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Journey along Himalayas-Chanshal Pass

The Chanshal Pass, or Chanshal Valley, which at 4,520 metres is the highest peak in the Shimla district links Dodra Kwar and Rohru in the Shimla district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, it offers enthralling panoramic views of the valley.

Covering many of the mountain passes howsoever high or remote Chanshal Pass was always in my bucket list and on one fine lucky month  of  November I have done the most treacherous Chanshal Pass of Shimla District (Himachal Pradesh) on 16 November 2019 after
Read many Travelogues on Chanchal Pass by some fellow riders/Travellers, gave me the initial push to decide about visiting Chanshal pass & Finally, decided my next destination as Chanshal pass  I have started my journey on 15th morning
My going route was Ludhiana-Zirakpur-Shimla-Kufri-Throg-Rohru-Chirgaon-ShilaDesh(Chirgaon) -Chanshal and back via the same route by driving nonstop 15 hours from Chanshal pass to Ludhiana. The total duration of the trip was approximately 24to 26 hours & total distance approximately 750 kilometres.

There was hardly any traffic till Himalayan Expressway. Going was very smooth & crossed Shimla too without any heavy traffic as it was offseason. I have to take a right turn from Theog to take the route of Rohru, road till Rohru is smooth fresh black tarmac. Finally, by 8 pm I arrived at Village Shiladesh(after Chirgaon) with many lunch/Tea breaks.

I have booked my stay at  Khanan Homestay & Restaurant (shelaDesh-Chirgaon). Its newly built homestay with clean toilets & good food. Next morning I have started my journey towards Chanshal Pass next morning and real fun/adventure starts because road till Chanchal pass is in really really in bad shape and totally offroad as it rained in night road became with full muddy & slushy, after few km roads due to fresh snowfall I have to encounter black snow too and it was a real challenge to ride on black snow so reduced my tyre pressure and rode till pass without any fall.  It was one of the toughest rides I had because of bad road condition caused due to rain, mud, slush and snow/black snow but vista along with mountain pass road is matchless.

I have wandered for an hour or top It was quite windy and very cold at the top & I was feeling hungry, there was no baba due to off-season I always carry Butane stove with me so cooked Maggie & Tea for myself & started my journey back home non-stop from Pass to Ludhiana.

This ride was a most memorable ride in my riding carrier due to bad road conditions but vistas of Pabbar valley &  Pabber river along with roadside is matchless. I hope this travel story help rider to prepare their ride to Chanshal Pass.

List of things to carry:

  1. Puncture kit
  2. Electronic air Pump
  3. Medical First Aid Kit
  4. Spare Parts
  5. Stove, Eatable like Maggie & Milk
  6. Warm clothes
  7. Maps
  8. Bungee cords
  9. Torch
  10. Chain Spray & cleaner
  11. Mobile Charger.

Bad Slushy muddy road:

Tea/Maggie Time:

Story By: Rajdeep Singh Aka “Priest On Wheels”

(Multiple National Record)

“Save Earth Ride” (Punjab State)Coordinator

Founder/Admin Nomads On Wheels Riding Club Ludhiana


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  1. Wow Rajdeep bhai. It was a wonderful blog to read.. learner may things from this and I hope I will soon ride to chanshal pass one day after corona virus…

  2. I m really excited to explore this place after lock down 😍😍😍😍😍💕💕💕💗💗💗💗

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