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Sar Pass Trek, Kasol

A perfect trek for beginners offering all kinds of terrain

Sar Pass Trek, Kasol

Duration

5 Days/4 Nights

Pickup Point

goStops Kasol

Accomodation

Tent, Home Stay

Overview

Standing at an altitude of 13,580 ft above sea level, Sar Pass offers you all kinds of magnificence you can ask for. Experience trekking through pine forests, meadows, picturesque villages, and groves of rhododendrons along with camping under a star-studded sky. Cross a small frozen lake set against the curtain of snow covered mountain peaks which is called ‘Sar’ in local language hence the name Sar Pass.

This 5 days Sar Pass trek starts from Kasol taking you through the unparalleled majestic views of the lush green forests of Deodars, Pinewood, crystal clear waterfalls, thrilling trails and snow covered mountains of Parvati Valley. Experience the hospitality of Grahan village and the campsites of Min Thach and Nagaru which will soothe your soul and make you content with unbounded natural beauty. Offering a variety of terrain, Sar Pass trekking is a perfect high altitude trek for beginners.

Sar Pass trek package info-
Sar Pass trek distance: 48 km
Sar Pass trek difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Sar Pass temperature: 22 degrees celsius (Max) during the day and -5 degrees Celsius (Min) at night.
Sar Pass height: 13,580 ft
Sar Pass trek best time: May - October

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Kasol to Grahan

Trek distance- 9 km; Trek time- 5-6 hrs
Altitude-  5,180 ft to 7,700 ft
Meals- Evening snacks and Dinner
Stay- Homestay

Day 2: Grahan to Min Thatch

Trek distance- 7 km; Trek time- 4-5 hrs
Altitude- 7,700 ft to 11,150 ft
Meals- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay- Camps

Day 3: Min Thatch to Nagaru

Trek distance- 8 km ; Trek time- 4-5 hrs
Altitude- 11,150 ft to 12,470 ft
Meals- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay- Camps

Day 4: Nagaru to Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass

Trek distance- 14 km ; Trek time- 7-8 hrs
Altitude- 12,470 ft to 13,580 ft to 11,150 ft
Meals- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay- Camps

Day 5: Biskeri Thatch to Barshaini and drive to Kasol

Trek distance- 10 km ; Trek time- 7-8 hrs
Drive distance- 20 km ; Drive time- 45 mins
Altitude- 11,150 ft to 7,870 ft to 5,180 ft
Meals- Breakfast and Lunch

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kasol to Grahan Village

  • Assemble at the goStops Kasol and start your Sar Pass trek after meeting the fellow travelers and the trek guide.
  • After a quick briefing session, hike towards the quaint village of Grahan.
  • The Kasol to Grahan Village distance is 9 km and it takes 4-5 hours to reach there.
  • On the trail, get mesmerized by the dense forest of pine trees and cross the wooden bridges to reach the Grahan Village.
  • Upon reaching the village, check in to the homestay and freshen up. 
  • Have lunch and explore the local market of the village and try different cuisines at the local cafes.
  • Back to homestay by evening. Have a hearty chit chat session with the fellow travelers around the warm bonfire.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the village.

 Day 2: Grahan Village to Min Thatch

  • On the second day of your Sar Pass trekking, have breakfast and start your trek to Min Thatch.
  • Trek for 7 km to reach Min Thatch from Grahan Village.
  • While on the trail one can easily spot Mung Thach, Nagaru, and Sar Top on the mountain to the right.
  • Cross thick dense forest to reach Min Thatch and witness the Chandrakhani stretch and other prominent Himalayan ranges from here.
  • Check into the camps upon reaching and freshen up.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Min Thatch. 

Day 3: Min Thatch to Nagaru

  • Wake to a beautiful morning and after hot and fresh breakfast, start your trek to Nagaru campsite.
  • Today the trekking trail is steep and slippery due to the present snow. 
  • Upon reaching the Nagaru campsite,check into your allotted camps and freshen up
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of snow capped mountains of parvati valley and the quaint village of Manikaran from the campsite. 
  • After a hot dinner, retire for the day. 

Day 4: Nagaru to Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass

  • Start the most important day of the Sar Pass trek with hot and fresh breakfast.
  • After a tiring steep climb, reach the top and enjoy the astonishing view of Sar Pass, Deo Tibba & Hanuman Tibba peak.
  • After spending some time here, start your trek to Biskeri.
  • Walk for an hour crossing a few streams to reach the campsite at Biskeri Thatch.
  • Reach the campsite and freshen up, enjoy the hot dinner and retire for the day in the camps.

Day 5: Biskeri Thatch to Barshaini and drive to Kasol

  • Wake up to a magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks and prepare for the journey back to Barshaini.
  • After breakfast, trek through the dense forest along the gushing Parvati River and pass through the tranquil villages of Pulga.
  • Cross the bridge across the Parvati river from Tulga to reach Barshaini.
  • Reach Barshaini and board transportation from here to Kasol.
  • Upon reaching Kasol, bid farewell to your fellow trekkers and end your trek to Sar Pass with beautiful memories.

