Hyderabad: Riding on deadly roads is what Hari Krishna Reddy’s dreams are made of. The pucca Hyderabadi recently returned to the city after conquering the Sach Pass, a 4,414-metre-high mountain pass in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh. Considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous roads, Hari is perhaps the only rider from the two Telugu States to have completed the expedition to the Sach Pass.
The road is narrow and the terrain is tough. It is the gateway to the Pangi Valley and one can notice many waterfalls on the way. It is the shortest and toughest route from Chamba to the Killar (170 km). So, how exhilarating was Hari’s experience?
“I heard about Sach Pass from a group of experienced riders I met at a homestay in Spiti Valley. Listening to them talk so positively (and even cautioning us) about Sach, I immediately decided to go there. However, it was closed due to snow and when it reopened, I went in July. My experience was one I’ll never forget ― I had to ride in between 20-30 feet of snow, through rocks and extreme weather. Sometimes my bike would just get deep into the snow, but the views I got to see and the mind-blowing feeling when you’re with nature, makes it worth all the risk. Your heart and mind open up,” says the 27-year-old, who rides a Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Hari makes sure to explore all the unexplored places in each trip he takes. Instead of just following the regular places that pop up on Google, he urges travellers to explore places by themselves. “I often interact with locals and greet them with a smile. They are the best ones to guide us on what to do. Next, I will be actively making Instagram Reels and Vlogs to talk about my experiences. My rides are often filled with adventures and risks, so even my dad doesn’t know what I really do. I plan to show him soon,” laughs Hari, who has been riding for over 10 years now.
Hari was invited as a chief guest to a Meetup at Botanical Garden in the city to enlighten other riders about his Sach Pass experience. “My next ride will be to Goa, where I will be doing a series on ‘Goa beyond beaches’. I’ve travelled widely to places such as Coorg, Ladakh, unexplored places in Kashmir, Pune, Mysuru, Chikmagalur, Kerala and Tamil Nadu among others. Riding and exploring have been my passion since childhood. Even as a kid, I would board the RTC bus and go to random locations,” he shares.
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