Sach Pass in July – Itinerary, Road Conditions & Updates

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Sach Pass in Pangi Valley, the big daddy of all mountain passes and we say that the name is JUST enough to give you shivers down the spine 😀 D… Yes, you guessed it right, I just came back from a f***** amazing adventure of my entire life, last week only. The journey to Sach Pass, Pangi Valley was something that cannot be put into words, something that cannot be recalled to live it again, something that will go down as the most unforgettable experience of my lifetime, something that I can barely realize I made it through…

Numerous water crossings, endless waterfalls, snow walls as high as 40 feet, roads as if the pathway to hell, picking up an XUV to cross the landslide, clearing the landslide on your own, driving through the ever violent gushing streams and waterfalls, running through the live landslides, taking an open wild waterfall bath, getting stuck in no mans land, crossing over mighty passes of Rohtang Pass and Jalori Pass in the middle of night… Uff… Can you ask of anything more?? 😀 :D… All in all an F-amazing drive to daddy of all the mountain passes – Sach Pass in Pangi Valley which concluded with an exhilarating WTF kind of experience last week…

Adventure?? Now beat that – Sach Pass Quest
Adventure?? Now beat that - Sach Pass Quest

Well, over all, the road conditions lived up to the expectations though we were just lucky to save ourselves from heavy rains as predicted at the start of the journey. The weather just kept itself to offer optimum beauty with light rains and ever refreshing green colors. Chandrabhagha river accompanied us all throughout in Pangi Valley to keep us interested in the routes with some majestic infinite number of waterfalls puring down into it. Some were just breathtakingly beautiful with multi story falls right from the top of the mountains. All these things were WORTH the effort we had put into the trip 🙂 :)… The road conditions in most of the region of Pangi Valley were just horrendous to say at least 😉 ;)…

Though the detailed travel tale will take sometime to write, but in this article I would like to share what itinerary I followed, route I took and the updates on road conditions of this mega adventure in trans Himalayas, that is, Sach Pass – Pangi Valley.

About Sach Pass – Pangi Valley

Before I dive into the trip details, for those who do not have much idea about Sach Pass and Pangi Valley, I will give brief details of it and then will move on to the trip details.

Sach Pass is situated at an altitude of 4,420 Mtrs or 14500 feet lying on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas and connects Chamba Valley / Churah Valley with Pangi Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is about 127 KMs from Chamba and about 175 KMs from Dalhousie. Every years 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 and hence, once open, this route is prefered 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)

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 and then can 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.. to name a few. The entire Pangi Valley offer many picturesque villages and there is a PWD rest house in Cherry where you can stay in peace too along with hotels or guest houses in Killar.

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

Sach Pass Top
Sach Pass Top

Beautifuly setup Killar village in Pangi Valley
Beautifuly setup Killar village in Pangi Valley

An amazingly beautiful village in Lahaul Valley
An amazingly beautiful village in Lahaul Valley

Itinerary for Pangi Valley – Sach Pass Trip in July

Well, we had 5 days in hand for Sach Pass trip including one buffer day and we followed the itinerary as below:

