Exhaustive Traveller Guide to The Manali Leh Highway Road Trip

In this post, I will be talking about the famed iconic highway road trip like no other – The Manali Leh Highway Road Trip. As the winter tapers off, in the Northern Sector of the sub-continent of India a change occurs. The hold of the winter has diminished and the earth turns herself over to welcome another 200 odd days of warm sun. In case blogs are not your thing, why don’t you have a look at short photo stories out here.

The glacial waters slowly trickle down increasing in vigour with every passing foot, the tender blades of grass stake their claim wherever the condition seem feasible while the slow process of formation of the soil which had become suspended since the past few months once again gets on track to make the most of what the creation has to offer.

Into this constant change, Souls with eyes peering far into the distance, bodies eager to take on what nature puts up in opposition, hearts thumping with anticipation and freedom, a dream formed in the mind’s eye constantly replayed. These souls are the frail yet vital additions to the frame that is created out here. The following is a tale of the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip.

This is the Legend of the Manali –Leh Highway and the tales of the those who set their heart and mind to travel on the stuff of Legend gathering together to give a marvellous ode to the determination and tenacity of India’s roadbuilders and maintainers of the yore. This article will delve briefly into the history, key role players and the various constituents that make up this supreme iconic Highway.

Manali Leh Highway Road Trip

Manali Leh Highway Road Trip.  The highway with no number, built and maintained by the Border Roads Organization through two extraordinary monumental ongoing Projects: Project Deepak and Project Himank.

Manali Leh Highway – Project Deepak

Project Deepak, raised in May 1961 under the aegis of BRO, primarily for construction of the Hindustan-Tibet Highway (this is something that I would be touching upon in another article). Over the years the jurisdiction of the project in Himachal Pradesh also now covers the Manali-Sarchu Sector which forms the first part of the Manali-Leh Highway.

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Manali Leh Highway – Project Himank

Project Himank, raised in 1985, its charter to connect Ladakh with the Indian Subcontinent no matter how callous be the weather and nature conditions. Responsible for construction and maintenance of roads including few of the highest motorable roads in the world in the Ladakh sector especially in the areas of Tanglang La, Chang La, Marsimek La and Photi La.

Nicknamed Mountain Tamers for their Indomitable Spirit, they comprise the men and machines that have over the past decades toiled on this highway with jurisdiction being from Sarchu to Leh. Note: La in the Tibetan language means a mountain pass. READ HERE for info about the passes in Ladakh.

It really swells the heart to think of such a possibility and experience. The road, which was carved and cut through the mountain ranges stands testimony to the heart of the men and women who built it in the first place. Those who were not travellers but rather pioneers, who braved everything even their own lives to build something like this. Even today their hard work is the proof and testimony of the existence of this highway like no other in the Indian Subcontinent.

Brief intro on Manali Leh Highway Road Trip

The Manali –Leh highway, 473 km long starts from Manali in Himachal Pradesh and finishes in the town of Leh, capital of Ladakh. For sake of brevity would be discussing the highway in terms of driving waypoints.

For those uninitiated, Manali Leh Highway Road Trip is one of the most famous highway trip in the world. It offers a heady mix of adventure, natural beauty, adrenalin rush, solitude, sense of achievement to those who make their mark on it. Die-hard road travellers dream of traversing this epic route at least one in their lifetime if not more.

For many, this dream is realized while for others it is still something that needs to be completed. This is not some regular isolated highway, for without preparation if one goes about the business of tackling it and things fall apart it can lead to tangible consequences to the traveller both in terms of safety as well as materialistically. Having said that with proper preparations it is one of a lifetime experience.

As per me, the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip is to be covered over a period of two days, can be stretched to three days. However, I will be dividing into two sectors, each to be covered in a single day. For understanding as to how to prepare your vehicle for the Manali Leh Highway READ HERE.

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Manali Leh Highway Road TriP – Sectionwise account

Manali- Jispa

So the day starts at Manali, the picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the mighty mountain range at the northern edge of Kullu valley. Manali also serves as the gateway to the Lahul and Spiti valley which is another great destination for nature and adventure conscious.

