The Sar pass trek, offering an absolute escapade and is recommended for beginners and moderate level trekkers. It routes through a series of scenic meadows and forests coupled with steep rocky terrain and long snow patches. The trek also tests one’s mental endurance. Trek route originates from Kasol and goes through Grahan, Ratta Pani, Nagaru and Barshaini.
Drive from Kasol to Barshaini .It is a small old village. Barshaini is starting point. Trail is easy to navigate and is frequently used by villagers. The trail is with gentle slope and after crossing the river stream or “Nala” the trail becomes little rocky and steep. Grahan Village is a beautiful village with traditional old houses and surrounded by Rhododendron trees.
The trail to Min Thach is commonly used by locals to access their farms or cattle. This dense forest trail goes all the way to Min Thach. After trekking for a couple of hours we find ourselves in Min Thach. “Thach“means meadow in the local language, much like ‘Kanda’ or ‘Bugyal’ it is where the villagers bring their cattle to graze.
We start early in the morning for Nagaru and today it is going to be a bit longer as the some parts of the trail will be under snow. The first leg of today’s trek can be a little adventurous and tricky in case of snow. In the second leg of the trek, we reach a welcoming hill top. This is the Nagaru campsite.
Rise early morning do some stretching exercise and have healthy breakfast and get ready for the long day to trek to Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass. We follow the ridge line in southward direction. It is steep in some sections. Climbing up, we keep the pace slow and steady. After climbing for a couple of hours we reach Sar Pass. Towards your east you’ll be able to see the peaks of Tosh valley. Spend some quality time at Sar Pass Top and have your packed lunch and start the downhill trek to Biskeri Thatch. While descending you can slide through some sections.
After breakfast we descent from Biskeri Thach, taking the dense forest trail. The forest opens up when we reach Pulga. The descent is steep in some patches and rocky in others. It is surrounded by enchanting grassland and dry channels of woods. From Pulga we will continue to descend to cross Parvati River and then climb to reach village Barshaini. From Barshaini, drive to Kasol.