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.

Pangi Valley - Sach Pass Trip in 4-5 Days
Pangi Valley – Sach Pass Trip in 4-5 Days

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.”

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 lies about 127 km from Chamba and about 175 km 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.

Passing a water crossing on the Sach Pass trip
Passing a water crossing on the Sach Pass trip

The Route Break Down

It is the shortest route from Chamba to the Killar with a distance of about 160 km. Hence, once open, this route is preferred by the locals too. The other routes to Killar are Chamba – Manali – Udaipur Killar, about 680 km, and Chamba – Jammu – Doda – Gulabgarh – Kishtwar – Killar about 570 km. 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).

The 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 offers 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. It takes you to Sach Pass from Chamba side, goes over to Killar and then exits 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 a 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 the route of Day 1.

Day 5 | Khajjiar – Dalhousie – Delhi

  • Follow the same route back to Pathankot from Khajjiar and further to Delhi.
  • About 14 Hrs of a drive to reach home in Delhi.
  • Overnight at sweet home.

Can I make a 4 day trip to Sach Pass?

Yes, you can make a trip to Sach Pass in 4 days. In the itinerary mentioned above, you can directly return home from Chamba to Delhi on Day 4. You can skip the relaxing days of exploring Khajjiar and around to complete your Sach Pass trip in 4 days.

Road Conditions at its best on the way to Sach Pass
Road Conditions at its best on the way to Sach Pass

An Alternate Plan – Dalhousie to Sach Pass to Manali

In this plan instead of returning back from Sach Pass via Dalhousie – Chamba route, we can continue into Lahaul Valley. In this alternate route plan of Sach Pass trip in 5 days, we will be taking the route to Sach Pass from Chamba side and then return home via Manali side.

Day 3 | Killar – Cherry – Purthi – Udaipur

  • Start your day early else at time Madgram Nalla near Udaipur will be flooded and you will not be able to cross it.
  • Easy drive to Udaipur exploring the beauty on the route. You can have lunch at Purthi Dhabha if required.
  • About 5 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
  • Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 4 | Udaipur – Tandi – Manali

  • Visit Trilokinath Temple while going towards Tandi.
  • In case you want to return, better stay at Sissu else for Baralacha La go over to Jispa and stay there. In case you are short on time, you can directly reach Manali from Udaipur and save a day for you.
  • About 8 Hrs of drive from Udaipur to Manali.
  • Overnight at Manali.

Day 5 | Manali – Delhi

  • If there is time explore Manali, that is if going by overnight Volvo which starts around 5.30 PM.
  • Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Old Manali, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting), etc.
  • About 12-14 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between.
  • Back home.
Splash time at Manali - Leh Highway
Splash time at Manali – Leh Highway

Alternate Plan – Sach Pass to Killar to Kishwar in 5 days

Now, you can also make the road trip of cliffhanger drive from Killar to Kishtwar instead of traveling from Killar to Manali via Keylong – Udaipur route. Let us look at how you can adjust the above Sach Pass 5 day itinerary to travel on this route.

Day 3 | Killar – Kishtwar

  • Start your day early to reach Kishtwar by evening.
  • The route is popular by the name Cliffhanger drive. The rough drive can give goosebumps to anyone. Hence, it will take some time to cover the 120 km journey from Killar to Kishtwar via Gulabhgarh.
  • The road is pretty narrow with a deep drop running aside it.
  • About 6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between the journey.
  • Overnight at Kishtwar.

Day 4 | Kishtwar – Patnitop

  • Wake up easy after a tiring day and start for Patnitop in Jammu to halt the trip before returning home
  • Patnitop is just 120 km from Kishtwar and roads are mostly decent.
  • About 5 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between the journey.
  • In the evening, do some local sightseeing in Patnitop or enjoy the sunset.
  • Overnight at Patnitop.

Day 5 | Patnitop – Delhi

  • You start the trip back home after an early breakfast.
  • About 12-14 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between.
  • Back home.
Amazing weather in Pangi Valley
Amazing weather in Pangi Valley

Petrol Pumps on Sach Pass Trip

Fuel availability is key to making a successful remote Himalayan trip. Hence, a trip to Sach Pass is no different from others being such a remote region of Himachal.

  • You will find several petrol pumps on the way to Pathankot from Delhi.
  • A couple of petrol pumps there on the way to Banikhet from Pathankot
  • There is one near Chamba or Banikhet.
  • Manjir, Bhadram. There is one fuel pump at Bhadram and Manjir. Bhadram is about 40 km from Banikhet towards Sach Pass and Manjir is about 28 km ahead of it. It is recommended that you top up at these fuel pumps.
  • Do not forget to top up fuel at Churah petrol pump which is about 8 km from Tissa towards Sach Pass. Do Top Up Here.
  • The next important petrol pump is at Tandi near Keylong on Manali Leh Highway. It will only come on your route if you are doing the full circuit from Killar – Udaipur – Manali route.
  • Finally, near Manali, you will find a few petrol pumps and then there is no shortage of them all the way to Delhi.
The Devils Gang at Sach Pass, Three cheers for the Spirits shown
The Devils Gang at Sach Pass, Three cheers for the Spirits shown

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Conclusion

I hope this day by day 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.

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14 Comments

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  2. Sanam soni on

    Hii, Dheeraj sir
    I am planning to explore Sach pass and wish to know that wether you are organising groups for such trips. If yes then kindly share the details.
    Thank you

    • No, we do not organize any trips. There are some copy cats that shamelessley use our brand name but we have no association with them, beware of such frauds.

  3. Hi Dheeraj ,

    Can you provide any suggestion on the drivers for Sach Pass.As I own a hatchback and don’t wanna take the risk to drive in Sach in a hatchback.

    I already know that there is a good list of drivers for Spiti ( I had used that list previously) hence would rely on DOW for the list of drivers for Sach as well.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Sorry Jimmy, I do not have any specific list of driver for Sach Pass and you can connect with these drivers and check if they offer services or have been to those places. Meanwhile I will check with some local contacts if they have some reliable contacts.

  4. We am planning Jaipur…. pathankot …kishtwar….killar…..tandi…..on to spiti valley…kaza ……tabo…….Shimla……Jaipur starting 10 of September. Is this itenary doable in 10 days(considering jpr pathankot in 1 day and shimla jaipur on 10th). What will be the weather conditions???

  5. Bhuvan Sharma on

    Hello Dheeraj sir,

    I am doing Sach pass in July on motorbike and will be accompanied by a four wheeler. Few queries.

    1. Can this route be done on Toyota Innova 4×4 or Mahindra Thar 4×4?
    2. Stay options in udaipur?
    3. Is Killar to Jispa possible in a day?
    4. For arranging permits for hanle, Agent will be required? And for pangong, tso-Moriri permits are required?

    Thanks!!
    Bhuvan

    • Hi Bhuvan,

      1. Yes both cars are capable of doing the Sach Pass trip
      2. Basic homestays will be available in Udaipur
      3. Killar to Jispa is possible in one day, start early in the day
      4. No agent is required unless you plan to take it in advance. You can apply the permits for Hanle, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri at DC Office in Leh

      Regards
      dheeraj

  6. 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.

  7. 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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