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Sar Pass Himalayan Trek

Special Tour 6 Night/7Days Availability: 2020-05-16
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh 175105, India

Sar Pass, although a moderate trek, is a perfect one for beginners. The trek starts from 1650 meters and raises to an altitude of 4180 meters. Although the climb is tiring at some moments but one gets rewarded by beautiful green meadows, quaint villages, views of snow-covered mountains and the amazing slide after the pass. This trail offers a gamut of experiences to trekkers. The trek demands a level of fitness and the minimum age is 14 years to participate.


Geographical information
  • Region : Himachal Pradesh
  • Duration : 6N/7D Days
  • Grade : Moderate
  • Max Altitude :13,800 Ft
  • Starting point : Kasol
  • End point : Kasol

Trek Schedule in brief
  • Day 1: Travel from Delhi to Manali. (Participants will reach delhi by their own).  Board semi sleeper Volvo bus from R.K.Ashram Marg, New Delhi by 5 PM for Manali.
  • Day 2: Report at Kasol. After freshening up and breakfast acclimatization walk to Chalal village. Post lunch orientation for the trek will be given. In the evening we will have an ice breaking session.
  • Day 3: The trek commences for Grahan from Kasol at 7 AM. The trek is moderate with normal gradient and steep ascend in the end for Grahan village. Overnight at Grahan in tents. Trek Duration: 6 hours. Level: Moderate.
  • Day 4: The trek from Grahan to Min Thach goes through some dense Himalayan Forest. We will start the trek by 8 AM. Overnight in tents at Min Thach. Trek Duration: 6 hours. Level: Moderate.
  • Day 5: The trek from Min Thach to Nagaru is short but steep and gets above tree line. Overnight stay in tents at Nagaru. Trek Duration: 4 hours. Level: Moderate.
  • Day 6: The trek from Nagaru to Biskeri Thach is a long trek via Sar Pass and goes through long snow patch. Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours. Level: Moderate.
  • Day 7: Descend from Biskeri Thach to Barshaini takes around 5 hours and is a steep descend.
  • Day 8: Arrival at New Delhi by 9 AM.

Mandatory Documents:
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar card)
  • Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
  • NOC form (by trekker)

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
  • Stay for male and female are separate throughout the program.

  • Medical certificate, duly signed by MBBS doctor, is mandatory for participating in all the events.

  • Participation in any of the Himalayan trekking program require a level of fitness. One who is participating in any of such events should do a minimum of two weeks of preparation.

  • Trekking shoes is compulsory.

  • Participants should check “Things to Carry list” which includes all personal clothing and other trekking accessories.

  • Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited.

  • Buying drugs or any illegal material is strictly prohibited. Participant found in possession of any of such items, will be detained and handed over to government authority.

  • Instructions from Guide should be strictly followed.

  • The Kayakers will carry first aid kit all the day of trek. Still, every participant need to carry their personal medication.

  • Note- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem in your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.


Package Cost Includes
  • Volvo tickets | Semi Sleeper (Delhi to Manali and Manali to Delhi
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Camping charges
  • Trekking equipment
  • Gaiters
  • Safety equipment
  • Expert trek Leaders
  • Expert Trek Support Team
  • Cloakroom service to deposit your extra luggage.

NOT INCLUDED
  • Meal during bus journey
  • Any personal expense
  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal toiletry Items
  • Bottled water
  • Cost of Emergency

Things to carry:
  • Trekking shoes: Carry water proof trekking shoes good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  •  Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dri-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dri-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Water proof hand gloves: Carry water proof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Day pack (20 litres): You will need this to carry water bottles, lunch box and personal medical kit in case you decide to offload your backpack.
  • Lunch box and water bottle: Every participant should have their personal lunch box and good water bottle.

Cancellation Policy

Option 1: Replacement

One Month Prior to Event Date: If you can manage to provide replacement for this trek then you will get 90% refund on trek fees (INR 13500).

Less than 30 day to 15 Days to Event date: If you can manage to provide replacement for this trek then you will get 70% refund on trek fees (INR 13500)

Less than 15 days to Event date: If you can manage to provide replacement for this trek then you will get 50% refund on trek fees (INR 11500) and flight charges will not be refunded.

Option 2: Refund

  • One Month Prior to Event Date: INR 10000
  • Less than 30 day to 15 Days to Event date: INR 8000
  • Less than 15 days to Event date: No Refund
  • Note: For cancellation email at mailtokayakers@gmail.com. Cancellations will not be over phone.
  • If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), The Kayakers will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year

Please note below points

Emergency during trek
In case of any emergency The Kayakers will take necessary measures for your return to the base camp. A staff will accompany you. He may not be some trained personnel. Doctors do not go along with a team. ‘The Kayakers’ leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. Registering for this trek is an understanding that you are aware of related difficulties on a high-altitude trek.

Safety

Our camp leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, blood pressure. Camp leader reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with our camp leaders. Your trek leader will also be carrying medical kit which includes basic first aid and high-altitude sickness medicines and will also be carrying an oxygen cylinder throughout the trek.

Route change/postponement/delay/completing the trek earlier

Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage.

