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About the Sar Pass Trek:
One of the most widely sought after treks in India, the Sar Pass trek climbs up to an altitude of about 13,700 ft., and opens up to magnificent views of the vicinal Himalayan peaks. Originating from the famous village of Kasol, which is also known as the backpackers’ paradise, the trail weaves through a melange of dense forests of pine and rhododendrons, lush meadows and rustic hamlets. Leaning a bit towards a moderate level of difficulty, the trek is ideal for fit beginners. Sar Pass is essentially a mountain ridge, and not an actual mountain pass, as far as technicalities are concerned. But this doesn’t mean it is any less thrilling than one!
Huddled in the serene Parvati Valley of Kullu, Sar Pass offers unmatched views of the roaring Parvati river. The Sar top unveils a panoramic canvas of snow-clad peaks and misty mountain valleys. The Sar Pass trek also holds some of the finest campsites like Min Thach, Biskeri Thach and Nagaru in its lush folds. The route is truly mesmerising, enhanced by a handful of gurgling streams that emanate a haunting lullaby for trekkers. Trekkers get to cross the icy waters of the river Parvati on their way towards the quaint little village of Pulga.The trek is best enjoyed during the months of May to October when a thick blanket of snow blankets the route at higher altitudes! The terrain swerves from being a fairytale forest to a winter wonderland with beautiful subtlety. Ensnaring the senses with a lovely caress of the visual and spiritual beauty, Sar Pass promises you a camera full of postcard-worthy photographs, and a heart full of lifetime memories. Make your foray into the world of Himalayan trekking with Sar Pass, which guarantees to leave you begging for more adventures.
About the destination:
Huddled 13,700 ft. above sea level in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, sits a snowy dream world that beckons herds of adventurers into its folds every year. Sar Pass is one of the most beautiful treks in India, and promises a medley of thick forests, sylvan meadows and roaring streams. Your first stop is Kasol, which is the base village for the trek. It is a beautiful hamlet reflecting Israeli culture, which makes it every backpackers' dream destination.
The initial part of the trek is housed within stunning woods that seem like something right out of a fantasy movie. The scenery shifts from grassy meadows to the Winterland of Narnia midway through the trek! Patches of green and brown are veiled under a layer of powdery snow. The last hour or two of the trek to the main Sar Pass is the most thrilling part, as the incline of the slope is nearly 90 degrees! As daunting as it sounds, the surrounding Himalayan beauty overpowers your fear and fatigue. The highlight of the trek is the descent from Sar Pass, which can't be traversed by trekking, give the steep incline. You have to slide down the slope! It feels like a roller coaster ride, only better. Experience your heart racing, and soul rejoicing as the little child in you comes shrieking alive!The magnificence of a beautiful verdant landscape against a curtain of majestic Himalayan peaks shrouded in snow and mist, wearing a halo of clouds. Itching to grab your rucksack and run? Book your slots for the Sar Pass trek today!
Starts your trek from the centre of Kasol and keeps to the true left of the Grahan nalah. The trail is easy and frequently used by locals.
Trek through lovely pine forests.
One can effortlessly cover much distance in a couple of hours.
After Grahan nalah the trail becomes rocky and climbing uphill, away from the right bank of the river. Buras (Rhododendrons) grow in the forest.
Rhododendron petals can be eaten whole and the syrup can be mixed with water to make a refreshing drink.
After a steep climb of about an hour, reach the village of Grahan, situated at the top.
Overnight stay in tents at Grahan.
Climb towards the north of camping ground at Grahan. Villagers can be seen using this path for Min Thach.
After walking for a while, witness the Min Thach, Nagaru, and Sar Top on the mountain to the right.
Trek through the steeper path which leads into the woods.
The slope becomes steeper and the path is confusing in some places.
After crossing the forest arrive in Min Thach.
Chandrakhani stretch and other ranges are visible clearly from here.
Overnight at Min Thach.
Trek from Min Thach to Nagaru and pass through the woods. It is difficult part of the trek, the slope falls steeply to the valley below and the snow may be slippery.
After crossing steep slope for a couple of hours,reach Nagaru campsite.
