Sar Pass is an excellent beginner’s trip. It’s ideal for individuals who wish to see a variety of terrain. The walk begins in Kasol, a destination for travelers from all over the world that draws enormous weekend crowds, many of whom are city kids looking for a taste of the bohemian lifestyle. There are several lodging alternatives, both budget and high-end, with Israeli, Continental, Indian, and Chinese cuisines to select from.
Itinerary for a Short Trip
- The Sar Pass trek is perfect for first-timers.
- Hike through forests, meadows, and small towns.
- Climb to the 13,799-foot summit of Sar Pass for breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountains.
- The walk begins in Kasol, a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.
- This trail sees a lot of visitors on weekends.
Information on the Trail
The first day is spent traveling from Kasol to the town of Grahan.
- Time took: 4-5 hours Distance covered: 10 km
- The trail from Kasol to Grahan is well-marked and follows the Grahan nalah through the woodland. It begins in Kasol’s center and continues to the true left of Allah. The trail is simple to follow and is commonly utilized by locals. Because the gradient is gentle, one can easily cover a large area.
- Grahan village green fields –
The trail continues after crossing the salah until abruptly becoming stony and ascending steeply away from the river’s right bank. Although one may be taught to believe that this is not the correct way, one must not follow it.
The trees eventually give place to grass and bushes. Some fields may also be seen, as well as brightly colored tarpaulins. These are improvised stalls with merchants offering tea, omelets, and rhododendron syrup! Rhododendrons (also known as buras) thrive in snow-covered forests.
Day 2: Min Thach to Grahan
- Altitude ranges from 2,350 to 3,400 meters.
- 7-kilometer distance
- Time to complete: 4-5 hours
- A trail leads north from the Grahan camping area, gently ascending. This is where you’ll find Min Thac
The view opens up after a time, and a guide can point out Min Thach, Nagaru, and Sar Top on the mountain to the right. The trail also gets steeper as it heads deeper into the woods.
- Hail Storm on the way to Minthach on the Sar Pass Trek
After a while, you’ll find yourself in a dark forest with very little sunshine due to the heavy canopy. It allows the body to acclimate and warm up for the upcoming adventure. Experienced trekkers, on the other hand, can start early from Kasol, stop for an early lunch at Grahan, and arrive in Min Thach after midday.
Day 3: Nagaru to Min Thach
- Altitude ranges from 3,400 to 3,800 meters.
- 8-kilometer distance
- Time to complete: 4-6 hours
- As the crow flies, Nagaru appears to be a short distance away from Min Thach, but the route does not follow the ridge-line straight up; instead, it veers up to the south (looking up at the cliffs, towards the right) and into the woods. Snow may fall here depending on the weather.
- After a short way, one reaches another ridge-line, this one stony and overlooking a verdant field in the distance. The ridge climbs steeply to the left (eastward) to the cliffs where Nagaru is perched.
The campsite of Min Thach and the settlement of Grahan may be seen below, to the left.
Nagaru – Sar Pass – Biskeri Thach (Day 4)
- 3,800 m – 4,200 m – 3,350 m m m m m m m m m m m m
- 14-kilometer distance
- Time commitment: 6–8 hours
- The previous day’s hike should have prepared you for today’s long hike; you should employ the same methods today. The ascent to Sar Pass follows the ridge-line in a southerly direction and is difficult at times.
- The view opens up to the east, revealing the steep hills of the Tosh valley. The white blanket of snow spreads to the south, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the highest of which appears to be within reach. However, reaching the summit would take several hours, and there would be a significant distance to go before reaching the next camp.
10 Sar Pass route towards the left – Sar Pass
- Ascending the Sar Pass
- The trail continues southeast, away from the high terrain, following the contours of the hill. Walking through deep valleys on the left requires caution.
- Biskeri Thach to Bursheni, Day 5
- Altitude ranges from 3,350 to 2,400 meters.
- 10 kilometers
- Time to complete: 4-5 hours
- A steep trail descends from Biskeri, keeping to the left of the creek. After some time has passed, cross the stream and walk across a fenced-in area.
There are numerous routes here, and only a guide can tell you which one is the right one, which runs northeast. After having a fantastic time descending through the deep forest, look for a creek crossing with a tent site across it.