Trek to Sar Pass
Type : Himalayan Trek
Range : Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Grade : Medium(Hard when Climate is Extreme)
Maximum Height : 13,943 feet
History : SAR means Lake(presence depends upon the climate)
Trek Distance : 75 km
SAR PASS Route map :
Sar pass is an Himalayan Trek conducted by YHAI and other Himalayan Trekking groups in Month of May-June. How to reach : Nearest City : Kullu City, and nearest town Bhuntar By Road :
- Bus/Private Vehicle from Chandigarh to Bhuntar(250 km), 7-hours Check availability .
- Bus from Bhuntar bus-stop to Kasol Basecamp(35 km), Journey time : 2 and half hour(Bus’s are compact and slow) Price : ~Rs.50
By Air : Bhuntar airport Schedule : Please check on YHAI Network range : Except Grahan and Padri but only at some spots Climate :
“Mumbai ka fashion aur Himachal ka mausam kabhi bhi badal sakta hai” – People of Himachal
Yes. It just require 2-minutes for the climate to change. This is Himalaya’s. Day time : 15-18 C Night time : 4-10 C(min -16 C) It was most snow fallen in 12years of Sar pass history and things were extreme this year! Was planning First Himalayan Trek from 2008 but was not getting a chance to enroll, even this year was waiting for the chance, and that moment my Reporting manager felt i too Stressed-up and needed a Vacation or so. He said, you are too stressed-up, go on Leave !!! CAN ANYONE BELIEVE THAT! I asked for 12-days leave for ‘Stok Kangri Expedition, Leh, Ladakh’ and he approved it. But that night I checked for booking, all seats were full 😦 . Then mind turned for Sar pass as it is very famous, luckily found 1-seat(out of 50) available on18-May, didn’t looked any where and hit Book Button 😀 . Next moment checked availability for Air-tickets, but were very costly due to Vacation Season, then checked IRCTC but was not getting a confirmed tickets to Chandigarh. Luckily got tickets till Delhi, so it was Longest way to Kasol Basecamp. Journey myway : Home -> Bandra Terminus(Mumbai) -> Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station(Delhi) -> JLN Stadium metro to -> Kashmere Gate -> Chandigarh Sector 17 -> Chandigarh Sector 43 -> Bhuntar -> Kasol Basecamp Total Journey = 36 Hours. And was not tired at all :D. Yes, it is better to book AC Coach Train, AC Volvo Bus’s, they are fast, comfortable and affordable, thanks to Indian Railway, Haryana and Himachal State Transport 🙂 Things to carry on Sar pass trek : I have listed all the needful items required on the trek –
- Gloves(Inner woolen + Water proof winter)
- Winter cap.
- Upper Thermal OR Sweater
- Sunglasses Glasses
- Water bottle
- Camera, Extra Camera Battery + Memory card
- Sun cap
- Glass, Plate, Spoon, Tiffin Box(for your packed lunch on trek)
- Towel + Tissues paper set(tissues for Morning call and cleaning Tiffin-box)
- Medicines(Cold, Pain Killer)
- 3 undergarments
- 3-Tshirts(full sleeves preferred)
- 3-Pants(Cotton OR Trek-pant OR Jeans)
- 3 pairs of Socks
- 1 pair of Slippers(for loitering around)
- Poncho(buy at Kasol for Rs.100-150) OR Full raincoat and 1 cover for Rucksack
- Cold cream, Suns cream(apply daily, but nothing can save you from tanning), Hair Oil, Deo
- Anti-fungal powder(due to cold and sweat body may itch, apply every night)
- Toothbrush, toothpaste
- Plastic bags to keep every thing dry
Note : Organizers would recommend to carry less than 4Kg of weight. All the above things are very useful according to my experience. And you wont get a chance to bath till you return from trek, trust me you’ll only say NO to bath while on trek 😛 Things provided from Organizer’s :
- Food(All Meals)
- Shelter, Woolens(at campsite, you don’t have to carry them)
- Sleeping bags
- Charging point(only at basecamp)
- Completion Certificate
Things you should follow :
- All the instructions from the Camp Leader’s, Guide’s, Sherpa’s
- Should strictly stay in a group while on trek, even if you are fast or slow.
