Sar Pass makes a great beginner trek. This trek is ideal for anyone who wants to explore all terrain. This trail allows tourists to experience a variety of terrains: forests, meadows and picturesque villages as well as snowy mountains. Prashant Jha is a BITS Pilani postgraduate who shares details about the well-explored trek in Himachal Pradesh’s Parvati Valley.
Kasol is the starting point for the trek. This place attracts backpackers from all around the globe and large weekend crowds. Many of these are young urbanites who long for a piece of the bohemian lifestyle. The shops have both necessities and luxury items to cater for tourists.
Sar Pass Short Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Kasol
Day 2: Kasol Village – Grahan (2350m, 8km trek)
Day 3: Min Thach (3400 m, 7 km trek)
Day 4:Thach Nagaru (3800 m, 9 km trek)
Day 5: Sar Pass – Bishkeri (4182m, 13km trek)
Day 6: Barshaini Manikaran/Kasol (10 km trek)
What ought to you pack for your trip?
- Backpack (40-60 Liters): Backpack with sturdy straps and a carrying frame. It is important to have a backpack raincoat.
- Daypack (20 Liters): You must have a daypack if you plan to take your backpack off.
- Trekking shoes: No sports shoes. The sole of shoes must be able to grip well and provide support for the ankles. This could lead to blisters. To soften the blisters, you should wear them for at least a week before taking them on the trek. Forclaz 100, 500, or 600 is our recommendation.
- Socks (3 pairs). 2 pairs of socks cotton, 2 pairs of socks wool.
CLOTHES – COMMON
- Three pairs of trekking pants (including the one you are wearing): Synthetic quick-drying pants are lightweight and highly recommended. A pair of trekking pants is what you would wear, not what you are wearing.
- You can also choose to wear cotton pants with lots of pockets or track pants. On the trek, please do not wear jeans, shorts or 3-pieces.
- Collared T-shirts (three pairs, including the one you are wearing): The best t-shirts for summer are light and full-sleeved. The collar and sleeves protect the neck and arms from sunburn.
- Full Sleeve Wool (2 pairs, including the one that you are wearing): Fleece is our favorite material. It’s lightweight, compact, warm, and it’s very versatile.
- Heavy jacket: 1 full-sleeve windproof jacket/down jacket
- Thermal pads: 1 pair, light, upper and/or lower (optional).
- Raincoat/poncho: To cover your backpack, a light poncho would be a good choice. Indiahikes can help you find ponchos in base camp.
- Balaclava: Cover the neck and ears with the cap. Scarves are also available.
- Sun hat: 1 pair fleece or wool gloves. One pair of waterproof, durable, windproof gloves. You can now get very thin gloves.
- Sunglasses: The best sunglasses for your eyes are the curved ones. They don’t block the UV rays and are not suitable for blue sunglasses. Fine are black, green, and/or brown. Avoid multicolored sunglasses. Sunglasses can prevent snow blindness. This trek requires sunglasses. Contact lenses and photochromic glasses are available for those who wear glasses. If none of these options is possible, you can also wear sunglasses and large sunglasses over your glasses.
- Toiletries (sunscreen, SPF 40+, moisturizing, moisturizer, light towels, lip balm/stick and a small bar soap, toilet paper, wet tissues)
- Kit for repair (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/LED torch mandatory
- Cutlery: You should bring a spoon, a coffee mug, a plate and supper box. For hygiene reasons, we insist that trekkers take their cutlery. You can save weight by using your lunchbox to both store and transport food.
- Water bottles: 2 bottles, each 1 liter
- Trekking Pole: A trekking pole is mandatory.
- Plastic bags: Use plastic bags when packing. You can also use several plastic bags to separate items and keep wet clothes dry.
Tips and advice
- Avoid wearing sports shoes. . For trekking, we recommend the FORCLAZ 100 and 500 as well as the FORCLAZ 600. To avoid foot bites/slope blisters, wear the shoes at least a week in advance of the trek
- We recommend synthetic quick-drying pants. An alternative is to wear cotton pants/sweatpants.
- The best choice is a light-colored tee with a full-sleeve collar. Avoid crew-neck tees that expose your neck in cold weather. They can also cause sunburn during the day.
- Fleece jackets are more popular than wool, as they are lightweight, packable, and warm. Layering your clothes with multiple light sweaters is better than wearing one heavy jacket.
- For those with more sensitive skin to cold, thermal liners can be used.
- Balaclavas can be substituted with scarves.
- Contact lenses or photochromic glasses are the best options for people who wear glasses. If one of these is not possible, they can wear large sunglasses over glasses.
- For hygiene reasons, we insist that trekkers take their cutlery.
- Use plastic bags to pack and keep things separate. You can also carry extra plastic bags in case you need them for wet clothes.