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Driving to Sach Pass

Driving to Sach Pass
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-25
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fotos con Alma [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-05 6:29
Viewed: 4419
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Day: May 25, 2010
Time: 11.25 a.m.
Place: Satrundi, Lesser Himalayas, District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, India
Altitude: 12000 ft
Weather: Fair and sunny

Sach Pass in my native place is located at a height of about 13000 ft. A rough motorable dirt road over it leads one to the tribal valley of Pangi.
I drove to this pass on the morning of May 25 this year. The road had just been declared open and it was fun to drive on it. We did not make it all the way to the top of the pass because the higher our SUV climbed, the more frightened my wife turned. So we turned around just 5 km short of the pass. Nevertheless, it was a great experience to watch the glaciers melting and tumbling forth in the shape of innumerable waterfalls.
Here is a page from the diary of a adventure cyclist giving a brief insight into this pass;

Tucked away between Tibet and Pakistan, the Indian Himalayas are something of a cycling paradise, criss-crossed by dozens of magnificent roads and high altitude passes. The Sach Pass is some 4500m high and links Lahaul and Pangi Valleys to Chamba, near Dharamsala. Having just opened this year (2005), conditions are a still rough round the edges, with a remote and rarely travelled feel to the journey.

Like much of the Himalayas, the word epic springs to mind. But what really struck me was how much the landscape changed over just the space of a few days: forests, rickety bridges, rocks, boulders, mud, gorges, glaciers, frozen waterfalls, and lots (and lots) of snow. We tackled it in mid October, which is a little on the late side. The going was unusually tough; we managed to get caught in a storm and spent the night in an abandoned road workers' camp. But after a 15km push through mud and snow, the reward was very sweet indeed. A two day swirling descent, dropping some 3500m in altitude through autumnal forests to temple-packed Chamba . .



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Ciao Ram, fantastic mountain landscape by your car, you live in paradise, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram,
Good heavens! ... I can almost "see the silence" ... is a majestic and deep eye view ...one place to look, think and feel!

Congratulations, great landscape, both the technique and for the place! ha ha... Is interesting idea to photograph from inside the SUV! ha ha ha!:) ... a "natural" shot! You have a perfectly clean front windshield! :)

Regards, TFS, Jesús

Dear Sir Ram,

I like how the horizon divides the composition in two, highlighted and shadow areas, and also the way you photographed this impressive scene, implying the passage to prosperity. The color contrast between the snow-capped mountains and blue cloudy sky is very complimentary. Very sharp and well composed.
TFS and have a nice Saturday night!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-05 9:42]

Hello Ram,
Beautiful photo of this landscape. Very nice contrast in colours. I understand your wife why she want to turn. I think this road is not without danger.
Great sharpness and a well chosen composition.

A look thought the car window - really an interesting point of view Ram :)
And the view is really wonderful! To be honest, India is this country I always wanted to visit :) Who knows, maybe some day... But fortunatelly thanks you persons like you even now (staying many kilometers from India) I can see the beauty of this interesting country.
Nothing more is needed, I hope :) Thank you for sowing this image!
All the best from Lodz,

PS. I really hope to see more pictures from you soon :>

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2010-06-05 14:48]

Hi Ram,
althought it has been taken from inside the car, the pics looks great.
You´ve done a good job with proportions and natural colours.
The note is also very instructive. Can you hear the glaciers melting?

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-06 17:45]

Hello Ram,
Well Sir this is a beautiful sight, so rugged and beautiful. My wife would have wanted to turn around also Ram. Thank you for sharing this landscape with us.

Very amazing mountainuous landscape. I wish I had a chance to visit this place. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Ram
wonderful landscape, i like mountains especially when they are snow on it,
the view is superb,
the blue sky, the white clouds and the superb sunlight on the summit contribute to the beauty of this image
Have a good night

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