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When you start your journey from Manali, you will be surrounded by lush green mountains all over, as the journey progresses you will be introduced to the snow capped mountains. The very first glimpse of the snow Peak Mountains brings a twinkle to your eyes! You get spectacular and panoramic views from the Rohtang Pass. Located 51km from Manali, at an altitude of 3978m i.e. 13.050 ft, the pass is open from May to November. It is not particularly high or difficult to cross on, but it has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards.
Just before getting to Rohtang Pass there is a Snow Point, you can find most of the honeymoon couples playing in the snow and posing for the camera here inspired by our famous bollywood movies. Slowly the climate starts changing, you feel a bit cold, even though every part of your body is completely covered. The landscapes make you go Awww, you can see the clouds hugging the mountains tightly. You just can’t ignore the scenic beauty around, but at the same time you need to concentrate more on the roads before you. The roads were good for most of the time, and the journey seemed smooth without any hurdles.
We reached Keylong our night stay location around 5 P.M. It’s a small village, where you can enjoy scenic walks or grand mountain views. The place is adored as an oasis of greenery and is a popular stop among the tourists for an overnight stay. We checked into a hotel and untied all our luggages. By the end of Day 1 we covered around 125Km. I know this was very less, but our organizers wanted us to get acclimatization to high altitude and get comfortable with the bikes.
Acclimatization is one of the important things to prepare for while planning trip to Ladakh. The fact that Leh and most of the places in Ladakh are located above the altitude of 10,000 feet, you may suffer from dizziness, headaches or even acute mountain sickness (AMS). So planning to acclimatise to the high altitude condition becomes one of the most important things to take into consideration while you are planning your trip to Ladakh. Everyone was quick enough to drop off everything from their body, making them free from the riding gear.
The hotel had a great view of the snow peaked mountains. Sitting in the open with hot chocolate in your hands and stunning view to your eyes, makes life so blissful. Most of them spent the evening looking at the beautiful mountains, and we finished our dinner by 8P.M. and before going to bed we had a brief discussion about our plans for day 2. The plan was to start early in the day so that we can reach Pang for night stay. The distance was approximately 185 Km.