One of the toughest to traverse the Saach Pass located in Chamba Valley has been closed for 2010 in lieu of snowfall which will remain it closed for more than 6 – 7 months. The Saach Pass links the Pangi Valley of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. It’s not just vehicles but even the human movement is banned keeping in mind the security concerns. The pass would open next year in summers depending upon the snowfall in year 2011. So all those arduous travelers have to wait another 7 months to ride this one of the most treacherous passes in Himachal Pradesh.
The Saach Pass, situated at an altitude of 4,413 m linking Pangi mountainous tribal valley of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh overlooking snowy Pir Panjal ranges of Jammu and Kashmir, has officially been closed for transportation and pedestrians in the wake of ensuing snowfall.
The Pangi valley, having a population of 17,591, remains cut-off from the outside world during the winter due to snowfall for about seven months. The Saach Pass would reopen in June next year.
Issuing orders to this effect here today, District Magistrate of Chamba Devesh Kumar, said plying of vehicles on Chamba-Pangi highway (via Saach Pass) would be prohibited beyond Bairagarh in Tissa area and Preygran in tribal Pangi valley.
The District Magistrate said during winter Saach Pass experiences unprecedented snowfall with strong icy winds. Keeping in view the situation, the district administration has imposed a ban on human movement in the Saach Pass area to avoid any untoward incident. Vehicles would now ply upto Bairagarh and Preygran, he stated.