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SUMMARY SAR PASS
|Altitude / Trek Distance||13,800 ft /48 kms|
|Day Temperature||15 to 20 Deg|
|Night Temperature||06 to -2 Deg|
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SAR Pass Overview & Itinerary
Sar pass trek is one of the most popular treks in India done in the summer season (April to June). It is one of the few treks where trekkers can easily find snow during these months. The trek starts from Kasol, which is a is a hamlet in the Kullu district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Perched at 13,800 ft. above sea level, Sar Pass offers the magnificence of a beautiful verdant landscape and is a heaven for photographers, artists, and nature lovers. Set against a curtain of majestic Himalayan peaks wrapped in snow, the Sar Pass trek passes through some of the most scenic views ranging from forests to the meadows to the ice blankets.
The trek has everything to offer starting from trekking through forests of pine and groves of rhododendrons, to camping in the high-altitude Grahan Village. This is the best getaway from the scorching heat of the cities and to witness the winter chills in the peak summer time.
What is special about SAR Pass trekking?
- If you are looking for a snow trek in the Himalayas accessible in Summers, Sar Pass trek is for you
- It gives you a feeling of climbing a Himalayan pass without technical climbing
- Visit old and ancient Grahan Village
- One of the best treks to hike for beginners
- Beautiful and different camp sites each of the trek
- Snow laden trails even in summers
- One of the most popular summer treks of the country
- The view from the summit is mesmerizing where everything looks below your feet
SAR PASS TREK ITINERARY
- Your Sar Pass trek starts from the centre of Kasol and keeps to the true left of the Grahan Nallah.
- The trail is easy and frequently used by locals and one can effortlessly cover much distance in a couple of hours.
- After passing the Grahan Nallah the trail becomes rocky and one will be climbing uphill, away from the right bank of the river and through the Rhododendron forest.
- Rhododendron petals can be eaten whole and the syrup can be mixed with water to make a refreshing drink.
- After a steep climb of about an hour, the Grahan Village is the last village of the trek and there will be no mobile network going forward.
- Overnight stay in tents at Grahan.
- Wake up to a beautiful view of the beautiful snow-clad mountains.
- After having a hearty breakfast, start your climb north of the camping ground of Grahan towards Mung Thach through the trail commonly used by the locals.
- After continuing your trek for a while, witness the Mung Thach, Nagaru, and Sar Top on the mountain to the right.
- Trek through the steeper path that leads into the woods with a thick cover of trees.
- As the slope becomes steeper the path too becomes challenging at some places.
- After crossing the forest arrive at your destination for the day, i.e., Mung Thach.
- One can easily see the Chandrakhani stretch and other prominent Himalayan ranges from here.
- Overnight stay at Mung Thach in a forest camp.
- Enjoy a gust of fresh cold breeze in the morning.
- You will then start the trek from Mung Thach to Nagaru that will pass through the woods.
- This is a difficult part of the trek, the slope falls steeply to the valley below and the snow may be slippery.
- After crossing steep slope for a couple of hours, reach Nagaru campsite.
- When facing north you will see magnificent mountains across the Parvati valley and the beautiful town of Manikaran.
- Overnight camp stay at Nagaru.
- Make an early start, as the climb is steep through the snow.
- Reach the top and enjoy the stunning views of Sar pass and the elevated peaks of the Tosh valley.
- Stay at the top for a bit to cherish your accomplishment and take some amazing pictures to freeze the moment in time.
- After that, you will have to slide down the Biskeri that is really exciting and completely harmless as long as some precautions are taken.
- The slide takes one as far as a kilometre to a gentler slope of the valley.
- Walk for an hour crossing a few streams to reach the valley and finally to the campsite of Biskeri Thach.
- Overnight stay at Biskeri Thach.
- Enjoy the sublime view of the pine forests, the majestic mountains, and the lush grasslands in Biskeri.
- From Biskeri, hike down across a steep plot of land with fencing all around.
- After crossing the dense forest cross a stream, with a campsite across.
- The path to the village of Pulga goes to the left of the campsite as the twin villages of Pulga and Tulga are separated by a stream.
- From Tulga, cross a bridge on the river Parvati, to reach the village of Barshaini.
- Jeep ride to Kasol base camp and your Sar Pass trekking ends.
