Taking the road less traveled is always a better option. The route was called Tribal Triangle; we took two weeks and did it backwards. We took a small detour to Ladakh to meet a friend half way. This route was opened only about two years back and people are yet to take complete advantage of it. Having said that, we did not meet any other traveller for the first 1500kms.
We spent the first night in Mcleodganj and did not explore it at all. It was in, out and a meal. While we had set our GPS to Keylong, the road left us awestruck that we had to stop and chill almost everywhere, it was only after sunset that we reached Shatrundi Check Post. We were determined to go ahead till Khillar the same day, however, we were advised by the officers at the check post to stay overnight because of the extreme road conditions. This was the very place where the Chamba Massacre of 1998 took place and as we sat around the bonfire and indulged in conversation, I felt the pinch of adventure a road trip entails.
Early next morning we set off on a route filled with glaciers and mountain passes. Sach Pass was the first— 800 sheep, two shepherds and their dog welcomed us. We asked them about the road conditions and where to find food, because food is my best friend while up in the mountains, considering the fact that I am always hungry there. As we stopped to pay our respect at the Lord Shiva temple, they proceeded to their village.