How to Prepare Your Sach Pass Itinerary

by Vargis.Khan

In continuation with the previous article where I covered some important factors that you should consider while traveling to Sach Pass; In this article I will lay down an example of Sach Pass Itinerary. I will explain the travel plan differently based on the number of days in hand and preferred route. For the sake of this article, I will use Delhi as the starting point of the journey. If however you are traveling from a different city, then your journey for first and last day will be different. It could be longer or even smaller based on where you stay. Another assumption made here is that you will be traveling by your own vehicle, either a car or motorcycle. If you intend on traveling by public transport then the entire plan will change details of which I have covered in a different article HERE.

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Third and the last assumption is that you are only planning to travel to Sach Pass and return home. However if you are including Sach Pass in your plan to travel to either Ladakh or Spiti, then too this itinerary will only be valid until you reach Sach. Return journey will not be applicable; as from Sach Pass you will travel on to either Ladakh or Spiti.

Sach Pass Itinerary

I have tried the keep the itineraries mentioned below as detailed and comprehensive as I can but of course; not everyone can follow these to the last detail. Your final travel plan will depend on several factors like total number of days available, your mode of travel, budget constraints if any etc. In case you cannot follow either of these itineraries, feel free to ask me in the comments section below and I will be happy to answer.

Sach Pass Routes

The most common way to travel to Sach Pass is to do it in form of a circuit. There are three routes that you can take to reach Sach Pass. First and most common is via Dalhousie and Bairagarh. Second route is via Manali, Keylong, Udaipur and Killar. Third and the least common route is from Patnitop via Kishtwar. In this article I have covered only the Dalhousie and Manali routes but if you want to cover Kishtwar then the travel plan will be different.

  • Dalhousie/Chamba – Tissa – Bairagarh – Kalaban – Satrundi – Sach Pass – Killar – Udaipur – Keylong – Khoksar – Rohtang Pass – Marhi – Manali
  • Dalhousie/Chamba – Tissa – Bairagarh – Kalaban – Satrundi – Sach Pass – Killar – Batwas – Keeru – Kishtwar – Doda – Patnitop – Udhampur – Jammu
  • Dalhousie/Chamba – Tissa – Bairagarh – Kalaban – Satrundi – Sach Pass – Killar – Batwas – Keeru – Kishtwar – Chhatroo – Achabal – Anantnag – Patnitop – Udhampur – Jammu
Sach Pass Itinerary for 3 Days

I know, it sounds kind of nearly impossible but you can actually travel to Sach Pass and back to Delhi in 3 days. However it will mean long crazy hours of riding or driving; and you will only be able to cover one side of the journey. Itinerary followed will be as mentioned below.

  • Day 1: Delhi to Bairagarh
  • Day 2: Bairagarh to Sach Pass to Bairagarh
  • Day 3: Bairagarh to Delhi

To travel this way, first thing you will need to ensure that you start from Delhi sometime around 2 to 3 in the morning. You will have about 15-16 hours of road ahead of you so any later than this and you will struggle to make it to Bairagarh before dark.




Take NH1 and continue all the way till Pathankot. From there, do not take the road either towards Dalhousie or Chamba. This is the longer route and will add more kilometers to the journey, increasing the travel time. Rather; travel towards Chamera Dam / Lake and continue towards Koti. From Koti, it is a straight run to Bairagarh via Tissa. Ensure that you keep your breaks to bare minimum throughout the day; you really have no time for sightseeing along the route. This will see you reaching Bairagarh by evening where you can stay at any of the couple of hotels available. You can also check in to the HPPWD forest rest house if the caretaker allows.

On Day 2, take an early start again from Bairagarh; reach Satrundi via Kalaban and register yourself at the check post there.  Drive carefully and reach Sach Pass top. Descend back to Bairagarh after spending some time there. Total distance covered will only be around 120 to 130 kilometers however due to bad conditions of the road; it will easily take you anywhere between 6-8 hours to make a round trip from Bairagarh; depending upon your breaks and speed. On Day 3, you will reach back Delhi via the same route you took to get to Bairagarh. Or if you plan to explore a bit more, you can head to Chamba or Dalhousie and cover those while on your way back home. The most important thing here to ensure an early start of all days. You will also be reaching Delhi late in the evening.

