt in a stunning campsite. Bishkeri is the most loved campsite after days of trekking through snowy terrains, precipitous climbs to the adverse weather conditions held at the top. Night can be spent in ease alongside the fire talking about the treks experiences while having a delicious dinner.
Today we will descend down towards Barshaini to end our trip. After having a sumptuous breakfast we will leave the place trekking downwards through forests, meadows, streams and a river to cross. The trail is perfectly engraved leading into the wonderful locations of vast grasslands enroute. Throughout the approach one would find the forests so prehistoric that it will take a couple of people to circle the massive trees. This primitiveness lasts until we reach Pulga, dwelling crammed with particular travelers. From Pulga the road head looks near but it isn’t we see, it is kind of camouflage after the days of walking in the hinterland. Soon we will be at the roadhead from where we will reach Manikaran by a local transport. And here on one is free to go to their preferred destinations.
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 to 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
From Bhunter, Kasol is 25 km. far and there are multiple buses running every 15 minutes or one can get off at bhuntar which is 25 km. far from Kasol on the left bank highway. bhunter lies in between Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Bhunter to approach Kasol.
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar. Which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Local transport during trek.
Tents on sharing basis.
Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalayan Adventure Trips.
Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)(Jain food Also Available.)
All trek organizational requirements.
Basic First aid Kit with portable oxygen.
Forest Permits and camping charges.
All trekking permits.
Barshani to Manikaran transport in taxis during return.(No option to wait for buses,Late or stuck).
While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
Accommodation in Hotel/Guest House/Home stay or camps in kasol.
All group equipment for the trek (warm comfortable tents at Camps and Dining Tents available).
All trek staff, including Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/).
Trekking bag of 65 ltr, gaiters, S.b liners.
Certified adventure tour operator with Himachal tourism and IMF.
Trek completion certificates.
Air travel or any kind of travel fare.
Any kind of meals in kasol.
Personal expenses such as laundry, battery charging and showers at Hotel/Homestay/Guest house.
Entry visas or inner line permit for Foreign Participants.
Personal clothing and trekking equipment like sleeping bag liners, walking sticks, etc.
Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition.
Gratuities to guides and Sherpa staff.
Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks.
Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation.
Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits/ gifts etc).
Food to/from the trailhead.
Add extra services-
following Things Available on rent:
Gloves 30 rs per day rent
Walking stik 50 rs per day rent
Trekking boots 150 rs per day rent
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With a professional team instructing the group it becomes easy to complete any Himalayan trek without any hassle. Our team at HAT is well trained to operate giving first aid in the wilderness or the Acute Mountain Sicknesses or to rescue someone struck in situation. The treks are run smoothly often without any obstructions but the weather is unpredictable so are the mountains. So believe in us we will take you far away from your routine aspirations toward the overwhelming course of conquering the time. We have a successful history of running trekking programs without any mishaps or major contingencies. That’s all because of our skilled team of Guides Instructors Cooks Helpers and porters ready to help anyone in need while in the mountains.
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Where is Sar pass?
Answer:Sar Pass trek is located in the Parvati valley of Kullu Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts from the little town of Kasol. So one has to reach Kasol,in Manikaran by taking Bus or taxi.
What is the difficulty level of the trek?Answer:The trek is easy to moderate with steep incline and downhill. This trek doesn’t need any previous trekking experience but demands physical fitness. The pass is nearly a vertical incline and equally steep downhill on the other. The Sar pass altitudes 13,800ft. so there are chances of mountain sickness to some people as the air becomes thinner above 12,000ft and increases the difficulty level. So it is necessary to acclimatize with the conditions of the area. Regular exercises would also help adapt the environment.
What is the best time to trek Sar pass?Answer:The best time to trek Sar Pass starts from the month of May-September, during these months the valley is covered with foliage and the temperature is decent.
What documents I have to carry?
Answer:You can carry a voters ID or Aadhar ID card along with you.
What are the weather conditions during the trek?
Answer:The weather is generally sunny and good on this trek. But sometimes it may rain or snow at high altitudes. Weather is unpredictable at the top it can change clear sky into thunderstorm.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?
Answer:For this trek you need to have good physical fitness and it can be achieved by routine exercises. Start exercising, playing outdoor games a month before the trek. This will help adapt your body to less oxygen levels to steep inclines.
What type of shoes should I buy?
