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Bike trip from Manali to Baralacha Pass

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start thinking of what could go right! I met some people during my homestay in Manali and in no time, we became friends. Upon talking to each other, all of us spontaneously decided to have a long bike trip and do camping under the stars. One of us suggested visiting Baralacha Pass and everyone agreed as it lies on the way to Leh.

We planned the Baralacha Pass trip sitting at the bonfire on our Manali homestay

Baralacha Pass is 144kms from Manali that cant be covered in one day (at least for the beginners like us). So we planned on a two-day itinerary.

Day 1 – Manali to Jispa -93kms

Day 2 – Jispa to Baralacha La Pass 52kms and back to Manali

Jispa is a quaint and beautiful town and we decided to do our camping there.

We were a group of 7 people, so rented out three Royal Enfields and one Avengers for Rs.800 per day for two days. Also took a pillion helmet as it was a long and hectic journey.

Seeking the blessings from Hadimba Devi Temple, we started our journey to Baralacha Pass. The first stop was after Atal Tunnel, Sissu. If you haven’t read about it, please refer to it here. We took lots of photos, had momos and tea, and then left for the journey.

I must say that the roads to Baralacha Pass are beyond beautiful! Every turn opened up a surreal view and words would be less to describe its beauty. You will see many beautiful villages like Tandi and Keylong. Due to a shortage of time, we couldn’t stay at Keylong but I have heard many good things about this place. If you wish to know more about Keylong, you can refer to it here. I have made videos on Baralacha Pass where you can view the beautiful journey. Please feel free to have a look and comment on it.

We reached Jispa by 3 pm; this time we didn’t pre-book any camps as there were many. After a short search, we booked 2 camps at a beautiful property right beside the river which had 3 queen size beds and an attached bathroom in them. As the sun began setting, the weather became chilly and the bonfire was lit. After some fun and delicious dinner, we went inside cozy tents to have a good sleep.

Jispa Camp charges – Rs.800 per tent including breakfast and dinner

It’s a different feeling to wake up by the sound of the gushing river and chirping birds. The next day, by 8.30 am, after having breakfast, we proceeded for Baralacha Pass. As we had to return to Manali the same day, we kept our bags in the camp office as it would be a burden otherwise.

10kms from Jispa is Darcha where every vehicle needs to get registered before proceeding. There are no mobile networks beyond Darcha. After making vehicle entry, we proceeded to the great Baralacha Pass. Gradually by noon, we finally reached the Baralacha Pass!

It was heavenly yet windy and chilly up there.  The feeling was as if I reached Mt.Everest. After spending some time, we geared up to move back.

On our way back from Baralacha Pass, we stopped for Deepak Tal, took photos, and drove till we reached Manali by 7 pm fully exhausted yet satisfied by the journey.  Baralacha Pass was the most adventurous journey which will be remembered by each one of us.

Total Petrol  cost per bike – Rs.1200

Important Points:

  1. Make sure to have a good bike as we faced issues in our Royal Enfield which slowed down our journey a lot.
  2. Carry some fruits or protein bars with you because you may need them.
  3. It is highly advisable to download the map as you might lose network and you do want to lose the path right!
  4. Carry or wear 3-4 layers in your journey, both top and bottom as it becomes cold during the journey and at night.

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