Baralacha-la (4900m) – the pass where many roads meet

The Baralacha-la pass literally means the pass where many roads meet -a crossroads of Ladakh, Lahual, Spiti and Zanskar regions and was part of an ancient trade route that has been used by travelers for centuries.
The two great rivers of Lahaul are also borne here, the Chandra and the Bhaga arising from snowfields on either side . Just below the summit lies Suraj tal (Sun lake), the source of the Bhaga.
Caroline and I happily at the top!
A spectacular descent down a valley of burnt oranges, burgandy, greens and greys
Before dropping down to the Sarcchu plains the road continues to weave its way through a geologist's chocolate box of amazing rocks and formations (photo: A. van Tonder)

Bridget Ringdahl

Pedaling has been natural to me since the tender age of three. Cycling is practical, fun, it gets you to the corner café, across countries, continents, keeps you fit and is by far the most efficient and environmentally friendly transport option around, being virtually carbon neutral.

I live in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal which is great cycling country, within 10 minutes I can be bouncing along some of the finest single tracks in the province.
2 thoughts on “Baralacha-la (4900m) – the pass where many roads meet
  • i took a very similar photo of the same mountain as your last photo - and the light was just the same! The colours and texture just jump out of the screen it's a beautiful piece of rock!!

  • This trip on Motorbike is commendable but you people on bike -RESPECT! Cheers :)