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·  Summer: 20°C-30°C
·  Winter: 0°C-24°C
·  Monsoon: June-September
Best time to visit:  April-October

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One of the most difficult passes to access in the world, Baralacha Pass is located in the Greater Himalayas at a height of 16,500 ft. Apart from offering breathtaking views of mountains, valleys and rivers, the pass is geographically important for many reasons. Not only does it connect the Zanskar region of Himachal Pradesh with Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir, it is also the meeting point of crossroads to Lahaul, Spiti, Ladakh and Zanskar.

The pass is also a natural division between Rivers Bhaga and Yunam. Rivers Chandra and Bhaga originate in the region and later join to form River Chandrabhaga. The pass is also the starting point of a number of popular treks, the most popular being the one leading to the very majestic Surya Taal (Sun Lake). Baralacha Pass is indeed a natural vista surrounded by breathtaking beauty.

Altitude sickness is quite common. Make sure you carry the required medications.

Road: Located on the National Highway connecting Manali and Leh, the pass is accessible only when the snow starts melting and the road opens. Bus services are available from the nearby destinations like Spiti, Leh and Manali. One can also use taxi or private vehicle. Adventurers can also hire motorcycles or bikes to have an extraordinary experience of exploring the place.

Railway: Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the nearest railhead at the distance of about 358 km. However, the railhead offers limited rail connectivity. Alternative railheads are at Shimla (about 450 km. away), Chandigarh (about 493 km. away) and Jammu (about 553 km. away).

Airway: Bhuntar Airport which is about 245 km. away is the closest airport but with limited air connectivity. Other alternatives are Shimla Airport (about 452 km. away) and Srinagar Airport (about 529 km. away). Taxis are available from each of these places to access Baralacha Pass.