A backpacking tour over 3 Passes in Himachal Pradesh ... using Local Buses & Share-Maxx'es. A non-touristy route from South of GNHP (Great Himalayan National Park) over Jalori-Pass, then crossing Rohtang-La to Keylong in Lahaul and then West into Pangi Valley, almost to J&K border ... and then south crossing over the rarely used Sach-Pass to Chamba and Dalhousie.
In this page: Day-4 Manali > Keylang
29th July 2011: Got up at 4AM checked out and walked to bus-stand by 4:30AM. Met Pradip Dey (my friend from Thane), his friend and 2 guide, porters alos in teh same bus going to Keylang for their Darcha-Padum trek. The bus left at 5:15AM and it had started raining all the way as we stopped briefly at Marhi for Tea at 6:45AM and then continued onwards climbing towards Rohtang.
At 7:25AM at an altitude of 3600M we ran into a huge traffic pile-up; due to landslide slush and some vehicles getting stalled.
We were stuck here, some way below the pass for 2.5 hours!
The traffic started moving again at 11:00AM and w
e moved ahead, crossed the Rani-Nalla and at last reached the top at 11:30. The roads on the other side as we descended were pretty decent and much less traffic. We reached Kokhsar at 12:30PM and stopped for lunch of Paratha, Sabji and Curds in a roadside Dhaba.
The waterfall (zoomed view ) at Khoksar behind the line of dhabas.
We finally reached Keylang bus-stand at 2:20PM said bye to Pardip Dey and Co. they were going to see if they can hire a Maxx to go to Darcha immediately. I hired a porter to carry my bag up hill to the HPTDC Chandrabhaga hotel where I had a room booking made yesterday from HP Tourism in Manali. Checked into a DBL room at 3:00PM. The room rate was about Rs 1350/-.
Chandrabhaga River (flowing west from Kunzum-La); At 1:50PM w
e pass Tandi signpost .. but we will be turning away towards Keylang. We will cross Tandi on way to Pangi Valley later.
A nice flower on way up to Keylong Hotel
The Monastery (Khardang Gompa) seen on opposite side of the valley (zoomed view) from my Keylang Chandrabhaga hotel room