Why This Trek?
Sar Pass Trek an ideal trek for beginners through thick forests, alpine meadows and Himalayan villages which will take you to an altitude of 13,800 ft and offers an amazing views of snow clad peaks. The Sar Pass Trek starts from Kasol which is famous among the backpackers. Kasol is also a starting point for many treks in the Parvati Valley like Tosh Valley Trek, Animal Pass Trek, Sara Umga Pass Trek and many more.
Destinations Covered during Sar Pass Trek: Kasol, Sar Pass
What’s Included :
- Accommodation during Trek (Camping) on sharing basis.
- Meals while on trek (Veg) from day 1st dinner to day 6th lunch.
- 1 Night stay in Kasol camp on sharing basis.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
- Morning, evening tea served with light sancks while on Trek.
- All fees and permits for Indians are included.
- Basic First Aid Medical kits .
- All Camping logistics.
What’s not Included :
- Any Expenses of personal nature
- Any surface transfer during the program.
- Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure” and evacuation charges.
- Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
- Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
Brief Itinerary (Sar Pass Trek)
Day 1: Kasol ( Overnight stay)
Day 2: Kasol trek to Grahan Village ( 10 kms , 5-6 hrs).
Day 3: Trek from Grahan Village to Min Thach (7 kms, 5 hrs).
Day 4: Trek from Min Thach to Nagaru (8 kms, 7 hrs ).
Day 5: Trek from Nagaru to Sar Pass and Biskeri Thach (14 kms 7 hrs).
Day 6: Trek from Biskeri Thach to Barshaini & drive back to Kasol ( 10 kms, 4-5 hrs & 1 hr drive to Kasol ).
Detailed trek itinerary
Day 1: Reach Kasol and Overnight stay.
Reach Kasol and meet our Representative there . Overnight in Kasol Camp Site.
Day 2: Kasol to Grahan Village ( 1 hrs drive & 10 kms trek , 5-6 hrs).
The Sar Pass Trekking trail starts from Kasol and follows the river stream. The trail is with gentle slope and after crossing the river stream or “Nalah” the trail becomes little rocky and steep. Grahan Village is a beautiful village with traditional Himachali houses and surrounded by Rhododendron trees. Stay overnight in tents.
Day 3:Trek from Grahan Village to Min Thach (7 kms, 5 hrs).
After breakfast we start the trek for Min Thatch. The trail to Min Thach is commonly used by locals to access their farms or cattle. After trekking for some the trail opens up and gives you the beautiful views of Min Thatch, Nagaru and Sar Top. Have your dinner and overnight in camps.
Day 4: Trek from Min Thach to Nagaru (8 kms, 7 hrs).
We start early in the morning for Nagaru and today it is going to be a bit longer as the some parts of the trail will be under snow and which makes it little tricky. After trekking for 2 to 3 hours we will reach our campsite. Enjoy the mesmerizing views of beautiful Himalayas and Parvati Valley with hot cup of tea. Overnight stay in tents.
Rise early morning do some stretching exercise and have sumptuous breakfast and get ready for the long day to trek to Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass. Trek uphill to the snow covered trail with views of Tosh Valley and your views of Sar Pass Top in sight which will keep you motivated to trek further. Spend some quality time at Sar Pass Top and have your packed lunch and start the downhill trek to Biskeri Thatch. Stay overnight at the Biskeri Thach campsite.
Day 6: Trek from Biskeri Thach to Barshaini to Kasol (10 kms, 6 hrs / 1 hr drive).
Biskeri Thach gives you amazing views of greater himalayas and thick pine forest. Today trek is downhill through the dense forest of pine, oak and deodar. After crossing the stream to reach Pulga and Tulga. Cross the Parvati river to reach Barshaini Village. Barshaini Village is the starting point for Khirganga Trek, Tosh Valley Trek and Animal Pass Trek.
Other Treks near Manali is Hampta Pass Trek
Fitness Required for Sar Pass Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Sar Pass Trek is a moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness
Trekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary.
Fitness Required: The Sar Pass Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to carry for Sar Pass Trek
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One Heavy Jacket
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Sar Pass Trek?
Sar Pass Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done primarily during the months of July,August,September. The trek is situated in the state of Himachal in the Kullu region.
When is the Sar Pass Trek best time?
The best time for Sar Pass Trek best time is during the months of May, June July,August, September and During winter months of December and January to enjoy snow trekking
How difficult is the Sar Pass Trek?
Sar Pass Trek is considered by comparison an moderate high altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek. Please check the preparation section to get a better understanding of this.
What are the temperatures during the Sar Pass Trek?
During the Sar Pass Trek temperatures vary between 0 to -20 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-9 Kms each day and it takes around 6-7 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What are the dates for Sar Pass Trek 2017?
We have announced the Trekking calendar for Sar Pass Trek 2017 with all the dates.
What are inclusion and exclusion for Sar Pass Trek Package?
Please refer to our inclusion exclusion list for Sar Pass Trek Package.
When is the Sar Pass Trek Best Time?
The Sar Pass Trek Best Time is during the months of July,August and September.
What are the Sar Pass Temperature in May?
Sar Pass Temperature in May remains pleasant as May temperatures are at peak in plains and heat wave is prevalent all over. Sar Pass Trek is an ideal trek to beat the heat.
What is the Sar Pass Trek Cost?
Sar Pass Trek cost is mentioned on our website and it’s transparent and no hidden charges. Extra Charges would be there for any Porterage services or anything else required other than mentioned in the inclusion list.
What medicines should I carry during the trek?
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 strips
Gauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diannox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it. Please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the trekking groups?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can refer to the section things to carry for this information
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the Pindari Glacier Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Sar Pass Trek. This is a trek which can be done by a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kitsand oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker.Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize a Sar Pass Trek?
Yes Sar Pass Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for privatecustomized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing atleast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Bhuntar is the base location for our Sar Pass Trek. Our meeting point in Bhuntar is the Government bus stand. We will pick you up at 7 AM in the morning and start the drive to the basecamp.
Reaching Bhuntar by Road (Bus)
Bhuntar is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Bhuntar which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in delhi. The journey takes around 10-12 hours.
Reaching Bhuntar by Air
Closest airport to Bhuntar is Kullu Airport which is well connected via flights from Delhi. The distance between Kullu and Bhuntar is around 1 hour. To check flights available check makemytrip.com/yatra.com/easmytrip etc.
Here’s a short itinerary of Animal Pass Trek:
Day 1: Drive from Bhuntar to Tosh Village and Trek to Buddha Ban (3020m – 5 hours)
Day 2: Buddhaban – Sharam Thach (3505m – 5 to 7 Hours)
Day 3: Sharam Thach – Shamshi Thach (3800m – 4 to 5 Hours)
Day 4: Trek upto Animal Pass Lake and return Sharam Thach (3505m 6 to 9 Hours).
Day 5: Trek from Shamshi Thach – Tosh and drive to Bhuntar (6 hours ).