Sach Pass Itinerary for 4 Days

If you have exactly 4 days in hand, mentioned below are a couple of itineraries that you can follow to travel to Sach Pass. Travel time will again be long so an early start on all days is advised.

Sample Itinerary 1

  • Day 1: Delhi to Bairagarh
  • Day 2: Bairagarh to Sach Pass to Killar
  • Day 3: Killar to Sach Pass to Bairagarh / Chamba / Khajjiar
  • Day 4: Bairagarh / Chamba / Khajjiar to Delhi

Following this plan, your travel on Day 1 and Day 4 will more or less be the same as I mentioned in 3 days itinerary. The only difference is that on Day 2, rather than returning to Bairagarh, you will cross Sach over and reach Killar for night stay. On Day 3, you will cross over Sach again and either come back to stay at Bairagarh again or if you want to; you can also descend down further to Chamba or further to Khajjiar. This will also reduce your travel time on Day 4.

Sample Itinerary 2

  • Day 1: Delhi to Bairagarh
  • Day 2: Bairagarh to Udaipur via Sach Pass & Killar
  • Day 3: Udaipur to Manali via Rohtang Pass
  • Day 4: Manali to Delhi

I will really not recommend this itinerary as the travel time on each day is crazily long. If you are however up for it then on Day 1 you will make it to Bairagarh after 16 hours of travel. Start by first light of the day from Bairagarh; cross Sach Pass; reach Killar and continue all the way to Udaipur to stay there for the night. It will easily be about 8-10 hours of journey. From Udaipur, exit on Leh Manali highway just before Keylong and reach Manali after crossing Rohtang Pass which will again take you about 10-12 hours. From Manali, you will return back to Delhi on Day 4.

Sach Pass Itinerary for 5 Days

This in my opinion is the minimum required time for a visit to Sach Pass from Delhi. This will drastically reduce your travel time and you will be able to enjoy the journey better. A couple of sample itineraries are as mentioned below.

Sample Itinerary 1

  • Day 1: Delhi to Dalhousie
  • Day 2: Dalhousie to Bairagarh
  • Day 3: Bairagarh to Sach Pass to Bairagarh
  • Day 4: Bairagarh to Khajjiar
  • Day 5: Khajjiar to Delhi

Following this plan, you will reach Dalhousie on Day 1, a journey of about 10 hours. On Day 2, you will continue to Bairagarh and stay there for the night. Your Day 3 will be a day trip and you will return to Bairagarh by evening after visiting Sach Pass top. You will not cross over towards Killar but this however will give you sufficient time to enjoy the journey better on Day 2, 3, 4. On Day 4, start by about 9 AM from Dalhousie and reach Khajjiar via Chamba and Jot. Long travel hours will be limited to only Day 1 and Day 5.

Sample Itinerary 2

  • Day 1: Delhi to Bairagarh
  • Day 2: Bairagarh to Killar
  • Day 3: Killar to Chamba
  • Day 4: Chamba to Khajjiar
  • Day 5: Khajjiar to Delhi

The only difference in this itinerary from the one above is that on Day 1, you will make it all the way till Bairagarh; on day 3 rather than returning to Bairagarh, you will cross over to Killar and stay there for the night. Please do note here that this will increase your travel time on Day 3 as from Killar, you will return back to Chamba via Sach Pass and Bairagarh.

Sample Itinerary 3

  • Day 1: Delhi to Bairagarh
  • Day 2: Bairagarh to Killar
  • Day 3: Killar to Udaipur
  • Day 4: Udaipur to Manali
  • Day 5: Manali to Delhi

Following this itinerary, you will be able to complete the Chamba – Sach Pass – Manali Circuit. On Day 3, from Killar head to Udaipur and stay there for the night. It will be a relaxed journey and travel time will not be that much. If you would however rather spread it out, you can also head straight to Keylong, Tandi or Khoksar and halt there for the night which will reduce the total travel time on Day 4. Crossing Rohtang La, you will reach Manali from where you will return to Delhi on Day 5.

