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Informative Guide About Sar Pass Trek

by Geetika Gautam

If you’re looking for a truly unique, adventurous experience in the Himalayas, look no further than Sar Pass Trek. Sar Pass offers a magnificent view of the beautiful landscape. It is a heaven for photographers, artists, and nature lovers.

The Sar Pass Trek is set against a curtain of majestic Himalayan peaks all covered in snow. When you reach there you will encounter some of the most scenic views. The dense forests to the ice blankets, all this amazing view will sweep away your feet. 

Short Itinerary

An ideal trek for beginners

  • Trek through forests, meadows and villages.
  • Climb to the top of Sar Pass at 13,799 feet for enchanting views of snow-covered mountains.
  • The trek will start from Kasol, which is a paradise for backpackers from around the world.
  • This trail attracts large weekend crowds.
  • Kasol to Grahan Village 
  • The Sar Pass trek starts from the centre of Kasol and gos to the left of the Grahan Nallah.
  • The trail is easy and also used by locals
  • After passing the Grahan Nallah the trail becomes a little rocky 
  • You will come across Rhododendron forest.
  • After a steep climb, the Grahan Village is the last village of the trek. There will be no mobile network in this area.
  • You can stay one night in tents at Grahan.

Grahan to Min Thach

  • Altitude: 2,350 m to 3,400 m 
  • Distance: 7 km 
  • Time taken: 4-5 hours
  • You will wake up to a captivating view of the beautiful snow-clad mountains.
  • After having breakfast, start your climb north of the camping ground of Grahan towards Mung Thach.
  • After walking through the trek for a while, you will see the Mung Thach, Nagaru, and Sar Top on the mountain to the right.
  • And then you will go through the narrow path that leads into the woods 
  • As the slope becomes narrower the path too becomes challenging at some points.
  • After crossing the forest, you will reach your destination for the day, 
  • You can see the Chandrakhani stretch and other Himalayan ranges from here.

Min Thach to Nagaru 

From Min Thach, Nagaru is not far away but the route doesn’t go straight up the ridge-line. Instead, it goes up to the south and goes into the woods. It is always advisable to start early. The weather is generally good before noon and the snow becomes more slippery later in the day.

  • Enjoy a cool breeze in the morning.
  • You can then start the trek from Mung Thach to Nagaru that will pass through the woods.
  • This is a tough part of the trek because the slope falls steeply to the valley below and the snow may be slippery.
  • After crossing a steep slope for hours, you will reach Nagaru campsite.
  • When you face north you will see magnificent mountains across the Parvati valley.
  • You can stay overnight in a camp at Nagaru.

Nagaru – Sar Pass – Biskeri Thach

  • Reach the top and have fun watching the stunning views of Sar pass and the high peaks of the Tosh valley.
  • Stay at the top for a while to celebrate your accomplishment and take some good pictures.
  • After that, you will have to slide down the Biskeri, which is really exciting.
  •  The slide takes one as far as a kilometre to a gentler slope of the valley.
  • Walk for an hour crossing a few streams to reach the valley and finally to the campsite of Biskeri Thach.
  • Overnight stay at Biskeri Thach.

Biskeri Thach to Bursheni 

From Biskeri, you will have to walk down a steep path, keeping to the left of the stream. After some time, cross the stream and walk across a plot of land with fencing. The trail ends here.

  • From Biskeri, go down across a steep plot of land with fencing all around.
  • The path to the village of Pulga goes to the left of the campsite.
  • From Tulga, you have to cross a bridge on the river Parvati, in order to reach the village of Barshaini.
  • You will have to take a  ride to Kasol base camp and your Sar Pass trek ends here. 

Things to Know Before You Go for Sar Pass Trek

We’ve compiled this list of helpful tips and bits of information to make your Sar Pass Trek a little bit easier. The weather can make or break your trek, so make sure you are prepared for any scenario.

-Stay hydrated by carrying plenty of water and snacks. It’s essential to drink enough fluids on a trek to replace what you sweat out. 

-Carry a compass and maps at all times.  These will help if you get lost or turned around in the mountains.

-Treat altitude sickness symptoms early – it’s easier when they’re still milder than if they get serious. 

-Keep an eye out for wildlife on (or under) the trail. Because they could be just around the corner and you might not even know it.

-You can take rest when you need to, but don’t take a long time. Because resting too much will only slow you down.

-Always watch your footing, especially on loose rocks or other uneven terrain.

Sar Pass Trek

Things To Carry for Sar Pass Trek

  • Head torch
  • Warm clothes
  • Caps
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain cover
  • Back pack (50-60l)
  • Water bottle
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Day pack (20-30l)
  • Fleece jackets and thermals
  • Mosquito & insect repellent

OTHERS

  • Toiletries (Sunscreen – SPF 40+, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, small soap, toilet paper, wet tissue)
  • Repair kit (needle & thread)
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Carry all accessories – spare batteries, camera, charger, etc.
  • Cutlery: Carry a plate, spoon, coffee mug & a lunch box. We insist on trekkers to bring their own cutlery for hygiene purposes. To save weight,  you may use your lunch box to have food in it and also carry it.
  • Trekking pole: Trekking pole is mandatory.
  • Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to separate things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
  • Water bottles: 2 bottles, 1 Litre each.
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