YHAI Sar Pass Saga 2010

As I am back from successfully completion of YHAI Sar Pass trek 2010 SP2 batch. This is a long write-up of me which I am sharing with you about the routines and experience of mine while crossing Sar Pass. One thing before that I want to share with you that I had done this trek from YHAI second time. Earlier I had done the same trek via different route, when I was only 13 and now after 16 years of long period I ad done from different route. As per my memory this route is much tougher then previous one.

What a beautiful and awesome trek it was. We have a group of 57 when we start from Base camp, all of us we know that one trekker will be return back after Guna pani. So we will be 56 after that. Out of that 16 Ladies trekkers and rest Gents. We have age group of 14 to 73 so all age of trekkers we have in our group. Trekkers from all over the India. I met with one guy from Orissa who is traveling with me in the same bus from Delhi and get down at Bhunter. He knows me via Indiamike. Thanks to indiamike who gives me lot of friends. That guy was in SP3, I told him to shift his batch to SP2, and he did the same. Meet with other guys form Goa, Chennai, Gurgaon and all over India. All of them were looking part of my family because we have to spend some next days with each other. Morning time is for some exercise and after that our day begins with fixed and planned schedules.

First day you have to report base camp, some formalities registration and rest whole day is yours to explore the beauty of Kasol small village made for Israelies not for Indians, Manikaran and all near places.

Second day is acclimatization walk, in that you have to put your two blankets and filled water bottle in your rucksack and way towards to climb. At some height we choose our group leader, environment leader. Do some photo shoots here.

Third Day is for Repelling and Rock Climbing. Repelling is mandatory for everyone because you have to do it between Biskeri and Bhadakthatch. Rock Climbing is not mandatory for everyone.

Base Camp to Guna Pani

Fourth day, Actual trek starts from here. Guna Pani is on 8000 feet height, we start our journey form 6500 feet height. Before start we will get warm cheers form other groups. You have to wait for bus here which will take you some place where you have to trek for next seven days.

From here some local villagers sold stick in 10 bucks which will be your good companion in entire trek. We had start for Guna pani, up and downs cross Shila village take some rest, villagers sold buttermilk nice taste. Soon we will reach lunch point take our lunch; villagers sold omlette, maggi juices, tea there. Price list goes higher as we climb higher. I want to enjoy the beauty so I was the slowest one, anyhow all of we reach Gunapani near abt 1.30 or 2.00 noon. Weather was very good at that time so all of we was enjoying there. Suddenly climate change and rain starts, after that our tent was floating in water. All of our blankets get wet. We filled water in glasses and drained out from our tent. Our group leader tried to shift us to another place but somehow we manage and spent our night in that tent. YHAI volunteers make a good food for all of us in very well manner. Next morning weather was clear and we will get some good scenic view and a view of Hanuman Tibba from here. After our breakfast and packed lunch we are ready for to proceed for our next campsite Fualpani which is at 9500 feet height. Remember you will get last electricity point here in private canteen.

Guna Pani to Fual Pani

We had started our trek near abt 9.00 in morning. Journey between both of the destination is again steep. There was some scenic point also between them so all of we had done some photography there. There was a steep climb before lunch point and after also. But all of us made it and reach there near abt 1.30 to next camp. We met here the same camp leader who was with us in our acclimatization walk. This camp site is very bad as per location wise because there was no flat ground and all of the tents mounted on slopes and Zigzag way. But again heads off to YHAI to arrange camps n this type of condition. Here we make chain to circulate all our stuff like blankets, sleeping bags etc. for any of our activity like dinner, soup, tea we have to move either up or down so it creates lot of problem. We had not done campfire in open area so all of our tent members did it in tent only. We have not faced any weather problem here. We will sleep early to wake early in next morning to reach next camp site which is on 11000 feet height.

