The shortest route from Chamba to Killar passes over the treacherous Saach Pass. Saach pass, at the height of 14,500 ft, is a high pass in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, which remains closed for about 7 months in a year due to heavy snowfall. It is open from only late June to mid October. The road near the pass and in Pangi valley is not only narrow and unmetalled, but can be muddy at many places with many bends and steep slopes.
Pangi valley is one of the remotest areas of Himachal Pradesh. It has many unknown regions, unexplored peaks, steep cliffs and breath-taking landscape of untouched beauty. It is an ideal place for an adventure motorcyclist.
The tour will be a mix of paved and unpaved roads. It starts from the lush-green slopes of Deodar cedar trees, goes through the rocky snow covered mountain passes, crosses various streams, waterfalls and glaciers, goes along the amazing valley of Chenab (Chandrabhagha) river and back to the lush-green slopes. The roads can be long, bumpy and sometimes slushy.
The itinerary lists the places we will be covering during the trip. Where we stay and how much we travel in a day is just indicative and is subject to change depending on weather condition.
Dharamshala, also known as 'Little Lhasa' or 'Dhasa' (a short form of Dharamshala used
mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetans. It is situated on the
Dhauladhar Range, whose highest peak, 'Hanuman Ka Tibba', at about 5,639 metres (18,500 feet),
lies just behind it. The most important Buddhist site in the town is Tsuglagkhang or Tsuglag Khang,
the Dalai Lama's temple.
You will receive a warm welcome on arrival at Dharamshala. Check in to hotel. Meet the team. Local sightseeing. Overnight stay in hotel.
Barot a village, originally developed in 1920s for Shanan Hydel Project is now a tourist location in Mandi district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The road route includes terraced fields and thick cedar forests. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding centre from where fish are released into the Uhl. A 30 km section of the river is used for angling. Overnight stay in hotel.
Naggar is a settlement in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India, and it falls as a stopover. Local attractions are temples and naggar castle. Stay at hotel or homestay.
Bashisht village is located on the slope opposite to Manali near the banks of the Beas river. It is situated at the base of a steep mountain slope of green evergreen trees and cliffs. Bashisht was named after Rishi Vashisht, a Hindu sage and teacher or guru of Lord Ram. This place is famous for numerous temples, natural hot water baths and its rich culture. Stay at hotel.
Keylong is the administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located along the Manali-Leh Highway, near the intersection of Chandra Valley, Bhaga Valley and Chenab Valley; on the banks of Bhaga River. Among the white and brown mountain in the region Keylong stands out as oasis of greenery in the district. Keylong faces the famous Kardang Monastery, the largest and most important monastery in Lahaul. It is located on the Leh-Manali highway after crossing the Rohtang pass, at 13,054 feet. Overnight stay at hotel.
Killar is the sub-divisional headquarter of Pangi Valley. It's located in the deep and narrow gorge of Chenab River. Pangi is remarkable in its rugged natural beauty. The scenery is imposing and nature appears in her wildest and mightiest moods. The great river rolls along in a deep and narrow gorge, lashing itself into fury. Precipices, almost perpendicular rise from its banks to a height of 1,000-2,000 feet. Enjoy the overpowering beauty and stay at hotel or homestay.
From Killar we cross the mighty Sach pass, which links the Pangi valley to the Chamba valley. Khajjiar is a hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh. It sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle. The hill station is surrounded by meadows and forests. Khajjiar is also known as the Mini Switzerland of India.
Dharamshala is a city in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and is surrounded by dense
coniferous forest consisting mainly of stately Deodar cedar trees.
End of trip. Local shopping and you go back with loads of memories.