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About Sarchu

Sarchu (also known as Sir Bhum Chun) is the main halt point with tented accommodation in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway, on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) in India. It is located between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at a height of 4,290 m.

The journey along the Manali-Leh highway at high altitude and variable road conditions, normally takes two days, so travellers and tourists use this spot as an overnight stop. An Indian army Camp is located nearby on the banks of the Tsarap Chu river. The highway and thus the camp are closed during the winter, when snow blocks the high passes along the road.This spot can also be used as a starting point for the difficult trek into theZanskar region of Ladakh.

Sarchu, also known as a Sir Bhum Chum, closely look likes Ladakh with its barren splendour. Sarchu is a beehive of activity between May and September when the snow melts and the Leh-Manali highway is open for traffic.

An important stopover on the Leh-Manali highway, Sarchu lies on the boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Sarchu is located at a height of just over 14,500 ft between the Himalayan mountain passes of Baralachcha La and Lachlung La, Sarchu is of great significance mostly due to its position on the Leh-Manali highway.

Sarchu was an important trading point in the ancient Silk Route. It is still a hot favourite with traders, nomadic tribes and adventure seekers.

Between May and September, Sarchu becomes the starting point for treks to Zanskar in Ladakh. The route is famous with trekkers and high altitude climbers as one has to deal with hostile conditions and difficult landscape.

Trip to Sarchu has its own challenges; altitude sickness being the foremost among them. Travellers often ascend from lower altitude to adjust to the rarified atmosphere. Travellers often start from Keylong and travel upto Sarchu.



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