  • Day 1: We started around 3.30 AM from my house, got together by 4.30 AM at Delhi bypass and left from Delhi. We had breakfast at Zhilmil, Karnal with stuffed paranthas and then continued in heavy + light rains all the way to Pathankot. There we took the road towards Dalhousie – Chamba and went on to reach Bairagarh at 19.30 PM in the evening. Half of the group stayed at Mannat home stay and other half stayed at hotel Chamunda just near it. Delhi to Bairagarh came out to be 686 KMs with a wrong detour towards Amritsar road for about 12-13 KMs one side.
  • Day 2: This was supposed to be the D-Day, the day when we crossed the Sach Pass driving going through Kalaban – Satrundi and reaching Killar by evening with ample of stops on the way. We started at 7.20 AM in the morning from Bairagarh just to cross the pass early in the morning before the Nallahs gets flooded on the route and travelled around 76 KMs that day to reach Killar in evening passing through Bagotu nallah. We stayed at Chamunda Hotel in Killar too :)…
  • Day 3: There was quite an anxiety on this day because a lot of was heard about Madgran Nallah which could swallow the big buses too after the noon or towards evening. The bridge wasn;t there and hence, our only option was to cross it as early as possible. So, we started at 5.45 AM from Killar and it was raining that day. Passing through various beautiful villages of Pangi Valley, witnessing loads of waterfalls and water crossings. We were able to reach Udaipur by 12.55 PM after crossing Madgran, though it was one of the longest I ever crossed but was doable without much trouble at that time. We had our brunch at Udaipur – Bhandari Bhojnalya which served us amazing veg. food. Then, we went to Trilokinath ji for darshan and cruised to Tandi – Sissu – Khoksar. We reached Rohtang Pass at 19.40 PM and old Manali at 21.20 PM. We called off this never ending day in Old Manali at Dontell Mama Guest House. Route of the day was like Killar – Cherry (14 KMs) – Purthi (28 KMs) – Tindi (54 KMs) – Madgran (70 KMs) – Udaipur (79 KMs) – Trilokinath (96 KMs) – Khoksar (175 KMs) – Rohtang Pass (194 KMs) – Manali (245 KMs)
  • Day 4: Half of this day was totally killed in Manali and then we realized we have to move to Narkanda via Jalori Pass 😀 :D… Series of events held us on the road up to 14.00 PM and we could not make much progress ahead. Finally, around 16.30 PM we crossed Aut tunnel and then started the ascend towards Jalori Pass. Spared out 2.30 Hrs at Shringi Vatika as some of us wanted to have chicken made up there as speciality 🙂 … Hence, we could end our day in dhabha at Jalori Pass at 22.40 PM. Amit, Anshul and Nitin went on to sleep in camps at Jalori Pass.
  • Day 5: Started from Jalori Pass at 7.15 AM, passed through Ani – Khanag – Sainj – Kingal – Narkanda – Shimla – Ambala – Delhi. We had our brunch at Narkanda at Himalayan Restaurant this time skipping my favorite Negi Dhabha which is just opposite of it. On the way to home, we had our drunch at McD, Zirakpur and then drove non-stop to Delhi from there to reach home by 22.00 PM at night which concluded the trip.

The total drive over the trip was about 1610 KM done in a budget of around Rs 5600 per head including all and it had a couple of very costly meals for about 1000 per person at Manali that just got wasted 🙁 🙁 … As I said, words fall short to explain this f-amazing mega adventure of my lifetime…

One of the Landslide points between Tissa and Bairagarh
One of the Landslide points between Tissa and Bairagarh

Partners in crime for Sach Pass Quest
Partners in crime for Sach Pass Quest

Zooming through…
Zooming through...

Devils, clearing the Landslide on the way to Sach Pass
Devils, clearing the Landslide on the way to Sach Pass

Waterfall and watercrossing, yes right on road 😀
Waterfall and watercrossing, yes right on road

Running through the water crossings
Running through the water crossings

Tamed Madgran Nallah in Lahaul Valley
Tamed Madgran Nallah in Lahaul Valley


Tamed Madgran Nallah in Lahaul Valley

Road Conditions for Sach Pass in July

Following is the breakdown of road conditions for the trip:

  • Delhi – Ambala – Ludhiana – Jalandhar – Pathankot: Mostly Excellent, smooth sailing toll road.
  • Pathankot – Bungal – Bhatwan – Dunera – Nainikhad – Banikhet: Mostly good and some sections were average and very few bad patches with potholes.
  • Banikhet – Chamera Lake Reservoir – Larog – Koti: Mix of good and average roads.
  • Koti – Tissa – Bairagarh: Roads are mostly bad with few average patches Between Tissa and Bhairagarh, there are some landslide points and tricky sections along with few water crossings. Drive with care here.
  • Bairagarh – Satrundi – Sach Pass: Mostly non-existent roads, rocks, boulders on road, multiple gushing water crossings, landslide points, slush near the pass and some very very tricky sections. Quite difficult I will say.
  • Sach Pass – Bagotu – Killar: Again mostly non existent road especially till Bagotu nallah which was totally flooded. The road on the other side of Sach Pass was extremely pathetic, I mean no words for it. Might kill sedan totally. Both XUV and terrano struggled alot in water crossings, big boulders, snow and slush.
  • Killar – Cherry – Purthi – Tindi: No roads, dirt track but is OK to drive with average conditions and couple of water crossings.
  • Tindi – Madgran – Udaipur: Again no roads, dirt track, slush, couple of very heavy/violent water crossings including Madgran.
  • Udaipur – Trilokinath – Tandi: Many patches of good tarred roads and smooth sailing. Couple of places have average and bad sections.
  • Tandi – Sissu – Khoksar: Majority of sections are good but there are few sections which are narrow, with slush and very bad especially for small cars.
  • Khoksar – Gramphu – Rohtang Pass: Quite bad roads, some sections are very pathetic again especially almost up to few KMs before Rohtang Pass.
  • Rohtang Pass – Marhi – Manali – Kullu – Aut: Mostly very good roads except from Rohtang Pass to Marhi which has couple of bad sections.
  • Aut – Banjar – Ghiyaji/Jibhi – Shoja: Narrow road with mix of good and average roads.
  • Shoja – Jalori Pass – Ani: Quite bad at places with slush on road which made it more difficult. On the other side of Jalori Pass towards Ani, still fine with few bad sections.
  • Ani – Khanag – Sainj – Kingal: Mostly good roads.
  • Kingal – Narkanda – Shimla – Zirakpur – Ambala – Delhi: Smooth sailing with no issues.

