It is good to have an end to the journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end…………………………………
Today is your day ………… the mountains are waiting………so get on your way…..
With these words we start the one of the most exciting journey to Leh. The Journey to Ladakh takes you through lush green valley of Beas along with mid Himalayan ranges always in view upto Rohtang Pass (3989mts).After having an acclimatization walk up to the top to view the Chandra Bhaga Ranges is quite refreshing. Further getting down from the pass picturising the beautiful mountains like M-7 and White Seal till Koksar where the Foreign Nationals have to register themselves at the check post where as the others can have a cup of tea and glimpse of Chandra Valley and the tribal area of Lahul. Driving along the turbulent waters of Chandra River is an awe inspiring experience till Sissu where we stop for Lunch. Sissu owns the pride to have the temple of Head Diety Raja Gepan. The Peas & Potato fields with glens and glaciers and small villages along the road till Tandi is amazingly beautiful. Tandi is the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers forming into Chandra Bhaga or the popularly known as Chenab Valley which further flows down to Pakistan. If someone has the time then visit till Udaipur in Chenab valley can be very exciting as one can witness the Triloknath temple( Both Hindu and Buddhist priest perform Pooja together) Mrikula Devi temple(marvelous wooden carving) and above all the blue waters of Chenab river. Overnite stay at Keylong is quiet and peaceful. The only activity suggested in the jeep is to drink water, tea or juices as much possible besides enjoying nature. If time permits, and have interest one can visit the famous Kardong Gompa.
Keylong or ‘Kitling’ in local language means ‘a beautiful place’ so in a lazy morning and late start from Keylong; enjoy your morning coffee mug among the Himlaya. After breakfast drive to Darcha, the check post- once again to sip tea and drink some water by the time the foreign nationals can register them at Check post. The view of Mulkila ranges is simply outstanding. Darcha has been the starting point of several treks to Ladakh and Zanskar, one famous among them is classic Darcha- Lamayuru for 20 days. While climbing up to the Baralacha la one can see the tough terrain crossed by Bhaga River. One can start feeling the pinch of the high altitude as we cross Zing Zing Bar. Whenever you feel a little uneasy or headaches drink more & more water as we reach the Suraj Tal Or the Sun Lake; the source of Bhaga River. After having few pictures of awesome mountains and glaciers; we move ahead to the top of the Baralacha. The Baralacha la is a unique pass as it has three sides and three rivers originate from all the three sides of the pass whereas most of the passes have two sides. Walk for a while drink water and feel the Himlaya; after an enthralling experience at the top of Baralacha la sipping tea at Bharatpur city can not be a bad option. Slowly, drive to the camp at Sarchoo (4280mts)
Sarchoo is comprised of two words Sar- Gold; Chu-water; as it is said that imagination is more than knowledge when we have Himalaya so close to us for inspiration & imagination; we developed the name of our camp and company as Goldrop. The Himalayan hospitality not only brings us closer to the human life but also generously providing care and kindness to whosoever is in needs of it. Our camp being located 240 kms from Manali & Leh (halfway) at Sarchoo, a height of 4200mts under the name & style of Goldrop Adventure Camp offers the best of the best hospitable & personalized services. Even in the harsh climatic conditions of magic mountains of Greater Himalaya we provide you with 25 luxury tents with attached toilet/s with a spacious dining with sumptuous food and a service with concern by the team of Goldrop Adventure
Next day with the dusk & chilling winds, after breakfast we enter into the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The usual registration at the check post at Sarchoo and then listening to the names like whisky Nallah( stream) & Brandy Nallah as you climb up to 22 Gataloop overlooking lingti river which flows down to deep Zanskar region. One has to be alert as there is every possibility to see tangrole in the morning hours and incredible colors of mountains ranges. One gets a true feeling of a cold desert in this lap of the drive by crossing Lachungla, Nakeela and reaching Pang with slogans like ‘No one is Gama in the Land of Lama’. Pang is a temporary establishment where one can enjoy the pack lunch, food soup etc with the typical mountain hospitality. After Lunch we reach the interesting More plains almost 40 kms straight drive with different color mountains and every possibility to see Kyangas (Wild Ass) and the famous ‘Changpas’ the nomads of Ladakh with their white tents. Moreover the driving alerts for the drivers like ‘honey I want you but not so fast’ .With the dust & ever changing landscape we start climbing up to the famous Tanglang-la(5200mts).It is considered to be the second highest motor able pass in the world after Khardung la. The top of Tanglang la offers faith in God of Indian society in the form of a temple, magnificent view of Karakoram ranges which separate India from Pakistan and on a clear day the Glimpse of Tsomoriri lake among the largest mountain system of the world, the Himalaya. Driving down from the pass with exotic mountains and getting first glimpse of habitation/villages of Ladakh and amazing architect after Rumtse among the red and green mountains till Upshi is really enthralling experience. It’s a time for a break at Upshi where you get the first glimpse of Indus river and of course the usual registration for the foreign nationals and tax payments for the drivers. After Upshi, driving along Indus river one starts getting the feel of majestic Greater Himlaya as vast expanse one can see the high mountains, monasteries, Military establishments. As we come close to the Leh city we drive along Thicksey monastery and Shey palace and a far distant view of Hemis & Satkana Monasteries with the high mountains ranges in the backdrop and famous among them is Ladakhi and Stok Kangri.
Julley is the word to greet each other and you would like to do it with the nature first …………………. and then with others. That is how Ladakh welcomes You.
Day 1: Manali to Keylong ((115kms)-6-7 hrs. Over Rohtang Pass (3989mts)
Day2: Keylong to Sarchoo (125kms)5-6 hrs. Over Baralacha Pass.
Day3: Sarchoo to Leh (210kms) 8-9 hrs. Over Nakee la, Lachungla and Tanglang La
Pass, Jot & La are the synonym toe ach other. One must be surprised that why we go slow in first two days; it is simply for the acclimatization process as the harsh climate may cause fatigue both physically and mentally.
Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountains…………..
Thanks for writing such useful information about journey between Leh and Manali. You are right, Leh and Manali are one some of the most stunning remote locales of India. One must visit the place once in a lifetime. Truly adventure in the midst of nature.
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