The town is situated at an altitude of 2050 mts and is named after the sage Manu of the Treta Yuga. The first town that comes after leaving Manali is Gulaba which is 20 km away and generally is the limit of road travel in winters when snow is dumped all the way from Rohtang till here. The road is narrow and single carriageway. Manali Leh Highway twists through hamlets, small gardens, village shops while all the while climbing upwards as we move ahead towards Gulaba

Elevation2050 mts
AccommodationRIDE INN, Paramount Inn, various others to suit everyone



Hunger wants Multiple , recommend Johnson’s café/Chopsticks
Mobile ConnectivityAll networks including Data
Additional InfoILP needs to be taken from DC office for crossing Rohtang La ( article on that coming up soon )
Road ConditionManali roads are good but narrow

Marhi.  After Gulaba as one move ahead, the highway by now is hugging the sheer mountainside with steep drops on the other side as it snakes ahead towards Marhi. Marhi situated at an altitude of 3300 mts basically is a small waypoint on the way towards Rohtang La.

There are a few basic dhabas where one can have tea and hot food. In recent years, adventure sport to have started out here and the entire scene looks like a village fair in progress. However, come out here in offseason and one is greeted with spectacular views of huge mountains up ahead while the valley down below.

Elevation3300 mts
AccommodationSketchy at tea Houses
Hunger wants Basic hot meal
Mobile ConnectivitySketchy , all networks
Additional InfoRecommend breakfast/lunch and proceed ahead. Adventure sports available
Road ConditionManali-Marhi is a single narrow carriageway esp after Kothi but in good condition

Rani Nullah.      After Marhi as one moves ahead on the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip, the route starts to climb more steeply as the elevation increases dramatically. Soon we are crossing Rani Nullah, which is a glacier point. Come winter immense snow walls get erected here owing to the way the snow gets dumped out here by the western disturbances. It is this place where most of the day crowds go for clicking pictures as soon as the Highway gets opened for the season. This is also the region where the heavy vehicular rush implies a long traffic jam of several Kms.

Rohtang La.        Post Rani Nullah, we finally come to the first pass of the route. Say hello to Rohtang La, 51 km from the town of Manali, lies this place known as Pile of Corpses. Indeed this seemingly looking docile pass is immensely deceptive and has been the harbinger of misfortune to many a traveller who gets stuck here owing to swirling banks of mist, tonnes of sudden snow which leads to closure of the road to Manali within a few hours.

At an altitude of 3900 mts, that’s 1900 mts higher than Manali, one finds rolling banks of clouds and mist out here. The levels of fog witnessed out here reduce visibility to a couple of metres and the narrow roads and almost hairpin turn with oncoming traffic scare the living daylights of almost all drivers.

The blue sky in the morning or early afternoon is not a guarantee of what will happen in the evening or night, hence proper planning is very important when coming in the vicinity of Rohtang La during the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip

Elevation3900 mts
Road ConditionMarhi-Rohtang is better than the previous sector in respect of maneuverability of Vehicles , however in heavy fog the hair pin bends create a mess

Gramphoo.         As one moves ahead on the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip, the road slopes downwards. On the right one can see the massive Rohtang Peak, snow-covered at all times of the year, the path is all downwards now and in pretty bad shape, broken all the way till Koksar. But first, we reach the legendary Gramphoo, where if one takes a right diversion he enters the Lahul Valley and moves into the network of the valleys of Lahul, Spiti, Pin and Lingti. However, presently we are moving ahead. Gramphoo is at an elevation of 3200 mts, back in 2010 when I had come here, there were small dhabas where one could eat a hot meal but now, they are all gone.

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Koksar. Moving ahead, after 17 kms we reach the truck stop settlement of Koksar, a dusty settlement frequented by the GREF crews as well as trucks that make a mandatory stop here. The bridge on the river Chenab is as rickety as ever and needs careful attention all the time. In my opinion, one can have a quick lunch here if needed and then move ahead. Koksar is an altitude of 3120 mts and is generally avoidable other than the mandatory lunch stop.

Elevation3120 mts
AccommodationPWD Guest House
Hunger wants Basic North Indian meal
Mobile ConnectivitySketchy, all networks , No data connectivity
Additional InfoIt is recommended to move on rather than planning a night stay out here
Road ConditionRohtang to Koksar is a broken down stretch . Very dusty in the post monsoon months and in period May-Aug , the slush and heavy traffic demands careful driving as well as optimum vehicle performance .

Sissu.    Up ahead, the road improves substantially for a few km . On the left one can see the mighty mountain ranges and valleys. Out here the rider is able to actually soak in the feeling of riding in the Himalayas. Till here, most of the traffic is bunched together but post-Koksar, everyone spaces out and soon a personal space is formed around the traveller. Sissu comes up post 10 km an altitude of 3100 mts.