All the itineraries mentioned above are from the point of view of minimum required time. Any additional days added here will make the journey more relaxed and pleasurable. For example, if you have 6 days in hand, you can journey in the following manner.

  • Day 1: Delhi to Dalhousie/Chamba
  • Day 2: Dalhousie/Chamba to Bairagarh
  • Day 3: Bairagarh to Killar
  • Day 4: Killar to Udaipur/Keylong/Jispa/Tandi/Khoksar
  • Day 5: Udaipur/Keylong/Jispa/Tandi/Khoksar to Manali
  • Day 6: Manali to Delhi

All the places mentioned above for Day 4 are stop points on Manali Leh highway except for Udaipur which is Pangi vallley. As per your own convenience, from Killar you can choose to stay at any of these places and reach Manali the next day from there. In a similar manner, as the number of days here increase, you will be able to add more halt points.

A major question that comes when planning a trip to Sach Pass is the Kishtwar route which in my opinion deserves to be discussed separately in a different article; which I will post in next few days.

For information on hotels and guest houses where you can stay for the night while traveling to Sach, please refer to the previous part of this article where I have discussed the same with name and numbers of some recommended hotels. Read How to Plan your Trip to Sach Pass.

These are just sample itineraries that I could come up for different number of days but of course, there could be several other variations. If any of the above mentioned travel plan suits you, you can follow it or if you have any further questions you can ask me in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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Sundar March 14, 2020 - 7:55 am

We are going for 10 days from March 19 2020
Our starting point is delhi. We are taking a car. Since both Rohtang pass and sach pass will be closed I don’t know where to go. Which place is good to visit at this time of the year.
Do we go to shimla… Kalpa.. kaza and return to delhi?( I have already done this route during may but Rohtang was closed that time)
Or shimla… kasol… Manali and return to delhi?
Or go see sach pass and then on the return see some other place and come to delhi?
We have 10 days exactly. Please suggest some good itinerary which will be good and this month.

Thank you

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Vargis.Khan March 14, 2020 - 6:40 pm

If you have 10 days then Delhi Shimla Kalpa Kaza will be best.

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Sundar March 12, 2020 - 8:34 pm

Is sach pass open during march 2020

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Vargis.Khan March 13, 2020 - 9:43 am

No it is not

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op mishra January 29, 2020 - 5:19 am

Hello vargis bhai.. Thanks for sharing details
We are planning spiti via sach pass with group of 7 person and 4 bikes on early june 2020
Question 1. Is it a good time
2. Is it possible with pillon
3. And we are planning for carrying our own camping gear .. is it a good place for camping ??
Thanks

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Vargis.Khan January 29, 2020 - 7:25 pm

Hi Op Bhai,

1. Plan by Mid to Late June. There is a lot of snow this year and the may not open until 10th.
2. Yes, there are several places where you can pitch your own tent.

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op mishra January 31, 2020 - 5:08 am

Thanks bhai
Ek or questions tha
Or aapne 2nd questions ka bhi reply nahi kiya ki pillon ke sath jana is safe or not ?
And what would be the best way via shimla and return from bairagarh or via bairagarh and return to shimla ?

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Vargis.Khan January 31, 2020 - 8:55 pm

Bairagarh se jaake Manali se vaapis, ye best rahega.
Pillion ke saath ja sakte ho ya nahi vo aapki bike pe depend karta hai. Agar aapko lagta hai ke bike utha legi weight to bilkul ja sakte ho. Main bhi Pillion ke saath hi gaya tha Enfield 350 pe. Koi dikkat nahi hui.

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Nivedita Desai January 3, 2020 - 12:31 pm

Hi Vargis, I’m planning to travel to sach pass with family. I am planning to be there on 27th / 28th May 2020.

