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Sar Pass Trek - 6 Days

Sar Pass Trek
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Sar Pass is a perfect trek for beginners. It’s apt for those who want to experience all kinds of terrain. Forests, meadows, quaint villages, or snow-covered mountains, this trail offers a gamut of experiences to trekkers. The Sar pass is in Parvati Valley of Kullu district of Pradesh. Sar, in the local dialect, means a lake. Trekking, across the path from Tila Lotni to Biskeri Ridge, one has to pass by a small, frozen lake (Sar) and therefore the name Sar Pass Trek emerged. The trail takes you through ordination of picturesque grasslands and forests conjugated with steep rocky terrain and snow patches. Trek route emerges from Kasol and goes through Grahan, Ratta Pani, Nagaru and Barsheni.

Sar pass is one of the most popular trails in Shivalik range. Sar, in local dialect, means a lake. Sar Pass is a moderately challenging trek in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, situated at an altitude of 14000 ft, it can be considered as a great introduction to high altitude trekking.

This trek is also very popular amongst Indian trekkers. Sar valley overlooks the beautiful Parvati valley abundant in natural treasure. The valley is surrounded by snow clad mountains, perennial streams, waterfalls, and lush green forests. It is the seventh heaven for any adventurous traveler and nature lovers.

The base camp for Sar pass trek is at Kasol. It is surrounded by snow capped mountains temperate climate and elegant pine forests. It resembles much the beauty of molten gold in the first and last beams of sunlight. It is truly breath taking to watch the sunset or sunrise from this point. Kasol is the base for most of the trekking trails in the Parvati valley. It is also called as the little Israel of India. So Kasol offers a genuine Israeli food and such other cuisines like Indian, Continental etc. Kasol is located near to the Manikaran, a holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs. Manikaran also has the hot water springs which are known widely.

 

The serene meadows on the way are a sight to see. After driving for about an hour the trail commences. The trail is packed with dense forests, streams, waterfalls and rocky terrain. The trail to the camp is moderate but steep at the end. Camp is at remote village Grahan. It is as picturesque as its predecessors. Grahan is an ancient village with traditional Himalayan houses surrounded by rhododendron trees. The ascent after Grahan is steep and strenuous. Slow and steady pace of walking is advisable as it assures good acclimatization. Minh Thach is the next campsite, where locals used to graze their livestock. Then we reach Nagaru, which is the last camp before reaching Sar pass.  It is a freezing site because of the gusty winds and cold nights. After a long and arduous trek, the sight that Sar pass offers seems like an illusion in it’s beauty and spirit.

The top of the Sar pass offers a magnificent view of Himalayan Peaks and meadows. The descent down to Bishkeri is moderate through rhododendron forests. Bhishkeri is a striking meadow campsite with multiple flowers and birds species. One can rejuvenate himself by spending a night at this place. From Bishkeri to Barshaini is a exciting downhill terrain through lush green forests.

On the way twin villages Pulga and Tulga will pass by. Then cross the river Parvati and climb for a while till road head at Barshaini. Take bus or taxi to Manikaran. From here depart to your preferred locations.

Day 1
Reporting to Base Camp @ Kasol

Day 2
Kasol to Grahan Village (10 km) (4/5 hours) (2355 m)

Day 3
Grahan Village to Min Thach (7 km) (5 hours) (3433 m)

Day 4
Min Thach to Nagaru Thach (8 km) (7 hours) (3812 m)

Day 5
Nagaru Thach to Sar Pass (4211 m) and Biskeri Thach (14 km) (7/8 hours) (3344 m)

Day 6
Biskeri Thach to Bursheni and back to Kasol (10 km) (4/5 hours)

 Day 1: Reporting to Base Camp @ Kasol

Check in to camp at Kasol. All the participants will undergo through registration procedure after breakfast and freshening up. This day is kept free for your reporting only you can go to Manikaran or nearby market places such as Kasol for shopping or needed equipments and other materials. Orientation will be given in the evening.

