Sarpass Trek – Snow-capped Mountains
Sarpass trek, Have you watched this song, “Aajara Bhavre…?” (Poo pookum osai in Tamil) from the movie “Sapney”. Well. After seeing that song which was taken in snow-capped mountains, one of the dreams I always had was about going to such a place. Thanks to Youth Hostels Association of India and SARPASS. We were a group of six people who decided to go on this trek. Raj, Sambath and I from Coimbatore, Nagaraj, Santosh and Sachin from Bangalore. So this blog is just about that.
What is SARPASS? Sarpass is one of the most popular trails of the Shivalik range of the mighty Himalayas.
- Where? It is in the beautiful Parvati valley of Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh.
- Why? Trek is something our group always loved. Mountains, Fresh air, weight loss… hahaha. You know what I mean.
- How? Simple. Login to YHAIndia.
- When? It happens every year in the month of May. Each batch consists of 50 people. Do the math.
- How much? 11D/10N (FeeRs4450+Online Bkg.ChrgsRs223)
Our way of travel: Coimbatore – Delhi – Chandigarh (by train). Chandigarh to Bhuntar (taxi) and from Bhuntar to Kasol ( a vegetable truck! That was fun!###!) And Kasol was our base camp. We went for water rafting (first time for most of us!!) before reaching base camp.
Day 1 : Reporting at Base Camp, Youth Hostel Kasol.
We reached very late on that night. Nothing to complain. Dinner was ready and with stomach rumbling for food we lashed out the plate clean. Rest time.
Day 2 : Acclimatization and Orientation.
We were taken to a field nearby for morning exercise. To be honest it was difficult to bend body in so many ways, many of us have not yet explored. Hahaha. So it was tiring. After breakfast, we climbed up a small hill for acclimatization. We had the orientation in the evening and that doesn’t say much about the trek really.
Day 3 : Rock climbing and rappelling.
This was an exciting day. We were taken to a huge rock where the trainers explained what rock climbing and rappelling is and made us do it. This was incredible. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We had culturals in the evening where we sang and danced. So here starts the trek. I have been to truly wonderful places and made many treks before. But none like Sarpass.
The following was the schedule:
Day 4 : Trek to Youth Hostel Grahan (Ht 7,700 ft,9 kms, 5hrs).
Day 5 : Trek to Youth Hostel Padri (Ht 9,300 ft,9 kms, 6 hrs).
Day 6 : Trek to Youth Hostel Ratapani (11,200 ft,10 kms, 6 hrs).
This was the most crucial part of the trek. It was pouring heavily and the previous batch has returned down advising us not to go. The rain was insane and nonstop. So most of them from our batch SP-8 decided to go down to the base camp. Then we 17 of us, THE VALIANT Heroes.. Taratatata…. (with drums beating decided that we will go up, come what may. With slogans, SP 8 Hum Chadenge Saath Saath. ( meaning we will climb together) and Hara hara Mahadev, we made our trek. Indra, the rain God decided to rest for some time. It became sunny and it never rained again later. (Hurray…!!!). It was a difficult trek. However, songs, slogans and stories made us keep going.
Day 7 : Trek to Youth Hostel Nagaru (12,500ft, 8 kms,5 hrs).
Snow, snow everywhere is all I remember. I have seen enough of snow for my life time… LOL! The toughest of the trek is yet to come. To climb up a mountain, come down and again go up another huge mountain that is all SNOW!! (I was literally shouting, that I am going back to base camp… haha). With the help of our guides we somehow made it. Then came the sliding. Yipppeeee!! That was so much of fun to just slide down. Falling on one another. I fell on a small river source, while sliding down. Shoes got wet and swear words were exchanged with the person who pushed me.
So WE DID IT!!!
Day 8 : Trek to Youth Hostel Beskari (11,000ft,14 kms, 8 hrs).
After a few minutes’ walk we reached this camp. Brushing teeth and Bathing was a luxury for the last few days of the trek. So as soon as we reached that s what happened. We felt CLEAN. Even though they had toilets (kind of), we preferred going outside. (Go Hell with SwarchBharat. Man! It was so cool and relaxing!!! Hahaha) We decided to skip Bhandak Thatch (8,000ft,12 kms, 6 hrs) and went down directly to Barshani and then took a cab to Kasol.
What to look for in this trek?
New friends, delicious food, Eggs, Bournvita, Tomato Soup and loads of fun. Hats off to YHAI for organising such a wonderful trek. Besides packed lunch, you also get to eat Maggi and Omelette. (Higher the altitude, higher the price is the norm).
Special thanks to our photographers: Santosh Shet, Arun Karanth and Sambath.
This is one of the most memorable trips that will stay in our hearts for longer. Playing cards, word games and meaning, Whoosh, ho, zap.. hahaha..midnight stories, Songs, Dance, treks, bathing in the waterfalls, frequent fights about who has to go get the breakfast, tea or bournvita in that cold weather.. haha.. These will linger little longer…
See you soon.. YHAI… ciao!!!