One of the most widely sought after treks in India, the Sar Pass trek opens up to magnificent views of the vicinal Himalayan peaks. Originating from the famous village of Kasol, which is also known as the backpackers’ paradise, the trail weaves through a melange of dense forests of pine and rhododendrons, lush meadows and rustic hamlets. Leaning a bit towards a moderate level of difficulty, the trek is ideal for fit beginners. Sar Pass is essentially a mountain ridge, and not an actual mountain pass, as far as technicalities are concerned. But this doesn’t mean it is any less thrilling than one!
Day 01 – Registration and Orientation at Kasol Base Camp
Arrive at Kasol Base Camp on your own by morning and complete the registration. An orientation session will be given by the chief organizer in the evening. It will cover the information like rucksack packing, marching/walking technique and general awareness about the trek route. Take acclimatization walk around the base camp in the evening at around 5 PM. Have your dinner and stay overnight at Kasol Base Camp.
Day 02 – Drive to Kasol and Trek to Grahan Village (4-5 Hours)
Wake up to the beautiful Himalayan sunrise at Base Camp. Have breakfast and drive to the centre of Kasol to start your exciting trek! Your trek starts from Kasol town centre by Grahan Nahal. The easy trail which is frequently used by locals will take you to through pine forests. In a couple of hours, you will be able to cover much of the distance as the trail is easy to climb. After reaching the Grahan Nahal, the trail becomes rocky and steep. The locals say that the Rhododendron petals can be eaten whole and the syrup can be mixed with water to make a refreshing drink. You can definitely try that when in the Himalayas! The steep climb of an hour will take you to your destination for the day. Reach Grahan Village by evening and freshen up. Have your dinner and stay overnight in the camps.
Day 03 – Grahan Village to Min Thatch (4-5 Hours)
Have breakfast in the morning and start your trek towards the north of the camping ground at Grahan. You will bump into many locals on the way using the Min Thatch trail. After walking a little more, you will see the Min Thatch, Nagaru and Sar top on the mountains. The steeper trails will take you to the woods. Remember to stay with your group here as the trail becomes steeper and a bit confusing. Cross the lush green forest and reach Min Thatch. Admire the Chanderkhani stretch and many more ranges from the campsite at Min Thatch. Have your dinner and stay overnight at the camps.
Day 04 – Min Thatch to Nagaru (4-6 Hours)
Have your breakfast and trek through the pastoral forest covered with snow from Min Thatch to Nagaru. You will have to be careful on this trail as the steep slope and the snow will make the trek difficult here. After a difficult trek for 2 3 hours, you will finally reach the Nagaru campsite. Enjoy the mesmerising vistas of the magnificent mountain across the Parvati valley. See the small glittering lights of the Manikaran town as the night sets in. It gets extremely chilly in the evening. It is advisable to sleep early to avoid catching cold next!
Day 05 – Nagaru to Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass (6-8 Hours)
Rise and shine early in the morning to start your trek. Climb up through the snow trails and admire the dazzling peaks of Tosh Valley. The exhilarating view on the top of Sar Pass will leave you spellbound! Spend some z there and take in the beauty of the place. Slide down to the valley but take the necessary precautions. The sliding downhill is almost 1 KM! Walk for an hour and cross some magical water streams to reach the Biskeri Thatch campsite by evening. Take some rest and have dinner. Stay overnight at the Biskeri Thatch campsite.
Day 06 – Biskeri Thatch to Barshaini and Departure (4-5 Hours)
See the splendid views of lofty mountains and pine forests from Biskeri Thatch! Start trekking downhill through the dense forest, crossing a stream and then reach Pulga. The twin village Pulga and Tulga are separated by a stream. Cross the bridge on the Parvati River to reach the Barshaini Village. Then you will be dropped at Kasol and your amazing trek to the Sar pass concludes here.
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