Horrors of Road to Sach Pass
Horrors of Road to Sach Pass


Horrors of Road to Sach Pass

Our convoy struggling through on the Quest
Our convoy struggling through on the Quest

Splash in the water towards Satrundi
Splash in the water towards Satrundi

That amazing valley view from Satrundi
That amazing valley view from Satrundi

Amazing weather in Pangi Valley
Amazing weather in Pangi Valley

Phone Signals with Data Connectivity in Pangi Valley – Sach Pass

I was carrying Airtel Postpaid, BSNL Postpaid and Vodafone Postpaid was with some friends. Following was the signal status:

  • All three were working mostly through all the route up to Bairgarh. Then, there was no signal of Airtel or Vodafone up to Tandi. In Killar, by evening BSNL started to work but connection is erratic. Udaipur had signals but then in between no signals.
  • Beyond Bairagarh, only BSNL connection worked, so do carry it else be ready for out of family connection for couple of days till you reach Tandi – Sissu area in Lahaul. Jalori Pass too had signals though a bit week for all the connections.
  • Data Connectivity was almost always available wherever the signals were present, mostly limited to 2G and at places even 3G was running.

In the land of Waterfalls – Pangi Valley
In the land of Waterfalls - Pangi Valley


In the land of Waterfalls - Pangi Valley

Other Important Updates for Pangi Valley – Sach Pass Trip

  • Bairagarh, Killar both have decent hotels and also liquor shops though preferred brand can be an issue.
  • DO NOT go towards Chamba or Dalhousie and follow the road to Chamera Lake from Banikhet, then reach Koti from there. That is the short route, the other route is quite long via Chamba or Dalhousie. Neither Chamba nor Dalhousie should come on the route to Bairagarh from Pathankot, in case they come, you took a longer route.
  • Once you cross Bairagarh, you will find Dhabha at Satrundi checkpost but no paranthas so pack your food from hotel. Then after crossing Sach Pass you get to eat around Bagotu Nallah before Killar in a dhabha. After Killar in Pangi Valley, you will find dhabhas at Purthi and then at Udaipur only.
  • Killar is a big town in Pangi Valley being headquarters of it and does also have an SBI ATM.
  • You can get good Rajma from Baban or Purthi villages in Pangi Valley even in Udaipur, Lahaul or Peas as well in case you want to carry them back here.
  • We filled up fuel before Bairagarh guess near Tissa somewhere and then after that we could spot fuel pump only at Tandi on Manali – Leh Highway.
  • Whenever making a trip to Sach Pass or Pangi Valley, do leave early in the day so that water crossings have less water in them as there are numerous of them on the road with Madgran being the most violent along with Bagotu nallah.
  • Bhandari bhojnalya at Udaipur is a great place to eat homely food. We loved it a lot.

