About Sara Umga Pass Trek
Sara Umga Pass at 4800 meters is one of the least traversed passes of Himachal Pradesh connecting Tosh in Parvati Valley to Chota Dhara in Lahaul and Spiti Valley. The trek takes you across stunning landscapes and untouched trails surrounded by epic peaks of the Parvati Valley such as Papsura, Dharamsura, Indrasan, Deo Tibba, White Snail and many more notable ones. One gets a glimpse of the mighty Bara Shingri Glacier. The trail takes you across verdant meadows, high altitude pastures, grasslands, steep moraines, boulders and scree and lets you cross a crevassed glacier to a mighty pass and takes you from the lush green Parvati Valley to the barren and raw Spiti Valley. The trek is meant for experienced trekkers only who are looking for a challenge. The trek is a great alternative to Hampta Pass and a much more difficult one but with almost zero foot traffic. The time to do the Sara Umga Pass Trek is between July and October.
Reporting at Chandigarh, by 8 am, then drive to Kasol. Then drive from Kasol to Tosh village by Jeep. Overnight stay in Tosh. Team introduction and registration to be done.
Tosh (2400 m) to Buddhaban (3020 m) - 5 hrs Trek
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.
Buddhaban - Sharam Thach (3505m)
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.
Sharam Thach - Shamshi Thach (3800m)
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.
Shamshi Thach - Kuta Thach (4100m)
Walk to the snout of the Tosh Glacier and continue up on the path bordering the glacier to the small meadow at Kuta Thach.
Kuta Thach - Sara Umga Pass (4700m) - Putiruni (3800m)
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.
Buffer day (Note:- Buffer day is kept mainly for the weather issues. So the buffer day is generally used if it rains too heavily. Otherwise the buffer day is not utilized, depending upon the weather conditions and trail conditions, decision is to be made by the Trek Leader).
Putiruni - Chota Dhara (3700m)
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.
Chota Dhara - Manali by jeep
We return to Manali by the evening. Trip Ends!
Cost of transportation to bhuntar and from Manali
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Evening Tea to Day 8:- Breakfast)
Technical Camping equipments:- Tents(sharing basis), Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Utensils, Microspikes, Technical climbing equipments
Guide,Support staff,cook, Supporting crew.
Cost of Permit fees.
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter for offloading
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. No meals will be provided in Last day (Day 8)
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion.
Cost of stay in Bhuntar and Manali.
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.