Just completed the Sarpass Trek Organized by YHAI. Sarpass trek is the most difficult trek organized by YHAI. At time you feel it is more like mountaineering less of trekking. But if you are careful and physically fit, it is very enjoyable.
For 8 days we walked in the thick forest of Himalayas. Himalayas have three mountain ranges. Shivalik, Himachal and Himadri. Sarpass belongs to the Shivalik range and is 14020 feet about the sea level.
Trekking in Himalayas was a completely different experience from trekking in Sahyadri. Walking in Sahyadri is an enjoyable experience, in case of Himalayas it is not.
In Himalayas you will rarely encounter a plain region. Most of the time you will be either climbing up or down. Slopes can be anywhere between 45 degrees to 85 degrees. Even climbing down in troublesome because of the pressure it puts on your knees. You need to keep in mind little things such as keeping the toe nails trimmed otherwise you end up facing excruciating pain while climbing down.
There are other problems such as decreased air pressure, lack of oxygen in atmosphere, increased metabolism and so on which play tricks on your mind and body.
YHAI team must be commended for the excellent management of this trek.
Word of caution. If you happen to be on this trek and feel any kind of discomfort such as increased blood pressure, blurred vision, nausea, loss of neural and muscular control; please inform the group/camp leader and back out from the trek if advised. Cold temperatures can be very fatal. A 20 year old boy that belonged to the group that left of Sarpass a day before us lost his hand due to frost byte. In 2009 two girls lost their life due to hypothermia. It was a Saturday and they were fasting for their religious beliefs.