Facing north,you can see magnificent mountains across the Parvati valley, the town of Manikaran is also visible.
Sleep early to avoid cold and the next day involves an early start.?
Overnight at Nagaru.
Make an early start, as the climb is steep through the snow.
Sar pass and the elevated peaks of the Tosh valley will be visible from here.
Reach the top and enjoy the stunning view. After that the slide is the most fun and completely harmless as long as some precautions are taken.
The slide takes one as far as a kilometre to a gentler slope of the valley.
Arrive at the Valley after walking for an hour at the campsite of Biskeri Thach, which is reached after crossing a few streams.?
Overnight at Biskeri Thach.
Enjoy the sublime view of the pine forests, the majestic mountains and the lovely grasslands in Biskeri.
From Biskeri, hike down across a steep plot of land with fencing all around.
After crossing the dense forest cross a stream, with a campsite across.
The path to the village of Pulga goes to the left of the campsite. The twin villages of Pulga and Tulga are separated by a stream.
From Tulga, cross a bridge on the river Parvati, to reach the village of Barshaini.
Jeep ride to Kasol base camp.
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The difficulty level of Sar Pass trek ranges between easy to moderate level of difficulty, and no prior trekking experience is required. Since the 'easy - moderate' tag is relative to other difficult treks in the Himalayas, Sar Pass commands a moderate level of fitness from all trekkers. The treks includes a near-vertical incline at the top, and an equally steep descent. The air above 12,000 ft. is very thin, and the oxygen levels are considerably lower, which increases the level of difficulty. It is mandatory to follow a regular fitness regime to ensure your body adapts well to the lower oxygen on the trek.
In the month of May, the level of snow is considerably higher than during the successive months. Further, in June, the snow begins to melt, and leaves a fresh green trail. Although the weather conditions are ideal during these months, above 4,000 meters, things can change drastically.
The window of May to October is ideal for the Sar Pass trek, since the snow cover at lower altitudes has melted away, leaving behind a quilt of fresh greenery. Though there will be good amount of snow on higher altitudes. After October, the snow cover is too high to attempt the trek.
No, Diamox won't be necessary during the trek. Since the maximum altitude of the trek falls below 14,000 ft., acclimatisation should come easily. Make sure you're well hydrated. If, however, you feel yourself down with symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (nausea and headache are the prime symptoms), inform your trek leader immediately. Our trek leaders are well equipped with an extensive medical kit and oxygen cylinders for emergency situations. If you’re carrying diamox with you, make sure to consult your trek leader before starting your course.
The number of trekkers in a group will depend upon the bookings we receive.
Yes, the Sar Pass is safe for everyone, including female solo travellers. Ensuring safety of trekkers is out top priority, which means that if you're a female solo trekker, you can rest assured that your safety is in reliable hands. The accommodations (rooms and tents) are separate for male and female trekkers, besides which, our trek leaders are extremely helpful and approachable.
We recommend carrying trekking shoes with high ankle support, and good quality material that is water resistant. Since the terrain is uneven and rugged, it is imperative that your trekking shoes have a good grip, which will be less prone to slipping. When buying new shoes, we insist that break them in at least 2-3 weeks before the trek to avoid chafing and blisters. Please avoid carrying sports shoes, as they are not meant for trekking, and can cause fatal slips. Also, carry at least 3-4 pairs of cotton socks.
The Sar Pass trek is an easy to moderate level trek which holds some steep ascent, requiring good stamina. Naturally, this implies that trekkers must have a decent amount of fitness. You should be able to jog for 5 km in about 35 to 40 minutes to increase cardiovascular endurance. Make your muscles stronger by doing 3 sets of squats with 15 reps per day, and some yoga asanas. This will aid acclimatization, and facilitate adaptability to lower oxygen levels on high altitudes.
No, consumption of alcohol, and smoking is strictly prohibited on the trek, as it leads to dehydration at higher altitudes. Dehydration is a clear invitation to Acute Mountain Sickness. Keep yourself well hydrated to avoid sickness. An easy way to tell if you’re keeping yourself well hydrated is the colour of your pee. It should be transparent. If it isn’t, keep consuming more water.
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