Fual Pani to Zirmi

Today is our third day for walk. Same routine again. Morning calls, bed tea, breakfast, Packed Lunch, fall in and proceed for next camp.
It was again steep climb. Till 11.00 pm it was ok but after that condition become very worse. We faced the bad weather problem. Rain starts near ant 11.15pm, but all of us maintained our slowly pace and reached Lunch point neat about 12 noon. We waited there at least for some hours to settle down the rain but condition become worst and worst, so finally all of us form our group of 56 decided to do step forward and climb up. It was the day which I don’t want to remember in my whole life, I think all of us don’t want to remember this. What a panic trek it was. The climb was steep and it’s muddy too. Our shoes were not gripping properly and we slipped fell down. Believe me all of us was crawling with our hands and knee taking support of bushes and roots of trees. All of our clothes wet but we have only one aim to reach Zirmi, we fell down making chains everything what we have to do we did and finally reach Zirmi camp. All of us was shivering, our clothes was totally wet. Our hands was totally cold with water, infect there was no sensation in our hands like if we put our palm on the bunch of thorns to grip there was no sensation for any harm. Unbelievable or no words to express my feelings those 45minutes to 1 hrs trek.

Zirmi campsite is scenic one. All of we get a good view of nature from here.
The worst part of this campsite is that the distance between Zirmi campsite and welcome board of Zirmi is very much. As all of the trekkers became tired and after the welcome board they was in impression that campsite is near but it became panic to walk near ant 750 meter to 1 km. to reach campsite.
After completion of that worst part I think that I got a new birth today. I thank to my God for no causalities and pray for good weather.
From here half of our group decides to get down directly to Kasol. Most of them have no spare clothes and some mental block was also there.

Zirmi to TilaLotni

From here now we are total 29 trekkers to go forward for next camp. Half of our group members decided not to move forward. There were many reasons behind it. They will directly get down to Kasol from here. There was only one girl out of sixteen who decided to step forward with us. She is really brave one. Now from this camp site all of we decided to leave early for next camp because climate become changes form every 12.00 noon. Here we do some prayer and proceed for next camp with new courage and adventure. From here Rain God bless us and we will not find any bad weather for entire trek. They had already examine our patience and our courage,

Now most of us from 29 trekkers are from same speed. I am the slowest one but not too much. One important thing is that Camp leader of Zirmi was also accompanying us till Tila Lotni.. All of us made our steady pace. It was again steep climb. We reach tea point do same rest there and again proceed. We reached lunch point. Here we felt some cold so all of us wear our woolens. Here I take Maggi from private canteen, after some time we start for next camp. From here we will frequently get snow patches. They were melting so it creates a lot of problem for us to walk on that. Till 1.00 pm all of us we will reach to Tila Lotni campsite. It was a beautiful camp site with snow covered mountains. Soon snow fall starts and we rush to our belonging tents. Here we met with another girl of SP1 who will join us for next three days. So now two girls with 28 boys. After some time weather was clear and all of us will roam here and there to take snaps. From here we will get a perfect view of Sar pass which we have to cross today’s night. We collect all our sleeping bags and other stuff. Here we will meet with two Sherpas belongs from Darjeeling, they are like snow leopards. They are act as our guide to cross the Sar Pass. One of them reached the height of 26500feet. So they are very experienced and cooperative. Nice to meet with both of them clicked some snap with them. As usual same routine, here YHAI provide Gulabjamun pleasant surprise for us to get such dish at that height.
The camp leader explains us that we have to wake up 3.00 in morning so we sleep early that night in freezing cold. They will provide breakfast and tea with packed lunch which is Chkki biscuit and juice this time. We all fall in on time. Here we will get another news that 3 of our members not to travel ahead because one of them faces some problem in his knees. All of them are very fit guys from Gujrat but because of some problem they had not crossed the sar pass. It’s very sad for all of them that they was at Tila lotni and not crossed the Sar pass.
Tila Lotni to Biskeri Thatch via Sar Pass

