5 Reasons to go on the Sar Pass Trek
Sar Pass is in the Pin Parvathi valley, located in Kulu of Himachal Pradesh. Sar means Lake. It flows with you while you trek along this path. Hence it got its name as Sur Pass. The highest elevation of the Sar pass trek is about 4,220 feet above sea level. For trek lovers Sar pass trek is obligatory for the following reasons.
1. PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS
For first time trekkers and kids Sar pass trek is the best to begin with. Its duration is about eight days covering an average of 10 kilometers per day which is not at all difficult even for people with average fitness. Beginners with minimum fitness level should definitely try this trek for their adventurous trip to the Himalayas. If you think this is not perfect for your age group, just head over here and get to see people of all ages ranging from 14 to 60 completing this trek. Age is definitely not a bar.
2. COMFORTABLE TRANSPORT
There are many ways to reach this trek location which makes it convenient for those who would hesitate to go on the trek just because their treks start off from remote places which sometimes be not very easily accessible. Sar Pass trek at YATA-India starts from Kasol, which is very easily accessible.
Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is about 10 kms from Kulu. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport. Air India, Himalayan Bulls along with Deccan chargers have regular flights in the routes of Kullu-Chandigarh-Kullu and Delhi-Bhuntar-Delhi. And the nearest international airport is Chandigarh airport.
Rail: The nearest railway station to Kasol is Chandigarh (275 kms). Pathankot (325kms) and Kalka (310 kms) are other railway stations. The nearest narrow gauge railway station is in Jogindar Nagar (135 kms).
Road: Bhuntar, which is 30 kms from Kasol, can be reached from different pathways. One of them is from Delhi by national highway NH1 up to Ambala and then NH22 up to Chandigarh. Then shift to NH21 which passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu. The total distance from Delhi to Manali is 566 kms and Chandigarh to Manali is 316 kms by road. Private travels and buses are available in abundant in this area.
3. COST EFFECTIVE
Trekking and other adventure sports in India are quite costly. But a trek to Sar Pass doesn’t burn a big hole into your pockets. YATA-India charge ₹6895/head for Sar Pass Trek which is definitely worth every rupee even to an avid trekker. Few people skip trekking or camping due to a reason called 'Overpriced'. Trust me your experience is lot more extortionate than the price.
4. LANDSCAPES AND NATURE’S BEAUTY
The views of Landscapes during this trek are a prime attraction. During sunset you can view the vibrant rainbow colours in misty shades across the mountains. Along your trek you will be walking in the mid valley surrounded by snow tipped Glaciers. Sar pass is also famous for its rarely found butterflies. Lycaena, Albulia mellica, Aulocera swaha, Dodona durga, Heliophorus sena, Lofty bath, Parnassius are some of the rare breeds of butterflies. Along with the butterflies, beautiful birds like the colourful Monal, Lophura Leucomelanos, Bonelli's Eagle, Great Barbet, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Himalayan Griffon, Himalayan Woodpecker, Lammergeier and the Slaty Headed Parakeet are also found in this region.
5. AN ALL SEASON TREK
Be it any season, Sar pass trek does not lose its charm. In winters you to get to see the frozen Sar Lake. You can walk on the snow and you can have a beautiful view of snow-capped glaciers and have ice sliding walls. Where as in summer the white trails turn green. You can see the foliage of the meadows, forests and quaint villages. The flora and fauna found in this place can be seen nowhere in the world but here.