Answer:Good trekking shoes with high ankle would be the best option for this trek. One can buy Quechua shoes which are reasonably good with cost and durability. We recommend you to buy your shoes a week before to get comfortable with it, to avoid blisters and sores later on the trek.
Can I get a porter or a mule to offload my sack?
Answer:Yes, you can hire a porter or a mule to carry your luggage. You just have to intimate us 10 days before the trek commences. We will arrange a porter or a mule accordingly. The offloading will cost 1000/- each day.
How much weight do I have to carry?
Answer:Your load will depend on your requirements of things that are packed in your sack. Mostly it could weigh 8-10kg’s with all your clothing’s , energy bars, dry fruits, water bottle, cameras etc.
Can I take or have smokes or liquor on the trek?
Answer:No, absolutely not. Liquor and smoking is strictly not allowed during the trek. We recommend you not to take such things along with or you would be disqualified and sent back to road head in between of the trek.
Is this trek safe for females or solo trekkers?
Answer:Yes, this trek is totally safe for females and solo trekkers. There are lots of female trekkers who had trekked with us and we are very conscious about the safety and security of the females. If there are females on the trek we provide them personal tents, their tents are only shared by another female.
Is mountain water drinkable?
Answer:Yes mountain water is drinkable. Mountain water is natural source of drinking water and is full of minerals. Thousands of people living in the mountains rely on the water coming down from the glaciers. One can drink water directly from the streams en route while trekking or one can ask guide or instructors, from where they can fill water. If someone is unsure one can carry chlorine tablets along with them. But we recommend this water for drinking as it makes acclimatization faster.
What kind of food is served?
Answer:Nutritious vegetarian food is provided during the trek. You will be having breakfast, lunch evening snacks and dinner. Vegetarian food is easy to digest and is healthy at high altitudes. In addition to it coffee and hot drinks soups will also be served.
What will be the group size?
Answer:Normally we take group consisting of single to multiple peoples. The group size depends on what type of trekking terrain is. For this trek we will take 10-15 people at a time. The group could be mix of men and women both.
Can I customize the trip?
Answer:Yes, you can customize the trek to your convenience. You can choose any trek options, time and no. of people to participate. The cost for customized trip or trek would be fixed on the basis of group size, trekking area, duration and trek style.
How cold it will be on the trek?
Answer:The temperature will be much colder than ones thoughts. At day times weather is clear and warm but it will drop to -15 degrees at nights. At higher altitudes weather is unpredictable too. So be prepared with multiple layers of warm clothing’s.
Who will go with us?
Answer:The group will be lead by the professional instructors, guides and local staff. These people are well qualified and have ample knowledge and experience to ensure safety and security of group. The staff is cooperative and helpful whenever needed. So be humble and respectful to the staff, then one will enjoy the trek in decent manner.
How far we will trek each day?
Answer:The average trekking distance is about 10-12km per day which will take 5-6 hours a day. Enjoy trekking on route don’t get discouraged.
Can I do calls during the trek?
Answer:Yes you can make calls on this trek. There are only few places where you wouldn’t find network but on rest of the route the network is found. The Reliance, BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone all networks work well.
Can I have to carry medicines?
Answer:Yes, you can carry medicines. It is good to carry some basic medicines to avoid chances of sickness on high altitude trekking. For this we have list of some medicines written below:
Crepe bandage (3-5 m), Band aid (10 strips), cotton (1 roll), ORS (4-5pk), Volini spray, providine, Crocin tablets, Avomine, Combiflam, Disprin, Digene, Spasimonil, Diamox, Electoral.
What if an emergency occurred?
Answer:In any case of any emergency our staff is skilled and trained for such situations held at high altitude. Our team has a wealth of experience dealing with high altitude sicknesses and urgent situations. We carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders with us and in any emergency we rescue the trekker till the road head. After reaching road any additional cost of evacuation is borne by the trekker. All and all it is trekker’s responsibility to get a certified medical fitness document before coming for the trek, which certifies that the trekker is fit for the trek.
How much weight I have to carry?
Answer:You have to carry 8-10 kg of weight. It depends on your requirements and capacity that how much clothing, dry fruits or readymade edible things you carry.
Can I charge my phone on the trek?
Answer:No, after leaving Base camp you won’t find any charging point. For this purpose you can carry a power bank to charge your phone.
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