1. will the pass be open? Will i be able to travel?

2. Is there any operator who arranges travel to sach pass for a group of 7?

3. Is Homestay recommended in Sach pass?

Thank you in advance

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Vargis.Khan January 3, 2020 - 1:08 pm

Hi Nivedita,

1. It depends on the weather. Postpone your plan by a couple of weeks to be sure.
2. You can talk to @ 9816300804
3. Not many homestay options, better to stay at a hotel or guest house.

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Arpit Deomurari September 24, 2019 - 9:21 am

Hi Vargis,

First of all thanks a lot for such a detailed information.
I’m planning to visit Sural Bhatori between 2nd Oct to 9th Oct) from Delhi through my Swift Dezire.
Some questions I have:

1. Do foreign nationals requires permits?
2. I just ant to chill down at Sural Bhatori so how are the road condition for Swift Dezire(I have taken my car in very bad roads including Bhutan)
3. Planning for camping in Sural Bhatori (Experienced camper and wildlifer), if it safe..?

Regards

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Vargis.Khan September 24, 2019 - 4:37 pm

Hi Arpit,

1. No
2. Roads in this area are just a relevant term, always in bad condition.
3. Yes it is.

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Puran Choudhary September 14, 2019 - 2:46 pm

Hello Vargis bhai, really all of your info is really good and helpful in any segment. Bro we 3 friends going to Sach Pass on 1st October night n coming back on 6th October . We r coming from Delhi via Dalhousie – Bairagarag – Sach pass than Khajjiar and Back to Delhi. Are dates r routes r good. Please do suggest. We r taking our EcoSport that we used to take to Spiti Valley in September 2018. That was unforgettable trip so far.

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Vargis.Khan September 16, 2019 - 4:14 am

Hi Puran Bhai – Your plan is good. Do not delay it any further though. It starts to snow at Sach towards end of September or early October.

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mrigank mauli June 29, 2019 - 8:27 am

Hi, Verghese we are planning on a trip to sach pass beginning 8th September from Amritsar and plan to cross Sach Pass on /by 10th Sept and on to Kishtwar from killar on 11th. Do you think that is the right time. Further we would like to have information about any proper place for 12 bikers for stay at Kishtwar. we will be grateful for for any information. Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan June 29, 2019 - 5:54 pm

Hi Mrigank – Yes, September is a good time to go but be prepared for some furious water crossings after monsoon. I am sorry I did not stay at Kishtwar so cannot answer your second question.

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Rajib R March 30, 2019 - 6:45 am

Dear Vargis bhai…. I am planning for next september as Gaggal (entry point) -> Barot ->Prashar Lake -> Kasol(to cover Manikarn and Malana ) -> Sissu–> Killar ->Sach Pass -> Bairagarh -> Banikhet-> Gaggal(exit point). We are family, is it doable (as per the road condition, travel distance)? What are the spots you suggest to stay overnight and for how many nights? How much a vehicle will cost?

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Himanshu Rao June 26, 2018 - 3:50 am

Hi Vargis,

I want to travel Dalhousie to Sach Pass to Bairagarh in a single day. Reading your article and answers, I think its doeable. Should I return to Bairagarh from Sach Pass or is it worth going till killar and then return?

Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan June 26, 2018 - 12:42 pm

I think you should cover Killar as well. It would nice to see the other side of the pass as well.

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Yagya Sharma July 10, 2018 - 9:10 pm

Hi we are 3 suvs, thar scorpio and tuv and one motorcycle versys planning to leave from delhi on early morning 28th july 2018. Was planning to go via dalhousie sach pass killar keylong kaza chitkul shimla delhi. Need to be back in delhi by 4th august. Can you suggest a suitable itenerary. We have covered the kaza circuit twice previously bt will b frst time for sach pass. Thank you.

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Vargis.Khan July 10, 2018 - 9:51 pm

It will be a bit of a rushed journey but you can travel like this.

