Manali to Sarchu Distance & Route Map - Travel Guide 2020
The route from Manali to Sarchu leading to Leh is a much-loved destination for nature and adventure lovers. The route was made as a substitute for the Srinagar-Leh road. It is a dream route for biking and cycling enthusiasts. It is also enticing for nature lovers and shutterbugs. 

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The variety of the landscape is mind-blowing. The snow-capped mountains, barren desolated wasteland, tiny hamlets, lush green valleys and nomad shepherds make you feel being transported to another world, literally. The road remains open for roughly four and a half months every year, from June to October. 

The Road from Manali to the J&K border where Sarchu is located covers a distance of 230 km. You can complete the distance in a day but that can be taxing. Ideally, you should keep 2 days to cover this stretch. This will let you enjoy the true beauty of nature on your trip to Leh-Ladakh.

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The route starts at Manali, and next major stopover is Rohtang Pass, after 52kms. It then passes through Gramphu, Kokhsar, and Keylong. The last gas station is located at Tandi. Jispa and Darcha are two major stopovers for most visitors. After passing through Baralacha La and Bharatpur, you reach Sarchu. It is a military base and the last stopover in Himachal on the route. 
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Best Time For Manali to Sarchu Road Trip

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Best Time For Manali to Sarchu Road Trip

The Manali Leh Highway, which is the major route to reach Sarchu from Manali, remains accessible for the public from June to October. So, you need to pick from any of these 5 months.

-June: It is not ideal if you are traveling to Sarchu for the first time. Even after the BRO clears the road, the road condition is not suitable for a long journey. There can be a risk of landslide and slush on roads.

-July: This month is better for traveling to Sarchu from Manali. You will find better accommodation options along the route and road conditions are better. However, the downside is tourist rush until Rohtang Pass.

-August: This month is perfect for the route and road conditions remain the best despite the monsoon. The hotels along the route all remain open.

-September: This month is almost devoid of rain and the scenery is also amazing.

-October: It is a mixed bag as the campsites start winding up and the temperature starts dropping at night.

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How to Reach Sarchu From Manali

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How to Reach Sarchu From Manali
On the Manali to Leh route, Sarchu is preferred by most tourists for night stay. This is where the border of Himachal Pradesh and J&K is located. Manali to Sarchu distance is approx 230 km.

This is the midpoint in Manali Leh route and you get Swiss tents for a night stay with good amenities. The journey for covering the section of Manali to the town of Sarchu takes almost 8 hours if road conditions are fine. There are HRTC and HPTDC buses covering the route leaving from Manali and you can hire cars/cabs too.

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Places to Stay on Manali to Sarchu Highway

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Places to Stay on Manali to Sarchu Highway
The Route from Manali to Sarchu is often devoid of basic facilities and finding suitable accommodation can be tough sometimes. However, the tourism scene is improving with time. You may not find many lavish hotels along the route but budget accommodation options have sprung up.

Keylong :
Located 117 km away from Manali, Keylong is the first place to take a break for the night while on the Manali to Leh bike trip. Listed below are some of the best hotels that go easy on the visitor’s pockets:
  • Hotel Dekyid,
  • Hotel New Gyespa,
  • Hotel Tashi Delek,
  • HPTDC Hotel Chandrabhaga,
  • Valley View Hotel

Jispa :
It is located 138 km away from Manali. Below are some best homestays that you can find there.
  • Dragon Camp & Cafe Jispa
  • Gemur Holidays
  • Jispa Journeys
  • Retro Valley Camping Resort
  • Padma Lodge and Camps, Jispa 

Sarchu :
After Keylong, one can also halt at Sarchu, which is located around 230 km from Manali or 96km from Keylong.      
  • Himalayan Saga Camps
  • Goldrop Camps
  • Planet Himalaya Camps
  • Antrek Camps
  • Blue Poppy Camps

Backpackers can opt for the camping sites on the route and these are affordable. The campsite owners also let you put up your own tent for a small fee. If you seek comfortable accommodation, pick from the several guest houses, both govt (HPPWD or HPTDC) and privately run ones in the route. Of late, dorm style dhaba tents have become popular in this route.

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Highway Tips and Things to Keep in Mind

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Highway Tips and Things to Keep in Mind

When you plan for covering the road from Manali to Sarchu, a few road tips will come in handy:

-Before you begin, plan for the accommodation options as the cost vary widely from one type to another. The charges of private and PWD guesthouses vary and the dhaba tents are ideal for budget travelers.

-Along your journey along the Manali-Sarchu Highway, you can find mechanics and puncture shops around Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha and Sarchu.

-It is better you keep SIMs of 2-3 networks. BSNL and Airtel networks work well here-usually.

-Though there are too many ATMs in Manali, giving you sufficient opportunities to withdraw cash, after Manali, there is only one ATM you will find in Keylong. However, it is not mandatory that the ATM in Keylong will be in working condition.

-The altitude at Sarchu is 14000 feet and not everyone staying at here has a comfortable experience for undergoing what is known as mountain sickness.

