The Sar Pass Trek -

6 days, 5 nights
Visit : Kasol, Grahan Village, Min Thatch, Nagaru, Biskeri Thatch

Studded with ethereal snow-covered peaks, Himachal Pradesh is one of India's favourite destinations for adventure-seekers. Its pristine landscapes embellished by the Himalayas make this state spectacular to explore either on foot or by road. On the Sar Pass trek, you can enjoy gorgeous mountain views at Kasol or watch locals collect honey at Grahan village - all along while listeni ...

Studded with ethereal snow-covered peaks, Himachal Pradesh is one of India's favourite destinations for adventure-seekers. Its pristine landscapes embellished by the Himalayas make this state spectacular to explore either on foot or by road. On the Sar Pass trek, you can enjoy gorgeous mountain views at Kasol or watch locals collect honey at Grahan village - all along while listening to the pleasant rhythm of the flowing waters of rivers passing by. Witness the sun setting over the magnificent Himalayas as you experience the thrill of climbing up to the top of Sar Pass from where hardly anything but snow is visible. Over the eight days on the gorgeous Sar Pass trek, you can take in sights, sounds and stories of Himachal Pradesh that are sure to leave you spellbound.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • The sar pass trek is one of the classic Himalayan treks and is frequented by many travellers. The walk is through rolling Himalayan terrain and some bigger hills, which can be challenging. It's an ideal trek for someone looking for rewarding views with ever changing terrain. You should be spending at least a month prior to the trek training for it and looking after your diet, fitness, and conditioning which will help make your trek that much more smooth and enjoyable.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Explore Kasol, also known as mini-Israel
  • Stay at Grahan Village by the famed Parvati River
  • View of sun setting over the Himalayas in Min Thatch
  • Trek to snow-covered Nagaru
  • Climb to the top of Sar Pass on the trek
  • Camp at Biskeri Thatch
  • Exploring Manikaran Gurudwara and Shiva and Ramchandra temples
Start of Tour

Kasol

End of Tour

Biskeri Thatch

  • Day 1Arrive at Kasol
    • We arrive at the village of Kasol, situated by the Parvati River, with mountains surrounding the village. It is a backpacker's paradise with bakeries, guesthouses and reggae bars easily identifiable at nearly every corner. Here, we spend some time getting to know our fellow trekkers. In the evening, we're briefed about the trek and get tips on how to pack a rucksack, walking/marching techniques and safety precautions. We tuck in early tonight as our first day of trekking lies in wait.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Kasol - Grahan Village
    • It's time to begin our trek! After a sumptuous breakfast, we head out towards Grahan Village. Along the way, we pass through forests with pine trees accompanied by the sound of the flowing Parvati River. While we cover the initial walk up to Grahan Nahal without exerting ourselves too much, the trail takes a steep incline from this point. Once at Grahan Village, we can see people engaged in honey collection carrying rifles in hand to protect themselves from Himalayan bears that roam the forests. To add to the charm, the village has a mystical air about it with alcohol consumption forbidden and hashish being a major cash crop. We then retire for the day.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 3Grahan - Min Thatch
    • We wake up to the sight of a serene Himalayan sunrise. After a delicious breakfast, we trek towards the village of Padri. The winding trail can be exhausting, but the refreshing, pure forest air gives us much-needed relief. Padri is known for offering stunning views of the snow-capped mountains. While walking around here, we can also hear the pleasant sound of the Ravi and Siul rivers flowing nearby. The trail takes us through a series of wooden bridges, purple rhododendron fields and waterfalls - all of which add tremendously to the beauty of the climb. After some time, the locales of Sar Top, Nagaru and Min Thatch ('thatch' meaning meadow) reveal themselves to us. Soon, we reach a green meadow atop a ridge called Min Thatch. After reaching this incredibly beautiful site, we get to experience sun setting over the snow-capped Himalayas. We then rest at the camp for the night, sitting pretty at a height of about 3,400 m.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4Min Thatch - Nagaru
    • After a sumptuous and warm breakfast, we head towards Nagaru, which is the entrance to the Sar Pass. Brace up for the most challenging leg of the journey as the trail is likely to be lined with snow and steep, rocky inclines. While the distance is short, the difficult terrain and high altitude are sure to test our physical capabilities. Two or three hours of climbing later, we find ourselves at Nagaru. Encircled by snow, Nagaru offers us jaw-dropping views of the Parvati Valley and surrounding peaks. As dusk draws closer, we can even see the shimmering lights of Manikaran town in the distance. Soon, it's time to rest for the night.

