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Darati Pass Pangi Valley Sach Pass Trek with Dalhousie Chamba Sightseeing
Darati Pass Pangi Valley Sach Pass Trek with Dalhousie Chamba Sightseeing: Overview
One of the most unexplored high altitude passes in Pir-Panjal Range, Darati Pass allows adventurous and enthralling trekking option to the adrenaline junkies. This pass is positioned in Chamba District and links the Churah Valley with the Pangi Valleys of Himachal. Darati Pass is another route to the Pangi. Sach Pass is also a gateway to Pangi Valley. Pangi Valley in the upper part of Chamba District is a remote world in itself. Placed between the Middle and the Greater Himalaya, Pangi remained locked within itself. The Valley is remained land locked for about six - eight months due to heavy snow fall. This hidden valley located between Pir Panjal and the Greater Himalayan Zanskar ranges is cut off from the rest of the world. Darati Pass is a (15480 ft) high mountain pass in Chamba District connecting the Chamba valley with the virgin Pangi valley. The pass is open from May to mid October. The road head is only up to chanju. Saach Pass is the shortest route from Chamba to the Killar (170 km) connecting with rodhead but open for few months. Sach Pass is a 4,420-metre-high mountain pass in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. Other routes are Chamba - Manali - Killar(680KM) and Chamba - Jammu -Doda - Gulabgarh - Killar (570 KM). Which are very long routes if compared to the Chamba-Sach Pass-Killar route. But people like to trek this pass by leaving other option of transportation. The trek starts with the normal gradient and become tougher and adventurous on the top of Darati Pass. There is no site to establish a camp on the other side of Pass. After reaching Pangi Valley we take the route via saach pass by taxi. So we cover the two Passes in one trip.
Route / Area: Chamba - Lahaul, H.P – India, Duration : 9 Nights – 10 Days, Accommodation Hotel/Lodge & Tents for Outdoor, Transport : By Taxi as per group size, Altitute / Terrain: 15480 feets, Gradual & Alpine, Best Period: May – October, Grade of Trek: Moderate, Recommend for: Young Adults, Distance Covered: 241 km Trek, Group Size: 6-10 Person.
Darati Pass Trek
About The Trek:
The Darati Pass, 15,420 ft (4700 meters) connects the Churah Valley of Chamba to the Tindi Valley of Lahaul and Spiti Districts.
Tindi is the last village of the Lahaul district across the Chandra Bhaga River. Other than the gaddis’, general public too frequent this pass usually in the festival season.
Churahis’ cross the pass to take part in the religious festival at Triloknnath Temple at Udaipur and Lahaulis’ cross to pay a visit to the Manimahesh Kailash.
Top Highlights of The Tour
Beautiful Scenic View of Dalhousie
All Major sightseeing of Dalhousie like Kalatop Wildlife, Kalatop Rest House, Dainkund Peak, St John church, St. Francis church, Satdhara Falls.
Khajjiar also known as Mini switzerland.
Visit Local Sightseeing of Chamba like Laxmi Narayan Temple and Bhuri Singh Museum.
Enroute Visit Saach Pass.
All Sightseeing of Pangi Valley like Sural Valley, Parmar valley, Hudan Valley and Dharwas.
Mar-01 To Aug-31
Feb-01 To Sep-30
Oct-10 To Jan-05
9N/10D 3Star Hotel
Ch-Hotel Mohan Palace/Dalhousie, Chamba/Accomodation in Camp
Full meal on MAP basis during journey and during stay in Hotel.
3 Nights Accomodation in Hotel ( Dalhousie, Chamba)
6 Night Accomodation in Camping
Assistance upon arrival at reception point.
Inner line Permit to restricted / protected areas of Himachal Pradesh.
Trekking, Camping Fees.
Transportation by Taxi (From reception to departure)
English / Hindi Speaking Professional tour guide.
Luxury water proof tents, sleeping bags/ Bedding, insulated mattresses, Rucksacks and camping equipments.
Porters / Ponies to carry camping materials only.
If ponies or porters are required to visitors for personal luggage will be available on extra charges.
All wildlife, trekking & camping fee.
Driver allowance, toll charge, state govt. taxes
Basic first aid kit carried by our tour guide.
Separate Utility for Staff and camping equipment.
Any fare before reception & after departure.
Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
Tips, Insurance, Laundry, and Internet services, Phone Calls etc.
Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated) Camera fee, soft or hard drinks, starters.
Porter/ Ponies services for Travellers personal luggage.
Temples, Monument & Museum Entrance Fees
The facility of picking and dropping to nearest Railway head / Airport and nearest cities is also available but on extra charges.
Start the Tour from Pathankot / Chakki Bank then drive to Dalhousie. It is arround 80 km and take 2-3 hours to arrive. After reaching Dalhousie check into hotel , have lunch and take some rest. In evening visit local sight seen of Small Hill station Dalhousie like Panchpula, Dainkund Peak and St. John Church. After visit came back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
Panchpula: Panchpula is located at a distance of around 3 km from Dalhousie. One of the famous picturesque spots in the region, the word Panchpula means five bridges. It is the place where a descending stream pours into and feeds several pools. The main stream that supplies water to cities of Dalhousie and Balloon is the Panchpula stream. The stream originates from the northern side of Dayakund, which then cuts through a ravine to fall into the water bodies located in Panchpula. A monument or a samadhi has been built where several streams meet at Panchpula in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, who was a great revolutionary.
