This will be a dedicated post for Sach Pass status 2018. Like last year, I will continue updating the status on opening and closing of the pass; along with the road conditions as the year progresses. Apart from the blog post here, I will also start a sticky thread at our Community Forum where other members of the forum can also shared their updates. If you have a more recent update than the one provided here, please do share it either in the comments section below or at the forum post; Sach Pass Road Status 2018
Current Sach Pass Status 2018: OPEN
Update: May 24th
Sach Pass is now open or vehicular traffic. Vehicles from both sides of the pass were successfully able to cross over. A friend of mine too drove over from Bairagarh to Killar yesterday. Please see the thread at our Community Forum at the link below for some pictures and videos of the road condition.
Update: May 9th
Surprise Surprise !! It is the month of May and the spell of late snowfall still continues. Valleys of Lahaul and Spiti and Passes of Rohtang, Kunzum, Sach and Baralacha all received fresh snowfall yesterday. This is definitely bound to delay the opening of all routes including Rohtang Pass, Sach Pass, Manali Leh and Manali Kaza routes. For now, the estimate is that Sach Pass will probably not open until 3rd week of May at earliest. Below is a pic of Kaza after fresh snowfall in Spiti yesterday. There is forecast that more snow is on the way.
Update: April 30th
In March this year, every pass was expected to open early this year because of less snow. Then the sudden change in weather in April and all the late snowfall changed everything and opening of Rohtang, Kunzum and Manali Leh road got delayed again. One pass however is still opening early which is Sach Pass. Snow has been cleared almost all the way to the top with only last 2 – 3 kilometers left. If there is no change in weather, snow should be cleared within a week or so post which authorities will check the road in terms of safety. If all seems OK, the road will be declared open by Mid May.
Update: April 21st
Winter this year arrived very late at Rohtang and other nearby passes. BRO was able to clear the snow off Rohtang completely and were hopeful that they will be able to reopen Manali Leh highway by April 20th but due to recent spells of snow, they had to shut down Rohtang Pass again. It has been snowing at top of the passing at regular intervals due to which opening of Rohtang, Kunzum Pass, Sach Pass, Manali Leh and Manali Kaza stretch will definitely get delayed. There is no confirmed date yet about opening of all these places.
Even Srinagar Leh highway which was opened several weeks ago was closed again yesterday due to snowfall at Zojila top.
Update: April 4th
Rohtang Pass will be declared open sometime next week. Snow is now left on less than a kilometer towards Rohtang Top from Manali Side. BRO is hopeful to have it all cleared this week post which the pass will open sometime next week. Once this happens, the stretch from Manali side will be all open till Killar as the route is already open around Keylong and Udaipur.
From Dalhousie side, the road is open till Bairagarh. Snow clearing operation is undergoing right now and by the way things are proceeding, hopes are high that the like all other passes, Sach Pass will open a bit early this year; possibly towards late May.
Update: March 21st
BRO is currently working on clearing snow at Rohtang Pass and in Lahaul and Pangi Valley. Much of the snow in Lahaul valley has been cleared and the bus connectivity between Udaipur and Keylong has been restored. Manali Leh highway will definitely open early this year and in all likelihood, Sach Pass as well should be accessible towards May end.
Update: January 26th
The long dry spell this winter finally broke this week with entire Himachal receiving snow all around. Keylong was coldest in the region with minimum temperature settling at -5.8 degrees C, Kalpa -3 degrees and Manali -0.6 degrees and and Dalhousie at -0.8 degrees. Even reaching until Bairagarh from Chamba side can be a bit difficult due to the recent snowfall.
Update: January 1st
This year has seen very little snow all across the Himalayan region but Sach Pass like always is an exception; after several spells of snowfall. If you are going from Chamba side, you can only go as far as Bairagah and that too is doubtful. You will not be allowed post Bairagarh check post. If you want to see snow, you will see none as of now because it has not snowed in lower areas including Bairagarh. From Manali side, you cannot go any beyond than Manali as Rohtang Pass remains closed. However due to less snow, if it continues this way, the pass may get open a bit early this year. To be on a safer side however, plan only for 1st week of June for now.
Sach Pass Status 2018
Sach Pass usually gets closed by mid to late October after it starts to snow all across the region. This year however, much toe everyone’s surprise; Sach Pass is still open for locals to commute. There have been a few spells of light snowfall but not much that can force the authorities to close the pass.
However, it is not at all safe to travel on this right now. Locals are doing it but then for them, the roads here are an everyday business. For tourists, travelling across the pass right now is quite dangerous. It can snow heavy anytime now post which the pass will close. Taking the risk right now of traveling this way is unnecessary with a high chance of getting stuck and stranded. There will definitely be some snow, frost and black ice on the road which post a very serious threat.
I hope the information above on was of help. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.