    • Meals - Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
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  • Day 5Nagaru - Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass
    • After an early morning breakfast, we continue our trek and climb up through the snow trails with amazing views of the Tosh Valley peaks. We soon reach the top of Sar Pass and spend some time soaking in the scenic vistas. Don't forget to take some great photos from here! On our way down from Sar Pass, we carefully slide down the slopes that go on for about a kilometre and then walk for an hour. Closer to our destination, we cross sparkling, gurgling streams to reach the Biskeri Thatch campsite by evening. We settle for the night on the green meadows under a sky full of stars.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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  • Day 6Biskeri Thatch - Barshaini - Kasol
    • Our last day of the trek begins with another hearty breakfast. We set off for Barshaini Village amidst sights of the beautiful surrounding pine forest and mountains. Our walk down takes us through the twin villages of Pulga and Tulga that are separated by a stream. We then cross the bridge across Parvati River before reaching Barshaini Village. From here, our jeeps await to take us to Kasol.
      Kasol, with its extremely vibrant culture could be a nice place for you to spend an extra day. We leave that upto you though. You could also easily make your way to Bhuntar and catch one of the overnight buses back to Delhi.
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Inclusions

  • 5 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All meals during the trek along with early morning tea and evening snacks.
  • Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL) in a group of 7 or more trekkers.
  • Experienced Local Guide.
  • All necessary support staff (cooks, helpers, porters etc.) as per the size of the group.
  • Accidental Insurance Policy covering high altitude treks (For Indian nationals up to 69 years of age)
  • All trekking arrangements with the necessary number of dome or ridge shaped tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent etc.
  • Sleeping Bag with mattress.
  • Transport of the trekking equipment.
  • Basic Medical and First Aid Kit.
  • Royalty and permits, camping charges etc.

Exclusions

  • Any transportation to/from Kasol at the start/end of the trip.
  • Optional activities.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Porters or mules to carry your personal luggage. This can be arranged for you at an additional price of INR 1800. This will cover porterage of your personal luggage upto 10 kilograms for 5 trekking days.
  • Government Service Tax of 5.0%.
  • Tips for the local guide and support staff. This is as per your discretion and will be collected by the Lead guide towards the end of the trip.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2022

Hub Single Accommodation Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Kasol 11,950 8,950
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

In Kasol, the group will be accommodated in a standard guesthouse. During the course of our trek, we stay in comfortable 2 or 3 man tents. Good quality sleeping bags and mats will be provided to help you get a good night's sleep on all the nights that we camp. Though we're aware of the destination for the day, the exact location of the campsite is never pre-decided. This call will be taken on ground by the staff. Sometime due to bad weather or other reasons, we may camp at a different location which is a part and parcel of participating in an adventure like this. You're free to help the staff set-up or pack up the campsite. This is not expected of you, but is a nice skill to learn.