Dainkund Peak: Dainkund Peak, perched at an altitude of 2755 metre, is the highest mount in Dalhousie. Tourists can enjoy 360° view of the entire valley from this peak. The sound of the breeze passing through the trees makes a musical sound, due to which this peak has also acquired the name, the singing hill. The top of this hill is occupied by the Indian Air Force and from there a left turn will take tourists to the Pholani Devi Temple. One of the most interesting facts about this temple is that, except a trident there is nothing inside the temple premises.
After Breakfast at Dalhousie move forward to Kalatop wildlife sanctuary then to Khajjiar. Enjoy the beauty of Mini Switzerland and take lunch. Have lunch at Khajjiar, move to Chamba. After reaching Chamba check into hotel and take some rest. And in evening, visit Laxmi narayan temple & Bhuri Singh Museum.
Khajjair: Khajjiar is one of the famous retreats among the visitors. Khajjiar is famous for the popular Khajji Naga shrine dedicated to the serpent god from which the name is believed to have been derived. You can also enjoy trekking and adventurous activities at khajjiar. It is also Known as Mini Switzerland.
Laxmi Narayan Temple: The Laxmi Narayan Temple is one of the most revered places of the region, which was built by Raja Sahil Verman. The shrine, constructed in the 10th century, is devoted to the Vaishnavite sect. The main attraction of the temple includes the wooden chattries, which are built with regard to dynamic climatic conditions. The other highlights of the shrine are shikara, a sanctum sanctorum (Garbhagriha) along with an ‘antarala’ and a ‘mantapa’. The shrine houses a metallic image of Garuda, ‘vahanam’ (mount) of Lord Vishnu.
After breakfast move to a small village Chanju. Chanju is 70 km away from District headquarter of Chamba in Churah block. Check into camp and acclimatize your body for Darati pass trek. In evening visit small village Chanju. After that came back to Camp and overnight at camp.
Chanju: Chanju is a Village in Tisa Tehsil in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh State, India. It is located 28 KM towards North from District head quarters Chamba. Chanju is surrounded by Saluni Tehsil towards west , Chamba Tehsil towards South , Bani Tehsil towards west , Mehla Tehsil towards South. Chamba , Dalhousie , Dharamsala , Sujanpur are the nearby Cities to Chanju. Hindi is the Local Language in Chanju.
On the first day of trek, early in the morning troop will move to the small destination Kalpra. The trail is quite adventurous and steep ascent. In between your trek enjoy to have Packed Lunch. A trek of 4-5 hrs will reach Khalpra. Establish the camp and revive the body for next day trek.
After breakfast, start trek to Base camp. The trail goes through the boulders and beautifull pastures of Himalaya. As the height gain the view of surrounding peaks looks majestic. A trek of 5-6 hrs will reach the base camp.
Alyas - Darati Pass - Alyas 10Km track is totally depending upon the weather and physical condition of trakker. Generally Tour Guide will not take the risk or allow crossing the passes in bad weather conditions and will wait for clearing the sky. If sun shine then after taking tea and light breakfast start moving ahead very early in the morning around 4:00 am to ensure that the snow is frozen for easier walking and if fails to cross the pass before 12:00 pm will create big problem as heavy snow winds, rainfall even snow fall can be happen. It’s the toughest day of the trip to reach on the top of the Darati pass takes around 4 hours, though the distance in not much , but the sudden gain in altitude , vertical climbs & taxing terrain makes it a effort in itself. There is small Kali Mata temple at the top of the Darati Pass pass. on reaching at the top of the Darati Pass trek downhill to another side pass. Don’t miss to view the surrounding from the top. As there no suitable place on other side for camping so group will trek upto Tindi Village. After reaching Tindi establish the camp for over night.
After an adventurous trek of Darati Pass now a time to visit the famous destinations of Lauhal. First visit Trilokinath Temple then Mirkla Mata temple at Udaipur. After lunch move to Killar –The headquarter of Pangi. After reaching Killar overnight stay at Camp
Triloknath Temple: It is situated at a height of 2760 metres on a cliff. The white, painted temple glitters in all its glory. The temple’s name Trilokinath refers to the lord of three worlds. Local people say that this temple was initially as a Buddhist monastery or vihara. But currently there are no remains of the original building. A marble idol of Trilokinath here is sacred to the Hindus as Lord Shiva and for Buddhists as Avalokiteshwara. It is crowned with an image of the Buddha of Boundless light – Amitabha Buddha.
