Trekking in the Himalayas is a whole new different experience in itself. From facing the challenges where you need to push your limits to embracing the bountiful beauty of nature that mountains have to offer; one can have it all in the laps of Himalayan ranges.
Sar pass stands to be one of the known trails in Shivalik range of Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the altitude of 14000 ft, this is an ideal trail for the beginners who want to start their trekking journey with a moderate trek. It covers all kinds of terrains, starting from meadows, forests, snow-covered mountains, isolated villages, glacier streams and more; Sar pass will offer you a little bit of every dish that nature has to offer. Amidst the divine views of Himalayan ranges, you will find yourself comfortable in the tranquillity of nature and gamut of adventures in this trek.
The story of Sar Pass
The name of Sar pass originated from the word sar which means lake in a local dialect of Himachal. Thus, the Sar Pass trek has rooted its name from a lake that travelers pass through during their journey. However, it usually remains frozen.
Sar valley is abundant in lakes and is surrounded by a skyline of mountains, waterfalls, steep climbs, perennial streams, green meadows and dense forests. If you want to stay close to nature and challenge adrenaline rush with the adventures of a lifetime or even lay back and have a peaceful vacation, this is the seventh heaven for you.
The best way to reach Dehradun is by taking an overnight train or a deluxe bus from New Delhi. The way from Dehradun to Sankri is about 210 km and takes around 11 hrs of journey. This journey would take you through Mussoorie, a scintillating hill station. It would take about 12 hours to reach Sankri and you may relax here to brace yourself for the main trek that begins the next day. At Sankri, a village of around 250 houses, you'd find local people and trekkers preparing themselves at the base camp.
Witness the life at the Himalayas
There is something about the small idyllic villages of the Himalayas that attract the travellers with it solitary environment and simplicity in the life which inhabitants live there. Even though people here witness the grandeur of Himalayan beauty every single day, the harshness of the climate and hardships to survive in the mountains have become the part and parcel of their pahadi lives. Completing the Sar Pass trek gives you a slight glimpse into the Himalayan life and gives you an entirely different perspective of survival and contentment.
The pathway of ascent
The first line of the trek begins from Kasol valley. Kasol is a backpacker's paradise. Every month, plenty of backpackers visit Kasol to rejuvenate themselves by soaking in the bohemian lifestyle of the place and most of them happen to be foreign visitors. Kasol valley sits calmly in between the snow-capped mountains and gracefully spread pine forests. Apart from the Sar Pass Trek, Kasol is the base camp for most of the treks in Parvati valley. In fact, some people also refer Kasol as the little Israel of India because of the abundance of Israelis who stay in the valley and the availability of delicious Israeli food here. The breathtaking beauty of Kasol valley should be witnessed wholly during the sunrise when the whole valley beams up like molten gold.
The trail starts after about an hour of driving through the lovely meadows. The last bit of the trail is rocky and steep which needs to be covered on foot. The base camp is set at an isolated village called Grahan, this place can easily be one of the most picturesque villages of India. With primaeval views of Himalayas and hundreds of rhododendron trees surrounding the same, the ascent from here is an absolute treat to your eyes. Trekkers are advised to slowly cover this trail by soaking in all the beauty that it has to offer in order to get acclimatized well.
The next camp stop is Minh Thach, the grazing ground for the local livestock. Needless to say, it is full of lush green meadows spreading across miles and miles. The last campsite right before reaching Sar pass is Nagaru. As you ascend towards this site, the wind starts getting colder as the temperature starts to drop drastically.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.