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Imagine yourself in the Meadows of the winter lands of Narnia. Isn’t that enthralling? It is no less true than what a Sar Pass trek can offer! The Sar Pass trek is one of the most sought out treks of Himachal and tourists from across the nation would want to conquer. This pass in the Parvati valley of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh feasts all souls who adore mountains and snow. 

This trek starting from Kasol, the mini Israel of India, is laden with a bunch of beautiful alpine pastures and pine forests offering gorgeous views of some of the highest snow-covered mountain peaks and open valleys. 

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Trek Details

  • Trek Type: High Altitude Trekking
  • Trek Grade: Moderate ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trek Altitude:  13,700 ft
  • Trek Distance: 46 km
  • Trek Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days ( Kasol – Kasol )
  • Trek Region: Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh
  • Trek Start Point: Kasol

Sar Pass Trek - An Overview

Day 1: Kasol to Chalala Village (5,366 ft, 2.5 kms)

Day 2: Chalala to Grahan Village (7,700 ft, 5-6 kms)

Day 3: Grahan to Mung Thach (11,500 ft, 7-8 kms)

Day 4: Mung Thach to Nagaru (12,470 ft, 8-9 kms)

Day 5: Nagaru to Biskeri Thach via Sir Pass (13,700 ft) – Biskeri Thach ( 10,990 ft, 12-13 kms trek)

Day 6: Biskeri Thach to Barshini and Drive back to Kasol Camp ( 5180 ft, 9-10 kms trek )

Price Inclusions

  • Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 6 – you will be staying at camps on all days of trekking.
  • All Meals from day 1 Breakfast to day 6 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek
  • you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10? c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required
  • Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
  • An Experienced Trek Leaders & experienced Local Guides
  • All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included
  • Cloakroom service to deposit your extra luggage
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Trekking equipment like trekking bag, shoe, trekking pole etc
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

Things to Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )

Sar Pass Trek - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kasol to Chalala Village and Return to the Camp (5,366 ft, 2.5 kms)

Distance : 4-5 km (to & fro)

Time : 1 hr (to & fro)

On the first day, we will be reaching Kasol to check in to a camp, near the Hotel Blue Diamond. After the registration, we will freshen up and have breakfast. Once you get to know your fellow trekkers over a sumptuous lunch, we will head to the Chalal Village, which is a 30 minute trek from Kasol. This quaint little village of Chalal is situated at an altitude of over 5300 feet and has managed to retain its old world mountain village rustic charm. The trail begins after one crosses the suspended bridge over the magnificent Parvati river

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Once the bridge has been crossed, there is a trail that is used by the villagers and hikers to travel between the two villages. This entire route is gorgeous, with a terrific combination of the delightful Parvati river flowing against the backdrop of the magnificent pines covering the spectacular mountains. After visiting the Chalal village, we will head back to the camp during the evening for a quick orientation. Then, we retire for the day in our tents, as there is a big day ahead of us.

Day 2: Chalala to Grahan Village (7,700 ft, 7-8 kms)

Distance: 7-8 kms

Time: 4-5 Hrs

We will commence the trek to Grahan Village from Kasol, early at 7.00 am. Grahan Village draws so many travelers every year for its unique charm and culture. The trek starts from the centre of Kasol and keeps to the nalah. This trekking trail from Kasol to Grahan is a marked one through forests, following the Grahan nalah. The trail is easy as it is frequently used by villagers and one can effortlessly cover distance in a matter of hours, amidst the jungle, with the birdsongs and whispering of pine trees. A large number of Rhododendrons can be seen in these forests. 

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Once you get past Grahan nalah and cover the rest of the rocky and steep climb, you will reach the village of Grahan. One can explore the village among the villagers, enjoying the serene and surreal view, exploring the traditional houses, or getting a sugar rush by tasting their famous honey. You can share all the experience over the sumptuous dinner with the bonfire. We retire for the day, by locking ourselves into the tents under the starry skies.

