Sar Pass Trek

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Sar Pass Trek is one of the most popular treks in the months of April , May, and June, you can do it while you’re in Kasol or Parvati valley. So, if you are planning to visit Kasol anytime soon then you might want to take a look at Sar Pass Trek as well.

The Sar Pass Trek starts from the Grahan village, which is surrounded by beautiful Rhododendrons trees. 

We’ll explore Kasol and go onto the other location as well while on the Sar Pass trek. Attaining the altitude of 13,700 ft. may seem a little hard at first but becomes enjoyable as we carry on.

On your way to the Biskeri Ridge, you get to see a small frozen lake given the name Sar, meaning lake. Look out for the 100 ft. long snow slides which are quite a common sight during this trek. 

Next, we will get to trek till Mung Thach and the next 5 to 6-hours, would be the most difficult yet the most enjoyable time you’d be having on the Sar Pass Trek. We’ll pass through the dense forest which resembles those we see in popular movies and tv shows.

Nagaru village is one site among the popular places to visit in Kasol. After we cross the village we be exposed to the spectacular Parvati valley surrounded by the mountains.

The fifth day awaits with the longest trekking round among all the other days. While you’ll be out of breath, its a sure thing that it all be worth it for the snow slide, the Rhododendron forests and the views of the Tosh valley will get etched in your mind. 

A fun fact about the Sar Pass trek, it's a mountain ridge rather than being an actual pass but still, the name suggests otherwise. And  The Parvati river flows alongside it, which makes the experience even more redeeming. 

The sublime feeling of camping at the Biskeri Thach is indescribable.  Pine forests and the majestic mountains are things that be so common to you, that you’ll forget what the world looks like without them.

Now on our way back to Kasol, we’ll go through the Pulga village and the Barshaini village which are two popular stops while on Sar Pass Trek. And you get to be quite close to the Parvati river and this would be the perfect time to get that camera out and take some shots.

To get the best experience of Sar Pass Trek one needs to choose the timing correctly. And the best time to go on Sar Pass trek is during April and May . You will get to enjoy thick snow when you reach the higher altitudes and the weather in Sar Pass is at its best.

For time and again, people say that Sar Pass Trek is one of the most beautiful treks of India. The shift of the scenic view from forests to the meadows to the ice blankets is spectacular. 

When you slide down the slope from Sar Pass you will feel like you are riding a roller coaster. The trek serves best for any adrenaline junkie as it is sure to get a spike in your adrenaline levels.

Take some time off and enjoy your stay in Kasol and do try the Israeli cuisine. Also, mix up with the locals to know more about the place and its culture of Kasol and the history of Sar Pass.

The reasons you need to check out the Sar Pass Trek in 2020 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a Sar Pass Trek with us.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Reaching Kasol

Day 2 : Trek to Grahan village (4-5 hours)

Day 3 : Grahan to Mung Thach (5-6 hours)

Day 4 : Mung Thach to Nagaru (4 hours)

Day 5 : Nagaru to Biskeri Thach via Sar Pass (7-8 hours)

Day 6 : Biskeri Thach to Barshaini and drive back to Kasol base camp ( 4-5 hours). Departure from Kasol.

Itinerary (Kasol to Kasol)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Reaching Kasol

    Check in to camp at Kasol,  All the participants will undergo through registration procedure after breakfast and freshening up.

    Post lunch acclimatization walks to Chalal village. Orientation will be given in the evening.

    Dinner and Night stay in Camps in Kasol

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    Day 2 : Trek to Grahan village (4-5 hours)

    Our Sar Pass Trek will commence at 7 am from Kasol to Grahan. The trek starts from the center of Kasol and keeps to the true left of the Grahan nalah. The trail is easy and frequently used by locals. The trail goes through lovely pine forests. The ascend is gentle and easy.

    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. One can see the Buras (Rhododendrons) forest on the trail. After a steep climb of about an hour, one reaches the village of Grahan, situated at the top.

    Overnight stay in tents at Grahan.

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    Day 3 : Grahan to Mung Thach (5-6 hours)

    In the morning we climb towards the north of camping ground at Grahan Village. Villagers can be seen using this path for Mung Thach. After walking for a while, one can see Mung Thach, Nagaru, and Sar Top on the mountain to the right.

    The trail to Sar Pass also becomes steeper and leads into the woods. The slope becomes steeper and the path is confusing in some places. After crossing the forest we arrive at Mung Thach.

    Overnight in tents at Mung Thach

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    Day 4 : Mung Thach to Nagaru (4 hours)

    Trek from Mung Thach to Nagaru is a short but difficult part. The slope falls steeply to the valley. After crossing steep slope for a couple of hours, one finally reaches Nagaru campsite.

