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Border crossing at sarchu

6 Fun facts about Sarchu, Himachal Pradesh

#1.An important stopover on the Leh-Manali highway, Sarchu lies on the boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at an elevation of just over 14,500 ft between the Himalayan mountain passes of Baralacha La and Lachlung La, It is of great importance mainly due to its location on the Leh-Manali highway.

Sarchu Ladakh

#2.Sarchu, also known as Sir Bhum Chun, closely resembles Ladakh with its barren splendor and is a beehive of activity between May and September when the snow melts and the Leh-Manali highway is open for traffic. An important trading point in the ancient silk route, Sarchu is still a hot favourite with traders, nomadic tribes and adventure seekers.

#3.Between May and September, Sarchu becomes the starting point for treks to Zanskar in Ladakh. A trip to Sarchu has its own challenges; altitude sickness being the foremost among them. Travellers often ascend from lower altitude to acclimatise to the atmosphere; travelling from Keylong and travelling up to Sarchu is the preferred route.

#4.You can find accommodation at the Army base camp on the banks of the Tsarap Chu River between June and October when the Manali-Leh highway is open. Accommodation can also be found at the government guest house or with locals.

#5.There are no options to eat except for the stalls at the campsites. These stalls built in traditional Himalayan style. They offer Tibetan cuisine like soups, momos and noodles among other things.

#6.The trekking trail in Sarchu is so big that it takes many days to complete it. There are very few trekking enthusiasts that complete this trail.

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