Anyways now we 27 will start our trek near about 4.30 or 5.00 in morning. It was a steep climb very tough anyhow we will be on top of 13800 feet height at 6.00 in morning. I was in seventh cloud, what a scene it was, unbelievable, fantastic awesome, great, pleasant, scenic. I was at the place which I had crossed 16 years back. I thank my god here to give me such power to reach there. I was the second last one to reach there. My entire group was ahead of me but I enjoyed it very much. I wore my sun glasses to protect my eyes from snow blindness. Now I increased my pace and soon catch my group members. Meanwhile I have clicked some beautiful photographs of Snow Mountains and scenery. Frankly speaking I have no words to express my feelings here. Now from here that Sherpas told me to walk forward so I was at number three in entire row. Now we have to walk and walk in snow. Some times my feet get 3 to 4 feet inside the snow. It was a vast layer of snow. Everywhere you will get snow and snow. Really feeling good to walk on such snow ground. We have done entire video shoot of this trek. After some time we reached lunch point. Take some rest there and take tea also. Again we are ready to walk again with fresh legs, now from here we have to get down and up some time. At last again a steep climb was there in snow which we have to climb. No body sees here and there everyone follows the foot marks of followers and put there steps very tightly, it was very steep climb. All of we reached at top and now after some steps sidings are there wow great hurrayyyy. Sldes – Sherpas told us that we have almost crossed the Sar pass now we have to slide from here to some meters of 600 to 750 meters in few seconds. WE have to sit there bend our back and straight our legs. With in few second we will be slide and get down meters. Here we do photography and enjoy in snow. All of mine clothes get wet with snow but feel very good. There was again one slide which will get down us very near to grass land. On that grass land our lunch point was tented. All of us we cross the Sar pass near about 9.30 am. Good time faced no climate problem. At lunch point we passed 2 to 2.30 hrs. drew our wet clothes, take magi juices and do time pass take sun bath also. From now I felt very happy because I achieved my goal. Thanks to that Sherpas who help us very much to cross this.
We start from there to Biskeri Thatch near about 12.00 noon. Now we have to get down and down. After a long walk we will reach Biskeri Thatch. Campsite was mounted on large grass field surrounded with Christmas trees. Here we found that one of our group members infected with snow blindness. Luckily we have four doctors in our group so they examined him and give some medicines.

Biskeri to Bhandak Thatch

As everyone of our group crossed the Sar pass so most of them wants to skip the Bhandak thatch and directly report to base camp. So till morning 18 from 27 plans to get down directly and 9 of us move for Bhandak thatch. What our plan was that we will reach there near about 12 noon take rest there and leave for base camp same day near about 1.30 pm because the journey between Bhandak Thatch and Varshani is only 2 or 2.30 hrs. So we started early from Biskeri to Bhandak. All of us were in good pace and enjoying the beauty. We took small rests also between our walk. Before lunch point we do rapeling also, enjoyed it. At lunch point we take a rest of 30 minutes. As we start earlier so reach lunch point early so no local villagers was there to operate there canteen. Here we tried some palm, chikki, etc. again we start our trek with fresh legs. Now we were getting grass fields, shepherds. After a flat track our guide tolds us to climb for 20 minutes walk, it was a good climb and as usual I was the last one to climb up. After the climb it was a large grass field with totally snow covered mountains, palm trees like a movie scene. Awesome perfect location to shoot romantic song. On that flat land our tents was mounted. Suddenly all of the guys decided to stay here only and not to get down for base camp. This was the best camp site form YHAI for the Sar Pass trek. The guys who skipped this camp site were really unlucky for that but anyways we sizzling 9 was the lucky one. Here first time in entire trek only we 4 guys share the single tent. Dinner was amazing. This was the best location for photo shoot also. This was the last night which I have to spent in tent for this trek.

