torsdag, december 20, 2012
Leh - Manhali Highway, India. If you dare?
In northern India there is a very famous highway connecting Leh in Jammu and Kashmir state and Manali in the Himachal Pradesh state.
It is open for only about four and four and a half months of the year, in the summer between May or June when the snow is cleared or has melted away, and mid-October when heavy snowfall again blocks the high passes.
The highway was designed and built and is maintained by the Border Roads Organisation and is capable of supporting the heaviest of army trucks and vehicles.
It is 490 km long, the highest pass is at the altitude of impressing 5,328 meter close to Pang, the pass is called Tanglang La Pass. A place where you should not stop for a rest or a nights sleep, it may couse you an acute mountain sickness.
Be aware, even under good weather conditions it would take you at least two full days to travel the distance.
The roadsigns are among the funniest you can find, perhaps you need a little irony when travelling a dangerous road like this?
Have a safe trip next summer.