One of the most underrated yet most tricky passes on the famous Manali-Leh highway is Baralacha La Pass. It is situated at a staggering height of 4890 mts or 16,040 ft. in Zanskar Range in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 75 Kms from the district headquarters of Keylong. if you are planning to go to Leh Ladakh by Manali Leh Highway, then you have to cross this pass.
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It is only when this pass is cleared of snow the famous Manali-Leh highway is open for vehicular traffic. Due to the elevation and location of this pass, it can snow any time of the year here. And due to this reason, you will find snow at this pass at any time of the year. Also, this pass acts as a natural border between lust greenery of Lahaul and barren landscape of Ladakh.
One of the most beautiful lakes of Lahaul-Spiti the Suraj Taal is situated around 5 kms from Baralacha la towards Manali side. The Bhaga River which is the tributary of Chandrabhaga or Chenab River originates from the Suraj Taal. The Chandra River which is another main tributary of Chandrabhaga also originates from the glacier in this region.
As this whole region is covered with snow there is a lot of streams and small rivulets which flows through the roads. So it should be noted too that one should try to cross this area as early as possible in the day because water level rises in these streams and rivulets due to the melting of snow.
What is the Best Time to visit Baralacha La
Due to heavy snowfall, this pass remains closed during the winters. Best time to visit this pass is from June to October.
[Climbing Baralacha La]
Near By Attractions
- Suraj Taal
- Deepak Taal
- Bhaga River