Sach Pass Status 2019 & Road Condition

Discussion in 'Road Status / Maps' started by Vargis Khan, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Like previous years, this will remain to be a dedicated thread for status of the road across Sach Pass.

    Sach Pass Status 2019 - CLOSED

    Tandi Kishtwar Road Status - CLOSED
     
  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Sach Pass as of now remains to be closed for the season. Historically, Sach Pass is usually the last one to be declared open and first one to close. The trend has continued in this year as well. After the surprising snowfall in September this year, Sach Pass was closed for a few days. Later it was opened for a few more days and some people did manage to cross it over on motorcycles. But due to the high amount of snow at the top, it was indeed very risky. A few days later, in early October, the pass was declared off limits for all kind of traffic. The Satrundi check post has been moved back to Bairagarh and as of now, that is the farthest you can go.

    Similarly, Tandi, Killar, Kishtwar route is completely closed as well. If a trip here was on your mind in coming few weeks or days, it would be best to give up the idea and plan it only after June next year.
     
  3. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Some pictures of the pass after snowfall.

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  4. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

  5. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

  6. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Some recent pictures of the road to sach Pass. A friend of mine went towards Sach but were only able to go as far as Ranikot.

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  7. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Sharing a recent picture of Bairagarh


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  8. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    The way the weather is trending this year, expect a delay in opening of the pass. The road usually gets declared open by late May or early June. But considering the heavy amount of snowfall this winter, the opening may get delayed and pushed to early or Mid June. For now, do not plan to travel any earlier than June 2019.
     
  9. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    It is highly doubtful that Sach Pass will open any sooner than early June this year. The recent spell of snow all across Himalayas and rains near the foothill have seen a lot of snow getting accumulated at the pass and on the route. More snow is expected in coming week and throughout the month of Feb. For now, do not plan Sach Pass before June.
     
  10. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    The snowfall continues across the entire Himalayan region triggering avalanches at several places, specially in the snow-covered valley of Lahaul. The petrol pump at Tandi along with a hot mix plant of a road construction company were destroyed due to avalanches last week. Picture of the petrol pump after avalanche is posted below.

    Widespread and heavy snowfall is causing roads to get blocked and restricting public movement in the area. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has started clearing snow from the highways. So far avalanches in Spiti have destroyed two motorable bridges, four dhabas, a Mahila Mandal building, a liquor shop and some machinery. More snowfall is expected in the valley in coming few days.
     

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