Day 3: Grahan to Mung Thach (11,500 ft, 7-8 kms)

Distance: 7-8 kms

Time: 5-6 hrs

After finishing Day 2, the next day asks you to climb towards the north of the camping ground of Grahan to Mung Thach. Thach means meadow in the local language, and this is where the villagers bring their cattle to graze. You might find villagers too taking the same path to reach Mung Thach. Continue the path until the trail reveals the splendid view of Sar Top on the mountains. 

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Next the path becomes more steeper, leading you into the woods. After crossing this lush green forest, you arrive in Mung Thach. Remember to check out Chanderkhani Belt and a few other magnificent ranges that can be viewed from here. We will wind up the day, with a hot dinner and pitch a tent to spend the night amidst the wilderness of Mung Thach.

Day 4: Mung Thach to Nagaru (12,470 ft, 8-9 kms)

Distance : 8-9 kms
Time : 4 hrs

The Day 4 has something special for you – a difficult trail. The trek is short, but the slope falls slippery and steeply to the valley. You will be indulged in a 4-6 hours trekking from Mung Thach to Nagara. So we will start early, as the weather is generally favourable before noon. 

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After trekking through the rocky slopes, you will find yourself at the flatland on top of the hill. This is the Nagaru Campsite. One can feel like they have landed on a different planet, due to the view of the magnificent mountains across the Parvati Valley.  The town of beautiful Manikaran can also be seen from here. Later, we will retire early to protect ourselves from the cold and wake up with the same zeal the next day. Besides, the next day involves an early start.

Day 5: Nagaru to Biskeri Thach via Sir Pass (13,700 ft) - Biskeri Thach ( 10,990 ft, 12-13 kms trek)

Distance : 12-13 kms

Time : 7-8 hrs

We will start early this day, as we will have a long day trekking through the steep slopes. But the snow is easier to walk on and the surrounding is enough to keep one’s spirits high. After a long climb, you will reach the top of the hill. The view here beholds great joy as you immerse in the view of Sar Pass! The view opens up eastward – the lofty peaks of the Tosh valley will now be visible as well. To the south extends the white blanket of snow, flanked by snow-capped mountains.

After spending a good amount of time there, we head towards the Valley that arrives after an hour from Sar Pass. The slide will take you past snow covered trees, through a valley that is narrow, and brings into view a lovely meadow, towards the left. We will then continue the trek through some dense rhododendron bushes towards Biskeri Thach campsite. Biskeri presents a sublime view of the pine forests, the majestic mountains and lovely grasslands. The villages of Tosh, Pulga-Tulga, Bursheni, and Nakthan can be seen in the valley below. This heavenly surroundings will be the spot where will we retire for the night in tents.

Biskeri Thach to Barshini and Drive back to Kasol Camp ( 5180 ft, 9-10 kms trek )

Distance : 9-10 kms

Time : 4-5 hrs

On our last day at Biskeri, we start the journey to Barshani. The simple village Barshaini is magnificent beautiful, being the meeting place of Parvati and Tosh rivers. The descent is easy and takes around 4-5 hours to reach Pulga. From Pulga we will continue to descend to cross Parvati river and then climb to reach village Barshaini. Initially we shall be going through the steep path keeping to the left of the stream. Then we will cross the stream and walk across a plot of land with fencing. After descending in the dense forest for a good time, you will be able to spot a crossing on a stream, with a camp site across. Soon after this we will arrive at a grassland fringed by trees, one of the most beautiful places in the entire trek. 

The path continues through a dry channel into the woods, the descent becoming steep again. In some time, we  will reach a clearing in the forest where trees have been felled.The way to the village of Tulga is through a bridge on the river Parvati. Once that is crossed we head towards the village of Barshaini.  The twin village of Pulga and Tulga are parted by a stream. By the end of the day, we take a jeep ride to reach Kasol and your trek to Sar Pass ends here.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

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Notes

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
  • All the meals will be Veg if included
  • Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.
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