A backpacking tour over 3 Passes in Himachal Pradesh ... using Local Buses & Share-Maxx'es. A non-touristy route from South of GNHP (Great Himalayan National Park) over Jalori-Pass, then crossing Rohtang-La to Keylong in Lahaul and then West into Pangi Valley, almost to J&K border ... and then south crossing over the rarely used Sach-Pass to Chamba and Dalhousie.
In this page: Day-7: Killar > Sach-Pass > Chamba
1st August 2011: The Maxx driver picked me up from my hotel at 5:30AM. But as there were only 5 others, he waited until 6:30AM at the stand to get 1 or 2 more and then started down hill towards the bridge, to cross to other side of the Chandrabhaga river.
Along the Sach stream now and climbing we see patches of winter snow not yet melted
9:10AM We are reaching check-post & dhaba
We reached here at 9:10AM. I am told the Pass is higher up and
but not too far now. We stop at this Dhaba for over 45mins and have hot and yummy Aloo-Parathas! We start again at 10AM and keep climbing steeply on the same dirt track all the way.
The other Maxx left the Dhaba before us and is now ahead of us there (click enlarge).
After going down from the Pass for another hour at 11:30 we reach another Police Check-post at 'Sathrud' where all the Pax are lined up standing in front of the Maxx with its Regn# showing and a Video-clip is shot with a handy-cam. First time I have seen such a record being made in India.
We reached Chamba town at 4:15PM; I got off an dcrossed the road to enter HPTDC Hotel Irawati and got myself a nice DBL room for atround Rs 1100 + taxes. And relaxed there for a while getting out and walking around the crowded Chogan square where Mela crowds were spilling all over the roads.
It was an awesome journey to have crossed the wild and raw Sach Pass. Doing it in regular Maxx-Taxi with an experienced driver made the ride seem so easy and doable. It was good and comfortable ride for me as I had booked both the front seats.
2nd August 2012: After breakfast went to the nearby Bus-stand and booked myself a seat in the 5:15PM Deluxe Bus going to Delhi. Checked out of hotel at 4:30PM and boarded the Bus that left on time and went via Dalhousie, Chandigarh etc. Didn't get to sleep much on the bus, but it was an OK ride.
3rd August 2012: My bus reached ISBT-Delhi at 9:00AM and I took an auto to the airport and booked myself on a 11:25AM flight to Mumbai.
After 10 mins, I could see the road to Sach Pass way down there, on the opposite mountain; just where the sun-and-shadow meet (click enlarge)
Sach Pass at 10:32AM Alt:4250M per my Sunnto
End of the 3 Pass tour! I didn't do the Kum-Zum La Pass and Losar as planned ... but counted the slushy-rainy Rohtang-La pass crossing as a good enough substitute!