This option is mostly preferred by people who do not want to run the risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS) by staying at higher altitudes than Keylong or Jispa. However, on the second day, you need to leave early in the morning like by 5 AM from Keylong or Jispa to reach Leh in time. Public buses including HPTDC / HRTC halts for a night at Keylong and leave at 5 AM in the next morning, too. Personally, out of Keylong or Jispa, I will always prefer to stay at Jispa if traveling by your own or privately hired vehicle. Jispa has situated right on the banks of river Bhaga and is further 20 KMs away from Keylong town. Spending the evening at this place is extremely refreshing and is far better experience than the boring Keylong town. While Keylong town offers varied accommodation options, Jispa has only a few options available for a stay and hence, it is important that you pre-book them. Secondly, if you are traveling by public transport i.e. HRTC or HPTDC buses then you need to stay at Keylong only else you need to manage the travel to Jispa yourself and then fix the pickup too with the driver or conductor. Mobile phones may or may not work in Jispa. Manali - Sarchu / Pang (Day 1) and Sarchu / Pang - Leh (Day 2)
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This is a point in the Baralacha La Route just like many other milestones rather altutudes marked over here. This is a place which fills in you a magical sense of self- confidence and energy. It feels like if coming up this high can be enjoyable, then our life needs even more adventure like this. You will find trekkers and jeeps here on adventure trips. This place is also like a camping site for the ones who halt here before moving forward towards the evn more difficult points of Himachal Pradesh and then Ladakh. You can erect a tent and then sip on steaming coffee while you admire the beauty of the snow- capped surroundings and especially the white snow- covered mountain peaks.
At an altitude of over 4800 metres above sea level, this lake is the 3rd highest lake in India and the 21st highest in the whole world. This is a place of outstanding beauty and people come here to admire the sceneries from all parts of the world. The lake is fed by the Bhaga River and is also the place where the confluence of the routes of Zanskar, Spiti and Ladakh takes place. The name of the lake literally means the Lake of the Sun God. It is thus said that taking a holy dip here can free a person of a lifetime of sins but this seems to be quite difficult. This place is almost completely uninhabited mainly due to the extreme climatic conditions and the lack of any basic facilities of living over here.
Leh Manali Highway
A highway in Northern India, it connects Leh in the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kasmir with Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The highway remains open only for around four months during summer when the snow gets cleared and there is no fear of landslides. Again when winter arrives and there is snow all around, the highway remains no more motorable. At this time a part of the highway connects Zanskar in Ladakh to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in the Himachal Pradesh.
Worlds Most Dangerous Road
World’s Most Dangerous Road between Khillar (Himachal Pradesh) and Keylong (Himchal Pradesh). This road connects Pangi Valley with Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh. There are numerous steep inclines and declines. On one side there is 1000 feet freefall into the river Chenab and deadly mountain cliff hanging on other. The road condition is never constant, it sees many landslides. This road is featured into many travel forums as “One of the most Dangerous Roads in the World”
We woke up early and got ready for our next destination.After the fast paced journey on the Moore plains, we found ourselves in third highest pass encounter in Ladakh, Tanglang La (17,582ft). Final few kilometers to the summit of the pass, roads were in a bad condition and the steepness coupled with lack of air takes a toll on vehicles performance. But once we reached the top, we were greeted with spectacular views; in fact from Tanglang La we could clearly spot the complete path to the pass for miles on both directions.Descent from Tanglang La for first few kilometers was in a bad condition; however after that the roads were smooth and with the altitude decreasing, our spirits were starting to pick up and we felt rejuvenated by the time we reached Up.We took a small break for a cup of tea/coffee at Upshi. Near the checkpost, we registered ourselves and took some permit near shop for visiting Tso pangong and Tso Moriri, Korzok and Khardung pass. I filled that permit forum and submitted our details and covered a distance of 20kms from Upshi to Karu.From there we moved for Tso Pangong Lake. There was only one nearest petrol pump at Karu but we forgot to fill petrol in our bikes after 15 Km realized but now we did not have any option so leaving everything on destiny,we moved further and waited for other bikers. There was an adventures day of my life,we had seen nothing so far except barren land.So we moved further and now met highest pass Changla baba pass, there was a temple of Changla baba, DRDO center and army station but road’s condition was bad.After that road was down so now for saving petrol we got your bike in natural. After sometime we reached Tangtse, it’s another Indian army station, We stopped there and they offer us black tea with raisin. I gossiped with army officer and after exchanging smiles and talks, we continued our journey. Now the time was around 4.30 PM, Tso Pangong was from there around 60kms.so we moved fast but still we were worried about petrol. After one hour ride In between we saw a biker while he crossed us and we stopped him. He was alone rider, came from Faridabad to visit Ladakh .We told him about our problem then he decided to gave us 1 liter petrol, that was our first time when we realized the cost of petrol. After giving petrol he said us, go back towards Leh now because you’re already late and would not reach there on time. We said him thanks and then he moved for Leh and we moved for Tso Pangong because we were not gone there for returning back.We reached near Tso Pangong Lake at evening, but before that we slipped on a rough road but didn’t get hurt. At that time we laughed more suddenly I saw, petrol was falling down from tank and immediately stopped laugh and picked up bike.Now we faced a waterfall falling on the road, but there we saved from fast flowing water. We took precaution I am off the bike and started walking there and the one who was riding it crossed it very slowly so that it didn’t get slip. After that around 7 PM we reached Tso Pangong Lake. That view I can’t explain in words.Now I believe that that time I was in heaven, there was too much cold so first we searched place where to spent nights and saw camp, tents and finally we decided to stay at Martsemik camp and it was very beautifully made by Leh local peoples.Because in our mind was next day adventure, our main requirement were petrol because we didn’t have enough petrol for going back to Leh so regarding it we talked to local people there. They sold petrol there but took double money for that.August 19, 2014