- Always wear your winter cap
- Keep you and your Rucksack dry
- Consume plenty of food, water
- Enjoy the moment 🙂
I was alone for this trek, found couple of participants on Facebook who were also standalone and were un-clear of some aspects. We patched-up and share details got things cleared. Me, Peeyush, Rinku was planned to meet at Chandigarh, as it was first time we would ever see each others. We met online, but we are now Best Friends for Life, things would be cleared. Keep reading…
Caught 10pm, last bus to Kullu-Manali which would drop us Bhunter by 5.30am. And in bus met 1-more participant Mr.Vinod. After a bumpy ride we reached Bhunter by 5.30am and unbelievingly it was bright daylight already as if it is 8am in Mumbai. Bhunter bus stop 1st bus starts @6am which heads Manikaran, ask conductor to drop at Kasol basecamp.
Day 1:- Reporting at Base Camp, Youth Hostel Kasol. Rest day.
After registration we went to Bhunter for 14km River rafting :
Exploring Kasol we came back @7pm, last time to enter Basecamp 6pm 😛 . Director gave warning 😛 BTW our Field Director
We were allocated Tent-no.5, and here is the family :
Day 2:- Acclimatization and Orientation.
Day 3:- Rock climbing and rappelling.
Our Climbing instructor ‘Laxmi‘. But for us, he is known by WATCH-OUT!!! Due to his funny foreigner accents 😛
Day 4:- Trek to Youth Hostel Grahan (Ht 7,700 ft,9 kms, 5hrs). Level : Easy
The moment you go in Jungle, it would be little cold, and the scene would be as follows :
Route is best for Photography, although I didn’t find any attractive Insect or butterfly or flowers in whole trek. It started raining with Hails when we were about to reach the Grahan Village.
Exploring Grahan Village :
It is like Switzerland 😀
Day 6:- Trek to Youth Hostel Ratapani(named as a stream seen with red color water) (11,200ft,10 kms, 6 hrs). Level : Medium. Hard if climate changes.
For us it started raining very heavily, and the trek became a challenge due to freezing climate. My Hard Plastic Poncho to the rescue, it was better than raincoat, I was complete dry. 😀 But it was nice experience after all monsoon treks I have done uptill now 😀
‘Minthach’, previously this used to be Campsite but now ‘Ratapani‘, 20minutes from here :
This are porters are very hardworking, they will travell with us, and at night time they will return home and early morning they will again join us.
Snow falling started when we were about to reach Nagaru.
Unfortunately there was an injury for a person who slided down from ice and had fallen on ground from 30ft. He broke 1 tooth and some injuries to face and other parts, but he was recovered and was fit after medication.
Day 8:- Trek to Youth Hostel Beskari (11,000ft,14 kms, 8 hrs). Level : Medium, but Hard when climate changes SP-18 ready to cross Sar pass:
The Sar pass peak, had a National Anthem here.
Reaching Biskari when it started again hail-storm
A Psychedelic pump while bypassing a Israeli’s party 😀 . Actually Parvati Valley is known for Psychedelic Rave parties which plays 45-hours or for days continuously.
And then getting a Bus to Manikaran, we could have a Hot water bath, food and get back to Kasol. This was the last day, everyone could see each other. After this headed Manali for Sightseeing and got our bus to Chandigarh and thus we all departed. While I covered Delhi and Agra as I have already done North tour in past. 🙂 It was very special trek, Himalayan experience , new friends and much more… I am excited for next Himalayan trek, for a new place to explore, for a new challenge to accept 🙂 But do remember, it doesn’t matter how much trekking experience you have,
“Never underestimate Mountains”
Catch you on next Adventure 😉 Watch some more pics of People, Trees, Flowers etc. below : VIEW PICTURES You can always drop a comment if you have any queries, or experience to share 🙂