Honeymoon in Sar Pass and Chanderkhani Pass
If you want to plan a honeymoon trip to a location that brings out the adventurer in you, then the mountain passes of Sar and Chanderkhani in Himachal Pradesh should be your first choice. Both the passes offer views of spectacular and scenic landscapes that beckon diehard trekkers from far corners of the world. If you’re seeking solitude coupled with excitement at every twist or turn during your honeymoon, you’ll see your wishes coming to fruition during your trekking expeditions to Sar and Chanderkhani.
The Sar Pass terrain has an elevation of 4250m (13,800ft) and the trail leading to the pass starts from the Kasol Valley Base Camp. The trekking route has a total distance of 80 km and you’ll be taking breaks at the strategic points of Padri, Ratapani, Biskeri thatch and Bhandak thatch.
The Chanderkhani Pass is comfortably nestled in the Shivalik mountain range (popularly known as Dev Bhoomi or Land of Gods) and once you get there, you’ll see vast expanse of snow all around. The trek for Chanderkhani Pass starts from the village of Naggar in Kullu Valley. All along the trek, you get panoramic views of the Bara Bangahal, Parbati and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. Throughout your trek (either Sar Pass or Chanderkhani Pass), you’ll be witnessing breathtaking sceneries of paddy fields, extensive expanses dotted with pine, oak, and cedar trees, and rushing rivulets and streams.
Both the passes are located in the upper Kullu Valley in the Kullu borough of Himachal Pradesh. The Sar Pass is situated in Parvati Valley. The Chanderkhani Pass situated at a height of 3666m can be reached from the Beas River’s left bank. For getting to the starting points for either of the treks you’ve to reach Manali.
Manali is a world famous tourist destination ensconced at a height of 1,830m in the upper reaches of Kullu Valley. Manali serves as the gateway for several trekking routes. All these treks takes you through a track that lets you have views of apple orchards, pristine lakes, rocky terrains, meadows replete with blossoming flowers, scenic hamlets, and alpine forests.
How to Reach
The nearest railhead is Joginder Nagar situated at a distance of about 50 kms but being a narrow gauge track, doesn’t offers good connectivity. The other railheads located nearest to Manali are Kalka, Chandigarh, and Ambala. All the three stations are well connected by trains to most of the major cities and towns in India. The closest airport is in Bhuntar and there are flights from Delhi to Bhuntar. Indira Gandhi International airport (Delhi) is linked with all the major airports in India and the rest of the world.
Best Time to Visit
Since it gets exceedingly cold during the winters, the ideal time to plan your trekking expedition to Sar or Chanderkhani is between June and September.
Where to Stay
Manali is the most convenient place to put up at before you can begin your trek. There is no dearth of accommodation options in Manali as there are numerous luxury hotels and cottages here. As a honeymooner, you should make reservations for staying in a cottage for complete privacy. Some recommended cottages where you can book a suite are Apple Orchid Cottage, Modern Cottage, Wood Valley Cottage, and Strawberry Garden Cottages.
What to Carry
- Backpack for carrying essentials and trekking equipment
- Small pack primarily for carrying food and water as buying these on the trekking route can be expensive
- A good pair of trekking shoes
- Trekking pants and shirts
- Flash Light or Torch with spare batteries
- Sunscreen Lotions
- Essential Medications
- Woollen gloves and socks
- Knee pads
The Sar Pass Trek
After checking in at your cottage at Manali, you proceed to the Kasol Base the next morning.
- Reporting at Kasol Base Camp
- A crash course in orientation for the trek (rappelling and rock climbing)
- The next day, you proceed by bus to Ghatigadh and trek to Galgi Thatch situated at a height of 8,500 that takes about 4 hrs
- On the third day, you trek to Khora Thatch for 7 kms that takes nearly 5 hours
- The following day, you hike to Zirmi for 6kms. Journey time-5 hrs
- The next day, trek to Tila Lotni for 6kms. Journey time-4hrs
- On the sixth day, you trek to Biskeri Thatch for 9 kms that takes about 6 hrs. Sar Pass lies on this stretch of the trek
- The next day you trek to Bhandak Thatch for 10 kms that takes about 6hrs
On the final day, you hike up to Barshani Road for 5 kms that takes about 2hr. from then on, you proceed to Manikaran by bus and trudge back to the Kasol Base Camp.
The Chanderkhani Trek
- Arrival in Manali (day 1)
- From Manali proceed to Rumsu Thatch located at a height of 2600m (day 2)
- From Rumsu Thatch trek to Nauya Tapru just beneath Chanderkhani Pass (day 3)
- From Nauya Tapru walk to Malana hamlet situated at an elevation of 2651m (day 4).
From Malana village you have to take a steep ascent to the Chanderkhani Pass. A top the Chanderkhani Pass, you get awe-aspiring views of the mountains on the Spiti Border and the Dhauladhar mountain range. You come down to the Malana village thereafter. On the last day, you head back to Manali from the Malana village
You can shop for woolen garments, wooden handcrafted items made by local craftsmen and artisans, and numerous other knickknacks in Manali.