Leh Manali Highway Photos

A typical avalanche road block on the Leh-Manali Highway.

Map showing route from Leh till Sarchu.

Tanglang La on the Leh-Manali Highway.

Many accidents occur on this highway.

Traffic jam on the way to Rohtang Pass.

The Leh-Manali Highway is a highway in India connecting Leh and Manali. It is open only between June and mid-September when snow is cleared from the road by the Border Roads Organisation. It connects the Manali valley to Kullu valley, Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh. It is made part of NH 21.

The highway crosses some of the highest mountain passes in the world, including Rohtang La 3,978 m (13,051 ft), Baralacha La 4,892 m (16,050 ft), Lachulung La 5,059 m (16,598 ft) and Taglang La 5,325 m (17,470 ft). The latter two passes are less problematic over former due to less snowfall in Ladakh. Between Lachlung La and Taglang La this road crosses the More plains. A tunnel is being constructed to bypass Rohtang pass to make the highway an all-weather road.

As the journey along the road normally takes two days (or more depending on road conditions), many tourists and travellers make overnight stops at Jispa and tented camps such as Sarchu. Alternately, overnight stops can be made at Keylong. Distance between Manali and Sarchu is 222 km (138 mi) in Himachal Pradesh state,and distance from Sarchu to Leh is 257 km (160 mi), with total highway length of 479 km (298 mi).Owing to the high altitudes and the low-oxygen air, many travelers experience mountain sickness or in some cases even acute mountain sickness.

Leh-Manali Highway was designed, built, constructed and maintained in its entirety by the Indian Army and is capable of supporting the heaviest of their vehicles.

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