-There are no petrol pumps as such but petrol is available in the road side grocery stores between Manali Leh highway. However, the quality of the fuel cannot be guaranteed.

-You need to be careful about high altitude caused sickness. Try to Acclimatize as you take the journey.

-Use sunscreen and wear sunglasses as sunlight is harsh at such high altitude places.

-Refrain from boozing when you drive, in case you prefer driving your own vehicle.

-Keylong is a place where you can find mechanic and vehicle spares.

-The HRTC and HPTDC buses ply regularly along the route and they are most wallet-friendly options. If you choose shared cabs, do not opt for the non-stop journey. It leaves you exhausted and you miss out lots of scenery along the trip.


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Places to Visit While Traveling to Sarchu

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Manali

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Manali
The pretty, high-altitude resort town located in Himachal marks the beginning of the picturesque Manali to Leh route. The snow-covered landscape seems inviting to start the tour from Manali to Sarchu.

The climate is overall nice and here you can find most kinds of stuff you will need for the trip, more so if you have the plan to cover the route by bike.

You can also find some great eateries to gorge on authentic Himachali dishes before starting the tour. The natural splendor of Manali can leave you mesmerized no matter which time of year you visit it. The Beas River is a major attraction for any visitor.

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Rohtang

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Rohtang
The first major stopover on the Manali Sarchu route is Rohtang. This region of the reputed often remains congested. It is about 52 km from Manali. As you reach Rohtang Pass, the spectacular landscape grabs your attention. It is a very high altitude (3900m) place and the road is a mixed bag, based on when you visit.

You may choose to have your breakfast here if you start early from Manali. Some tourists and adventure seeking people love playing with snow at a Snow Point, located just before Rohtang. The place is also ideal for the shutterbugs.

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Gramphu

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Gramphu
Gramphu Is the next major point in the Manali to Sarchu route after passing Rohtang Pass. This is where a section of tourists head to places like Chandratal Lake and Spiti valley. It is about 14 km from Rohtang pass and you have to pass through varying road conditions to reach the place.

There are no accommodation options at Gramphu. However, you may find a few tea shacks or local dhabhas serving tea.

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Kokhsar

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Kokhsar
Kokhsar is one small village on the Manali to Leh route. While it does not have many sightseeing options, it is the spot where you need to register and get vehicle documents checked before proceeding further. A small guest house is there in case you want to put up at the night.

The cascading waterfalls, and natural green slopes make it a soothing relief for your eyes. You can explore nearby trekking routes and it is also possible to spot animals like yak, brown bears and jackals. Some tourists also visit the nearby Koksar Tholing Gumpa monastery.

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Keylong

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Keylong
Keylong is the last town on this route where you can find a mechanic. So, you can get your car checked once after reaching Keylong. It is where you still get decent network signal and after that it is quite spotty. The good thing is it has a few decent hotels for staying in night.

The Kardhang Monastery is located here too. The serenity of the place is enticing and the adjacent Bhaga Valley and river are also ideal for photography lovers. It is also eyed a lot by trekking lovers exploring Himachal.

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Jispa

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Jispa

Jispa, situated beside the Chandra River is a breathtakingly beautiful village on Manali Leh route. The gentle streams and scenic beauty of the place will fascinate your mind for sure. The greenery is lush and you will feel like spending some time here while heading to Sarchu from Manali.

The place has plenty of camping spots which makes it ideal for those who love backpacking. Compared to Keylong it is much quieter and of late a mechanic shop has come up. After crossing Jispa, it will be hard to find any decent accommodation until Sarchu, as it is.

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Zingzing Bar

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Zingzing Bar
The Zing Zing Bar is a peace-lover joint located on Manali to Leh route and you should stop here for a while. It is not just like any other bar! It is where you will find some army cadets catching up for rest along with the tourists. You can eat and drink something for sure.

Besides, you can also take rest in the nearby multi-purpose shacks. The ambiance of the place is absolutely peaceful. The range of beverages and foods you get at such a high altitude place is quite decent. You can get alcoholic drinks as well as steaming coffee.

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Baralacha La

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Baralacha La
The ascent to the picturesque Baralacha La begins after you cross Deepak Taal. After Rohtang, this is where you come across snow on this route almost all over the year. This mountain pass also serves as the confluence of many roads. Some people may feel breathing issues at this place but the scenic beauty is astounding.

It links Himachal’s Lahaul district with Ladakh , which falls in territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is close to Surya taal lake -the source of Chenab river. It also serves as a natural divider between the Yunam River and the Bhaga River.

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Bharatpur

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From Baralacha La you have to cope with a downhill rough ride to reach Bharatpur. The good thing is after this place, the road condition starts improving. If you have a problem with high altitude, do not halt at Bharatpur as it is located higher than Sarchu. However, the accommodation rates here are cheaper than what you find in Sarchu.

You get some decent food stalls here. There is not much to explore here on your way to Manali to Sarchu and the better road conditions may prompt you to drive faster. However, you should look out for bumps on the way.