That’s our ride in Lahaul Valley
That's our ride in Lahaul Valley

Splash time at Manali – Leh Highway
Splash time at Manali - Leh Highway

The ride getting a bath in Kullu
The ride getting a bath in Kullu

Early morning mist at Jalori Pass
Early morning mist at Jalori Pass

Toll Amounts on the Route

  • Toll at Panipat: Rs 30
  • Toll at Panipat: Rs 30
  • Toll at Panipat: Rs 30
  • Toll at Karnal: Rs 111
  • Toll at Gharggar: Rs 67
  • Toll at Ladowal: Rs 117
  • Toll at Chollang: Rs 70
  • Toll at Tunuhatti: Rs 30
  • Toll at Harse Mansar: Rs 75
  • Toll at Himachal entry: Rs 30
  • Toll at Banikhet: Rs 30
  • Toll at Himalayan Express way, Panchkulla: Rs 28
  • Toll at Ambala – Chandigarh NH22: Rs 36

I will start sharing the detailed Travel Tale of this Sach Pass – Pangi Valley trip, the reviews of the hotels I stayed and places at which I ate food, very soon. So, stay tuned guys 🙂

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187 Comments

  1. Sharmila Ghishnath on

    Hello Dheeraj, I am a regular follower of your posts. In fact your post helped me a lot in planning our trip at Ladakh region last year, particularly in taking the road from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri via Hanle as well as Nubra to Pangong via the road thru river bed (not the usual road thru Khardung la).
    Next year I am planning to take a trip covering Sach Pass, Kunzum la and Chandratal but we are a family of middle aged husband and wife with a son who is fit but not physically strong, hence we cannot afford to be adventurous too much.
    I will be extremely grateful if you can provide me the following information:
    1) the safest time to take the trip
    2) no. of days required to cover comfortably
    3) contact of a reliable driver (like Sonam for Ladakh)
    Regards,

    • Hello Sharmila,

      Thank you 🙂 🙂

      Well, I will suggest to make up mind and choose between doing just Chandratal + Sach Pass Pangi Valley OR making trip to entire Spiti valley and Kinnaur Valley. Then we can discuss about rest of the things. If you have not been to Spiti, I will recommend it over Sach Pass at his moment. but let me know and we can discuss rest.

      • Sharmila Ghoshnath on

        Dear Dheeraj, thank u for such an early response. We did travel to the Spiti and Kinnaur valleys earlier covering Sarahan, Kalpa, Sangla, Chitkul, Tabo, Nako, Kaza till Kibber but had to come back via the same route to Shimla and cd nt take the road to Manali via Kunzum and Rohtang bcoz it was nt open that time. Same way, we took the Srinagar- Leh road while going but cd nt come bk via Leh- Manali road due to again the same reason. Hence we want to do this time even if we hv to take the same places once more.
        Regards

        • Hmm, that’s fine then. In that case what you can do is follow a below plan:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Dalhousie/Khajjiar
          Day 2 | Dalhousie/Khajjiar – Chamba
          Day 3 | Chamba – Sach Pass – Killar (leave by 5-6 AM at max)
          Day 4,5 | Spend in Killar going over to various surrounding/nearby villages which offer great beautiful landscapes of Pangi Valley
          Day 6 | Killar – Udaipur – Tandi – Keylong (Leave by 5 am to avoid deep water crossings)
          Day 7 | Keylong – Baralacha La – Keylong
          Day 8 | Keylong – Gramphu – Chatru – Batal – Chandratal
          Day 9 | Chandratal – Kunzum Pass (if you want) – Batal – Chatru – Gramphu – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          Day 10 | LEave back home

        • Sharmila Ghoshnath on

          Thank u so much for such a brilliantly planned itinerary. I hope after going thru ur posts, Sept wd b the safest bet to do it. Last one request. Can u provide contact no of a reliable driver fr the route which is extremely important in difficult hilly terrain like this? Fr Leh, we got an ex- army man as our driver cum guide that made our experience different altogether

        • Sharmila Ghoshnath on

          Thank u, so much Dheeraj. U r doing such a commendable job and such a dependable friend for all the hopeless and eternal lovers of Himalaya

  2. Ajay Ketkar on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Jus t want to know, can sach pass be considered as an alternative to Rohatnag Pass?
    I have been to Leh-Ladhak this year. I did it via jammu – leh – manali. I am planning again for 2017. I dont want to go via J&K this time. I would prefer getting stranded into sach pass route than wainting in Manali for Rohtang permit.

    Regards
    Ajay

    • Yes Ajay, very much you can travel from Sach Pass. route. The plan will be like below:

      Day 1 | Get off early morning and plan to reach Bairagarh by end of day
      Day 2 | Bairagarh – Satrundi – Sach Pass – Killar
      Day 3 | Killar – Udaipur – Tandi – Keylong / Jispa
      Day 4 | Reach Leh.

