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

mousourik

Who Am I
Bhanjraru ?
or
Satrundi ?
Satrundi seems ok.

You were not able to went ahead.
Otherwise I can ask for 3 confusing turns.
The Killar Adventure - crossing Sach pass at night with family.
The Killar Adventure - crossing Sach pass at night with family.
Bhanjraru is a twin town of Tissa, and it is situated much below - hence it is ruled out. It seemed like a helipad, but we did not see any "H" marking there. So it can be Satrundi helipad, unless it is situated somewhere else that we could not see.

We took print outs and soft copies of the attachments posted by @Rajinder because they served as very good guidelines. But they were on the other side of the pass.

Seems so !
He has seen a Rare Animal & giving an Image only is showing, what He Missed !
He was thinking of Sach Pass only !
LOL !
@mousourik
Made any Video ?
Or opportunity was lost ?
More Pics please !
It was always on the move, so fast that we could hardly focus the camera. That was the best shot we had.

Seems to be Small-clawed Otter !
Well, absolutely no idea. That is why we put a question mark there. Fight with @asheshr and we'll accept the verdict of the winner. ;)
Another photo is attached - if that helps you fight. :) These are the only two photos we managed to take.
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adsatinder

explorer
Bhanjraru is a twin town of Tissa, and it is situated much below - hence it is ruled out. It seemed like a helipad, but we did not see any "H" marking there. So it can be Satrundi helipad, unless it is situated somewhere else that we could not see.
It is Satrundi Helipad only as shown in Pic and Size given in Govt Website.
I can confirm from the images from Google Maps that it is Satrundi Helipad only.
Due to less space and less need may be, they have made it small enough for small search and evacuation need in emergency.


Well, absolutely no idea. That is why we put a question mark there. Fight with @asheshr and we'll accept the verdict of the winner. ;)
Another photo is attached - if that helps you fight. :) These are the only two photos we managed to take.
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Very Good Shot !
It is Otter only !
Himalayan Otter !


@asheshr is No Doubt a Wildlife Specialist with us !
I am thankful for pointing it out !
 

mousourik

Who Am I
Day 2 continued - Ascent towards Sach Pass

Now, there was snow almost everywhere, except the road

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Suddenly the van stopped. We went beside it and asked the driver what had happened. He simply asked us to move ahead, and that he would be catch up soon. We started, but I had a sinister feeling. I kept watching the back side, and could not find that van at all. Still we went ahead.

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Now there was more snow in the middle of the road.

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A bit of green dared keep its head high amidst little black and almost all white.

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At this point perhaps, we decided to return, as the van could be seen nowhere, and there was no other living soul.

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As we were returning, we came across that van coming up. They spoke to us, gave us hope and confidence. So we again reversed the car and started ascending.

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This was the place wherefrom we came back.

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Soon came an ascending hair pin bend, and the rear tyres lost the grip and started spinning. Before that, there was one or two such bends which could be maneuvered, but this one was tough to negotiate as this was basically mud track. The three guys of the van had stopped a little ahead, and were busy taking selfies and playing with snow. We asked them to help, and they readily agreed. At first they tried to push the car, but it failed to ascend even with full throttle. We wondered how an Innova Crysta failed where a mere pick-up van boasted of success, and came to know that the van was a four wheel drive!

They said that there would be 3 more such bends, then the pass would appear and we’d be able to descend to the other side. However we could not see the pass or the complete road even then. But we had already seen thin layers of dark cloud descending.

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They asked us to wait at a shack below for a few hours and attempt ascending again if we could find any vehicle coming from Killar. But we knew that there was no point in doing that. We realised that that was it – we would not be able to move farther, and thus ended our tryst with Sach Pass.

Now it was time to reverse the car, but the snow covered road was narrow. The car was hitting a large stone that could not be moved. The other side of the road could not be traced very well because of snow. Somehow the tyre managed to clear the snow, and the car was brought to the earlier bend without changing its front by reversing. The road was wider there, and it could change its course easily without changing the front actually. We thanked those three guys profusely, because without them, we’d have got stuck there invariably.

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So our journey towards the pass ended there, and we started coming back to Bairagarh.

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Some revelers

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skysat2005

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Feel sad for not making it to the Sach pass, but then this will keep you motivated for another attempt of the pass.

The ascent looks beautiful with light fresh snow all around.

Sach is not easy with snow on the road. My sense is that you did the right thing by returning as the stretch further becomes worse and it is tough to manage in ice without 4 wheel drive.

Cheers...
 
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