#Sight Seeing
Located at: Leh / Ladakh
Jammu & Kashmir, 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).

Ticket / Cost / Expenses:NA
Time people usually spend here:8 hours
11545 feet
32.9070207°N, 77.5811481°E

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Overall Rating:4.6

  '5' out of 5
"Nice place. Independent tents ( ₹1000 to ₹6000 INR ) and sharing tents which cost 100-500 INR per bed are available here."
  '4' out of 5
"Visited this place during 2nd week of June. It has no electricity, no network, very cold place due to its remote location, felt very much cooler than leh "
  '5' out of 5
"Good, small huts Avaliable. Accommodation (shared) at 200 per person"
  '5' out of 5
"Great place to stay a night in tents enroute Leh "
  '4' out of 5
"Nice Place I liked it"

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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).
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Eat Thukpa in Leh / Ladakh


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Tibetan Silver Jewellery

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Apricots in Ladakh

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Buy Handwoven Carpets & Rugs in Leh / Ladakh

Handwoven Carpets & Rugs

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Content of this page was last updated at Sep 5, 2016