TSS Jumbo Bag
- Backpack/Ruck Sack (at least 55 Litres) and a small day bag ( upto 15 litres) for summit day
- Poncho/Raincoat and Rain Cover for Ruck Sack
- 2 Quick Dry T-shirts (preferably Full Sleeves) and Track Pants
- Warm Jacket preferably a down jacket or an equivalent heavy jacket to protect from cold at night
- Comfortable Shoes with a good grip and ankle support. We recommend Quechua Forclaz 100 or similar shoe
- A pair of fleece jacket or fleece upper
- Good Thermals for insulation at night
- Lip Balm and Cold Cream
- Sun Cap or Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
- Dark Sunglasses. People who wear spectacle may use photochromatic lenses in their spects
- 2 pair of warm socks and at least 2 pair of normal cotton socks
- 1 Pair of slippers/Sandals
- Woolen Cap and Gloves for night
- Toiletries – Tooth brush, Tooth paste, Liquid soap, Hand Sanitizers, Slippers, Light Towel, Toilet Roll (Avoid wet tissues as they are not eco friendly)
- Torch or Headlamp with extra pair of batteries
- Personal Medical Kit: Crocin-Fever, Avomine-Motion Sickness, Avil 25mg – Allergies, Combiflam, Disprin-headache, Norflox TZ & Lomofen-diarrhea, digene-acidity, omez/rantadine antacid, crepe bandages, band aids, ORS, betadiene or antiseptic cream, moov spray/volini, cotton, gauze.
- Water bottle 1 L or Hydration bag 2 L
- Other personal accessories – Camera, Tripod, mobile charger, power banks(as there will be no electricity during the trek)
- Being a high altitude trek, this trek is suitable for climbers with good physical condition and stamina.
- This is a tentative itinerary which may change as per weather conditions
- We expect you to carry your rucksacks, in case if you want them to be carried by mules back pack offloading charge up to Rs. 300/bag/day is applicable
- In case of any natural calamity the company will not be able to refund the trip charges, for more details check our cancellation policy
The difficulty level of SAR Pass Trek is moderate. For regular trekkers it is under easy to moderate category. The Trek can be difficult if you are not well prepared for it.
SAR Pass Trek cost varies from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7000 depending on the group size and the time of the year you are planning to do it. Being a very popular trek there are many companies which sell this trek online but only few companies are service providers.
April to Mid June is the best time to do SAR pass Trek.
Yes a beginner can do Sar Pass trek. If you are a beginner and planning this trek you should have three things in mind.
- Physical fitness : You don’t have to be a fitness freak to do a trek it is just that basic fitness should be maintained. You should not be obese and should not have any medical ailments.
- Mental fitness : You should come with an open mindset and be ready for the harsh conditions winters have to offer.
- Gear : Being a Monsoon trek good gear is extremely essential.
You can keep extra luggage in the base village for any particular trek. There are no cloak roo charges applicable. Its free of cost
If you are going on a trek don’t expect mobile signals. There are few spots on the trails of few treks where you might find a single tower or something but it always depends if that is enough to make a call or not.
As there are no permanent toilets on the trek, we carry toilet tents which are dry toilets so you need to carry wet tissues/tissue wipes with you.
Yes, TSS team can organize private batches for individual groups, but the cost of the trek may vary according to the number of members in your group. You can talk to our trek coordinator via whatsapp/call to get the customized group rates.
It’s a strict no. If you fall sick during the trek due to alcohol consumption TheSearchingSouls has the right to cancel your trek and send you back to base village. No expenses shall be refunded in that case and you will have to pay additional for stay at base village.
Start running/walking at least 3-4 Kms everyday.
If it’s a snow trek a good trekking shoe is mandatory. If you buy a new shoe do walk for few days so that it fits you well and doesn’t leave you with blisters while you trek. If it is a summer trek or post monsoon trek a shoe with good grip and ankle support will do.
We provide 3 Veg meals and evening Snacks. There will be no non veg served during the trek. Eggs may or may not be served depending on the trek.
We will provide sleeping bags, inner liners,
sleeping mats, tents. You just need to carry
your personal gear.
List of personal Gear is in our website
under Trek Essentials.
Himalaya Journeys Treks &Expedition prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. Every camp site has basic first aid and oxygen cylinders But if a serious emergency occurs, we will evacuate you to the base village and nearest hospital but the expenses of that has to be borne by the individual
Sar Pass Trek
Do you want to explore the wilderness of forests, vast meadows, exotic villages, and snow-capped mountains? If yes, then the Sar Pass should be a no-brainer for you!
The SAR pass trek, in the stunning Parvati valley of Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh, is a beloved favorite among hikers and offers the chance to experience the breathtaking beauty of the region, including Kasol, Nagaru, Biskeri, and Manikaran.
Sar, meaning pond, is often frozen until late summer and doesn’t fit the typical image of a mountain saddle to cross. From the pass, the view opens up to the east, revealing the towering peaks of the Tosh valley, while to the south, snow blankets the land and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, including one that appears deceptively close.