1. Delhi to Bairagarh (Start by 2 AM from Delhi)
2. Bairagah to Killar via Sach
3. Killar to Keylong
4. Keylong to Kaza
5. Kaza to Kalpa
6. Kalpa to Chitkul
7. Chitkul to Narkanda
8. Narkanda to Delhi

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Harmanmeet singh June 18, 2018 - 10:42 am

Hi, m Harman from Jammu, m planning m trip to sach pass on 1st July via Kishtwar in 3 days. I have Yama and Himalayan. Please suggest me which should I pick for ride. In day 1 will travel to Kishtwar, on day 2 will try to reach Khajjiar and on day 3 will travel back to Jammu via jot. What will b road condition. I m riding solo and this is my first trip, please suggest will b waiting for ur rply

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Did you mean Yamaha? If yes, then which one? Road conditions on the route you mentioned are always bad so do not get your hopes up.

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Harman July 10, 2018 - 11:17 am

Vargis bhai thanks for information, I did it. Day 1 Jammu to Khajjiar, day 2 Khajjiar to Kishtwar via sach pass and day 3 back to Jammu from Kishtwar. Now m planning for Jammu Leh Manali ride , plz again need ur help. How much days, which month, road conditions again going alone.

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Vargis.Khan July 10, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Glad to know that your trip went well Bhai. When are you planning Ladkah?

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Pawan Yadav September 13, 2019 - 12:05 pm

Hii, first i want to thank you for such good information you provide, it means a lot.

I am planning a trip to sach pass on 27 september, the route i am planning is from delhi to udhampur, then kishtwar to killar, killar to sach pass and back to Delhi via keylong, manali route. I want to killar kishtwar that is why, i am planning through Jammu side.
Is it a good time to travel or not?
Or the route i am planning is ok?

Thank you.

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Vargis.Khan September 14, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Hi Pawan – Yes the timing is OK but do not delay any more. It starts to snow at Sach by the end of September and early October. Route is OK too.

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gagan chugh June 15, 2018 - 10:37 am

Dear vargis ,

details given by you are excellent regarding sach pass. i will be leaving for sach pass on 23rd jun below will my itinerary”

DAY 1 Delhi – chamba
Day 2 chamba – sach pass dalhousie
day 3 dalhousie
day 4 dalhousie – delhi

please suggest me whether this is ok or i need to change something .

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Hi Gagan – Your Day 2 is a bit too long, may not be able to complete it. If not, then do Chamba to Sach and back to Bairagarh and then Bairagarh to Dalhousie on Day 3

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śôöříÿãä måńî June 10, 2018 - 5:48 am

Vargis bhai ,I’m from Jammu, what is best itinerary for me to Sach pass and can I able to make this possible within 2/3 days

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Vargis.Khan June 11, 2018 - 3:24 pm

Bhai from Jammu you can do, Jammu to Kishtwar, Kishtwar to Sach to Kishtwar and then Kishtwar to Jammu.

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Karan singh May 20, 2018 - 8:24 am

Hi Vargis bhai,
Your blogs are really helpful.
Thanks
I am planning sach pass coming june next month from Amritsar.
Starting on june 6,

Amritsar – baragarh
Bairagarh – killar or udaipur
Than manali
N back
Will it be open n safe in june?

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 6:46 pm

Hi Karan, Yes it will be open in June. Sach Pass is never really 100% safe, no matter which month you go in.

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Mohd. Najeeb khan March 25, 2018 - 10:34 pm

Assalamualaikum VARGIS. KHAN BHAI.

We are 4 Adults+9 children (all below 6 years of age) Inshaallah going to start travelling on 11.5.2018 at 7am with prebooked customized package (including Innova, boarding, lodging) from Chandigarh–Shimla(1 day+1 night)–via Kullu-Manali(2 nights+1day) –( ) to reach Chandigarh on 14.5.2018 at 5PM.

1.Shall i take 1 day of manali for Rohtang pass
or
for Solang valley Snow point?

