Sar Pass Trek in Kullu Manali Valley Himalaya of Himachal Pradesh

395 views 1
 Article Cover Image


  • Trek starting point: Manikaran
  • Trek ending point: Manikaran
  • Peak height : 4250 mts / 13940 ft
  • Trek distance : Around 100 Km round trip
  • Time to trek : 7 - 8 Days
  • Camping site : At the base camps

How to Reach

  • By Road: The nearest major bus station is Kullu (25 Km) and Kullu is very well connected by buses and cabs to all major north indian cities including Delhi (550 Km), Chandigarh (310 km), Shimla (300 Km)  and Ambala (300 km). You get buses / cabs to Kasol.
  • By Rail:The closest railheads are at Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (300 km). You get buses / cabs to Kullu. It takes around 8 hrs. Kasol is an hour drive from Kullu.
  • By Air: Bhuntar, which is 25 km away from Kasol, is the nearest airport. Delhi is the major nearest airport, which is about 565 km away from Manali. Delhi airport is well connected with all major cities in India and many cities abroad. Also you can walk to the rafting spot from the Bhuntar airport which is around 5-6 Km away.

Things to Carry

1. Day Pack (Ruck sack)
2. Cap (Sun hat)
3. Trekking (Hiking) boots with anklets
4. Raincoat or Poncho
5. Small Towel
6. Water Bottle
7. Sun cream / Cold Cream / Lip cream
8. Torch (Flash) light
9. Change of thermal wear / clothes / underwears / Socks
10. Woolen clothes and wollen Socks
11. Batteries
12. Toiletries
13. Light weight wind sheeter / Jacket / Pullover (Sweater)
14. Slippers or Sandals


Himachal Pradesh is richly endowed with diverse attractions for all kinds of adventure sports in addition to picturesque scenic spots. Breathtakingly enchanting trekking areas are spread over Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges between 1500 nits. to 6000 nits. It is an extremely thrilling experience to go through the low scrub land, paddy field, vast expanses strewn with pine needles, sprawling oakjungles, the majestic Himalayan cedar trees (Deodar) and the swift rivers with ice cold water. Trekking in Himachal is bound to be a memorable experience because of the complete sense of communion with nature as well as the great warmth of mingling with gentle hill folks.

The Sar Pass is in Parvati Valley of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, a state of India. A trek to Sar Pass is organised every year by Youth Hostels Association of India. One batch of 40 to 50 persons starts everyday from 1 May to 31 May. This is one of the most challenging and difficult treks offered by Youth Hostels of India over the years. Sar, in local dialect, means a lake. While trekking, across the path from Tila Lotni to Biskeri Ridge, one has to pass by a small, (normally) frozen lake (Sar) and hence the name Sar Pass Trek.

Conducted by youth hostels of India YHAI for a long time with Grahan (7,700 ft) being the first camp after Kasol, followed by Padri (8,900 ft), Ratapani (10,700 ft), Nagaru (12,500 ft), Biskeri Thatch (11,000 ft), and Bhandak Thatch (8,000 ft). Only since 2007, this route has been changed. Camps were made on the ridge, which could be seen from naked eyes even starting from Grahan. It generally used to be covered in snow with frequent snowfalls even during May. For the Last 8 years before 2011 the Trek to Sar Pass from the Kasol Valley Base Camp use to go through the Unchdhar, Sheela Village, Gauna Pani, Faul Pani,Zirmi, Tila Lotni - Sar Pass, Biskeri Bandhak Thatch Route, But the Old Trek Route from the Grahan Village restarted from 2011.

Day 1: Takeover from Delhi airport and if your flight is landing in day- we travel for Chandigarh which is 5-6 hrs drive from airport. Hotel stay at Chandigarh.

Day 2: Traveling from Chandigarh to Report at Base Camp (Seobagh).

Day 3: Acclimatisation & Orientation.

Day 4: Trek to Grahan. Gradual walking in mountains. Stay in tented accommodation. 4-5 hrs walk.

Day 5: Trek to Ming Thach. Gradual walking in mountains. 4-5 hrs walking- stay in tented accommodation.

Day 6: Trek to Nagaru. Short walk-slow ascent. 3-4 hrs walking in high altitudes- stay at tented accommodation.

Day 7: Trek to Biskeri. 3-4 hrs of walking- tented accommodation.

Day 8: Trek to Bhandak Thach. SARPASS

Day 9: Trek to Base Camp (Seobagh).

Source: Him Adventures / YHAI