Promenading in the Mountains and Glens of Himachal – Sach Pass, Kugti, Barot

mousourik

Who Am I
Man proposes, God….. proposes differently, or better. That has been the single line essence of this tour. We have been planning a tour to Sach pass since the last few years, but for some reason or other, it did not materialise – be it lack of information, or failure in communication, or the right timing.

In this process, we had interacted with many travelers seeking their opinion, with the sole purpose of judging the severity of the route. Some very illustrious adventurers discouraged us, and from the tone of the communication it appeared to us that they didn’t want us to achieve a rare feat that they had done themselves. A clipping from one such private message :
September end is not the time to cross Sach Pass , specially with family. The reason being , its absolutely desolate, and the pass normally close by end of September. There is no road - or whatever is there cant be defined as "Road". You might not find a single car for 5-6 hours. There are a few turn , where , after crossing it , you will thank God , that you are still alive.
These might be well-meaning words of caution. However, given the fact that we had been to desolate – and sometimes non-existent – roads of Arunachal where we were the only tourists, we felt that we deserved some encouraging words.

At the same time, we received very positive encouragement from some, namely @Alpha , @Rajinder . We were keenly following the recent tour report of @rameshtahlan. Then, just before the starting date of our journey, we came across this warning

But we had to hope against hope, as it was too late to change the route. Eventually, the planned tour went awry, and the unplanned one was in no way disappointing – rather absolutely marvelous.

Let the humble photographs do the talking now.

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Day 0 and Day 1 >>

Day 1 continued - Chamera Dam >>

Day 1 continued - Bairagarh >>

Day 2 - D Day >>

Day 2 continued >>

Day 2 continued further >>

Day 2 continued - Ascent towards Sach Pass >>

Day 2 continued - Descent towards Chamba >>

Day 3 - Journey towards Bharmour >>

Day 3 continued - Bharmour >>

Day 4 - Bharmour Chourasi Temple >>

Day 4 continued - Hadsar >>

Day 4 continued - Journey towards Kugti >>

Day 4 continued - Kugti >>

Day 4 continued - Bharmour-Hadsar-Kugti videos >>

Day 5 - Bharmour to Chamba >>

Day 5 continued - towards Jot Pass >>

Day 5 continued - Jot pass and beyond >>

Day 6 - Baijnath Temple >>

Day 6 continued - Barot >>

Day 7 - Baragram >>

Day 7 continued - Exploring Barot >>

Day 7 continued - Exploring Barot further >>

Day 8 - Barot to Mohali >>

Videos >>

Logistics >>
 
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Alpha

Going to Neverland
I crossed Sach Pass on 29th September. It had already snowed on the Pass on 28th. Also, we crossed Rohtang Pass on the 1st October in the night. While Rohtang had already received good snow on 30th September night. I was in Killar and we could see the storm brewing. When i crossed Rohtang in darkness the slopes were white and we witnessed light flurries at the top. We could not complete the cliffhangar due to slides and we had to return back after entering the cliffhanger section.. hath ko aaya moonh na laga :(
 

adsatinder

explorer
Nope. We could not reach the top.


It seems that it will be impossible to cross the pass in Sep end / Oct first in coming years. For us, perhaps it will never be possible. For you, there is always a next time.
You reached Satrundi post ?

Alpha attempted many times.
Many others also tried many times.
It is not that easy to reach Saach Pass !
Himalaya has own ways to give way.
 

mousourik

Who Am I
You reached Satrundi post ?
Alpha attempted many times.
Many others also tried many times.
It is not that easy to reach Saach Pass !
Himalaya has own ways to give way.
Satrundi post is actually at Bairagarh - or that's what we saw. After that, there are 2 or 3 dhabas, but we did not encounter any more army post. Sach pass is accessible in a 4x4. We even found a Dezire that had gone to the pass from Dalhousie, but it did not rain or snow that day. It rained that night at Bairagarh, and snowed at the pass - true to the forecast made by @rameshtahlan - and we could not make it to the top, despite the car being an Innova Crysta.

It's easy for Delhites to plan the tour in a short notice, particularly if it is a self-driven car. We have to plan long ago, and it may go haywire at the last moment.
 

skysat2005

Super User
Satrundi post is actually at Bairagarh - or that's what we saw. After that, there are 2 or 3 dhabas, but we did not encounter any more army post.
Satrundi check post is at Satrundi only however the authorities move the check post just at exit of Bairagarh in the initial month of pass opening. The reason being told to us was extremely difficult terrain at Satrundi in the initial months of pass opening.
 

skysat2005

Super User
Man proposes, God….. proposes differently, or better. That has been the single line essence of this tour. We have been planning a tour to Sach pass since the last few years, but for some reason or other, it did not materialise – be it lack of information, or failure in communication, or the right timing.

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Brilliant beginning, Saach pass is always special irrespective of the month.

Having seen the pass in June and September, your pictures are showcasing a different region altogether.

Eagerly await the update....
 
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