Sar Pass Trek
4 Nights/5 Days
2 to 8 people
Sar Pass is nestled in the Pir Panjal mountain range in the western Himalaya. It is considered to be one of the most popular trekking trails in the Parvati valley of the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh.
In the local dialect, Sar means “lake”. Sar valley is lush green and is surrounded by high rising mountains, streams and water falls. Sar valley overlooks the Parvati valley.
Generally, trekkers start the trek to Sar Pass from Kasol in Parvati valley. Kasol is also known as the “mini Amsterdam” of India J. AS Kasol lies in a closed valley, the temperature here tends to soar during clear sunny day, however, the cool breeze from River Parvati, cools the environs.
As an unbiased trekker, I feel one should be well informed about the trek one plans to undertake. Although this is a popular hippie trail, however, it is pretty congested with trekkers and some fixed campsites which may not be what every trekker is looking for.
Day 0: Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali – Haripur (12 – 14 hrs.)
The participants will de-board the Bus at ‘Patlikuhl’, 14 kms short of New Manali Bus stand. From this pick-up point, the guests will be driven to our Base in Haripur. Unwind at our base located in an orchard in Haripur. After breakfast explore Naggar/ Manali. Return back at base to chat with the team over bonfire and dinner.
Day 1: Route: dA Base – Mountaineerz – Manikaran – Sheela Village - Jirmi, Time Taken: 7 – 8hrs
After a healthy breakfast at dA Base – Mountaineerz and a driil down session with the team, we will depart for Sheela village near Manikaran Sahib by vehicles. The drive takes about 2 hrs meandering through the Parvati valley and running parallel to river Parvati.
We will commence our trek from Sheela village near Manikaran Sahib, which is just 2 km from Kasol and is a place held in great reverence by the Hindu and Sikh community alike.
The trail to the first camp at Jirmi meanders through the high mountain range and lush green vast meadows. A leisurely trek for about 7 to 8 hrs will end at Jirmi. Pitch your tents here for the night. After some dinner around a bon fire, turn in for the night.
Day 2: Route: Jirmi – Tila Lotni, Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Open your eyes to a glorious sunrise with heart-warming and high energy breakfast. The ascent from Jirmi to Tila Lotni is a bit steep, however easy manageable at a slow pace. It will take us about 5 – 6 hrs to negotiate the distance to our second campsite at Tila Lotni. This campsite is the last one before we reach Sar Pass. Further up is Tila lotni, which is the last camp before reaching Sar pass.
We will pitch our tents here for the night, before embarking on our trek to the beautiful Sar Pass the next day.
Day 3: Route: Tila Lotni – Sar Pass - Bihali, Time Taken: 7 – 8 hrs
Have your breakfast and stretch your muscles for the trek in the snow ahead. J The trekking trail from Tila Lotni to Sar Pass is amazingly beautiful and an experience to remember as one treads through snow.
It is advisable to have a trekking/walking stick will passing through the pass in order to maintain balance. Start the descent down from Sar Pass to Bihali and we camp there for the night.
Day 4: Route: Bihali – Bhandik Thatch, Time Taken: 7 – 8 hrs
Start the descent down to Bhandik Thatch amidst vast green meadows. The trail is fairly easy to trek on. Take in the beautiful environs of the Parvati valley and Sar pass behind you as you make your way to Bhandik.
The campsite at Bhandik is one of the most beautiful spots in the Parvati valley. We camp there for the night before trekking down to Barshaini the next day.
Day 5: Route: Bhandik Thatch - Barshaini, Time Taken: 4 – 5 hrs
The trek down to Barshaini from Bhandik Thatch is a fairly easy and a short one. After a leisurely breakfast, trek down to Barshaini. The trek ends in Barshaini. The guests who want to enjoy Kasol can drive down to mini Amsterdam and all are welcome to extend their stay at the basecamp
Celebrate the end of a great adventure. We part our ways here, only to meet for our next adventure.
**Guests who are travelling the next day are welcome to stay the night at no extra cost. Relax at the base camp or go angling (some nice spots near our base) the next day, before we part ways here to meet soon for our next adventure.
- 2 nights stay at the basecamp located in an orchard in Haripur, Manali.
- Pick up and drop from Patlikuhl bus stand, Manali
- Stay in 2-3 men tents during trek.
- All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian)
- Services of experienced MOI/ BMC qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide
- Kitchen equipment, cook and helper
- All the Camping arrangements
- Porterage – pony/porter for your personal belongings (in the luxury package)
- Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
- All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps
- ‘Leave No Traces’ protocol charges.
- Cost of travel to and from Manali from your city
- Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical)
- Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
- Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.
- Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
- Nominal cost for bonfire, barbeque and all meals at Mountaineerz base in Haripur (choice of veg/ non-veg).
- Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.
- porterage @INR. 500 per day in case trekkers need porter/pony
- Region: Parvati Valley
- Maximum Altitude: 4182 m/ 13800 ft
- Best Season: May to October
- Meals: High nutrition Vegetarian meals on the trek
- Trek Distance: 48 km.
Advisory about activity –
- We suggest guests arrive at our base in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali on the Naggar road, the night before the start of the trek.
- All guests are welcome to stay with compliments at Mountaineerz Base in Haripur, Manali in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go paragliding, rafting or angling and later interact with the team over BBQ and bonfire (**) before commencing the trek next morning and also on the day of return.
- Stay in Manali can be upgraded to 4-5* hotel/ cottage on prior notice. Stay and meals cost as applicable.
- If coming straight to our base in Haripur get down at Patlikuhl bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand.
- Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
- Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe.
- Do not litter the environment. Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered or burned and should be carried back.
We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change.
- From confirmation up to 30 days prior to departure - 10% of the total amount payable would be charged
- Between 15 - 29 days – 50% would be refunded
- Less than 15 days prior to departure 100%.
In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis.
- All programs are subject to change due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.
- Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
- Mountaineerz might be forced to change/modify the itinerary and also reserves the right to do so, due to unforeseen disruptions by natural forces. If any costs increase due to this change, the client would be requested to pay the additional amount in Manali.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Some of our own trek leaders are qualified, experienced ladies. All treks are extremely safe for ladies and we have a lot of solo clients who are ladies.
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You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.
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There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols.
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Our trip will start from the base camp in Haripur, 14 km short of Manali. If you are travelling by Volvo bus, you are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhal bus stand and we will receive you from there and drive you to the base camp
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The water during the trip is fresh and it is recommended to carry your personal reusable water bottles and filters as well.