In January 2016, two Jeep enthusiasts from Shimla drove all the way to Chanshal Ghati in tricky snow conditions. The hardship they endured to reach Chanshal Ghati was rewarded by the unprecedented views. They conquered the banished Brute that is Chanshal Ghati.
Enjoy a mash of select pictures from our local Hero’s road journey in the Himalayas. Click on the images below for a full-screen view.
About Chanshal Ghati
There is nothing more exhilarating than taking a Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari. Driving on such extreme roads requires skill and tact. Chanshal Pass (Ghati) is a high altitude pass in Himachal Pradesh that can be reached via a motorable road. At a height of over 12,000 feet, the road connects land-locked Dodra and Kwar villages with rest of Himachal. The 180-kilometer road drive from Shimla is one of the most anticipated road destination for any Jeep, Bike enthusiast.
Reaching Chanshal Ghati is not that easy. The roads are in bad shape. There is no on-road assistance available in the last 50 kilometers of the road stretch. There have been so many enthusiasts who tried reaching Chanshal Pass but failed. This has added the lure for conquering Chanshal Ghati of own accord.
- Last Petrol Pump: Rohru
- Night stay/Hotel Option: Last hotel Stay is available at Larot (20 km before Chanshal Pass). Larot has a Himachal Pradesh PWD Guest House. Night Stay options are also available at Chirgaon and Maandali with Forest Department Guest House. Facilities are basic. A cooked meal can be arranged here.
- Mobile Signal and Phone connectivity: Mobile signal range is till Larot. BSNL Landline works in Chirgaon, Larot and Dodra-Kwar.
- Last Motor Mechanic on route: Chirgaon
- Nearest Hospital: Rohru
Picture Credit: Sandeep Banchta (Shimla), all permissions obtained.