Worlds Extreme Road Trips: Manali – Leh

There can never be a perfect plan to ride on this highway, simply because the road conditions are different every year owing to landslides, amount of snowfall, glacial melts and the progress of Border Roads Organisation (BRO), an Army support organization whose job is to build and maintain all roads leading to the Indian Borders.

As one leaves Manali behind, the real climb starts near Rohtang Pass. Traffic along the Manali-Leh Highway ascends and descends through nail-biting mountain passes, fording across streams and glacial melts, which results in some hair-raising moments . The ever changing landscape is mesmerizing and spectacular. Expanses of snow-capped mountains, deep verdant valleys and small quaint villages you come across it all in this beautiful route .

By road the Manali – Leh route will take two days and the route is:

Manali – Rohtang – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common at high altitudes at elevations over 10,000 feet as Oxygen in the air reduces by roughly 40% at such heights. After the first 25 km, the entire highway is above 10,000 feet elevation. The first syptoms of AMS is headache, dizziness and shortness of breath. If you experience any of this make sure you stop and if possible descent 2000 to 3000 feet or look for medical help.

June to September is the time window when the Manali – Leh Highway is open and is considered as the only time for doing a road trip to Leh via the Manali – Leh Highway.

The 490km between Manali and Leh, is one of India’s most beautiful and offers the most incredible photographic opportunities the subcontinent can offer.  If you are interested in undertaking this exciting trip stay at our Hotel at Manali: Hotel Kalpna by R C Hospitality, and let Road2Travel make all your arrangements.


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