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SAR PASS TREK

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Excellent

Duration

4 Nights/ 5 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

25 people

Languages

English, Hindi

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Region:                           Parvati Valley
  • Total Duration –           4 Night / 5 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, which translates to 'Lake,' is a glacial lake formed by many torrents uncovered on snow by melting course, these tiny water currents collect on the lap of the mountain base forming a magnificent highland lake. Mother Nature created with a grin SAR is placed in Northern India's most frequent valley, lying serenely in the backdrops of the crystal valley of Parvati. The Sar Pass trek is one of the most popular and cherished treks in the correlated valley. The SAR Pass trek is done in both summer and winter seasons, when everything is wrapped in a thick white sheet in winter and decorated with flora in summer. The Sar Pass trek is good for novices.The trek begins at the well-known town of Kasol, which is teeming with travellers, trekkers, mountaineers, and a slew of inept day-trippers. The walk begins with the hustle and bustle of the little town before transitioning to a quiet upland location. To fly to Kasol, the nearest airport is Bhuntar. The trek reaches a convincing height of 4200m, carrying one through dense forests to the historic village of Grahan, alpine pastures, and finally to the top of the pass, which is surrounded by massive snow. It takes 5 days to finish the walk, which includes severe inclines, moderate terrain, and a sheer fall. The terrain changes regularly along the journey, providing the best views of the valley with massive snow-capped mountain ranges and summits. It could be a great experience for those looking for an all-inclusive trip in the Himalayas. The sunsets of Ming Thach, the gushing winds of Thach Nagaru and Sar Top, the snow slides after crossing the mountain, the tranquil beauty of Bishkeri Thach, and so on are just a few of the sights that will leave you speechless. Finally, the walk includes all of the elements of a moderate hiking route, including dense forests, old settlements, difficult climbs, snowy pathways, and large meadows leading to a beautiful Pass heightened at 4200m, followed by a downhill that requires true fortitude to bear the impact on one's knees. All of this is forgotten, though, when ardent trekkers pause at each picturesque campsite to gossip about the day's hardship. The natural splendor on this walk lets one forget about the hardships and urges one to enjoy the true nature that lies ahead. Finally, he covers all of the contentment and adversity that would befall a blissful book.

Itinerary

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Detail Itinerary of Sar Pass Trek

Day 1 : Kasol - Grahan village  1700m - 2350m (1 hour drive) (7-8km. trek) (5-6hrs.)

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 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.

Day 2 Grahan- Minh Thach 2350m - 3400m (6 - 7 hrs) ( Approx 7- 8 kms)

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..

Day 3 Minh Thach  - Nagaru   3400m - 3800m  ( 4-5 hours. ) (8-9kms)

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.

Day 04: Nagaru - Sar Pass - Bishkeri  3800m - 4200m - 3350m (7-9 hrs.) (12-13km.)

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.

Day 05: Bishkeri 3350m – Barshaini  2400m -  Manikaran (4–6hrs) (9-10km.)

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.

How To Reach Sar Pass Trek

Distance by Road:

Manali is easily accessible from Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali and you'll be there in 12 to 14 hours (approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be purchased online through www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. Because the journey from Delhi to Manali is long, most Volvo private buses depart Delhi between 5 and 8 p.m. The last government bus departs from ISBT Kashmere Gate at 8.30 p.m. From Delhi to Manali, Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 and Rs.1,800 per sector.

How to Get to Kasol:

Kasol is 25 kilometres from Bhunter, and there are many buses running every 15 minutes. Alternatively, one can get out at Bhunter, which is 25 kilometres from Kasol on the left bank highway. bhunter is located between Kullu and Manali. To get to Kasol, you can take a taxi or a local bus from Manali or Bhunter.

The nearest railway station is:

Ambala (350 miles) and Chandigarh (450 km) are the closest railway stations (310 kms).

Tip: In the evening, regular Volvo and bus services run from Chandigarh to Manali. From Chandigarh to Manali, Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 and Rs.1,200 every sector.

The nearest airport is:

The nearest airport is in Bhuntar. The nearest airport is 52 kilometres distant from Manali. Taxis are accessible from Bhuntar to Manali for around Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well-connected by air to Delhi. This airport is served by Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines, who operate flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

Things To Pack

Trekking Shoes: Decent trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support are required. Carry no sport shoes.

Clothing: Warm garments, such as three-layer coats, fleece, or down feather jackets, are required. Carry one or two full-sleeved t-shirts. Carry cotton and trek pants ideal for trekking for your lowers. For trekking, do not bring jeans or shorts.

Thermals: Keep top and bottom thermals on hand.

Socks: Bring two or three pairs of sports socks, as well as woollen socks to wear at night.

A headlamp/led torch is required.

Sunglasses: To protect yourself from the sun in the snow, you should use UV-protected sunglasses.

Woolen hats and gloves are also recommended due to the cold weather. Carry waterproof gloves because they will become wet in the snow.

Lunchbox & Water Bottle: Each participant should bring their own lunch box, spoon, and water bottle.

Raincoats/ponchos: Snowfall and rain are prevalent at high altitudes, and it is important to carry a poncho to avoid getting wet.

Documents Required:

a) Registration Form
b) Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c) NOC form (by trekker)
d) 2 Passport size photos
e) Photocopy of Valid I.D. (PAN is not allowed)

Add Ons:-

Backpack offloading 3000 per bag
Single tent accommodation 700 per day

following Things Available on rent:

Goose down Feather Jacket 200 rs per day rent
Gloves 30 rs per day rent
Walking stik 50 rs per day rent
Trekking boots 150 rs per day rent

Preparation For Sar Pass Trek

As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.

So here are some aspects regarding trek preparation:

Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program.  Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.

Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.

Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho,  flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).

Included/Excluded

  • 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.
  • All group equipment for the trek (warm comfortable tents at Camps and Dining Tents available).
  • All trek staff, including Porters/mules for carrying common equipment's (like rations/tents/utensils/).
  • Trekking bag of 65 liter, gaiters, S.b liners.
  • Certified adventure tour operator with Himachal tourism and IMF.
  • Emergency communication.
  • Trek completion certificates.
  • Air travel or any kind of travel fare.
  • Any kind of Stay and 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.
  • GST of 5%.

Durations

4 Nights/ 5 Days

Tour's Location

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

FAQs

Frequently Ask Questions :-
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, 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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dipika k

08/04/2022

Sar Pass Trek

We had booked snow Trek with Himalayan Adventure Trips, it was my first trek and i really enjoyed the trek.. the view was very mesmerizing and location is too good to enjoy, I have been with my friends and enjoyed a lot, thanks Manu for planning it for us
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Prashant Shirke

08/04/2022

Sar Pass Trek

Our trip to Sar pass trek exceeded our expectations on every level. From our very first interaction with Himalayan Adventure Trips, this Adventure tour company demonstrated care and concern for understanding the needs of our group, and the experiences.
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HAT

18/03/2022

Rahul

It was an amazing experience indeed and certainly my best decision… was the best trek ever! The scene are so beautiful and the entire place is so clean that you will feel as if you are in a foreign land. Amazing trip. The whole experience of trekking was really amazing. Moreover with the appointed guides and crew members, the fun went further ahead. Entire Hampta Pass itinerary provided by Himalayan Adventure Trips was planned in a very convincing way and was very fulfilling in every aspect. Totally satisfied with Team HAT. Thanks a lot Himalayan Adventure Team.. for making this trip a memorable one for one and all. Awesome job by all the tour operators and service providers. Thank you for making this a great experience...
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HAT

18/03/2022

Sar Pass Trek

very nice trek, excellent services..
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