    Facing north, one can see magnificent mountains across the Parvati valley. Night is very cold due to the chilling wind. It is advisable to sleep early to avoid cold and the next day involves an early start.

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    Day 5 : Nagaru to Biskeri Thach via Sar Pass (7-8 hours)

    Next day we have to make an early start, as the climb is steep through the snow. Sar pass and the elevated peaks of the Tosh valley are now visible.

    As one reaches the top, the view is exhilarating. After that the slide is the most fun and completely safe as long as some precautions are taken. The slide takes one as far as a kilometre to a gentler slope of the valley. Valley arrives after walking for an hour from Sar Pass. We will then continue the trek through some dense rhododendron bushes towards Biskeri Thach campsite. Overnight stay in tents at Biskeri Thach.

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    Day 6 : Biskeri Thach to Barshaini and drive back to Kasol base camp ( 4-5 hours). Departure from Kasol.

    Biskeri presents a sublime view of the pine forests, the majestic mountains, and the lovely grasslands. From Biskeri we will descend towards Pulga village. The descend is easy and takes around 4-5 hours to reach Pulga.

    From Pulga we will continue to descend to cross the Parvati river and then climb to reach village Barshaini. A bus ride to Kasol base camp and departure.

    End of Sar Pass Trek

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Inclusions

Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 6 – you will be staying at camps on all days of trekking.

Meals: All Meals from day 1 Breakfast to day 6 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.

Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.

Support Staff: Trek Leader and Local Guide.

Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10? c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.

Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies. 

Exclusions

Transportation from Bhuntar to Kasol and back

Personal Expenses

5% GST  

Anything not mentioned in inclusions 

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Inner Layer

Tshirt or Fleece

Trek Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 40L)

Mufflers/ Neck Warmer

Extra pair of clothes

Undergarments

Slippers

Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion

Sunglasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries

Medicines

First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size of Sar Pass Trek?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the Sar Pass Trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the Sar Pass Trek?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trek?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the Sar Pass Trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the Sar Pass Trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a Sar Pass Trek with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the Sar Pass Trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the Sar Pass Trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the Sar Pass Trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the Sar Pass Trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

Additional Information on Sar pass Trek

Sar in local dialect means lake, Sar Pass Trek has a beautiful lake which mostly remains frozen located in the glorious mountains of Parvati Valley located at an elevation of 13,850 feet. Sar Pass trek is one of the easiest treks for beginners. The trek takes the adventurers through dense forests, Greenlands and meadows, remote and friendly villages and majestic mountains. Sar Pass is the perfect trek trail to kickstart your trekking expeditions.

PLACES TO VISIT DURING THE SAR PASS TREK:

KASOL:

Kasol is a beautiful village that has gained massive popularity over the years is situated in the Parvati Valley along the banks of the Parvati River at an elevation of 11,580 feet, it is also known as “ Mini Israel” or the “Hippie Town”. Kasol is majorly influenced by Israeli culture. Kasol is known for its scenic beauty, picturesque mountains, trekking trails, pine trees, waterfalls, flea market, cafes, and delicious food.

GRAHAN:

Grahan is a quaint village located in Parvati Valley at an elevation of 7,700 feet above the sea level at a distance of 14km from Kasol. The only way to reach this pristine village through trekking. Grahan is surrounded by dense forests, mountains and pine trees. There are two trails after reaching halfway and crossing the second bridge on the trek trail to Grahan and they are marked by red arrows one of them is steep and short and the other is long, easy and beautiful, The best time to go to Grahan is during the months of summer and its best to do the trek during the day time as nights might not be too safe to trek.

MUNG THACH:

Thach means meadow in Himachali. Mung Thach is a beautiful meadow located at a distance of 7 km from Grahan in Parvati Valley. It is a campsite for a stopover between the trek to Sar Pass.

NAGRA:

Nagra is located in Parvati Valley at an altitude of 3,787 mts above the sea level at a distance of 10 km from Mung Thach It is an offbeat destination known for its campsites, trekking trains, mountains, and adventure activities.

BISKERI THACH:

Biskeri Thach is a green meadow located at a distance of 15 km from  Sar Pass in Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh.

BARSHANI:

Barshani is the last motorable place of Parvati Valley at a 14 km distance from Manikaran. Barshani is a 12km downhill trek from Biskeri Thatch. Barshani marks the trek of various famous treks like Kalga, Pulga, Tulga, and Kheerganga. One can hike or take a taxi from Barshani for visiting Tosh. Even though this village is very small it has various accommodations and eateries.

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