Sara Umga Pass Trek

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Trekking

  • Region: Tosh and Lahaul Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging

  • Duration: 09 days

  • Max Altitude: 4700m

  • Batch Dates: Custom Trips Only

Sara Umga Pass Trek Overview

The Tosh is a feeder valley of the popular Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass. The Tosh Nallah meets the Parbati river at Pulga coming from the North. The Tosh valley is initially narrow but as you progress higher the valley starts to open up and you cross several beautiful meadows. At the head of the valley is the Tosh Glacier surrounded by some well known peaks: Papasura (6451m) & White Sail (6446m). After crossing Sara Umga Pass, you descend into Lahaul valley.

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: The participants arrive in Kasol / Manikaran.

 

Day 02: Kasol / Manikaran - Tosh village by jeep (2400m) - trek from Tosh village - Buddhaban (3020m)
Duration: 4 hours

The ascent to Barsheni from Manikaran takes about an hour over steep mountain roads. The trail starts from above the Barsheni village, with a commanding view of the Parvati valley dam and the confluence of Parvati and Tosh rivers. The walk is a gradual climb from the Tosh village. We follow the raging Tosh river through dense pine forests to Buddhaban, a large meadow with a spring of its own and many rocks.

 

Day 03: Buddhaban - Sharam Thach (3505m)
Duration: 7 hours

It's a long day's walk as the path climbs from Buddhaban to cross the treeline. It then continues over meadows and rhododendron clusters to the high altitude meadow at Sharam Thach.

 

Day 04: Sharam Thach - Shamshi Thach (3800m)
Duration: 5 hours

An initial steep climb peters out to a narrow path over patches of snow. The Tosh river continues its noisy course throughout. After a short descent, you arrive at Shamshi Thach, beautifully set in a little bowl at the base of the valley. To the north is the Tosh Glacier, to the east the massive face of Kullu Makalu peak and the glacier descending from it.

 

Day 05: Exploratory day at Shamshi Thach
Duration: 5 hours

There is a choice of either going up to Animal Pass (4560m) for the day or hiking upto the snout of the Tosh Glacier (4300m).

 

Day 06: Shamshi Thach - Kuta Thach (4100m)
Duration: 4 hours

Walk to the snout of the Tosh Glacier and continue up on the path bordering the glacier to the small meadow at Kuta Thach.

 

Day 07: Kuta Thach - Sara Umga Pass (4700m) - Putiruni (3800m)
Duration: 8 hours

The day starts early as the pass needs to be crossed before noon. From the camp, the climb to the pass is steep over snow and scree. From the top of the pass, you get fabulous views of peaks in both Lahaul valley as well as the Tosh valley and other surrounding by-valleys. The descent on the other side takes you down to the meadow at Putiruni.

 

Day 08: Putiruni - Chota Dhara (3700m)
Duration: 6 hours

Another long day but this time the path is gradual with not too many ups or downs. Chota Dhara on the Manali - Kaza road will be the camp for the night.

 

Day 09: Chota Dhara - Manali by jeep
Duration: 8 hours

We return to Manali by the evening. Trip Ends!

Cost Includes

1. Camping Tents, Kitchen, Dining tents and Insulated Sleeping Pads.
2. Nutritious, high calorie food will be served.
3. Guide, Cook and camp helpers.
4. Horses carry loads on the route.
5. Transport Kasol/ Manikaran to Road head and back.

Cost Excludes

  1. All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  2. Sleeping Bags. (We recommend to get bags which are comfort rated to - 5 to - 8 deg C)
  3. Accommodation and food in Kasol/ Manikaran
  4. Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover.

Things you need to get

Pack:
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lts with rain cover.This you will need in case you choose to offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.
Footwear:
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable water proof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua forclaz 100, 500 or 600.
Socks:
- 2 -3 pairs of cotton socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks ( these are ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking).
Clothing:
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry light weight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. We do not recommend you get Denims or Jeans as they get hard to trek in.
- Tshirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferable cotton t-shirts that are full sleeves. You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sun burns.
- Synthetic Fleece Jacket - 1 pair.
- Wind proof/ Water proof Jacket - 1 pair.
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket - 1 -pair ( optional - get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps.)
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
Accessories:
- Raincoat/ Poncho - what ever you get make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
- Warm Beanie - make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarfs etc in addition to your beanie.
- Gloves - Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woollen gloves.
- Sun Cap- 1 no
- Sun Glasses with good UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Camera.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottle 1 litre each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)

Accommodations

Accommodations will be provided as per the itinerary in budget hotels and camping tents on twin occupancy.

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