Sar Pass Trek
Sar Pass is an old favorite of trekkers in Kullu Region. The trek is recommended for all adventure souls who like snow and high mountains, irrespective of the prior experience. Starting from Kasol, Sar pass trek takes you through thick pine forests, beautiful alpine meadows, quaint villages, snow-covered mountains and some of the most splendid landscape making it one of the best treks for beginners. On one of the days of the trek, you will pass by a small frozen lake (Sar in the local dialect) from which the Sar Pass trek gets its name. The total trek distance is 48 km. Close to a height of 14000 ft, the view from the pass is that of the majestic mountains of Parvati valley. The trek is blessed with varied terrain and breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains giving you a very thrilling and enriching experience. On this page, you will find all the essential information like - Sar Pass Trek Temperature, Weather, Route Map, Photos, and Videos.
Sar Pass trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For the novice, it is a great start to enter into the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first-timers. Therefore, it is recommended to maintain good physical stamina and be mentally prepared. Any trekker would love to go on Sar Pass trek for its splendid views and trekking.
Since Sar Pass is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running and decent fitness is recommended.
1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
Sar Pass trek best time is May to October.
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The starting point of Sar Pass trek is from Kasol. Kasol is a hamlet in the Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is 520 km from Delhi. There are public buses running between Delhi and Kasol. Kasol is easily accessible through road, rail and air transport.
By Road: The distance between Delhi and Kasol is 520 km. There are frequent buses from Delhi to Kasol. Most of them are not direct buses so you will have to take an HRTC bus from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi towards Manali and change the bus at Bhuntar (30 km from Kasol) and reach Kasol either by a local bus or a private taxi. There are very few direct buses from Delhi to Kasol but they are run by private companies. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Kasol.
By Rail: To reach Kasol by railways you have to get off at the nearest railway station to Kasol which is Joginder Nagar railway station, about 144 km from the village of Kasol. You can take a cab from the station to reach Kasol or a bus from the Joginder Nagar Bus Stand towards Manikaran which should take about 4.5 to 5 hours.
By Air: The nearest airport to Kasol is almost 31 Kms away, Bhuntar Airport located near Kullu. It is connected to three cities Delhi, Pathankot and Shimla. You can hire local cabs or private vehicles from there to reach Kasol.
There is no mobile reception after Kasol.
There are a number of places to visit around Kasol in the Parvati Valley. Manikaran, a pilgrim site with its hot springs is a famous attraction near Kasol. The waters of the hot springs are believed to have medicinal properties. There are plenty of hiking trails from Kasol to its surrounding villages like Choj, Chalal, and Rashol. One can also visit the quaint village of Tosh by a private or a shared taxi. A day hike to the famous Kheerganga, a spiritual destination with hot springs, can also be done from Barshaini.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees Celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axes.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread, and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
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The day temperatures will range from 10-20 degrees Celsius and around 0-7 degrees Celsius at night. Temperatures would be on the higher side at lower altitudes and colder at higher altitudes. Weather is unpredictable at the top with chances of rain or thunderstorm.
You can expect snow on Sar Pass trek during the month of May. You can expect snow at the pass most of the time. It is difficult to expect snow on the trail during and post-monsoon season i.e July to October. Heavy snowfall in winter makes the pass inaccessible.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However, offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participants will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain a 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Kasol has a reasonable size market. However, we will have to head to Grahan and there will be no time for shopping. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
Since the trek starts from Kasol, to and fro journey has to be arranged by yourself. However, transportation on the last day of the trek from Barshaini to Kasol will be arranged by us.
Expect to reach Kasol late in the afternoon. Make sure your bookings from this point to your respective destinations are late in the night, post 1900 Hrs.