Of all the passes that I have wanted or still want to travel to, Sach Pass is probably the one that had been dodging me for several years now. The first time I planned to go there was back in 2009 and after 7 years now, I still haven’t been able to materialize that plan. All these years, each year I had planned a journey to the pass but always for one reason or another, that plan never took shape and I had to keep postponing it for some other time in some other year. Sach Pass is among the most notorious passes in India. A pass that is considered tougher than several other passes at an even higher altitude in Ladakh. Unfortunately, PWD is responsible for the maintenance of road across Sach which means that it would probably never be in a good condition, unless BRO takes it over. It is not tarred, just an unpaved road all along. PWD is more of Public wrecking department than Public welfare department and any road that is under their supervision is never good. Due to the fact that this pass remains covered with snow most of the year and the terrible condition of the road leading to it, it is mostly the last one to open for traffic, way after Rohtang and Kunzum and closes weeks before. Even when it is open, there is a high chance that it may close anytime due to heavy rains and landslides. Road across Sach Pass usually opens towards the end of June and closes in the first week of October. This Pass is also the first one to receive snowfall which means that there is a high chance of finding snow here even in the month of September as well. It was the month of November and we had a couple of days of leaves in hand. With the weekend, it was a total of 4 days that we could go to somewhere for. I had been traveling from Delhi for last several years almost at every leave I get which meant that most of the nearby places that can be covered in 4 days were already covered. After a lot of research and discussion I ended up planning a trip towards Dalhousie and Khajiar. There was of course the reason that I had never been to either of these famous hill stations before but the main motive of going in this direction was to get anywhere closer to Sach Pass. It was late November which means that the pass was already closed but I still wanted to go and get as close to as I can. I was determined to scale Sach pass in 2016 so going in that direction once would also acquaint me with the terrain which I had heard was quite challenging. I called a few friends and found out that the Pass closed earlier in the month but the road until Bairagarh was still open. Usually when the pass is open, there is a check post at Satrundi where the visitors have to register themselves before proceeding towards Sach. In winter, after the pass closes, this check post moves back to Bairagarh and they won’t allow anyone to go beyond. When I called, I was told that the post has already been moved which meant that I can take my Thar as far as Bairagarh which was kind of good enough as the peak is barely about 25-30 kms from Bairagarh. Thought was that we would drive until Bairagarh and trek from there as far as we can. A total of 5 people, including myself, were going to be undertaking the trip in my few months old Thar. While I was inquiring about Bairagarh, a friend of mine suggested that we should stay in the forest rest house rather than the hotel as its location is superb and the rooms were good too. I Googled and found a few images of the rest house. It was indeed at a superb location and looked good. Big question now was how to make the booking but luckily for all of us, one of my friends Sunny Sharma who was also going to be joining the trip, had an uncle working for Himachal PWD. He made a few phone calls and within a couple of hours, our bookings were confirmed. Plan for the trip was that we will reach Dalhousie on Day 1, reach Bairagarh on Day 2, travel to Khajiar on Day 3 and return home on Day 4. I had never been on this side of Himachal before, never drove on these roads but one thing that I was sure of was that the drive was long; roads are going to be narrow and also bad around Bairagarh. We all work in nights so the idea was to start as early as possible right after our shift ends at 3.30 in the morning. I decided to work from home that night since I knew that the next day was a long drive and wanted to catch some sleep. I started from my place at around 2.30 in the morning and advised the others to finish up with work by the time I get to pick them up so we can be on our way on time. But as it always happens, there were a few last minute changes and after a wait for almost an hour, we were finally able to start our journey at 5 in the morning.