Day 2 continued - Ascent towards Sach Pass
Now, there was snow almost everywhere, except the road
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.
Now there was more snow in the middle of the road.
A bit of green dared keep its head high amidst little black and almost all white.
At this point perhaps, we decided to return, as the van could be seen nowhere, and there was no other living soul.
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.
This was the place wherefrom we came back.
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.
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.
So our journey towards the pass ended there, and we started coming back to Bairagarh.
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