- LEH – KEYLONG – MANALI ROUTE
A flat grassy plateau ringed by distant snow capped mountains, with gentle undulating hills of many hues in the fore ground. The Moray plains is an extension of the Great Tibetan Chamathang plateau that is 40km wide and stretches almost 60km to the base of the Tanglang La. This is home to the Tibetan wild ass, wild horses, hares and marmots and a popular grazing ground of the nomadic Khampa tribe.
The drive to Sarchu is extremely scenic with expansive green valleys unfolding before you. Let not the beauty of the place beguile you – it gets treacherously cold( close to 0C) at night. Besides the altitude,14500ft/4420m, the strong bone chilling winds that blow through this valley make Sarchu the spot where acclimatization blues hit most travelers starting their Safari to Leh from Manali.
Situated at an Elevation of , Darch is the first Permanent Settlement of Himachal on the Leh – Manali highway. Described as a “ lonely cluster of dry stone huts and dingy tents” Darcha has about 65 Households with a population of 298. It is also the location of Mr Atmaram Parab’s Book – “Ladakh : Pravas ajun suru ahe” .
Located about 125km from Manali on the Leh – Manali highway at an altitude of 10,100 ft, Keylong is cut off from the outside world from November to mid May due to heavy snowfall at Rohtang Pass that closes the pass during Winter.
Keylong is the district headquarters of the ahaul and Spiti regions of Himachal
Enroute , just as you leave Keylong look for a mountain called the “ Lady of Keylong”- the rocky bare part of this completely snow covered mountain resembles a lady with her hand stretched out and the locals will tell you the snow never shrouds her.