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Old 21st March 2012, 14:26   #1996
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Key Long - Sach Pass - Chamba

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Old 21st March 2012, 14:32   #1997
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We drove on towards Sach pass
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The very few moments of clear sky we had at Sach
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By 17:35 hours we reached Sach pass

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Old 21st March 2012, 14:44   #1998
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Amazing Pics Lalu!!! You really deserve every bit of that Momento Pic on Sach Pass!!!

It is unfortunate that Team A2 - Mumbai Roadsters missed all these views of Sach Pass.

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It is unfortunate that Team A2 - Mumbai Roadsters missed all these views of Sach Pass.
I very much wanted to click the Swifts in those terrain. It would have been some of those rare pictures in this universe.

We'll do Sach again for the pictures
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Scaled Sach Pass
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Old 21st March 2012, 20:31   #2001
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Day 16, Keylong-Chamba, 1st. September 2011

Khillar 2 Sach Pass: 330-530 pm


What more should I add??

HVK Sir has described the journey to the minutest detail with the added Videos providing a true picture of the roads!
Suffice it to say that the Bolero was maybe a few 00 metres behind the Scorpio at all times, facing and going through all the terrain with the same ease or difficulty as the case may be!

Over and above that Sir laluks still photographs give a very true picture of the road conditions, the beauty, the ruggedness and the loneliness of the vast mountains.

This was the day that we probably saw the maximum number of Glaciers of our entire trip. Maybe they weren't as big and impressive as the Darang Drung Glacier in the Zanskar Valley, but there were many more in number!

A few points I would like to mention here:
  • The steep rocky road, was not to be trifled with. You had to concentrate only on the task at hand, and keep up the momentum. A slip anywhere and one would have to reverse all the way to the start and try once again!
  • The waterfall with the step midway was very very scary! Again a lot of concentration and patience required. Thankfully both the diesels sailed through without much trouble. Though I doubt if the drivers and the passengers have managed to figure out till date, how it was accomplished!! We drove through literally blinded by the water!
  • Once again a big big NO GO for the Mumbai Roadsters' Swifts!

Some pics from the camera of SSj.

Glaciers on the way to Sach Pass
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ICE ICE BABY!
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Closer Inspection
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More Glaciers!
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Ice Wall
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The Sky near Sach Pass
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Temple at Sach Pass
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The Two Beauties / Beasts!
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From the Temple
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The Maestro at Work! Recording for Posterity!
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Finally we scaled Sach Pass
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The Mighty Scorpio
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We offered our prayers at the temple.
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We prayed for our Swifts too. Keeping faith that they would have stopped over at Khillar or returned back to Keylong.

Blue Sky amidst the clouds
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More Photos clicked!!
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Altitude of Sach Pass
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We moved on
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Wonderful effort both of you, HVK and BolBolero. I can imagine the concentration and the effort both of you took over the arduous terrain and stretch. More importantly the perseverance, the will and passion to achieve.

Pranam.

HVK ji you were on the mended broken rear springs isn't it?
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Great pics guys keep it coming. Did you climb in 2Hi, 4Hi or 4lo?
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Wonderful effort both of you, HVK and BolBolero. I can imagine the concentration and the effort both of you took over the arduous terrain and stretch. More importantly the perseverance, the will and passion to achieve.

Pranam.

HVK ji you were on the mended broken rear springs isn't it?
Thank you Rajeev. Yes HVK was driving with welded rear springs.


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Great pics guys keep it coming. Did you climb in 2Hi, 4Hi or 4lo?
Thanks. Both the vehicles were 2WD so I guess that would be 2Hi!
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Thanks. Both the vehicles were 2WD so I guess that would be 2Hi!
Wow that would require some driving skills especially at that elevation and that kind of terrain. Manual transmission is not easy to drive in just 2 wheel drive on such roads and climbs.

Not sure I would be able to drive my Jeep at those elevations without 4wd. I have done terrain like that and elevations like that but always in 4Lo nice and easy.
I have taken a Toyota Camry to 14,110 elevation but roads were way nicer and it was automatic, I guess I was cheating

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HVK ji you were on the mended broken rear springs isn't it?
Yes, you remembered right. I had welded the broken leaf springs in Leh and had to be very careful not to take the rough portions & the troughs in the road too fast, since the suspension had gone very rigid and could not cushion it well. Besides, the other part of the compromise was to drive in as high gear as possible to avoid straining the belt pulleys. In places like the stepped steep slope, I had to use crawling techniques because of the boulders & unevenness of the terrain, but happily the engine had enough power to pull it up.

The leaf springs lasted me the entire trip and never broke again. However, I replaced the entire leaf spring assembly 4 months after returning to Bombay mainly because of the uncomfortable ride quality.