Bhandak Thatch to Base Camp

Morning wake up and our breakfast is ready again one surprise Noodles in breakfast. After do all formalities we start for our last trek to Varshani village. With some hours of walk we heard noises of dumpers, buses so think that we are back in crowd again but it’s a part of our life so after steady walk we reached a village. There we do some photo shoot with villagers. Construction of Dam was going on from Patel Engineering and hydro electric project was also going on. Now we are surrounding with trucks and dumpers. We reach varshani bus stand at near about 11.00 am. Bus will be at 12.00 pm so all of decided to hire private vehicle for base camp but they will charge very heavily. We started walk again and reach a point from where we saw that bus was coming from other side they told us that they will be back with in some time, we waited for this bus there only. When bus comes we climbed up in the bus for our last journey for base camp. We ate some banana at Manikaran and get down base camp at 1.30pm. Here all we 9 did photo shoot in front of YHAI Banner. We get down collect our bags rearrange all our stuff. Believe me I looked the mirror after 6 days. All of we collected our certificates returned rucksack to them.

I have to leave for Delhi so I rushed for Bhunter very first. Shacked hand with everyone and flew for Bhunter to catch bus for Delhi.

The 9 who completes the entire trek was me (Sankalp), Yatin, Saumendra, Varun, Ashok Puri (Mogembo), Shobhit, Himanshu, Savitri and Abha (SP1)

All of us enjoyed the entire trek very much.

Sincere Thanks to YHAI to arrange such trek in very beautiful and much planned manner.



  • What a journey Sankalp. This is second time I am reading about YHAI trek to Sar Pass (first one was that of Patrick), still I find it riveting. When you write that you really thanked GOD that on that day there was no casulty, its really scary.

    Amazing and simply Amazing. Kudos to YHAI as well as it seems they are working hard to make trekking enjoyable.

    Please don’t mind, but as so many trekkers are visiting high mountains can you please brief that is YHAI also trying to avoid/curtail any littering ? If yes, how ?

  • nandanjha says:

    Inspiring stuff.

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Dear Sankalp,

    All the pictures are awesome!!!! but the first one is mind blowing.

    Manish asked a very valid question , people make the place messy by strewing garbage around. Just to share the information with you , now
    Government is not allowing trekking till Goumukh because of Global warming, Now they are stopping around 3 Kms before Goumukh.

    • Sankalp says:

      Dear All

      Yours and Manish question is very valid.
      Actually we have to take care abt all of this stuff.
      YHAI appoint one Environment leader for every batch and he walked at last of the entire batch and have a responsibility to collect all of the plastic or choclate rapers with us. They have one separate place at every camp where we have to dig it. Most of the trekkers are well educated and environment friendly also. In entire trek no shops or canteens some privatre canteens are at lunch point and the camp side. but we have to take care abt it.

      I have many other pics also near abt 400 for this entire trek.
      All of you can access it from http://www.picasa/sankalpparlia

      Thanks a lot for such responce . I am planning for Desert in the month of October this year if i would do then post for that also.


  • Patrick says:

    awesome man. Which batch Sankalp? I was sp-17 i think!! good going.

    • Sankalp says:

      Hay Patrick i was in SP2 ( 2nd Batch)
      How was ur experience.
      Where r u from planning for any other trek

  • sskagra says:

    good this is site,all pictures are very good mind blowing

  • anubama says:

    nice to see the sarpass trek route and ur experience.its almost 10 years have gone since my trek program.all the best

  • ved says:

    can u tell me pls which camera did u used. i went for trekking this year to kedarkantha, there batteries of my camera got off …………i owned a COOL PIX 15X OPTICAL ZOOM AND 10MP OF NIKON. I AM STILL VERY SAD. I MISSED ALL THE BEST SCENERIES

  • mrigank says:

    i’m planning to go to sar pass with yhai this may.
    just one question. are we allowed to form our own groups?

  • Shankar says:

    Im Shankar Puri a traveler person from Mumbai, India. I love traveling in nature side i.e. Rivers, Valleys and Mountains etc and like to meet like-minded people. I also like to know their life, culture, habits, livelihood and many more things. I love human because human is the best creation of the God. The God took million and million years to create such beautiful creation. This gives me inspiration to develop web: www.Indianvillagelife.in Id traveled entire India by road. If you are traveler and like-minded please join with me. shankar.traveler@hotmail.com or shankar.puri@rediffmail.com

  • Shankar says:

    I would like to join ur traveling group pl. write to me if find me fit “shankar.traveling@hotmail.com”
    I’m from Mumbai, India.

