chansal pass, pabbar valley

Chansal Pass

Trip Code: HP06
Duration: 6 days, Shimla to Shimla
Distance: 440 km
Daily Distance: 80 km (average)
Skill Level: Medium

Best time to travel: May to Oct
Max Altitude: 14,830 ft
Temperature: -5℃ To 25℃
Culture: Hindu

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Route Map
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chansal pass route map

About Chansal Pass and Valley

The Chansal Pass is the only link between the remote village of Dodra Kwar and the town of Rohru (Chirgaon). This is truely an off-beaten path. Fruit orchards and pine forest along the way further enhance the charm of this serene pass. Also known as Pabbar Valley, the Chanshal Peak is the highest peak in the Shimla district. For most part of the year the pass is closed due to heavy snowfall. It is not unusual to see snowfall in this region throughout the year. Strong and cold wind blows incescently at the top of the pass, which is a very rare and unique experience. Even in summer, night temperatures can drop below zero. The slopes in the region are fast becoming favorite for Skiing and trekking.

A trip to Chanshal Pass means that you would be driving on one of the narrowest road you have ever been on, hardly wide enough for one car at places. The climb is mostly quite steep. There is hardly any road, which is more like dirt track; with a lot of slush and lose rocks. Overall and adventure you will never forget.


Tour Price Includes:
  • Royal Enfield motorcycle
  • Accomodation on twin-sharing(double-occupancy) basis
  • Breakfast and dinner (set menu) on all days
  • All tolls / entry fees that are part of the tour
  • Experienced English-speaking road captain
  • Experienced Mechanic throughout the tour
  • Spare parts for breakdowns of our motorcycles
  • Support vehicle for carrying extra luggage and other essentials
Tour Price does not Include:
  • Fuel for the ride
  • Government Taxes as per actual
  • Lunch and any kind of snacks on all days
  • Any beverages like bottled water, juice, tea, coffee etc.
  • Any other item of personal nature like room service, laundry, tips, porterage, phone calls etc.
  • Any tolls / entry fees that are not part of the tour or are optional
  • Your travel to the start location and away from the end location
  • Refundable security deposit for the motorcycle
  • Anything not exclusively mentioned in the Includes section.
Please Note:
  • Nomad Bikers terms and conditions will apply
  • Accomodations will be non-luxury or similar
  • All destinations and sightseeing is subject to weather conditions and political conditions in the destination and on the way
  • Nomad Bikers cannot be held liable in case the tour is affected because of weather, political, or any other conditions. Any additional expenses incurred due to the same would be borne by the participants.
  • In case of any increase in prices due to increase in government taxes, entrance fees, intra or inter state taxes etc, the tour price will be revised.
  • It is mandatory to carry a valid photo identity card (Passport / Driving License / Voter ID card / AAdhar card) with its photocopies and some passport sized photos
  • Road Captain can change anytime during the course of the tour
  • In case of any mishap, if the Road Captain is unable to ride then the mechanic would take his place, as he is also an experienced rider.

Itinerary and Highlights of the Route

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.

Shimla(7,240 ft)

Shimla, is the capital and largest city of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The colonial architecture and churches, the temples and the natural beauty of the city are a major attraction here. Shimla also has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia. Owing to its steep terrain, the area around Shimla are ideal for adventure sports like mountain biking, skiing, etc.
You will receive a warm welcome on arrival at Shimla. Check in to hotel. Meet the team. Local sightseeing. Overnight stay in hotel.

Kotgarh (6,500 ft)

Kotgarh, situated 82 km from Shimla on the old Hindustan-Tibet road, is also lovingly called the apple bowl of India. It is famous for its apples and acres of apple orchards. Samual Evan Stokes is said to have planted the first apple trees in India here. There is an interesting story about how he got apple to India. Kotgarh is a quaint scenic place. The picturesque terraced fields dotted with apple trees and bungalows is feast for the eyes. Hattu temple and peak is a popular trekking trail, and offers a panaromic view of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges from the top. The elliptical shaped Tanu Jubbar Taal is a scenic location and has the famous Naag Devta temple built along its sides. The beautiful wooden St. Mary's Church, with its old graveyard stands as a reminder of the bygone era. Milan Devta Temple (Chatur Mukh), with its beautiful architecture constructed in Shikhar style, is dedicated to diety Deo or Deota. There are interesting accounts by blogger about this mandir. Stay at hotel.

Chanshal pass
Chanshal pass(14,830 ft)

The Chanshal Pass is a U-shaped bend of the road near the Chanshal peak. Strong winds blow here all throughout the year which makes reaching here an exhilerating experience. Being the highest peak around, the view from the top is just amazing. The valley is very beautiful as one gets uninterrupted view of snow coverred peaks behind green hills from here. Stay at a nearby place.

Tiuni ( ft)

Tiuni is a small village in Uttarakhand bordering Himachal. It lies near the confluence of river Pabbar with river Ton. Adventure seekers can engage in river rafting and trekking around the place. Rafting on the white waters of river Ton is an adrenaline gushing roller coaster ride definitely not for the weak hearted.

Chopal ( ft)

There is no derth of small rustic abodes in the hills of Hamachal and Chopal is one such Himalayan town in Shimla, surrounded by dense forest of pine and deodar trees. It is like some mystical land with far entrenched valleys surrounded by huge mountains shimmering under the sun. The famous 'Churdhar Peak' can also be seen from places like 'Reyuni' and 'Chharki'. Churdhar has a statue of Lord Shiva at its peak and is a famous trek route.

Shimla(7,240 ft)

End of trip. Local shopping and you go back with loads of memories.