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Wow that would require some driving skills especially at that elevation and that kind of terrain. Manual transmission is not easy to drive in just 2 wheel drive on such roads and climbs.
All the fun is in using more of human skills than vehicle capabilities. This is why I remain a votary of taking small cars to places like Ladakh - since I have taken them before - and it is always great to be driving a car to places where they said it couldn't go!
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HVK Scorpio
Aug 12, Bombay-Behror, 1402 kms
Aug 13, Behror-Rampur, 692 kms
Aug 14, Rampur-Chitkul, 144 kms
Aug 15, Chitkul-Pooh, 207 kms
Aug 16, Pooh-Kaza, 178 kms
Aug 17-19, Kaza, 291 kms
Aug 20, Kaza-Jispa, 236 kms
Aug 21, Jispa-Leh, 374 kms
Aug 22, Leh-Kargil, 343 kms
Aug 23, Kargil-Padum, 248 kms
Aug 24, Padum-Kargil, 275 kms
Aug 25, Kargil-Leh, 259 kms
Aug 26, Leh, 148 kms
Aug 27, 2011, Leh-Turtuk, 241 kms
Aug 28, 2011, Leh-Pangong Tso, 445 kms
Aug 29, 2011, Pangong-Hanle, 203 kms
Aug 30, 2011, Hanle-Tso Moriri, 188 kms
Aug 31, 2011, Tso Moriri-Keylong, 375 kms


Sep 1, 2011, Keylong-Chamba, 341 kms


Sach Pass.

I had been wanting to drive to Sach Pass for the last 3-5 years, a dream finally realised.
For me, along with Turtuk, Chushul & Hanle, this was one of the main reasons for this trip.
I have never heard of anyone doing a Ladakh trip through Sach Pass, given that normal entry/ exit points are Srinagar, Manali & Kaza.
So, I had been pottering with ideas as to how to do the Sach Pass circuit as part of a Ladakh drive, and I finally worked out this route for this trip. I do not have the luxury of living in NCR, Chandigarh or somewhere in that region to plan a special trip just for Sach Pass, so it was great that this route plan also found favour with the other members of IPHE. A big thanks to them all who agreed to be dragged into doing what is probably the most difficult sector of the entire Ladakh trip.

Keylong-Sach Pass-Chamba was also the only sector which had a big Q mark in the planning stage - could we do it, and if we did, could we do it in 1-2 days?

We got some help from friends like Naren Kaimal, Kesri & Glenn who did it before us. For the last 2 years, the Sach Pass route was as good as closed down because they were "widening" the road, and this was probably the first full year when it was open through the summer season.

And then the adverse accounts of Glenn & the subsequent heavy rainfall & snowfall closing down the road temporarily and the resultant uncertainty for us - happily, positive answers by Mr Sharma of Tashika Travels, Chamba, who manages 4 Maxx taxis daily in this sector.

Both BolBolero & KSM-vTEC were super-excited about going by Sach Pass, which was a great inspiration to put it firmly down and we bet our chances on returning home from Ladakh this way. The apprehension that was plying on our minds all the time was that we would have to retreat somewhere en route and have to climb up the wretched Rohtang Pass to Manali!

So we felt on the top of the world although Sach Pass is one of the puniest of passes that we crossed during the trip.

We prayed at the small shrine that is characteristic of all high mountain passes. Since we were no more in Buddhist HP, no prayer flags fluttering the wind here!

There was no wind, but down west from Sach Pass, we could see the sun obscured by the dark clouds indicating heavy fog on our downward descent.

It was particularly a happy event that we reached Sach Pass before dark. We could drive safe, we could photograph plenty.

Even as we were exulting at having reached the summit, the same thought came back to torment us - Hope the Swifts got a hotel to stay in Khillar?

How well had we done today?
Keylong, 615 am, 0 kms
Udeypur,845 am, 59 kms
Tindi, 1050 am, 85 kms
Khillar, 230 pm, 144 kms
Bhagotu CP, 440 pm, 177 kms
Sach Pass, 535 pm, 190 kms

So we had taken a full day to cover less than 200 kms, or an average speed of 16 kmph!

So you think we are almost done for the day? Sorry, we have 130 kms MORE to go to reach Chamba, our proposed night halt! And the sun was almost setting. And the road down to Chamba Valley is going to be approximately the same as the one we came up in, although the last 80 kms or so was supposed to be good though.

The drive from Sach Pass was not going to be easy. We knew there were "stepped" slopes and waterfalls on the way down, and we had had a tough time negotiating those in the bright light of the day - but to do all that in the night?

Getting to Chamba is not going to be an easy task...
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I do not have the luxury of living in NCR, Chandigarh or somewhere in that region to plan a special trip just for Sach Pass, so it was great that this route plan also found favour with the other members of IPHE. A big thanks to them all who agreed to be dragged into doing what is probably the most difficult sector of the entire Ladakh trip.

Keylong-Sach Pass-Chamba was also the only sector which had a big Q mark in the planning stage - could we do it, and if we did, could we do it in 1-2 days?
This was one of the great reasons why I chose to do this trip.

The second one being Chandrataal. Now that seems I have to go back again. Probably Chamba - Sach - Keylong - Chandrataal - Chitkul - simla route. That would be one hell of a drive as you would have figured out. Probably exend that to a bit into UK, hmmm...dreams already!!!!
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