Located at 13,700 ft. above sea level in the district of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Sar Pass is a snowy dream which attracts many adventurers. The Sar Pass trek is said to be one of the most beautiful treks in India. It is also one of the most sought after treks by adventure lovers. It offers unmatched views of river Parvati, Himalayas and misty mountain valleys.
This trek will make you experience every Himalayan terrain- from forests and meadows to snow-clad mountains, this trek has it all. It is an adventure-filled trek, taking you from the pine forests and groves of rhododendrons to camping in the snow-clad Grahan Village. Thus you will witness lush green forests, as well as pristine sheets of snow. The temperature level during this trek will be around 0 degrees during the daytime. While this may not sound bad, the night temperature falls to about -20 degree Celsius.
Overview of the trek
The trek starts from Kasol Base Camp. Kasol is a remote hamlet located in Himachal Pradesh. Kasol is a backpacker’s paradise. It is a famous pit stop for adventurers who try higher altitude treks. As day one commences, you’ll start trekking through the pine woods towards a beautiful village of the Parvati Valley called Grahan Village. The trail up to Grahan Nahal is easy to cover, while the trail after this point becomes a little complex as the climb can be a little steep and rocky. After trekking for an hour or so, you’ll reach Grahan Village where you’ll set up camps to stay overnight. Special tip- Take a small break for a refreshing drink. According to locals, the petals of the Rhododendron flower can be eaten raw or can be mixed with water, thus making it a refreshing drink. These flowers can be found abundantly in the Himalayan region.
Using the Min Thatch trail, start trekking north of Grahan. This trail is regularly used by locals. Do remember to see the panoramic view of the mountain tops of Min Thatch, Nagaru and Sar. After reaching Min Thatch, admire the ranges from the campsite.
Day 4 of the trek is special for beginners. Some of you will experience trekking through snow-laden woods for the first time. However, this trek to Nagaru can be a little challenging for beginners as it has a steep incline. This combination of snow and the incline is what makes it challenging. On reaching the top, you’ll be able to see the extensive Parvati Valley.
Day 5 is the main day. After trekking through thick snow for a few hours, you’ll finally reach the Sar Pass top. Relax there for a little while, take in the charming view, click some pictures before readying yourself for trekking down the Biskeri valley. After camping overnight at the Biskeri Thatch, you will trek downhill through dense wilderness and cross a steam to reach the twin villages. The twin villages are two villages named Pulga and Tulga. Both of these villages are separated by a stream. Reaching Kasol will finally mark the end of your trip.
Altitude- 13,700 ft.
Difficulty level- Easy to Moderate
Distance- 48- 50 km
Duration- 7 Days and 6 Nights
Start/End Point- Kasol
How to Reach
The Sar Pass Trek is located in the Shivalik range and is a popular trek. It is situated at an altitude of 13.700 ft. and is situated in the Parvati Valley of the Indian state Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts from Kasol base camp. The best way to reach Kasol is via road. You can directly take a bus, a cab or drive a car yourself to this hamlet. If you prefer taking a flight, the nearest airport is Bhuntar and is only 25 minutes away from Kasol. However, flights to Bhuntar are pretty expensive and runs around Rs. 15,000 just for a one-way ticket. Of course, one can also make use of railway services. This is again not advisable as Kasol is a remote hamlet which does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar which is a 144 km from Kasol.
The best months to do this trek is between the months of May and October. During these months, there is pristine white snow blanketing the trail at higher altitude.
As mentioned before, this trek is located at an altitude of 13,700 ft. This trek is graded as an easy to moderately challenging and considered as a great introduction high altitude trekking. The total distance for this trek is 48-50 km, and you travel about 7-9 km on a daily basis. This roughly translates to about 7 hours of trekking daily on an average.
As mentioned above, this trek has all types of terrains- making it perfect for a beginner seeking experience.
Things to Carry
Woollen clothes- caps, jackets, socks, gloves, and so on
Caps- Woollen and sun
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Torch with spare batteries