Sarchu is a most important spot for halting in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway which presents Tented Sarchu Accommodation. It is lies on the border of two states of India Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir). It is positioned between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an elevation of 14075 ft.
The drive along the Manali-Leh highway at high elevation and variable road situations, usually it completes in two days, so travelers and visitors use this spot as an overnight halt. The highway and thus the camp are closed during the winter, when snow obstructs the high passes along the road.
Kibber is a village raised in the Valley of Spiti in the Himalayas (4.26m) of Himachal Pradesh. Kibber village enclosed a monastery and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Kibber lies in a narrow valley on the peak of a limestone rock. Kibber is positioned 9.9 miles from Kaza and a bus service are connects them in the middle of summer months. Farming forms the backbone of the local financial system and flourishing green fields are lavish.
The village has approximately 80 houses, unique, given that they are made of stone instead of mud or adobe brick used widely elsewhere in the Spiti valley. Kibber has a civil dispensary, a high school, a post office, a telegraph office and a community TV set in the village.
The Chang La is enroute to Pangong Lake from Leh. The name actually means "Pass towards the South" or "Pass in the South". It is mistakenly stated that the pass is named after the imaginary Sadhu Changla Baba, a myth spread by the dedication of a temple at the pass to the supposed Changla Baba. If any such Sadhu exists or existed, he would have been named for the pass, rather than conversely because Changla Baba name itself means Baba of South pass. The small town of Tangste is the adjacent settlement. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau positioned in the Himalayas.
Key Gompa is said to have been founded by Dromtön (Brom-ston, 1008-1064 CE), a pupil of the famous teacher, Atisha, in the 11th century. This may however, refer to a now destroyed Kadampa monastery at the nearby village of Rangrik, which was probably destroyed in the 14th century when the Sakya sect rose to power with Mongol assistance.
Key monastery has a set of antique murals and books, including Buddha images. Key Gompa consist three floors. The first one is mostly underground and used as storeroom. One another room known as Tangyur it is luxuriously painted with murals. The ground floor has the marvelously adorned Assembly Hall and it consist small rooms for many monks.
Gata Loops include 21 loops which have an elevation of 4664m. Loops road are in very bad condition and the slow moving trucks leaving cloud of bulky smoke make the climb feel tougher than it in reality is.
Next up is the third pass on the Manali Leh route, Nakee La, 4739m. Lachulung La pass is positioned few km down the road at an altitude of 5064 m. The descent from Lachulung La will take you to Pang. At Pang there is a provisional tent settlement and has a check post where tourists required registering themselves. Take a rest here and eat something to boost yourself till Leh.
Tso Kiagar Lake
A vacillating salt lake located in Rupshu, south region of ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Tso Kar is popular for its depth and size. Being situated at a high altitude, the winter is at an extreme and the temperature falls below -40°C. During summer, the maximum temperature rises to 30°C. Along with this, during the day extreme fluctuations are experienced. Precipitation, either in the form of rain or snow, is extremely rare.
At the south-west finish point, the Tso Kar is linked to a Startsapuk Tso through a creek river. Both these lakes make More Plains pool of 9 sq km, which is eclipsed by tow Mountain peaks namely Gursan and Thugje. A couple of years ago, Tso Kar were one major source of salt which was then exported by Changpa nomads to Tibet. At a distance of 3 km towards the north, there is a nomadic settlement of Thugje. The tourists can also find accommodation in the tented camp on the lake's west bank.