SAR PASS/ BISKERI: D-day had finally arrived. Our camp site was a bit slanted, hence even a few hours of sleep was hard to come by. The camp leader woke us up at 2 AM. By 3 everyone was ready with packed lunch (I packed a lot of cheese slices).
That night so clear that one couldn't even sight a single cloud. The moon was brimming it's light on the entire skyline in the valley. The snow was shining with a bluish hue. For the first time I was overwhelmed by the notion of reaching Sar Pass.
At around 4 AM we started hiking slowly to the top of the hill. It was a cold morning. I was tired but still full of energy. Sipping water at regular intervals and keeping an eye on the snow capped mountain I kept hiking. By 6 AM we were almost at the top and sun had started to rise. We came across a few stretches of ice. It was mid June and ice melts quickly even at this altitude. It was a slippery slope. From such an altitude a fall could have been fatal.
But after all the hikes and all the camps, we were finally there. We came around the Nagaru hill and to the top in 3 hours. And there it was. The barren and cold yet mesmerizing "SAR PASS" . There was a small lake (also referred to as sar from where it gets its name), which was mostly covered in ice.
Once could easily spot every single peak and trails in the parvati valley from Sar Pass. I could spot the Victory peak, Chandarkhani Pass and the big glaciers of Pin Parvati. It was an amazing feeling to be standing there, right at the top. At that moment nothing mattered. I was happy. I hugged my friends clicked a few pictures and started the long walk across the Sar Pass to Biskeri Top.
The trail to Biskeri was a rocky pass. Being June, there was no snow for us to slide on. A trail which generally takes 30 minutes to cover with some sliding on the snow, took us 3 hours by foot. I felt a bit of the altitude for the first time. My head was a bit heavy. We reached our lunch point and I had bid farewell to Sar Pass promising to come visit again. We were still at 12000 ft and sorrouded by glaciers. Sipping water directly from melting glaciers at the top of the peaks was a feeling words couldn't describe.
Tired and exhausted and after hiking for almost 10 hours we reached our next camp site Biskeri, a beautiful camp site sorrouded by GLACIERS AT 11500ft. We had rasana, soup and then some chai. The camp leader gave us a verbal tour of the entire landscape around us. We ended the day after some dinner to get the rest we deserved.