Elevation3100 mts
AccommodationTriveni Gh
Hunger wants Basic hot meals
Mobile ConnectivityNil
Additional InfoPleasant village for evening walks
Road ConditionKoksar to Sissu is tarred and a pleasure to drive on considering what one has come through

Tandi.   Post-Sissu, the road deteriorates as we move ahead, there is a lot of construction crews of GREF out here for on the left side one can see the frantic activity of construction of the Rohtang Tunnel exit. The dust is everywhere as one is caked in it. This situation persists till one reaches Tandi, situated at an altitude of 2573 mts. READ HERE for the info on various fuel stops in this region.

Tandi became famous I would say not for the confluence of the Chandra and Bagha rivers but rather because it houses the final petrol pump on the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip. The next fuel station is at Choglamsar on the outskirts of Leh town, 365 km away. Almost everyone tanks up out here hence there is a waiting time, but then utilize that time to click a pic for posterity with the Indian Oil board standing proud in the middle of nowhere, definitely something iconic.

Elevation2573 mts
AccommodationPWD Gh
Hunger wants At village ahead of IOC petrol pump
Mobile ConnectivityNil
Additional InfoFill up those spare fuel jerry cans , one will need ahead in case we get stuck at Baralacha La , Tanglang La
Road ConditionSissu to Tandi is once again broken down on account of the Rohtang Tunnel project , extremely dusty and would be slushy in May – Aug .

Keylong.              As we move ahead, the road twists gently moving onwards, the pace by now is settled for we are in the late afternoon cruising ahead to Keylong. This iconic of all places on the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip is on the banks of the Baga river and is a distt HQ too. There is sketchy mobile connectivity till Keylong.

There are lots of stay options in Keylong comprising of Homestays as well as hotels. At an altitude of roughly 3000 mts, Keylong is a strong contender to terminate the journey for the day for the traveller reaches here by around late afternoon/early evening. However, I generally prefer to push ahead towards Jispa.

Elevation3000 mts
AccommodationChangrabhaga HPTDC , Nalwa Gh
Hunger wants Home cooked food available
Mobile ConnectivityGood , all networks including data connectivity
Additional InfoGenerally all tour operators stop here
Road ConditionsWell laid tar road , pleasure to drive on

Jispa.     Moving ahead after 27  Km we reach Jispa which is my preferred place to terminate the journey for the day. Jispa is also on the banks of the Bhaga river at an altitude of 3320 mts. The accommodation options are not very many compared to Keylong but that ensures that there is quiet and solitude along with the gorgeous vistas of seeing the sun setting on the towering mountains that encircle the valley floor. BSNL connectivity exists at Jispa.

Elevation3320 mts
AccommodationIbex Jispa , Padma Lodge
Hunger wants Excellent cuisine at above two hotels
Mobile ConnectivityGood – all networks , data connectivity only BSNL
Additional InfoGo for a walk to the village , stroll on the river bank
Road ConditionsWell laid tar road , pleasure to drive on


Today, the beginning has to be made before sunrise, for the route is long, perilous, strenuous, varying in altitude but breathtakingly beautiful. The traveller will reach the zenith of the mountains and then plunge into the depths, will travel on broken terrain at the head of dust clouds and cruise on a runway. Today we experience the grandeur of Manali Leh Highway Road Trip.

Darcha.                 First up is the settlement of Darcha, at an altitude of 3360 mts. Darcha will generally be crossed early in the morning and a hot tea out here would be most welcome. There is a police check post that makes a note of all those who travel beyond Darcha. Immediately after Darcha, as we leave the settlement behind we come to a left diversion, this route is one of the adventurous routes which takes one over the Shingo La (altitude 5091 mts).

Elevation3360 mts
AccommodationTea houses
Hunger wants Baisc
Mobile ConnectivitySketchy
Additional Info 

Deepak Taal.      Up ahead after 16 km we reach Deepak Taal, at an altitude of 3810 mts near the settlement of Patseo which had an ITBP camp. During the months of May-Aug, this lake wows everyone with its greenery and reflective visual. There are small dhabas (eatery) which serve basic foodies for those interested.

Zing Zing Bar.     As one moves ahead, the topography on Manali Leh Highway Road Trip generally starts changing. At an altitude of 4270 mts there is a single Dhaba. Mainly IOC truckers stop here early in the morning for a quick bite before taking on the mighty Baralacha La. In the tourist season, there is a possibility of few eateries that come up to cater to the travellers.