  • ANI says:


  • Sankalp says:

    @ ANi

    Definitely you will do it. Physically its more then enough. Mental strength also required for this trek if u will face storm, rain etc. etc. very good trek i had done form both of the routes enjoy the mother nature and beauty of Himalaya. Anyways i am going to Everest Base Camp Trek this year.

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  • Sankalp says:

    Yes, visited many places but not found enough time to upload it. By the ways m going to a trek for Everest base Camp try to upload the info abt the same.

  • Prasad says:

    Hi Sankalp,

    Your article is really help full to understand what actually SAR PASS trek is all over.
    I am from mumbai, going in SP9 batch 2012. I am not so health conscious and active in body workout, however i want to complete my trek. Would you please advise us what type of exercise is helpful to ready for this trek in this three month time.

    Prasad C.

  • Sankalp says:

    HI Prasd,

    Really a good trek. what my travelounge is of different route and now what the YHAI is operating from different route i had done both. So telling you both of the routes is very scenic one. so go and enjoy the tek. Regarding the excercise, very truly i had not done any such training for that but i rrecommand you to increase ur fitness level plus ur stamina also. as this trek is not so much technical but u r in a condition to walk atleast of 3 – hrs walk regularly there. at some time u will get good inclint also. thin abt ur backpack also becoz after carrying 8-10 kg wait its not so much easy to walk on higher altitude so better tostart some running and brisk walk it will help u very much. In my opinion mental fitness is more require as compare to physical fitness. so dont panic take a breath and say ur heart prasad i have to do ti. thats all. If u want please mail me on sankalpparlia@gmail.com anymays i m also from mumbai only.

  • Pradeep says:

    Hi Sankalp
    Great blog on your Sarpas trek, very informative.Could u please tell me in which month did u do this trek. I ask u this because i a planing to go on this trek in the month of June 2012 and if the weather there would be good and there would be snow in June. Or is advisable to go in the month of May.

  • anil shah says:

    Hi Sankalp.
    Thank u so much for giving such important information on this trek. I m sure it will guide many trekkers. Me and 4 friends are going for this trek in May (May 18th batch). we are from mumbai. we will be leaving mumbai on 16th. We would like to know if anyone ( from mumbai or any place ) joining on 18th may batch.

    Anil Shah

    • Sankalp says:

      Good, Definitely u will enjoy. By the way this year i have completed Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar Expedition. It was gr8 really tough and tiring trek

  • Nandan Jha says:

    @ Sankalp – That is fantastic. Please share your story here, it would be very inspiring for a lot of Ghumakkars.

  • Akash Gupta says:

    Hola!! Self and 5 friends (actually, gonna be meeting for the first time, though) from Mumbai Registered for the 16th May, 2012 batch… Looking forward to this!! Hooh-yaah!!!

  • subhash kuntal says:

    Great information.Exploring Himalayas first time this year SP18 batch with Anil Shah+3.Leaving Mumbai 16th by BDTS Sampark Kranti to Delhi,ftr by road.Anyone joining.Hope to enjoy trek.

  • RB says:

    Great Photos and description!

  • anup says:

    very good yar,i am also complet sar pass last year & plan to again in2013 with my friend .

  • Dipti says:

    I and other 8 ppl are going for Sar Pass Trek on 26th MAy,2013.
    We are 2 girls n 7 boys…Is anybody else going for this date.
    Is it true that, if there are less girls in the batch the females are shifted to another batch?

  • Excellent blog and a wonderful trek. I too had gone to one of the YHAI treks to Kedar Kantha. Someday I would love to go to Sarpass. Meanwhile I want to use two of your pictures for my company’s marketing material. How can I get in touch with you? Plz write to me at tanu at desicrew dot in and look me up on linkedin. Thanks.

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