Things to Carry

    A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a 'port-a-loo') worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high Trekking Boots (Worn In)
    • Clothing Apart from the regular clothes
    • Thermal Underwear / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
    • Quick dry Trousers
    • Shirt / T- Shirt
    • Warm Fleece / Jacket
    • Insulating Layers
    • Down Clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and Rain protection gear

    Extremities:

    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 2/3 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • 4 Season Sleeping bag (-5 deg C or lower)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A ruck pack which one needs to carry oneself (atleast 50lit)

    Other Gear:

    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / Torchlight
    • Trekking Poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 lit bottles (hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.(Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Small personal First Aid

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    The food menu during the trek will be regular nutritious Indian food. Nothing tastes better than the black tea we pass you through the flaps of your tent early in the morning. Your breakfast could have an option of sandwiches or chapatis with a vegetable. We may have packed lunch on some of the longer days of the trek. Your hot meals will be a delicious mix of local vegetables, rice, chapatti and a sweet surprise in the end. We try and incorporate a lot of fresh local produce into your meals. Your cook during the trip will also be a local. You could try and get a local secret recipe from the cook. We will provide you safe boiled drinking water throughout the trek. Milk and eggs will be provided if available.

  • Clothes to carry

    A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a 'port-a-loo') worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high Trekking Boots (Worn In)
    • Clothing Apart from the regular clothes
    • Thermal Underwear / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
    • Quick dry Trousers
    • Shirt / T- Shirt
    • Warm Fleece / Jacket
    • Insulating Layers
    • Down Clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and Rain protection gear

    Extremities:

    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 2/3 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • 4 Season Sleeping bag (-5 deg C or lower)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A ruck pack which one needs to carry oneself (atleast 50lit)

    Other Gear:

    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / Torchlight
    • Trekking Poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 lit bottles (hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.(Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Small personal First Aid

  • Our Crew

    The number of people in the crew will be determined by the group size. In most cases the group consists of the Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL), a local guide and additional support staff like cooks, helpers etc. Each one of these people are vital towards the successful completion of the trip and do their bit in assisting in the overall logistics of the trip.

  • Flight Information

    We will give you the name and address of the guesthouse in Kasol a few days prior to the trip date. You can choose to arrive in Kasol anytime before 4 pm on day 1 of the trip. The only mode of reachingKasolis by Road. The nearest airport, Bhuntar is about 32kms fromKasol. You may also choose to take an overnight bus to Bhuntar from Delhi or Chandigarh. From there on, you have to catch hold of a bus or hire a taxi to reach Kasol. The bus ticket will cost you Rs60-90 while a cab driver may charge up to Rs 700 or more.

  • Medication & First Aid

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like Electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other mountain ranges because most of the regions lie in high altitudes 2500 metres (8000 ft). This is not something that you should worry about. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of this trek. However, this process of adaptation or acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. Our trek leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on such trips.

  • Luggage Info

    It's best to carry your belongings in a large, tough rucksack. A waist bag is handy to have your camera, film rolls, flashlights etc. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipment etc. in separate sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag. The facility of luggage offloading can be availed at an additional price of INR 1800 per person. This will cover for the porterage of your main luggage packed in a soft duffel bag or rucksack upto 10 kilograms for the 3 trekking days.

  • Books to Read

    The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond: Published in 1980, the plot of the book revolves around a girl, Binya, who gives up her claw pendant in exchange for a blue umbrella that makes villagers envious.
     
    Freedom in Exile by H.H. Dalai Lama: This autobiography gives out details of H.H. Dalai Lama's life including birth to the Chinese occupation of Tibet. He also portrays the brutal reality of Chinese communism.

  • Approximate Group Size

    2 to 15 persons

  • Money to carry

    It is recommended that guests carry about Rs. 5000 cash in person during the trek. This may be required during an emergency. Also, according to practice, on the last night of the trek, the group tips the staff and cash will be required for this as well. Usually tips start from about 1500 for guide and cook and 1000 for rest of staff. Guests may choose to tip the staff more. The tip may be handed over to the trip leader.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

  • Typical Day on the Trip:

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 am by which time; you are expected to vacate your tent so packing can begin. Your help with setting up and packing up of tents is always welcome. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 am and reach our camp for the day by 2-3pm, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and a 8-10 hour walking day. Lunch is usually had on the walk, and you'd get into camp for a welcome cup of tea.