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Chill Out at Sarchu

A popular camping site, Sarchu lies at the border of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and belongs to HP. It is also the preferred overnight stopover between Manali and Leh. Lying between the snow-clad mountains and by the side of the Tsarap Chu river, the Mulkila campsite was spectacular, to say the least.

We landed in Sarchu very late in the night after a long journey from Tso Moriri via the Moray plains. It was freezing cold and pitch dark as the place is not electrified. After a dinner of hotsoup, rotis and vegetables, we snuggled under the heavy blankets, which hardly kept away thechill.


In the morning, after the long wait for hot water for brushing teeth, we had some hot tea. Now the chill was bearable, and we set out to explore the area. The blue sky and the snow-clad mountains in contrast with the brown land—a typical picture postcard view! A group of Spanish hikers waved at us as we crossed the road and made our way to the river bank. The river, nothing but a deep gorge with some magnificent sand structures on both sides. In that vast and stunning landscape, we were the only human beings around. Spell-bound by the beauty, all we could dowas get lost in thoughts and absorb the purifying energy of nature.

After breakfast, we were on the road again, the destination being Keylong. The journey wasthrough some real rough roads climbing up to Baralacha La, the pass in the Zanskar range connecting the Lahul-Spiti district of Himachal with Ladakh region. Once again it was time toenjoy the snow, making snowmen, throwing snowballs at each other and just having pure fun!

Suraj – Vishal Taal – The Emerald Lake

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