This is our latest travel tale from the snowy mountains of Himalayas. We recently went on a road trip to the highest Pass in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh- The Chanshal Pass.
What is a Pass?
A pass is a navigable route over the high mountains.
Chanshal Pass: The Location
Chanshal is the highest peak of Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. On the other side of the mountain range lie the tough regions of Dodra and Kwar. Chanshal pass help connect these two towns with Rohru which is another town on this side of the Mountain range.
The height of the pass is 12467 ft (The peak is higher).
The Journey to Chanshal Pass
It was a three day trip from Shimla. First day we reached Hatkoti following a route: Shimla-Kufri-Theog-Chhaila-Khada Pathar-Jubbal-Hatkoti).
We stayed there and started for Chansal Pass around 10 o’clock next morning. This was the route: Hatkoti-Rohru-Chirgaon-Tikkri-Sheeladesh-Larot-Chanshal.
- The distance from Hatkoti till Chanshal Peak is around 60 km
- It took us good 4 hrs to reach the summit
- The condition of road is not quite appreciable but the effort to make a road in such tough terrain is worth appreciation.
- The road is single for most of the track
- Larot is the last habitated point after which you travel for some 16 km on gravel through thick forest
- The ride is bumpy but the journey gives you enough Aha moments as compensation
When We Met Chanshal Pass
The most advised period for travelling to Chanshal pass is May to october. Hence, two factors were already agaist us
One, it is just April
And second, it has snowed heavy till late this winter.
No wonder, we were expecting heaps of snow and even blocked road. But as determined as we were, the mountain pass welcomed us open heartedly.
OMG, The snow walls reminded me of “ye ishq haye” from Jab we met movie (I did jump ahead the car at times and showed courage to film its walk on the snow sided ramp. Not to forget our travelling buddies, our senior family members; they had to push it out of mud at places 😉)…There was immense snow but the road to our surprise was through.
The beauty of the Himalayas around touched our souls.
The Chamshal pass pleased its visitors abundantly and know that we were not alone! The higher peaks of Kinnaur and Uttrakhand stood tall in the background; There is no end to Nature’s Mystery!
Chanshal pass is extremely windy. But we were ready to bear anything to pacify our wander lust for that moment. We returned heartful and cameraful of memories.
Return journey was a bit swifter. Staying in the night at Hatkoti again, next day we left the mountains (only physically as our hearts always belong there).
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