The Manali-Leh Freeway (extra of a highway) is among the most harmful but stunning roads one will ever journey. I’ve had the humbling pleasure of touring this highway a number of occasions when touring within the NW Himalaya in India. Leh is the northern finish of the highway in Jammu and Kashmir, whereas Manali is the southern finish of the highway in Himachel Pradesh. One superior factor about it’s you expertise so many various environments as you journey from one finish to the opposite. With a size of roughly 300 miles, this highway will fill your digicam with reminiscences and sights you must cherish ceaselessly.About ManaliManali is a lush metropolis within the coronary heart of the Kullu Valley. It’s a outstanding cease for these touring to the northern extents of the Indian Himalaya. Right here you could find just about all you want for a journey, driver, provides, meals… something. The websites are superior as properly, after all it is determined by the time of 12 months. The Kullu Valley is within the orographic entrance (wet facet) of the regional mountain vary. This in flip results in an amazing accumulation of clouds at 6000 ft up. When the solar does peer its vivid head via, take discover and snap photos. Manali additionally sits on the west facet of the Beas River. Its drainage basin is a decent 7800 sq. miles. Should you’re in your solution to Leh, do not go this place up.About LehLeh is the capital of the earlier empire of Ladakh, at the moment integrated within the province of Jammu and Kashmir. As said earlier than it sits at about 3500m elevation. This space is arid, very arid. Fortunately there may be greenery nestled all through town. Little or no rain falls right here however that does not imply the occasional catastrophic flood does not happen. There was a horrible one in 2010. So watch out in the summertime months. The Indus River flows south of town, getting into into Pakistan, lastly dumping its waters within the Indus River Basin and the Indian ocean.Some might say that it’s the vacationer capital of northern Indian. There may be a lot trekking alternatives right here that that title is certainly becoming. Except you steer clear of the primary roads of Leh you can be uncovered to the tourism ecosystem that’s thriving there. There may be nothing you must need for in Leh, there may be web, resorts, eating places, souvenirs, trekking corporations, private drivers and extra. If you’re seeking to be adventurous you must attempt to procure the assistance of a somebody who is just not from Leh however speaks excellent English in your sake. Enlist them as a information and they are going to be an amazing assist.So again to the Manali-Leh Freeway (MLH) Manali to RohtangI will begin summarize a few of the greatest issues to look out for on the Manali-Leh highway from and south to north trajectory. Leaving Manali, you’ll start to ascend to Rohtang Go. which is roughly 4000m (13,000&prime). That is why I cautioned the sluggish ascent. Dabas and little villages will probably be passes all alongside the way in which. One factor it’s a must to fear about is stoppage resulting from site visitors or a rock fall blockage (occurs typically), so for those who’re headed this manner depart early. Earlier than reaching Rohtang go there’s a small cease referred to as Marhi, from there may be an path that leads west to a Dashaur lake, a preferred resting cease for a lot of trekkers and caravans touring the MLH. When you make it to Rohtang go, you’ll look upon the Chandra River valley. Take time to cease and acclimate, you might be about to descend into the valley.Driving alongside the Chandra RiverFairly, rapidly you can be crossing the Chandra River to its north facet and heading NW in the direction of Sissu, and Tandi. These are very small villages with dabas and homestays current. The most effective factor to do right here is look south to the south Chandra Valley wall. Glaciers, spectacular geologic folds and extra might be noticed. At Tandi is the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. Alongside the south flowing Bhaga is the place the MLH continues northward to Keylong. Keylong is a crucial metropolis because it serves as the most important cease between Manali and Leh. Refueling, restocking rations and exchanging cash are all important duties that may be cone in Keylong.Throughout this space are trails that join inter-mountain villages through the tributaries of the Bhaga. There may be an abundance of trekking alternatives outdoors the primary touristy ones. Jispa and Darcha are north of Keylong and are small however culturally attention-grabbing. take a cease and see one of many many Himachel males with their distinctive apparel, and trendy hats.Ascent to Baralacha La (go)From Darcha you’ll ascend constantly as much as Baralacha La which is roughly 5000m. Moreover, there are lakes that you’ll go which can be fed from glacial run off from regional peaks. Once more, you must take warning as much as this go and take stops if wanted since it’s so excessive up. Aspect not earlier than you attain the go you’ll go Zingzingbar. It is a small camp charged with the responsibility of holding Baralacha roads properly maintained. Should you get an opportunity cease by.Down from Baralacha La you properly descend in the direction of Sarchu, one other necessary relaxation cease nestled close to the confluence of the Yunam River and the Tsarap Chu River. It’s the border city of Himachel Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Should you’re fortunate sufficient to reach right here within the day time, you will note stunning geologic folds to the north west throughout the Yunam. Take time to soak up Sarchu earlier than heading again up slope in the direction of Lachalung La.Lachalung LaLachalung La is the third go since Manali, and it’s roughly as excessive as Baralacha La. The identical cautions apply right here as others, take your time. I’ve seen bikers take this route they usually virtually all the time must relaxation to acclimate correctly. From right here, issues start to actually change environmentally as you enter right into a extra arid space. Many of the moisture you will note right here comes from snow, and glacial run off. The descent from Lachalung La is fairly regular all the way in which all the way down to Pang, and again as much as Pang La (4800m), north from right here you enter additional into Jammu and Kashmir, an arid magnificence.Tso Morari and Tso KarThis stretch of the MLH is scenic and in addition has trekking alternatives throughout, as a result of to the east lies the favored Tso Morari and Tso Kar lakes. Two uniquely stunning lakes surrounded by varied geologic rock sorts. Northward is Tanglang La which is touted because the worlds second highest motorable go. It’s a humbling 5,328 m. Ascending to this go ought to be performed slowly and with warning as cloud cowl, swap backs and glacial run off will probably be frequent. Upon reaching the go you will note a relaxation cease with prayer flags (most passes have prayer flags).Prayer flags are neededDownward you’ll have swap backs and will even see transport vans which have fallen down the slope of the mountain. It is a very harmful stretch of highway. From there you’ll descend into what is called the Indus Suture zone. This diffuse area marks the boundary of the place the Indian continent collided with the Asian continent roughly 50 million years in the past. Right here you will note rock layers rotated by tectonics into vertical columns and occasional goats hehe. Its merely stunning. Miru and cross a brief cross over the Indus river to Upshi, will ship you on the house stretch to Leh. Right here you will note rocks of the Ladakh Batholith to the north and the rocks of the Indus suture zone to the south. From right here you observe the Indus river NW in the direction of Leh.