  3. Alka bharwaj on

    Hieee..me and my husband jst had a trip from Shimla to kazzza… it zzz an amazing trip of 4 days…we were going through Alto lxi 2005 model… roads were not good..it’s like dat we r on vibration mode …sites r breathtaking from nakoo..we crossed nako after 6pm…there were no signs of people , no vechiles, I was very scared..bcoz we r only two people….by it was amazing and unforgettable…,,,nw on these holidays we both r going to explore sach pass….thnxxx for such a good tips ..

  4. shivangmehta2020 on

    Hi, I m planning a trip to sach pass from dalhousie side in first week of oct. It would be a short trip. Itenary is as follows
    1. Gurgaon to kalatop / khajjiar
    2. Khajjiar to Killar
    3. Killar to manali
    4. Manali to gurgaon
    5. Buffer

    Want an input from fellow DOWians if this is doable.

    • Killar to Manali is a bit long drive, we did it but I only know how. Better avoid it and halt at Sissu at max. Also, no need to go to Khajjiar, be on road towards Bairagarh or reach Chamba. Leave very early on Day 2.

      • shivangmehta2020 on

        Hi Dheeraj, have just been back from the trip. Yes I did want to go in the month of Oct, but it somehow happened.
        There is actually no road about 60 kms before sach pass till phura. Drove approx 225 kms without any road. The climb is really treacherous. Sacrificed one of my new michellins. Driver side tyre got burst while descending from sach pass. It was 8 pm, and unfortunately the jack also broke. We actually got straded about 16 kms from Killar before a truck came and helped us. I really would not suggest anyone to even visit if he s not having a 4×4. Must visit in a big group. It took me 4 days to do gurgaon – khajjiar – sach pass – killar – keylong – manali – gurgaon circuit and 1700 kms.

      • Nitirath.Minhas on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks a lot for the info above, it was really helpful. I also frequently make trips to the himalayas. However, pangi i will be going for the first time. Would request your inputs on the following since you have already visited.
        1) Firstly, i’m leaving on the 8th of october to pangi from delhi by road. Is sach pass accessible during mid October?
        2) Is it also accessible from through Shimla- rampur – kinnaur , the road to spiti? Please let me all routes you know to pangi from delhi?
        3) I have to be back on 16th october to delhi as i have work resuming 17th October. Are 10 days enough and please suggest routes basis the time we have which is 10 days.
        4) Any special places you would want us to visit?
        5) Please feel free to tell me any other inputs you think would be helpful.

        thanks

        • Sachendra Pal on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Due to certain issues, i couldn’t plan my trip earlier but now planning for solo bike ride starting from Pathankot – Koti – Tissa – Sach Pass – Killar – Keylong – Manali. Is it advisable to travel solo on bike this time? Would i get any water crossings at Sach Pass?

        • Sach Pass shall be fine but for Manali – leh highway for a solo biker this late in the season, from my side it will be big NO.

  5. Satish Patel on

    Sir,We request for your Kind expert opinion & advise for our tour
    Day 1 (Thu, 22-Sep-16) …….Chandigarh – Narkanda
    Day 2…… Narkanda – Recong Peo
    Day 3…. Recong Peo – Kaza
    Day 4…. Kaza Tandi
    Day 5…. Tandi- killar
    Day 6…. killar – Khajjiar
    Day 7 (Thu, 29-Sep-16)….. Khajjiar – Chandigarh
    Total 1500 Km.
    Thanking You,
    Satish Patel, Pune (9371007737)
    mvijaycreations@gmail.com

      • SATISH PATEL on

        Yes Sir,
        We just want to ride on the road with Innova….
        & night haults for rest….
        We have already made sightseeing around Kaza & Manali in 2014.
        Thank You

  6. Sachendra Pal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am back with another question.

    As i am unable to opt Jammu-Srinagar-Leh route, I will start my solo bike trip from 21st Sept and i am planning to go through Dalhousie-Killar-Keylong route. I have read the comment and you specified the perfect route to reach jispa. I will exactly follow that but please let me know if that route can be covered in September end. After starting from Dalhousie i am planning to take a halt at Killar and then to Jispa.

    • Sachendra, the road conditions are tough, so plan a day in between I will say. September you can surely plan the trip from Sach Pass – Killar route. The route remains open.

      • Sachendra Pal on

        Thanks Dheeraj,

        I am gonna move slowly and enjoy the every bit of scenery.

