Bara lacha La Pass

Ladakh is land of passes has some of the most challenging high altitude mountain passes which one has to cross during to reach Leh, the center of Ladakh region. Situated at an altitude of 16,040 feet, Baralacha La Pass is a high mountain pass in the Zanskar range in Jammu and Kashmir. It is a high plateau where three different mountain ranges - Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas - meet at an altitude above 16,000 feet. This mountain pass, one of the highest passes in Ladakh is around 73 kilometers away from Keylong on Manali - Leh road. Just a few kilometers away from the Bara-lacha Pass towards Manali is the Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga river, which originates from the Surya Taal Lake. This pass is the point of commencement for several treks which include the famous Suraj Tal trek and Chandra Tal trek. During the winter season the pass is closed due to heavy snowfall.

If you are planning to undertake road trip to Ladakh through Leh-Manali highway then you will have to cross this pass. If you are going towards Leh from Manali then it is always advisable to cross this pass before Noon. The melting of snow and formation of water stream on the high altitudes of this pass makes it difficult to cross as the day advances. If the current is too strong then one should return to Jispa as crossing water stream could get really dangerous.

Situated at an altitude of 16,040 feet above sea level, Baralacha La Pass is a high mountain pass in the Zanskar range of Ladakh. This pass is along the Manali-Leh Highway. It is a high plateau where three different mountain ranges-Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas-meet at an altitude, which is above 16,000 feet. The pass is around 73 kilometers away from Keylong on Manali-Leh road. Just a few kilometers away from the Baralacha La Pass towards Manali is the Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga river that originates from the Surya Taal Lake. This pass is the point of commencement for several treks which includes the famous Suraj Tal trek and Chandra Tal trek.

If one talks about the exact location then it can be said that the pass is situated at a tri-junction of three roads, one from Manali, one from Leh and one from Spiti and Lahaul. In the ancient times, it was a part of one of the most important trade routes. Once at the pass, a tourist can enjoy an amazing view of the Himalayas. This pass also acts in the form of a water-divide between the rivers of Bhaga and the Yunam.