Toilets

Separate toilet tents for gents and ladies will be pitched at every campsite. Do not carry sanitary napkins or wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you.

Non-liability

‘The Kayakers’ is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.

Drinking and smoking:

Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited. Buying drugs or any illegal material is strictly prohibited, the participant will be detained and handed over to government authority.

Other Conditions & Indemnity:

I am aware that participating in adventure sports like kayaking, cycling, trekking, climbing and rappelling has some inherent risks of illness, injury or death. This may be a result of the negligence of others, myself, forces of nature or other agencies known or unknown. Rescue and medical services may not be able to reach me in time.
I hereby fully assume all risk of illness, injury or death, and The Kayakers, its owners, employees, consultants, agents and associates from all actions, claims or demands from any damages resulting out of my participation in this sporting event. This obligation is binding upon me personally as well as on my heirs, executors, administrators, assigns and all members of my family.
I hereby authorize any medical treatment deemed necessary in the event of any emergency, injury or mishap. I agree to bear all costs of rescue and/or medical services that may be incurred on my behalf.
I recognize that as the provider of services, The Kayakers will operate under a covenant of good faith and fair dealing, but that it may be necessary to terminate any event or adventure excursion due to forces of nature, medical necessities or other reasons. I accept their right to take such actions for the safety of all participants including me.
I understand that though precautions will be taken to provide a safe and enjoyable experience, there can be no guarantee of absolute safety against illness, injury and/or accident and that there are grave and unpredictable elements of risk in any adventure, sport or activity associated with the outdoors.
I agree that any film or photographs of me as a participant becomes the property of The Kayakers and may be used for promotional and commercial purposes.

Itinerary of Sarpass Trek – May 2020
  • Day 1: Travel to Delhi. Departure from New Delhi by 5 PM for Kasol.
    Participants will reach Delhi by their own. Participants have to board their bus from R K Ashram Marg, New Delhi at 5:00 pm. Make sure your train/flight arrives in Delhi before 1:00 pm so there is enough buffer time to board your bus. Meals are not covered during bus travel.

    Day 2: Registration and Orientation at Kasol

    We will get down at Bhuntar from the Volvo by 6 AM and will take other transportation for Kasol(32 kms from Bhuntar). Participants can use this day for acclimatization in Kasol by trekking till Chalal village. Orientation regarding the trek will be given which will cover information like Rucksack packing, marching technique and medical awareness after evening snacks. Participants have to submit NOC and Medical certificate to the coordinator in evening.

    Day 3: Trek to Grahan village ( 6-7 hours)

    Trek will commence at 7AM. Reporting place will be Namaste Café.  All the participants will have to be on time. The trek starts from the centre of Kasol and keeps to the true left of the Grahan nalah. The trail is easy and frequently used by locals.

    The trail goes through lovely pine forests. The ascend is gentle and easy. One can effortlessly cover much distance in a couple of hours. After Grahan nalah the trail becomes rocky and climbing uphill, away from the right bank of the river. Buras (Rhododendrons) grows in the forest here. After a steep climb of about an hour, one reaches the village of Grahan, situated at the top. Overnight stay in tents at Grahan.

    Day 4: Grahan to Min Thach ( 5-6 hours)

    In the morning we climb towards the north of camping ground at Grahan. Villagers can be seen using this path for

    Min Thach. After walking for a while, one can see Min Thach, Nagaru, and Sar Top on the mountain to the right. The trail also becomes steeper and leads into the woods. The slope becomes steeper and the path is confusing in some places. After crossing the forest we arrive to Min Thach. Overnight in tents at Min Thach.

    Day 5: Min Thach to Nagaru (4 hours)

    Trek from Min Thach to Nagaru  is a short but difficult part. The slope falls steeply to the valley. After crossing steep slope for a couple of hours, one finally reaches Nagaru campsite. Facing north, one can see magnificent mountains across the Parvati valley. Night is very cold due to the chilling wind.  It is advisable to sleep early to avoid cold and the next day involves an early start.

    Day 6: Nagaru to Biskeri Thach via Sar Pass ( 7-8 hours)

    Next day we have to make an early start, as the climb is steep through the snow. Sar pass and the elevated peaks of the Tosh valley are now visible.

    As one reaches the top, the view is exhilarating. After that the slide is the most fun and completely safe as long as some precautions are taken. The slide takes one as far as a kilometre to a gentler slope of the valley. Valley arrives after walking for an hour from Sar Pass. We will then continue the trek through some dense rhododendron bushes  towards Biskeri Thach campsite. Overnight stay in tents at Biskeri Thach.

    Day 7: Biskeri Thach to Barshaini and drive back to Kasol base camp ( 4-5 hours). Departure from Kasol.

    Biskeri presents a sublime view of the pine forests, the majestic mountains and the lovely grasslands. From Biskeri we will descend towards Pulga village. The descend is easy and takes around 4-5 hours to reach Pulga. From Pulga we will continue to descend to cross Parvati river and then climb to reach village Barshaini.

    Drive back to Kasol and departure for Delhi by 6 PM.

    Day 8: Arrival at New Delhi by 9 AM.

    Participants will have to manage own transport from New Delhi.

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