Manali-Leh Highway
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Manali-Leh Highway

August 2016

Manali-Leh Highway is an very unlikely highway. It is one of the highest, remotest and most adventurous roads to travel in the world. And it is amazing experience to travel it at least once in your life, no matter how.

Manali-Leh highway is one of two only roads leading to the most remote region of India - the old kingdom of Ladakh. At 479km, it takes at least 20 hours, but usually 2 days, to travel through vast mountainous desert with great number of high mountain passes and deep valleys in between. While its highest elevation is at 5,328m at Tanglang La mountain pass, its average elevation is just over 4000m.

This chapter is dedicated to the second, higher and more remote part of the highway - the route from Keylong to Leh. Its extremely sparsely populated, with only few seasonal camps in some of the valleys which are small and far apart. Apart from that, there is no life other than slow dreamy traffic of Indian truck drivers and few lost adventurers in jeeps or bikes on the road.

For that reason I decided to leave photos of this chapter captionless, so you can enjoy this pristine remote beauty without any interruption.