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Sarchu, Himachal Pradesh, India
Sarchu (also known as Sir Bhum Chun) is a major halt point with tented accommodation in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway, on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) in India. It is situated between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m (14,070 ft).
The high winter snow fall blocks both the passes during the colder winter month, cutting off access to this valley. The summer ‘season’ months attract a beehive of Tent camps along a stretch of few kilometers on either side of the ‘highway’ – single tar track. Due to the temporary / seasonal business and to safeguard Nature’s beauty, the Tent Camps cannot have any concrete constructions on the campsites. This can create a big stumbling block towards any level of comfort and amenities. Traveling north into Sarchu, this spot is the first real experience of the impact of the High Altitude.