Sar Pass Trek 1st May to 31st May 2008

Trekking Programmes of 2008

Sar Pass Trek:-2008
[Reporting Dates: 1st May to 31st May 2008]
Participants can report on any date between above mentioned reporting dates subject to availability of seats.
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Himachal Pradesh, Known as the land of Gods and Goddesses, is ultimate destination for adventure sports and trekking through Himalayas on beautiful trails which take one to an altogether different world.
Sar Pass Trail offers an opportunity to enjoy the exquisite beauty of Parvati Valley. Kasol will be base camp is famous for its cool and pleasant climate with tall pine trees. The trekker will pass through the first camp Guna panni(Euden Garden), which is surrounded by snow-clad peaks and looks like melten gold at the time of sunrise and sunset. Ghural Jyot, Unch Dhaar, hattigarh Top, Nakhthaan Top and Manikaran valley are visible from here. Himalayan medicinal herbs are organically grown here. the trekker reaches second camp Fual Paani after corssing Poo and Kangchani Thatch, A thatch is a vast ground with varied flora and funa. Fual means shepherd and paani means water . Third camp Zirmi presents the view of Rudra Naag top,Tosh Nullah and Khirganga. Rukhaau Thatch and Bakkar Thatch are good resting points before reaching. After crossing Ruari Thatch trekkers come to the fourth camp Tilalotni, The highest point SAR PASS is heaven on earth presenting a spectacular view of Maan Talaai,Bijli Mahadev hills. After descending through Biskeri and Bhandak Thatch one is finally back to civilization at Barshaini.
Come and join the Sar Pass Trek and explore the beauty of unspoilt Parvati Valley.

Purpose of the Programme
The purpose of the programme is to expose the YHAI members to a greater adventure and to rough out the rigors of plodding through snow with a sense of love for nature and outdoor recreational activity aiming at promoting national integration.

Age
The minimum age for joining these expeditions is 15 years. This condition will be adhered to strictly.

Fee
Rs. 2,400/- per head, which will cover stay in tented accommodation, simple nutritious vegetarian food, guidance, equipment and insurance. You will however, bear the to and fro travel expenses from your home town to the Base Camp and back.
How to Reach

For Sar Pass trail, our base camp is at Kasol which is linked by road to Kullu via Bhuntar.It is 5 km short of Manikaran, famous for hot water springs. Regular bus service is available from Kullu and Bhuntar to reach Kasol. Direct buses are also available to Manikaran from Chandigarh and other parts of Punjab. Nearest railhead are Joginder Nagar, Pathankot and Chandigarh.
Nearest airport is Bhuntar. Delux, Semi Delux and ordinary night/day buses are available from Delhi, Chandigarh and other parts of Punjab.
Schedule of Programme
You may choose to report at the base camp on any day from 01 May to 31st May, 2007.

The schedule will be as follows.

Day 1 Report at Base Camp (Youth Hostel Kasol) -ht. 6,500 ft.
Day 2 Acclimatization and Orientation.
Day 3 Rock Climbing
Day 4 By Bus to Unch Dhar (10 Kms., 1Hr.) and Trek to Youth Hostel Guna Pani – ht. 8,000 ft. (5 Kms) 5 Hrs. Via Shila Village
Day 5 Trek to Youth Hostel Fuaal Pani – ht. 9,500 ft. (5 Kms.) 6 Hrs.
Day 6 Trek to Youth Hostel Zrimi Thach – ht. 11,000 ft. (6 Kms.) 7 Hrs.
Day 7 Trek to Youth Hostel Tila Lotni – ht. 12,500 ft. (6 Kms.) 6 Hrs.
Day 8 Trek to Youth HosteI Biskeri Thatch – ht.11,000 ft. Via Sar Pass (ht.13,800 ft.) (9 Kms.) 7 Hrs.
Day 9 Trek to Youth Hostel Bhandak Thatch – ht. 8,000 ft. (10 Kms.) 6 Hrs.
Day 10 Trek up to Barsheni road head, transfer by bus to Manikaran and again trek up to Base Camp KASOL. Valedictory function.
Day 11 Group breaks after breakfast
Things to bring along with you for the trek
Rucksack (if you have one), shirts, pants/jeans, (woollen/Cotton), woollen jersey, thick jacket, woollen muffler/balaclava, gloves, inner garments (woollen / Cotton), three to four pairs of thick woolen socks, light rain coat, goggles (other than blue color), torch with extra batteries, water bottle, lunch box, Mug, Plate, Spoon, Glass, face cold cream, soap, towel, toilet paper, adhesive plaster, talcum powder and first-aid kit including medicines you use normally. Directly Molded Sole (DMS)/Snow Shoes or trekking boots are a must for walking on snow.

