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Sar Pass Trek: Complete Trekking Guide 

Overview:

 

Sar Pass provides the gloriousness of a wonderful verdant terrain and is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Set against a curtain of dramatic Himalayan peaks surrounded in snow, the Sar Pass trek passes through some of the most spectacular views ranging from forests to the grasslands to the ice coverings. While trekking across the route from Tila Lotni to Biskeri Ridge, you have to pass by a tiny, usually frozen lake which implies “Sar” in the local dialect of Himachal Pradesh. The route passes through the midst of the forest and will take you to a winter wonderland that makes it fascinating.

 

Here you’ll find a detailed guide for Sar Pass Trek:

 

Starting Point/End Point: Kasol Base Camp.

 

Duration: 4N/5D

 

Altitude: 13,800 ft.

 

Distance: 48 Kms.

 

Best Time to visit: April-October.

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Kasol > Grahan Village

 

Duration: 4-5 hrs.

 

Elevation: 7,700 Ft.

 

  • Your Sar Pass trek begins from the centre of Kasol and keeps to the true left of the Grahan Nallah.
  • The route is simple and often used by locals and you can easily cover much distance in a couple of hours.
  • After passing the Grahan Nallah the route evolves jagged and you will be climbing difficult, away from the right bank of the river and through the Rhododendron forest.
  • Rhododendron petals can be consumed whole and the syrup can be mixed with water to make a refreshing drink.
  • After a sheer climb of about an hour, the Grahan Village is the last village on the trek and there will be no network.
  • Overnight stay in tents at Grahan.

 

Day 2: Grahan > Mung Thach

 

Duration: 4-5 hrs.

 

Elevation: 11,150 Ft.

 

  • Wake up to a wonderful view of the elegant snow-clad peaks.
  • After having a healthy breakfast, begin your climb north of the camping ground of Grahan towards Mung Thach through the trail commonly used by the locals.
  • After continuing your trek for a while, encounter the Mung Thach, Nagaru, and Sar Top on the cliff to the right.
  • Trek through the steeper route that directs into the forests with a heavy cover of trees.
  • As the slope becomes steeper the route becomes challenging in some spots.
  • Later bridging the wilderness arrive at your destination for the day, Mung Thach.
  • You can effortlessly see the Chandrakhani stretch and other well-known Himalayan ranges from here.

 

Day 3: Mung Thach > Nagaru

 

Duration: 5-6 hrs.

 

Elevation: 12,500 Ft.

 

  • Celebrate a blow of fresh cold wind in the morning.
  • You will then begin the trek from Mung Thach to Nagaru which passes through the woods.
  • This is a tough part of the trek, the incline falls steeply to the valley below and the snow may be slippery.
  • After bridging sheer slopes for a couple of hours, you arrive at Nagaru campsite.
  • While facing north you will see magnificent cliffs across the Parvati valley and the wonderful town of Manikaran.
  • Overnight camp stays at Nagaru.

 

Day 4: Nagaru > Biskeri Thach

 

Duration: 6-8 hrs.

 

Elevation: 13,800 Ft.

 

  • Make an early beginning, as the climb is sheer through the snow.
  • Arrive at the top and enjoy the dramatic views of Sar pass and the elevated mountains of the Tosh valley.
  • Stay at the top for a bit to cherish your achievement and take some impressive images to freeze the moment in time.
  • Later, you will have to slide down the Biskeri which is really extraordinary and completely harmless as long as some precautions are taken.
  • Walk for an hour crossing a few streams to arrive at the valley and eventually to the campsite of Biskeri Thach.
  • Overnight stay at Biskeri Thach.

 

Day 5: Biskeri Thach > Kasol > Barshaini

 

Duration: 4-5 hrs.

 

Elevation: 10,950 Ft.

 

  • Celebrate the sublime view of the pine forests, the grand mountains, and the lush meadows in Biskeri.
  • From Biskeri, hike down across a sheer plot of land with fencing all over.
  • After bridging the dense wilderness, cross a stream, with a campsite across.
  • The route to the village of Pulga goes to the left of the campsite as the twin villages of Pulga and Tulga are divided by a stream.
  • From Tulga, cross a bridge on the river Parvati, to arrive at the village of Barshaini.
  • Jeep ride to Kasol base camp and then your Sar Pass trekking ends.

 

How To Reach:

 

By Flight: The closest airport is Bhuntar Airport which is linked with all main airports via Delhi and Chandigarh. The distance between Kasol and Bhuntar Airport is 32 km, so from Bhuntar, you can board the government/private bus, or can rent out a private tourist cab to reach Kasol.

 

By Train: The closest Railway station is Chandigarh. From where you can easily get a government/private bus to Kasol. Another alternative is to hire a private cab, but that will be a bit costly.

 

By Road: Arriving at Kasol by road is the most convenient choice. You can easily get a bus to Bhuntar from all primary cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, etc. And from Bhuntar, you can board the government/private bus, or can hire a private tourist cab to arrive at Kasol.

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