Saach Pass Cycling Expedition

Saach Pass Cycling Expedition

10 days

Difficult

541 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

4390 mts.


38500 + 5% GST

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About Sach Pass

An offshoot of the ever popular Manali-Leh Cycling Expedition, this expedition is even more, thrilling with scantier crowds. The Sach Pass Cycling Expedition starts from the popular mountain town of Manali and ends at the spiritual hub of Himachal Pradesh, Mcleod Ganj. As one of the oldest routes used by locals to connect Chamba Valley to Pangi Valley in Himachal Pradesh, Sach Pass has been a popular trek. We saw an opportunity to make the adventure even more enthralling by adding a bit of thrill to the mix to make it a bit more challenging for anyone who wants to experience this high-mountain pass a different way! Resting at an altitude of 4,414M on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, cycling to this pass is one quest that will call out to those who hold a true spirit for adventure. This offbeat cycling expedition also remains one of the toughest roads to ride on and is on the top of the list for people who love exploring the Himalayas on two wheels.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrival in Manali (2,050M)

The cycle expedition starts from Manali, which is a very popular tourist destination and hence extremely accessible. If you need guidance on how to get to this high-altitude backpacking center, this article (How to reach Manali) might come handy.

Day one is reserved for the participants to make their way into Manali and get settled into their accommodation in a Manali hotel. First half of the day is to get comfortable with the mountain air and our fellow riders. While the body acclimatizes, we take this time to get together with the group and delve into the happenings of the next few days - schedule, what to expect, route, basic do's and don'ts, how to maintain the sanctity of the environment and such matters of importance. It is a relatively easy day but very essential for what's to come next!


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Day 2

Manali (2,050M) to Marhi (3,360M)

Distance: 37.5 km

Today marks the first day of our exit from Manali to ride towards our destination for the day – Marhi, which is a small town between Manali and Rohtang Pass. We are gaining 1,300M of altitude on our first day of riding in the mountains which can prove to be strenuous but is good preparation for the days to come. The route includes cycling up a series of hairpin bends on smooth, well laid-out roads. We also cross scenic mountain villages like Palchan, Kothi and Gulaba on our way today. We spend the night at Marhi which is just 16kms short of Rohtang pass. It offers some of the best views of the mountains in the Pir Panjal range of Himalayas.


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Day 3

Marhi (3,360M) to Sissu (3,130M) via Rohtang La (3,978M)

Distance: 49.5 km

The day starts on a high as we ride the 16kms of slopes up to Rohtang Pass (3,978M). After waiting here for a bit to celebrate the crossing of the pass, to devour all the beauty that this high-mountain marvel has to offer, we start our journey onward. But not before we soak in all the gorgeousness of this terrain and the panoramic views of the snow-covered peaks in the region. The steady descent from Rohtang Pass is the definition of pure, unadulterated joy. This downward ride, with the breeze in your hair, takes you alongside Chenab River straight to Gramphu. From here we will encounter stretches of flat land as we cross the raging torrent of the river at Khoksar and continue the short and easy ride up to Sissu at the foothills of the Pir Panjal Range. Sissu (also known as Khagling) is a small town in the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the right bank of Chenab River. This is where we spend tonight.


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Day 4

Sissu (3,130M) to Udaipur (2743M)

Distance: 70 km

We continue our ride today alongside Chenab River on the Manali-Leh Highway all the way till Udaipur which is a small town 53 kms to the north of Keylong. It is most popular for the temple of Markula Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The route today is a mix of easy and moderate patches. The first five kilometers from Sissu are gradual ups and downs followed by a 12 km long downhill ride till Tandi Bridge. Tandi Bridge is at the confluence of two rivers – this is where the Bhaga River merges into the mighty Chenab River. The area is extremely picturesque. From here on, the trails run slightly uphill but it’s a gradual incline and hence remains manageable. The route changes to humps that take you up and down the smooth roads of the National Highway, all the way into Udaipur. You will see patches of green all throughout the way as we pass small villages along the way. It should take close to 6-7 hours of riding to get to our destination. We rest our weary selves for the day at our campsite which is a massive ground surrounded by tall trees in the middle of a forest, by the river.


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Day 5

Udaipur (2,743M) to Purthi (2,287M)

Distance: 50 km

Today is an exciting day. Still riding alongside Chenab River, our constant companion on this expedition, we leave the smooth roads of the NH behind and turn this ride into a back-breaking off-road adventure. The route for today consists of continuous patches of gradual incline and descent. The road till 6 km before Purthi is fairly smooth but on an upward slope after which you will find yourself riding on kachcha trails up until the campsite. The trail takes us through multiple villages, border crossing and forests with tall Deodar trees. Its beauty lends to making this a breezy ride. The campsite for the day faces the village.


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Day 6

Purthi (2,287M) to Killar (2,600 m)

Distance: 30 km

We continue our off-road adventure today from Purthi to Killar. With an approximate height of 315 M to be gained today, the trail alongside the river has gentle humps taking you up and down. The last 10 km to reach Khillar is a steady uphill ride. Killar, our destination for the day, is a small scenic village which takes you away from the river.


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Day 7

Killar (2,600M) to Bairagarh (2,149M) via Sach Pass (4,414M)

Distance: 80 km

Today, is going to be a very long and harsh day. We will leave our loyal companion, Chenab River to take its route while we make a diversion to go the other way. The pass lies at an altitude gain of almost 2000M covered across 40 km. The first 10 km out of Khillar is a downhill ride. The remaining route is all uphill on kachcha roads as you start to notice the tree line thinning out to slowly making an exit.

