After completing 48 years in Himalayan Trekking, Youth Hostels Association of India once again brings the National Himalayan Trekking cum Training Expedition– SAR Pass, 2019, in the beautiful Parvati valley of Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh. SAR Pass is one of the most popular trails of the Shivalik range of the mighty Himalayas. SAR Pass Trail offers an opportunity to enjoy the exquisite beauty of the Parvati valley with Kasol, Nagaru, Biskeri and Manikaran as its beauty spots.
Reporting Dates: 50 participants in each reporting date between 1st May to 10th June -2019
Range: Parvati Valley, Kullu District of HP
Reporting Point: Kasol Base Camp
Program Includes: Inclusive of Food, Boarding, Medical Insurance and Trekking
Heighest Altitude Gain: 12,500 feet
Mandatory: Trekking Medical Certificate will be compulsory at the time of reporting only (with 30 days of validity ) duly signed by registered Medical Practitioner (MBBS / MD only) along with his registration no. and stamp.
KANWAR WID LIFE SANCTUARY: The Kanwar Sanctuary was established in February, 1954, and is extended over an expanse of 60.7 square kilometres. Kanwar Sanctuary is home to the rare “”Western Tragopan”” and 200 species of birds and over 30 species of mammals. Amongst the bird population, Cheer Pheasant and White Cheeked Tit are the most prominent which can be seen here. Animals which can be found inside the boundary of the Kanwar Sanctuary are Barking Deer, Serow, Golden Jackal Goral, Leopard, Himalayan Palm Civet, Common Giant Flying Squirrel, Himalayan Weasel and Yellow Throated Marten. Kanwar sanctuary is an ideal place to witness the imposing beauty of the forests and their endless range of wildlife.
Trek Grading: Moderate to Tough These treks generally have around 06 hours of trekking per day and can involve a reasonable amount of ascent and descent touching the altitude around 12000-13000 feet. This grade is suitable for someone who is in good health and who is regular walker. Suitable for anyone who is used to walking on weekends or so, no previous trekking experience is required for this grade.
Flora and Fauna: Because of the complex geography and the great variations in altitude, Kullu is home to an enormous range of species, which span the subtropical to the alpine. The common trees in the Kullu hills belong to the conifer species (deodar, pine, spruce, fir). Several species of medicinal plants like Hath Panja (Dactylorhiza hatageria) and Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata) grow luxuriously in the valley. the Himalayan brown bear and the Himalayan Tahr. The Western Tragopan (the state bird of Himachal Pradesh) and the Monal pheasant are the prominent birds species found in the region.
How To Reach: Our base camp is at Kasol which is linked by road to Kullu via Bhuntar, it is 5 kms short of Manikaran, famouis for hot water springs. Regular bus services and available from Kullu and Bhuntar to reach Kasol. Direct Buses are also available to Manikaran from Chandigarh and other parts of Punjab. Nearest railheads are Chandigarh and Ambala. Nearest airport is Bhuntar. Deluxe, semi deluxe and orginary night/day buses are available from Delhi, Chandigarh and other parts of Punjab till Manikaran. Please visit Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department and Himachal Pradesh Road Transportation website.
Day Wise schedule:
Day 01:- Reporting at Base Camp, Youth Hostel Kasol.
Day 02:- Acclimatization, Orientation and Training.The trekkers will be taken for acclimatization walk followed by the orientation (Opening Address) which includes introduction of YHAI, Do’s and Don’ts in Mountains and brief about the High Altitude Sickness.
Day 03:- Acclimatization Level 2, Medical and Kit Inspection:Trekkers will be taken to acclimatization walk on high altitude followed by medical and Kit Inspection.
Day 04:- Trek to Youth Hostel Grahan Camp (Distence 9 kms, Trek 5hrs)The Village of Grahan located at an altitude of 7700 feet , is a small village situated deep inside the Parvati valley tributaries,
Day 05:- Trek to Youth Hostel Padri Camp ( Trek 6 hrs).The beautiful site at an altitude of 9,300 feet, is surrounded by the forests with the scenic beauty of snowy mountains. This is the Camp where form the High Altitude starts.
Day 06:- Trek to Youth Hostel Mingthatch Camp ( Trek 6 hrs )This camp site touches the altitude of 11,200 feet so trekkers will start feeingl the real taste of High altitude.
Day 07:- Trek to Youth Hostel Nagaru Camp ( Trek 5 hrs)This camp is the highest target of this expedition which touches 12,500 Feet from sea level, and this is the only destination of this expedition where the trekkers will properly expose their body to the towering Altitude.
Day 08:- Trek to Youth Hostel Beskari Camp ( Trek 8 hrs)While descending from Nagaru to Beskari through Sarpass crossing, trekkers will have to start early morning and they will not only enjoy the trek on snow but can get a chance to slide down on snow as well. Sometimes trekkers may also enjoy the snow fall during trek and finally will find relaxed In the Beskari camp which is situated at an altitude of 11,000 feet.
Day 09:- Trek to Youth Hostel Bhandak Thatch Camp (Trek 6 hrs).Bhandak Thatch Camp is situated in a plain ground with green grass bounded by the Deodar and Fir trees at an altitude of 8000 feet where one can take pleasure by playing games in the charming beauty of snowy mountain peaks etc. This is one of the most and last attractive camp site of this expedition.
Day 10:- Short Trek to Barshani & Certificate Distribution and Recreation Activity:Trekkers will have to go for a short trek to reach Barshani which takes less than two hours, Barshani is the road head where from trekkers will be transported by bus to Base Camp Kasol via Manikaran. Manikarn is the world famous tourist spot, the source of the Parvati river, trekkers can also enjoy the bath of spring hot water at Manikarn. After reaching the base camp, by the evening there will be closing ceremony in which the certificates will be distributed among the participants who have successfully completed the trekking expedition.
Day 11:- Check Out: On this day trekkers will have to check out after breakfast immediately.
Note: Route and Schedule of the programme may change without prior notice based on the local condition.