        So on first day i would cover Dalhousie – Bairagarh – Sach Pass – Killar (leave early in the day)
        On 2nd day i would cover Killar – Udaipur – Tandi – Keylong – Jispa (leave early in the day)

        Just few more questions, Is there anything good to see in Dalhousie? So that i can stay for one day there.
        Is there any beautiful spot near killar where i can spend a day enjoying the natural landscapes?

        • You can spend couple of days at Killar to explore the beautiful villages in Pangi Valley around Killar are Dharwas, Luj, Sural, Hundan, Findroo, Findar, Mindhal, Parmar, etc.. to name a few. The entire Pangi Valley offer many picturesque villages and there is a PWD rest house in Cherry where you can stay in peace too along with hotels or guest houses in Killar.

    • shivangmehta2020 on

      Sir, one suggestion, pls donot opt for solo trip. I’ve just been back and the route is strictly no no for a solo traveller, unless you find more bikers there and you join them. One of the bikers from Bombay was sharing his own experience (@ killar). His bike got punctured and he had to leave everything there to get the tyre puncture repaired. Luckily the facility was nearby, but it still took him more than an hour. The place is completely isolated and cut from the rest of the world.

  7. hi dheeraj,
    i m planning delhi-leh trip via sach pass on rented bullets from delhi.
    we have 14 days in hand… is it possible to make this trip with this duration…
    we start our trip on 12 september…
    our plan is
    delhi-dalhousie-baigarh-killar-udaipur-keylong-leh-manali-delhi
    we are planing to return via manali leh highway…
    can u suggest an iternary???
    how is the road condition there on september??
    is it possible to travel on two wheeler in sach pass???

    • Tony, this is very much possible and you can follow the below plan:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Dalhousie
      Day 2 | Dalhousie – Bairagarh – Sach Pass – Killar (leave early in the day)
      Day 3 | Killar – Udaipur – Tandi – Keylong – Jispa (leave early in the day)
      Day 4 | Jispa – Baralacha La – Sarchu – Pang – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh (leave early in the day)
      Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 7 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 9 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 12 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
      — Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      — Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 13 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 14 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return
      Day 15 + 16 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

        • Yes Tony you can do so. However, those are isolated routes and hence it is highly recommended that you travel on those routes only with convoys of at least 3-4 vehicles so that you can help each other inc ase of any need. Also, it is highly recommended to do the route in the first half of the day as later the water crossings can be swollen and impossible to cross at times.

    • Hi Tony, I too am starting with two cousins from Delhi on September 12 on rented bikes. Are you okay with connecting with a few more people for this trip? Thanks!

  8. Hemant Sharma on

    HI Dheeraj…. Just amazed by your journey and the snaps posted. Need an expert advice of yours, we have 3 days and are visiting Dalhousie but want to visit Sach pass too (till Killar, as we dont have much time exploring the rest). Can you put your suggestion on how to plan our Journey & from where could we get a Car hired (If you know)…??

    • This is what you can do:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Dalhousie
      Day 2 | Dalhousie – Bairagarh – Sach Pass – Killar (leave early in the day)
      Day 3 | Killar – Udaipur – Tandi – Sissu
      Day 4 | Sissu – Manali – Delhi, very long drive

      OR

      Day 1 | Delhi – Dalhousie
      Day 2 | Dalhousie – Bairagarh – Sach Pass – Bairagarh (leave early in the day to complete it)
      Day 3 | Bairagarh – Delhi, long drive

      • Thanx Dheeraj for your reply, but we are not travelling from Delhi… Kindly consider our journey from Dalhousie and Back to Dalhousie (We have 3 days in Dal here, travelling is additional). Now can you tell how to travel, we do not want to go to Manali and are planning to revert back to Dal from Killar. Where can we stay, what we can do Kindly let me know.

        • IN that case, you can do below:

          Day 1 | Dalhousie – Sach Pass – Killar
          Day 2 | Around Killar
          Spend a day at Killar to explore the beautiful villages in Pangi Valley around Killar are Dharwas, Luj, Sural, Hundan, Findroo, Findar, Mindhal, Parmar, etc.. to name a few. The entire Pangi Valley offer many picturesque villages and there is a PWD rest house in Cherry where you can stay in peace too along with hotels or guest houses in Killar.
          Day 3 | Killar – Sach Pass – Bairagarh
          Day 4 | Bairagarh – return

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