Treks To Beat The Heat: Part 2 — Sar Pass Trek
JUST imagine living in the small tents, walking through clouds, drinking water from pure streams, sliding on snow, getting to know different cultures, sipping a cup of hot coffee and eating a hot maggi that too far away from the city hustles. Simply imagining this can give you goosebumps! This imagination turns to reality at the Himalayan treks.
Another in our series of summer treks is Sar pass trek. Explore the Sar Pass, a place that offers adventure, eternal beauty, and tranquillity.
Sar Pass Trek
The Sar Pass is located in Parvati Valley of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Groups trek up to the Sar pass during the months of May and June. Sar, in local dialect, means a lake. While trekking across the path from Tila Lotni to Biskeri Ridge, one has to pass by a small, (normally) frozen lake (Sar) and hence the name Sar Pass Trek. It is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Shivalik Range of Himachal Pradesh.
The Sar pass trek shows you the real beauty of the Himalayas. It offers an enthralling experience with evergreen forests, snow-covered mountains, picturesque villages and beautiful meadows.
To conquer the Sar pass you will have to drive through the enchanting vistas of Kasol and start walking towards the Grahan Village through the beautifully verdant forest! Then the trail through the forest will take you to the Nagaru Campsite. The enthralling views of Parvati Valley will leave you speechless. And then the Biskeri Thatch will take you to the magical Sar Pass. From there begins the final descent.
Following are the camp points,
- Kasol Base camp (6000 ft)
- Grahan camp (7700 ft)
- Padri Thatch (8900 ft)
- Mini Thatch (10700 ft)
- Nagaru (12500 ft )
- Biskeri (11000 ft)
- Bhandak Thatch (8000 ft)
- How to Reach Kasol Base Camp: The camp is linked by road to Kullu via Bhuntar. It is 5 km short of Manikaran*. Regular bus service is available from Kullu and Bhuntar to reach Kasol. Direct buses are also available to Manikaran from Chandigarh and other parts of Punjab. Nearest railway stations are Joginder Nagar, Pathankot and Chandigarh. Nearest airport is Bhuntar.
*Manikaran is famous for its hot springs and lies on the banks of the Parvati River. It is also famous for the Manikaran Gurudwara Sahib.
- Challenge level: Moderate
- Best time to visit: May-June
- Maximum Altitude: 13800 ft
- Special Tips: Physical fitness is all that needed to conquer the Sar pass. Rest all depends on the will of the trekker.
Stay tuned to read about the most enthralling trek in our last part of the 3-part series of summer treks!
Missed out on the first part? You can read it here.
Author: Sagar Wakharia