Mighty Sach Pass & The World’s Most Dangerous Killar Kishtwar
Sach Pass: A mountain pass at an altitude of 4415 meters or 14480 feet, connecting Chamba and Pangi valley.
Killar Kishtwar: Known as the world’s most dangerous road, a major part of this Road is located in Jammu & Kashmir, where as the other part of the road from Killar to Sansari is located in Himachal Pradesh. Route from Killar to Kishtwar is a total off road with the narrowest of terrains, full of loose soil, steep inclines, sharp bends, waterfalls, water crossings and numerous Cliff Hangers.
Riders who dared to Conquer their Dream: –
Sahil Chrungu, Vijay Gunwani, Ujjwal Batra, Rahul Tiwari, Aditya Kaushik, Mahesh Rana, Sanjay Mudgil, Abhishek Kumar, Vinay Kumar
Route Map: – Delhi – Khajjiar – Bairagarh – Killar – Kishtwar – Pathankot – Delhi
History of ROAD and Planning of this Mighty Ride: –
Myself (Sahil) and Vijay had done many rides together and had experienced different terrains with our fellow Riders like Narkanda, Munsiyari, Jalori Pass, Chanshal Pass, Lahaul Spiti, Ladakh etc., and then came the day 25th June, 2016 when we finally decided that we would ride under the banner of our own travelling/riding group and hence the rise of R.O.A.D (Riders of Adventurous Destinations). I still remember how we decided the name of this community, we had planned a ride to Mighty Sach Pass and Killar Kishtwar to test our difficulty skills in peak monsoons after many experienced riders denied us of this deadly idea and we wanted that the community name should match with the Ideology that we two follow (adventure at its peak) and thus we held on to this name.
In the beginning it was just myself, Vijay and Ujjwal who were interested in this Ride as it actually was a very risky and dangerous weather to raid the mountains, but gradually as we made the ride live on our facebook page and group we got a very good response with the number of people who wanted to Explore the unexplored alongside ROAD. This indeed gave us a boost and motivation to achieve something that was pictured unachievable to us. Finally, we handpicked our 9 Riders and started preparing for this Colossal Ride.
And the Journey Began,
Day 1: 19th July’16 (Tuesday)
From: Delhi to Khajjiar
Route: Panipat, Ambala, Pathankot, Dalhousie, Khajjiar
Distance: 620 kms
We Began our Journey by assembling at Mukarba Chowk @ 01:30 am on a breezy tuesday morning. About 5-6 of our fellow riders had come to the assembling point for the ride flag off and see us off with their progressive wishes. In the dark light of the Morning we managed to have a picture of us all and started the ride around 02:00 am.
Ride on NH1 in the dusky morning began with a fluent convoy movement between all the traffic. We kept taking few small breaks of around 10-15 minutes and managed to click some pictures.
It was a very smooth experience for all of us to ride on NH1 despite the dark and heavy traffic on the national highway. We reached our first pitstop at 08:00 am, a dhaba in Rajpura, where we stopped for breakfast. We were served with good quality breakfast and a lovely cup of Tea that revitalized all of us.
We again started the journey @ 10:30 am with about 350 kms to go. This was probably the toughest part of day 1 as the sun was beating down and the loo wind was blowing at its peak. All the riders managed to string together and ride in the convoy. We all coped with the heat very well by keeping ourselves hydrated at regular intervals. At 02:30 pm we reached the Dalhousie Highway and stopped by for lunch. We kept clicking pictures at all our Pit stops as the trip gets over but by seeing these pictures we could always cherish every part of your Ride. Here is one from the restaurant.
We left from there around 04:00 pm with around 80 kms to cover for the day. This journey was purely scenic with grassy hills, greenery all around. We had already started to get a feel of what the Mini Switzerland would look like (i.e., Khajjiar). With every passing mile, it was getting difficult to hold onto the wait.
Finally, we reached Khajjiar around 05:50 pm and I still remember that none of the riders wanted to rest but just relish the mesmerizing view and we just couldn’t stop clicking the beauty.
After spending quick 15 minutes enjoying the beauty we decided to quickly check in to our resort (Shinning Star) and get freshen up to enjoy more of this view in light. All of us freshened up and around 06:40 pm we all proceeded to adore the beauty.
PAHADO mei aaye aur Maggie na Khai, that just wasn’t possible, relaxing in that greenery we ate Maggie, Mommos, Chowmein, Dosa, Uthapam and we just did not want to leave for the resort. Finally, when the night changed colors we pushed to our resort and then the blast started. The drinks were out and the food was ready. The boom continued throughout the night and we guys finally managed to sleep around 12:30 am.