Sar Pass Trek

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 route

Sar pass route map with major campsite

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 –

  1. Gloves(Inner woolen + Water proof winter)
  2. Jacket
  3. Winter cap.
  4. Upper Thermal OR Sweater
  5. Shoes
  6. Sunglasses Glasses
  7. Water bottle
  8. Camera, Extra Camera Battery + Memory card
  9. Sun cap
  10. Glass, Plate, Spoon, Tiffin Box(for your packed lunch on trek)
  11. Towel + Tissues paper set(tissues for Morning call and cleaning Tiffin-box)
  12. Medicines(Cold, Pain Killer)
  13. Torch
  14. 3 undergarments
  15. 3-Tshirts(full sleeves preferred)
  16. 3-Pants(Cotton OR Trek-pant OR Jeans)
  17. 3 pairs of Socks
  18. 1 pair of Slippers(for loitering around)
  19. Poncho(buy at Kasol for Rs.100-150) OR Full raincoat and 1 cover for Rucksack
  20. Cold cream, Suns cream(apply daily, but nothing can save you from tanning), Hair Oil, Deo
  21. Anti-fungal powder(due to cold and sweat body may itch, apply every night)
  22. Toothbrush, toothpaste
  23. 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)
  • Expertise
  • Discipline
  • 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…

At Sector 17 Market

At Sector 17 Market

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.

Himachal Transport

Himachal Transport

Day 1:- Reporting at Base Camp, Youth Hostel Kasol. Rest day.

YHAI Kasol Basecamp

YHAI Kasol Basecamp

After registration we went to Bhunter for  14km River rafting :

river rafting all alone

river rafting all alone

Exploring Kasol we came back @7pm, last time to enter Basecamp 6pm 😛 . Director gave warning 😛 BTW our Field Director

Field Director a.k.a Bhishma pitamah

Field Director a.k.a Bhishma pitamah

We were allocated Tent-no.5, and here is the family :

Tent no.5 family

Tent no.5 family

Day 2:- Acclimatization and Orientation.

Morning Friend :P

Morning Friend 😛

With Climbing and Exercise Instructor

With Climbing and Exercise Instructor

Acclimatization

Acclimatization

SP-18 group of 58

SP-18 group of 58

Colorful Meal

Colorful Meal

Day 3:- Rock climbing and rappelling.

Climbing and Rappelling wall

Climbing and Rappelling wall

Our Climbing instructor ‘Laxmi‘. But for us, he is known by WATCH-OUT!!! Due to his funny foreigner accents 😛

Climbing instructor

Climbing instructor

Photo shoot while other were climbing

Photo shoot while other were climbing

Night camp fire games session

Night camp fire games session

Day 4:- Trek to Youth Hostel Grahan (Ht 7,700 ft,9 kms, 5hrs). Level : Easy

SP-18 ready for Sarpass

SP-18 ready for Sarpass

The moment you go in Jungle, it would be little cold, and the scene would be as follows :

Jungles after Kasol

Jungles after Kasol

Sheru

Sheru

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.

Reaching Grahan Camp

Reaching Grahan Camp

Kasol to Grahan

Kasol to Grahan

Exploring Grahan Village :

From Grahan basecamp

From Grahan basecamp

Peoples of Grahan

Peoples of Grahan

DSC_0217 DSC_0192 Day 5:- Trek to Youth Hostel Padri (Ht 9,300 ft,9 kms, 6 hrs). Level : Easy

bridge crossing

bridge crossing

Tree fallen on way

Tree fallen on way

Sheeps wants to go ahead of us

Sheeps wants to go ahead of us

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

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Fake dope Boys

Fake dope Boys

no snakes

no snakes

Water flowing below ice

Water flowing below ice

First presence of ice

First presence of ice

LOL

LOL

Padri Camp

Padri Camp

It is like Switzerland 😀

Nagaru Tents and Yellow sheet lunch point seen from Padri

Nagaru Tents and Yellow sheet lunch point seen from Padri

Padri photoshoot

Padri photoshoot

SP-18 Band

SP-18 Band

Bulls and horse eating grass

Bulls and horse eating grass

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.

Sarpass route map

Sarpass route map

On the way a stream crossing

On the way a stream crossing

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 😀

Rains on way to Ratapani

Rains on way to Ratapani

Inside cloud raining

Inside cloud raining

‘Minthach’, previously this used to be Campsite but now ‘Ratapani‘, 20minutes from here :

Lunch point, all are freezed-up :P

Lunch point, all are freezed-up 😛

Views when clouds passed by : DSC_0449 DSC_0474

Ratapani camp

Ratapani camp

Beautifull views

Beautifull views

DSC_0491 Day 7:- Trek to Youth Hostel Nagaru(named as small snakes are seen when all snow is gone) (12,500ft, 8 kms,5 hrs). Level : Hard, but difficult when there is climate change

Glacier

Glacier

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.

Porters

Porters

Views

Views

Climbing on Glacier

Climbing on Glacier

Its a complete slope and risky

Its a complete slope and risky

Snow falling started when we were about to reach Nagaru.

Reaching Nagaru

Reaching Nagaru

Nagaru camp

Nagaru camp

Soft snow

Soft snow

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.

Spirit to trekking

Spirit to trekking

Our inspiration:

Nattu Kaka

Nattu Kaka

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:

sar pass

sar pass

crossing sarpass

crossing sarpass

snow balls

snow balls

The Sar pass peak, had a National Anthem here.

Sar pass Peak

Sar pass Peak

Sarpass in style

Sarpass in style

At sarpass

At sarpass

Balu at sarpass

Balu at sarpass

DSC_0769 Previously there used to be 1 or 2 slides. But for us we have got 6-Slides. In which, 1 was 8-minutes longer 😀

sarpass slide

sarpass slide

Sar pass slide

Sar pass slide

Parvati Peak range from sar pass

Parvati Peak range from sar pass

Reaching Biskari when it started again hail-storm

Beskari camp

Beskari camp

Views from Biskeri

Views from Biskeri

DSC_0846 Leaving behind Sarpass and heading towards Basecamp.

Last view of Sarpass

Last view of Sarpass

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.

Psychedelic party

Psychedelic party

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 🙂

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2 responses to “Sar Pass Trek

  1. Hi Yogesh, Could you please share your email address. I have few queries about SARPASS trek.

    Thanks

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