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Sach Pass, Dalhousie Overview

Sach Pass, a mountain pass that runs over the Pir Panjal Mountain range, at the height of 4500 meters, connects Dalhousie with Chamba and Pangi Valleys. At a distance of 150 kilometres away from Dalhousie, it is one of the most difficult passes to cross in North India. Adventure seekers often visit the Sach Pass (when it is open) to experience the thrill of riding a bike or driving a car through it. For those who don't want to take any risks can hire an experienced driver to explore the breathtaking pass. It is a preferred route for locals to reach Chamba or Pangi valleys, and is a famous point for trekking from Dalhousie.

This pass plays an important role in the region as it is the shortest route to Killar and has helped reduce the travel distance between Pathankot and Leh. Hence, even the Indian Army uses Sach Pass extensively. The region receives heavy snowfall, and the pass needs to be cleared every day of the winter season. It has enormous snow walls that stretch till the end of the route. The panoramic view of the natural landscape - the valleys and the mountain peaks, from the pass, is a breathtaking sight. Sach Pass is a perfect getaway for nature lovers, photographers and adventure seekers and must be on your list of places to visit.

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The trek to Sach Pass begins from Dalhousie. Trekkers walk a stretch of 20 kilometres through dense forests till Khajjiar. At Khajjiar, one may visit the splendid golf course, a beautiful lake and an ancient temple. Trekkers can set a camp by the lake to stay overnight. The next day includes a trek down a slope to reach Chamba. This part of the trek requires covering a distance of 18 kilometres. One can halt at Chamba for an overnight stay before trekking ahead towards Tarella through villages and green fields for about 8 kilometres. Another overnight stay is planned at Tarella.

On the fourth day, trekkers climb towards Satrundi over a stretch of 16 kilometres. The fifth day is the final climb to Sach Pass which covers a distance of 18 kilometres. After exploring Sach Pass, trekkers can either take the same route back to Dalhousie or proceed to Kishtwar via the Bindrabani - Killar - Ishatahari - Atholi - Shasho -Galhar route.

The best time to visit Sach Pass is between the first-week of July and September end. One can find enough snow on the pass, but it is still safer than the rest of the year. Other than clear days, the pass stays closed as the region is susceptible to landslides due to heavy snow or rainfall.  

  • Sach Pass is narrow and one of the most difficult passes in north India. Only experienced and reliable drivers must drive through as the last portion could be challenging to cross.
  • The pass comes under Army surveillance, and there are several check posts. Tourists need to carry their identity proofs.  
  • If hiking/ trekking from Dalhousie, carry/wear appropriate gear and carry all essentials.

From Dalhousie, tourists can take the Pathankot - Dalhousie road and drive via Bairagarh to reach Sach Pass. Tourists can rent taxis to reach the pass or drive by private vehicles.

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