2. Or shall i visit manali local on that day and visit solang valley then through rohtang Pass upto the farthest beutiful snow points then return to chandigarh with another route by 5pm or return to delhi with another route by 10PM?

Kindly help so as to book my package today itself.
Jazakallah khair bhai.

My cell no. is 09247799538, 09550279717
emailid [email protected]

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 3:52 pm

Walaikum As-Salam Najeeb Bhai,

Definitely go for option 2. It will be better that way. Stay in Manali and then plan a trip towards Rohtang and Solang valley the next day.

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kaustubh dharap February 17, 2018 - 12:43 pm

tussi great ho vargis khan. i m in bhaderwah for next 1.5 to 2 years. aajao kabhi ghoomne. regards, kaustubh dharap….

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Vargis.Khan February 20, 2018 - 4:04 pm

Thank you Kaustubh Bhai. Apna number share kijiye, banate hain plan and aapse connect kar loonga aane se pehle

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rajeevan. August 26, 2017 - 1:28 pm

Hi vargis, I am planning sach pass in 1st week of September via kishtwar. Is permit required from kishtwar to sach pass.

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Vargis.Khan August 28, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Hi Rajeevan – No permit needed for Kishtwar to Sach Pass

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vicky August 8, 2017 - 7:51 pm

Hi,
we are planning to travel sach pass in last week of september this year. We are 3 people on i 20 elite.
we are planning delhi to leh via sachj pass. so please guide us for the best trip.
like how much time we need and imp things.
my plan is delhi sach leh kashmir delhi.

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2017 - 9:31 pm

Please take a look at the article below. Let me know if you have any further questions.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/plan-trip-sach-pass/

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Devashish Chanana August 3, 2017 - 2:56 pm

Hi Vargis.
Nice information you have posted in your articles. Can you advise till normally which month the Chamba Sach Killar Udaipur Tandi route is open and safe for motorcyclists.
Based in Chandigarh I will plan the trip accordingly
Thanks
Dev

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Vargis.Khan August 3, 2017 - 3:05 pm

Thanks Devashish Bhai. Plan your Sach Pass trip before last week of September, the route remains open by then. By September last week, it can snow at Sach Pass anytime and not really advised to go that way.

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S Ayappan June 22, 2017 - 1:56 pm

Hi Vargis,

I am planning to do sach pass from killar via kaza on 2nd week of july 2017. Do we need any permission to enter this area?

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Vargis.Khan June 22, 2017 - 8:17 pm

Hi Ayappan, No permit required at all for Indian nationals.

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S Ayappan June 22, 2017 - 1:53 pm

Hi Vargis,

I am planning to do sach pass via kaza-khokshar-keylong-killar route in 2nd week of july 2017. Do we required any permission to enter this area?

Your input will help us a lot 🙂

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Vargis.Khan June 22, 2017 - 8:16 pm

Hi Ayappan, No permit required at all for Indian nationals.

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Puran Choudhary June 16, 2017 - 7:25 am

Hello Vargis bhai how are you. Can you please suggest me itinerary for Manali to Baralacha from 24th June to 26th with family. I’m coming from delhi on 23rd june. Your valuable comments are always welcome. I will pack my bags accordingly. Thanks bhai

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Vargis.Khan June 16, 2017 - 1:07 pm

Hello Puran Bhai, You can do Manali to Keylong on 24th, Keylong to Baralacha La to Keylong on 25th and return to Manali on 26th.

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Puran Choudhary June 19, 2017 - 7:19 am

Thanks bro, may god give you each n every happiness in your life.

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Vargis.Khan June 19, 2017 - 8:32 pm

Thank you Puran Bhai. I wish you the same. God Bless you and your family.

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OM Ganesh bhalwankar October 13, 2019 - 12:49 pm

Do we need permit for sach pass

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Vargis.Khan October 13, 2019 - 2:09 pm

No

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Mandy June 15, 2017 - 7:18 pm

Hello sir, we want to attemp sach pass from killar side on 28th of june 2017. Will it be possible?

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2017 - 8:28 pm

Yes Mandy, the route is open.

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