Sara Umga Pass at 4800 meters is one of the least traversed passes of Himachal Pradesh connecting Tosh in Parvati Valley to Chota Dhara in Lahaul and Spiti Valley. The trek takes you across stunning landscapes and untouched trails surrounded by epic peaks of the Parvati Valley such as Papsura, Dharamsura, Indrasan, Deo Tibba, White Snail and many more notable ones. One gets a glimpse of the mighty Bara Shingri Glacier. The trail takes you across verdant meadows, high altitude pastures, grasslands, steep moraines, boulders and scree and lets you cross a crevassed glacier to a mighty pass and takes you from the lush green Parvati Valley to the barren and raw Spiti Valley. The trek is meant for experienced trekkers only who are looking for a challenge. The trek is a great alternative to Hampta Pass and a much more difficult one but with almost zero foot traffic. The time to do the Sara Umga Pass Trek is between July and October. Stay on this page for more information on the Sara Umga Pass Trek.
Kasol to Tosh - Drive. Tosh (2400 m) to Buddhaban (3020 m) - 5 hrs Trek
Today we will drive from Kasol to Tosh through the scenic Parvati Valley. We start our trek from Tosh village and climb up alongside the Tosh Nallah through some dense pine forest and then reach the stunning meadows of Buddhaban. Overnight in tents.
Buddhaban to Sharam Thach (3500 m) - 6 hrs
Today's trek will take you above the treeline through meadows and rhododendron plants followed by a climb over scree. You get a glimpse of the Tichu Glacier. We proceed to the high altitude meadow of Sharam Thatch. Overnight in tents.
Sharam Thach to Shamshi Thach (3800 m) - 5 hrs
Today we start our trek with a steep climb over narrow patches of snow from Sharam Thatch alongside the ferocious Tosh River. We cross scree and then end at the foot of the Tosh Glacier to our north which is the campsite for the night, Shamshi Thatch. There is the mighty Kullu Makalu Peak to our south. Overnight in tents.
Shamshi Thach to Kuta Thach (4100 m) - 7 hrs
We start our trek from Shamshi Thatch towards Kuta Thatch which is a beautiful meadow at the base of Sara Umga Pass. We climb scree and glacial moraines along with boulders on a long trail surrounded by a magnificent view of peaks to reach our campsite for the night. Overnight in tents.
Kuta Thach to Putiruni (3800 m) via Sara Umga Pass (4700 m) - 8 hrs
We start our trek early as we intend to cross the Sara Umga Pass before noon. The climb from the campsite is steep over snow and scree. The pass gives you stunning views of the peaks in both Tosh and Lahaul Valley. We descend down to the meadows of Putiruni. Overnight in tents.
Putiruni to Chota Dhara (3700m) - 6 hrs
Today's trek is also a long one but relatively easier. The descend is gradual without many ups and downs to reach the campsite of Chotadhara on the Manali-Kaza highway. Overnight in tents.
Chota Dhara to Manali Drive
Today we will drive from Chota Dhara to Manali. Expect to reach Manali by late afternoon. We bid you goodbye here.
ID Proof (Voter, Adhaar, Passport) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) is the mandatory document required for the trek.
We will pick you up from Kasol and drive to Tosh from where the trek starts. At the end of the trek our vehicles will pick you from Chotadhara and drive you to Manali.
Expect to reach Manali by late afternoon.
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.
Yes, it is necessary since the descent is steep. 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 Tosh 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.
The temperature during the day will be between 25 to 15 deg celsius however at night the temperature may drop to as low as -5 deg celsius. The higher the altitude you gain the colder it will be.
Yes there will be snow on the trek.
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.
You can rent the following - trekking shoes, backpack/rucksack, trekking poles. ponchos, fleece
On trekking days you will be accommodated in tents on twin sharing basis.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 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.
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 starting point of Sara Umga 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.
No mobile network after Tosh.
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July to October are the best months to do the Sara Umga Pass Trek.
Sara Umga Pass Trek is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 3700-4300 metres. It is recommended not to opt Sara Umga Pass trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. On Bikat Scale Sara Umga Pass Difficulty level is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers. At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid
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