How to reach?

By Air: The nearest airport to Kasol is Kullu Manali Airport also known as Bhuntar Airport in Kullu district. Daily flights connect the airport to the country’s capital, Delhi. You can book a cab or a taxi to go to Kasol from the Bhuntar airport which is a mere 31 km and will take you about 1 hour to reach there. The nearest airport to Kasol is located in Bhunter, which is 31 kilometres away.

By Train: Kasol does not have a railway station of its own. To reach Kasol by railways you have to get off at the nearest railway station to Kasol which is Joginder Nagar railway station, about 144 km from the village of Kasol. You can take a cab from the station to reach Kasol or a bus from the Joginder Nagar Bus Stand towards Manikaran which should take about 4.5 to 5 hours.

By Road: The NH-3 is the main road leading to this village towards Manali. A road journey should simply just be as enjoyable and pleasant as Kasol itself. You can opt for self-drive or hire a cab. Delhi sets the base for people coming from long distances.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

Meals:- Breakfast(5), Lunch(5), Evening snack(4) and Dinner(4)
Accommodation in homestay and camps on sharing basis.
Trekking with certified guides

Exclusion

Personal essentials -
(i) Equipment- Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
(ii) Insurance- Personal and travel insurances
(iii) Beverage- Mineral water bottles, bottled or canned beverages
(iv) Snacks- Chocolates, dry fruits, protein, or nutrition bars
(v) Entertainment- Camera or drone fees
In case your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or due to personal reasons after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers.
Loading and unloading of personnel luggage.
Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Advisory

  1. Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.
  2. Guests must be vaccinated with both doses of Covid vaccine.
  3. The organization reserves the rights to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  4. In unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, the trek may get canceled or altered. In such cases, the operator will try to provide with an alternate option. However, a cash refund will not be applicable in this situation. 

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is a 5-day trek. The accommodation will be in tents on all the days – each tent will be shared by two/three trekkers.
The maximum Sar Pass trek height that you’ll climb during this trek is 13,580 ft. You’ll be able to witness the view of multiple snow peaks from the top.
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.
The best suited shoes for this trek route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is also a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc.
Sar Pass trail is easy to moderately difficult. A person must be in good physical and mental state for doing this trek.
A well-trained and well-informed guide is essential for the trek so they could arrange for the necessary permits and guide you safely through the mountain terrains.
No, such activities are not advisable during the trek. For five days you will be trekking at higher altitude areas where your body needs more oxygen so if you drink and smoke then there will be adverse effects on your health and it may lead to you in serious health condition.
Usually, we take 22-24 people in one batch including males and females. We need a minimum of 6 people for a fixed departure, but for the customized trip, the group size doesn’t matter.
No, due to heavy snowfall and hailstorm it is not advisable to go for this trek after October. Weather is unpredictable during winter time. Sar Pass temperature is pleasant in the months of May to October which is considered the best season for this trek.
Yes. Since you are climbing up to a height of about 13580 feet above sea level, chances to experience the drastic change in oxygen level and climatic conditions are high. It may cause uneasiness to your body resulting in vomiting and breathlessness. Hence carry Diamox which will help you overcome the problems caused by acute mountain sickness as you climb the great heights.
The trek is led by professional trek leaders who have completed basic and advanced mountaineering courses. There will be one guide who leads the group and another guide who will be walking at the end of the group making sure of the safety of the whole group.
No. Female trekkers share tents with female co-trekkers. If you are the only girl on the trek, you get a separate tent for yourself.
May to October is the best season to do the Sar Pass trek just before the onset of severe winter. The normal weather conditions will be moderately colder but comfortable days.
Wardrobe essentials like heavy woolen and fleece clothes, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, wind-proof jackets, thermal inner-wear. A sturdy backpack with a plastic or waterproof lining. Trekking shoes, snow boots, trekking poles. moisturizers, chapsticks. torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes, etc.
The Kasol to Grahan village trek distance is 9 km one way which takes around 5-6 hours to cover.
Absolutely. The safety of girls is of foremost importance to us. We always create a friendly environment for everyone on the trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips who are very honest and reliable.
Vegetarian food is provided during the trek as it is nutritious and healthy and is also recommended by the locals of mountains.
All the members of support staff are certified in wilderness first aid and are trained for all concerns related to high altitude. The staff will be carrying a first aid kit to ensure the maximum safety of the trekkers.
The total Sar Pass trek distance that is covered during this trek is 48 km. You will trek for 7 to 8 km everyday on an average.
Follow all the instructions from your guides. The stay will be in camps on double/triple sharing so one must not expect any luxuries. The climatic conditions in the mountains can change from time to time, so please pack your bags accordingly.

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