There is a landslide area just after the GREF camp which generally is an unreliable proposition in the months of May-Aug but stabilizes fairly well in the succeeding months. Hence one needs to cross over early while the winds are still and the water flow is minimal.

Elevation4270 mts
AccommodationGREF camp
Hunger wants Elementary
Mobile ConnectivityNil
Additional InfoFill  up some hot tea in a flask for a tea break at Baralacha La
Road ConditionsJispa – Zing Zing bar is narrow , however pretty manageable , elevation is on the rise .

Suraaj Taal.        Up ahead after crossing Zing Zing bar and after 20 km the traveller is greeted with a surprising visual of a turquoise green lake in the midst of huge snowcapped peaks and boulder ridden slopes. Welcome to Suraaj Taal, at an altitude of 4883 mts. The beauty of the lake and its sudden appearance surprises the traveller and leaves a long-lasting impression. The lake is the source of Baga river which flows and unites with the Chandra river to eventually form the Chenab river as it passes through Kashmir.

Baralacha La.     Only eight kms ahead and one reaches right at the heart of one of the mightiest and famous passes in Indian Subcontinent revered amongst the fraternity of road travellers. We are speaking about the mighty Baralacha La. This pass decides the fate of the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip and the closing time of the highway for any particular year. Not one to be taken lightly at an altitude of 4890 mts, this pass stands tall and mighty overseeing the entire landscape.

Baralacha La is different from the other high motorable passes, most of them are connected even in the winter months’ courtesy the Indian Army which have posts but out here the story is different. In the winter, this pass is totally cut off with no human settlement for miles around.

Even in peak tourist season Baralacha La can experience sudden snowfall and get isolated. Transiting this pass in early season or in late October is a major risk with uncertainty factor. Driving skills and vehicle performance has to be at an optimum to tide over an uncertain situation at Baralacha La.

Elevation4890 mts
Road ConditionZing Zing bar to Baralacha La is narrow , twisty in places and uphill all the way .

Killing Sarai.       Once we cross Baralacha La, the descend is composed of a number of twists and turns thereafter which we move ahead to a legend known as Killing Sarai. In the days of the yore, this place was known as the breaker of vehicles and GREF used to maintain a constant presence here to pull or push the vehicles.

There is a bridge here which used to stand when it wished and give away when it felt the mood set in. Consequently, vehicles used to ford the gushing waters coming from the nearby glacier in a vain hope to cross; hence the adage “Killer of Vehicles”. But now, those dreadful memories are receding, there is a sturdy bridge that caters to the requirement of bridging the space between both ends of the road and assist in allowing the vehicles to cross the glacial stream.

After Killing Sarai, the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip moves to stare ahead and the traveller reaches a kind of a plateau, it’s like coming out of one network of mountain ranges and finding space before the start of the next one. The traveller also has his/her first glimpse of the Tsarap Chu river flowing to the left, which flows towards the Zanskar region. The river near Sarchu presents a very pretty picture to those who chose to spend some time reflecting on its beauty.

Sarchu. Coming ahead after covering a distance of 30 kms is Sarchu, a pretty open place but plagued by high altitude and bone-chilling winds. Sarchu has a check post wherein one has to enter the details prior to proceeding ahead. Additionally, there are campsites prior to sarchu where one can stay in case of a requirement.

In my advice, one has to stay in Sarchu only if there is a vehicle breakdown or a stoppage in travel plans for the high altitude (4290 mts) will in all likelihood impact very substantially on the majority of those coming from lower altitudes like Jispa.

Up ahead we cross a series of iconic legendary bridges built over mini waterslides known as Whisky Nullah and Brandy Nullah, but for now, these are a mere shadow of their past dreadful glory.

Elevation4290 mts
AccommodationRed rocks Camp prior to Sarchu , Blue Pooy Camp
Hunger wants Excellent cuisine at above campsite
Mobile ConnectivityGood – all networks , data connectivity only BSNL
Additional InfoWear additional clothing from afternoon onwards for the wind picks up , avoid alcohol.
Road ConditionsBaralacha La to Sarchu comprises of broken down patches but pretty much manageable. As one approaches Sarchu , the road condition improves

Gata Loops.        Gata Loops (at an altitude of 4630 mts), a series of 21 hairpin bends takes one straight into the heights, the traveller gains 1500 feet over a series of 21 bends, an unparalleled feat not replicated anywhere else in the subcontinent. The climb is strenuous steep requiring concentration focus and is an iconic part of Manali Leh Highway Road Trip.

