View of the Himalayas at Baralacha pass, situated at 16000 feet from sea level.
Journey from Manali to Leh is about 500 km, done in two days with overnight stopover at Keylong. Reached Keylong at 5.30 in the evening on day one. Nestled between apple orchards, sunset view of snow capped peaks is just breathtaking. You can carry your own single malts if like a drink or two, though it is not recommended on high altitude.
Started at 4.30 on the second day to cover maximum strech of about 350 km in 12 hrs.Drive has to be pushed to , completed or you can end spending the night on the road if stuck in a landslide or breakdown.
One needs to carry all medicine,altitude sickness, motion sickness tablets. Most of the roads missing, the route is trecherous, backbreaking and rough. Roads getting washed off, be ready to be stranded for hours. Bad roads, snowfall, reduced visibility and freezing temperatures, i would not recommend the road travel to casual traveller.