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Sarchu

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Sarchu

This is the last point of your journey from Manali to Sarchu. The time you need for covering Manali to Sarchu distance will vary on your budget and priorities. At Sarchu, you approach the Jammu and Kashmir border.

The altitude here is 14000 feet and not everyone staying at Sarchu has a comfortable experience for undergoing what is known as mountain sickness. There
is a military base and many tents. There are a few Swiss tents too. Registering at the check post here is mandatory before you can proceed further. Some dhabas in Sarchu may offer fuel in case there is an emergency.

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11 July 2019
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We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there, we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi about whom I have read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there for which I thought the best way would be to write at thrillophilia reviews.
12 July 2018
Excellent
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey.
12 July 2018
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From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey. We passed through all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Shivalik, Karakoram & Pir Panjal. The memories of “late night road journey from Jammu to Srinagar risking our life while crossing South Kashmir (Known for Terrorist activities), early morning (4 am) shopping at Awantipora, Dal Lake, Shankracharya Temple, Srinagar Market, Lunch @Lal Chowk, Eid Celebrations, Shalimar Garden, Noon & Kahwa Tea, Sonmarg, War Zone (Kargil, Drass &Batalik), Oldest Gompa Lamayuru, Rafting at World’s highest point (Zanskar river), Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Leh Palace, gruelling terrain & passes(Zoji La (3528 Mtrs), Namki La (3815 Mtrs), Fotu La (4108 Mtrs),World’s highest Motorable road – Khardungla (5359 Mtrs), Nakee La (4739 Mtrs), Tanglang La ( 5328 Mtrs), Bara-lacha (4890 Mtrs) & Chang La (5360 Mtrs)), Crazy bath in Pangong Tso lake (-4 °C), cute Marmot, Yak, Deer & Pashmina Goats at Changthang Wildlife sanctuary, snow-capped Karakoram Ranges, Sand dunes at Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, the Gata loops (22 hairpin bends) at 4190 Mtrs elevation on Pang – Sarchu road, Suraj Taal, Whiskey & Brandy Nallah, Picturesque Jispa, Hiking at 4350 Mtrs Himalayan ranges and driving alongside the rivers across the two states” are never gonna fade away !! Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip awesome & memorable one.
24 June 2018
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Your Destination would be a dream until you come out and step ahead to it and experience. Leh-Manali Bike ride is one such vibe which will resonate for many years to come. Here the journey was more scintillating then achieving those milestones and Thrillophilia ensured we had great time by organising it perfectly to last mile would like to thank Tarun and Chitransh. Tani and Amit who were our Tour Leaders were just amazing with their hospitality to the care taken through out the ride. Ride at Khardungla Pass, Gata Loops, Zing Zing Bar, Barlachala were just amazing.
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Such an amazing bike ride, challenging but with thrill till the end. Make sure that you are prepared to prevent the cold, the rough wind, the altitude sickness etc because even the symptoms of sickness will affect your trip. Khardung La Pass is quite a challenging one, also there are different shorter and longer passes throughout the journey. The service was also nice, not many complaints. The guides will know the place better because they are doing it for long. But still keep the track of the route before you start the trip. The guide was nice to us, keeping everything coordinated. The accommodation and food were also flawless to me.
The Thrillophilia team has surpassed all of my expectations! I was initially apprehensive about the Parang La trek because of the altitude and the difficulty, but Thrillophilia made sure I had no issue at all! Everything was taken care of, and the guide was just brilliant. For any further treks, Thrillophilia is my go-to website and the one I’ll always recommend!
17 November 2019
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Leh Ladakh's location had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ice sheet right in front of my eyes. but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme conditions. the food offered was very tasty. everything was perfectly planned by the thrillophilia team. Awesome experience !!
21 February 2019
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You will feel the true sense of the word FREEZE when you visit Pangong Tso. That said, the view you're experiencing is simply breathtaking. The sky and lake colors compliment each other absolutely. I saw so many shades of blue that day and the hue of the lake continued to change every hour. I think you might find the right words for a poet or writer to explain this phenomenon. Although no explanation is appropriate for this location, if you're fortunate enough, I'd suggest you'll have the chance to click with your camera on the ultimate images.
10 July 2019
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Most magnificent Indian Lake.. Any adventure & nature lover must once in a lifetime visit this place. I felt like I was entering a fantasy land when I saw the lake from a distance. The lake surrounded by mountains that look perfect looks like painted picture. This lake has different shades of colors. Blue sky, white snow and vivid water combine to make you forget everything. The lake is so serene, the water is so pure that you'd be afraid to touch it, so it could get polluted. The more you marvel at it the more it becomes beautiful.
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I have traveled extensively in India over the last 1o years, and have always wanted to visit Ladakh. The scenic beauty is beyond words, it seems like the almighty chose this place to have it all, rocky crags, snow-clad mountains, rivers, hot springs and many more. And how can I miss Tso Moriri visiting this lake was a jaw-dropping experience when I reached there I was awestruck, Beautiful mountains, Sunshine, cool winds, and of-course the Lake. Mind-blowing experience. Thumbs up for the services provided in this tour by Thrillophilia.

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