Keylong….Barlach-La….Sarchu

DAY 4
Keylong-Sarchu(14th June)
Total distance covered- 135km

We were thinking of making it upto Pang on that day and started at 9am.The traffic had begun to disappear slowly after Keylong itself and there were hardly any vehicles to pass by in either direction.The vegetation too disappeared slowly.we had lunch at a tent hotel just before Baralach-la at about 1pm.After Rohtang Pass, I could see the snow clad roadsides on the top and was real excited to get there. But the altitude sickness had started playing its game from here.I just had 1 parantha and a Maaza.

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The hotel wala warned us about a rivulet some 3-4km ahead which gets flooded sometimes.But when we reached there it was calm with water not deeper than 1 and a half feet.Easily made through it.The snow in the surroundings was increasing as we were going upwards and so it was getting colder.Though the sun was shining bright,I cannot guess the temperature but surely it was in -degrees.

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My hands were becoming numb and my bike had started puffing a deep black smoke like a truck.It wasnt possible even to drive on 3rd.I had to continue with 2nd and 1st at number of times.But the road was so good and the scenery was so beautiful that i dint mind going as slow as 10-20kmph.Also there was no crowd to spoil the moment and this was one of the part I enjoyed the most. There was a small frozen lake beside the road where I clicked some nice snaps.

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The place had a fresh snowfall sometime ago and now the sun was shining bright.The color of snow was so pure white that it was reflecting the sunlight onto eyes just like a mirror. At the top,all I could see was just snow snow and snow everywhere around me and nothing else upto the horizon.

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The ice formations were simply wonderful.We just have to imagine what does it look like…….

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Soon as we started descending,the colors around changed from white to red.Total rocks and no vegetation at all with snow cover in between.
The plains at Sarchu started after some time and where the road was nice and plain.
On the plains there were small bushes all around with a river flowing in a deep valley on my left.

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There were some campsites in between untill we reached Sarchu.And it was 5 in eve because of which we decided to halt and got a special tent for two at 300 bucks.

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It was damn cold even when the sun was there.The Police wala at the chowki told that the temp goes well beyond 0 at night.We both were already not feeling well with some weakness.Had our dinner as soon as it grew dark and we just dozzed off after having some late eve snaps.
This was one of the most exciting days in the journey…….

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One comment on “Keylong….Barlach-La….Sarchu

  1. Celine says:

    With this post, I recalled my journey through these beautiful places. To me also, a stay at Sarchu was a very special day of my travels. Very beautiful photographs here Ashutosh. Keep travelling.

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