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Sar Pass Trek

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Sar Pass Trek is one of the most popular treks in the months of May and June, and 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

1st Day: Kasol Arrival | Group Introduction

2nd Day: Trek to Grahan Village (5 Hour Trek)

3rd Day: Grahan to Mung Thach (6 Hour Trek)

4th Day: Mung Thach to Nagaru (4 Hours Trek)

5th Day: Nagaru to Biskeri Thach via Sar Pass (7-8 Hours Trek)

6th Day: Biskeri Thach to Barshaini to Kasol (3 Hours Drive) | Departure From Kasol | End of Tour

Batches

1st May to 6th May Open {1st May (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 6th May (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

8th May to 13th May Open {8th May (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 13th May (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

9th May to 14th May Open {9th May (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 14th May (Friday) 05:00 PM}

15th May to 20th May Open {15th May (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 20th May (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

16th May to 21st May Open {16th May (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 21st May (Friday) 05:00 PM}

22nd May to 27th May Open {22nd May (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 27th May (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

23rd May to 28th May Open {23rd May (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 28th May (Friday) 05:00 PM}

29th May to 3rd Jun Open {29th May (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 3rd Jun (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

30th May to 4th Jun Open {30th May (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 4th Jun (Friday) 05:00 PM}

5th Jun to 10th Jun Open {5th Jun (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 10th Jun (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

6th Jun to 11th Jun Open {6th Jun (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 11th Jun (Friday) 05:00 PM}

12th Jun to 17th Jun Open {12th Jun (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 17th Jun (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

13th Jun to 18th Jun Open {13th Jun (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 18th Jun (Friday) 05:00 PM}

19th Jun to 24th Jun Open {19th Jun (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 24th Jun (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

20th Jun to 25th Jun Open {20th Jun (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 25th Jun (Friday) 05:00 PM}

26th Jun to 1st Jul Open {26th Jun (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 1st Jul (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

27th Jun to 2nd Jul Open {27th Jun (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 2nd Jul (Friday) 05:00 PM}

Itinerary (Kasol to Kasol)

  • 1

    1st Day : Kasol Arrival | Group Introduction

    • The group will assemble in Kasol.
    • Post-check-in, the group will move forward with the registration procedure and short acclimatization walk to Chalal village. 
    • Later in the evening, orientation will be given in the evening for the 6-day long trek.
    • Dinner will be served followed by some group bonding activities and more.
    • Overnight stay in Kasol.

     

  • 2

    2nd Day : Trek to Grahan Village (5 Hour Trek)

    • Post breakfast, we'll head towards Grahan village.
    • Midway, the group will stop to rest and eat their packed lunch.
    • During the trek, we'll be enjoying meadow sightseeing and views from the valley.
    • Post-check-in at Grahan, snacks will be served.
    • Finally, dinner will be served followed by a bonfire.
    • Overnight stay in Grahan.
  • 3

    3rd Day : Grahan to Mung Thach (6 Hour Trek)

    • Breakfast will be served in the morning followed by the group moving out for  Mung Thach.
    • We'll have packed lunch midway to our journey towards  Mung Thach.
    • Post-check-in, snacks will be served at the campsite.
    • Finally, the group will take an acclimatization walk in which we can see Nagaru and Sar Top.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by a bonfire.
    • The day will end with stargazing at Mung Thach.
    • Overnight stay in Mung Thach.
  • 4

    4th Day : Mung Thach to Nagaru (4 Hours Trek)

    • Post-breakfast, we'll move out for trekking to Nagaru
    • The trek is short but quite steep and thus, difficult but fulfilling as well.
    • Before reaching our destination, we'll have to rest and eat our packed lunch mid-way through the journey.
    • We'll reach Nagaru in the afternoon.
    • Post-check-in, snacks will be served.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Nagaru.
    • *This day will be the coldest of them all in regards to the camping and trekking situation.
  • 5

    5th Day : Nagaru to Biskeri Thach via Sar Pass (7-8 Hours Trek)

    • We'll have to get up early around 3 AM in order to enjoy the sunrise from this point.
    • After that, we'll have breakfast and will head out for Biskeri Thach.
    • Midway, we'll be crossing Sar Pass.
    • On the way to Biskeri Thach, We'll be having packed lunch midway through our journey.
    • Post-check-in at Biskeri Thach, snacks will be served.
    • Finally, we'd enjoy a calming sunset from this point.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Biskeri Thach.
  • 6

    6th Day : Biskeri Thach to Barshaini to Kasol (3 Hours Drive) | Departure From Kasol | End of Tour

    • Breakfast will be served in the morning.
    • After which, we'll trek down to Barshaini.
    • Before reaching our destination, we'll be having our packed lunch mid-way through our journey.
    • We'll be reaching Barshaini in the afternoon.
    • Finally, we'll depart for Kasol.
    • The group will disassemble on reaching Kasol in the evening.
    • Tour ends.

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Inclusions

Transporation in Taxi from Barshaini to Kasol.

Bus tickets from Delhi to Delhi (Delhi to Delhi Tour)

Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary.

Meal Plan: AP (Breakfast+ Luch + Dinner, starting from Day 1 Breakfast till Day 6 Breakfast)

Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.

All required permits

First Aid Kits

Oxygen Cylinders

Infrared Thermometer

Oximeter

Ropes

Micro Spikes

Gaiters

Exclusions

Early check-in at the hotel.

Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.

Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay travel.

Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.

Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation from Manali or Srinagar.

Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.

Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.

Any other services not specified above in inclusions.

Cancellation Policy

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

Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 59 days to 45 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within  44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within15 Days to 8 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 7 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

You are not applicable for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand. 

There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.

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.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.

If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.

JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).

Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.

Things To Pack

Rucksack (40 Liters+)

Daypack

Backpack Rain Cover

Suncap

Woolen Cap

Mufflers/Neck Warmer

Polarised Sunglasses

Inner Thermals (2 pairs)

Comfortable Pants (Trek Pants)

Fleece Jacket

Warm Jacket

Down Jacket/Main Jacket

Poncho

Gloves

Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)

Undergarments

Sandals

Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100/Arpenaz 100 or better)

Towels

First Aid Kit

Personal Medication

Head Torch

Water Bottle

Power Bank

Mobile Charger/Travel Charger

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Tissue Roll

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion(SPF 40+)

Documents – ID(Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

FAQs

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.

 

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

 

Well, it totally depends from 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 a problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purposes, 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.

 

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

 

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 the booking.

 

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

 

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

 

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 accommodation can be in a hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/homestay.

 

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

 

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. Waterproof shoes with ankle support will work well.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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 good experience in leading groups.

 

Usually, we take a 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.

 

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