Safety
Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into the planning of trek routes for your safety. Our field staff and experienced camp leaders have been visiting the area to check all details. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, the Youth Hostels Association of India cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.

Smoking, use of alcohols and narcotics of any description are strictly prohibited during the course of the programme.

Deviation from the set route of the programme is not permitted. If participants desire to join any other activity, they may do so at their own responsibility and risk only after finishing the trek and checking out.
How to Apply
Members desirous of joining this program may apply on the Registration Form duly supported by Medical Certificate, which is available free of cost from units / state branches and National Office. Available forms on this site are:

Enrolment Form-For Non-Members
Registration Form
Medical Form
You can print these forms and send dully filled forms on the address given below in this page along with Demand Draft of Participation Fee drawn in favour of “National Secretary, Y.H.A. of India” and payable at Delhi.

To register online click here.

Certificates
Participants who successfully complete the trek and abide by the discipline of the programme, will be awarded certificates. Programme Schedule / Route Programme Schedule and Routes are subject to change without prior notice.
Cancellations
In case you are unable to join the trek after paying the participation fee, you will get Rs. 1,200/- as refund of participation fee provided your request is received directly in the National Office at least 7 days in advance from the date of your reporting. No refund will, however, be admissible if such notice falls short of 7 days

Adventure Scholarships for the Physically Challenged Youth
YHAI announces 50 Adventure Scholarships of Rs.1,200/- each to the physically challenged youth including deaf and dumb for these expeditions. Deserving youth may apply to the National Office, on a plain paper, duly supported by relevant certificates.
Special Casual Leave
The Trekking Expeditions organized by Youth Hostels Association of India have the approval of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, (Dept. of Personnel and Training), Government of India, vide office order No. 28016/89- Estt(A), dated 25th October, 1989. Participants working for Central Government, can apply to the authorities concerned for availing special casual leave for the duration of the expedition. This leave can be sanctioned by their office up to 30 days in a calendar year.

Photographic Competition
After the completion of each trekking expedition, photographic competition is held for which attractive cash prizes and certificates are awarded. You may also send your entries on the following subjects:
Nature (Birds, Flowers, Wildlife, Scenic beauty),
Camping,
Trekking.
The size of the prints should be 8″x10″. Please give brief details of the location of the subjects and also your name, address and group number on the reverse of the photograph. YHAI has the right to retain/use even the entries which are not selected for awards with due acknowledgement/compensation. Last date for submitting entries is 31st July, 2007.
Your Attention
Please note that

this is an environment friendly trek. Do not litter any wrappers or spoil the trail in any way. In case you find any wrapper, plastic bag or any thing left by trekkers on the way, please carry the same with you for deposit at the base camp. We will be selecting and appointing two environ-leaders per group. If you have an inclination and an eye for environment protection, we will be glad to receive your particulars along with your registration form.
IMPORT OF ANY BIO NON DEGRADABLE MATERIAL IN HIMACHAL PRADESH IS AN OFFENCE

WARNING
Burning of wood during camp fire is strictly prohibited.

(For further information please write with self-addressed stamped envelope to)

National Secretary Youth Hostels Association of India
5, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi – 110 021

Tel.: 26110250 Fax: 011- 26113469

Email: trekking@yhaindia.org
Website : www.yhaindia.org

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