Sar Pass, called so because of the frozen lake at the pass, is a trek that has been done by adventurists for more than two decades. Sar Pass offers eternal beauty, tranquility and adventure. It is a complete package which begins with dense forest cover, the green pastures with grazing sheep, snow covered mountains, steep ridges, the frozen lake and 100 ft snow slides.
Sar Pass is considered a good trek for beginners as it usually spans over 8 days and gradually increases in height. The trek is generally done via Grahan village to Barsheini. When I went to Sar Pass, we took a totally different route which had little to no trekkers en-route, was more tougher, steeper and certainly increased the difficulty level. For those who have a ton of energy but lesser leaves, this 5 days route can help you scratch Sar Pass off your bucket list. Read below to know about the lesser known path, where to camp and more.
Route - Manikaran - Barsheini - Zirmi - Tila Lautni -Sar pass - Bishkari - Manikaran
Height - 14000 ft
Trek distance - ~40 kms
Difficulty - Moderate to difficult (this route)
Time - 5 days
Best time - Summer months
Day 1 - Report at base camp Manikaran, 5700 feet.