How to make a Sach Pass trip in 4-5 days?

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Sach Pass, nestled in one of the remote corners of Pangi Valley is popularly known as the daddy of all mountain passes in the Himalayas. Every adventure lover seeks a Sach Pass trip once he covers Ladakh & Spiti and gets bitten by the incurable bug of adventure travel. Over the last decade, this mighty mountain pass has lived up to the stature of offering extreme adventure and horrible roads to any motor vehicle travel enthusiast. And why not? Any Sach Pass trip will always be filled with numerous uncertainties of roads being open or not, active landslides, numerous water crossings, plenty of waterfalls, horrible road conditions, 20 feet snow walls, etc.. Can you ask for anything more?? 😀 … Adventure cannot get any better than a ride or drive to the daddy of all passes, “The Sach Pass”.

Passing a water crossing on the Sach Pass trip

Passing a water crossing on the Sach Pass trip

About Sach Pass and Pangi Valley

Before I dive into the topic of planning a Sach Pass trip in 4 days, let me share a brief about Sach Pass and Pangi Valley.

Sach Pass is situated at an altitude of 4,420 Mtrs or 14500 feet lying on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. It connects Chamba Valley / Churah Valley with Pangi Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Sach Pass is located about 127 KMs from Chamba and about 175 KMs from Dalhousie. Every year the pass gets open from late June or early July to mid-October and then the road closes for winters after heavy snowfall. It is the shortest route from Chamba to the Killar with a distance of about 160 KMs. Hence, once open, this route is preferred by the locals too. The other routes to Killar are, Chamba – Manali – Udaipur Killar about 680 KMs and Chamba – Jammu – Doda – Gulabgarh – Kishtwar – Killar about 570 KMs. In fact, it is the shortest route for Pathankot to Leh over Manali – Leh Highway as well.

The breakup of route direction and distance to Sach Pass from Chamba is as: Chamba – Tissa (63 KM) – Bairagarh (90 KMs) – Satrundi (106 KMs) – Sach Pass (120 KMs) – Bagotu (130 KMs) – Killar (166 KMs) and altitude graph goes like Tissa (1570 Mtrs) – Bairagarh (2800 Mtrs) – Satrundi (3400 Mtrs) – Sach Pass (4420 Mtrs) – Bagotu (3600 Mtrs) – Killar (2590 Mtrs)

One of the many water crossings / nallas on the way to Sach Pass

One of the many water crossings / nallas on the way to Sach Pass

Once you enter Pangi Valley, you unlock yourself some of the most beautiful and amazing places to explore in the Himalayas. You will need at least 4-5 days to explore Pangi Valley after reaching Killar. You can then head towards Udaipur – Tandi – Manali for going back home. Some of the beautiful places to explore in Pangi Valley around Killar are Dharwas, Luj, Sural, Hundan, Findroo, Findar, Mindhal, Parmar, etc.. The entire Pangi Valley offer many picturesque villages. There is a PWD rest house in Cherry where you can stay in peace along with few basic guesthouses in Killar.

The adventures of our Sach Pass trip

The adventures of our Sach Pass trip

Common Itinerary – Sach Pass Trip in 4-5 Days

In this article, I will not be taking you through the complete circuit of Sach Pass.I will focus on making a trip to just Sach Pass and return the same route. In case you have 8-9 days in hand, you can always refer the article: Sach Pass – Pangi Valley – Most Common Itinerary. It takes you to Sach Pass from Chamba side, go over to Killar and then exit via Udaipur – Tandi – Rohtang Pass – Manali route.

Day 1 | Delhi – Pathankot – Chamba / Tissa / Bairagarh
  • This day you will be just driving out from Delhi without much sightseeing apart from what comes on the road. You can stop for food at Chamera Lake that comes on the route.
  • It will take about 3.5 Hrs to reach Bairagarh from Chamba, so an early start from Delhi is mandatory.
  • Follow the route alongside Chamera Lake, in case you need to go to Bairagarh. On the shorter route, Chamba will not come. So, look for directions accordingly.
  • About 12-16 Hrs drive to Chamba (12 Hrs) / Bairagarh (16 Hrs).
  • Overnight at Chamba / Tissa / Bairagarh, whichever suits your timings.
Day 2 | Chamba / Bairagarh – Satrundi – Sach Pass – Killar
  • Leave very early, if from Chamba and enjoy the vistas en-route.
  • Leaving early is mandatory because else there will be too much water in nallas that can strand you in between nowhere. You will miss the chance of visiting Sach Pass.
  • You can plan for lunch at Bagotu Nalla dhabha after crossing Sach Pass towards Killar.
  • About 8 – 9 Hrs of drive in case from Chamba else will take about 5 – 6 Hrs to reach Killar from Bairagarh.
  • Overnight at Killar.
Day 3 | Killar – Sach Pass – Satrundi – Bairagarh / Chamba
  • Follow the same route back to Bairagarh or Chamba.
  • About 8 – 9 Hrs of drive in case to Chamba else will take about 5 – 6 Hrs to reach Bairagarh from Killar.
  • Overnight at Bairagarh / Chamba.
Day 4 | Bairagarh / Chamba – Gete (17 Km) – Jot (12 KM) – Gete (12 KM) – Khajjiar (7 KM)
  • Take a well deserving rest day after loads of adventure in last 3 days and enjoy a tourist place – Khajjiar.
  • Today take the scenic drive from Chamba to Jot – Gete to Khajjiar.
  • About 2.5 – 6 Hrs of drive depending upon where you start in the day, Chamba or Bairagarh.
  • Overnight at Khajjiar.
  • In case you have just 4 days in hand, you can go back home as per route of Day 1.
Day 5 | Khajjiar – Dalhousie – Delhi
  • Follow the same route back to Pathankot and further to Delhi.
  • About 14 Hrs of drive to reach home in Delhi.
  • Overnight at sweet home.
Road Conditions at its best on the way to Sach Pass

Road Conditions at its best on the way to Sach Pass

Petrol Pumps on Sach Pass Trip

  • Couple of petrol pumps there on the way to Banikhet
  • Near Chamba or Banikhet Do Top Up Here
  • Manjir, Bhadram. There is one fuel pump at Bhadram and Manjir. Bhadram is about 40 KMs from Banikhet towards Sach Pass and Manjir is about 28 KMs ahead of it.
  • Churah about 8 KMs from Tissa towards Sach Pass. Do Top Up Here
  • Tandi near Keylong if doing the full circuit from Killar – Udaipur – Manali route
  • Manali

The Devils Gang at Sach Pass, Three cheers for the Spirits shown
The Devils Gang at Sach Pass, Three cheers for the Spirits shown

Conclusion

I hope this plan or itinerary for a Sach Pass trip in 4-5 days will be useful for travelers planning their short journey to this place. Feel free to share it with your family & friends who are looking out for a short adventure to Sach Pass in this coming season. In case you have any questions or doubts, in planning your trip to Sach Pass, please post them in the comments section of this article OR in “Ask a Travel Question” section of the website.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Dheeraj, can you tell me if HTDP buses ploy in this route? I plan to visit this pass but don’t have privilege of either car or bike. So was looking for alternative options.

    • No Mayuri, HPTDC tourist buses do not ply on this route of Sach PAss. However, the local HRTC buses does ply once the Sach Pass opens in July. The bus between Chamba – Killar runs on this route.

  2. Vibha Ravi @pixelvoyages on

    I like the handy info like the location of petrol pumps, which can really make a difference on a road trip.

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