However, reaching it requires several hours of trekking and covering much distance to the next camp. SAR trek’s intricate topography and vast variations in altitude create a diverse ecosystem that supports a wide range of species, spanning from subtropical to alpine. The region’s predominant trees are of the conifer species, including deodar, pine, spruce, and fir.
Additionally, the valley is home to several species of medicinal plants, such as Hath Panja (Dactylorhiza hatageria) and Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata). Notably, the area also boasts wildlife such as the Himalayan brown bear and Himalayan Tahr, and is a habitat for prominent bird species like the Western Tragopan (the state bird of Himachal Pradesh) and the Monal pheasant.
Is SAR trek for me: All reasons why you should plan your next trek to SAR trek?
The Sar Pass Circuit trek is one of the most sought-after treks in India and is known for its magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks.
- The trek originates from the famous village of Kasol and weaves through dense forests, lush meadows, and rustic hamlets.
- The trek is moderately difficult and is ideal for fit beginners.
- The trek offers unmatched views of the roaring Parvati river and includes crossing the icy waters of the river on the way towards the village of Nagaru.
- The terrain of the trek transitions from a fairytale forest to a winter wonderland, promising trekkers a visual and spiritual feast.
- The Sar Pass Circuit trek guarantees to leave you with a camera full of postcard-worthy photographs and a heart full of lifetime memories.
- If you are looking to explore the world of Himalayan trekking, Sar Pass Circuit could be the perfect adventure for you.
How to reach the base camp of Kasol?
Bus: To reach Kasol, there are multiple transportation options available to you. If you prefer to travel by road, the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses from nearby states such as Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab. Within the state of Himachal Pradesh, the buses run between cities like Pathankot, Shimla, Kangra, Solan, and Dharamsala.
Train: In case you plan to travel by train, Pathankot serves as the nearest railhead which is approximately 150 km away from Kasol. You can choose to travel via Himsagar Express, Andaman Express, Ten Jammu Express, or Sarvodaya Express. Another option you can consider is Chandigarh, which is about 310 km away. From either of these railheads, you can hire taxis or private vehicles to reach Kasol.
Air: If you prefer air travel, the nearest airport to Kasol is Bhuntar Airport, which is almost 31 km away and located near Kullu. The airport is connected to three cities, namely Delhi, Pathankot, and Shimla. Upon arrival, you can hire local cabs or private vehicles to reach Kasol.
Safety with TSS
The Searching Souls have always taken Safety as the utmost Priority in their Treks. We Have a “Zero Negligence” approach toward Safety. As a result, we have taken the Following Steps.
Medical Tents: TSS is the Only Company in the Country that Pitches dedicated Medical Tents to The Slopes at all their Campsites. The Medical Tents consist of a Stretcher, Oxygen Cylinder, First Aid Kits, Oxymeters, and a few other facilities depending on the Slope and the nature of The Terrain.
Qualified Trek leaders: All Our Trek Leaders are Qualified From the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and have thorough knowledge and experience of the Mountains.
Emergency Planning: Team TSS always plans a step ahead in the Mountains as we believe anything at any time can happen in the Mountains. All Our trek leaders, Camp managers, and Cooks are aware of what should be the Course of Action in case of Medical emergency and Natural Calamities.
TSS Support Team: Safety in the Mountains begins at Home, Proper Planning and preparation are Key in any Mountain Trek. TSS Support Team is always available and will help you prepare better for the Trek through their Expert Knowledge and Guidance.
TSS Jumbo Bags: For executive travelers seeking adventure, trekking is a popular way to explore unfamiliar terrain and find inner peace. However, selecting the right equipment can be crucial to ensure safety and comfort during the journey. TSS recognizes this and offers a solution with their MY JUMBO BAG – BUDDY, which includes all necessary gear for a high-altitude trek at an affordable price.
Why Experience the Magic of Sar pass trek with The Searching Souls?
Expertise: The Searching Souls is a team of experienced trek leaders who are passionate about sharing their love for the outdoors with others. They have extensive knowledge of the Nag Tibba trek and the surrounding areas, ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Personalized attention: The Searching Souls focuses on small group sizes, allowing them to provide personalized attention to each trekker. They take the time to understand your individual needs and interests and customize the trek to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
Safety: Safety is a top priority for The Searching Souls. They provide all necessary safety equipment, including first aid kits and emergency communication devices, and their trek leaders are trained in wilderness first aid.
Responsible tourism: The Searching Souls is committed to responsible tourism practices. They follow Leave No Trace principles, minimizing their impact on the environment, and also support local communities by using local guides and porters.
Memorable experience: The SAR Pass Trek with The Searching Souls is not just a trek, but an experience. From the stunning views to the warmth of the local hospitality, the trek is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.