Sach Pass is (4420m) high mountain pass in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh in India. It connects the Chamba Valley with the Pangi Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is open from June or early July to mid- October. The road is narrow and un-metalled.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi to Manali
Day 3: Manali
Day 4: Manali to Keylong
Day 5: Keylong to Urgus via Triloknath
Day 6: Urgus to Killar via Udaipur
Day 7: Killar
Day 8: Killar to Chamba
Day 9: Chamba to Dharamsala
Day 11:Dharamsala to Manali
Day 12: Manali
Day 13: Manali to Delhi
Day 14: Departure
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day is free.
Transfer to the Delhi Railway Station early in the morning and journey from Delhi to Kalka on the Shatabdi express. Breakfast is served on the train. At Kalka which is the final destination of the train you will be met by your tour guide for the entire journey. Have lunch on the way to Manali. Arrive in Manali in the evening and check into your hotel.
Well the excitement begins today. After breakfast you will finally get to see your bikes for the tour and we will go out on a sight- seeing tour of Manali. This will also help you, get to know your bike and get a feel for Indian traffic.
You will drive along the Beas River upstream along the left bank through several villages, until you reach the Rohtang Pass. You will then drive down to reach Gramphu and then the passport check point at Koksar. Afterwards, you will carry on to reach Keylong; the district headquarter of Lahoul. After crossing Rohtang pass one can notice the stark difference in the landscape of Kullu and Lahoul Valley.
Another exciting day. The ride from Keylong to Urgus is nothing short of Spectacular. The road is a
combination of metalled and un-metalled. From Keylong we retrace the road back to Tandi Bridge and
from here take the link road on your right for Triloknath and Udaipur. Udaipur is about 50kms form
Keylong. The first few kilometre is somewhat metalled with potholes, but a few kilometres on we touch
smooth tarmac. Riding along this 20km stretch of smooth road is nothing but perfect. The villages along
the way are charming and you can see the locals working in their fields. 10kms before Udaipur a road on
your right takes you to Triloknath. Here you can visit the Triloknath Temple, which is an ancient Shiva
Temple. After paying homage to the deity here we will retrace back to the main road and head for
Udaipur. Just as we enter Udaipur we take right after crossing a bridge and enter Miyar Valley. Urgus is
about 24kms from here. The entire route has patches of metalled and unmetalled surface. You might
have to cross a few streams on the way too. Some stretches of this route are just magnificent and you
will be tempted to stop to take it all in.
Urgus: Urgus is the second last village of the valley. Khanjar, lying in the horizon to the north being the last and the start point to many interesting treks. Urgus is a quaint little village perched on the slope of the hill while the bottom of the hill, which is much flatter is used for agriculture. The village has some amazing fresh water supply networks. There are numerous networks of pipes zig- zagging across the village. At the top of the village is little Shrine dedicated to the Deity of the village- “The Kusurdh Naag”.
After a hearty breakfast we will retrace our route back to Udaipur. We will briefly stop at Udaipur to visit the Mrikula Mata Temple. As soon as we leave Udaipur we bid Goodbye to Tarmac. The entire 80kms from Udaipur to Killar is un-metalled. The entire route is very challenging, there are large stretches of bull dust, rocky surface or scree and keeping the bike stable takes every effort. All along the way there is at least 100-150m drop and rocky over hangs. Once again the landscape just keeps getting better and better. Although the distance isn’t much but the road doesn’t allow you to ride too fast and thus we arrive in Killar in the late afternoon. Infact, when you finally touch tarmac in Killar you feel like getting off the bike and kissing this beautiful, smooth and kind to your bum tarmac.
Today, we will have an easy start. We will have a rest day in Killar itself and so around to see some villages. In August and September, Pangi is a beautiful place to visit. Many of its forest are covered in birch trees and during autumn as the season is changing the colours on these trees present an enchanting view to the visitors. We will visit Hudhaan village today and if time permits, we will also visit Suraal. Both of these are the two of the only four Buddhist villages in the Pangi Valley.
After having breakfast and then bidding farewell to the support staff we will set forth for the Saach Pass.
