Pangi valley is approachable through Sach pass located at a height of about 4414 mts (14,47S feet ) from the sea level, and through Cheni pass located at a height of 4385 mts (14,382 feet) above the sea level. Out of the above two, Sach pass is most frequented by the local people, officials serving in Pangi and also by shepherds. Cheni pass is mainly used by the shepherds and some of the local people living in Mindhal, Kulal and Rei villages from where this pass is near. Both passes link Pangi valley with Churah area of Chamba district. Though people have to walk more distance while crossing Sach pass yet it is comparatively easier.
While crossing any pass extreme care and caution is required. A person has to climb steep mountain slopes over snow at a height much above the zone of vegetation. Air is thinner and one can have breathing problems due to lack of oxygen. Every step is a ritual. Normally people cross in groups. Travellers continue their ascent in silence listening to their heart beats as the surroundings are so majestic and overwhelming that one feels guilty of breaking the sublime silence. At times one hears the sound of a falling rock, an avalanche or the roaring of high velocity winds. The travellers carry on with deep faith and reverence till they reach the top where there is a small temple. According to the locals, Bhagwati, the presiding deity, disapproves of any noise within her domain. Travellers offer prayers and rest a while on the top before starting the other part of the journey. The scenery is sublime and limitless charm beholds the eye at the top. The vision extends unto the rivers of the plains towards south. A view is also obtained of Pangi valley from these passes. Snowy pinnacles around the pass add mystique and awe-inspiring dimension to this spectacle.
Place you will see
Dalhousie to Tissa (1570m) – Motor road to the headquarters of Churah sub-division takes us to Tissa (Bhanjraru).The landscape id rugged yet beautiful Bhanjraru is the official name of the sub-divisional headquarters. Tissa has many lakes, the most prominent being Ghadasru, Mahadev Dal, Mahakali Dal, Maral Dal amd Mehalwar Dal. All these are approachable by foot. Bhandal and Kihar are breathtakingly beautiful and appear to be trapped in time wrap.
Tissa to Bairagarh (2800m) – Bairagarh is located at a distance of twenty-seven kilometres from Tissa and is the last village of Churah area. Both Trella (twentv km from Tissa) and Bairagarh are connected with a motor road. The village is a quite retreat overlooking a panorama of the Himalayan peaks. Earlier Trella was the main business center for Pangi. Being the last bus terminus all supplies were taken on headload or on the backs of sheep and goats. Mules crossed the pass for first time in early eighties.
Trella to Satrundi (3400m) – This seventeen kilometers long trail is largely well-defined and offers gradual climb up to Hazappad glacier, after the glacier the path ascends at steep gradient up to Satrundi. Satrundi is the base camp below the Sach pass that connects Pangi valley to Chamba The road from Bairagarh to Satrundi passes thorough one of the thickest forest in the area dominated by deodar, the forest is known as Kalaban (black forest).The mountain slopes are full of wild flowers of every hue. We will camp in this serene environment and prepare themselves for the next day.
Satrundi to Sach Pass (4414m) – Four kilometers ascent to Sach pass is undertaken early morning from Satrundi. Normally, pass is not crossed in the afternoon. Beyond Satrundi, the region remains under snow almost throughout the year though the path is clear of snow in post-monsoon months. There is small temple at the top of the pass. Travellers offer a piece of red cloth and tie it to the trishuls (trident) affixed at the temple. Usually they also tie a piece of cloth on their wrist or stick it in their garments for the rest of the journey. Teashops function at the top for about three months. They serve tea, boiled spicy black grams, noodles, biscuits and light snacks.
7.00 AM : Meet our Guide at Gandhi Chownk (GPO) and proceed towards Sach Pass enrooting Chamera Lake (Transportation from GPO to Baragarh by Cab – 12o KM)
2.00 PM to 3.00 PM : Arrival at Baragarh base and Rest. Check-in at Camp and lunch.
3.00 PM to 5.00 PM : Rest
5.00 PM to 7.00 PM : Acclimatize walk and visit local village
7.00 PM to 9.00 PM : Dinner
7.00 AM to 8.00 AM : Breakfast
8.00 AM to 2.00 PM : Proceed to Sach Pass (Transportation from Baragarh to Sach Pass by Cab – 40 KM)
2.00 PM to 3.00 PM : Lunch
3.00 PM : Proceed at Dalhousie