We lose all the altitude we had gained through the day as we make our downward journey to Bairagarh which lies at an elevation of 2,149M. The downhill climb requires some caution as it is an off-road route. On your way down, you start to notice the tree line making a reappearance. Expect this day to be the longest yet as this 80 km ride is likely to take anywhere between 13-15 hours to complete.


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Day 8

Bairagarh (2,149M) to Chamba (996M)

Distance: 90 km

We cover a long distance today but it is fairly easy for we will mostly be going downwards from an altitude of 2,149M all the way down to Chamba at the elevation of 996M. Close to 70% of the ride today is downhill and we cross the same river multiple times to keep things interesting. There are only 10-15kms spread across the day with patches of uphill climb. The route is very scenic and the roads, smooth, putting today in the category of easy but fairly lengthy. Expect to cover the distance today in 8 hours.


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Day 9

Chamba (996M) to Dalhousie (1,970M)

Distance: 56 km

Today is going to be hard but beautiful. Since a height gain of almost 1000M is on the agenda, it is going to be an uphill ride, through and through. After the first 30 Km, we reach the infamous open ground of expansive beauty at Khajjiar, which is regarded as the Mini Switzerland of India. From there on, the route gets more interesting by the kilometer. The ride up till Dalhousie is through thick forest lands that lead you directly into this popular hill station, which too wears the greens as its primary colour. Expect to reach Dalhousie within 6-7 hours of starting your ride.


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Day 10

Dalhousie (1,970M) to McLeod Ganj (2,082M)

Distance: 90 km cycling + 36 Km Drive

The last day is a fairly straightforward one which goes by in a jiffy. Well, not really, but you know what we mean! The ride is smooth, the roads are smooth, and they all lead you into this neat town of Mcleod Ganj which is a spiritual hub and a very popular tourist destination with a lot to explore.



Frequently Asked Questions

Pick your question

Eligibility: Is this expedition good for me?

Are you an avid biker or even a regular cyclist? If yes, then Sach Pass Cycling Expedition is just the adrenaline boost for you. Sach Pass Cycling expedition is a 10-day challenging consisting of difficult terrains and uphill riding conditions. Factors like high altitude, difficult passes, and hairpin bends make it completely different from cycling in plains. However, if you are a newbie and still want to take up the challenge, it is advised that you start preparing for the expedition well in advance. You will need to invest in a good bike and follow a strict exercise regimen before the final showdown.

Eligibility: Experience required

  • Should be a regular biker
  • Should have done at least easy routes mountain terrain biking before
  • Should have done challenging treks in case of a novice in mountain terrain biking.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  • Ability to ride on inclined planes for 35 - 40 Kms in a day
  • Ability to hold the breath (in standing position) for 35 - 40 seconds
  • Ability to sustain downhill biking for 3-4 hours at a stretch

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • Should know how to use a Mountain Terrain Bike Gear shifters, Shock absorber, Seat adjustment, etc.
  • Disassembling & Assembling the bike
  • Knowledge of disc alignment or brake pad
  • Basics of Camping - How to use a sleeping bag, toilet tent, and sleeping tent

Packing List: What to pack

Cycling gear

  • A good MTB (Mountain Terrain Biking) - You can also rent it from us
  • Cycling helmet
  • A lock for your cycle
  • Front torch - optional
  • Rear View Mirror - optional

Footwear

  • Cycling shoes - 1
  • Sandals/ flip-flops for camps - 1

On-the-bike Clothing & Accessories

  • Cycling Jersey or Any Dry Fit T-Shirt or Cotton T-Shirts - 2
  • Cycling Shorts - 2
  • Track Pant (Preferably Warm & Quick Dry) - 2
  • T-shirt full sleeves - 2
  • Undergarments - ( 6 to 8 )
  • Rain Coat of Good Quality & light weight - 1
  • Riding Glove - 1 Pair
  • Sweat Band or Bandana
  • Cotton Socks - (6 to 8 pairs)
  • Polaroid U V Sunglasses - 1

Off-the-bike Clothing

  • Warm Jacket (Preferably Waterproof which might be needed while biking in case of exceptionally cold weather) - 1
  • Thermal Inners Upper & Lower - 2
  • Woolen Sweater - 1
  • Woolen Glove – 1 Pair
  • Woolen Cap – 1
  • Big Towel – 1
  • Hand Towels - 2
  • Woolen socks- 1 or 2 pairs

Toiletries

  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF–50 or above), lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
  • Anti-rash cream or powder to avoid any rash near groin area from cycling.
  • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area.
  • For women:
  • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
  • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
  • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

  • Small Day Pack/ Waist Pack -1
  • Hydration pack or water bottle - 1
  • Flashlight/headlamp - 1
  • Pocket knife
  • Basic first-aid kit with emergency numbers
  • Sewing kit
  • Camera - GoPro and Still (optional)

Bike Spares- In case you are not renting from us

  • Bike Reflectors Front & Rear – 1 each
  • Spare Tubes – 4 Nos.
  • Brake Shoes -1 Set
  • Brake cables – 2 Set
  • Gear cables – 1 Set
  • Spokes – 5 Nos
  • Lock (for cycle) – 1 Set
  • Spare Tyre – 1 No.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • All Meals during the expedition ( Starting Lunch on Day 2 till Lunch on Day 10)
  • Entry Fee,if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping Charges,if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • All stays from Day 1 to Day 10
  • Support vehicle
  • Services of a First Aid certified expedition leader & Asst. Leader in group of 12.
  • Services of support team include expedition cook,helper.
  • Certified first aid support & kit includes Oxygen Cylinder.
  • 1 bag, preferably a rucksack (Up to 80 liters), brought by the participant to be accommodated in the support vehicle. Please avoid suitcases and trolley bags.

Whats Not Included?

  • Bicycle Rent
  • Meals during Hotel Stays in Manali & McLeod Ganj
  • Any Kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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