Day 2: Kasol to Grahan Village 

  • Drive:  22-25 km / 1 Hr
  • Altitude: 2355 m
  • Trek: 10 kms trek / 5-6 hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Time taken:  1 hour drive + 6 hour trek.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents/Guest house

The Sar Pass Trekking trail starts from Kasol and follows the river stream. The trail is with gentle slope and after crossing the river stream or “Nalah” the trail becomes little rocky and steep. Trek from Kasol to Grahan village through the dense pine trees. There are numerous makeshift stalls which sells lemonade, Rhododendron Syrup, tea, snacks and other refreshments to the trekkers which normally come for One day trek to Grahan Village.

Grahan Village is a beautiful village with traditional Himachali houses and surrounded by Rhododendron trees, so lot of trekkers come here to enjoy camping and trekking. There are several guest house avialable in Grahan Village and also camping grounds. Stay overnight in tents/Guest house.

Day 3: Trek from Grahan Village to Min Thach 

  • Altitude: 3433 M
  • Trek: 7-8 Km / 4-5 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water from Grahan Village. Late season streams likely once the snow melts.
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

After breakfast we start the trek for Min Thatch. The trail to Min Thach is commonly used by locals to access their farms or cattle.  After trekking for some the trail opens up and gives you the beautiful views of Min Thatch, Nagaru and Sar Top.

Have your dinner and overnight in camps. Once you reach Min Thach during the Sar Pass Trek Chandrakhani ridge and other ranges are clearly visible from the camp at Min Thach.

Day 4: Trek from Min Thach to Nagaru  

  • Altitude: 3812 M
  • Trek: 8-9 Km / 6-7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Moderate
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Campsite as there are very limited/No source (depending on the season)
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

We start early in the morning for Nagaru and today it is going to be a bit longer as the some parts of the trail will be under snow and which makes it little tricky. After trekking for 2 to 3 hours we will reach our campsite. Enjoy the mesmerizing views of beautiful Himalayas and Parvati Valley with hot cup of tea. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 5: Trek from Nagaru to Sar Pass and Biskeri Thach.  

  • Altitude: 3344 M
  • Trek: 12-14 Km / 7-8 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Moderate
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Campsite as there are very limited/No source (depending on the season)
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

 Rise early morning do some stretching exercise and have sumptuous breakfast and get ready for the long day to trek to Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass.

Trek uphill to the snow covered trail with views of Tosh Valley and your views of Sar Pass Top in sight which will keep you motivated to trek further. Spend some quality time at Sar Pass Top and have your packed lunch and start the downhill trek to Biskeri Thatch. Stay overnight at the Biskeri Thach campsite.

Day 6: Trek from Biskeri Thach to Barshaini to Kasol.

  • Drive:  22-25 km / 1 Hr
  • Altitude: 2355 m
  • Trek: 10 kms trek / 5-6 hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy mostly downhill.
  • Time taken:  1 hour drive + 6 hour trek.

Biskeri Thach gives you amazing views of greater himalayas and thick pine forest. Today trek is downhill through the dense forest of pine, oak and deodar. After crossing the stream  to reach Pulga and Tulga. Cross the Parvati river to reach Barshaini Village. Barshaini Village is the starting point for Khirganga Trek, Tosh Valley Trek and Animal Pass Trek.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • 1 Night stay in Kasol (Day 1) on sharing basis
  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
  • Safety Equipments.
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your Trek Leader will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Last day Hotel Stay in Kasol (Day 6).
  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
  • Insurance.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

The Sar Pass Trek is a moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Sar Pass Trek, note that the temperature drops to around -3 to 5 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 12 degrees. This extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

Distance by road:-

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours(approx 540 km's). 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 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 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 5 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.

Nearest Railway Station:-

Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 km's) and Chandigarh (310 km's) 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 :-

Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Km's. ​Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000‐ Rs.2,000. 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.

Price From INR11,500 INR9,000/person
9,000
Total 9,000 INR

Trip Facts

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 6 days
  • Easy-Moderate
  • 13800 Ft
  • Day time: 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C
  • 45-50 Km
  • Forests, meadows & snow-covered mountains
  • May - October
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Kasol To Kasol
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Guest house, Camping, Home Stay
  • Chandigarh or Kasol is well connected to Delhi
  • Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu airport at Bhuntar

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