Mirkula Mata Temple: Mrikula Maa Temple is of unknown age perhaps the 10th or 11th century AD. It has evolved through several phases of influences during the repairs in 11th and 12th centuries. In this period there were transition phases of Kashmiri art and the Buddhist art of western Tibet. The latter influence is evident in the inner facade of the temple, while the former transitional phase is represented by three headed image of Lord Vishnu.It is believed that the temple was constructed from a block of wood by the Pandavas of Mahabharata fame.Dedicated to goddess Kali, it is one of the most famous, unique and perhaps the last remaining wooden temple built in the early 8thcentury tradition.The name Mrikula has been derived from the village name where the temple is situated. The village has not much to offer except for its unique temple. The people believe that the goddess fulfills the wishes of those who offer prayers in this temple.
After Breakfast full day sight seen of Pangi Valley like Sural Valley, Parmar valley, Hudan valley, Cherry bungalow and Dharwas. In between your visit enjoy have packed lunch and visit whole valley. The whole valley has virgin beauty and lots of famous destination. After that came back to hotel and overnight at hotel.
Parmar valley: The main attraction of this valley of Himachal Pradesh is lying in its ancient small Gompa. To explore this beautiful small gompa amidst the patina of nature, travelers come to this place. Along with offering mesmeric surroundings, this city offers a lucrative trekking facility for the trekkers. For this reason, most of the travelers care for starting their trekking from this Greater Himalayan valley area. From here a trekker can easily explore the trekking routes of Kiryuni, Gowari and Sach.
The Sural valley: This valley near Pangi valley is located 10,500ft above the sea level. This valley is considered as the heaven for the trekkers. According to trekking experts, this beautiful valley is recorded as the base of starting trekking to other major peaks. Apart from trekking, travelers can enjoy the fascinating surroundings and a beautiful waterfall near this site.
Early in the morning move to another pass know as saach pass but this time by taxi and experience the mountain jeep safari. Arround 10:00 am we will reach on the top of saach pass. Stay for 30 minutes at top and then start again to Chamba by Satrundi and Kalaban. After a run 4 hrs reach Chamba and check into hotel for overnight.
Saach Pass: Saach Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,420 m (1,4500 ft) above the sea level, located in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. The road over the pass is extreme. It’s narrow and unmetalled and connects the Chamba valley with the Pangi valleys of Himachal Pradesh. It’s a treacherous and slippery road where even the most experiencied drivers do not dare to drive faster than 10 kmph at any point of time
After breakfast move to final destination Pathankot / Chakki Bank via taxi. It is around 80 km and take 2-3 hours to Arrive. Our representative will drop you at Pathankot.
Other Major Attractions:
St. John church: St. John's Church, oldest church of the town carries immense historical significance. Constructed during the rule of Britishers in India, this church was founded by the protestant missionaries. Located amidst beautiful natural backdrop, this church is one of the most visited churches of the town. In addition, this church conducts services every Sunday. The place is not only popular among the devotees and religiously inclined people, but also among history lovers, avid readers and tourists. In addition, a library is also situated adjacent to this church.
Bhuri Singh Museum: Bhuri Singh Museum is one of the major tourist attractions of the Chamba valley, which houses Basohli and Kangra paintings. The miniature artwork was displayed with the view to honour Raja Bhuri Singh. The acclaimed museum was established on September 14, 1908. The gallery features the rare Sarda script that provides rare information about the medieval history of Chamba. The parasites of Sarahan, Devi-ri-kothi and Mul Kihar are the major repositories of the museum. The last king of the royal family of Chamba, Bhuri Singh also passed over an ancestral collection of paintings to the gallery such as portraits of Basohli, Guler-Kangra and embroidered Pahari miniatures.
Cherry Bungalow: This is a beautiful rest house located in this valley town of Himachal Pradesh. This rest house is under the maintenance of PWD. From this comfortable bungalow amidst nature, offers you a brilliant scenario of the Great Himalaya, from a close distance.
Dharwas: While traveling in this famous valley town of Himachal Pradesh does not forget to travel Dharwas. Dharwas is a beautiful village falls under the administrative control of Chamba district. According to experts, this village is recorded as the largest village in Himachal Pradesh. This picaresque village, nearby Pangi is noted for its natural springs created from mineral water. Apart from being a popular health improving village, this place is a famous destination for the trekkers. Here a trekker can experience a new trekking experience in Greater Himalaya mountain range.
Hudan Valley: This beautiful Valley is located very close to Pangi valley of Himachal Pradesh. This site takes 13 km from the uphill area of Mahlu Nallah. Here you will experience the wide spread landscapes of the valley area. Along with the lush green landscape, you will find a calm blue water lake near this place. For trekkers this site is popular option for pitching up their tents. Every year a big fair is arranged to inform tourist about the beauty of this virgin valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Accessories To Bring For Trekking Tour:
Plan Holiday travelling agency so we provide comfortable journey to travellers. We will provide Meal, transportation, lodging. It is advised that the participant should bring along the following equipment only other than wearing cloths.
Water Proof Trekking Suit.
Sweater & Heavy Water proof jacket and Thermals
Camera & Video cam (Optional)
Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Any Personal Item & personal medicines
Goggle or sun glasses (Most important Item)
Gloves & One / two Pair of warm Shocks.
Torch & Umbrella/ light weight raincoat
Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.