Nakee La.            After the culmination of the loops, a short distance ahead, one reaches Nakee La. The third of the high passes that the traveller crosses since Manali, at an altitude of 4740 mts, look around all one sees are mountains peaks within easy reach, prayer flags and mountain stones.

After Nakee La we move downwards descending rapidly, the route is narrow and winding so keep the focus on the road. The descent reaches right till the depth of the valley floor and then the climb begins once again as we start ascending to the fourth pass of the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip.

The views are gigantic and as one looks back, the entire highway straddling the high mountain slopes and meandering its way can be seen. Truly a breathtaking visual, do try to capture these visuals for they will remind oneself of the magnitude of solitude and space through which the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip has been built.

Elevation4740 mts
Road ConditionSarchu to Nakee La is pretty well laid out , the road has dips in between hence do not overspeed , as one approaches Gata Loops drive carefully and honk on the turns

Lachung La.         Lachung La, 22 kms away at an altitude of 5079 mts is quite nonassertive considering the height at which it is situated. Generally, by the time one reaches this pass, he/she has been on the road for more than 06 hours and the travel has affected the mind on a subconscious level. There has been grit determination and awe-inspiring spectacles that have been seen and felt. For now, the focus perceptively shifts to crossing these high mountain passes and reaching the city of Leh.

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This is the pass where one crosses the 5000 mt mark, and considering that its 5 km straight up from the sea level, it is something that needs to be celebrated. so definitely stop for a while, click some visuals for the sake of posterity and then we move ahead.

Pang.     By this time, the sun would be on its zenith and the harsh high altitude sun would be making its presence felt on every living being. The thoughts right now should be to keep oneself adequately hydrated as well as moving ahead because the next stretch is one of the most broken down of the entire highway as well as backbreaking on the vehicle and the occupants.

We descend quite rapidly from Lachung La and soon enter a unique region where we come across huge porous mountains through which nature and wind have carved eccentric structures. The road by now travels on the valley floor and there is an immense amount of mud and dust everywhere. It is advised to cover oneself as much as possible while travelling in this belt.

Coming down to the valley level does not mean we have decreased in altitude, for we still are comfortably above the 4000 mt mark. After 23 km and countless vibrations that have assaulted the vehicle and body, we will reach Pang. The altitude reads 4600 mts and Pang is a welcome sight for almost everyone arriving from Manali side. The settlement has tea tents which serve basic hot food and tea which is the need of the hour for many. Most of the state transport buses also have a major halt at Pang. This place also houses the highest transit camp for the defence forces and hence medical facilities too are available.

Elevation4600 mts
AccommodationTea houses
Hunger wants Basic hot meal
Mobile ConnectivityNil
Additional InfoIt gets super cold in the night , spare fuel in jerry cans available
Road ConditionLachung La to Pang is once again totally broken down , dusty and narrow. The conditons in May-Aug would be slushy in between and lots of fine mud all around.

More Plains.     As we exit Pang we immediately start an upward climb and within a short time we are at the level of the surrounding mountain peaks and then we come to an arrow straight tar road in this flat top zone where the earth stretches into the distance on the right while we have mountains on the left and in the middle of this we have a black Tar road leading into the horizon. Welcome to the iconic More plains, at an altitude of 4800 mts. The feeling is exhilarating especially after the bone-numbing ride from Lachung La to Pang.

The next 35 kms are pure bliss and my advice is to stop for a while and take some visuals. Park your vehicles to the side of the road and just walk onto the plains that stretch into the distance. It is a once of a lifetime experience to see such open vastness in the midst of the towering mountain ranges. Many get the temptation to burn the tires as they race on the inviting road hence the adage Runway on Highway but be cautious as the road does dip slightly in places and they can break the suspension of even an SUV.

Also, avoid driving on the plains because that would have a negative effect on the ecology of the grasslands in addition to ruining your vehicle too but click pics to your heart’s content for this indeed is a special place on Manali Leh Highway Road Trip to make some memories.

Debring. As we approach the end of the MORE plains, we reach Debring at an altitude of 4800 mts, most will miss this small collection of tea houses in the blink of an eye but point to note is that here lies the turn off for going to Rupshu valley which houses the Tso Kar and Tso Moriri Lakes.

