The Complete Guide to Sar Pass Trek
Sar Pass is the perfect trek for beginners. With forests, meadows, picturesque villages, and snow-capped mountains, this trail offers a diverse experience for hikers. His Prashant Jha, a graduate student at BITS Pirani, shares the details of this well-researched trek in the Parvati valley of Himachal his Pradesh.
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Great hike for beginners
Hike through forests, meadows, and picturesque villages. Climb to the top of the
-13,799-foot Sir Pass for breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains. The
trek begins in Kasol, a backpacker’s paradise from all over the world.
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The road from Kasol to Grahan is a signposted road that leads through the woods to Grahan Nalah. It starts in the center of Kasol and continues to the right of Nala. The trail is easy to navigate and is often used by villagers. Because the slope is gentle, it is a distance that can be easily reached in a few hours.
The trail traverses the Nara River, leaving the right bank of the river and steeply becoming rocky before continuing uphill. This may not seem like the right path, but don’t get lost.
Soon the trees will turn into grass and bushes. You can also look at some fields and discover colorful tarpaulins.These are makeshift stalls with vendors selling snacks such as tea, omelettes and rhododendron syrup. Rhododendrons (known locally as bra) grow in forests that receive snowfall. It blooms bright red flowers in spring and collects them to make syrup. Rhododendron petals can be eaten whole, and the syrup can be mixed with water to make a refreshing drink (I discovered the benefits of rhododendrons on my har-ki-dun trips. Soon).
If it is snowing, extreme caution is advised as this is the trickiest and most dangerous part of the hike. The slope is steep and drops into a valley, making it slippery. Trails, even if marked, may not be visible in the snow. Having a guide and trekking poles is the most important thing here. Waterproof gloves are also useful. Guides can use ice axes to cut snow to create scaffolding. Hikers should also use proper technique. That is, dig into the snow with your toes and only step forward with the other foot in the same way when a firm footing is established.
After a few hours, you’ll find yourself on a cozy flat land on top of a hill. That is the Nagar Campground. It’s like another world! Look north to see the majestic mountains towering above the Parvati Valley and the town of Manikaran. In the far northwest are the mountains of Chandelkani and Beas Valley. You can see Mintuk Campground and Grahan Village in the lower left.
In the south, huge snow rolls down the hills. To reach the Sar pass, you have to go in this direction. However, the pass and the summit are still not visible.
Mid of the trek
Although rare, insurance does apply in some areas. There is a faucet near the western edge of the cliff that may or may not have running water and must bring water from Min Thach. Camping should be set up quickly as the wind is very strong and the temperature drops quickly after sunset.
The wind is cold at night, and the wind is strong enough to blow the tent away, making it very cold. It is advisable to retire early to protect yourself from the cold. It also means leaving early the next day.
Get up before dawn. The previous day’s hike should have acclimated us to today’s longer hike. You should use the same technique. The ascent to Sar Pass follows the ridgeline southwards and becomes steeper in places. Maintain a slow and steady pace when climbing through snow at altitude.
The snow is easy to walk on and the heavenly atmosphere is uplifting. As you climb the hills visible from Nagaru, you will see higher hills to climb. 1/3 of the distance to Sal Pass covered
On the right, cliffs plunge into valleys, sharp ridges and steep climbs. So be careful. If there’s been a lot of snow lately, it can be climbed in the same way climbers climb with ice axes and crampons.
The rest of the route heads southeast from the ridge and follows the contour of the hill. Be careful with the deep valley on the left. After a while, the trail climbs onto a ridge that crosses it, at the top of which you can see the flag attached to the ‘Trishl’. The final stage is steep and buried in snow, and you may need to grab a rope to climb. This is a pass in every sense of the word.
Once you reach the top, the view is spectacular. After a few hundred feet of plummeting, a beautiful valley opens up in front of you (this was the highlight of my hike. We endured snowfall and poor visibility, but we reached the top and witnessed a surreal view.) My excitement reached a peak when I saw it before!). A sudden awareness arises as you are immersed in the heavenly beauty of this place. You have no choice but to slide down from a height of 100 feet.
What to bring for trekking
Backpack (40-60 liter capacity): Backpack with strong straps and support frame. Backpack rain protection is a must.
Daypack (20 liters): Carrying a daypack is a must if you want to unpack. No need for a daypack if you are backpacking
All accessories – spare batteries, chargers, etc.
Cutlery: Carry plates, spoons, coffee cups and lunch boxes. For hygiene reasons, hikers are strongly advised to bring their own cutlery. Due to its light weight, you can carry your food in the lunch box.
Water Bottles: Two 1 liter bottles. Wrapped water bottles such as Aquafina, Bisleri, etc. are not permitted.
Trekking Poles: Trekking poles are mandatory.
Plastic Bags: When packing, use plastic bags to sort things and have a few extra bags for wet clothes.
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