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Bara-lacha la

Bara-lacha la
Bara-lacha la
Elevation 4,890 m (16,043 ft)
Traversed by Leh–Manali Highway
Location India
Range Himalaya
Bara-lacha la is located in Himachal Pradesh
Baralachala signpost
An abandoned shelter near Bara-lacha la

Bara-lacha la also known as Bara-lacha Pass, or Bārā Lācha La,[1] (el. 4,890 m or 16,040 ft)[2][3] is a high mountain pass in Zanskar range,[4] connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, situated along the Leh–Manali Highway.

View of Bara-lacha La

The Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga or Chenab river, originates from Surya taal lake, which is situated a few of kilometers from the pass towards Manali. The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra also originates from glacier in this region.[4] The pass also acts as a water-divide between the Bhaga river and the Yunam river.[5]


  • Legend 1
  • Miscellaneous 2
  • References 3
  • Gallery 4
  • External links 5


Folklore states that there were two lovers,

  • Lahaul and Spiti - Baralacha Pass
  • Bara-lacha-la photos on Trek Earth
  • More Bara-lacha-la photos on Trek Earth
  • Moon lake trek - Over baralacha la
  • Batal Bara-lacha-la road and trekking map

External links


  1. ^ "Bārā Lācha La". Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  2. ^ [3]
  3. ^ [4]
  4. ^ a b Gosal, G.S. (2004). "Physical Geography of the Punjab" (PDF). Journal of Punjab Studies (Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies, University of California) 11 (1): 31.  
  5. ^ R. K. Pant, N. R. Phadtare1, L. S. Chamyal and Navin Juyal (June 2005). "Quaternary deposits in Ladakh and Karakoram Himalaya: A treasure trove of the palaeoclimate records" (PDF).  
  6. ^ Lahaul & Spiti
  7. ^ Manali - Leh Jeep Safari-II


A trekking route leads from Bara-lacha la to Chandra Taal, situated by the bank of Chandra River in the Spiti Valley.

In Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim, there is a reference to Bara-lacha la pass the source of the Suraj Tal having been used by Kim's Lama to enter India from Tibet.[7]


Baralachala means summit with cross roads from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul meet here and in ancient times it was part of a trade route. On the North West lies the Bhaga River while the Chandra flows south-east. Near below the Baralacha-la is having a beautiful emerald lake the Suraj tal (Sun lake), the source of the river Bhaga.


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