Elevation4800 mts
AccommodationTea camps
Hunger wants Elementary
Mobile ConnectivityBSNL occasionally
Additional InfoIt gets freaky cold in the night

Tanglang La.       The Manali Leh Highway Road Trip starts rising and soon we are climbing steadily, approaching the highest pass of the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip. A grand icon in its own right, the angry one Tanglang La at an altitude of 5328 mts, this one is to be treated with the utmost respect. Even if the sun is shining in full glory one will still shiver at Tanglang La.

Claimed to be the second-highest motorable pass in the world it has however been displaced by Marsimek La in the recent years. Do stop here and make that extra effort to click some visuals because the cold and wind will drive you back to the vehicles and harry you to move ahead but resist the urge and click.

However, do not stay at Tanglang La for more than ten min or so partly because we still have a long way ahead and it will be late in the afternoon when we arrive here and secondly the high altitude will take its toll if not moved ahead quickly.

Elevation5328 mts
Road ConditionDebring to Tanglang La is well laid down tar road , uphill all the time

We will be crossing the villages of Sasoma, Gia,Nato, Miru and the road twists through these villages and is in good condition. By now we have been on the road since early morning, fatigue and tiredness will have crept in. Hence it is important to focus even more as we approach the destination of Leh which is a couple of hours off.

Upshi.   The next big town that we will reach is Upshi, 61kms from Tanglang La at an altitude of 3500 mts , and there is the police check post where we will need to register ourselves and also pay entry and wildlife tax.

Karu.     Post-Upshi we will be gliding onwards towards Leh and reach Karu at a distance of 15 km from Upshi which has a petrol pump where we can top up fuel if needed, else as it will be dark by the time we arrive here it is wise to push on towards Leh.

Elevation3400 mts
Hunger wants North Indian and Tibetan
Mobile ConnectivityBSNL post paid
Additional InfoSuggest move ahead , Leh is just up ahead .Also turn off for Pangong Tso

Leh.       Finally, after driving 470 kms, one reaches the culmination of the Manali Leh Highway Road Trip. One enters the town of Leh, the heart of LADAKH. READ HERE for Ladakh itinerary.

The Manali Leh Highway Road Trip will have definitely left its mark on the inner subconscious by the time one enters Leh and its presence will forever be printed on the inner being.

Elevation3500 mts




Hunger wants Excellent cuisine , recommend café Gsemo and the coffee shop at Ling Book Shop
Mobile ConnectivityPostpaid BSNL. Sketchy data connection
Additional Info 
Road ConditionsRumtse to Leh is well laid out tar road with twists , passing through villages hence careful driving is the need of the hour


  • Break the entire highway into twos sectors or three sectors and cover each sector in a single day. Manali/Jispa; Jispa /Leh or Manali/Jispa; Jispa/Sarchu; Sarchu /Leh. ( But the point to note is Sarchu is not recommended owing to high altitude) .
  • Altitude Mountain Sickness affliction is a reality and it hits the majority of individuals as we gain altitude very fast while the body needs time to acclimatize. Keep oneself hydrated all the time and no strenuous activity after the day’s ride is highly important. One can take Diamox tabs from Delhi itself if needed.
  • Carry medication for Headaches, nausea.
  • Cover the exposed part of the body as much as possible both in the daytime and at night. Shades for the eyes are mandatory.
  • Avoid alcohol at night.
  • The vehicle should be in optimum condition for the battering that it is going to be subjected. Ensure that it is at its peak optimum condition. For more on vehicle preparation please read the link provided.
  • Safe and responsible driving is the need of the hour every single moment. The concepts of overtaking, braking and acceleration on this highway is different from other highways. Patience is the KEY for a safe arrival at Leh.
  • Avoid offloading so that one does not land up in a dire and unfavourable situation and ruin the trip to Ladakh.
  • Keep a small checklist of places that you will be passing in order to understand the iconic journey in a much better manner. READ HERE for monasteries n Ladakh as well as READ about LAKES in Ladakh region.
  • Finally, do not litter this region, let’s be responsible travellers.

I hope this deciphering of the highway will go a long way in helping and planning the grand journey that many amongst you will feel motivated to undertake in the years to come.

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3 Replies to “Exhaustive Traveller Guide to The Manali Leh Highway Road Trip”

  1. It is exhaustive indeed and a must read for one who plans to visit. It is far more informative than The Lonely Planet. The photographs are magnificent . You are simply brilliant. .

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