The entire road to the pass and about 18kms after the pass is un-metalled and requires 100%
concentration. After leaving Killar we cross the bridge over Chenab River and start going uphill. This
stretch of the road is lined with the famous Wild Hazelnut trees of Pangi. We will cross quite a few
streams some big some small. About 10-15kms before the pass we come to some make shift tea stall,
this place is known as Bagotu; we will stop here for some hot Chai and snacks. This place is quite
amazing, as you get closer to Bagotu you come face on with a wall of mountain- it looks something out
of ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
As we get closer to the pass the terrain gets rockier and rockier. At the very top is a small temple dedicated to ‘Jog Wali Mata’. As we come around the pass the valley suddenly just opens up and we can enjoy the full landscape of Chamba valley. We stop at Satrundi do get our ID’s checked and then we ride non- stop to Chamba.
After breakfast we will visit the Lakshmi Narayan temples and then start our journey for Dharamsala. We will take the scenic route taking us through Khajjiar and Dalhousie. Khajjiar is about 20kms from Chamba, it is famous as Mini Switzerland of India. We will stop here for lunch and then move forward to our destination. We have 24kms of uphill to get to Dalhousie and after this the entire journey is downhill followed by never ending flats. We will reach Dharamsala in the evening.
After a leisurely breakfast we will go for a sight-seeing tour of Dharamsala. Dharamsala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. The Presence of the 14 th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan population has made Dharamsala a popular destination for Indian and Foreign tourists, including students studying Tibet. We will visit the monastery of H.H. The Dalai Lama and then go to Norbulingka Institute. If you are up for it we can also visit the monastery of the 17 th Karmapa. Remainder of the evening would be free for you to explore McLeod Ganj.
It’s a long ride today and we will start early. We ride along some very scenic routes. It’s a hilly drive all the way to Manali. Lots of turns and uphills and down hills. We drive through the Tea Plantations of Himachal at Palampur.
A well- deserved rest day in Manali.
Leave in the morning for Delhi
Transfer to the International Airport for your journey back home.
Saach Pass is (4420m) high mountain pass in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh in India. It connects
the Chamba Valley with the Pangi Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is open from June or early July
to mid- October. The road is narrow and un-metalled.
Pangi- the snow bound valley- is located in the Mid Himalayan region. It remains cut off for more than six months in a year. Heavy snowfall and semi arctic climate makes living very tough here. Recently, Killar the Headquarter of Pangi has been linked with a jeepable road which, however, remains in use for merely two months in a year due to adverse weather conditions. It is a place where myth is history and mystery is reality. Embarking on this journey is truly the experience worth it- the route is challenging and the landscape breath-taking.
August- Early October
Duration: 14 days
Difficulty Level: Demanding – Previous Off-roading experience is a MUST.Trip Details:
All riders must have a motorbike license and some experience.
You must bring with you appropriate travel insurance and document as follows.
In fact we only expect you to bring
In the Himalayas the weather can change at any time. During the daylight the temperature can be as high 30’c. But at night it can dip down to -5’c although it will most likely be around 0’c. It is important to bring layers rather than one big warm fleece.
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In respect of these Booking Conditions, “We/ Himalayan Challenges” and “You/ Participant(s)”- will be the person(s) whose name and details appear on the online booking form.
Before joining the tour we recommend that you take out travel insurance. This should include adequate cover for baggage, medical expenses, cancellation, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. You must supply documentary proof of it to us before starting the trip. If you do not have travel insurance you must have a credit card with at least a US $5000 limit.2) Booking Confirmation:
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If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:
|DATE OF CANCELLATION||CHARGE INCURRED|
|2 months before departure||Loss of deposit|
|29 days to 2 months before departure||departure 30% of total trip cost|
|10 to 28 days before departure||60% of total trip cost|
|Less than 10 days before departure||100% of total trip cost|
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Room allocations are as per same sex twin-room sharing- double room for couples. Where a single room has been requested, a single room supplement will apply.7) Our Responsibility:
(7.1)It is our duty to ensure to we deliver the trip you have booked with us to the best of our ability and the it precedes in accordance with the itinerary as stated on our website/ tailor made to your requirement, thereafter making sure as reasonable as possible your journey is unhindered en-route. Our itineraries have been designed with consideration to the environments in which we travel its people and its cultures. Participants’ should therefore realize that hygiene and safety standards in countries which you journey are far different to the standards of your own. However, Himalayan Challenges take care when booking locations, should offer the best of the area in which you stay and dine.
(7.2)Any Participant(s) portraying acts of negligence on the expedition will not only risk their own life, but also that of their fellow participant(s) and will be cautioned. Repeated actions of the Participant(s) in question will have their trip terminated immediately and no refunds will be given. No refunds will be given to participant(s) who leave an expedition en-route. Himalayan Challenges will not be responsible for any traffic accidents caused through carelessness.
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