5 Days 4 Night
About Sar Pass Trek:
Perched at 13,800 ft. above sea level, Sar Pass offers the magnificence of a beautiful verdant landscape and is a heaven for photographers, artists, and nature lovers. Set against a curtain of majestic Himalayan peaks wrapped in snow, the Sar Pass trek passes through some of the most scenic views ranging from forests to the meadows to the ice blankets.
While trekking across the path from Tila Lotni to Biskeri Ridge, one has to pass by a small, usually frozen lake which means “Sar” in the local language of Himachal. Hence the name, Sar Pass! The trail passes through the thick forest and takes you to a winter wonderland that makes it fascinating.
Sar Pass Trek Quick Facts:
Start Point/End Point: Kasol/Kasol
Start Time/End Time of Trip: Around 10:30 AM (Day 1)/Around 4:30 PM (Day 5)
Duration: 5 Days & 4 Night
Maximum altitude: 13,800 ft.
Sar Pass Trek Distance: 48 Kms
Trekking Gradient: Moderate
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The window of April 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.
The cost of a trek to Sar Pass can range between INR 5,000 to INR 9,000 per person which depends on the number of days included and the distance covered. The whole price is also dependent on the inclusions of the package like the meals, the travel assistance, the extra charges of entry to the reserved areas, and other additional expenses.
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 Sar Pass trekking distance is 40 to 50 KM in 5 days from the starting point of Kasol and back to the base again. Situated at an elevation of 13,800 feet, the Sar pass trek is an ideal trek for beginners in the Kull region of Himachal Pradesh.
For Sar Pass trekking, you are required to pack some necessary items including your trekking equipment, a large bag pack that can carry all your essential articles. Don't forget to carry and wear multiple layers of clothing along with sturdy shoes, preferred if they are boots. Sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, moisturizers are also things you must not forget.
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.
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 include 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.
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.
Your trek to Sar pass cannot be classified as dangerous but difficult. Throughout your trek, you are guided by trained instructors and if you conduct the trek in the right season, you don't have to worry about the dangers of nature including any changes in the climate. The camps are also very stable and comfortable to stay in. However, it is always recommended that you travel in a group as it is much more secure.
Kasol is an overnight journey from Delhi which takes around 11 hours. The trek to Sar pass begins from the base camp of Kasol. One can take a flight from Delhi to Kullu followed by a bus journey to Kasol.
The best time recommended for doing Sar Pass trek is between May-July if you wish to experience both pleasant summers and snow-covered peaks. Sar Pass trek is usually not conducted during the winter months of October- December to avoid the chances of rough weather with hailstones and blizzards.
Sar pass trek is mostly not arranged by companies during the winter season as the weather can be unpredictable between October - December. The chances of hailstorms and blizzard increases during the winter season and the trail also tends to get covered with the heavy snow in the Sar Pass trek.
Located in the Parvati Valley of Kullu, the Sar Pass trek can be reached by completing a journey of around five days. The trek begins from Kasol to Grahan Village, then goes to Mung Thach and Nagaru. From Nagaru, a 6-hour long trek is done to finally reach Sar Pass.
The Sar Pass Trek begins from Kasol, from where you are required to trek to Garhan Village for 5 to 6 hours. From here, a 4 to 5 hour long trek is followed to Mung Thach and then to more 6 hours to Nagaru. From Nagaru, a 6 or 8 hour long trek is done to Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass.
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 Sar Pass 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 Sar Pass 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 height of this dramatic mountainous Pass is around 4220 m and 13,850 ft above sea level. The height can be reached by trekking for around five days in which you get to enjoy various splendid sceneries as well as a chance to pass through some of the most thrilling as well as adrenaline-rushing terrains.
There is no mobile reception after Kasol.
The minimal age requirement for Sar Pass trek is 9 years. However, minors between 9 to 17 years of age should be accompanied by their parents/guardians.