Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) organizes Sar pass trek YHAI annually in the month of May and June. The sar pass trek is a very famous trek offered by YHAI among other well-known treks in the Himalayas. The bookings for the trek open in late November or early December. Because of its high demand and popularity, the seats get full by the end of January.
Sar Pass Trek Height and Distance
Zirmi gives a view of Rudra naag top. Trekkers have to cross Rukhau and Bakkar area. The fourth higher camp is located at Tila Lotni, below Sar peak. You have to cross Tila lotni peak to pass the Sar peak. The height of this place is same as that of Rohtang pass nearly 14000 ft. On sliding down for about 1 to 2 km on the snow and walking down the hill, trekkers reach the fifth higher camp Biskeri thatch. The sixth is located in an excellent location called Bhandak thatch. It is as a mini Switzerland.
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Sar Pass Trek Things to Carry
Buy trekking shoes that are highly recommended by trekkers in India as these shoes work well and you will have no incidents of slipping or pain at all. Also, keep a pair of sandals and sleepers to move around the camps.
For a minimum backpack weight carry only two sets of clothes. Do not carry towel as small napkins will be better. You can wrap hygiene sheet given by YHAI to change clothes.
Carry at least 3 pairs of undergarments, also take body warmer; as this helps when the temperature drops during the night and early morning. Do not wear them while trekking. Keep 3 pairs of cotton socks.
4- Trekking stick/pole
Buy trekking sticks online or when you are heading towards Grahan, you can buy the wooden sticks.
5- Tiffin and mug
No need to carry a plate when you have tiffin box, spoon and mug. YHAI provides packed lunch every day.
6- Rain Coat
The Himalayan weather is very unpredictable without raincoat; your body temperature can suddenly go down. You can use windcheater or raincoat, or poncho.
7- Sun cap and sun glasses
Buy any good sun cap or YHAI sun cap at the base camp. The sun glasses should be polarized or dark in the shade. The UV protection layer helps during snow trekking.
Buy sunscreen with SPF 30 or above. It will save you from rashes and other skin problems.
Carry all medications you require. Take strongest pills available for upset tummy and lose motions. Along with this carry a good pain balm, pain killers, band aids, anti-vomiting tablets. (Avoid carrying spray). ORS, Glucose powder and tablets help to tackle dehydration.
10- Electronic items
Torches as you are not going to get any electricity in camps. Also carry some extra batteries. For smartphone take a good power bank with at least 10000mah capacity. People with digital cameras should keep extra batteries.
Accommodation and Itinerary
Accommodation at a nominal cost is provided to the members by YHAI Hostels. The members can avail all the modern facilities. YHAI ensures the best quality food to the members to satisfy their taste buds. Hygiene maintenance has always been YHAI’s commitment.
How to Reach
Reaching Kasol base camp
You can reach Bhutar town, by taking buses from Chandigarh or Delhi. There are many private and public transport buses and you can book any bus heading to Manali. Kullu is also the nearest large bus station.
HRTC non-AC bus and AC-Volvo bus takes you to Bhuntar from Delhi. You can book HRTC buses from web portal. The overnight bus takes around 12 to 13 hours to reach to Bhuntar. Yhai Sar Pass Trek also runs Manali-Delhi bus service. Once you reach Bhuntar, look for buses to Manikaran/Kasol. The ride is almost 2 to 3 hours long.