Sach Pass and Spiti Valley – An Ideal Itinerary

by Vargis.Khan

A friend of mine recently went on a trip to Pangi and Spiti Valley; and I helped him plan an itinerary for the trip. The journey was from Sach Pass to Spiti Valley and then finally ending at Shimla. I am sharing the itinerary here as an example for anyone who plans to travel on the route.

Sach Pass to Spiti Valley Itinerary
  • Delhi to Dalhousie – Day 1
  • Dalhousie to Khajjiar to Bharmour – Day 2
  • Bharmour to to Chamba to Bairagarh – Day 3
  • Bairagarh to Sach Pass to Killar – Day 4
  • Killar – Day 5
  • Killar to Keylong – Day 6
  • Keylong to Baralacha La to Keylong – Day 7
  • Keylong to Chandratal – Day 8
  • Chandratal to Kaza – Day 9
  • Kaza – Day 10
  • Kaza to Pin Valley – Day 11
  • Pin Valley to Tabo / Nako – Day 12
  • Tabo / Nako to Kalpa – Day 13
  • Kalpa to Sangla to Chitkul – Day 14
  • Chitkul to Sarahan – Day 15
  • Sarahan to Thanedar / Chirgaon – Day 16
  • Thanedar/Chirgaon to Chanshal Pass to Kharapatthar / Shimla – Day 17
  • Kharapatthar / Shimla to Chail – Day 18
  • Chail to Delhi – Day 19

Now this is a very elaborate travel plan that lasts for a complete 3 weeks. My friend has hired a private cab for the trip so that he don’t end up driving all the time. The journey starts from Sach Pass and covers Pangi and Lahaul Valley before arriving at Spiti Valley. After Spiti, it then ends at Shimla while covering Kinnaur Valley and Chanshal Pass on the way. So yes, the trip covers a lot of area and there are some long days involved.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Sach Pass

Sach Pass to Spiti Valley  – A Shorter Itinerary

I agree that not everyone will have 3 full weeks in hand. If you were a bit short on time and wanted to travel from Sach Pass to Spiti, a simple travel can be somewhat like this.

  • Delhi to Dalhousie – Day 1
  • Dalhousie to Bairagarh – Day 2
  • Bairagarh to Sach Pass to Killar – Day 3
  • Killar to Keylong – Day 4
  • Keylong to Chandratal – Day 5
  • Chandratal to Kaza – Day 6
  • Kaza – Day 7
  • Kaza to Pin Valley – Day 8
  • Pin Valley to Tabo / Nako – Day 9
  • Tabo / Nako to Kalpa – Day 10
  • Kalpa to Sangla to Chitkul – Day 11
  • Chitkul to Sarahan – Day 12
  • Sarahan to Chail – Day 13
  • Chail to Delhi – Day 14

If you were however pressed even further for time, then an even shorter version can be like this.

  • Delhi to Dalhousie – Day 1
  • Dalhousie to Bairagarh – Day 2
  • Bairagarh to Sach Pass to Killar – Day 3
  • Killar to Keylong – Day 4
  • Keylong to Chandratal – Day 5
  • Chandratal to Kaza – Day 6
  • Kaza to Pin Valley to Nako – Day 7
  • Nako to Kalpa – Day 8
  • Kalpa to Sangla to Chitkul – Day 9
  • Chitkul to Narkanda – Day 10
  • Narkanda to Delhi – Day 11

I hope the itineraries above on traveling from Sach Pass to Spiti Valley were of help. If you have any other questions; or need any further details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be happy to answer.

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Arif October 5, 2021 - 11:15 am

Hi Sir,
Can Mumbai to Sach Pass trip be done on 100 cc bike?
Generally how many days u require for the trip.

What will be challengesn on 100 cc bike?

Anand Hembrom June 15, 2021 - 7:50 am

Can you please suggest me a bike ride itinerary which includes sach pass , cliff hanger and spiti valley.

Amit February 3, 2021 - 5:15 am

Hello Vargis Bhai,

what is the best itinerary for 13-14 days, where i can start from chandigarh and return to delhi covering spiti first and then sach pass. I am planning for June end

Nancy Nagwekar February 23, 2020 - 9:34 am

Dear Mr Vargis Khan

My friends & I are avid readers of your blog and follow it like our Bible. We have done 3 roadtrips in the past 3 years, taking a lot of input from your blog.

In Sept 2020, We plan to do Lahaul Spiti. Our plan is, starting from Shimla, doing Spiti, then onwards to Keylong and from there by Killar route to Dalhousie. – We have two optoins (1) Kelong-Killar-Kishtwar-Doda-Dalhousie or (2) Kelong-Killar-Sach Pass-Dalhousie.

In the past 3 years we have done Ladakh (Mumbai-srinagar-kargil-Rangdum-Padum-Leh-Hanle-Tsomoriri-Tsokar-Sarchu-Manali-Mumbai), Northeast (Mumbai-Tawang-Bumla-assam-meghalaya-mumbai) and Bhutan (Mumbai-Paro-Thimphu-Punaka-Phobjika-Bhumtang-Mumbai)

We are a ALL WOMEN TEAM, driving a Mahindra THAR. My question is, do you think its safe/doable for us to attempt the above route? Which would be your suggestion for a better/easier route? Do you think with your experience, we can attempt Sach Pass with reasonable confidence? With the “Killer/most dangerous road” tag, we are a bit apprehensive about whether we can achieve this.

Looking forward to your reply. Thanks. Nancy Nagwekar (Mumbai)

Vargis.Khan February 25, 2020 - 1:37 am

Hi Nancy,

No matter which route you chose, you will have to cross Sach Pass. Kishtwarr route is more adventurous and thrilling. Can you do it or not will entirely depend on your driving skills really, hard to comment on it. But if you have already done Ladakh and Assam, I don’t see why you cannot handle Kishtwar route as well.

Rupesh Shukla May 23, 2019 - 7:08 am

Hello Vargis bhai
Thanks for providing this much information about Himalayas. You article on Delhi to Leh road trip also helped me a a lot. I’m planning a complete circle of spiti in early June. I want to go via Shimla – Chitkul- chandratal and return via Sach pass-Dalhousie-Delhi. Please update the opening dates of Sach pass. Is there any possibility to cross Sachpass before 15th June
Rupesh Shukla

Vargis.Khan May 23, 2019 - 3:09 pm

Thanks Rupesh Bhai. Chances are that Sach will not open before 3rd week of June

Harry May 15, 2019 - 6:02 am

Hi Vargis, So many thanks for this site! It has been so helpful. We will be doing the above itinerary in reverse. We will be starting from Shimla in 3 weeks time . I was just wondering whether you think I can trust google maps as to travel times in between towns/villages?

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Hi Harry – Do not start until you get a confirmation that Sach Pass has opened. Estimate right now is of 15th June

Jayashankar August 10, 2018 - 6:29 am

Dear Sir remind Sach Pass, I noted and my planning ASAP
Thanks and my indebts to you

Vargis.Khan August 10, 2018 - 8:53 am

You are welcome brother !!!

Brijesh pal August 10, 2018 - 3:15 am

Sir can u tell about recent road conditions from shimla to kaza is it dangerous to travel in August..

Vargis.Khan August 10, 2018 - 8:58 am

Shimla to Kaza not that much but the Manali – Kaza road becomes challenging to cross during Monsoon.


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