A major Halt point with Tented Accommodation
Sarchu an important stopover on the Leh – Manali Highway. It is around 236 kms from
Leh and same distance from 237 kms from Manali.
Sarchu also known as Sir Bhum Chun is important halt point with tented accommodation.
Sarchi is located in Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway, between Himachal Pradesh
and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) in India. Sarchu is situated between Baralacha La
to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m.
Sarchu is of great importance mainly due to its location on the Leh-Manali highway.
Sarchu also resembles Ladakh with its barren splendour. Sarchu is a beehive of activity
between June and September when the snow melts and the Leh-Manali highway is open
for traffic. Sarchu is an important route for Ladakh Manali Highway. In other words
life line for both states.
Sarchu was an important trading point in the ancient Silk Route. It is still a hot
favourite with traders, nomadic tribes and adventure seekers.
Sarchu becomes the starting point for treks to Zanskar in Ladakh. The route is popular
with trekkers and high altitude climbers as one has to deal with hostile conditions
and difficult terrain.
Sarchu has its own challenges. Travellers often ascend from lower altitude to acclimatize
to the rarified atmosphere. Travellers often start from Keylong and travel upto
The journey along the Manali-Leh highway at high altitude and variable road conditions,
normally takes two days, so travellers and tourists use this spot as an overnight
stop. Sarchu also can be used as a start point for the difficult trek into the Zanskar
region of Ladakh.
A highmountain pass (16,043 ft i.e. 4,890 mts) in Zanskar Range, situated along
A High mountain pass (16,598 ft i.e. 5,059 mts) located some 54 Kms from Sarchu.
A 40 Kms strech between Leh and Sarchu on Manali-Leh Highway
is among highest motorable passes at an elevation of 5,328 mtr (17,480 ft).