Manali -> Jispa vi Rohtang pass -> Leh via Baralacha pass and Tanglang La -> Chang La -> Pangong Lake -> Nubra Valley -> Khardung La -> Leh -> Jispa -> Manali I have travelled this place in June 2019. It's a story of my 10 days of fun-filled adventure.
It was my first solo trip outside my town and that also for more than 10 days. I never imagined myself being a solo traveler but that's what Himalaya does to you. An ever ending love with this Himalayan mountain range streched across jammu kashmir, himachal pradesh, uttrakhand, sikkim and arunachal pradesh. So after so much of inner thoughts and deep thinking i have decided to go solo. I have booked this travel via https://www.wanderon.in/ who has invented new way to organize travel for youth.
Early morning on 19th June we have reached Manali. WanderOn has booked nice cozy resort for us to wander around Manali for one day and get acclimatized to this weather and altitude. It's very important to acclimatized at Manali because most of the people come from sea level altitude and directly travel in more than 6000ft altitude is not easy for our body. We got Royal enfield himalayan bike and did test drive around city. Riding gear like elbow and knee protector, hand gloves, helmet was also provided by them. we need waterproof shoes with modest height so we can cross waterfalls easily while riding. It's a must thing to buy. Next day early morning we have to depart for a long enthralling journey. So we slept early.
Day 1: Manali to Jispa - 140km
Highlight of this day was Rohtang pass, Chandra river and untouched part of lahaul spiti valley. As Rohtang pass is infamous for its long traffic, we have to leave early from Manali. Rohtang pass is around 60km from Manali but it takes more than 5 to 6 hrs. to reach because of mountain roads and long traffic. However beauty is unmatched in this vicinity. We were driving in thick and dense part of the pine forest. Cold breeze is like a dream. shades of greens were eye soothing. Don't forget to take inner line permit otherwise they won't allow you to cross.
Driving at 14000ft is a dream for so many bikers and it came true that day. 360 view of pir panjal mountain ranges with a view of white vista. Wherever you can see, you will find a snow. At some places, snow is more than 8 ft. Roads are broken and slippery because of snow melting. You will feel real thrill driving on this roads as unlike city roads, terrain is not normal here. Try to enjoy roadside café at Marhi(A small spot just before Rohtang). Sipping a cup of tea with a view of Rohtang - A sight you never want to miss.
After crossing Rohtang, you will enter into Lahaul and spiti valley. A river that you will see here is a Chandra river originated from Chandratal located in higher altitudes of spiti valley. Take a lunch after crossing Rohtang pass as you won't find any food till you reach keylong. Fill your fuel tank in between as it's a last petrol bunk before leh which is stil 460km away.
Just 15km before keylong you will find a spot which is a sangam of two river called - Bhaga and Chandra. It becomes chenab river from this point which flows through kashmir valley later. After this point you will be driving along with Bhaga river only. You will see so many stream flowing from mountain ranges merges with Bhaga river.