Sar Pass Trek- Overview
The Sar Pass is located in the Parvati valley of Kasol at Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. Where ‘Sar’ in local dialect denotes Lake. It is situated at an elevation of 13,700 ft. above sea level. The trek originates from the famous village of Kasol and is a Paradise for all backpackers. The valley is well covered by the snow clad mountains, waterfalls and lush green meadows. Here one has to pass by the frozen lake. Being one of the spectacular places of Himalaya it is one of the best locations for the hikers and photographers from where the marvellous view can be witnessed. Here one can get the opportunity to explore the wonderful valley, unique landscapes, colourful flowers and crystal-clear streams. As per the difficulty level Sar Pass ranges from ‘easy-moderate’ tag no prior trekking experience is required, and it is the beginner’s trek.
Trek distance: 40 to 50 km
Duration: 5 days
Difficulty level: easy to moderate
Start/End point: Kasol
How to reach Sar Pass (Kasol)
The trek to Sar Pass begins from the Base Camp of Kasol, Kullu. So, one needs to reach there before starting the trial. There are three ways to get to Sar Pass Trek:
The nearest airport to this place is Bhuntar airport also known as the Kullu Manali airport which is 32 km away. From there one can hire private cabs or can take a bus to reach Kasol. The airport is well-connected with most of the big cities in India.
Joginder Nagar railway station is the closest rail station to Kullu Manali since there is no railhead in Kullu. One can also reach here from Chandigarh and Ambala railway station as trains from all parts of the country halts in these places.
Road is the best way to reach this place, as this place has good connectivity with big cities. One can take a cab or a Volvo bus from New Delhi or Chandigarh, where the latter is advisable since the distance from Chandigarh to Kasol is less as compared to Delhi.
Other places to visit near Sar Pass Trek (Kasol)
Besides being the Base Camp for most of the Himalayan treks Kasol also provides some more exciting spots. Some of them are:-
- Manikaran Sahib,
- Nature Park Kasol,
- Parvati River,
- Tosh Village,
- Manikaran Hot Springs,
- Tirthan Valley,
- Chalal Village,
- Shiva Temple Manikaran and
- Pulga Village.
Sar Pass Trek- Brief schedule
Arriving at the Base Camp of Kasol and then starting to trek towards the Grahan village. After a steep climb to Grahan village freshen up and then stay in tents overnight after having dinner.
On this day, start trekking from the Graham village to Mung Thach. After reaching the campsite,freshen up and have dinner and stay in tents for the night.
On the third day from the Mung Thach start trekking to the highest campsite of the Trek that is Nagaru. The campsite is being gifted with scenic beauties. Again spending the night in tents.
Starting early on this day for a long trek to Biskeri Thach via Sar Pass. After a long journey, reach towards the campsite, have dinner and stay in tents overnight.
On the last day of this Trek, Biskeri Thach gives fantastic views of the Pass which is a dream for every hiker. Then reaching back to Kasol again.
Best time to visit
The trek is best enjoyed in the month of May to October when the route remains covered by snow at higher altitude.
What Things are needed to be carried for the Sar Pass Trek?
- Valid ID proof for each member.
- Action shoes or Quechua Florclaz shoes are highly recommended.
- Raincoats/ Poncho as the Himalayan weather is unpredictable.
- Sun caps and sunglasses to get protected from harsh sunlight.
- Sunscreen lotion and other skin moisturizer.
- Warm clothes like windcheater/leather jacket, full sleeve sweaters.
- Comfortable clothes like T-shirts, trousers, yoga pants and tracks.
- Lightweight towel and toilet paper.
- Walking stick or trekking poles
- Emergency medical kit
- Snacks, energy bars, dry fruits and electral/ORS.
- Woolen socks and normal socks
- Water bottles, lunch box.
- Snow gloves/normal gloves.
- Torch and batteries.