25th May, 2018 :Nagaru to Sar Pass, further onto Biskeri Thatch; 14 Kms; 6-8 Hrs Altitude: 12,450 Feet to 13,800 Feet; Descend to 11,000 Feet
The climb to Sar Pass follows the ridge-line in a southward direction and is steep in some stretches. The snow is easier to walk on and the heavenly surroundings keep one’s spirits high. After climbing up the hill seen from Nagaru, a higher hill that has to be climbed comes into view. After climbing for what seems like a long time, one reaches the top of the hill and a sigh of relief and joy escapes as one beholds the view ahead. From the image searches on the web, one would know that this is Sar Pass! Sar Pass derives its name from ‘Sar,’ which means ‘pond,’ but the ‘Sar’ is mostly frozen till late in summer. After some time, the path climbs up to a ridge running across, and one can see a flag tied to a ‘Trishul’ at the top. The slope is very steep in the last stretch and buried in the snow, one may find a rope, which can be held on to while climbing. This is a pass in the truer sense. Enjoy the views before proceeding down into the valley. The beginning is a huge hundred feet drop and the only way of getting through that is by sliding down! – Probably the most exciting part of the trek. You could have more sliding options, in fact till all the way to Biskeri Thatch, depending on the snow conditions. Biskeri presents a sublime view of the pine forests, the majestic mountains and lovely grasslands. The villages of Tosh, Pulga-Tulga, Bursheni, and Nakthan can be seen in the valley below.